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Today we are in discussions with Dr. Haleh Milani who is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University Medical Center with an active clinical practice on Central Park West. Dr. Milani what is some of the new and exciting research that may be relevant to our daily lives? We are now focusing on Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Disruption as a contributing factor to the increased risk of Diabetes, Obesity, and negative health effects on the immune function. Sleep deprivation may result in a slowdown in the metabolism and a reduction in insulin production which may be mediated throughout the circadian cycle; that is rhythmic 24-hour oscillations in biologic processes controlled by environmental cues, most notably the daily changes in light intensity Can Drinking Alcohol Benefit Heart Attack Survivors? According to research funded by the US National Institutes of Health, “…men who have two drinks a day after surviving a first heart attack have a lower risk of death from heart disease than non-drinkers.” Investigators looked at data on “more than 1,800 American men who survived a first heart attack between 1986 and 2006 and were followed for up to 20 years.” The researchers found that “men who drank about two alcoholic drinks (between 10 and about 30 grams of alcohol) per day had a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause, and a 42 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular death.” Can ASPIRIN a day prevent Cancer? Aspirin is already included in cardiovascular guidelines for it’s preventative benefits. There is however no apparent reduction in cancer incidence during the first 3 years of use, and an estimated 20% reduction in risk during the fourth and fifth year of use. A daily aspirin also has been associated with lower risks of colorectal cancer and of recurrence of adenomatous polyps. Can Air Pollution increase your health Risk? Researchers have found that for each short-term increment of 10 mcg/m3 of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide,and carbon monoxide, present in industrial waste and car exhaust fuel, there was a 1- 4.8% increase in heart attacks and breathing disorders. What can we do as individuals to reduce our risk of Dementia? Mentally stimulating group activities -- including such things as discussion groups, games, and gardening -- boost cognition in the elderly and reduce progression of dementia. What are some of the warning signs of heart disease in the young adult? Symptoms can include chest pain, dizziness, exerciseinduced syncope, and shortness of breath, which may have been disregarded by the patient and family; a detailed history also may reveal the sudden, unexplained death of a young relative. In fact, estimates suggest these warning signs may be present in up to half of cases of sudden cardiac arrest. A variety of risk-assessment tools have been used, and although these have not been validated or assessed for sensitivity or specificity, expert opinion currently emphasizes the importance of these “ominous” findings on a preparticipation screen



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What is blood pressure and why is it important to control? Elevated blood pressure is called the “silent killer “ because it increases your risk of a stroke, heart and kidney disease amongst other things. Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels, and is one of the principal vital signs. During each heartbeat, BP varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure. BP decreases as the circulating blood moves away from the heart through arteries. A person’s BP is usually expressed in terms of the systolic pressure over diastolic pressure (mmHg), for example 140/90. As adults age, systolic pressure tends to rise and diastolic tends to fall. In the elderly, BP tends to be above the normal adult range, largely because of reduced flexibility of the arteries. Also, an individual’s BP varies with exercise, emotional reactions, sleep, and time of day. During the reading, the arm that is used should be relaxed and kept at heart level, for example, by resting it on a table. NEW and EXCITING Blood pressure news. “Isoflavones -- a compound found in foods such as soy milk, green tea, tofu and peanuts -- may help lower blood pressure in adults. Also, a Medtronic device is under investigation for use to control hard-to-treat high blood pressure by burning overactive nerves with a burst of radio-frequency energy. According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. “after six months, 71 percent improved with recorded lower blood pressure after the procedure, which is approved for sales abroad.”

MEET THE TEAM: THURSDAY: May 10th 6-8pm SATURDAY: MAY19th 10am-12 noon Event Locations: •115 Central Park West • Citi 52nd & 5th Avenue Limited space: FOR RESERVATIONS call 212-543-3400 Haleh Milani, MD, FACC Fellow: American College of Cardiology Board-CertiFied: American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty-Certified in Cardiovascular Disease; American Board of Nuclear Cardiology; American Board of Echocardiography MeMBer: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, New York Cardiological Society, Medical Society of the State of New York HoSPital aFFiliatioNS: Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Columbia Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center, New York, NY Dr. Milani lives on the upper West Side with her husband and two young children.

What is the future of medicine? In the next decade, discussions between physicians and patients could include whole-genome sequencing that would generate information on undiagnosed symptoms and an individual’s risk of disease, While there are ethical, privacy and discrimination issues to be resolved, health care will evolve from being reactive to becoming preventive, which is “really a game-changer in medicine


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Notes from the Neighborhood Compiled by Megan Bungeroth and Sean Creamer

‘Today’ Host Raises Funds for Breast Cancer

UES Recycling Event Upper Green Side is holding a recycling event Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Park, 1st Avenue between 67th and 68th streets. They will be accepting electronics (including computers and related accessories and equipment, TVs, DVD players, video games, cell phones and other devices but not appliances, such as toasters, etc.) paper and clothes of all kinds.

Winners of East River Design Competition CIVITAS NYC, an Upper East Side community urban planning group, recently chose the first, second and third place winners in a competition that challenged designers and planners to envision ways to revitalize the waterfront of the Upper East Side. They reviewed over 90 submissions from more than 25 different countries. “The area we are looking at is the waterfront park esplanade on the East River from 60th to 120th Street,” said n y pr e s s. c o m

Healthy Kids Day The Vanderbilt YMCA is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be activities for kids and adults, including a bounce house, carnival games, art projects and a family concert with Rolie Polie Guacamole at 11 a.m. The programs are designed to encourage kids to stay active and healthy as summer vacation approaches. The event will take place at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd avenues. All events are free.

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Last week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) officially designated the former Barbizon Hotel for Women building, at 140 E. 63rd St., as the Upper East Side’s newest landmark. The 23-story hotel, constructed in 19271928 and designed by architects Murgatroyd & Ogden, became famous in its heyday as a respectable place for single women in the city to find lodging. The LPC recognized and praised the building for its “masterful handling of its eclectic mixture of North Italian Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance ornament.” It was built with studio and rehearsal spaces specifically to attract women in artistic fields, and over the decades many talented and soon-to-be famous women—from comedian Elaine Stritch and actress Candice Bergen to writers Eudora Welty and Sylvia Plath, who fictionalized the place in A mannequin is adorned with a 6-foot-long floral dress her novel, The Bell Jar— at the annual New York Flower Show presented by the stayed there. Many womHorticultural Society of New York April 17. Using flowen who came to the city ers, fabric and other materials, 30 New York floral, for modeling careers fashion and interior designers created one-of-a-kind or as art students filled tablescapes for the annual show. Visit the photo galthe hotel, which was leries at for more pics of the event. strictly monitored for the presence of men and enforced dress codes Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, and curfews on its young residents. The Barbizon changed hands several which was formed in opposition to the times and was converted to condomini- East. 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, ums in 2005, but the LPC determined that will present information. Representatives it retained enough of its architectural from local elected officials will also give glory—and fascinating New York City his- updates. At the City University of New tory—to be worthy of designation as the York, 535 E. 80th St. 127th individual landmark on the Upper East Side. andrew schwartz

Last week, Today show co-host and breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb delivered the keynote address at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospital’s Breast Service Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel on the Upper East Side. Her speech was followed by an exclusive fashion show by designer Zang Toi. The event, now in its 21st year, raised $600,000 to benefit breast cancer programs. Proceeds from the luncheon, which was chaired by Continuum trustee Betty Yarmon and hosted 500 socially prominent women and men, will benefit the Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Center at Beth Israel Medical Center and the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals. These programs provide diagnosis and treatment, educational programs, screenings, genetic counseling, clinical research, support groups and wellness programs for thousands of women and their families.

Hunter Armstrong, executive director of CIVITAS. “A lot of people want to see the waterfront on par with downtown and the Upper West Side.” Although the neighborhood was recently outfitted with a new bridge at 78th Street and has a project in the works for the nearby 91st Street esplanade, Armstrong pointed out that most of the waterfront greenway of the Upper East Side in these areas is falling apart and slowly crumbling into the river. The competition, which was co-sponsored by Community Board 8, was opened to designers from all over the world in the fall of 2010. While the contest is designed to open a forum for discussion on what can be done to improve the waterfront, there have been no plans thus far by the city or the Parks Department to take up the project. The first place winner was Joseph Wood, a designer from Hopewell, N.J. His elaborate design called for an underground river of rainwater that would span the distance between 60th and 120th Street. The river would nourish a park on the esplanade above it and provide a way to send rainwater into the East River. His design also calls for adding several new bridges to the waterfront spanning over the FDR Drive. For his visionary outlook on handling revitalization and water management, Wood was awarded $5,000 by CIVITAS and will have his work displayed at the Re-imagining the Waterfront exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York beginning June 6. Armstrong hopes that when the exhibition is put on display at the museum, contractors will take notice of the designs and perhaps put a request in to bring one of the ideas to life.

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Neighborhood Meeting The East 79th Street Neighborhood Association will be holding its next monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Officers from the 19th Precinct will report on neighborhood safety concerns, and guest speakers from the group


meeting Calendar Thursday, April 26 • Community Board 8 Parks Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., New York Blood Center, Auditorium, 310 E. 67th St.

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Crime Watch Hydrant Caps May Need to Have a Lock and Key

While 4/20 is a day that commemorates many events, some good and some bad, it will now stand out in the mind of a Upper East Side business owner as the day his store was almost robbed. At 7 p.m. on Friday, after an employee had closed up the jewelry shop on Madison Avenue, an eyewitness walked past the shop and noticed that the door had been cracked but not shattered and a fire hydrant cap lay nearby. Police state that the cap was taken from a hydrant on East 75th Street. After the botched attempt to gain entry, the unknown perp fled the scene. No footage of the burglar was caught on tape.

up side-by-side with emerging technologies, it is unfortunate that they become targets for scum who are looking to make a big cash-out by robbing young kids. On Friday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m., two young teens were walking home from school on East 84th Street between First and Second avenues when two men approached the victims from behind, grabbing one of them and threatening them with a gun. Although the filth never brandished said weapon, they demanded, “Give me everything you’ve got or I will kill you.” The kids emptied their pockets of their wallets, IDs and respective Apple products. Neither of the young boys were hurt, but the spineless crooks made a successful getaway. No arrests have been made so far.

Third Time is the Charm

No Class Among Thieves

While no connections have been made as of yet, two more attempts at burglaries were carried out in very close succession. One yielded nothing but a broken window for a department store on Madison, but one unlucky jewelry storeowner will have to fix much more than a broken front door. If it was the same crook, he or she had their second strike of the weekend at a department store at 2:45 a.m., where another fire hydrant cap was used to create a makeshift entrance. Again, resilient windows and an eyewitness who heard a loud crash foiled the plan. After booking it, the thief, now with two strikes under their belt, pitched a home run when yet another fire hydrant cap took out the door to an upscale jewelry store on Madison Avenue. The crook entered the premises and emptied one of the cabinets, which held 50 or 60 Lanciani watches valued at about $510,000. In both instances, nobody laid eyes on the burglar, who is still at large.

Not too far away from the aforementioned robbery, at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, another teenager was victim of a stickup by two individuals. The high school student was walking on East 85th Street when he was approached from behind and grabbed across the face. One of the men told him to empty his pockets or they would shoot him. Again, no gun was produced, but the child smartly complied, handing over his iPhone, MetroCard and wallet.

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Wing and a Prayer East Siders hold out hope as hero pilot Capt. Sully joins fight to stop 91st St. garbage station.

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By Megan Bungeroth safe flight.” Opponents of the East 91st Street Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the nowMarine Transfer Station (MTS) planned by famous pilot who safely landed his plane the city are joining forces with a seeming- on the Hudson River after a bird strike ly unlikely ally, the Friends of LaGuardia crippled its engines in 2009, has spoken Airport. What residents against a trash against both transfer stations. He told facility in their neighborhood have in CBS This Morning last week, “It’s a bad common with a group that advocates for idea to build near an airport anything safe conditions at an airport in Queens is that’s likely to attract birds, including that both groups want to halt the transfer trash facilities,” mentioning the East station in its tracks. 91st Street and College Point stations by Air safety experts have begun to name. speak against the Upper East Side transWhile locals and politicians in Yorkville fer station, as well as another planned have been fighting the transfer station for for College Point in Queens, pointing a myriad of reasons, it seems like their to both planned facilities as wildlife best hope for actually stopping it lies with attractants that will increase the num- the lawsuits that the Friends of LaGuardia ber of dangerous collisions between airport have filed against the FAA. flocks of large migratory birds and air“Most people don’t associate our planes taking off from and landing at community in Yorkville with LaGuardia LaGuardia Airport. Last week, a Delta flight leaving JFK made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff when it struck a flock of “This is not rocket science birds and one of its engines was damaged, an incident that has here, this is something that reignited attention to this pareveryone understands—birds ticular avian problem. and airplanes don’t mix,” “This is a known risk, one that the aviation community has Ken Paskar said. been dealing with for decades,” said James Hall, a transportation safety consultant and former chair- Airport in Queens,” said David Mack, one man of the National Transportation of the founders of the group Residents for Safety Board. “The New York airports Sane Trash Solutions, formed to oppose sit in the middle of an area that is sur- the Upper East Side MTS. “But as the rounded by water. They are already an crow flies, literally, the FAA has a manarea that provides wildlife attractants dated perimeter where they don’t want and challenges in order to provide for any wildlife attractants, and we are with-

The proposed garbage dump that will go next to Asphalt Green. in that distance.” Ken Paskar, president of Friends of LaGuardia Airport and a former lead safety representative for the FAA, said his group is only asking the FAA to do what their own regulations require them to enforce. “The FAA is very specific about what it means to be a fully enclosed transfer station, and the transfer station at East 91st Street does not meet that criteria,” Paskar said. The FAA recommends that any potential wildlife attractant be located at least five miles from any airports to protect their approach, departure and circling airspace, and has strict require-

ments that those located within that radius must meet that essentially prohibit any trash or odor escaping the enclosed station. City officials have said that the transfer station will be built to ensure minimal exposure of the trash to the outdoors, and that its operations will be conducted under the covered facility. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which has issued permits for the facility, did not respond to request for comment on this story. Opponents contest that there is no continued on page


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East Siders Fit to Burst over Tennis Bubble By Megan Bungeroth For much of the year, the Queensboro Oval park under the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is rented out to a concessionaire to operate a tennis bubble. But for the past several years, every spring the giant bubble is dismantled to make way for softball and baseball leagues. This year, however, the Parks Department has decided to shave six weeks off the ball-playing season and give that time to the Sutton East Tennis Club, a move that has some Upper

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The tennis bubble of Sutton East Tennis continues to cover the Queensboro Oval. East Side residents seeing red. Two years ago, the Parks Department backed off of a plan to allow the tennis bubble to remain operational all year after strong opposition from the community, allowing sports groups access to the space for four months every summer. The community didn’t find out about the recently determined extended tennis season until it was announced at a Community Board 8 committee meeting two weeks ago, and the full board strongly condemned the move, resolving to ask the Parks Department to extend the baseball permit season by six weeks into the fall to compensate for the lost time. “I feel that it is a slap in the face to the parks committee, to CB 8, to the users of the field and to the people of the community board, not only 8 but 6, and other residents of the city who have seen this grow and grow and grow—this beast taking over a public park in your community,” said resident Bradley Cohen at the meeting.



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Cohen said he couldn’t get an answer for weeks on why his request for a permit for ball playing was delayed, even though the Parks Department was in the middle of negotiating this new arrangement. Parks Department Assistant Commissioner Betsy Smith, who has agreed to attend the upcoming CB 8 Parks Committee meeting on Thursday, April 26 to answer questions, said in a statement that the reason the Department decided to extend the tennis season was that “the Sutton East Tennis Club had already made a substantial investment to convert the bubble to a year-round operation based on the execution of the contract amendment and its registration by the comptroller. “It was therefore prudent to address the legitimate concerns raised by the concessionaire, and we reached an agreement with them to extend the indoor season by six weeks,” she said. She also called the ball fields “vastly underused.” A Parks Department spokesperson said that the tennis bubble will be able to stay up until June 15 every year through 2017, when their current contract expires, and that they do not plan on offering extensions of ball field permits through the fall. “I object to the Parks Department citing the investment that the tennis club put into the bubble, because the tennis club knows full well how the community feels about the availability of the park to the neighborhood. Calling for the need to be compensated for making improvements is disingenuous,” said board member Sarah Chu at the meeting, a sentiment that many others echoed. The Community Board also voted to ask the Parks Department to require that the tennis club restore the park to its original state when they dismantle the bubble, and many members expressed dismay over the way the Department handled the entire situation. Geoffrey Croft, who runs the watchdog group NYC Park Advocates, said it’s particularly frustrating because many community members fought so hard against the tennis bubble being allowed to stay up year round and thought they had secured their summer space. “We successfully fought back against that, and now we find out about another underhanded move, that the city is trying to give this guy a deal because his contract from two years ago fell apart,” Croft said. N EW S YO U LIV E B Y


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Warner Wolf’s Home-Field Advantage On meeting Joe DiMaggio and the most important story he ever covered By Angela Barbuti For over 50 years, Warner Wolf has been eyewitness to the world’s greatest athletes and seen some sporting events that have gone down in the annals of human history. His line, “Let’s go to the videotape,” which began as a practical cue to roll a clip, is one of the most recognized catchphrases in sports history. Wolf still entertains and educates audiences on Imus in the Morning, one of the most popular daytime broadcasts in New York City. When he’s not giving play-by-plays, he’s at home on the Upper West Side, watching highlights on or his game of choice, pro football.

in Washington, D.C. They also owned a TV station, and the TV guy left. The president of the station said—it’s going to sound funny now—“Do you think you could talk to people about sports?” At that time, I think we were the second station to do this, aside from one in New York.

Did you always want to work in sports? I knew when I was 7 years old, believe it or not. There was no question in my mind. My father used to buy me Ring, a boxing magazine. There was no television, so we used to hear Friday Warner Wolf. night fights on the radio. I used to listen to every sporting event. What’s the most significant thing you ever What qualities do you need to be a reported on? sportscaster? 9/11. My wife and I lived in Tribeca and This sound obvious, but you have to the World Trade Center was 10 blocks know sports. Not just the rules, but the south of our bedroom window. I saw it history, so you can relate the importance all, so I called in to Imus to tell him what of what has happened. Otherwise, you was happening and he kept me on the air. might think, “This is the greatest play of all time,” when it has been done five What is one major change you’ve seen times before. You also have to be fair and in the sports industry? can’t have an objective before you go in. Before 1975, a player belonged to a team forever. Ninety-eight percent of What was your big break? players did not have multiyear guaranIn 1976, I got an offer from ABC to teed contracts, which they all have today, come to New York and do the local news, so the incentive to play well was huge. Wide World of Sports and Monday Night They had a good concept, better than Baseball. That was huge. The funny thing today. But the owners took advantage of is, my dad showed me an article that said it and didn’t pay what they should have. it takes 15 years from wherever you’re Mickey Mantle, the highest-paid player, working to get to New York. I always car- made $100,000 once. The minimum today ried that around with me. I started April is almost $500,000. Mantle would have Fool’s Day 1961 in Pikeville, Ky. The been a $30 million-a-year ballplayer today. amazing part is it was 1976 [when I got the offer], exactly 15 years later. Who do you consider the greatest athletes of all time? How did you make the transition from Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Jim radio to television? Thorpe, Jim Brown. They were great I had been on the radio eight years because they played more than one sport before I was ever on television. In 1965, I well. I always thought the most domiwas hired by WTOP, a huge radio station continued on page 13 n y pr e s s. c o m


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runaway dog becomes an exploration of their own intimacies, dependencies and misconnections. The conceit is thoughtful, if not quite sophisticated. It never rises to the remarkable level of the affecting man/pet metaphor in We Think the World of You where Alan Bates memorably acted out the prudent gay desires of the pre-Stonewall era. Instead, this is Kasdan’s typical middleclass circle game, as in The Big Chill. But occasionally, Kasdan tips into profundity with Zurer’s claims of clairvoyant intuition or the sense of faith-


A scene from Darling Companion. ual complacency and mature passion to first attraction, respectively. It is a lightly charming, minor film. One would like to praise Kasdan for making an awesome comeback, but the gentle insights and genial tone of Darling Companion merely pick up where Kasdan left off with the immensely appealing (though slight) mystery Mumford—the best film of its kind since John Cromwell’s Small Town Story. Kasdan is not a master of provincial etiquette and amiable social conflicts, he’s just one of the few contemporary filmmakers interested in such niceties. With nothing profound to say about marriage or parent-child relationships, Kasdan (who co-write the script with his wife, Meg) at least says it calmly and without the self-congratulation of a lewd, immature, Judd Apatow wallow. Darling Companion is conceived around the man’s-best-friend conceit of middle-aged Beth (Keaton) adopting a dog to take up the void caused by her husband’s (Kline) involvement with his medical practice. At a retreat in the woods, the three couples’ search for the

fulness embodied in the searchers all wearing red dog whistles the way early Christians carried fish signs. (Kasdan’s cutest metaphor has the bickering Keaton and Kline getting lost in the woods and encountering a pair of rams.) Without the profundity of Mike Leigh’s middle-age exploration Another Year or the classical form of the Warren Beatty farce Town and Country, Kasdan comes off second rate. It has none of the outright satire of Wanderlust, only a sensitive, more mature sense of quietude and resolve. It’s an old man’s movie (Kasdan is 63), which makes it a blessed rarity in today’s film culture. Finding comfort and fair-exchange value in the compromises that mature couples make, Darling Companion answers back the anxieties that once haunted the middle class, as in William Inge’s archetypal domestic melodrama Come Back, Little Sheba. Kasdan attempts to use his sensitivity about humans and knowledge of life to create a sane entertainment. Follow Armond White on Twitter at 3xchair N EW S YO U LIV E B Y

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neering player in basketball was Wilt Chamberlain. What was your most memorable interview with a player? Joe DiMaggio. It was a real thrill, because I had grown up watching him play. He was a great interview. But just

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What’s it like to work with Imus? Oh, it’s fun. You never know what’s going to happen. Each day is different.

Do you root for certain teams? No, because I want to be able to report objectively. That’s why I think it’s advisable for young fellows to avoid strong friendships with ballplayers, because there comes a time when you have to say something unfavorable about them. If you hesitate, your listeners or viewers are going to realize it. You absolutely have to be honest with your audience, because they’ll know if you’re not.

How did you come up with your catchphrase? I was working in Washington and videotape had just started out. Before that, we used film or still pictures. We had some videotape of a basketball game. I would give the director a normal cue. Like, “In the third quarter, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored,” and they’re supposed to roll the tape. He didn’t roll the tape. So I said it again, and he still didn’t.

Then, right on the air, I finally said to the director, “Hey Ernie, let’s go to the videotape!” And the play came up. Later, he said to me, “Do that again tomorrow, because I’m very busy in the control room.” Do you recite the phrase for your fans? Sure I do. I’m glad they remember. You can’t say it on the radio. Listen to Wolf on Imus in the Morning, Monday-Friday from 6-10 a.m. on 77WABC. The show is simulcast on Fox Business Network.


way the city can guarantee that the transfer station will operate without attracting additional birds. “This is not rocket science here, this is something that everyone understands— birds and airplanes don’t mix,” Paskar said. “When you build something on the water with a new food source, which is garbage and waste, for birds, you’re going to have a hazardous situation.” State Sen. Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Micah Kellner, who have both been vocal opponents of the transfer station along with other East Side elected officials, released a joint statement pointing to the recent bird strike as another reason to halt the East 91st Street facility. “While this bird strike occurred on a flight path out of JFK, it’s a reminder that we need to work on mitigating the risks for all our airports,” read the statement in part. “We agree with the Friends of LaGuardia Airport, former FAA officials who think that putting bird-attracting sanitation facilities in major flight paths is a bad idea.” Bird strikes have been increasing over the past several decades, a phenomenon that experts attribute to changes in migratory patterns due to climate change. According to the FAA’s database, there have been 960 wildlife strikes near LaGuardia Airport in the past 10 years, 10 of which resulted in substantial damage and one—Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson”—that resulted in a destroyed aircraft. While it’s common for birds to collide with planes in the air, large fowl like Canadian geese can cause enough damage to ground a flight. “To me, it’s just a horrible precedent to be set nationally,” said Hall. “For the city of New York, the Port Authority and the FAA to take an action like this, to add to an area that is already an attractant, to add to that with these waste disposal units is just irresponsible.” n y pr e s s. c o m

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By Megan Bungeroth Last Sunday, dozens of Upper East Siders braved the icy rain to attend the annual East Sixties Neighborhood Association (ESNA) meeting, coming together to hear from a slew of elected officials and talk about the big issues facing their neighborhood in the coming year. City Council Members Jessica Lappin (who Elected officials, including Council Member Jessica Lapreps the eastern portion pin, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member of the district) and Dan Dan Garodnick, State Sen. Liz Krueger and Manhattan Garodnick (who reps the Borough President Scott Stringer, spoke at the annual ESNA meeting. western part) both came out to support the work of ESNA, as did State Sen. Liz Krueger, ple,” Stringer said. Assembly Member Micah Kellner, Council He also praised ESNA members for Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan looking at the big picture in terms of Borough President Scott Stringer, who what’s good for the city. was the event’s keynote speaker. At the “One of the great parts of what ESNA last minute, Rep. Carolyn Maloney swung is all about is you think locally and act by to congratulate the organization and globally,” he said. the board. Barry Schneider, president of ESNA, “This is really such an important organi- spoke about some of the group’s ongozation that works so hard for the neighbor- ing projects and what they have their hoods of the East 60s, and this is certainly eyes on. ESNA has a group of 13 certified an exciting time for the Upper East Side,” tree pruners who attend to local tree pits, Maloney said. “The East 60s is certainly and is hoping to get more volunteers to a gateway to the East Side from Queens, expand their territory. Long Island and Roosevelt Island.” Schneider also petitioned the crowd She mentioned the upcoming con- for anyone with a spare $12 million to struction of the Cornell/Technion campus fund the rehabilitation of the pier at on Roosevelt Island and the fact that the Andrew Haswell Green Park. East Side is home to an increasing num“If you have $12 million, we’ll name ber of tech companies. Maloney also tout- that park after you. We’ll even put in ed the East Side’s abundance of hospitals neon, which is against the city code, but and said she’s trying to get New York we’ll get around it,” he joked. state to create a high-tech zone in the city He also encouraged ESNA members to for those hospitals to develop new tech- get involved in Community Board 8 and nology and use it right there. pointed out the major projects residents Stringer, who is an Upper West Side should be aware of, like the Roosevelt resident but lived for a brief time on East Island tram station’s upcoming repairs and 85th Street near Second Avenue, focused what major local buildings have changed his speech on transportation, explaining hands. Schneider said that the group will his recently announced ambitious plan to have a full plate in the coming year and reorganize the MTA’s funding structures. will probably focus a lot of energy on Using the Second Avenue Subway as a transportation and construction issues. jumping-off point, Stringer launched into Each of the event’s speakers agreed on an explanation of his vision that would one thing: that ESNA is a model commubring back the defunct commuter tax and nity group. Schneider said it just takes a use that money to help permanently fund little commitment from everyone to make a five-borough transit system, theoreti- an outstanding contribution. cally without constant fare hikes. “We’re a volunteer organization. We get “We need to expand the system, but it together because we think we can make a cannot be on the backs of working peo- difference in the community,” he said. N EW S YO U LIV E B Y

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It was a very successful exhibit, timed just right for the by now familiar to all New Yorkers white-suited peasant revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata wielding his scythe or the jaguar mask of a triumphant Aztec warrior with its toothy grotesque grin, which always seemed to have a comic book quality. Today, what appears the most exciting are the thennew creations inspired by the frenetic ongoing construction, Depression notwithstanding, in the city. The standout is “Frozen Assets,” a huge one-dimensional mural divided into three distinct thematic layers. It has its witty title, of course (pop and “found object” artist title creators take note), a play on money as well as its second tier—bodies sleeping under a guard’s watch; the destitute, the out-of work packed end to end like so many fish in a place identified elsewhere as the hangar of the Municipal Pier. On the bottom level, people from the moneyed classes wait to check out their valuables in a vault. Some say the elderly gentleman resembles John D. Rockefeller Jr. Both strata support, in one way or another, the top layer: the

Art is nothing if not revisionist in that it demands that we look, and then look again. That’s a fancy way of saying there’s a new fat man in my aesthetic life I had dismissed—not N ORDER - Email Art so much for his girth as for his perceived misogyny. rth I am not talking about Alfred Hitchcock Media and his love-hate relationship with h St. blondes, but the famed Mexican muralist Y 10018Diego Rivera, who had been supplanted in and268-0502 many others’ minds by the more 724 Fax:my (212) original-seeming work of his collagist/ painter wife, Frida Kahlo, a more than deserving feminist rediscovery. This was before I caught the current show of Rivera’s murals, drawings and 2.687”H, 1/8 page other artifacts. More than a repeat, it’s an Ad on Thursday, 4.19.12 expansion of his Depression-era exhibit of the early 1930s for which he had been commissioned by Abby Rockefeller (of all ironies) to make an on-site installation. This show, on the ass end of our very own Great Recession, reunites five of the eight freestanding frescos Rivera and crew stayed up day and night to get in place, including some new city-inspired work.

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middle of their day, not necessarily part of Rivera’s job description but which obviously caught his attention. To the left of “Frozen Assets,” they would be easy to overlook. Don’t. Also not to missed—you can’t, really, it’s so larger-than-life—is “Pneumatic Drilling” (1931), a charcoal that hugely shows Rivera’s fascination with the urban work tools and scene around him, with excerpted wall text from Rivera declaring he “plans to paint the rhythms of American workers.” It’s all very different from his Mexican vistas and sensibility—case in point: the giant flora that opens this show, “Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita” (1931). Shockingly yellow, aggressive pistils protrude from giant white petals, telling us that Rivera never forgot his agrarian roots. Even Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers aren’t this violent.

Chrysler, Empire State, McGraw-Hill and Daily News buildings, with 30 Rockefeller Center dominating all. “Frozen Assets” has the impact of great medieval art, but it’s contemporary in its sociopolitical message, hitting us emotionally as well as allegorically. This non-onepercenter would give her non-assets to see what Rivera would make of the haves and Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of have-nots of New York society today. Yet Modern Art in its own way, it’s a formal piece: a static Through May 14, Museum of Modern construction, holding out symbols the way Art, 11 W. 53rd St., 212-748-9400, www. virgins held out orbs in medieval art. Just as representative of the city—this time of its manic energy—are some wonThis article first appeared in the April derfully hyperkinetic, clearly impromptu 18 issue of CityArts. For more from New sketches (ink, charcoal, water 3color, York’s11:38 Review Q01244 FEC-Five Wishes:Layout 1/30/12 AMof Culture, Page 1 visit www.city1931-32) of construction workers in the





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Around the World on the Upper West Side Gastronomie 491’s curated shelves are a labor of love of honey on offer. “It’s part of a being new store—there’s a lot of tweaking.” That attention to detail doesn’t end with the marketplace’s well-stocked shelves. It filters down into absolutely everything, including the coffee they serve. While Italian import Illy is by now a well-known name, Gastronomie’s version may not be as familiar. “I’m not fussy about a lot of things, but I’m fussy about coffee,” Ahronee said. “[Illy] got me to their showroom and had their barista there from Trieste, where they roast the beans, who said he would personally make me a coffee. I felt like a princess, but when I tasted it, it just wasn’t right.” That notright coffee was the Normale roast, which is served in most cafés around the city. “He said, ‘Just a minute,’ and went into the back and came back and made me another one, and a smile just came over my face.” That special roast, the darker Scuro, is now the coffee of choice at Gastronomie. For the items she doesn’t know intimately, Ahronee has hired disciples to fill the gaps. In the shop’s small, open kitchen, Steven Gutterman is developing Mediterranean-tinged meals for a quick

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By Regan Hofmann By all rights, Nicole Ahronee should weigh 400 pounds. Walking through the aisles of Gastronomie 491 (491 Columbus Ave., betw. 83rd & 84th Sts.,, the marketplace she recently opened on the Upper West Side, she has something to say about every single product on the shelves—she’s tasted every one, as well as countless similar that didn’t make the cut. French chocolates? Baguettes from Soho? Italian bucatini? She’s tried it and decided it was good enough to provide for her customers. The amount of thought and effort that went into assembling the Upper West Side shop’s inventory is staggering—and the process hasn’t come to an end just because they’ve opened for business. The refrain you hear most frequently from Ahronee is “People seem to like it.” She’s watching how shoppers respond to every item, and if something doesn’t inspire the same excitement in her customers, it can be replaced. “This is a new company I just brought in, but I think when we’re finished with this supply we won’t bring it back,” she said, pointing to one of a number of varieties

Part of the cheese display at Gastronomie 491. In the back of the shop, Martin Johnson has built a charcuterie empire. “I knew he was the right guy when he showed up for the interview and said, ‘Would you like some cheese?’” Ahronee said. “Out of his knapsack, he pulled a little board and a knife and started cutting me some cheese right there.” Johnson’s wraparound counter houses salumi and cheese from around the world, a strikingly sophisticated selection where Humboldt Fog, a smoke-tinged California goat cheese coated in ash, is the most

well-known variety. But there’s no time to be intimidated, as Johnson is unwrapping blocks, cutting samples and telling stories for patrons the moment they show signs of confusion. It’s impossible to walk away from the counter without a parcel or two of a new favorite, sold on the strength of his enthusiasm. The selection on the shelves is most striking when you realize the breadth of the coverage. Almonds from a family farm in California sit alongside Spanish potato chips fried in olive oil, above Antidote chocolate bars made in Long Island City. Ahronee’s attention to detail has her literally scouring the world. “Either you go to the little artisanal producer in Brooklyn or upstate, or you have to go through these big distributors that bring in the international products. I try to maintain a balance, but it can be frustrating to deal with so many different suppliers.” Gastronomie 491 aims to be the neighborhood’s go-to hub for any point in the day, from your coffee first thing in the morning to on your way to a friend’s house for dinner. “If you need a lemon, we’ve got it. Most people you see in the shop are only carrying one or two items, but they’ll come back two or three times during the day,” Ahronee said. “I’ll see someone in the shop and say, ‘Oh, you’re still here!’ And they’ll tell me, ‘No, I just came back!’”

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How Odd is Odd—and Francesca? By Mario Naves A nagging question surrounding the paintings of Odd Nerdrum, on display at Forum Gallery, is: Can you still paint like that? “Like that,” as if the past 400 years of Western art hadn’t transpired; to put brush to canvas, without irony or affectation, in the style of Rembrandt and Caravaggio. To create images without a hint of pop culture, mass media, Cézanne, Picasso and Pollock. Intimations of a post-industrial apocalypse betray some cognizance of contemporary life. Otherwise, Nerdrum’s paintings are suffused in golden light, soupy washes of umber and mythological portent. They’re Old Masterish. For those skeptical of modernism and the excesses it set in motion, Nerdrum’s quixotic achievement would seem to answer a need for a return to principles. It’s hard not to be impressed with the operatic scope of his ambition and the dexterity of his touch. Nerdrum’s consistency as an imagist, with those barren landscapes, ritualistic narratives, theatrical flourishes and supple passages of skin and bone, betokens a sense that sheer force of will can right a

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culture overtaken by trivial diversions. But Nerdrum’s nightmarish scenarios are redolent of Frank Frazetta, the fantasy artist who specialized in pulpy depictions of otherworldly vistas, towering monsters, nubile maidens and Conan the Barbarian. Nerdrum is a more serious figure—more reactionary, too. At least Frazetta wasn’t pretentious. In the end, Nerdrum’s peculiar kind of hokum isn’t all that different, better suited as cover illustrations for heavy metal CDs than for inclusion in The Grand Manner. For 30-some years, Cindy Sherman has played dress-up in front of the camera in pursuit of “mortification of the self” and “the exploration of identity.” The photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981), who died by her own hand at the age of 22, took a lot of self-portraits as well, and for related reasons: “female subjectivity” and “photography’s relationship to both literature and performance.” That the Guggenheim overview of Woodman’s oeuvre is running concurrently with MoMA’s Sherman retrospective is a fortuitous opportunity to compare and contrast. To Sherman’s detriment, you can’t help

but conclude. True, Woodman was no less prone to theatricality and adolescent notions of self-expression. Depending on one’s taste for melodrama, her weakness for the picturesque—dilapidated buildings served as backdrop for many of the photos—and pat religious allusions are likely to strike one as precocious rather than earned. But Woodman knew how to take photographs—photographs that are rich with texture, isolated blurs of movement, ghostly sweeps of light and rare moments of washed-out period color. Sherman? She doesn’t know a photograph from a deconstructionist hole in the ground. An early, tragic death is an all but insurmountable hurdle for aesthetic contemplation. Anyone who has seen The Woodmans, C. Scott Willis’ devastating documentary of a family rendered dysfunctional by art, knows how inextricably Woodman’s vision is tied to biographical particulars. We do the artist no favors by overinflating a flawed but diverting achievement. The Guggenheim, to its credit, does right by Woodman in setting out the work with jewel-like sobriety. Any serious artist

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Reds That Double as Whites Vino rojo that’s as light and refreshing as springtime We’re in that weird period now in New York City weather; it isn’t cold, but it isn’t hot. In most areas of the country, the weather professionals would refer to this as “spring.” That season, however, does not exist in New York City. Instead, we have an odd handful of weeks that swing wildly from the upper 80s to the lower 60s, sometimes within the same 24-hour period. This is the time when I start seeing white wines fly off the shelf with a little more regularity. I, however, hold off on drinking whites for a bit longer. It isn’t that I have some kind of “no white after Labor Day”-type rule for my booze—I just want to hold onto my red wine as long as I can. The reds I drink at this time of year do tend to be a bit lighter, though. I have some friends who have a sensitivity to tartrates (a chemical that is present in a higher concentration in white wine than in red wine), so they drink these lighter reds throughout the summer.

So for those of you out there who aren’t ready to make the full transition to white wine yet, like myself, or for those who may have an adverse reaction to white wine, I would like to offer a selection of red wines on the lighter side. They are just as refreshing poolside as any New Zealand sauvignon blanc or Northern Italian pinot grigio. Many light reds benefit from being served under room temperature, or slightly chilled, and By Josh Perilo the one I’m starting with is no exception. I can’t recommend the Gelsomina Lambrusco 2010 ($10.49 at Red, White and Bubbly, 211 5th Ave., at Union St., Brooklyn, 718-6369463) enough. In the ’70s and early ’80s, lambrusco became synonymous with the brand Riunite and the bubbly, sweet garbage they peddled. In truth, most really good lambrusco is actually fermented to near, if not complete, dryness. It is slightly fizzy, and is drunk in the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy like Coca-Cola.

As I mentioned before, it is best when served slightly chilled. The Gelsomina bursts with ripe, black cherry aromas and more sour cherry and blackberry jam flavors on the palate. You won’t need anything to pair this with to enjoy it to its fullest extent...but if you must eat, it’s the perfect pairing for a roasted veggie panini. Moving slightly closer to room temp, the Domaine Chassagne Morgon Cotes de Ruillieres Beaujolais 2011 ($17.00 at Park Avenue Liquor, 292 Madison Ave., betw. 40th & 41st Sts., 212-685-2442) is a go-to summer sipper. Another area for wine that has been marred by cheaply made product, Beaujolais has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous winemaking for decades. The swill that washes ashore each November for “Nouveau Week” is almost always terrible, tasting like barely fermented grape juice. Because of this, Beaujolais is one of the most underappreciated regions of French winemaking. Situated at the southern tip of

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By Mike Vidafar Ted Young-Ing was just an ordinary British cyclist in 2009, when he became the new owner of a pair of plus fours (pants that extend four inches beyond the knee). He had no idea that by the end of that year, he would have changed the landscape of “period cycling” faster than he managed to change into his new threads. The recipe, Young-Ing discovered, was that he found a way to merge his two loves: turn-of-the-century British garments and bicycles. His brainchild is called Tweed Run, and the enthusiasm surrounding it is hard to deny. To onlookers, it’s the equivalent of a social time capsule, each event expelling a generation hardened (or lost) to two world wars onto a modern landscape for an afternoon reprieve. While it does stand as tribute to England’s past, Tweed Run’s success is also a product of the personal atmosphere event organizer Jacqui Shannon has instituted in the three years since that inaugu-

ral circuit. With a 500-person limit (any more would make tea-time impractical), Tweed Run maintains a measure of exclusivity traditionally reserved for a turn-of-the-century golf clubhouse. Events have the feel of a members-only gathering, with like-minded cyclists chosen at random via lottery. There’s also an understood adherence to the now-famous line first addressed to the original 2009 participants: “Now look here: proper attire is expected, bowties, cravats, vintage race jerseys and plus fours!” Supplementing their fashionable joyrides, Tweed Runners are catered to with afternoon tea and a soiree at the end of the circuit. Adding to the festivities are good-humored awards and enthusiastic onlookers. As for their adventures across the pond, on Oct. 15, 2011, Young-Ing and Shannon gave New Yorkers their first opportunity to take a trip back in time. The tweedsters, who

regularly garnish their passports and take to riding abroad, were met by hundreds of participants eager to take a refined ride through Lower Manhattan, with afternoon tea to be served in Foley Square. However, the inaugural NYC event (sponsored by Rugby Ralph Lauren) was forced to amend its cycling circuit, as circumstance had its way. “It was a very unfortunate coincidence that the protests on Wall Street [Occupy Wall Street] were occurring and that the city had given us Foley Square for the tea stop. We really wanted to do the full ride, but with everything going on, we were advised not to,” said Shannon. “We ended up doing a shorter version…but we’d like the chance to come back and show New Yorkers how London does Tweed Run.” With authentic British resolve, New Yorkers didn’t let the circumstantial abbreviation put a damper on their day. Instead, Tweed Run transformed into a day-long outdoor festival in the area surrounding the Ralph Lauren Rugby Store at



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99 University Place in Noho. With featured events and prizes, (including awards for Best Dressed and Best Moustache) YoungIng and Shannon managed to hold a strikingly memorable first go in the Big Apple. “New York City has a strong bike scene and I’m lucky enough to know Brendt Barbur, the founder of The Bicycle Film Festival. [Barbur] and his team were super helpful at every step of our planning for New York,” said Shannon. Looking ahead, Young-Ing has revealed plans for another New York City Tweed Run, tentatively scheduled for spring 2013. As usual, they hope to rally nearly 500 participants to take to the streets, decked in tweed—just in time for the Big Apple’s annual ripening. For now, Young-Ing and Shannon have returned to London. Their impending cruise, scheduled for May 6, 2012, continues to draw the attention of a wide cross-section; history buffs, vintage cycling enthusiasts and Britophiles all vie for a chance to ride. And for Tweed Run, there’s no international bias—Americans are welcome to put their names in the hat in the hope of joining the tweedsters wherever they ride. Indeed, Shannon notes on Tweed Run’s website that lottery spots are chosen well in advance to give international participants ample time to plan ahead. For the cycling community, it’s time to Tern-half_page-print.pdf 1 4/19/12 take notice: where there’s tea, vintage one-

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speeders and hundreds of cyclists who look like they’ve pedaled straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story, there cannot be any doubt as to who’s behind it. It’s Tweed Run—those dapper dames and proper gents who have perfected the art of cycling transposition. For more information on Tweed Run, visit or follow them on twitter 2:04 PM @tweedrun.









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Home Aides Relieve Stress for People Caring for Loved Ones By Roy Herndon Smith “Susan” was burned out. Nine months earlier, she had taken what she thought would be a temporary leave of absence from her job to care for her 85-year-old mother, who was recuperating from surgery after falling and breaking her hip. Her mother never fully recovered. She still needed help with bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning and almost everything else. In the last couple of months, she had become forgetful and confused. She neglected paying her bills, and Susan had to take over managing the checkbook. Susan found that she was spending almost all of her time taking care of her mother. She was close to using up her savings. She hadn’t spent an evening with a friend or visited her daughter, son-in-law or grandson for over six months. She was lonely, exhausted, scared and often angry. She wasn’t sleeping well. Her back was bothering her. She seemed to catch every virus that was going around. “Susan” is a composite case, but her suffering is similar to that of many of the family members, companions and friends caring for disabled loved ones with whom

we have worked over the last decade. Stress, isolation, impoverishment, exhaustion, increased vulnerability to illness and injury are too often the costs of such care. Securing the services of a professional home health or personal care aide is usually the single most effective way of alleviating caregiver burnout. Often, an aide allows the caregiver to get some rest, return to work, visit other family members and have a social life. You can secure the services of an aide by calling a licensed or certified home care agency. Long-term care insurance will usually pay for home care. Medicare and other health insurance programs will sometimes pay for limited amounts of home care. Medicaid will pay for home care. If your loved one’s income or assets are above the financial limits, a knowledgeable social worker, geriatric care manager or elder care attorney, in most cases, can show you legal ways to reduce assets and shelter “surplus” income to receive full Medicaid benefits. Roy Herndon Smith is with Community Geriatric Care Management, a subsidiary of Foremost Home Care.

Senior Briefs Senior Innovation Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was one of eight senior centers around the city to receive praise this month from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging. The eight were recognized as Innovative Senior Centers in honor of the special programs they run. Lenox Hill on the Upper East Side serves vegetarian and locally sourced organic meals, runs watercize and underwater photography classes and hosts a garden club that is creating a rooftop garden. Bloomberg, in a prepared statement, said the city was “reimagining centers for the 21st-century senior.” Linda Gibbs, deputy mayor for health and human services, added that “these

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Landing a Dream Job 101 Baruch seminar focuses on better ways to find a job By Rachel Stern


hen Arlene Newman, founder of Career Bound Success, was hiring director at The Leading Hotels of the World, a Baruch College student sent her a résumé for a summer internship. While the student had a stellar background, Newman dismissed her after catching a few spelling and grammatical errors on her CV. But the girl’s professor called Newman, told her the applicant spoke English as a second language and convinced her to give the college junior another chance. Newman later hired the hard-working student for a full-time position and now uses the story as an example of how presentation is vital to snagging one’s dream job—and not getting glossed over by hiring managers swamped by other candidates. “The cover letter and résumé should be error-free,” said Newman, who will be imparting more of her

seasoned knowledge to job seekers in her “Fundamentals of a Successful Job Search” course on Friday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held at Baruch College, the course is open to the public and costs $99 to enroll. Through personal anecdotes and hands-on exercises, Newman will cover everything from online networking skills to the importance of attitude in the job search. “The job search is all about networking, whether online or personally,” said Newman, pointing out that employers will trust the recommendations of other employers far more than job search engines such as Yet, having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile—especially one outfitted with keywords about skills and descriptive job information—can also catch the eye of recruiters. “It’s all about distinguishing yourself— determining your strengths and what sets you apart,” she said. Newman said presentation during the interview itself—whether over the phone

or in person—is also important. For example, applicants should have a firm handshake with eye contact, sit up straight and smile when talking, she said. Newman will also talk about honing personal image and projecting a positive attitude—which some applicants inadvertently lose as they become frustrated by the job search, she said. One of Newman’s clients was stuck in a job search limbo for nine months, she said, before landing a job. “I helped her hone her ‘elevator pitch’ to be more succinct and to the point,” said Newman, who will be helping every student in her class craft their own spiel to present to employers. She will also include advice about the post-interview process, such as sending a hand-written thank-you note rather than just an email. “It differentiates you from every job seeker,” said Newman, who has hired applicants who took the extra effort to give a personal touch. Newman worked as director of human

Arlene Newman will be sharing her job search tips May 4 at Baruch College. resources at places such as the Food Network, Leading Hotels of the World and Jaeger Sportswear before founding Career Bound Success in 2010. Located on the Upper East Side, the company specializes in equipping college students, alumni and professionals with the skills they need to land their dream job—advice she carries to her career seminar at Baruch. “A lot of people will get out of the seminar a sense of confidence,” said Newman.


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Applying Early to College Pays Off By David Stoll


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he story this month seems to be that it is harder than ever to gain admission to a selective college. Harvard, for example, admitted just 5.9 percent of its 34,302 applicants this spring, down from 6.2 percent last year. However, this trend should be viewed in a larger perspective—one that suggests that applying early remains an important part of the admissions process. The Harvard story is instructive. Harvard reinstated early admissions, in the form of nonbinding early action, this year. A full 772 students—18 percent of early applicants—were offered early admission, a number representing nearly half the size of the entering class. Harvard naturally assumed that the yield (the percent who will eventually accept) would be high. Thus, fewer students were offered regular admission this year, making that larger pool even more competitive. Harvard is not alone. Princeton offered admission to 21 percent of its early applicants, who would fill more than half the class if they all accepted. The 15 percent accepted early by Yale would also fill

more than half the class. The University Leagues, admitted nearly 25 percent of of Chicago admitted over 18 percent of its early applicants, filling 38 percent of its early applicants; because Chicago’s yield class. Williams College admitted over 42 is lower than those of the Ivy Leagues percent of applicants, representing 43 (despite its stellar reputation), the school admitted more people early than it has freshman slots. Locally, Fordham admitted more than 45 percent of its applicants early, also admitting more students than there are slots. The early decision story is even more interesting. Applying early decision involves a binding promise to attend the school if accepted. Columbia University admitted more than Harvard University. 20 percent of its early applicants, filling 45 percent of its fresh- percent of its class. Locally, NYU admitman class before most people had even ted nearly 46 percent of early applicants, submitted their applications. University representing 29 percent of the class. of Pennsylvania admitted more than 25 What do these numbers mean? percent of its early applicants, filling 47 Applying early decision is wise for a percent of its freshman class. competitive student who has a clear first Duke, as competitive as the Ivy choice and for whom financial aid is not

an issue. For such a student, the odds of acceptance are higher, because the student is showing an interest, the school will accept a higher percentage of applicants and there will be fewer slots available for those applying regular decision. On the other hand, someone uncertain about attending a school should not apply early decision as a means of gaming the system; attending a good-fit school is well worth the wait. Applying early action is also wise, and financial aid need not be a consideration yet. While chances of admission are not quite as high at an early action school as at an equivalently selective early decision school, the odds for a competitive student are still are better than they would be in April. Do note that some early action schools, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale, will not permit early applicants to apply early to other schools. Thus, it may be better to apply to other schools early to allow for more possible options. David Stoll is a premier tutor and college admissions counselor at The Princeton Review.

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A Guide to Educational Sumer Day Camps By Meghan Gearino, Kat Harrison and Elizabeth Raymond


e doubt that anyone thinks of New York City as a summer camp mecca—but by most standards, it really is. Consider all the children’s activity centers and enrichment programs that the city is blessed with—some go on hiatus and some slow down in the summertime, offering the same programming but less of it, but many others take what they do best and build wonderful day camps around their core offerings. Academic Keep your kiddo’s mind fresh this August with the academic day camp offered by Drake Bennett Summer Schools. Divided into two sessions and housed at The Epiphany School, 1st-6th graders can brush up with lessons in literacy, math and science, while chess and drama pepper the afternoon hours. Or join Mathnasium for their Summer Re-Boot Camp. Specifically for 2nd-8th graders, this half-day camp is filled with math-centric games and activities. Language Set your kid on the fast track to becoming bilingual. Collina Italiana is offering Italian Summer in the City Camp, which includes Italian-infused music, theater, movies, cartoons and museum outings. Children as young as 3 can start learning “bonjour” and “merci” at the French Institute Alliance Française, where culture and language will be taught through stories and workshops. The Language Workshop for Children is a great tool to get your child speaking like a native. Offering summer camps in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese, immersion activities include costume days, arts and crafts, baking and birthday celebrations. Media Future video game creators will love the options in Summer Media Camp through the Museum of the Moving Image, where campers get to flex their software muscles learning animation, live action video and more. Or send your wannabe MTV VJ to New York Film Academy’s one-week Music Video Camp, designed for kids with little or no knowledge (but a



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Nature Wonder about wildlife? Kids ages 8-12 can get friendly with hyenas and lions at the Bronx Zoo’s Animal Kingdom Camp, where they will observe creatures up close and learn how to best protect an animal’s habitat. Taking full advantage of Prospect Park, the Park Explorers’ Camp Explorers program is ideal for the elementary school set. Be prepared to get a little dirty as this camp takes a hands-on approach to Mother Nature—think sprinklers, hill rolling and a host of field trips. And regardless of where you live, an awesome camp adventure awaits with NYC Parks Experience Summer Camp. With locations in every borough, this überaffordable camp provides structured hiking, swimming and sports. Science Inquisitive young minds will love the American Museum of Natural History’s Fossils and DNA Camp, where they can explore the evolutionary timeline. If your elementary school-aged child is more into constructing and electronic, the range of camp choices at Launch Math will give him or her the chance to build rockets and robots or design video games. Budding scientists can use the city as their laboratory with the SciTech Kids Summer Camp. In Central Park, campers build solar ovens, learn about gravity thanks to the thrills of Victorian Gardens and make a few insect friends. Visit for even more day camp options. N EW S YO U LIV E B Y

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s students progress through school, their organizational demands increase rapidly. They are required to complete lengthier assignments, take detailed notes, study for exams and transport more materials. For many students, these organizational demands can be daunting, and they often become lost and utterly disorganized in this process. Most students lack a system for consistently organizing all of their papers, notes, handouts and tests. By learning and implementing the three-tier organizational system below, students will become much more organized and systematic with all of the loose papers that come their way. So how does it work? The three-tier notebook organization system is composed of the following three parts: a working notebook, reserve notebook a and long-term filing drawer. The Working Notebook. This is the notebook that should be taken to school on a regular basis. It can be set up in the form of one three-ring binder with separate tabs for each class or in the form of one color-coded spiral notebook (for taking notes) and one folder (for handouts and homework) for each class. What is most important about the working notebook, however, is that it only contains papers that your child absolutely needs to be carrying with him to school. One day per week (you should help your child choose this day and have him write it down directly in his assignment book each week) will be designated as his clean-out-my-working-notebookday. On this day, he will clean out all the papers that he no longer needs to take to school with him and file them in his reserve notebook.

The Reserve Notebook. The reserve notebook should actually take the form of a large, multisection accordion folder. For each class, there will be three sections in the accordion folder: one for homework, one for class notes and one for tests or quizzes. For example, for math, your child would have sections labeled “math homework,” “math class notes” and “math tests/quizzes.” He would have similar sections for English, science, social studies, and all other classes. Remember that the working notebook should be cleaned out and transferred to the reserve notebook on a weekly basis.

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Every Day and Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success. He has won a number of awards, including the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award. A former professional juggler, Gelb once performed with The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. We spoke with Gelb about their new book, the biggest misconception people have about memory and aging and the different methods people can use to increase their mental acuity. Why did you decide to write this book? I wrote it for two reasons. One is because there are tens of millions of baby boomers who need to read it— the book provides simple lifestyle and attitude changes people can make so


Healthy Manhattan they can live happier and more fulfilling lives. There’s a personal reason, too. I’m approaching 60 myself, so I’m at an age where I’m thinking about my memory and mental well-being. Why were you a good person to coauthor it? I have been passionately studying the mind and how to develop it for a very long time. And I don’t just study it theoretically; I put the techniques I talk about to practice in my everyday life. At my age, I’m a good candidate to try them out. I also lecture all over the world and see them work in the people in the audiences. I’ve also closely studied some of the greatest minds in history, including Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison, when writing my books. What kind of research went into writing the book? I studied a variety of research to see what the average person can do as they get older to strengthen their memory. I interviewed experts in the field, including physicians, gerontologists and neuroscientists. My goal was to discover what simple, researchvalidated techniques there are to improve our mental wellbeing.

strengthen the ligaments and muscles and strengthen the immune system. Practicing your balance also helps. Try standing on one leg or a balance board. It’s important to keep strengthening and nurturing your balance. What are some quick tips and techniques people can do every day? The most important thing people can do is learn something new every day for just 15 minutes. Get out of your habitual rut and do something different. This could be reading a book, learning about a new subject, having a lively conversation, going to a museum or playing a brain game. It should be challenging and stimulate your mind. Another technique is to use your non-dominant hand for 15 minutes. What would you say is your favorite tip? One of the best reactions I get from people who hear me speak is when I tell them to take a daily dose of GFH—that’s gratitude, forgiveness and humor. These are really simple things that anecdotal wisdom tells us is good for us, but now there is scientific backing that validate their benefits.

“You never hear [a forgetful child] say ‘I’m having a junior moment.’”

What is the biggest misconception people have about memory? Most people think that their memory is doomed to decline and they are destined to forget everything when they get older. That’s totally absurd. Even when people are young, if they forget something they say, “Oh, I’m having a senior moment.” But ask any elementary school teacher; kids forget things all the time. They don’t dwell on it, though. You never hear them say, “I’m having a junior moment.” They just move on with their day. It’s when people start commiserating with each other that they’re getting older and are forgetting everything—they begin to self-hypnotize and they actually do start forgetting things. What are some things people can do to improve memory in the long run? Exercise is key. Getting the blood pumping to deliver oxygen to the brain helps improve mental activity. Weight training and tai chi both improve posture, n y pr e s s. c o m

At what age should people start actively working to improve their memory? I recommend doing these things if you want to maintain mental acuity at any age. It’s flat-out common sense for living a happy and fulfilling life. It’s never too early to start. However, as you get older, your margin of error declines. In your twenties, you can get away with abusing your body, but that gets harder in your forties and even harder in your fifties. So as you get older, it’s something you should think about more and more. Did you come across any controversy in the scientific community on these subjects as you conducted research for the book? One neuroscientist argued that we do lose brain cells as we get older. And I don’t dispute that. However, we both came to the agreement that it is not so much the number of brain cells we have but how we use them. The goal is to use them often and extensively.

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bet is that the Senate Republicans see Democratic Sen. Montgomery’s bill as an early Christmas present. In fact, one has to look no further than to Montgomery’s insistence that she and her conference were not “endorsing prostitution.” When you suggest that you are not doing something, you lead the reader, viewer or listener to the conclusion that you are doing something. In other words, rather than denying something, you are probably better off keeping your mouth shut. Let posterity record that in this case, I believe the senator is correct. Forbidding the seizure of condoms from sex workers is courageous because it is the right thing to do, even if it isn’t the politically expedient thing to do. In fact, instead of moving to the middle to get more middle-class votes, this bill risks alienating a crucial voting bloc. If just one life can be saved by encouraging the use of condoms, this bill will be worth it. Sometimes, you just have to do what is right and not what is political. I am waiting to hear Cuomo’s position on this. Just remember, though, that I am not endorsing prostitution. Alan S. Chartock is president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and an executive publisher at The Legislative Gazette.

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In response to Ms. Rosenthal’s comments about the horse carriages in Central Park, and with due respect—“Horses are farm animals and obviously, unless raised in a city, not used to cars and loud

noises”—the number of accidents caused by the carriages is minimal compared to accidents caused by reckless drivers. The horses that pull the carriages are working horses, many of them draft horses. Draft horses are raised to work and are used to pull heavier loads than a carriage. Central Park horses are not being “forced” to work—they enjoy working! Perhaps Ms. Rosenthal should visit some farms and see what working horses do instead of campaigning to send the horses to a farm to die of boredom. The carriages in Central Park go back more than 60 years; the idea of bringing in antique cars instead of carriages is absurd. Asking people to go to a farm if they want to see a horse is almost backward— the reality is that many families don’t have the money or means to do that. There is no reason to go outside the city when one can enjoy nature at home. —M. Burgos


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Etan Patz and Growing Up in NYC The city was less safe then, but parents were also less protective By Josh Rogers The name Etan Patz conjures up so much for so many in New York City. If you’re under 30, it is likely to draw a blank stare, but for many others it’s different, particularly if you were growing up in the city around 1979, when Patz, a 6-year-old Soho boy, disappeared on his first solo trip to school. “Mom used to say, ‘You’ll end up like Etan Patz and no one will ever see you again’ when I walked too far ahead in NYC as a kid,’” @AlexSalta wrote on Twitter last week. “It worked.” Patz was a trending topic this week and last as investigators went back to a Soho basement to dig for clues with a new suspect in the case. It’s the kind of story that grips you every time it resurfaces, although it probably didn’t change behaviors as much as people think. Peggy Schneider, naturally, was thinking about Patz this week, since she was in

middle school in Manhattan when the boy disappeared—but then again, she thinks about Patz and his parents a lot. “I can still see his smiling face; I have probably thought about it once a month for my entire life,” she said in a phone interview. Her friend was Patz’ babysitter, so she had a personal connection, but even that was not enough to change her habits. She still traveled the city on her own as a young teen. So did I and most of my friends. The city was less safe in the ’80s, yet many parents then were much less protective than they are now. Columnist Lenore Skenazy got a lot of mileage a few years ago when she wrote about letting her 9-year-old son ride the subway alone, and has since expanded the column into a movement to promote raising “Free-Range Kids.” Her column would never have drawn the uproar 30 years ago that it did in 2008.

I was a few years older than Skenazy’s son when I began riding the subway with a friend, but around the 3rd grade, I began walking to school alone—of course, that simply involved crossing a street that my parents could see from our window. My friends and I would play ball after school with other neighborhood kids, and we managed to do it without refs or adult supervision. Still, I didn’t have to cross any streets to get to the concrete “field,” and I know things will be different when my son reaches the age when we have to start making these impossible decisions. There is a lot to be said for letting kids figure it out for themselves, but the rub is deciding when to do it and how much to let go. Schneider’s youngest sister, Zoe, 40, is a year older than Patz would be today. She doesn’t remember being reigned in much growing up, but somewhere between then and now, city parents began tightening the leashes for better and, perhaps, for worse.

She may be more tapped into this generation of New Yorkers than anyone; she is the organizer of Magic Garden, a large monthly party for people who grew up in the city, giving them a chance to meet people who don’t ask, “What was that like?” She used to come home late at night from babysitting gigs when she was young, but her immediate neighborhood in Tudor City was shielded from cars. Now in Harlem, she said “it is really scary” to think about her children someday walking by themselves near so much traffic. “Babysitting at age 9 is crazy, but it was what it was,” she said. “It all worked out and everyone made it through.” Not that parents didn’t worry quietly. Mine are fuzzy about how Patz affected their thinking, but my mother does remember me taking the train to high school in the Bronx. It wasn’t all that long after Patz disappeared. “I always say I spent four years looking out the window,” she told me. Josh Rogers, contributing editor at Manhattan Media, is a lifelong New Yorker. Follow him @JoshRogersNYC.

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Connecting with Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Life-saving communication skills for those most in need By Bette Dewing There’s sure a lot to roar about, says this often cowardly lion, when it comes to roaring, as Mike Wallace once did, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Ah, if only he’d roared against age discrimination; maybe 60 Minutes would have kept him on to show the reality of old age, even for the rich and famous. “I don’t like being old,” he said at 87, ruefully noting hearing aids breaking down again and glasses being too weak to read well, etc. Obituaries say almost nothing about elders’ last years, but how thankful I was to hear these words from journalist Chris Wallace’s moving tribute to his dad: “I just can’t imagine life without him.” Almost nothing was said about Dick Clark’s life after his 2004 stroke, something most elders dread as much as Alzheimer’s or other brain failures. Although his speech was impaired, like most wealthy people, comprehensive and n y pr e s s. c o m

ongoing after care was available to him. My cousin Virginia’s severe stroke left one side paralyzed; with little speaking ability, I wonder why her speech therapy was dropped. Ah, but Virginia does have the spousal and family care that money can’t buy—and how we must roar for this so essential form of caring that even the rich and famous may lack. In part, it’s because communication with a speech-impaired person is so difficult and our society doesn’t teach communication skills in general, let alone the special needs kind. But hallelujah! The Church of the Epiphany on York has become the first church selected by the National Aphasia Society for its pilot program, which was introduced following last Sunday’s service. Potentially redemptive it is, and not only when speech is limited by stroke or other brain injury or failure. Aphasia is defied as “an impairment

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