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POLITICS With 100+ days of the new gig under his belt, Mayor de Blasio earns some praise, but still has expectations to meet



Downtown Manhattan is willing to give the new mayor the benefit of the doubt. We asked downtown residents of all stripes how they think Bill de Blasio is measuring up so far, and most responses were even-handed, acknowledging that three months is a very short time in which to accomplish anything in politics, especially following the 12-year-reign of his predecessor.

Mayor De Blasio’s first-semester card downtown report


Traffic safety Snow removal


Charter schools Universal pre-K Message & communication Parks FINAL GRADE

A C Incomplete Incomplete

“A change after 12 years of one administration to a new one, there’s some continuity and some new folks moving in so there’s a period of people sorting out relationships and getting to know each other,”


Michael Brown of Marble Collegiate rehearsing his Palm Sunday sermon.

HOLY WEEK WITH REVEREND DOCTOR BROWN RELIGION Easter week is the busiest of the year for many New York City churches. For one Manhattan minister, the race starts on Palm Sunday STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARY NEWMAN

As people buzzed around the Marble Collegiate Church on Sunday, awaiting the start of the Palm Sunday service, Reverend Dr. Michael

Brown was away from the chaos, rehearsing his sermon in his office. “That’s better, much better,” he says to himself while printing the latest copy. “I always read my sermon out loud to myself a few times before finalizing anything. You have to make sure it reads well out loud because what I do is talk, my words have to be heard clearly and be able to relate to people.” After chatting with some of his colleagues for a few minutes, he then asks for some privacy to rehearse on his own. You can hear

him loudly projecting his sermon, pacing around his office as if it were rehearsal for a play. He then opens his door and talks about the strenuous pace of Holy Week, which, for churches like Marble Collegiate, is the most frenetic week all year. “This week is always very emotional because I have to guide people from the despair of [Good] Friday, to the joy of Easter Sunday,” he said. “Easter is our busiest time of year, even busier than Christmas.” By 10:30, Brown hustles downstairs to the sanctuary, passing a class of parents preparing to baptize their children, several Bible studies, and the church choir warming up their voices. Brown gives everyone he passes a warm hello and handshake, until he meets the ushers in a side room adjacent to the sanctuary. After getting a microphone pinned to his tie, he asks everyone to join him in a prayer circle before leaving. The group files out of the room and into their assigned seats, as the choir sings “Ride On, King Jesus” to open the service.


An NYPD cruiser struck a man crossing at 72nd Street and Broadway on Sunday afternoon. According to an NYPD spokesperson, the cruiser was traveling with its lights and sirens on and had right of way. “The cop tried to divert away from him but he couldn’t swerve enough and he hit the poor guy,” witness Fran Kaback told the Post. “Everyone I talked to said that the man had the right of way.” According to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Facebook page, the man is expected to survive. “Pedestrian hit by a car on 78 Street and Broadway…is going to be OK. That is my understanding. Thank goodness,” wrote the Borough President’s office.

SPEED CAMERAS FOR SCHOOL ZONES State lawmakers are taking aim at lead-footed drivers in New York City and Long Island with a proposal to authorize hundreds of speed cameras in school zones, a plan touted as a way to protect pedestrians and raise money for government coffers. The legislation approving cameras, which has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, is expected to be one of the first items on the agenda when lawmakers return to the Capitol this month. Traffic fatalities have dropped nationally and in New York state in the past two decades.


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Tattoo artist Keith McCurdy showing off one of his own. Bowery Boogie reports that the famous inker has closed his Clinton Street shop.

CELEBRITY TATTOO ARTIST CLOSES SHOP Keith McCurdy, AKA Bang Bang, will be shutting down his tattoo parlor for the stars, after two years at 26 Clinton Street. The Bowery Boogie reports that phone calls go unanswered and the outgoing message offers no inkling of their fate. The space has been completely cleared of its contents and retail hopefuls have been scoping the space. Due to a number of his clients being celebrities, Bang Bang has been a tabloid fixture, since getting fined for allowing Justin Bieber to tattoo him and branding Rhianna with an Egyptian falcon. Bowery Boogie


HOWL! FESTIVAL POSTPONED The Howl! Festival, named after Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem and dedicated to celebrating the “local cultural icons and lionize, preserve, and advance the art, history, culture, and counterculture unique to the East Village and Lower East Side,” has been postponed. Little is known as to why the festival has been postponed this year, but the festival’s website has posted a notice on the front page. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, Howl! Festival 2014, originally scheduled for May 30th through June 1st has been postponed,” read the statement. “New dates will be announced as soon as possible. Please check this (website) for updates.” EV Grieve


Uber, a taxi and car service app, is looking to expand into a delivery service, with its beta program launching in Manhattan last Tuesday. The base cost will be $15, but the price could go up to $30 should a package originate on the Upper East or West Side and have to travel down to Lower Manhattan. The expansion is part of the reason investors recently poured over $400 million into the company, pushing its worth to $3.5 billion. Should the expansion prove successful, Uber will be opening up the service to other boroughs. When asked how the service would be different than other courier services, Uber’s general manager in New York Josh Mohrer said, “Better, faster, cheaper.” NY Post

Despite being open since February, the new $55 million Manny Cantor Center had its official ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Speaker Sheldon Silver was in attendance to help members of the board of trustees to cut the ribbon. The building on 197 East Broadway, includes a fitness center, preschool, teen and senior centers, an art school and new facilities for Head Start. “It’s been an honor to represent this community in state government,” said Silver. “I am proud to have directed millions of dollars to the Educational Alliance (over the years) and $1.2 million in capital funding for this building.”



Due to a possible DOH “back-office mix up” food vendors all across the city are unable to get proper stickers. It is possible that the DOH could take as much as five months to get the needed permits. “I’m not exactly sure what happened,” said a department spokesman. “A purchase order may not have been numbered correctly.” The DOH has postponed annual permit renewal inspections for vendors. It is also possible that vendors will be sent a letter that they could show police officers to avoid a ticket for expired permits. A lawyer for the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center noted though that it is possible that a fine and other hardships could still be incurred. DNAinfo

Downtown residents will be happy to know that despite the move to the Hudson River back in 2009, Fourth of July fireworks will once again return to the East River. Mayor de Blasio announced last Monday that the return was brought about, because he felt that residents of Brooklyn and Queens were shut out of the festivities since the move took place. Macy’s annual fireworks display will be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges from the East River. NY Daily News

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG NAKED AGGRESSION A fight between a woman and her ex-boyfriend went viral. At midnight on Saturday, April 5, a 23-year-old woman got into a dispute with her ex-boyfriend as she was about to enter her apartment on Water Street. They were arguing, when he grabbed her cell phone and sent out a naked photo of her to all the contacts stored in the phone’s memory. He then threw down the phone, pushed her into the apartment, and threw her down, causing a laceration to her right foot. She refused medical attention, and her ex-boyfriend fled the scene.

DECONSTRUCTION SITE Valuable equipment and supplies were removed from a construction site. At 8 AM on Monday, April 7, workers returning to a construction site on Broome Street discovered that some $12,000 in materials and equipment had been taken overnight. Items stolen included copper pipes, a pipe cutter, drills, a wood saw, and more. The thieves had gained access by

prying two pieces of plywood from the fence surrounding the site.

might have taken the ring, which was valued at $10,000.



An intruder broke into a store overnight, but stole nothing. At 8:30 PM on Monday, April 7, a man entered a chain store on Spring Street through the front glass door. He took an elevator to the stock room on the second floor, where he kicked in a glass door and looked around, before leaving the store taking nothing. The incident was captured on video.

A thief stole a woman’s iPhone - while she was listening to music on it. At 9 AM on Thursday, April 3, a 23-yearold woman was walking at the corner of Water and Broad Streets with her headphones in. All of a sudden, the music stopped, and she discovered that someone had unplugged her earphones and removed the iPhone from her pocket. It was valued at $300.



Someone stole a young woman’s engagement ring. At 2:15 PM on Sunday, April 6, a 23-year-old woman was trying on clothing in a store on Broadway. She left the store before realizing that she had left her engagement ring in the dressing room. She returned there and found that the ring was missing. Store video showed that two women subsequently entered the dressing room, but it is unknown which of the pair

A wallet was stolen from a baby stroller. At 8:30 AM on Monday, March 31, a 37-year-old woman was leaving her child at a nursery school on North Moore Street. She entered the building with the child, leaving her wallet in a baby stroller on the sidewalk. When she returned to the stroller five minutes later, she found that her wallet was missing, containing her bank and credit cards. Fortunately, no unauthorized charges turned up.


July 4th Fireworks to Return to East River

Macy’s and Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that on Friday, July 4th, the annual fireworks display sponsored by the department store will return to the East River, launching from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges in the lower East River for its 38th year. The show has been launched from the Hudson River for the past five years, blocking views for residents of Brooklyn and Queens. The fireworks display from the Hudson River, where it has been launched for the past five years. Photo by Randy Lemoine via Flickr.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 said Andrew Breslau, vice president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From tourism to the police department to waterfront development to sustainability issues to the buildings department to the department of sanitation, these are all conversation weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having.â&#x20AC;? Downtown residents especially have a lot at stake in the upcoming years, with profound changes happening in their neighborhoods, from the building out of the World Trade Center site to rebuilding of the Seaport and the rehabilitation of Pier A in Battery Park City. While it may be too soon to judge the mayor on development, many residents are ready to give him high marks for his aggressive work on improving traffic safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would commend Mayor de Blasio on his attempts to make the streets safer with lower speed limits in some areas,â&#x20AC;? said Betty Lynd, who honed in on traffic safety as a key issue. The biggest common denominator in assessments from Manhattan residents, though, was that there is still much to be done before anyone can hand the mayor a deďŹ nitive grade, good or bad. There are still important agency appointments to be made, and some areas to which the mayor has yet to focus his attention. Geoffrey Croft, president of independent watchdog organization NYC Park Advocates, said that he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possibly evaluate the de Blasio administration on its policies and work in parks, because very little has been done in that arena. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately there has been virtually nothing to report,â&#x20AC;? Croft said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a single word in the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural speech about parks or open spaces.

Mayor de Blasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for universal PreK has won widespread praise. What comments he has made came out of the press conference [announcing the impending appointment of Mitchell Silver as incoming parks commissioner] two-andhalf months into his administration.â&#x20AC;? Croft said that he has high hopes for the new commissioner and hopes that de Blasio will fulďŹ ll his recent promise to make parks more accessible and enjoyable to all in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very concerned, as we were

when he was a candidate, what his solutions are to this,â&#x20AC;? Croft said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The budget that [de Blasio] just proposed is the exact same issues weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had for decades - heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposing to allocate a fraction of the funds needed to properly maintain our parks.â&#x20AC;? The city budget is far from finalized, however, and the same goes for de Blasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation and record on issues important to the downtown.

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By 11:30, Brown begins his sermon, which is titled “A Needy Crowd.” He describes the difference between things that we need versus things that we want. To illustrate the latter, he talks about people driv-

ing Hummer SUV’s around Manhattan. After the service ends, the Reverend says goodbye to as many people as possible, standing in the entryway greeting people as they leave the church.

A parishioner at the Palm Sunday service.

DOWNTOWN EASTER SERVICES Trinity Church 74 Trinity Place near Rector Street Good Friday 12 p.m. Good Fr iday Worship Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Easter Festive Eucharist 10 a.m. Easter Festive Eucharist for Children and Families Our Lady of Victory Church 60 William Street near Pine Street Easter Sunday 7 a.m. Easter Service 9 a.m. Easter Service 11 a.m. Easter Service Mariners Temple Baptist Church 3 Henry Street near Olive Street Easter Sunday 11 a.m. Easter Service St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 290 Henry Street Good Friday

12 p.m. Good Friday Service Holy Saturday 7 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter with Baptism Easter Sunday 10:30 a.m. Easter Service St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral 263 Mulberry Street near Prince Street Easter Sunday 9:15 a.m. English Easter Service 10:15 a.m. Chinese Easter Service 11:30 a.m. Spanish Easter Service 12:45 p.m. English Easter Service Our Lady of Pompeii Church 25 Carmine Street near Bleecker Street Good Friday 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayers 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayers 8 p.m. Easter Candlelight vVigil Easter Sunday 9 a.m. English Easter Service 11 a.m. Italian Easter Service 12:15 p.m. English Easter Service 1:30 p.m. Brazi l ia n Portuguese Easter Service 3 p.m. Filipino Easter Service 6 p.m. English Easter

The first woman who shook his hand upon leaving worked for the company that makes Hummer’s. “I was nervous she was going to yell at me, but she was the nicest lady.” By 1 p.m., switching out of his robe, it’s back to the alter to answer questions from people around the country during a live streaming Q&A called “Talk Back.” A woman from Virginia wrote in asking the Reverend ways to better realize things we need vs. the things we want, and he answered by giving the example of the night

Jesus spent in a garden after being betrayed by Judas. Some questions pertained to the sermon, but others were general questions about life. “The hardest questions I ever get during Talk Back are the ones about forgiveness,” he explained afterwards. “What I always do at that point is tell them that if they don’t learn to forgive, they are allowing the person who has hurt them to continue to abuse them.” By 1:30, he’s in the elevator heading up to the studio so he could record a weekly on-

line segment called “Worship Without Walls.” He developed these weekly video posts with the producer Bob Marty as a way to reach younger audiences. He relates each video to his Sunday sermon, and they post it to Vimeo, and the Marble Collegiate Church blog. Once he wrapped taping, it’s across the street for lunch at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, then home, to begin writing his sermons for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Service Church of Saint Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street Good Friday 9 a.m. Morning Prayer 1 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday 10 a.m. Holy Saturday Service 10:15 a.m. Egg Dyeing 8 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Said Eucharist 9:15 a.m. Sung Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the Garden 11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist 12:45 p.m. Service of Healing The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York 12 West 12th Street of 5th Avenue Good Friday 12 – 3 p.m. Good Friday Service Holy Saturday 10 – 11:30 a.m. Easter Egg Decorating Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Communion Service 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Festival Worship 10:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast 11:30 a.m. Festival Worship 1 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt

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AN INCOMPLETE GRADE FROM AN INCOMPLETE NEIGHBORHOOD It makes sense that Mayor de Blasio gets an “incomplete” grade in our inaugural report card of his performance: the neighborhood itself is in a state of flux. So much of downtown is now on the verge. The World Trade Center site is nearing comple-

tion and the 9/11 Museum is set to open; the Seaport is being rebuilt and reimagined; Pier A at the tip of Battery Park is finally being redeveloped. The neighborhood is incomplete. The mayor’s attention so far has seemed diverted from the neighborhood, and perhaps

A few years ago, I read an article in Our Town by Bette Dewing concerning inconsiderate and law-breaking bicycle riders creating a danger. I also read her article a week ago in Our Town and it’s disappointing that since the first article, little has been done to protect the safety of pedestrians while it seems that more has been done to protect bicycle riders, e.g., giving them designated traffic lanes. The biggest offenders are messenger and food delivery bikers -- especially when it’s dark and at peak food delivery time between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. Some, but not all, delivery bikers wear a reflective vest and have a tiny light, but these devices protect them against motorists and do not protect pedestrians against those

elsewhere. We don’t have carriage horses to fight over. But many other problems are shared with the rest of the city, whether it’s the need for universal PreK or the critical lack of affordable housing. De Blasio remains a work in progress.



rightly so. Because lower Manhattan lacks the high-speed neighborhood avenues that menace other parts of town, we haven’t suffered from the same plague of traffic-related deaths. The charter-school co-location debate doesn’t have the sizzle downtown that it has

bikers who frequently do not observe traffic rules: go through red lights, speed “out of nowhere” from the opposite direction, ride on the sidewalk. Since the dinner delivery riders come out in droves at night and the timing and locations are fairly predictable in the midtown Manhattan office area, I cannot understand why a minimal plainclothes police presence has not been staged in the high-traffic office delivery zones during those times. Maybe enforcing bike rules and issuing tickets imposing significant fines would bring some civility and safety to this issue. Pat Masters, Midtown East

FIXING POTHOLES The Department of Transportation, which is responsible for repairing potholes, can only address those that are reported through calls to 311 BY ROSEANNE LEVITT

SOHO There are “twin potholes” in the crossing between the southeast and southwest corners of Sullivan and Prince

Streets in SoHo. According to an article on pothole repair in the April 2014 Public Employee Press published by DC37 AFL-CIO, under the Bloomberg administration DOT (Department of Transportation) crews are limited to filling in holes called into 311. Local 983 President, Joe Puleo, states they no longer have discretion to fill in holes they encounter along the way.

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Op Ed

The Failure of Arts Education in Manhattan BY SCOTT STRINGER ur city is getting a failing grade when it comes to arts education. My office just released a first-ofits-kind report, “State of the Arts,” showing that, after years of crippling cuts in Manhattan and other communities, 20 percent of our middle and high schools across New York City do not have a single, full-time certified arts teacher. I have a plan to help get us back on track, but we must first know how we got to where we are today.


Arts education can and should play a hugely important role in the lives of our children. A healthy exposure to the arts in school deepens students’ understanding of the world around them, and gives them

the creative skills they’ll need to compete in the 21st century marketplace. This is especially important in New York City, the cultural capital of the world. Unfortunately, our public schools are failing to provide quality arts education to all our students. While state law requires that middle and high school students be taught by a certified arts teacher, more than 400 of our middle and high schools do not provide one. \ The gaps in arts education fall disproportionately on students in lower income neighborhoods. More than 42 percent of schools that lack either full-time or part-time certified arts teachers are located in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn. In Manhattan, more than 26 percent of public schools d on’t have a full-time certified arts teacher. You’d think that with a $25 billion budget, our Department of Education could afford to provide arts education and comply with state law. But New York City’s financial support for arts education has been shrinking dramatically-with a 47 percent drop in spending on arts and cultural


vendors, and an 84 percent cut in arts supplies and equipment in the last seven years. These reductions are unacceptable. As the city’s chief fiscal watchdog, I firmly believe that our economic future depends on the strength of our students’ skills and their readiness for the competitive innovation economies of tomorrow. My report makes a series of recommendations designed to boost arts education and arm our students with those skills: • Create a separate budget line for arts education funding • Work with the DOE to ensure that schools serving students in grades 7-12 comply with state laws that require arts education to be taught by certified teachers. • Broaden DOE’s accountability for Arts Education, by including information in every school’s profile about its arts teachers, partnerships with local arts and cultural organizations, dedicated arts rooms and other features. • Expand schools’ outreach to potential arts and cultural partners.

CAMP Sharing the message about healthy eating Viki Kappel Spain, M.Ed. is an allagency camp food service consultant and an active member in the American Camp Association. She cooks, trains, and does consulting work for camps all over the U.S., and has been cooking in the camp industry since 1985. She answers questions about nutrition and healthy eating at camp.

What do you consider the biggest trend in camp meal preparation and nutrition in recent years? Choice is the biggest news for camp. Family or buffet-style serving has replaced the cafeteria trays of yesteryear, though line serving still takes place. The “lunch lady,” line-served food is basically out the door. Food served in a family setting, with a bowl of salad, a pan of lasagna, and loaf of garlic bread for each table, offers the opportunity for children to sit, relax, enjoy each other’s company, learn table manners (“please pass the butter”), and to think of others (taking one or two pieces and passing the bowl around instead of taking half the bowl and thinking of no one else). In this fast food era and age of both parents working, many children do not experience

• Adopt a “no-net loss” of space policy, ensuring that schools do not lose arts rooms when district schools are colocated with other district or charter schools.

the family table as often as parents would like. If camps offer this serving style, it affords a great opportunity to support family values.

What are the top concerns expressed by parents about children and eating at camp? Parents know their children best. Most parents are concerned about their children getting the healthy foods they need, and they want to make sure they will get their favorite foods, as well. The major topic of concern from most parents is about meat and the assurance that the meat will be thoroughly cooked. Parents worry about their children who have special dietary concerns (dairy-sensitive, vegetarian, food allergies) and contact the food service director regarding the menu, asking how the camp can support this need. Many parents also express concern about sugar and caffeine, and some even ask about the availability of a low-carb program. Since the nature of most camps is activity-oriented, low-carb-conscious parents are usually told that carbs are necessary for energy at camp.

How are camps addressing special diets and food allergies? The days of serving everyone in the dining hall exactly the same food is definitely a thing of the past. Each and every camper may have slightly different dietary

As a new administration takes the reins at City Hall, we have an opportunity to reprioritize arts education as a critical component of a wellrounded curriculum. To read

needs that camps consider when planning a menu. Allergies and sensitivities have taken center stage for food service directors and their focus on foods served at camp. With peanut allergies so rampant and extremely dangerous, even having peanut butter on the shelves can cause problems, let alone serving peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter cookies to the whole room. For those who are dairy sensitive or lactose intolerant, having dairyfree options are a must, from soy milk to cheese-less pizza, and even butter-free desserts. Cooks are encouraged to make Rice Krispy treats with margarine, not butter, to ensure a safe environment for all.

Anything families can or should do to prepare children for meals away from home? One of the best things parents can teach their children is to “just try a little.” Some families serve favorite, home-made foods and family recipes, and others eat a small variety of fast or prepared foods. In either case, the children will be exposed to many new items and need to take the opportunity to learn new tastes and experience the entire food array at camp. No parent wants to think of their child as finicky, but most children actually are finicky and reluctant to try new things. The age of potlucks is

a copy of the full report, visit Stringer is the city’s comptroller.

almost gone, and with that the opportunities for children to try new things is fading, as well. As hard as camp cooks try to duplicate homemade food items, children can tell that camp macaroni and cheese looks and tastes different from home food, whether it be different from the “Easy Mac” they are used to making or the scratch cheese sauce mom or grandma makes.

What are children’s favorite foods at camp? Traditionally, children’s favorite foods vary from region to region, but there are several menu items that can guarantee success: pizza, hamburgers, barbecue hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, spaghetti, submarine sandwiches, tacos and burritos, chicken dinner, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and cereal. When the camp kitchen takes the food preparation level up a notch, children are delighted with fresh-baked breads, hot dog rollups (dough wrapped around the hot dog in a spiral and baked), and other fun foods. Children also love and appreciate fresh-cut French fries, real turkey dinners, real pizza dough (instead of cardboard crusts), special meals like cookouts, barbecues, breakfastin-cabins, and even hike lunches. Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.


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Out & About (trumpet and santur), Zafer Tawil (oud and percussion), and Jennifer Vincent (bass), Gaida delivers “entrancing and luscious” performances. This time out, this band will play songs from their new album, Look at the Moon, in addition to popoular tunes from the Arab world.

18 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL DRIVE-IN: SPLASH Arts Brookfield, 220 Vesey Street 8 p.m., Free Celebrate the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival at the Tribeca Drive-In! Watch new and classic films under the stars, along with fun preshow activities and treats for the entire family. Come early for Tails of Glory (the award-winning dancers from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade) performing a rockin’ homage to cinema. Plus face-painting, food trucks and more! Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Ron Howard’s rollicking New York comedycaper stars Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, and John Candy.

19 MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS BELOWCHELSEA HIKE Whole Foods Market on 14th St at Union Square Park 9 a.m., Free 8+ miles, 6+ hours, moderate pace. A walk that will guide you past the Museums and Cultural Institutions located in Manhattan below Chelsea. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Canceled if heavy rain. Hike Leader Z. Baez. Contact before hike;



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It’s Friday night, you made it through the week, the kids are hungry, and you’re too tired to cook. Bring the whole family to Charlotte’s Place. Charlotte’s Place is a free space in Lower Manhattan. Open to everyone, it is supported and operated by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in the city of New York.

Charlotte’s Place, 107 Greenwich Street (rear of 74 Trinity Place), between Rector and Carlisle 6-7 p.m., Free for families and children under 18

Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th Floor, btwn Broad St. & Broadway 7:30 p.m., $20 Syrian songstress, Gaida, is one of the most “effusive and charming” singers in the New York world-music scene. With her “filigreed voice” and outstanding ensemble - George Dulin (piano), Amir ElSaffar

20 SPRING ART MARKET SPACEWOMb Gallery, 57 Stanton Street 12 - 6 p.m., Free Aaron Wilder works primarily in mixed media and acrylic paint and uses color, line, and text to grab attention and provoke personal interaction with his work. Some of the more dominant themes in his artwork include international politics, political and social commentary, popular culture, contradictions, introspection, the state of humanity, gay rights, gender equality, and questioning the process of our own socialization.

EASTER EGG HUNT AT BATTERY PARK The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, 2 West St. 12 p.m., Free Over 500 eggs with hidden treasures inside of them will be scattered throughout the hotel lobby and outdoor plaza. Whoever uncovers one of the twelve golden eggs will receive an additional prize.

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NONFICTION FORUM: PETER MAASS LECTURE The New School, 66 West 12th Street 6:30 p.m., $5 Peter Maass is the author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, an award-winning memoir of the war in Bosnia, and Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. He has written for the New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine about Edward Snowden, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his next book, which will focus on the problems of surveillance in the post-9/11 era. 212-229-8900

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and give new purpose to her grandmother’s antique lacework. Show lasts from April 22nd to May 17th.

Seward Park Library, 192 East Broadway 4 p.m., Free Teens come for fun science experiments and awesome crafts. For ages 12-18. 212-477-6770

RICHARD RENALDI ARTIST LECTURE SVA, 136 West 21st Street 7 p.m., Free Photographer Richard Renaldi discusses his most recent project and forthcoming book, Touching Strangers, for which he enlists strangers to create intimate relationships that exist only for the moment in which the photograph is taken. His talk is part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, which features presentations by digital photographers, hardware and software developers and industry experts. Presented by the MPS Digital Photography Department. 212-592-2010

WENDY SHALEN ART EXHIBITION OPENING Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Street Various times. Free Alongside sensitive paintings, drawings and prints, Shalen displays a series of contemporary handmade paper embossments that incorporate

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23 MOBILE MINECRAFT GAME SESSION Hamilton Fish Park Library, 415 East Houston Street 3:30 – 5 p.m., Free Bring your smartphone or tablet and join in a multiplayer Minecraft session. For children 5 – 18 years old. 212-673-2290

P.S. 130, 143 Baxter Street 6 p.m., Free Speaker cards will be accepted from 6 – 6:30 p.m. Reports from the Chair, District Manager, Borough President, Standing Committees. Individuals who cannot attend are invited to submit written testimony in advance to the board office. Written testimony will be placed into the written record. 212-979-2272

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FROM REFUGEE TO RUNWAY Nykhor Paul and part of the Our Side of the Story: South Sudan series. Photo by Mike Mellia

FASHION A supermodel raises awareness about South Sudanese conflict BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

TRIBECA When model Nykhor Paul was nine, she fled her native South Sudan for a refugee camp in Ethiopia before coming to the United States with her uncle. The rest of her family stayed behind, and her mother, father and siblings still live in the same camp. She’s never been back. The 5’11” model has done well for herself since then. She’s walked runways at New York Fashion Week, posed in editorial spreads and landed campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, but one of the most important photo shoots she’s done lately was for “Our Side of the Story: South Sudan,” a portrait

series that showed at Tapir Editions Gallery on White Street on April 10. In January, shortly after civil war again broke out in South Sudan, Paul partnered with fashion photographer Mike Mellia for the series of 14 portraits of South Sudanese models, actors, students and activists who all work to raise awareness and inspire peace in South Sudan. “They’re all very successful in America,” said Mellia about the subjects of the portraits, many of whom were refugees who fled during the Sudanese civil war. A few were once child soldiers. “Once you get to know them, their stories are so much more interesting than what the fashion and entertainment worlds put forward. For me, I wanted to bring these two worlds together.” Through her global initiative We Are Nilotic, meaning we are of the Nile, Paul aims to give a voice to South Sudanese women and bring an end to


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tribalism along the Nile, but the confluence of her career in fashion with her personal history provides an opportunity for Paul to share her own story. Paul said that, as a model, she’s often asked where she’s from, and takes the opportunity to educate members of the fashion community on the conflict in South Sudan. “If I go to a photo shoot, I talk to everyone and ask if they know what’s going on in South Sudan,” said Paul, who found a South Sudanese community in New York City which includes fellow model Ajak Deng, who also posed for Mellia’s portrait series. “The education already started with photographers and designers, and throughout the fashion industry people are educating themselves. They’re seeing more of us.” In the portraits, all of the subjects wear their own clothes and sit in a wooden folding chair against a dark gray backdrop. Some look at the camera, while many fix a pensive gaze elsewhere. Paul wears a black sweater and leather pants, with a black and white head wrap and Chuck Taylor high tops fixed with safety pins.

“There’s a very strong sense of individuality in all of the portraits,” said Mellia, who takes a ‘painterly’ approach to portraiture and references masters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio. “A lot of them were losing family members in the conflict around the time I photographed them. It was a very powerful experience.” Through We Are Nilotic, Paul worked with the United Nations to bring eight South Sudanese women who now live throughout the United States and Canada to New York City, to participate in a video interview series that will live on her organization’s website, which is currently in the works. Giving a voice to members of the diaspora is all part of raising awareness, Paul said. “We really want people to pay attention,” she said. “When I look at the news, I’m reading about Ukraine and Venezuela. In my country, people are being shot down every day and people aren’t paying attention. And now with the rainy season coming the refugee camps are packed. I see this on the news and it breaks my heart. There are so many clueless people.”

For the opening of mega-art dealer Larry Gagosian’s fifth New York City gallery (bringing the Gagosian chain’s gglobal total to 14), he selected Swiss-born sculptor Urs Fischer for the inaugural g exhibit at the t new uptown space at Park Avenue and 75 Street. Gagosian brings some uuptown sensibilities to the downtown scene with a concurrent Fischer exhibit in a temporary pop-up gallery in an old Chase bank. The installation, exhibi mermaid/pig/bro w/hat, includes an eclectic mix bronze sculptures that merm r Fischer Fisc crafted in 2013, with 1,500 volunteer collaborators at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The sculptures in the pop-up space, some Con which are silver and gold-plated, range in size and imagery, from a of w handicapped boy in an armchair to a bust of Napoleon. ha 1104 Delancey Street Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. T Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. S Now N through May 23

PAULA COOPER GALLERY PRESENTS GALLE JUSTIN JUSTI MATHERLY New Y York-based sculptor Matherly’s new solo show Justin M will close out the run of Paula Cooper Gallery’s pop-up space on Ga Tenth Avenue. Aven Matherly worked previously with massive, hollow concrete ssculptures, including 2012’s “New “N Beaches,” which by the Public was commissioned comm Art. His upcoming upcom show will feature smaller-scale, abstract pieces that incorporate pi pieces of medical equipment, including walkers and crutches. The show also includes a collection of monoprints that represent the artist’s diverse interests, from Greek mythology to pop culture. Paula Cooper Gallery Pop-Up Space 197 Tenth Ave. Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. April 22-May 23

FILM GOD GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORI ORIGINAL Ish Honda’s 1954 film has been Ishiro nnewly-restored, commemoratingg the 60th anniversary of the seminal film. When released, Godzilla had the largest budget in Japanese movie history, and Honda’s film wentt on to inspire the kaiju eiga genre of Japanese monster movies. When it first showed in the United Statess two years later, renamed Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it had been re-cut and re-dubbed, without 40 minutes of the original footage, in order to remove the nuclear weapons subtext and incorporate new scenes shot in Hollywood. The uncut restoration includes updated subtitles. Film Forum

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FEATHERS Portland, Oregon folk act Horse Feathers celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a spring east coast tour and New York City stopover at Joe’s Pub. Led and fronted by singer-songwriter Justin Ringle, whose move from his native Idaho in 2004 marks the band’s inception, Horse Feathers’ acoustic folk is marked by Ringle’s light, gentle, vocals, which weave seamlessly with his acoustic guitar strums, occasional banjo-picking and longtime collaborator Nathan Crockett’s fiddle-playing. Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette St Street Saturday, April 19 Saturd p.m. 9:30 p.m Tickets $15 Tic

KIDS KID PAT THE BUNNY PA Inspired by Dorothy Kunhardt’s classic kids touch-and-feel book cla “Pat “P the Bunny,” the Strand Bookstore welcomes children and Boo families for a meet and greet with Pat the Bunny. Children can celebrate spring and pose for pictures with Pat, get their hands dirty in arts and crafts and enjoy story time. The all-ages event is free and open to the public.


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Food & Drink

< STEVEN A. SHAW, ONE OF THE FIRST FOOD BLOGGERS, DIES Steven A. Shaw, one of the first food bloggers and founder of food discussion forum eGullet died on Tuesday, April 8, at the age of 44, The New York Times reported. The Manhattan native and graduate of Stuyvesant High School turned his back on a law career in order to delve into online food

journalism with both eGullet and his sincediscontinued food blog The stilloperating message forum eGullet announced Shaw’s death on April 9 on a message board that has since received more than 100 messages of remembrance in Shaw’s honor. eGullet became a destination where food lovers of

all stripes could debate culinary issues. Shaw also wrote two books, “Turning the Tables: The Insider’s Guide to Eating Out” and “Asian Dining Rules,” a guide to dining like an insider at Asian restaurants. At the time of his death, Shaw worked for, a website for inventors to share and workshop ideas.

Last year’s Hester Street Fair entrance. Photo by Atisha Paulson

In Brief CHEF WYLIE DUFRESNE HONORED BY PEERS Chef Wylie Dufresne, a pioneer in molecular gastronomy and owner of wd~50 (and occasional Top Chef personality), was honored by a legion of celebrated chefs and restaurateurs on April 8, with a surprise celebration at Dufresne’s downtown restaurant, Grub Street reported. To mark the 11th anniversary of wd~50’s, all-star chefs and food personalities, from Daniel Boulud to David Chang, Padma Lakshmi to Brazil’s Alex Atala, descended on lower Manhattan— without Dufresne’s knowledge—and took over his kitchen for the ultimate foodie surprise party. The chefs prepared 10 courses, all inspired by classic wd~50 menu items. The surprise event was executed by Gelinaz!, an international collective of avant-garde chefs that organize performance dinners and food events, and riff off particular dishes, inspired by the concept of variations in music.

JEAN-GEORGES EARNS 4-STAR NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW Nearly 17 years after Ruth Reichl gave Jean-Georges a four-star review in the New York Times, current Times critic Pete Wells celebrated the venerable Upper West Side restaurant with his own four-star review on Tuesday, April 8. Wells commended chef and proprietor Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s culinary gambles, writing that he “takes risks that are almost shocking,” as evidenced by a new, spice-rubbed squab dish that, with the inclusion of a flower and citrus based hot sauce, became “what may be the spiciest dish ever served in a French restaurant.” Wells paused over a few missteps during a lunch tasting, and wondered whether Vongerichten’s growing ventures—he operates 23 restaurants worldwide—keeps him from continually producing top-notch cuisine. But he went on to praise the extensive wine list, developed by sommelier Laura Williamson, as well as pastry chef Joseph Murphy’s dessert offerings, all served in miniature as part of a dessert tasting, particularly the molten chocolate cake, and noted that, of each dessert dish, “almost all of them are deeply, instantly lovable.” JeanGeorges’ prix fixe, three-course dinner menu is $118, while two different specialty dinner tasting menus are $198 each.

TWO FOOD EVENTS RETURN TO THE L.E.S. FESTIVALS Both the Hester Street Fair and the Taste of the Lower East Side open this month BY LAUREN ROTHMAN

LOWER EAST SIDE It’s a great time to dine on the Lower East Side: next weekend, two well-loved food events return to the neighborhood. On Thursday the 24th, Grand St.

Settlement will open its doors for its 14th annual Taste of the Lower East Side, and on Saturday the 26th, the Hester Street Fair, now in its fifth season, will fill the corner of Hester and Essex Streets with more than 20 food vendors hawking everything from vegan Ethiopian stews to ice cream sandwiches made with locally sourced milk and cream. First held in 2000 to raise money for its youth mentorship program JUMP!, Grand St. deems its tasting event “the city’s most unique.” On

year’s event raised $400,000; this year, staff at Grand St. Settlement are hoping to break half a million. For those who’d rather enjoy their bites in the open air, there’s the Hester Street Fair, located on the historic site of the city’s largest pushcart market and, its organizers say, dedicated to celebrating the spirit of that immigrant-founded, turn-of-the-century marketplace. Previously operating only on Saturdays, this year the market will be open all weekend. Vendors include not just a highlycurated variety of craft, clothing and jewelry makers, but also some of the neighborhood’s most soughtafter “pop-up” food vendors, such as Luke’s Lobster, master of the New England-style crustacean roll, and La Newyorkina, purveyor of inventive “paletas,” or Mexican-style ice pops in flavors like avocado, fresh coconut and cucumber-lime.

Thursday, more than 50 neighborhood restaurants will present a diverse array of plates to the benefit’s guests, from wd-50’s modernist cuisine to Veselka’s old-school Ukrainian fare. And the icing on the cake, so to speak? Unlimited portions, a rarity at even the most generous of NYC’s tasting events. Tickets for the event, whose proceeds go directly towards supporting all of Grand St. Settlement’s programs and services, cost $195 and For more info, visit and are available at Last

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Two-Bits Retro Arcade

153 Essex Street

Grade Pending (23) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

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 Rockwood Music Hall

184-198 Allen Street


La Bonbonniere

28 8 Avenue


Jing Star Restaurant

27 Division Street


Market Table

54 Carmine Street


Xing Wong Bbq

89 East Broadway

Molly’s Cupcakes

228 Bleecker Street


Puck Fair

298 Lafayette Street


Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston Street


Noho Star Restaurant

330 Lafayette Street


Florencia 13

185 Sullivan Street

Grade Pending (47) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/ or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Starbucks Coffee

482 West Broadway



112 Macdougal Street


Not Graded Yet (68) 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. Shellfish not from approved source, improperly tagged/labeled; tags not retained for 90 days. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. 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. 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. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

The Juice Press

250 Mott Street



90 Rivington Street


110 Thompson Street


ZZ Clam Bar

169 Thompson Street

Not Graded Yet (43) No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Grade Pending (38) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, crosscontaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

Qq Bakery

50 East Broadway


Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits

125 Canal St


Villa Mosconi Restaurant

69 Macdougal Street


New May May Kitchen

181 Clinton Street


Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring Street

Grade Pending (10) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

Metro Empanadas

201 Clinton Street


Antojeria Popular

50 Spring Street

Grade Pending (17) Hot food item that has been cooked and refrigerated is being held for service without first being reheated to 1 65º F or above within 2 hours. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

162 Eb Corp

162 East Broadway

Bisous, Ciao.

101 Stanton Street


Claw Daddy’s

185 Orchard Street

Not Graded Yet (53) 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. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. 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. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.

Grade Pending (38) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food from unapproved or unknown source or home canned. Reduced oxygen packaged (ROP) fish not frozen before processing; or ROP foods prepared on premises transported to another site. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.


153 Rivington Street

Grade Pending (18) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Wang’s Great Wall

384 Grand Street

Closed by Health Department (48) 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. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

Fortune Star

84 Eldridge Street

Closed by Health Department (71) 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. 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 rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/ or non-food areas. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant.

Boss Tweed’s Saloon

115 Essex Street

Grade Pending (21) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

New Great Bakery

303 Grand Street



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BUILDING WORKERS’ UNION REACHES TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT 32BJ, the union to which most New York doormen and building service workers belong, reached a tentative agreement with the Realty Advisory Board that would provide 11 percent raises over four years and maintain health care and retirement benefits. The contract, which still needs to be ratified by mem-

bers, would cover 30,000 doormen, porters, handypersons and superintendents in 3,300 buildings throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. 32BJ said the deal contains no givebacks, keeps pension and health care protected, and provides a strong wage increase that keeps

members ahead of inflation and the rising cost of living. “Through this contract, the RAB made clear that they value the skilled and dedicated employees who make New York home for two million tenants,” said 32BJ in a statement. “The unity and strength of 32BJ members,

combined with a healthy real estate industry and employers who came to the table ready to negotiate a fair deal, resulted in an early agreement that will allow residents to observe the upcoming holidays with peace of mind.”

In Brief DE BLASIO: HORSE CARRIAGE BAN COMING THIS YEAR If a horse carriage ride through Central Park is on your bucket list, better get it done soon. Mayor Bill de Blasio in a Google Hangout video chat on Friday said he expects the City Council to ban the practice by year’s end. But carriage-horse operators and allies - including actor Liam Neeson - have loudly opposed the mayor’s plan. On Sunday, the New York Times editorial board wrote that the mayor should abandon the ban and let the carriage horses stay, arguing that they are well-treated and well-regulated. “Here’s an instance where delay and inaction are the preferable form of leadership. Let the carriages and the horses alone. Let this small business survive. Side with the drivers and do not add fleets of new cars, electric or not, into the streets and parks,” the editors wrote. The council has not yet introduced any legislation regarding the carriage horse industry.

BREWER PUSHING FOR DEMOLITION PERMIT REVIEWS Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is pushing for a piece of legislation that, although in its infancy, has real estate developers, construction unions and affordable housing advocates worried. Crain’s New York is reporting that the bill would require a 30day review of demolition permits by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on any building over 50 years old. Opponents of the idea say it would drastically reduce residential construction in the city and an LPC spokeswoman said her office doesn’t have the resources to enforce such legislation. The legislation would apply to over 91 percent of buildings in Manhattan.

Mintzer at her office on the Upper East Side. Photo by Mary Newman

PUSHING PAPER LOCAL BUSINESS Joyce Mintzer runs S. Posner Sons Inc., the family business she inherited from her father, making and distributing paper products for high-end clients BY MARY NEWMAN

UPPER EAST SIDE Joyce Mintzer has worked for the past 50 years to keep her family’s paper distribution business alive by applying the same business principles her grandfather used 125 years ago to today’s fast paced industry: good customer service, quality products, and a constant search for new business. These seem like simple principles, but Mintzer ac-

credits the continued success of S. Posner Sons Inc. to the personalized customer service her company gives to every single client. “I prefer a phone call or talking face to face over email,” she explains. “Although I am aware things have changed, and I am also constantly changing to keep the company relevant.” S. Posner Sons Inc. has remained in her family since its creation in 1889. Her grandfather Samuel Posner immigrated to New York from Russia, starting his own paper distribution company out of Yorkville. At that time there were no grocery stores, so Posner began a successful career selling paper bags to dozens of vendors. The men in her family ran the company until she took control on January 1, 2011 when her brother Sam and cousin Joel retired. In 1960 Mintzer was living with her husband Phil and two daughters in Brooklyn when she started working in their sales department. “I was happy to get to work, I was never really a stay at home kind of woman,” she said. Since Mintzer control in 2011, the company has developed high-end shopping bags with a list of impressive clients including The Plaza Hotel, Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume, the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, Frye boots, F.A.O. Schwartz, and Manolo Blahnik. The offices of S. Posner Sons Inc. maintain an oldschool New York vibe, especially considering that we were greeted with cookies and tea by Mintzer’s

Some of the paper bags produced by S. Posner Sons Inc. Photo by Mary Newman husband Phil, while waiting for her to respond to a few phone calls. But there’s nothing retro about the way Mintzer and her employees do business. “As the industry has changed, I’ve had to evolve with it,” she explained. “If I didn’t then we would be left behind.” One of their latest clients is the shoe brand British Knights, and Minzter was excited to show the sample of their extremely contemporary black velvet shoeboxes. They are also in the process of updating their website which will feature all of their most notable clients. Mintzer wanted to find a web designer who could produce a more modern website with high quality photography. They have a photo shoot scheduled for the end of the month, and she expects the new site to be up by early summer.

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BREATHING LIFE INTO MUSIC Q&A Upper East Sider Chloe Temtchine on singing in church, Steve Martin, and being brave BY ANGELA BARBUTI

New York City is the place where e uChloe Temtchine first heard the music that made her want to become a d singer. It is also where she received her first standing ovation. e That recognition was even more special because it came after her be-e, ing diagnosed, only months before, y with a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension. The illness caused herr g shortness of breath so debilitating n that she was unable to perform on n stage for six years. It also resulted in n her having to travel with an oxygen tank at all times. rFrom this experience, the 31-yearo old has only become more inspired to make music. Her single, “Be Brave,”” which she wrote after coming out off n the critical care unit, was released on March 29th. When asked what she’ss e learned from all of this, she said, “Life is the absolute gift. Everything else iss an added bonus.”

Did you always know you wanted to be a singer? Yeah, I did. I was very inspired by music. My father used to take me to a Baptist church in Harlem and I would literally just sit there for hours and listen to music. I started learning the songs and singing along. That was the beginning of music of me, church.

Where did you group up in the city? Chloe’s latest album cover, showing her with “Steve Martin,” her oxygen tank.

Chloe Temtchine was diagnosed with a rare pulmonary disease.

I was born on the Upper East Side and was there until I was 13. Then I went off to a liberal arts school in Massachusetts, Concord Academy, because I was very focused on music. After that, I was at Berkeley College of Music for two years, but I’ve been back ever since.

How can you explain pulmonary hypertension? It’s high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs and what that does is it causes the right side of the heart to work much harder than it should have to. Which causes it to enlarge and essentially leads to potential heart failure.

How were you finally diagnosed? It was hard to diagnose me because it’s not necessarily lungs or heart - it’s both. You rarely can find somebody who really understands the connection, so for years I was misdiagnosed. I was told I had asthma, I should workout more, that I had blood clots, tons of different things. And then, it finally got so bad that I ended up in the emergency room. My heart was beating out of my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even get from the bathroom to the living room to sit down. I had put 10 pounds of wa-

ter on overnight. It took that to actually be able to diagnose me, and our goal is to have it not take all that. Because if you don’t get lucky, that could be it.

You carry around an oxygen tank you named Steve Martin. Have you met him? No, not at all! He’s obviously someone who makes me happy, because he’s done movies that when they come on, I’m like, “Oh yea!” But there’s no reason for it. I was searching for a name for a few days and it literally came to me. It felt like a perfect match for my tank.

How did the song “Be Brave” come about? I wanted to write something to remind myself to push through and not give in. And hopefully inspire others to do the same. The feedback has been amazing. I have people writing on Facebook. They’re really connecting to the song, which as a songwriter, there’s nothing greater.

You recently sang it at a gala for pulmonary hypertension here in New York. It was so wonderful because it was for all the doctors and everybody who helped me get better. So I was able to thank everyone for making it possible for me to be on the stage. That was really great because the last time I performed, years before, I coughed. It

was my first standing ovation, ever. So that was really nice.

Where do you write your music? Generally alone in a dark room. This album, for sure, has been very much more of a quiet, “me” experience. I have a little room set up at home to make music with a keyboard and my guitar in there. I just sit in there, close the doors, and there it goes.

What are you working on now? Now, I’m working on the album. Half of it is done. The other half is written and in production mode. And that will be our next release. “Be Brave” is the title of the album. That’s my next project, the combination of the album and preparing for all the shows we have. In addition, an official music video for “Be Brave.”

Your husband, Marvin, is a producer. How did you two meet? We actually met through my sister. They had known each other for a long time because they’re both in the movie industry. And then he executive produced a show for Bravo and it happened to be about musicians and my sister said, ‘I think you guys should meet.’ And then we met and it was supposed to be music talk, and we ended up not talking about music at all. And here we are! [Laughs]

Who have been your favorite people to

HEAR CHLOE SING Chloe’s upcoming NYC performances: May 10 - ChloesPHriend Awareness Concert June 1 - O2breathe Walk www. asp?ievent=1096929 @ChloeTemtchine work with over the years? In terms of favorites, there are so many people who have made an impact in my life. But the one who sticks out the most is a producer, Crystal Johnson, who really was my mentor when I was 13 years old. I met her randomly through my father and kind of moved in with her in Jersey City. She couldn’t get rid of me. She taught me how to produce, and I was watching her do everything. It was so inspiring to me. That was exactly what I needed at that time.

Who do you still want to sing with? That changes literally on a daily basis. Right now, I wrote a song called “Loving You,” and really want Ray LaMontagne to sing that song with me. The minute I wrote it, I heard his voice singing the chorus.

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