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FIGHTING FOR HISTORIC TRIBECA PRESERVATION Residents scramble to landmark a 120-year-old building slated for demolition BY JEFF STONE

TRIBECA The noble fortress on the edge of Tribeca is not going to surrender quietly. The building located at 67 Vestry Street was once home to a number of prolific New York artists but now the warehouse-turned-creative space is at risk of being torn down. That’s unless the current residents, with help from a local preservation society, can convince city officials that the nearly 120-year old structure is worth restoring. Developer Aby Rosen purchased the nine-story building overlooking the Hudson River in 2005 and, in February, announced his intention to demolish it to construct a 11-story, 42-unit monolith in its place. However the residents who live there now warn that Rosen’s approach would take away one of the few artifacts still surviving from early New York. They’re campaigning to have the building included in the Tribeca landmark district, a process that can take years but could be 67 Vestry’s only hope to stay standing. Originally designed by Frederick Dinkelberg – who, along with Daniel Burnham, also designed the Flatiron Building – 67 Vestry was constructed in 1897. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (now known as A&P) used it as a warehouse for the Washington Market. It was here where hundreds of regional farmers would congregate daily, shouting over each other for the attention of shoppers hoping to buy vegetables from New Jersey or a basket of strawberries from as far south as the Carolinas. This rich history should not only be preserved but celebrated, says Lynn Ellsworth, the chair of Tribeca Trust, a small organization working to ensure that modern skyscrapers will coexist alongside historical landmarks. She said 67 Vestry’s inclusion on the landmark directory is vital if the communiCONTINUED ON PAGE 7

In Brief CITI BIKE PEDALING FOR MORE MONEY Citi Bike, the popular bike sharing program around the city, is nevertheless in need of tens of millions of dollars in new funding, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The paper said the program needs to expand into new neighborhoods and attract tourists if it hopes to stay alive. Earlier in the month, the city’s new transportation commisioner said that the program was facing many financial and operational challenges. “We are working as diligently as we can to help the company resolve them and strengthen the program going forward,” she said. The hurdles come despite an initial burst of interest in the Citi Bike program, which was later hurt by Super Storm Sandy and a long and snowy winter.

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67 VESTRY: A HISTORY Built in 1897, based on designs by the same team that designed the Flatiron Building

First used as a warehouse by the company now known as A&P Later became a home to artists

like Andy Warhol and John Chamberlain Now set to be demolished by developer Aby Rosen

On Friday, March 21, Mayor de Blasio announced the appointment of Mitchell Silver as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Silver comes directly from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was the city’s Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director. He is also a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. De Blasio hailed Silver as an internationally-renowned planning expert and noted that he has focused on expanding parks and open space access throughout his career, especially in low-income communities. “This city’s parks, athletic fields and beaches all provide a unique, public space for education, physical exercise and recreation — and I look forward to expanding these opportunities to even more of New York’s residents,” said Silver.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS CHECK EAST VILLAGE PRESCHOOL TO DOUBLE IN SIZE

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Little Missionary’s Day Nursery, a non-profit preschool in the East Villiage, has annouced plans to expand their program to 100 kids. The preschool, which has been in operation for over a century, recently announced a $20,000 fundraising campaign to grow the program. “We are really bothered by the problem that people really loved what we were doing and we had to turn them away,” said Eileen Johnson, the nursery’s director since 2001. “For the past six to eight years we have been experiencing a huge demand.” DNAinfo.com

VIRAGE CLOSING FOR A MONTH LONG RENOVATION

NEW SMOKE SHOP OPENING ON ORCHARD STREET With its previous tenant, Holl New York, only lasting 3 months before shutting its doors, a new smoke shop will be opening in the space on 188 Orchard Street. The space is currently undergoing interior renovations but is planning on opening soon. The shop recently put up signage, advertising its sale of cigarettes,

Virage, the 14-year-old restaurant on Second Avenue at East Seventh Street, is closing for a month for renovations. The restaurant will be closing in order for an interior makeover. The last time Virage was closed was back in December 2010, but that lasted for only a few days and was also for renovations. There is no word yet whether there will be any changes to its French/Italian/ Middle Eastern menu. EV Grieve

SMOKE CAUSES EVACUATION AT MUNICIPAL BUILDING Last Friday, a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, causing the evacuation of its 22 floors. The fire was declared under control about an hour after firefighters arrived, with two sustaining minor injuries. “Just finding it was the problem,” said a

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10 TEEN SUICIDES SO FAR THIS YEAR Officially, there is only one teen suicide publicly reported in the the city so far in 2014 - that of 15-year-old Jayah Shaileya Ram-Jackson, who jumped off the roof of her grandmother’s 27-story Upper West Side apartment building in early February. But according to new recording recovered by the New York Post, Department of Eduation Chancellor Carmen Farina puts the number of teen suicides closer to 10 for this year. “As chancellor, I’ve been on the job seven weeks, and there have already been 10 reported suicides. We cannot allow those,” she told 250 new principals at Stuyvesant High School during a private meeting. “I get those emails all the time. And it makes me heartsick.” NY Post

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG TICKET TAKE Someone stole a woman’s coat check ticket and her property. At 11 p.m. on Friday, March 7, a 25-year-old woman from Brooklyn went to a party at a restaurant on Broadway and checked her property at the coat check. When she went to leave at 3 a.m., she discovered that her ticket was missing. She went to the coat check and was told her belongings were no longer there. The items stolen were an Apple MacBook Pro valued at $1,200, an iPad 4G priced at $800, and a blackand-white Norma Kamali coat costing $800. In all, the partier was out $2,800.

ONTARIO SCENARIO At 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, a 37-year-old man from St. Thomas, Ontario laid his jacket down on the bar in a club on Warren Street. He later picked up his jacket and returned to his hotel on West Broadway. The next morning, he realized that his debit card and cell phone were missing. He soon learned that numerous unauthorized charges had been made on his cards, totaling about

$1,000. The stolen phone was a Blackberry BB10 valued at $800.

GHASTLY GUESTS On Sunday, March 16, a 19-year-old girl received a phone call from a 21-year-old male friend from work who wanted to come over to her parents’ apartment on Spruce Street to visit while she was alone for the weekend. The girl agreed, and her friend arrived with five buddies in tow. She came to feel uneasy, and when the guests finally left at around 4 a.m., she asked to search their backpacks, but they refused. When the girl’s mother returned home on the 17th, she noticed that her dresser drawer had been tampered with and some $36,500 of her jewelry was missing. Video cameras in the building may have captured the faces of the visitors. The jewelry stolen included a YW metal ring with Mexican Centavo, priced at $9,000, an Antonio Penasa white metal bracelet valued at $8,000, a WH Stone necklace valued at $4,100, and a YW metal ring with two white stones costing $3,500.

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At 1:24 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, the burgler threw a standpipe cap through the front door of a drugstore on Broadway. He then kicked in the glass and crawled through the hole into the store. He jumped over the front counter and pried open three cash registers, taking $180 out of each register for a total of $540, before fleeing on foot.

HARRISON HAUL At 12:15 p.m. on Friday, March 14, a female employee of a jewelry store on Harrison Street discovered that items of jewelry were missing. Both the front door of the building and the front door to the business were locked when she returned. There were no signs of forced entry and no access to the building from the roof. The items stolen included Judith Leiber bangles valued at $15,000, an Ippolita link of 18 karat gold priced at $2,000, and a diamond bangle gold chain valued at $1,000. The total heist came to $19,895.

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TEENS ON THE COMMUNITY BOARD IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD A resolution in the City Council would open up the boards to younger members BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

Seventeen-year-old Quentin Dupouy became interested in politics when he campaigned for Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012. Later he attended community board meetings to draw attention to a program he created to help foreign exchange students learn English. This led him to apply this year to Community Board 7 on the Upper West Side, where he lives, even though he is technically ineligible. “I was going to my local community board to get some feedback and from the community and get some support and ended up just being fascinated by the meeting and very surprised with how active everyone was,” said Dupouy. “Since then it’s just really made me want to go back and be a part of it.” Dupouy may soon get his chance. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Upper East Side Councilmember Ben Kallos are sponsoring a resolution in the City Council to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to serve on the city’s 59 community boards, which are advisory groups that tackle everything from crime and development to the approval of liquor licenses. “Most 16 and 17-year-olds cannot serve on a community board,” Brewer said. “But those who can, what it says is that they have another perspective about the community - after-school programs, playgrounds, parks - and somebody who’s really smart can figure out how to work with the adults and get the young person’s perspective across.” Brewer said that as a council member 10 years ago, she supported a measure to allow 16

and 17 year olds to vote in citywide elections, but the support among her colleagues wasn’t there. “So then we decided to look at community boards,” said Brewer, who left the council to become Manhattan Borough President in January. The City Council must go before the state legislature to make changes to the age requirements for community board service, as it would modify the state’s Public Officers Law. Current regulations require an applicant to be 18 years old. There is, however, a precedent for 16-year-olds to serve on community boards: Comptroller Scott Stringer received special permission to serve on a board at age 16. Brewer has seen a changing

“ I think it really does add a lot to the board if it’s the right person,” said Brewer of young adult members. “They’re in high school and they know their neighborhood.” of attitudes toward the idea. “I think there’s quite a bit of support for it in this city council, we didn’t get as much before,” she said. There’s also support at the state level. Staten Island Assemblyman Andrew Lanza and Queens Assemblywoman Nily Rozic are sponsoring separate legislation to allow anyone who’s at least 16 years old to serve on community boards. “New York City has 8.3 million residents, and more than 20 percent of them are under 18,” said Kallos. “Community boards have a mandate for being representative of their communities, and I think the best way we can do that is giving 16 and 17-year-olds a voice on their community boards that will encourage them to be civically engaged for a lifetime.” When attending community board meetings, Dupouy said he noticed there was an overwhelming majority of older

Quentin Dupouy, 17, was drawn to politics during Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Now, he’s hoping for a slot on the Upper West Side’s Community Board 7. Photo by Daniel Fitzsimmons members. “I think I was maybe one of two people below the age of 40. Seeing that made me feel that I could add something to the discussion.” Dupouy, a junior at Hunter High School, said that if he were appointed to CB7 he would focus on school overcrowding and transportation issues for high schoolers, as well as beefing up after-school programs. Although CB7 had the highest number of applicants of any community board, and although he’s not technically eligible, Dupouy is hopeful he’ll be appointed, given Brewer’s support and the fact he’ll turn 18 in October. “I definitely see it as a long shot, but it’s something that’s worth pursuing,” said Dupouy. Austin Ochoa, 18, applied to Community Board 4, which has parts of the West Side and Chelsea. He said he’s been to community board meetings that “are dead,” and enthusiasm is another asset that youth have in abundance. “A lot of community board members don’t show up,” said Ochoa. “I believe if youth had a

reason to be there, we would be there without a doubt.” Ochoa does see himself as somewhat of an anomaly, and recognized that civic service at such a young age isn’t for everyone, but “there are many other voices standing behind me, and with me, saying that we would like a voice at the table. For far too long youth of my generation has been ignored. And not even just in my generation, but in generations past.” Ochoa, who is studying political philosophy and digital media at CUNY, and interning for a City Council member, likes his chances of being appointed April 1. “Youth needs a voice and needs an image somewhere in city government, and why not here?” he said.

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Students from Léman Manhattan are participating in a “Geneva Exchange,” recently returning from a three-week immersion program in Switzerland. Their French-speaking counterparts, meantime, will be spending the next three weeks in New York. Alex Rue, in the dark blue sweatshirt on the far left, is a Léman student. Thomas Moition, in the middle, is a Collège du Léman student staying with Nick Tarnev, on the far right.

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In the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12, New Yorker Shannon Daniels was among 16 high school seniors who won the top honor, Portfolio Gold Medal Award, which comes with a $10,000 cash scholarship. Daniels, age 17 of Nolita, won the Portfolio Gold Medal Award for her original poetry-based writing portfolio. Her writing is a reflection of her life, focusing on small but beautiful everyday moments that can often be overlooked.


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CHAMPIONS OF THE MIND COMPETITION The annual Memory Championship tests the outer limits of contestants’ memory skills BY OMAR CRESPO

GRAMERCY PARK Every two years, the Olympic Games remind the world of humans’ extraordinary athletic abilities. Another event, less wellknown but arguably just as important in touting achievement, happens every year, to champion the power of the mind. The USA Memory Championship is a contest that tests the limits of mental dexterity, now in its 17th year. “It is amazing to me, 17 years doing the event that people still say, ‘gee, I’ve never heard of this,’” said Tony Dottino, the founder of the USA Memory Championship. “And we have been on CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, and it still amazes me that people have not heard of it.” In 1989, Dottino was looking for a way to improve creativity in the business field by focusing on the ability to create new offerings. He decided that memory improvement would help business people enhance their creative skills. The parameters of memory are how

well an individual can organize, store and recall information when needed. When one reads a new article or hears someone in a conversation, improved memory could lead to the creation of spontaneous new associations, new ideas, new innovations, new product offerings and new ways of dealing with certain challenges, Dottino explained. “What do leaders and employees and organizations need to know about their own brains and its unlimited capacity to create if they want to compete and survive in a global economy?” he asked himself. With that mindset, Dottino started the first championship in 1997 with the drive to provide not only a platform for memory amelioration but to dispel common myths about memory – like the idea that the strength of one’s memory is genetic, or that older people cannot have excellent memories. Dottino compares the brain to a muscle that strengthens with practice. And just like an arm muscle can weaken if it’s not given regular exer-

The 17th Annual USA Memory Championship will be held in Con Edison’s Grand Auditorium at 4 Irving Plaza from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. cise, so can a person’s memory. He contends that anyone can strengthen their neurons and train them to fire off more efficiently The USA Memory Championship this year features 74 contestants, breaking their previous record by over 50 percent. The competition features events such as memorizing names and faces of 117 photos and having to recall them out of order and without the name. One event entails memorizing a previously unpublished poem, including correct spelling, punctuation and line breaks; another asks contestants to recall as many as 200 words in numerical column order. Another

requires recalling a random person’s name, date of birth, residence, phone number, pet, favorite car, hobbies and foods - with specific details, such as make and model or color and type within 15 seconds. Contestants train just like athletes for the competition. Nelson Dellis from Miami, a two-time consecutive champion from 2011-2012, is competing for the sixth time this year. He works as a memory consultant, aiding students and CEOs in improving memory. “[I train] 4-5 hours a day; I basically mimic the events at the competition,” Dellis said. “I’ll work on cards in

the morning, then numbers, poetry, words, and names.” T. Michael Harty, an ordained minister from Shippensburg, PA competing for the ninth times said that he practices three hours a day to prepare for the competition. Nathaniel Jaye, a journalist from San Francisco Bay and first-timer competitor will be “eating oats for breakfast, swimming daily, channeling Giordano Bruno,” a 16th-century Aristotelian philosopher who excelled in the art of memory, to prepare. The top three winners of Saturday’s competition will qualify for the World Memory Championships.

HISTORIC TRIBECA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ty wants to remember a bygone era. “The owner may not be interested in being in the historic district but it’s not just his judgment call on this,” Ellsworth said. “Historic districts create a large public good that endures through time and its there for the benefit of many generations.” The now nearly forgotten market was closed in the mid20th Century. What was once a crucial link between New York and the surrounding area, though, was transformed into a bohemian’s dream. By the 1970s and ‘80s a thriving art community had taken root inside 67 Vestry, with Andy Warhol, sculptor John Chamberlain, playwright Robert Wilson, and others taking up some of the residential space. The German auteur Wim Wenders

even displayed the building prominently in the 1977 film, “An American Friend,” starring Dennis Hopper. Decades later the building has become a neighborhood touchstone, with artists, architects and others proud to take up 15 of the 24 rent-controlled units. Members of We Are 67 Vestry Street, a group of residents dedicated to raising awareness about the building’s history and its current difficulty, said that nine former tenants have been evicted since Rosen’s purchase and the vacant space will likely remain that way at least until the landmark battle is resolved. This building is one of only four remaining waterfront buildings from the Tribeca of a century ago. None of the them have been granted landmark status, and two of the four could be demolished in the near

future. Ms. Ellsworth, who compared the building’s facade to that of a fortress, said developing the area through preservation and re-adaptive use would be the smart public decision. Groups like hers are not opposed development, only change that refuses to recognize New York’s

distinct history. “I think there’s another notion to modernity, where you have a connection to the past instead of alienation and divorce from it,” she said. “I want to feel like part of the stream of it. I think a lot of people do, and I do not feel alone in this.”

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HOW IS CONSTRUCTION NOISE A PROBLEM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? “ I haven’t noticed noise particularly with construction. I think there are bigger problems we should worry about.” Gabrielle M., Downtown

“ Construction is a problem Until now, the process for granting 24-hour work permits has been opaque.

will be able to look online and see detailed reasons why each site was allowed a 24 hour work permit. This transparency aims to cut down on sites given 24-hour work permits, as well as notifying residents sooner when after-hours work will begin. Currently, the bill is under review at the Committee on Housing and Buildings. “Variances have become the new normal, and as a result construction is happening too regularly at forbidden hours,” said Garodnick. “It’s unfair to neighbors and developers alike. Neighbors are unhappy because [Dept. of Buildings] hours are meaningless, and developers get exemptions from the city but still get complaints.”

THE NOISE IN OUR HEADS WHAT’S UP WITH THAT? A bill in the City Council attacks 24-hour work permits BY NICK MARTINEZ WITH DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

For three nights in recent months, the construction project near where Jane Bonia lives has been loud enough to jolt her out of bed. “The noise is incredibly loud,” said Bonia. “It’s impossible to sleep while they’re banging on metal. I’m furious that the city would give them a permit to do this.”

Each of the times Bonia has complained about the project, at 300 E. 51st St., she’s been told the site has a special permit to work around the clock. So how does the city decide who receives these 24-hour work permits? As of now there is no clear answer, which is why two lawmakers, Council Members Rosie Mendez and Daniel Garodnick, have sponsored a bill to “amend the administrative cod of the city of New York, in relation to after-hours work authorization,” according to the bill. The bill claims that the current system lacks transparency. Under the new law citizens

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Making omelets, making babies

BY BECCA TUCKER

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e always made breakfast for “the good ones.” Back when he was a bachelor, the morningafter breakfast was one of Husband Joe’s wooing tactics.

For the girls he liked, he’d make a show of flipping the omelet high and catching it in the pan (over the sink, just in case). Nowadays, Joe’s girls are spoiled. Baby Kai and I get the omelet treatment every morning, made with eggs laid by our own chickens, and usually a side of sweet potato home fries, sometimes a hot croissant, always fresh-ground coffee. Joe still flips the omelet, but we’re outside doing homestead chores and we don’t catch the show. Whenever friends or family spend the night or come through before lunch, though, that’s Joe’s opportunity to elicit the oohs and ahs of yore. This morning was one of those mornings. Although we didn’t mention it, there was an unspoken air of anticipation around breakfast. Our visitors were late, and we wanted breakfast to be hot when they walked in or shortly thereafter, but we also needed to feed the baby and, although

we both have flexible jobs, it could not be denied that it was a weekday. Again, we were casual about it. “We’re waiting on those guys, right?” Joe called from the kitchen, as I lugged a cooler from tree to tree, collecting maple sap from buckets. We weren’t wooing our visitors, exactly. If anyone was doing the wooing, it was them. But something very special might come out of this tete-atete, and a grand brunch was only fitting. Let me back up four months, to November. I was about to leave work for the day when I got an email from a friend, M., who lives in Texas. I had played with M. that summer at a Frisbee tournament. A former semi-pro soccer player and a veterinarian, M. also happens to be charismatic and hilarious and immediately likable. M. lived with her girlfriend, another ultimate player, whom I’d heard was a badass but had never met. The email had no subject.

With one arm already in my jacket, I clicked. Then sat back down. A lighthearted opening, then right to the point: “We’re interested in having a baby but have definitely had some challenges in finding good donors,” it said. “As we are both older we have the odds seriously stacked against us statistically and our doctor recommended trying to find a “fresh” donor, i.e. someone local who is available to donate the day of the procedure so no freezing is involved, which typically cuts the odds down even further. So we have been trolling the bars and dark alleys of Austin looking for good young men and surprisingly have not really turned up anyone appealing. So we’re expanding our search and would be really interested in hearing what type of situation you guys might be up for.” By the time I’d read this far, I knew my answer was yes. True, I wasn’t the person

whose say-so this scheme ultimately depended upon, but I had a feeling that as long as I was okay with it, Joe would be, too. My eagerness to shop my husband’s sperm around may sound strange, but to me it seems only natural. We are at the age for making babies; our own baby is the most wonderful creature I have ever encountered; and so whenever lesbian friends who would clearly make the greatest moms brought up the sperm issue, I’d been halfjokingly pitching Joe. Good looks and good health, great eyesight and aim, a head full of long glossy hair, batting a thousand in the department of making perfect babies. Why should they pay for a stranger’s sperm when we were all already a kind of big family? Why not make our family bigger, and increasingly strange, and ever more wonderful? “Believe me, I never expected to have to compose a tactful way to ask for sperm

via email,” M. wrote, “but I have now written more sperm request letters than Christmas cards.” So this morning, when our visitors rolled up, we sat down to our omelets and piping hot coffee and sweet potato fries and got to know R., whom we’d never met. She was as legit as we knew M.’s partner would be, kind and laid back, tall and gorgeous with a hint of a Texas drawl. She worked with babies for a living, and knew how to slaughter a pig. We told them yes, we want to help. They’re going to keep looking for a local donor, but if that doesn’t pan out, they’ll fly the three of us out to Austin for a weekend this spring, where there’s a clinic, and we’ll take it from there. Life is short. Babies are its finest bequest. Why not? Becca Tucker is a former Manhattanite who now farms in upstate New York.

TEEN LIFE

DOS AND DON’TS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS INTERVIEWS TEEN LIFE There’s one more crucial step for teens with their sights set on top colleges It’s college application time and your teen has taken the SAT or ACT, kept up his or her grades, written a stellar essay and completed all college applications. There is one more piece to the college admissions puzzle that could potentially gain your teen the acceptance he or she seeks: the college admissions interview. “Not all colleges require a college admissions interview, but many of the competitive institutions do, as do some colleges’ departments or schools that require secondary admission,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “The admissions interview intimidates many prospective students, but we encourage them to approach this as an opportunity to put a face to a name, make a good impression and articulate

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face-to-face why they would be a great student at the college.” Huntington offers a few tips to students as they prepare for the college admissions interview:

Do spend time reflecting on yourself as a candidate for admission. The interviewer might want to learn more about your reasons for wanting to attend the college and the components of your background that would make you an ideal fit. There are no wrong answers in an admissions interview, since the interviewer simply wants to get to know you better. However, the more you prepare, the more polDo act professionally. ished you will come across. You should treat the admisDon’t present yourself as somesions interview as a chance to one different than the real you. share your goals, educational While you might feel tempted journey, future plans and exto embellish your résumé or act citement about the college. Alin a way you think might im- though the interviewer wants press the interviewer, it is bet- you to feel comfortable, treat ter to be honest about who you this interview as you would a are and what you have to offer. job interview. Come ready to That may even mean discussing answer a variety of questions lessons you have learned from about yourself in a direct and challenges or failures. clear way.

gram or programs in which you are interested and develop a list Avoid cracking jokes, using in- of questions before your interappropriate language or shar- view. Have them ready just in ing too much personal informa- case. tion. Relax and be yourself, but remember that this is still an Don’t waste valuable interview interview for college admission. time asking about things you

Don’t be aloof or act too casual.

Do be prepared to ask questions. There is a good chance that you will be asked if you have any questions. Do your research about the college and the pro-

tivities on the college’s website. “The admissions interview is a great opportunity and should not be a source of anxiety,” Huntington reminds students. “Look on the college’s website for any interview guidelines or tips, spend time preparing could learn elsewhere. for the interview, and most imWhile there may be time allot- portant, put your very best foot ted for questions, choose those forward.” questions wisely. You could easily find out about the admissions process and extracurricular ac-


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Hamilton Fishh Park Library, 415 East st Houston Street 3:30 p.m., Free ee The goal of thee Workshops is for each participant to experience perience The Paper Bag Players rs approach to creating and performing erforming theater -- essentially tially each participant becomes mes a Paper Bag Players. Eachh session will deal with the elements that make this company most famous: original and fanciful narrative plays, a dynamic interactive approach to the audience, the use of paper and cardboard to create compelling stage effects and costumes, creating comedy that children respond to, movement as an element of storytelling, and music as the connecting tissue that holds the shows together. 212-673-2290

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THE LEGENDS OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE Teatro SEA, 107 Suffolk St. 2nd Floor 3 p.m., $18 Adult, $15 Children Four children discover an old enchanted chest full of wonder, surprise and magical tales of the indigenous people of the Americas. Their adventures transport them to Mexico, Guatamala, Peru and Puerto Rico. Presented in easy to understand Spanish and English. 212-529-1545

30 SUNDAY STORYTIME IN MR. MORGAN’S LIBRARY The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. 3 – 4 p.m., Free A read out loud of The Little

Prince and a look at some of the original illustrations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will introduce the family audience to the magical story of a mysterious little boy who came to earth from outer space to make friends. 212-685-0008 ext.561

INTIMATE SCIENCE Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, 2 W. 13th St. 12 – 6 p.m., Free Intimate Science features artists who are engaged in non-disciplinary inquiry; they aren’t allied to the customs of any single field, and therefore have license to reach beyond conventions. This kind of practice hinges on up-close

observation, observation experiential learning, and inventing new ways for the public to participate in the process. And through their engagement with “intimate science,” a more knowledgeable public might well be able to influence what research is supported and adopted by the larger culture, and the walls of science can become more transparent. 212-229-5600


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MARC YANKUS: THE SPACE BETWEEN ClampArt, 521-531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Free Yankus’ fourth solo show at the gallery, the exhibition of more than 20 photographs explores the fine line between urban reality and architectural fiction through surreal portraits of buildings. Yankus is drawn to the majestic details and sturdy materials of historical buildings, many of which are hidden from view, tucked behind newer architecture. clampart.com

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Visitors take in Shony Rivnay’s exhibition, “Soft Corps,” at Bosi Contemporary on a recent Saturday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Naefe

GALLERY HOPPING ON ORCHARD STREET Jong-Wan Choo’s current exhibition, “The Diminished Virtue,” at Shin Gallery, a space dedicated to Korean contemporary art. Photo by Lauren Naefe

GALLERIES

daunting. But the artists represented in these mostly Art galleries can be intimidating. Here, a guide small galleries—some no larger than a Manhattan studio apartment—show work that begs to to the Lower East Side for the uninitiated. be seen. With more than 100 galleries on the Lower East Side alone, taking in the scene piece BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO by piece—or block by block—makes gallery-going An ever-growing cluster of art galleries domi- less intimidating. nates the Lower East Side. But navigating a scene So take a springtime stroll down Orchard that can appear at once vast and exclusive can be Street, and give these galleries a shot.

Shony Rivnay’s mixed-media exhibition, “Soft Corps,” includes pastel-colored fiberglass missile heads. Photo by Lauren Naefe


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JULIE MENERET CONTEMPORARY ART 133 Orchard St. between Delancey and Rivington Streets A gallery so new that the awning still bears the faded lettering of the shop that previously occupied the space, this small gallery opened last November and exhibits work by emerging international artists. The space is small and white-washed, and owner Julie Meneret offers a pleasant explanation of the current artist’s work, methods and intentions. The gallery, which is on its third exhibition, collaborates with arts organizations to host talks, readings and performances; at the opening of the current exhibit by British photographer Jonny Briggs, poet Saskia Hamilton read original poetry inspired by Briggs’ work. The upcoming exhibit opens April 2 and will feature dance performances by artist Frederic Nauczyciel on May 3, 4 and 5, presented in collaboration with the French-American Dance Festival. Current Exhibit: Jonny Briggs, “Monstrares,” through March 30 Upcoming Exhibit: Frederic Nauczyciel, “The Fire Flies [Baltimore/ Paris],” April 2-May 18 Hours Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

SASHA WOLF GALLERY 70 Orchard St. between Broome and Grand Streets Opened about a year ago, Sasha Wolf Gallery exclusively shows photography, with an emphasis on contemporary work by emerging or mid-career photographers, who favor documentary-style composition. The black and white photographs in the current exhibit from Matthew Pillsbury contrast starkly against the white walls, white ceiling, and light wood flooring of the gallery, an otherwise bright, narrow space reminiscent of a railroad-style apartment. Administrative director Juhee offers a cheery welcome and happily recommends lunch spots, especially Vanessa’s Dumplings on nearby Eldridge Street. Current Exhibit: Matthew Pillsbury, “Nate and Me” (courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery), through April 20 Upcoming Exhibit: Peter Kayafas, “The Way West,” April 23-June 8 Hours Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

SHIN GALLERY 322 Grand St. at Orchard Street Shin Gallery, at Orchard and Grand Streets, is housed in a corner unit once occupied by pop-up art space CollectiCo, before the permanent gallery moved in about a year ago. At first glance, the space looks more like

a boutique than a gallery, with warmhued wood floors and high ceilings with exposed pipes. Shin Gallery specializes in Korean contemporary art and aims to provide an international platform for emerging Korean artists, many of whom have never exhibited in the United States. The gallery shows a variety of media, and leans toward the experimental. Thanks to the high ceilings, Shin Gallery can exhibit large pieces: the current show features several 7-foot canvases. Current Exhibit: Jong-Wan Choo, “The Diminished Virtue,” through April 11 Upcoming Exhibit: Gunwoo Shin, “Watch the Butterfly Falling,” April 18-June 20 Hours Wednesday-Sunday: 10:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.

SCARAMOUCHE 52 Orchard St. between Hester and Grand Streets The aroma of burning incense at Scaramouche Gallery was hard to ignore on a recent visit. Part of the current exhibit, “Spirit & Matter,” by Michael Bühler-Rose, the incense was meant in part to convert the space into a spiritual domain, and the artist invented the particular scent using more than a dozen herbs and spices. Bühler-Rose works in both New York and India, and Scaramouche highlights

both local and international artists. Visitors who prefer a self-guided tour of the space can do so uninterrupted, but the friendly gallery assistant can provide a detailed explanation of the current work for anyone looking for a quick lesson in contemporary art (and purification rituals). Current Exhibit: Michael BühlerRose, “Spirit & Matter,” through April 6 Upcoming Exhibit: Rushern Baker IV, “Immutable Fires,” April 11-May 25 Hours Wednesday-Saturday.: Noon-6:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

artists, and offers an annual historical exhibit that runs for eight to 10 weeks. The current mixed-media exhibit by Israeli artist Shony Rivnay explores civilian relationships to a military presence in Israel, and was curated by Kathy Battista, program director at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Current Exhibit: Shony Rivnay, “Soft Corps,” open through April 5 Upcoming Exhibit: Jon Plasse, “The Stadium” Hours Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

BOSI CONTEMPORARY 48 Orchard St. between Hester and Grand Streets Opened by Italian art dealer Sandro Bosi, this two-year-old, bi-level space is one of the more inviting Orchard Street galleries—on a recent visit, the front door was propped open–despite the fact that the low ceilings and slategray floor in the wide main gallery evoke a car dealership’s showroom. Vittorio Calabrese, gallery manager and sales director, is quick to answer questions and offers a friendly, thorough tour through the current exhibit, which is worth spending a little extra time with, thanks to Calabrese’s pleasant, knowledgeable guidance and the generous size of the gallery. Bosi has a global roster, but is heavy on Italian

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<ALL’ONDA RECEIVES CRITICAL ATTENTION Restaurant All’onda has attracted consistent critics’ ink—if not always accolades—since its opening earlier this year with its ‘modern Venetian’ seafood-heavy menu. New Yorker critic Shauna Lyon praised many of the restaurant’s antipasti and pasta dishes, including monkfish

liver that was “molded into a disk, set onto a square of grilled bread, and topped with a layer of smooth compressed persimmon, for a decadent riff on peanut butter and jelly.” Lyon was less enthusiastic about the main dishes, with the guinea hen as the exception. Time Out’s

Daniel S. Meyer also highlighted the pasta dishes, including bucatini “decadently slicked in smoked-uni cream sauce,” but was disappointed in the mains, particularly overcooked meat dishes, and wrote that “All’onda is still struggling to hit full stride.”

In Brief SPRINKLES INTRODUCES THE CUPCAKE ATM

Sprinkles Cupcakes on the Upper East Side (780 Lexington Ave., between 60 and 61 Streets) debuted its cupcake ATM on March 25. The Beverly Hills company, which also has outposts in Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta, among other cities, offers standard flavors such as red velvet and cinnamon, and rotates varieties on a daily basis, including chocolate coconut and chai latte, and also offers daily gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan options. The cupcake ATM—the first in New York and the fifth in the nation for the Sprinkles franchise—will offer a 24-hour sugar rush for those who can’t make it to the shop during regular 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. hours. To sweeten the deal for early customers, Sprinkles hid 100 gift certificates for one-dozen cupcakes and one $500 American Express gift card in random cupcakes on launch day, making some withdrawals from the Cupcake ATM that much sweeter.

SPRING COMES IN WITH LAMB AT PHILIP MARIE Like many New Yorkers, John Greco, chef and owner of new American restaurant Philip Marie (569 Hudson St. at W. 11 Street) is ready for spring. Unlike most of Manhattan, however, Greco will slow-roast a whole lamb in celebration of warmer days on the horizon. On Wednesday, April 2, Greco will serve a three-course prix-fix tasting menu at his West Village restaurant, with a whole lamb slow-roasted over charcoals as the star attraction. Using a custom box—which he took advantage of last year to roast an entire pig— Greco will roast the lamb, marinated in oranges, limes, mint and coriander, for several hours. The three-course prix-fix meal is $32 per persons and open for reservations (call 212-242-6200 to reserve a seat).

GOING FOR THE CLASSIC BAGEL RESTAURANTS A Barney Greengrass alum teams up for a new bagel store downtown BY LAUREN ROTHMAN

NOLITA Bari Musacchio, the former general manager of the family-style Italian spot Rubirosa on Mulberry Street, has lived in Nolita since 2002, and for the past dozen years she’s struggled to find a decent breakfast in the neighborhood. “I grew up on Long Island eating bagels twice a week,” Musacchio said. “But even though there are tons of great pastry shops in Nolita, there’s nowhere to get a good bagel. Every morning, I’d think, ‘What am I going to eat?’ Finally, I figured that the time was right to open a bagel store myself.” Musacchio has partnered with David Heffernan, an alum of legendary Upper West Side store Barney Greengrass, to open Baz Bagel. The 35-seat restaurant will debut at 181 Grand Street at the end of April. In addition to bagels, the store will serve a full menu of smoked and cured fish, matzoh ball soup, chopped liver and challah French toast. Though Musacchio is better known for her Italian background, she’s half-Jewish, and

many of Baz Bagel’s recipes have been passed down to her through relatives: the potato latkes, for example, are her grandmother’s recipe. “I come from a long line of maternal chefs,” she says. During her decade-plus pursuit of the perfect NYC bagel, Musacchio spent a lot of time at Barney Greengrass, which has been dishing out its much-beloved whitefish salad, smoked sturgeon and jewel-toned Scottish salmon since 1908. It was there that she met Heffernan, who worked as a waiter for eight years and became a customer favorite due, Musacchio said, to his “amazing ability to work the room.” “He has this great rapport with customers,” she explained. “He remembers every regular’s order. And he loves the products—the bagels and the fish,” she added. The two became fast friends when they realized that they lived about a block away from each other. At Baz Bagel, Heffernan will be on the floor, while Musacchio’s role will be more behind-the-scenes. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Musacchio said. “We’re creating a classic New York bagel. But in my opinion, that’s really something to talk about.” The Baz Bagel formula will be a time-tested one: hand-rolled, then boiled, baked and topped with traditional additions such as sesame and poppy seeds. Brook-

Bari Musacchio is bringing classic NYC bagels to Nolita. lyn producer Acme will supply the smoked fish, while the gravlax will be cured in-house. Musacchio said she’s looking forward to welcoming her neighbors and all the people she’s gotten to know in her years of living and working in the area. “We’re going for a real community feel,” she said.


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<RESTAURANT FINES CUT BY 25 PERCENT The city’s Deptartment of Health said it’s reducing the cost of restaurant health-code violations by 25 percent. The fines are currently at the level they were before the DOH began using a grading system to rate restaurants, but will come with more frequent inspections. Restaurant owners can also request an un-

In Brief S&P UPHOLDS NYC DEBT RATING Standard & Poor’s affirmed its AA longterm rating on New York City’s debt, but warned that the 150-plus labor contracts that still need to be negotiated by the de Blasio administration could prove a liability. The ratings agency was generally praising of the city and its finances, and of the fiscal management that de Blasio inherited. S&P said, though, that the labor contracts could be a problem down the road, if the city is forced to pay billions of dollars in retroactive pay to unionized city workers.

RELATED, ARCHITECTS SUED OVER A.D.A.

The U.S. Attorney’s office sued the developer and architect of two high-profile projects over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit seeks to stop the Related Companies from completing any additional projects until the two buildings -- One Carnegie Hill and Tribeca Green (pictured) -- are in compliance. The architects of the projects, Robert A.M. Stern and Ismael Leyva, are also named in the lawsuit.

graded and penalty-free inspection to receive tailored advice about what they need to fix before an actual inspection. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said the DOH’s letter grading system began as a way to motivate restaurants to practice better food safety, and to enable diners to make more

informed decisions on where to eat. “And the program is working,” said Bassett. “Over 90 percent of New Yorkers approve of letter grading, and as restaurant performance has improved, reported cases of Salmonella in New York City have decreased 14 percent compared to the rest of the state.”

HAVE ARTISTIC SKILLS, WILL BABYSIT SMALL BUSINESS Sitters Studio harnesses the creativity of working actors and artists to provide activity-centric childcare for busy New Yorkers BY MARY NEWMAN

Parenting and child development theories come and go, but one thing that remains consistent is the desire to encourage kids’ creativity, whether through art, music, dance or writing. Kristina

Wilson founded the babysitting agency Sitters Studio based on that impulse. The company espouses the philosophy that exposing children to art will build self-esteem, increase motor skills, help develop problem solving skills, and encourage creativity. Every babysitter working for the agency is also working as a freelance artist. Wilson had come up with the idea of hiring artists as babysitters when she was trying to balance the start of her own acting career, while working a full time job at Morgan Stanley in 2006. She knew she had to pay her bills, but finding the time to make auditions was almost impossible - a familiar struggle among working artists.

“Working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Morgan Stanley and trying to be an actor wasn’t working,” she said. “I could pay my bills, but I didn’t have the freedom to really do anything else.” She then started thinking about what job would be able to offer her a flexible schedule, and the ability to earn enough money to live comfortably in New York. Then she luckily overheard one of her managing partners at Morgan Stanley complaining that his babysitter had cancelled and he didn’t know what to do. Working as a babysitter since she was 13 years old, Wilson tried explaining to her boss that these things do happen and was wondering why he was so upset. He explained that he had been keeping this sitter “on retainer” by paying her $50 a week to always be available on the occasional Friday night that he would need her services. In addition to her weekly pay to stay available, he would then pay for the time she spent actually babysitting. Once she realized that it was so difficult for New York parents to find quality babysitting that would align with their busy lives, Wilson knew that this was an opportunity to make money, keep a flexible schedule, and offer parents quality childcare. She started sending her friends out to babysit as well. When the amount of appointments began to outgrow the number of friends she had, Wilson interviewed more artists in different Starbucks around the city. With her experience as a working actor, Wilson offers the same amount of support to her employees as she does

her clients. Babysitters make their own schedule each week through an in-depth scheduling program that was developed by her staff. She also allows sitters to take extended amounts of time off if they get booked for a Broadway show or tour, or need extended periods to focus on their own work. As the company has grown, with offices in New York and Chicago and plans for another in Washington, D.C., their philosophy of offering an artistic activity to kids during each babysitting appointment has also evolved. Originating with actors, babysitters who work for Sitter Studio now include photographers, fashion designers, painters, musicians, graphic designers, comedians, and other creative types. They categorize their sitters into four groups: act, art, music, and dance. Each babysitter incorporates their own creative outlet into the activities they do with the children, calling

themselves “artisitters” instead of babysitters. “This babysitting service is fantastic! We live on the Upper West Side, and we’ve used this babysitting service over a year,” said client Claire W. “Sitter Studio is very professional. All sitters are trained and CPR certified. Amazing, kind, creative sitters bring art projects and toys every time they come. Absolutely love them.” Wilson requires her artisitters to carry the same brown tote, branded with the Sitter Studio logo, to every appointment. It’s a Mary Poppins-type bag filled with games, art supplies, and other creative activities. “Most of our clients are looking for part time [child] care, so each appointment is very specific to meet the needs of the family,” Wilson said. “It’s really important that when we send an artisitter to someone’s home or hotel that we feel confident it is a good fit.”

Above, headshots at Sitters Studio. If you would like to contact Sitter Studio visit their website at www. sittersstudio.com or call them at 877844-8204.


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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS MARCH 12 - 18, 2014 The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website 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.

The Patriot Saloon

110 Chambers Street

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Pongsri Thai Restaurant

165 West 23 Street

Grade Pending (24) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Steel Gym

146 West 23 Street

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150 West 17 Street

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Empire Diner

210 Tenth Avenue

Not Graded Yet (28) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.

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min is great for overall nutrition. She also suggests limiting processed or packaged foods by making meals that will last. “Instead of cooking one chicken breast, cook three,” says Wasser. “Add one to a salad, Get proper nutrition eat one with a side of steamed Erica Wasser, registered nu- vegetables and use the last in a tritionist and nutrition coach, sandwich or wrap.” notes that taking a multivita- Smart snacking is also important. Focus on items like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, almonds, seeds, vegetables and hard boiled eggs and try to avoid granola bars and 100-calorie packs by prewashing and cutting vegetables and fruit and premixing bags of nuts and seeds. Settling on a routine of eating healthy, nutritious and proteinbased meals and snacks will keep your energy up and your diet balanced.

day to balance the schedules of work and life, and taking care of others. Here are three simple tips to overcoming these challenges to continue living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Notice what your body tells you Are your joints sore? Does your back hurt from sitting in a chair most of the day? If so, choose exercises that will keep you fit while minimizing the impact on your joints or back and improving muscle strength

and stamina. Check out the local community pool, or stop by a fitness facility to see what type of aqua instruction they offer. Yoga and Pilates and reformer Pilates can stretch your body, reducing back pain and limiting stress on joints under certain practices. If you’re used to a more active lifestyle, keep it up. Make sure you’re taking the proper supplements to help your body recover quickly keep adding intensity to your workouts so they don’t become stale.

Conquer inactivity Don’t confine yourself to your home after a long day. Go to a local mall and window shop or people watch with friends. Join a local exercise class or start a walking and talking group in your neighborhood. “Being active doesn’t have to mean completing a total body workout,” says Wasser. “Anything that gets you up and moving can significantly add to your health and fitness.” She also suggests scheduling daily or weekly activities to ensure you’re held accountable.

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COMEDY IS A TWO-WAY STREET IN NEW YORK CITY Comedian Billy Eichner on Hell’s Kitchen, Parks and Recreation, and his Emmy nod BY ANGELA BARBUTI

The streets of New York are funnier with Billy Eichner on them. The Queens native employs a unique brand of comedy on his game show, “Billy on the Street,” in its third season on Fuse. Microphone in hand, the energetic comedian yells questions to unsuspecting pedestrians at random. No person is spared as he asks everything from “Who’s more interesting - Taylor Swift or a napkin?” to “Any thoughts on global warming?” The contestant’s impromptu answer always manages to surprise and entertain his rapidly growing fan base. We sat down with the Hell’s Kitchen resident after his new season premiered at the Beacon Theatre on March 4th.

You’re a true New Yorker, growing up in Forest Hills and attending Stuyvesant High School. Do you go back to visit your alma mater? I don’t back to visit, but I liked it. I called on my best friend in the audience last night. He’s one of my best friends since Stuyvesant. I still have friends I went to high school with. I made that video about Forest Hills a few years ago, “Forest Hills State of Mind,” which was directed, edited and produced by friends of mine from high school.

You live in Hell’s Kitchen. What are your favorite places there? They’re building a Kiehl’s in Hell’s Kitchen. I don’t know if it’s

open yet, but I’m a big Kiehl’s fan as a bourgy gay person. There are so many great restaurants there now. The Greek Kitchen on 10th Avenue, I really like that place. There’s a really fun new gay bar called Atlas Social Club. It was opened by a group of people, some of them I know, including Anderson Cooper’s boyfriend, Ben. I love going to see theater. There are also places like Bar Centrale where a lot of the Broadway people hang out. Honestly, I just order a lot of Seamless-

Web. I ’ m b u s y. [Laughs]

Did you ever fear for your life on the job? Fear for my life, no. Do people get pissed off? Sometimes, yeah. Like an old woman once slapped me across the face. People get mad;

they might shove the camera in kind of a Sean Penn way. Has it gotten a little edgy? Yeah, sometimes. But you’d be surprised how few times considering how many people I speak to.

What’s your filming schedule like? We have a really scattered schedule. This season was unusual because I ended up getting cast on “Parks and Recreation” which films in L.A. “Billy

on the Street” obviously films here, so there was a lot of back and forth.

Who’s a dream celebrity you’d still want on your show? Well, you know I have my ongoing Meryl Streep obsession. I was on Andy Cohen’s show with Meryl. Andy played Meryl the clips of me screaming about her in the street. And I got to watch her reacting to that in real time, which was very surreal. I think she was scared for a second. She could not have been lovelier. She took pictures with me and gave me a big hug and kiss afterwards. I would still love to have her on the show, on the street with me. I would love to have Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert. Those would be three great ones.

Do you ever get backlash for what you say? I mean these days anyone can write anything on the internet. So you literally get every opinion. Every day I get, “You are a genius. This is the funniest show I’ve ever seen.” And then I get a tweet saying, “You are the worst. You’re so obnoxious.” Someone tweeted today, “That Billy on the Street guy should be killed.” You get everything. If someone’s offended, don’t watch the show. I think compared to what’s on TV, this show is not offensive. If you’re going to have a problem with this show, you’re probably in the wrong century.

You were nominated for an Emmy. Where were you when you found out? I was in bed. It was like 5:30 in the morning in L.A. I got a text from Funny or Die’s publicist saying, “You were nominated for Best Game Show Host.” And I was like, “Is that even a category?” She had told me three months before they were submitting me and I was like, “Oh, yeah. OK, fine.” I didn’t even think about it. It was really surreal.

Watch “Billy on the Street” on Fuse on Wednesday nights at 11 p.m. To see past episodes, visit www. funnyordie.com/billyonthestreet Follow Billy on Twitter: @ billyeichner < The man to the left is obsessed with Meryl Streep.


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