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HAMILTON, UP CLOSE HISTORY Rare original documents on display at the Antiquarian Book Fair BY MICHAEL GAROFALO
In a development sure to delight history buffs and fans of the musical “Hamilton” alike, a collection of original letters and documents offering a rare glimpse into the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton will be displayed for the ﬁrst time at this week’s New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. The collection, assembled by historic document dealers Seth Kaller and John Reznikoff, consists of over 1,000 items relating to Hamilton and the founding of the United States, including original letters handwritten by Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin. The
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NEW BILL AIMS TO KEEP TABS ON NYPD SURVEILLANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT Proposed legislation would require police to disclose use of controversial technologies BY MICHAEL GAROFALO
A new bill introduced in the City Council last week would allow for increased transparency on a topic that has long been opaque to elected officials and members
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of the public: the surveillance activity of the New York City Police Department. The Public Oversight in Surveillance Technology Act, introduced by Council Members Dan Garodnick and Vanessa Gibson, would require the NYPD to publicly disclose surveillance tools it uses or plans to use, outline their capabilities, and issue policies and procedures governing their use. “It forces the NYPD to actually think about privacy before they jump into a new surveil-
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lance scheme,” Garodnick said. In the years since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD secretly adopted various controversial surveillance tactics that later came to light through press reports and court cases brought by civil liberties groups, rather than via disclosure to City Council members tasked with overseeing the department’s operations. For years, the NYPD spied on the city’s Muslim community, eavesdropping on conversations and infiltrating mosques with
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THEATERS DISH IT OUT CULINARY ARTS Real food features in a number of productions BY MARK KENNEDY
Thereâ€™s a new version of the frightful musical â€œSweeney Toddâ€? playing in downtown Manhattan thatâ€™s undeniably meatier than most. Visitors to the Barrow Street Theatre planning to see the show about a homicidal barber whose victims are ground up into pies are being offered the chance to munch on real meat pies before the curtain goes up. â€œIt adds something very fun, preshow,â€? says producer Rachel Edwards, who dreamed up the mash-up, which also happens to have real mashed potatoes. â€œIt just gives people a different way in and a different way to experience something that they might not have thought of before.â€? The meat pies â€” created by a former White House executive pastry chef â€” are just part of a new wave of real food invading the world of theater, upping the realism as well as the immersive experience.
Pierogi are tossed to patrons at the Broadway musical â€œNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812â€? and real pizza slices are eaten onstage at â€œA Bronx Tale.â€? Off-Broadway, the cast members of â€œEverybodyâ€? munch on veggie burgers, actors in â€œMan From Nebraskaâ€? nibble on french fries, ham and oatmeal, and a risotto is attempted at the play â€œLinda.â€? More pies â€” this time, sweet dessert ones â€” appear in the hit Broadway musical â€œWaitress ,â€? where delicious odors waft through the theater thanks to a convection oven in the lobby. Pie consultant Stacy Donnelly creates some 15 real pies a week for the actors to use onstage and up to 1,600 mason jar pies are sold at a concession stand. â€œWe do feel that nowadays people are so consumed with technology and the creators really wanted to make sure people were immersed in the experience,â€? said Donnelly. â€œTwitter canâ€™t give you a smell. It canâ€™t give you a feeling. It canâ€™t spark an emotion the way food can.â€? The use of real food on stages and in auditoriums adds a dash of genuineness to the stagecraft, though theater professionals counsel that it canâ€™t be forced. A few seasons ago, Hugh Jackman gutted and prepared a real raw
Theatergoers to the Barrow Street Theatreâ€™s production of â€œSweeney Todd,â€? above, can partake of meat pies prior to the performance. Food is increasingly playing a role, either on stage or off, at the theater. Photo: Joan Marcus ďŹ sh with fennel and lemon onstage at â€œThe River.â€? It made sense â€” he was playing a ďŹ sherman. That year, he was rivaled in culinary onstage skills by Carey Mulligan, who created a spaghetti Bolognese during the ďŹ rst act of the hyper-realistic revival of â€œSkylightâ€? that left the whiff of sausage lingering deliciously during intermission. Theater creators say audiences paying hundreds of dollars a ticket demand more nowadays. â€œPeople expect the realness of something. They donâ€™t want to see a rubber ďŹ sh. They want you to go the extra mile,â€? said Donnelly.
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For the new Broadway hit â€œA Bronx Tale ,â€? head prop person Mark Wasserman visits a deli near the Longacre Theatre before each performance and buys a ham sandwich, a slice of pepperoni pizza, a cannoli, breadsticks and iced tea (which stands-in for scotch onstage). â€œI donâ€™t even need to order anymore,â€? he said, laughing. â€œThey recognize my face and they prepare it.â€? His food props lend credibility to the story about a young man growing up in the maďŹ a, especially seeing one actor munch on pizza. â€œIt just adds to the character development that heâ€™s actually onstage eating,â€? Wasserman said.
Edwards, founder and producer of the imaginative Tooting Arts Club in London, dreamed up the idea of setting â€œSweeney Toddâ€? in a real pie shop and persuaded the 32-seat historic store Harringtonâ€™s to host it, giving the show a â€œpressure cooker, chamber of horrors atmosphere,â€? she said. Edwards transferred the show to the West End and now has faithfully recreated Harringtonâ€™s at the Barrow Theatre, where strangers can break bread together on communal benches before the show. â€œI think itâ€™s a lovely way to begin a theater experience,â€? she said. So far, about 75 percent of patrons are pre-ordering pies.
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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 19th precinct Week to Date
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Police arrested a woman late on Monday, Feb. 27, after responding to a burglar alarm at the Victoria’s Secret store at 165 East 86 St. Store security video later revealed that a woman had tripped the alarm while trying to get through one of the revolving doors in the front of the store. She entered the store and took more than dozens of bikinis, push-up bras, lacy hiphuggers and other lingerie later valued at $2,113 from store racks. Police officers responding to the alarm arrested the 33-year-old woman in front of the location.
A diner became the victim of some old-world villainy at the Heidelberg Restaurant recently. At 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, a 36-year-old female Upper East Side resident was eating at the Second Avenue establishment when she realized that her purse had been tampered with. She checked the bag and discovered that her wallet and its contents were missing. She told police that she had seen two women loitering brieﬂy near her purse before leaving the premises. The items stolen included a Marc Jacobs red wallet valued at $168, plus several American Express and other credit cards.
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At 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, a 29-year-old man left his jacket on a coat rack inside the New York Sports Club at 349 East 76th St. before working out. When he came back for his jacket at 10 p.m., the jacket was missing, along with his wedding band, valued at $600.
At 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, a 60-year-old woman parked her gray 2009 Vespa Piaggio Fly 150 scooter at the southwest corner of First Avenue and 95th Street. It was nowhere to be found when she returned for the machine at noon the following day.
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SUPPORT FOR EAST MIDTOWN REZONING ZONING The proposal would allow for greater commercial development in the area BY MADELEINE THOMPSON
Since 2001, only ﬁve new buildings have been constructed in the area known as East Midtown. Four years after it was ﬁrst proposed, a rezoning of East Midtown hopes to change that by removing barriers to redeveloping outdated buildings and providing incentives to create more modern ofﬁce spaces. At a hearing last Thursday night, business owners, residents and members of the East Midtown community lent their support to the plan as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Manhattan Bor-
ough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Dan Garodnick and the East Midtown Steering Committee were on hand to consider their feedback. The rezoning would affect 475 buildings from East 39th to East 57th Streets, between Second and Fifth Avenues. If passed, the new zones would permit as-of-right density increases in certain locations and would allow qualifying landmarked sites to transfer their development rights. Improvements to transit and public spaces — such as pedestrian plazas and shared streets — in the district are also part of the plan. Most of the hundred or so people in attendance were in favor of the rezoning, with some caveats. Rob Byrnes, president of the East Midtown Partnership, advocated for the inclusion of the east side of Third Avenue in the rezoning, and asked that more community input be considered throughout the process.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer gave a brief introduction before discussion of the East Midtown proposal. Photo: Andrew Goldston “We do think there needs to be substantial outreach on the public realm improvements,” Byrnes said. “There should be no surprises in this process.” Representatives from the Real Estate Board of New York, Community Board 5, the Municipal Arts Society and the New York Landmarks Conservancy were among others to tentatively express their support. Joe Rosenberg, director of the Catholic Community Relations Council, called it a “rare opportunity.” “This rezoning is not only essential for the future of Midtown East, but also to provide landmarked houses of worship
with the means to preserve their properties,” he said, specifically mentioning St.Patrick’sCathedralonFifthAvenuebetween East 50th and 51st Streets. A few people, however, were opposed. TheYaleClub,whichsitsonVanderbiltAvenuebetweenEast44thand 45th Streets, objected to the proposal’s inclusion of shared streets, a program that allows pedestrians to walk wherever they choose on certain streets and disallows cars from exceeding five m.p.h. “Such a restriction of vehicular access would have a very significant adverse impact on the club by impeding access
MARCH 9-15,2017 by emergency vehicles and club guests, including many seniors and people with disabilities,” said Neil Hohmann, vice president of the Yale Club. “No details of the shared streets program are included in the Department of Transportation’s presentation materials.” Kathy Thompson, a resident of Turtle Bay and member of its neighborhood association, said the rezoning proposal overstates the commercial influences and understates the residential aspects of the area. “This shows the neighborhood to be made up of more commercial buildings than it actually has, and to look less like the neighborhood like it really is,” she said, accusing the plan’s architects of working from a “remote viewpoint.” Thompson asked that the east side of Third Avenue, as the westernmost border of the Turtle Bay neighborhood, be excluded from the rezoning. Community Boards 5, 6 and 8 will have until March 13 to review the proposal, after which time it will go to the borough president, City Planning Commission and City Council. Madeleine Thompson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMELESS STUDENTS SPIKE BY 22 PERCENT EDUCATION More than 1 in 8 in city public schools affected during recent five-year period BY MADELEINE THOMPSON
The number of students in New York City public schools who experienced homelessness between the 2010-11 and 2014-15 school years is larger than the size of the Boston and Seattle school systems combined. A 2016 study by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness found that 127,000 of the city’s 1.1 million public school students have been homeless at some point during those ﬁve years. These students, which research shows are at a much higher risk for mid-year transfers and chronic absenteeism, are often concentrated in one or two schools in each district, and in some districts much more than others. The institute’s recently released interactive map showed that the Upper West Side’s P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon and Bloomingdale schools have the highest percentages of homeless students, with 23.1 and 22.4 percent, respectively. Liberty High School Academy for Newcomers in Chelsea is the only other school in the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Chelsea and Lower Manhattan neighborhoods with a student body that is
more than 20 percent homeless. Although the number of homeless students dropped somewhat from just over 84,000 during the 2013–14 school year to roughly 82,500 in 2014–15, there was a 22 percent overall increase in homeless students during the five-year period traced by the institute. Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan and the Upper East Side, as smaller neighborhoods, have fewer schools and fewer homeless students. Jennifer Erb-Downward, the institute’s principal policy analyst, also noted that the generally higher-earning makeup of those four areas likely contributes to their smaller concentration of homeless students. “What I think is important to think about, too, is while School District Two has a low percent of students who are homeless, it actually has a very large number of students who are homeless,” she said. District Two stretches from the tip of Manhattan to 100th Street, excluding the Upper West and Lower East Sides. Chronic absenteeism — defined as missing 20 or more days of school — and multiple school transfers are crucial barriers homeless students face that many of their peers do not. “Once you have high school students who were chronically absent at some point during school, only 20 percent of them were graduating,” Erb-Downward said of her research.
“Homeless students are two times more likely to transfer schools, and every school transfer has been estimated to set a child back up to six months academically.” Heidi Burkhart, a philanthropist and founder of the Dane Real Estate affordable housing firm, sees these challenges in the youth she works with at the nonprofit Covenant House. “I think the biggest difference [between housed and homeless students] is the support system and people that can mentor them.” According to Politico, which earlier this month analyzed data about homeless students, the city recently added 360 new bus routes to ease the often long commutes students face. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration last year announced $30 million to support such programs as health centers and literacy coaches, but $10 million of it was absent from the most recent budget. In a statement to Our Town, Toya Holness, a Department of Education spokeswoman, said homeless students and those in temporary housing “are among our most vulnerable populations.” She said the department was coordinating with other city agencies for resources. In de Blasio’s 128-page plan to ﬁght homelessness, which he unveiled last week, homeless students are mentioned once in reference to the $30 million he pledged last year.
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FORESTS AND TREES BY MELITTA ANDERMAN
Remember the old fashioned adage, “you can’t see the forest for the trees”? A lot of interpretations can be read into those few words: not being appreciated for lack of real insight, too many available choices that mar the clarity of what’s in sight, or ﬂitting like a butterﬂy from one activity to another. At this time and place I am surrounded by countless choices that plow down the trees without allowing me to ﬁnd my personal forest. My forest of choices consists of books, ﬁlms and theater. (To say nothing of politics.) They are all trampling my well-trod path. Books are a big part of my life. I like the shape and feel of each book, especially the end papers which can be
a work of art. There is a book store in London called Persephone that caters to women writers from the 20th century, and they promote artistic endpapers. You can surmise that I’m a reader who needs to hold a book in hand, but books can be listened to, or read on a Kindle. I love going to movies in the city, especially now that reclining seats are available. I take a shawl, wrap myself in a cocoon and pretend I’m on a plane awaiting my little bag of chips. I can also go to a movie with regular squashed seats, and pay a tiny fortune to see half a dozen previews of movies scheduled for openings next year. Or I can go to Netﬂix where I have hundreds of choices in all genres, and where it will take me half a night to make a choice. When I
Photo: Nova, via ﬂickr think I’m ready to settle in and start watching, I ﬁnd the foreign language ﬁlm I’ve selected has no English subtitles. Choosing a theater production in New York is also a cause for chaos. I belong to a number of organizations where for an annual fee you get loads of choices and the entrance price is
nominal. You have to be alert and check several times a day what show pops up and hastily reserve seats. Then you have to know what password you posted to get into the site, so you need a place to save these vital facts. Sometimes all this effort is worth the price of admission, but often it’s easier just to call a marketing
FOOD FOR THOUGHT EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT
Church and a state of mind — Standing on Lex near 89th waiting for a local bus. Construction worker in a hard hat walks out of the convenience store. Standing in the portal of the store, he crosses himself. Couldn’t understand why he would do that. There was a church on the next corner, but he wouldn’t see it until he exited the store. Noticed that he was holding something in his hand. Lifting it to his lips, he kissed it. A stack of lottery tickets. Kisses and crosses. Hoping they worked. The whole world’s in their hands — Whole Foods is taking over the city. UES, LES, crosstown, Uptown. Everywhere. The latest encounter I’ve had with the behemoth is the newly opened Bryant Park location. Looks spiffy, but as you enter the verticalhorizontal sprawl mid-block between 42nd and 43rd Streets on Sixth Ave, it
feels like you’re in maybe Grand Central Station, Penn Station or Union Station. Off to the right is News Agency — love the name and its promise of maybe a newspaper (they do carry The New York Times) — a coffee hub with pastries, pre-made, packaged sandwiches, salads. To the left is the entrance to the world of produce, dairy. In the middle are stairs and escalators leading to the food court. Unlike any other Whole Foods stores I’ve been to or am aware of, this one has vendors and kiosks and a food hall where you can eat-in, take-out, or sitdown and dine. As I recall, the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle had a wine shop at one point. No more. Well at Bryant Park location, there’s Harbor Bar where you can have cocktails, and Frankie’s Spuntino’s where you can have wine. Seems that Frankie’s also may be taking over the town. In addition to their several Court Street locations in that outer borough, they have a Hudson Street restaurant. We’re in a Whole Foods evolving world. Post haste — The promise of haste —
service, pay the grossly over-the-top price and call it a day. Right now I will call it a night and remove these weighty choices from my overloaded mind. Maybe I can ﬁnd Dorothy’s yellow brick road and get back home.
he (the man) would start all over at the counter. “No, it’s being mailed. Can’t do anything about it.” Until the manager had second thoughts and hurried the man over to the counter. Had the mailing recalled. The man started all over again which meant that the postal worker behind the counter had to remove the labels and replace them with new ones. A surgical procedure to be sure, but a huge success. Nodding his head in disbelief and looking at his watch, the man’s parting words to those still on line, “Wait. Wait your turn. No shortcuts, trust me.”
Photo: Andrij Bulba, via ﬂickr Don’t even think about it at the post ofﬁce — Post-lunchtime on a Tuesday afternoon. Man standing on line holding two overnight “priority” envelopes in his hand at the FDR Post Office on Third Avenue and 54th-55th Streets. Medium to long line. He was standing, tapping his foot. Obviously in a hurry. A smile crossed his face when a postal worker looking to shorten the line said to him, “Come with me. You’ll be out in no time.” She escorted him over to the side. Took out her phone with all of
the accoutrements to input information for the mailing label and to accept credit card payment in “1-2-3,” she said, and we’re done. As luck would have it, life intervened. The ZIP code wasn’t matching. The label wasn’t printing. Tried again. Same thing. Along came a manager. Similar problem until he said “OK, it went through” — “IT” meant the two envelopes the man was holding, and IT was taken to the counter for mailing as the man implored the manager to recall it and
Dems not the only ones — Seems Manhattan Republicans are feeling the heat of the Trump presidency. The Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street, which has tripled its membership in the last two years, is having its own internecine battles. Seems former executive committee members who supported Trump weren’t re-nominated to the executive committee and they’re blaming it on their support of the president. The club’s saying that there are other “valid reasons” for their not being voted in. And that new blood keeps them (the Met Club) “vibrant.” Out with the old. In with the new. Nothing new about that. But when it happens, it’s real, not fake, news.
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STREET VENDORS VERSUS UPPER EAST SIDE BUSINESS OWNERS COMMUNITY A task force requests that a “city entity” be created to oversea new food locations BY MADELEINE THOMPSON
It was a move born of frustration. Last week the Community Board 8 Vendor Task Force passed a resolution — pending approval by the full board — to request that a “city entity be formed to address and oversee locations for food and general merchandise street vendors.” In response to business owners’ complaints that a wave of new street vendors has been intruding on revenues since the opening of the Second Avenue subway, the task force requested that such an entity be established to process and respond more directly to community input. A bundle of legislation known as the Street Vendor Modernization Act, which was introduced into the City Council last fall, proposes to do just
this by creating an advisory panel to model the bills’ rollout, as well as by increasing the number of vending permits available and updating the rules for street vending. “The system in which [vendors] have been licensed and regulated has been dysfunctional for years,” Council Member Mark Levine, a major sponsor of the bills, said in October. “The establishment of a Street Vendor Advisory Board and the creation of a ﬁrst-of-its-kind Office of Street Vendor Enforcement will ensure fairness and consistency in the way street vendors are regulated.” While the new Second Avenue subway was under construction, Upper East Side business owners suffered waning proﬁts behind tall fences and roadblocks that hindered customer access. Mary Silva, owner of Maz Mezcal on East 86th Street, estimated last fall that her business had declined between 30 and 50 percent. Now, some business owners are saying the inﬂux of street vendors is hurting their recovery. “With all the vendors there in front of the restaurant, we’ve started to suffer again,” Francisco Quijada, who owns
an interior design shop at East 72nd and Second Avenue, said at last Tuesday’s meeting. “My business begins to smell like a rotting egg with all the vendors, all that smoke, all this cooking.” Michele Birnbaum, co-chair of the vendor task force, said after the meeting that vendors’ locations are a main focus of the committee. “[Vendors] tend to go in front of a business that sells like merchandise,” she said. “When the Second Avenue subway opened and the construction materials were removed you were left with this corridor of open sidewalk, so it was an invitation for vendors to line up.” But brick-and-mortars weren’t the only ones desperate for the new line to open; street vendors who had been in the area just as long were displaced entirely. Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project, has heard the community board’s claims before. “[CEO of Gristedes Foods] John Catsimatidis used to complain that there were all these vendors outside of his stores ... and so we went to every one, and there were ﬁve or six vendors that were across the street or down the
SWASTIKAS CARVED INTO DOOR OF UPPER WEST SIDE CHURCH HATE CRIME The Fourth Universalist Society, a progressive house of worship, discovered the symbols amid a rise in anti-Semitic acts BY RAZI SYED
In the midst of a national and citywide spike in anti-Semitic acts, an Upper West Side church, which recently announced its status as a sanctuary for the undocumented, discovered a series of swastikas carved into its front door. The Fourth Universalist Society, a Unitarian Universalist church, learned of the vandalism on the morning of Feb. 28. “Our building engineer arrived at church and saw it carved on the front doors, facing Central Park West,” the Rev. Schuyler Vogel said. “We suspect it happened sometime that night before; our building closed at 10 p.m. — sometime between that and 9 a.m.” The church reported the damage to law enforcement that morning. While Fourth Universalist did not have a security camera, camera footage from two of the church’s neighbors was viewed but no suspect was found, Vogel said. The congregation is considering installing its own security system.
Unitarian Universalism has Christian roots but evolved into a progressive institution without a specific required set of beliefs, Vogel said, explaining that atheists, agnostics, Christians, Jews and followers of other religious philosophies are members of his congregation. The vandalism, which is being investigated by New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force, came in the midst of a 55 percent year-to-date increase in hate crimes from Jan. 1 to Feb. 26 compared to last year, according to the NYPD. During that same period, anti-Semitic crimes increased 94 percent. Nationally, the Anti-Defamation League has recorded a sharp rise in anti-Semitic acts, said Etzion Neuer, director of community service and policy. Since the start of the year, around 100 threats have been called into Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions, including the ADL midtown Manhattan office. On March 3, a Missouri man was arrested for calling threats into the ADL office as well as seven other Jewish institutions. Vogel said he believes the national political climate has contributed to the increase in hate crimes. “I think there has been a lot of abdication of leadership, particularly at the national level, around denouncing rhetoric that encourages racial di-
The Fourth Universalist Society, which recently announced its status as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Photo: Razi Syed vide, racial tension,” Vogel said. “The idea that certain people belong here and certain people don’t — that we’ve heard a lot of on the national level — is really harmful.” Neuer said that while swastikas will always represent hate and the Nazi Party for Jews, they have also been used to attack and intimidate nonJewish groups.
At a July 2016 march in favor of the Street Vendor Modernization Act. Photo: Nancy Chuang block, and there were zero that were selling right out in front,” said Basinski, calling the members of the task force “professional complainers.” He added that he often hears racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic undertones in the conversations held on this topic. “Sometimes they have no particular complaint about vendors except that there are vendors,” Basinski said. “I live on the Upper East Side, so I can say that about my neighborhood.” Basinski credited Council “It’s not unheard of to see them as a generic symbol of hate,” he said. In addition to the swastikas, the words “race office” were carved into the doors in block letters. “None of us knew what that meant, so we Googled it,” Vogel said. “It turns out that it is a reference to a department within the Nazi Party during the Third Reich that focused on enforcing racial hierarchies and political propaganda. So whoever did it, we surmise, is not simply just a casual passerby but someone with some familiarity and knowledge of fascism and the ideology attached to it.” To cover up the damage before the doors can be permanently repaired, the Fourth Universalist Society sanded down the door and applied lacquer over the affected area. The congregation has Jewish members, including one who ﬂed Europe as the Nazi Party came to power, Vogel said. Fourth Universalist congregation member Jim Saslow, who was raised Jewish and still considers himself culturally Jewish, spoke about his reaction to the carvings. “I was very upset when they carved that stuff into the door because, as a Jew, you’re raised from childhood knowing that your group have been victims of oppression, hatred, murder, pogroms, and the Holocaust for thousands of years,” Saslow said. “You grow up knowing that it has always happened and always thinking, it could happen again.” Vogel said he was happy to see widespread support for the Fourth Universalist Society in the midst of the vandalism.
Member Ben Kallos with getting local business owners to “see the vendors as a positive resource,” and cited a recent compromise with the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association over one vendor’s intrusive neon sign as an example of the vendors’ willingness to have a dialogue with the community. Attendees at the community board meeting last week also spoke out against the Street Vendor Modernization Act more generally. Armando Crescenzi, a member of the Veterans First organization, called the push for more street vending permits “an abomination.” Expressing frustration over the difficulty of acquiring permits for veterans and those with disabilities, Crescenzi suggested that areas that want more street vendors be required to petition for them. Under the Street Vendor Modernization Act, 35 of the 600 additional permits issued by the Department of Health would be reserved for veterans and those with disabilities. Madeleine Thompson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’ve got emails from people across the country offering their support,” Vogel said. “We’ve been in conversations with our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, both at a national level and also more regional — and they have been really wonderful. As well as our neighboring churches.” In response to the carved swastikas, Fourth Universalist is holding an interfaith event on March 10 at 5:30 p.m. to rededicate the building. In addition to Vogel, speakers include journalist and former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers, West End Synagogue Rabbi Marc Margolius, Faith in New York executive director Onleilove Alston and Jonathan Soto, senior community liaison with the mayor’s office. The motive of the assailant remains unclear. “We don’t know why someone decided to target us,” Vogel said, suggesting that perhaps the publicity around the sanctuary status or a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of the building could have been the cause. “It has led to a reﬂection, at least for me, on the seriousness of social justice work,” he said. “And how often it can be seen, particularly among people of a certain degree of privilege, as exciting; as sort of a sexy thing, you know: ‘We’re going to stand out there and go to a rally and protest.’ “And real, true social justice, which is incredibly difficult and sometimes dangerous,” Vogel said. “And this is just a small threat — the people here can weather it — it’s a slippery slope from that to something far worse.”
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TURNER’S HARBOR VIEWS MUSEUMS The Frick showcases a trio of early 19th century port paintings by the “Cockney poet” BY VAL CASTRONOVO
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), master of luminous landand seascapes, is making waves in New York this winter with a focused show at the Frick, “Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages Through Time.” Two monumental oils from the museum’s West Gallery, “Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile” (exhibited 1825) and “Cologne, the Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening” (exhibited 1826), now hang in the Oval Room alongside a third, unfinished work, “The Harbor of Brest: The Quayside and Château” (1826-28), on loan from Tate Britain. The three port scenes comprise a series and are being shown together for the ﬁrst time, along with some 30 oils, watercolors and prints. Henry Clay Frick purchased the West Gallery’s mainstays “Dieppe” and “Cologne” more than a century ago. The painting of Brest’s harbor in Brittany was discovered by accident in 1943 in the basement of London’s National Gallery by then-director Kenneth Clark, who was looking for space for bomb shelters. More than 50 years later, Ian Warrell, a Turner specialist and one of the show’s curators, identiﬁed the subject. The canvas, part of the Turner Bequest to the nation in 1856, had never been exhibited or sold because it was unﬁnished. Here it serves to illuminate the painter’s process. The three radiant harbor views are paradigms of Turner’s mid-career style, with color, light and atmospherics the central features. Widely heralded as Britain’s greatest painter, this son of a barber and wig maker from Covent Garden was obsessed with light. He has been dubbed the “painter
J.M.W. Turner. “Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile,” exhibited 1825 but subsequently dated 1826. Oil on canvas, 68 3/8 x 88 3/4 inches. The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb of light” for his shining vistas, a feat he achieved by priming his canvases with white grounds and using newly invented pigments such as chrome yellow and chrome orange. Turner’s sunny style was undoubtedly influenced by a trip to Italy in 1819. But critics faulted him for painting northern European ports in such light tones. The new hues, in fact, were deemed unnatural. His penchant for yellow prompted one reviewer to gibe he suffered from yellow fever. The interest in ports derives in part from the border closures (sound familiar?) during the Napoleonic Wars, when Britons were banned from crossing the English Channel until the emperor’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Once the restrictions were lifted, Turner, an obsessive traveler, joined the throngs who streamed across the Channel to the Continent. He made two trips to Dieppe, in 1821 and 1824, sketchbook in hand (one is on display). He drew in situ and returned to his London studio to commence painting — from the sketches, from memory
IF YOU GO WHAT: “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages Through Time” WHERE: The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St. WHEN: Through May 14 www.frick.org and from his wild imagination. As the Frick’s director, Ian Wardropper, remarked at a preview, ports in the post-Napoleonic era became “symbols of trade, travel and commerce.” They represented freedom, and with the lifting of the ban, Turner was free to wander and continue the shift from naturalism to a more atmospheric and abstract style. Call it modern. The Frick’s senior curator, Susan Grace Galassi, who had the idea for the exhibit, analyzed the two principle works, “Dieppe” and “Cologne.” Dieppe on the Normandy coast was a centuries-old ﬁshing village. To an
England that was undergoing industrialization, the picturesque port felt “very foreign and exotic, like landing on the moon,” she said. Viewers of the canvas have the sense of “gliding in on a boat with Turner. It’s a scene of massive sky, a painting about light with the city as a frame.” Beautifully detailed architecture appears to the right, betraying Turner’s early apprenticeship as an architectural draftsman. The picture is monumental in scale, a size normally reserved for history paintings — but here the subject is “the quotidian,” Galassi said with reference to a buzzy open-air market and a couple unloading (loading?) household items from two boats. Eyes are directed back to the dome and tower of the parish church St. Jacques, which “gives a spiritual quality to the light,” the curator said. The composition shows the inﬂuence of French landscape painter Claude Lorrain (1604/5-1682), who worked in Italy and used the device of a central distant sun.
The honey-toned “Cologne” is similarly monumental and similarly luminous, but this Rhine River harbor scene is set in the evening and refers back to 17th century Dutch marine painters, with a large boat blocking the deep space that is the hallmark of “Dieppe.” Once again there is a distant church with a tower, in this case Gross St. Martin. Stray ﬁgures on the shoreline appear to be laboring into the sunset; a tourist boat, meanwhile, sweeps by the medieval buildings and telegraphs the themes of leisure travel and passages through time. The hazy “Harbor of Brest” was included as “an interesting example of work arrested at a certain stage,” Galassi said. It’s “in a molten state [showing] chaos before creation.” Indeed, as Simon Schama relates in the BBC’s “Power of Art” about the artist he calls the “Cockney poet”: “One critic despaired that Turner delights in abstractions that go back to the ﬁrst chaos of the world.”
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HAMILTON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 asking price for the collection is $2.3 million. Among the highlights is a 1780 love letter from Hamilton to his future wife Eliza Schuyler, sent from the ﬁeld during the Revolutionary War in the midst of their courtship. “You are certainly a little sorceress and have bewitched me,” Hamilton writes, continuing, “I love you more than I ought.” Later in the letter, he teases Eliza and shows a bit of his famous ego, writing, “It is again an age since I have heard from you. I write you at least three letters for your one, though I am immersed in public business and you have nothing to do but to think of me.” Hamilton even jokes to Eliza about ﬁnding “a new mistress” while he is away, before assuring her that to do so would only cause him disquiet and “make me return to you with redoubled tenderness.” “I’m sure a couple of decades later he wished he hadn’t acted on that,” Kaller said with a laugh. Years later, Hamilton became embroiled in a sordid blackmail scheme that has been called the nation’s ﬁrst sex scandal, and publicly admitted carrying on an extramarital affair in a document known as the Reynolds Pamphlet. An 1800 printing of the pamphlet is included in the collection. Other notable pieces include a 1788 ﬁrst edition of “The Federalist,” Hamilton’s collected essays advocating for the ratiﬁcation of the Constitution, and a lock of Hamilton’s hair, kept by his descendants for generations. The collection also
includes dozens of letters and documents from other notable ﬁgures of the period that provide additional context about contemporary culture and politics. While the average “Hamilton” fan won’t be in the market to purchase the collection, a number of the most impressive items will be on display for all visitors to the Antiquarian Book Fair. In contrast to the formality of a museum setting, the book fair offers visitors the opportunity to get an intimate look at original documents and, in many cases, hold histo-
ry in their hands. “We’re used to people getting much closer to the documents,” Kaller said. “You can really get up close and personal.” Other highlights of this year’s show include a book adaptation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” signed by Walt Disney and 51 of the ﬁlm’s animators and a first edition of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” The New York Antiquarian Book Fair runs March 9-12 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue. Daily admission is $25.
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FEB 22 - MAR 1, 2017 The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml. The Georgian Suite Kitchen
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1431 York Avenue
1373 First Avenue
1370 York Avenue
Muscle Maker Grill
1413 2Nd Ave
Grade Pending (45) 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.
Tanoshi Sushi Saki Bar
1372 York Avenue
1589 Second Avenue
1582 York Avenue
Closed By Health Depertment (44) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
1606 1St Ave
Not Yet Graded (29) 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. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
400 E 82Nd St
Not Yet Graded (58) 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. Insufficient or no refrigerated or hot holding equipment to keep potentially hazardous foods at required temperatures.
1725 2 Avenue
1705 1St Ave
Not Yet Graded (39) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used.
Eddie’s Deli & Pizza
184 E 116Th St
1936 3Rd Ave
Not Yet Graded (43) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. 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. No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.
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NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said a proposed police surveillance oversight bill “would not be helpful to anyone in New York City.” Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
NYPD SURVEILLANCE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 investigation or even a single lead. The NYPD is currently engaged in discussions to resolve two lawsuits relating to the program, and recently agreed to a proposed settlement that would subject the department to increased civilian oversight. Technologies implemented by the NYPD without public input include Stingrays, which allow police to track the location of cellphone users and, in some cases, intercept their communications, and x-ray vans known as “backscatters” that can see through walls and vehicles, and which critics say may expose bystanders to harmful radiation. The department also uses a platform known as the Domain Awareness System that aggregates data from various sources, including license plate readers, MetroCard swipes, and thousands of publicly and privately owned surveillance cameras, enabling police to track the movement of individuals throughout the city. “Once we started hearing about the Stingrays and the backscatters and the technology that was brought to light by the NYCLU and Brennan Center [for Justice] and others, it left some of us scratching our heads, because we don’t really understand how it’s being used and we probably should,” Garodnick said. In addition to its disclosure requirements, the bill would require the department to detail whether outside agencies within the state or federal government have access to information collected by the NYPD. Gibson said that the bill was not drafted in response to recent actions taken by President Donald Trump to step up federal immigration enforcement, but Garodnick said the measure takes on increased significance in light of the current political climate. “This reinforces our commitment to being a real sanctuary city, and makes it clear to every New Yorker whether data collected by our own surveillance tools can be shared, or even is shared, with the federal government,” he said. The bill does not require the NYPD to provide an accounting of surveillance tools or tactics utilized in the past that are no longer employed, nor does it provide a mechanism
for the City Council to prevent the adoption of controversial new technologies by the NYPD. Gibson and Garodnick said that the bill will not impinge on the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, since it does not restrict the department’s use of technologies or require disclosure of operational details. Despite those assurances, police officials were quick to push back against the proposed oversight measures. “This bill would not be helpful to anyone in New York City,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said at a press conference on crime statistics after the legislation was announced. Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters, called the bill “misguided” and said that the department “strongly” opposes it. Byrne invoked the name of a jihadist publication to make his point, saying, “If we had to comply with this bill, the next issue of Inspire Magazine that came out after it would be devoted to: ‘Here are all the technologies the NYPD uses to prevent terrorist attacks.’” Byrne said that he knows of no police department in the country that is subject to requirements like those laid out in the bill. But Michael Price, counsel at the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program, which helped to draft the bill, explained that surveillance oversight legislation has been passed or is pending in several cities and counties across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Clara County, California. “We certainly looked at those bills when we were drafting this,” he said. “There are differences, but that legislation coming out of California and Washington really sort of gave us the inspiration to do it here.” Price said that while other laws have given local legislatures the power to approve or deny the use of police technologies, the New York City bill is strictly an oversight and transparency measure. The bill’s authors say that it will help to foster trust between citizens and the NYPD. “Let’s face it. People learn about police surveillance tools, eventually,” Garodnick said. “This bill gives a chance for the public to understand it, not just by hearing it leaked out in dribs and drabs.”
Since Feb. 17, an unfurnished storefront on the ground ﬂoor of a luxury SoHo condo has been transformed into a laboratory of sorts, an interactive DIY installation revolving around an organic spray its creator says fosters emotional resilience. Trigger Spray is an innovative aromatherapy mist designed by New York-based artist Elana Langer. Swarming with lavender, mandarin, tarragon and hemlock, the potion elevates you to a Zen state by soothing the nervous system. At least momentarily, it imparts a peace of mind that enables one to think through an emotional stimulus rather than impulsively react to it. “I was fighting with the people I loved,” Langer said. “This product comes from a desire to help people get along.” Curated by Chashama, a nonproﬁt organization that supports local artists by turning unused property into art spaces, the Trigger Spray Pop-Up Shop is a hybrid of an art installation and a boutique store. Merging art, philosophy and commerce has been the central theme of Langer’s projects. “It’s a store, but I’m not just selling a product,” she said. “I’m also selling a message, and that’s the art.” The product costs $20, but the message is free. The building’s spartan aesthetic stands in stark contrast to purpose of the gallery within. Its glass walls are bare but for a baby-pink, Pop Art-inspired “Trigger Spray” logo stamped near the gallery door. A trio of bold, catchy verbs written on paper dangles below: “Stop,” “Spray,” “Breathe.” Each has a corresponding, roughly sketched emoticon. “The most important tool is our awareness,” reads a sign propped up on a sheet music stand inside. The maxim expresses Langer’s philosophy on feelings. Aromatherapy, she said, prescribes certain characteristics to one of the four elements: earth, ﬁre, water and air. Earth, for example, represents the “cool” and the “lifegiving,” while air embodies the adventurous. Each emotion has an antidote in smell: grapefruit mist neutralizes anger, laurel mist lifts up melancholy. The theory offers people a more artful, positive way of analyzing ﬁery emotions. “Instead of saying, ‘Oh you have a lot of anger in you,’ you say, “Oh, you have lot of ﬁre in ﬁre,” Langer explained. The studio splits into a pair of installations. In the forewing is nestled the “emotional body,” a ribbon-riddled cave-like space enclosed by black velvet curtains. Inspired by the animated movie “Inside Out,” the body is a physical demonstration of the way triggers are formed. Like conﬂicting feelings, ribbons and yarn swerve and snake into inextricable knots that can be freed only through thorough examination. Building the emotional body was a cathartic, interactive exercise involving half dozen participants. During the ﬁrst 10 days of the exhibit, Langer invited visitors to chart their thoughts
Visitors to New York artist Elana Langer’s SoHo installation jotted down people or incidents that elicit negative emotional reactions from themselves. Photo: Claire Wang on the web of emotions. They draped and yanked strings over her original design, creating knots and tangles that represented triggers, or points of conflict in their private lives. Some jotted down their feelings on notebook paper and hung them in batches on a string. They dangle from the ceiling like handcrafted chandeliers. Langer compared emotional unrest to a scratch on a vinyl record, a blemish that can be easily be mended given a little time and patience. “I wanted to show people what it’s like to sit and walk around in something that’s bigger than you,” she said. “Order may be desirable but it’s tenuous; we all have to learn to control chaos.” The back-wing of the studio consists of a Trigger School–a miniature model of a high school classroom complete with a whiteboard, notebooks, and tablet-arm desks where visitors can write and talk about their “trigger topics” – of memories, whether traced to persons or incidents, that elicit overwhelming emotion, be it grief or bliss. This can be the recollection of the death of a parent, of a devastating breakup, or of an inconsiderate fellow subway rider, Langer said. “Coming to an understanding of your emotions takes time,” she said, “so it’s important to remember to give yourself space — to stop and breathe — before you react.” The exhibit closes today, March 9.
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AUSSIE CAFÉ VIBE PERCOLATES IN THE CITY TRENDS Artisanal products, Wi-Fi-free spaces replicate Down Under’s coffee culture BY LILY HAIGHT AND CLAIRE WANG
February’s blizzard might have been the most fortuitous occurrence for a pair of Australian baristas launching their new coffee venture in Greenwich Village. While the storm raged, New York Fashion Week attendees found shelter amid fresh plants and bamboo walls. Banter, a quaint Sullivan Street space awash in pastel hues, is the brainchild of Nick Duckworth and Josh Evans, two beanie-sporting, 20-something down-to-earth dudes from Down Under. It is one of three new Australian cafés that opened up shop last month, attesting to New Yorkers’ growing afﬁnity for Aussie coffee culture, which has slowly come to permeate life in the city. Since 2015, roughly 10 independently owned Aussie coffeehouses have opened in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Bluestone Lane, now a franchise with multiple storefronts from Greenwich Village to Wall Street, and Two Hands, which opened a second location, in Tribeca, in 2016, were some of the ﬁrst Aussie shops to open. Centered around the idea that a café is not just a fuel stop to grab your daily ﬁx of caffeine, but also a sanctuary of sorts where one can relax and catch up with friends, Australian-style coffee shops are a sharp contrast to corporate-owned chains like Starbucks and Peet’s. Australia’s burgeoning coffee culture owes its roots to a post-World War II immigration boom, when Italian and Greek immigrants established a massive and enduring espresso hub on Lygon Street, an iconic thoroughfare in Melbourne. Since the 1990s, coffee aﬁcionados in Melbourne and other Australian cities have fostered a third-wave espresso culture, cultivating coffee’s artisanal properties and favoring smaller, wellprepared drinks rather than the large, milky ones popular in the U.S. “I don’t think that the Aussie thirdwave espresso category is ever going to supplant or replace the Starbucks [culture], but it’s deﬁnitely shown that there’s a subset of consumers who
seek that more thoughtful preparation.” said Eddy Buckingham, owner of The Good Sort, an Aussie-style café that opened on Doyers Street in Chinatown in February. “There are categories of restaurants that are prevalent and really established in the U.S.A. If you go to a French bistro, you know exactly what you’re going to get,” he added. “What we’re seeing now is the idea of this Australian café category.” To Evans and Duckworth, Banter offers coffee devotees, local residents and college students a quiet alternative to Downtown’s boisterous nightlife: caffeine instead of liquor, a gentle breeze instead of blinding LED lights. “We shouldn’t have to be out at night drinking just to catch up with friends,” Evans said. “Doing it over coffee in the daylight can be just as fun and much healthier.” The menu at Banter is an eclectic bag of international ﬂavors. Novelty items like the golden turmeric latte are as popular with early morning customers as the long black — a double shot of espresso with extra hot water — or ﬂat white — a less milky, more espressolaced latte. Aussie favorites like the avocado toast and the bacon-and-egg roll tango with modernized Asian classics such as soba noodle salad and pulled pork baguette, a spinoff of the bánh mì. Evans hopes to soon add an American classic, a chicken and waffle plate, to the collection. Not every Aussie café in New York is owned by Australians. After spending three years backpacking through Queensland and working in Melbourne, native New Yorker Arthur Rangini opened St. Kilda Coffee, an Aussie-style café in Midtown West, in November. “Melbourne is a really artsy city, very modern ... I wanted to bring that here,” Rangini said, sitting at the café counter in St. Kilda’s, which looks out on a colorful graffiti-painted wall that spells out the word “coffee.” “There’s a lot of love in the things [Melbournians] do, especially when it comes to coffee.” Rangini set up shop in Midtown to bring quality Aussie coffee outside of the typical areas of SoHo and the Village to a place where chain coffeehouses are prevalent. “It’s the reputation that Aussie coffee shops carry. If you go to an Aussie coffee shop you know you’re going to get a solid ﬂat white, a solid cappuccino,” he said.
Arthur Rangini opened St. Kilda Coffee, on West 44th Street, in November. Photo: Lily Haight
St. Kilda is one of about 15 Aussie-style cafés to open up in the city since 2013. Photo: Lily Haight
To the owners of Southern Cross Coffee, an Australian and Argentine café that opened up on East Fifth Street in late February, roasting high-quality coffee is a way to preserve the kindred connection they have to their home countries. Founded by Adam Sobol, an Australian, and Sergio D’Auria, an Argentinian, the café serves only Italian-
based espresso drinks (“We don’t like drip!” Sobol said) with a small selection of pastries, which are made with premium, local ingredients. Sobol and D’Auria, both of whom quit corporate America to offer an authentic taste of their rich cultures to New Yorkers, hire only highly experienced baristas and source beans from roasters in
Brooklyn and Upstate. With a more selective vetting process for barista and ingredient, an Aussie coffee — espresso or drip — is more aromatic and consistent in ﬂavor than its American counterpart. “When I go to a chain coffeeshop like Starbucks or The Bean, I don’t know if the latte or Americano I order will be too watered down or too bitter,” said New York University senior Ann Park, a regular at Aussie cafés Downtown. “At a local place like Southern Cross, you know they’ll always put in the time and effort to make a decent cup of coffee.” Aside from the stellar brew, Park also enjoys detoxing from social media to chat with both friends and strangers. Two years ago at Toby’s Estate, one of many Wi-Fi-free Aussie cafés, she struck up a conversation with an elderly couple visiting from London, with whom she would exchange contact information and reunite when she studied in their city a year later. “America is so schedule-oriented, and coffee is always on-the-go,” D’Auria said. “A hole-in-the-wall is at odds with our cultures and our concept of a conversation-friendly space.” Besides, he added, the café’s combination of small black tables, pink and blue backless chairs, and, of course, lack of Wi-Fi service makes face-toface interaction inevitable. For Rangini, St. Kilda’s is a personal passion project. Not only does he work there seven days a week, but he also completely gutted and refurbished the shop, adding his own touch to the interior design. The café’s simple white walls and black ﬂoors give it a minimalistic vibe. On one wall, a triangular bookshelf holds a book exchange library. Interior design is an important aspect of the carefully cultivated vibes of Aussie cafés. Australian designers Xavier Bartolomeo and Claire Weller concocted Banter’s logo and interior layout using a mixture of Scandinavian and Australian aesthetics. A light color palate fuses with minimalist designs to soothe nerves and inspire conversation. Bold artworks from Australian painters spill patches of blues and reds on nude walls. All the components, Evans explained, are part of a larger puzzle to enhance the urban living experience for busy New Yorkers. “We want to create an intimate relationship with customers,” he said. “Banter, after all, means to chat.”
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FOURTH MAN IN THE ROOM PROFILE Former state Senator Seymour Lachman details Albany’s disfunction BY LEIDA SNOW
Seymour Lachman’s “Failed State” will be released next month. Photo courtesy of SUNY Press.
Few city dwellers realize that decisions made in Albany determine tax rates, infrastructure repair schedules, economic development subsidies, even air and drinking water quality. In fact, the recent opening of the initial phase of the Second Avenue subway was probably the
ﬁrst time many realized that the city’s subways and busses are run by a state agency, the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Seymour Lachman, the former state senator from Brooklyn, now an Upper Eastsider, says he loves the new Q train line, and luxuriates in its location just blocks from the rental apartment in the East 60s that he shares with his wife of more than 50 years, Susan. But nobody knows as well as Lachman does just how difficult it is to get anything done in Albany. After serving five terms as a state senator, Lachman
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penned an exposé of bribery, kickbacks, embezzlement and general malfeasance in Albany, called “Three Men In a Room,” published in 2006. Not much has changed since then: “Over the prior 15 years,” he said, “33 Democratic and Republican legislators in the Assembly and State Senate have been forced to leave office due to criminal charges, ethical lapses, or alleged wrongdoing.” When Lachman, 83, launches into what’s wrong with state government, he speaks in a voice loaded with authority, vividly describing his disillusionment with the pay-toplay culture of Albany. He has now expanded and revised his book, once again with his colleague, Robert Polner. “Failed State: Dysfunction and Corruption in an American Statehouse” will be published in April. Born in the Bronx, Lachman’s family moved to Brooklyn when he was young. He became active in community affairs early in life, and by 34 was selected to head the New York City Board of Education. “I was teaching then at the City University of New York,” he chuckled. “They wanted someone who could bring people together, but also, somebody no one had heard of so no one would object.” He was subsequently elected president of the board, and sponsored the ﬁrst Holocaust studies curriculum, which was replicated by school systems throughout the country. A Democrat, he was elected to the New York State Senate in 1996, and served ﬁve terms. He also served as president of the National Association of Jewish legislators. In his book, Lachman meticulously explains how the wheels turn in Albany, where those who go along get plum committee assignments and extra money for their districts. He is adamant that “individual legislators are
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powerless.” Decisions about budget, agenda and legislation, are made in secret meetings between the Assembly speaker, the Senate majority leader and the governor – the legendary Three Men in A Room – he said The juicy details are all there — how Lachman was told in no uncertain terms that he could receive tens of thousands of dollars more in members’ items if he agreed to vote with the leadership on major issues. A negative response would doom his senate career. “I wouldn’t go along,” he says. According to Lachman, “the legislature lacks an internal democratic process. Members cannot do anything on their own. The leaders have ironclad control. No bill gets through the legislature without the support of the leaders.” Lachman’s bursting resumé also includes a long stint as distinguished university professor of government at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College on Staten Island, where he was a founding director and dean emeritus. He is also the former chair of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. In 1993 he co-authored “One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society, which was an alternate selection for the Book of the Month Club. Among his other books are “The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975” and “Mr. New York, Lew Rudin and His Love of the City.” As long as Lachman served in the State Senate, Brooklyn remained home until three years ago, when he and Susan decided to move into Manhattan.
Seymour Lachman. Photo: Wagner College “Both our children are grown and we have 11 grandchildren,” he said. “I’m free now — to lecture, write, do whatever I like. Susan loves Manhattan,” he continued. “She has a doctorate in sociology and recently retired from teaching. Now she runs to lectures, concerts and the theater, and we both walk everywhere.” To solve the issues in Albany, Lachman’s prescription calls on New Yorkers to vote for a Constitutional Convention (ConCon) in the fall. By law, the referendum is on the ballot every 20 years. Most news these days is Trumped, but Lachman says he’s “hoping that readers of Our Town and others who are concerned, will wake up to the dangers of continuing the status quo.” Lachman acknowledges that successful disruption doesn’t guarantee something better will emerge, “but if we don’t take this risk, we’ll face another 20 years of dazzling dysfunction.”
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While earning her nursing degree, Claudia Paul knew she wanted to focus on geriatrics. Now, as a hospice nurse for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, she is certain of her career path. “With the geriatrics population, you learn a lot. It helps you grow as a person,” she said. “I’ve learned to love the relationships that are being built, the stories that I’ve heard and the people who I’ve helped. Even if it is cooking that one boiled egg or sitting down or playing a game of spades.” A Haitian native, she came to the States United in 1985 at nine years old and settled in Brooklyn. Paul began her career as a home health aide at the suggestion of her mother, who worked as a home health aide as well. She explained that her role was always centered on building relationships and trust with her patients. One of her ﬁrst assignments was caring for New
Yorkers with AIDS. When asked how she maintains her composure around terminally ill patients, she said it’s important to be confident and not bring any fear or stress into the environment for the patient as well as the family. “And even if we don’t have all the answers, maybe just your presence is enough,” she added. Your mom was also a home health aide. How did you get your start in the profession? She had suggested that I get into the ﬁeld, so I wouldn’t be too dependent on them. I was about 22, going to John Jay. She had referred me to her agency and I did attend the class and get the certiﬁcation. And my ﬁrst patient — I was not as conﬁdent as I should have been — was able to help me build my conﬁdence by practicing on her what I would be doing.
What was your experience like as a home health aide? Basically, what I’ve encountered were relationships that were being built around trust. Because we are going into these patients’ homes. They are not knowing our background,
criminal background, yes, but personally, they don’t have a clue of who’s coming into their house, but they have to trust this person to come in and take care of them. And I’ve been able to provide that at a pretty young age. And I’ve moved forward to get my nursing degree. I was working at the VNSNY Lombardi Program, making home visits as well, again, building relationships and trust. We were able to teach medication compliance. If they are forgetting their medications, we will pre-pour the meds for them, do injections if needed and provide wound care.
Tell us a story about a patient you had a special connection with. There was one patient in particular at the Haven [VNSNY Haven Hospice Specialty Unit]. Her daughter and I went to EMT school and we lost the connection. She happened to see me when I was giving birth to my twins and she was also pregnant with her twins. But the last time I saw her was when her mom was being admitted at hospice and that’s how we reconnected. I lost my twins, but her twins were 11 years old and seeing them I’m picturing my boys would have been that age. I’m seeing what could have been. But, in the end, her mom always requested, “Claudia, come in. Claudia has to do this. She does it better.” It was not that I did it better. It was just a familiar face of comfort, a connection, not only with her, but her daughter. And when her mom died, it was very emotional. I did not know her mom until she got to the Haven, but I knew her daughter. When she was leaving that day, her statement was, “I hope we meet again, but not under these circumstances.” And then she thanked us and said that her mom couldn’t have been taken better care of. Her mom died peacefully and comfortable. It’s a small world, the circumstances that bring us back.
You worked with New Yorkers living with AIDS. What do you want people to know about the disease?
Visiting Nurse Service of New Yor hospice nurse Claudia Paul checks in on a patient. Photo courtesy VNSNY
One thing I learned from my early experience was that the side effects of the medication can be a factor in noncompliance. In my experience, most patients were non-compliant with meds because they were not aware of the potential side effects like distended stomach, loss of appetite, and so on, and how to manage these conditions. If people could be taught what to expect before they start the regime, I think they would have been more compliant. However, I think with antiretroviral therapy and new treatments things have grown tremendously. Now, instead of 14 or more pills, many patients are on only three or four. And also, with the internet, people have
Claudia Paul, standing. Photo: Bernard White, Visiting Nurse Service of New York easier access to information about medications and side effects. However, if a trusted primary physician, nurse or case worker had sat down and said, “This is what to expect from this medication when you take it,” I think that would have made it easier back then for compliance.
When did you start working for the VNSNY? How have they supported you throughout your career? In the city, back in 2012, but I’m with Visiting Nurse Service of New York since 2008. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve had managers who knew my potential and acknowledged my work. As a LPN in Lombardi, my manager Yveline Louis-Champagne has always pushed me forward to continue my education and get my RN degree. And my manager at the Haven, Theresa Feeney, who is my director right now, has acknowledged my dedication to my work in pushing me forward to not just stop here, but continue with education because, like I said, the health ﬁeld is moving and we have to keep up with the changes that are taking place, so we can better serve our patients and our clients.
Tell us about the VNSNY Goodman Brown Hospice Residence located on the Upper East Side and your role there. I am the manager here. For these patients, home is no longer an option.
Sometimes, safety is of concern at home, the patient might be falling a lot. Sometimes they are relocating to be closer to family members who work or live around the area. Our residence consists of eight beds. I oversee ﬁve LPNs and ﬁve HHAs. I coordinate the care with our team, which consists of our doctor, social worker and our spiritual care counselor. The goal of care while the patient is here is discussed. If they wish to remain here or go home, then we will discuss and plan that. Also, because it’s a home setting, we assist the family, and they can spend the night. It’s 24 hours and we provide a pull-out couch for family members to spend the night with their loved ones.
What are your future plans? To obtain my master’s in health education and public health. To continue teaching, because as I get older, I’m hoping to leave a generation that has the care and passion that I have. And if I’m able to teach that, I think my generation will be taken care of as well.
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