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Former President Barack Obama joined then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to tour some of the sites hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Photo: Spencer T Tucker/Mayor’s Office of Photography

CITY COPES WITH TRUMP APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE ENVIRONMENT With proposed cuts to the EPA, will there be more Sandys in Manhattan’s future? BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

“People were living in our backyard in tents,” said Jeff Lydon, board secretary of the West Village Houses. “It looked like Katrina with piles of personal belongings, personal effects, sofas, photographs just piled up. It was terrible.” He was talking about Hurricane Sandy, which became the second-costliest storm of its kind when it made landfall in October 2012. Though most of the damage was to New Jersey and the outer boroughs, Lower Manhattan and the West Side are among those still recovering. Lydon’s residential co-op houses more than 1,000 people, and many of those whose apartments were

flooded during Sandy had to pay for the repairs out of pocket. In a recent study commissioned by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Resiliency and Recovery, the global nonprofit think tank RAND Corporation found that many New York City households could lose crucial flood insurance if Congress decides to phase out certain subsidies in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). “A considerable number of one- to four-family structures face substantial flood risk based on their elevation relative to water depth,” the report reads. Individual premiums could increase by $2,000 per year if the government lets the program expire at the end of September. The mayor said he was proud to unveil the report as part of the city’s “multilayered resiliency program.” “If Congress doesn’t act, rising flood insurance rates

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DINNER WITH DIGNITY CHURCHES All Souls on the Upper East Side serves restaurant-style meals to almost 400 people every week BY LAURA HANRAHAN

“Dining with dignity” is the motto at All Souls’ Monday Night Hospitality dinner. Every week for the past 37 years, volunteers at All Souls Unitarian Church on Lexington and East 80th Street have prepped, cooked and served sit-down, restaurant-style meals to in-need members of the community. George Collins, the program’s cochair, has been volunteering every

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Monday night for nearly two decades. Twenty years ago, he says, the average Monday night dinner would serve 75 guests. Now the number is closer to 400. “It’s an aspect of the economy,” Collins said. The program was initially created in response to Upper East Side servants and maids whose living standards declined after losing their jobs due to age. Today, roughly 40 percent of those who attend are homeless, while others are working poor or elderly. Starting at 4:30 p.m., volunteers busily transform the large, basementlevel church hall into a makeshift restaurant. Twenty-five tables are carefully set with tablecloths, cutlery, china dishes, napkins, bread baskets

and vases of flowers. Stations for food and drinks are set up along the outside walls, where the volunteer waitstaff, in their matching aprons, can refill their trays. In the kitchen, a team prepares the evening’s feast. On the menu is a gar-

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STRINGER FIELDS IDEAS AND GRIEVANCES TOWN HALL About 60 people attended an Upper West Side town hall where the city comptroller took questions for more than two hours BY RAZI SYED

Housing and transportation issues were the main areas of concern at a town hall with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer at the Goddard Riverside Community Center on April 6. “Tonight is a very special night to me because, in a lot of ways, coming home,” Stringer said. “Since I became comptroller, our work has expanded to the whole city. So I’ve been to communities all over the city but there’s nothing like having a town hall on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.” In his opening remarks, Stringer joked about the resilience of those who attend Upper West Side town halls. “When it was pouring rain, some of the folks on the staff who aren’t West Sider-types, said to me, ‘Well, I guess that’s it; no one’s coming,” Stringer said, to laughs from the roughly 60 people who showed up. “There is no

better training ground than the Upper West Side.” The meeting ran from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and had an open format, with residents with concerns lining up by microphones to ask questions. More than a dozen people asked questions before time ran out. While Stringer mostly addressed each question on his own, several city officials were on hand to answer questions on specific issues and meet with residents at the end of the event. One resident, a teacher at P.S. 191 who had been keeping a student with her while the student’s mother waits for an apartment in public housing, came to advocate for the family. “I’m his teacher; he stays with me so he doesn’t miss school,” she said. “I want to know what it takes for her to get an apartment so can continue at P.S. 191?” In response, Stringer told her, “Right now, as you know, the real affordable housing crisis is putting a lot of people at risk, which is why we have a 60,000-person homeless crisis – half of the people who are in shelter children, like the young man here,” Stringer said. “I’ve been critical of the administration when they come up with a plan to eradicate homelessness and the best they can tell us is they’ll

reduce homelessness by 2,500 individuals by the next five years, which is a joke.” Stringer assured the resident his staff would locate where the student’s mother was on the list and do what they could to make sure he could stay at his school. Occupational therapist Paul Agostini, who works with the disabled, suggested Stringer look into platforms that have accessible entrances onto subway trains for those in wheelchairs. One woman asked that Citi Bike use be audited, claiming the bikes in many areas were largely unused and took up numerous parking spaces. “Is anyone monitoring Citi Bike?” she asked. Stringer said he supported a bike network in the city but that he intended to look at Citi Bike in a future audit to determine where the bikes are most needed and where they aren’t. Prior to taking questions, Stringer highlighted the work the comptroller’s office has done to reform the boards of companies in which the city’s pension fund is invested. “These corporate boards suffer from groupthink because, basically, you have the same guys who went to the same schools in Connecticut who

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer took questions on public transportation, housing and other issues during an Upper West Side town hall at Goddard Riverside Community Center on April 6. Photo: Razi Syed have the same view of life – nothing wrong with that, they just have one set of life experiences,” Stringer said. “These corporate boards are just too male, they’re too pale – this I hate, but it’s true –- they’re too stale. And they look like me but with better suits.” Lastly, Stringer touched on issues concerning President Donald Trump and the federal government. “When they come for immigrants, as they are coming, we not only have to

push back, fight back and demonstrate but we also have to make an argument,” Stringer said. “And I just want to let you know that immigrants in this city, from 150 different countries, generate $100 billion of income every year in New York and pay billions of dollars of taxes, own 83,000 businesses — in the medical field, the entertainment field — I mean, this country could not run without the immigrants that come here and are coming.”

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG PIE WHY

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The $3 cherry pie turned into a fool’s errand. Shortly after noon on Saturday, April 1, an employee in the Key Food store at 1769 Second Ave. saw a would-be customer putting slipping an Entenmann’s pie into a plastic bag and then try to leave without paying. The employee tried to stop the man, but the latter grabbed the employee’s neck chain before snatching an umbrella on display and swinging it at the employee. Other store personnel came to their colleague’s assistance and subdued the shoplifter, later only identified as a 37-year-old. He was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery, resisting arrest and criminal possession of stolen property.

Two more perpetrators were arrested following an incident at Bloomingdale’s. At about noon on Tuesday, March 28, store loss-prevention staff stopped two men who tried to purchase a Dior bag and a Chanel bag, together valued at $5781.26, with what was determined to be a stolen credit card. The pair — one age 25, the other age 30 — were arrested and charged with

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MELLOW YELLOW An errant cabbie got collared after taking a belt. At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, a 66-year-old man driving a 2012 Toyota Camry yellow cab hit a number of parked vehicles at the corner

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of 62nd Street and Second Avenue. He was pulled over by police, who detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and found a bottle of alcohol in his taxi. He subsequently failed a breathalyzer test and was arrested for driving while under the influence.

WHAT A PANE At 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, a 26-year-old man was engaged in a verbal dispute with an employee of the 2nd Ave Deli at 1442 First Ave. The 26-year-old took it to the next level and kicked out two panes of glass in the front of the store. The punter was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital for a minor cut to his leg treated and at 9:25 p.m. was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

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ONE TAKE OVER THE LINE A thief returned to the scene of a crime and got arrested. Surveillance video in the Nike Running store at 1131 Third Ave. showed a man taking a Nike

Windrunner jacket, valued at $1,100, off a store display before leaving the location, at 6:28 p.m. on Monday, March 20. The man might have gotten away with the crime, but he returned again at 5:51 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. He was recognized, police were summoned, and the 23-year-old was arrested and charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance. That’s because a search of his person discovered an alleged heroin package with residue.

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BILL ADDRESSES NYPD MISCONDUCT DATA LAW ENFORCEMENT Proposal aims to improve city agencies’ access to officer complaint history BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

In the wake of the revelation that New York City Police Department ofďŹ cers involved in the deaths of Ramarley Graham and Eric Garner had previously been investigated for alleged misconduct, City Council members last week discussed legislation that would improve the accountability of the department’s internal system for agging and addressing improper police behavior. The bill, introduced by Council Member Dan Garodnick, would require the city to maintain an internal information sharing system to track lawsuits and complaints regarding alleged misconduct by police. The system would be accessible by the police department, law department, comptroller and Civilian Complaint Review Board. The NYPD currently employs an internal early intervention system to identify officers liable to engage in misconduct, based on disciplinary

history and civilian complaints, and place those officers in the department’s performance monitoring system. “I think we can all agree that the goal is that we have an early alert with respect to at-risk officers, and that way we can get these members of the service either monitoring, training [or] increased supervision,â€? Oleg Chernyavsky, the NYPD’s director of legislative affairs, said at a City Council hearing on the bill April 6. But critics say the system has failed to stop abusive officers from continuing to engage in misconduct. Civilian Complaint Review Board documents recently leaked to the progressive news outlet ThinkProgress show that the cases of Graham and Garner — unarmed black men killed in high-proďŹ le cases of alleged police misconduct in 2012 and 2014, respectively — each involved a separate NYPD officer with a prior history of complaints. A number of city agencies collect data regarding complaints and lawsuits alleging police misconduct, but there is limited interagency coordination in organizing the information and ensuring all applicable parties can analyze it. The proposed legislation would mandate access to the available information for all concerned agencies. “It should not be so difficult or

cumbersome for agencies keeping an eye on police misconduct to have the full universe of information that is relevant,â€? Garodnick said at the hearing. “The police department has had an early intervention system for years, but we want to build on that by giving these other oversight agencies the ability to share and access information easily,â€? Garodnick said in a later interview. “The hope is that it will assist in early identiďŹ cation of those few officers who are prone to misconduct and ensure action before somebody gets hurt and before the city has to pay considerable sums in legal claims.â€? In fiscal year 2016, the city paid $279.7 million in settlements and judgments of legal claims against the NYPD, the highest total ever. Though payouts have increased every year since 2013, the number of claims ďŹ led against the NYPD decreased in ďŹ scal years 2015 and 2016, reflecting the fact that cases often take years. In early April, the city agreed to pay $4 million to settle the wrongful arrest suit ďŹ led by Thabo Sefolosha, a professional basketball player, in response to his 2015 arrest outside a Chelsea nightclub, during which he suffered a broken ďŹ bula and other injuries. The NYPD did not admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

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We all have a story to tell. As immigrant status is so much in the news as of late, we asked our readers to send us photos of their family photos from long ago. The majority of Americans have ancestors who came to this country from somewhere else. Looking back at old photos reminds us of how times have changed, and of who came before us. We see the light and the dark — the good and the bad. By remembering where we started, we can see the progress and find inspiration to carry on. Below are the submitted family photos.

Elizabeth McCue Sussmann, aged seven or eight, is pictured astride a donkey whose headband reads,Votes for Women. — Submitted by Anne G.

This is a photo of my mother when she was 16 years old in 1895 in New York City. This was taken in a photography studio with a fake background of a beach. — Submitted by Norma C.

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After the three of us were placed in dog show positions, Dad said, “Hold still, and smile when I count to three.” Mom said through her tight lips,”On three, make a stupid face.” “One, two… three!” And here it is. The most revealing photo in my family history. Mom and I in cahoots make stupid faces, Rory is still upset at Dad for not letting him stand in the middle. Because we ruined Dad’s photo, he walked ahead of us and didn’t talk to us for an hour. — Submitted by Thomas P.


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HILLARY CLINTON IS BACK AND ‘PRETTY WORRIED’ ABOUT AMERICA EVENTS In her first major interview since the election, the former presidential candidate talks about Russia, misogyny and the Trump administration BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

Despite an agenda packed with celebrities, the applause during the eighth annual Women in the World summit that ended last Friday was loudest for former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. At Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, Clinton gave her first major interview since the election to New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, who asked about everything from Syria to her plans for the future. Spoiler alert: they do not include running for mayor of New York City. “As a person I’m okay — as an American I’m pretty worried,” Clinton said to Kristof’s query about how she has been holding up. “The aftermath of the election was so devastating and

everything that has come to light in the days and weeks since has also been troubling. I just had to make up my mind that, yes, I was going to get out of bed.” Some of the concerns Clinton cited were Russia’s influence in the election, the role misogyny played in the campaign and the overwhelmingly male Trump administration. She advocated for a non-partisan investigation into Russia’s involvement, and talked about how important it is for young women to run for office. Relaxed and light-hearted, she even joked about the Republicans’ failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Why do we have to cover maternity care?” she said. “Well, maybe you were dropped by immaculate conception. Who knows?” Women in the World is an annual conference organized by Tina Brown, CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, in association with The New York Times, featuring prominent women from all walks of life. Panels ranged from “How to Raise a Feminist,” with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, to a conversation with Can-

ada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau, to “Saudi Women Athletes: Shaking Up the Kingdom.” Not everyone got the warm welcome Clinton received; United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was booed by the audience when asked about President Donald Trump’s actions on Russia. “I have had conversations with the president where he very much sees Russia as a problem,” Haley said. “The two things Russia doesn’t want to see the U.S. do is strengthen their military and expand energy, and the president has done both of those.” At one point, a heckler shouted, “What about refugees?” New York City was represented by several summit speakers, including fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, journalist Maggie Haberman and actor Scarlett Johansson. Though Clinton all but said she was finished with running for office, Johansson told author and businesswoman Arianna Huffington that she wasn’t ruling it out. “I come from a very politically vocal family,” Johansson said. “My grandmother was fighting for tenants’ rights during the

Hillary Clinton with Nicholas Kristof. Photo courtesy of Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit whole Mitchell-Lama housing development with [now-comptroller] Scott Stringer. I think that change happens at home.” Throughout the three-day event, women and feminism took center stage. The heartbreaking stories of survival in ISIS-held cities and refugee

camps, and even of instances of domestic terrorism like the Charleston massacre, served to remind viewers that though Women’s History Month just ended, it never really does. Madeleine Thompson can be reached at newsreporter@strausnews.com

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FAMILY FRIENDLY GRAYING NEW YORK BY MARCIA EPSTEIN

Last week I took my “kids” (They are 44 and 47) out for dinner for my younger daughter’s birthday. This, folks, is what the joy of parenthood comes down to: laughing and talking with your adult children and knowing that all is on the right track. On and off over the years, we’ve had plenty of issues. I didn’t

talk to one daughter for years, and had disagreements and periods of silence with the other. But none of us wanted that kind of situation to go on forever, and now we’re in a good space. My feeling is that it will last. Without going into personal details, I can only say that I think we’ve all come to terms with each other’s faults and good points, that we all love each other, and that the time of friction is over (crossed fingers). I’m not young anymore, and I have four grandchildren. I own my part of the problems we had and have done what I can do make things better. My family is very important to me and the grandchildren are still young. They need a cohesive family, and so do I. There’s so much in the world to be sad and angry about, I no longer have the energy or desire to be out of communi-

cation with the people I love most. It takes patience and forbearance to overlook annoyances, and the desire of all concerned to accept differences, to make any relationship work. The adult child/parent relationship is no different. But it’s worth it, so very worth it. I looked at my beautiful daughters and thanked the powers that be that we were laughing and having fun, and were in such a good space at last. I have a serious case of PESS (Post Election Stress Syndrome). I’m a TV news junkie and can spend hours switching between MSNBC and CNN just to hear the same stories over and over again. When I told my psychiatrist that I was worried about being more depressed, he asked me if I watched a lot of news. His prescription was to stop, cold turkey! Also to watch Steve Colbert.

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He told me that many of his patients were complaining of the same thing, and that watching or reading too many news stories about our present political situation was causing stress and depression in many people. I don’t know if I can do it cold turkey, but I’m going to taper off. It’s back to my books and crossword puzzles and goodbye Wolf Blitzer and Rachel Maddow. Maybe I’ll sneak in a little bit of Chuck Todd. I can’t give up Chuck entirely. I’ll keep you posted on whether it works. There’s a new permanent home for an experimental theater group on the Upper West Side, in the basement of a hostel on West 106th Street. Ildiko Nemeth has been using different performance spaces for many years, but finally she’s found a place of her own. The New Stage Theatre Company performs alterna-

PLUGGING THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY BETTE DEWING

Now here’s some media Easter/Passover deliverance — thanks to actor and Little Italy cheese shop owner Tony Danza’s call to the mayor on the Brian Lehrer radio show late last month. Bless him for his save-theneighborhood-stores vision, and taking action (and more of us must — it’s good for our health and the cause). And due to his celeb status, this message miraculously received coverage! Danza, who is a partner in Alleva Dairy on Grand Street, said to be the nation’s oldest Italian cheese shop, asked the mayor his thoughts “about what I like to call the ‘neighborhood wasting disease.’ You know we have so many longtime establishments that have anchored neighborhoods in this city that are just being pushed out by exorbitant rents.” And while sympathetic, the mayor

replied that there’s little government can do. Of the public sector’s ability to help keep small business afloat in the city, de Blasio’s said, “we are generally not in the position of subsidizing businesses and we don’t really have another great tool to do it.” Now rent control possibility is indeed arguable, and Danza might have added that while the mayor is all for affordable housing, where will these residents find a nearby place to “break bread” or even buy it? Even our supermarkets are being priced out! And looking to the future, Danza at 65, might have noted how the fast-growing elder population especially needs nearby neighborhood stores and affordable eateries. And don’t forget how the city’s overriding stress on city transit — getting somewhere fast and conveniently, mostly to work or to school, while neighborhoods where we live are ever

Tony Danza, a partner at Alleva on Grand Street, last month asked what Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration might do to ensure the city’s small businesses are not pushed out by high rents. Photo: Marcela, via flickr more, yes, like suburbia. The mixeduse diversity every group needs is in dire need of saving and restoring. But what Danza’s impassioned plea did was get the message out there — celebs can do that. Ah, but dear Tony Danza, you must do infinitely more — keep this desperate need out there, Get other celebs, small biz and the general public on board. And then run for mayor on a long-overdue Save the Neighborhood Party. Long overdue is a mayor who

cares about saving small local businesses that meet neighborhood needs and keep the city’s fabric from being torn asunder. About NY1, while many New Yorkers watch it for local news, small business loss along with city bicyclists’ habitual disregard for the laws of the road never got much coverage. But now under new boss, Spectrum, we’re losing Sunday’s “The New York Times Close Up” and, more distressing, “The Call” nightly show, when city residents get

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tive theater pieces and on April 7 her inaugural performance premiered in her new space — a multimedia theater piece based on a Charles Mee play. It’s a smallish space, seating no more than 50, but Nemeth is thrilled. She plans to have a variety of cultural programming for Upper West Siders for family-friendly and alternative works. She also plans to work with the puppet theater company Loco 7 to produce shows and workshops for children. Tickets are $18 and $15 for students and seniors. Find it at www.newstagetheater. org. It’s time to stow the heavy sweaters and boots. Aside from eschewing the news, I’m going to find the daffodils and take a big, long sniff of spring air. Let’s find happiness wherever we can. It’s all we can do right now.

to call in or email their concerns. And thank you, Susan Susskind for alerting me to the derniere “The Call” program — after 12 years, it’s being shut down — the hard truth is the public is being told to shut up. This too needs to get out there. Also that the last program got only a half-hour for that most gracious host, John Schiumo, to air some past “call-in” excerpts and to especially thank all his callers and emailers, especially the regulars. Schiumo really wanted to know what even the often not-so-enlightened had to say. Unlike some moderators, his comments were brief. Schiumo said he was not weeping and would be at the station for a while yet. Half-jokingly, he suggested that prospective employers get in touch. We sure do need more self-effacing and gracious people in media – not to mention the White House — and, yes, in general. So here’s to viewers — all the concerned to “not go gently (silently) into that dark night...” That directive could not apply more to the wrongful destruction of small neighborhood business. It also means plugging a Danza or a similar advocate for mayor, and a Save the Neighborhood political party — A near revolution, in other words, from the city status quo. And doesn’t that relate to what urban deliverance and redemption are all about? dewingbetter@aol.com

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Flanked by supporters and several Manhattan elected officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Monday raising the age of criminality in New York from 16 to 18, which was approved when the state budget passed on Sunday. Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor

STATE BUDGET PASSES, CITY’S IN THE WORKS FUNDING City Council calls de Blasio’s spending plan “overly conservative” BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

Nine days after the March 31 deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal passed the Legislature on Sunday. Though a stopgap measure was put in place, extending last year’s budget until a new one was approved, the delay dented Cuomo’s reputation of generally on-time budgets. “It is a blow to the image he’s created of himself as the hands-on, under-the-hood governmental mechanic of a guy who makes the engine run well,” Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, told Politico. The extended weeks of debate may come back to haunt the governor if, as is rumored, he plans to enter the presidential race in 2020. Some of the spending plan’s most contentious items included a provision to raise the age at which teens can be prosecuted as adults from 16 to 18, the ability of ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to operate upstate, and an extension of the 421a tax abatement for developers until 2022. Funding for education was increased by $1.1 billion, bringing the total amount of education aid to $25.8 billion. Cuomo’s plan to make college tuition

free for households making less than $125,000 annually will be phased in over the next three years. To combat the opioid epidemic, the budget devotes $200 million to prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The $153.1 billion budget represents a roughly $2 billion decrease from last year’s spending plan. As news of its passing broke, state legislators and elected officials began issuing statements detailing their takes. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance called the increase age of adult prosecution a “major step forward for criminal justice reform.” “The adult criminal justice system is not developmentally appropriate for most adolescents — we can, and we must, do better,” he said. State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes lower Manhattan, broke the budget down by good, bad and “big ugly.” The last, he said, was caused by a lack of transparency in passing the “wacky, dysfunctional” budgeting process, and by the Senate’s failure to pass substantive ethics reforms. Locally, the City Council recently released its response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed budget, for which the deadline is July 1. The 47-page report follows a month of budget hearings by each Council committee, and concludes that de Blasio’s proposal was “overly conservative” and seeks to make adjustments that “better align with more realistic expectations.” Some of the projects the

Council wants to see prioritized are air conditioning in public schools, moving adolescents off Rikers Island and funding the East River Esplanade project. Council Member Ben Kallos, in whose district most of the esplanade is located, said the problem is “bigger than anyone ever thought it was.” The Council asked for $169 million to be included in the city’s 10-year capital plan for the esplanade, which stretches from 41st Street to East 124th Street. Several phases of the project have been completed so far, such as landscaping, railings and ramps. The Council’s response to de Blasio’s budget also acknowledged the uncertainty the city faces under President Donald Trump’s administration, and advocated for protecting immigrant communities as well as boosting infrastructure spending. “The Council’s proposals, as laid out in this response, express our view that in these challenging times, it is critical to budget in a way that is both cautious and compassionate,”the report reads. “The budget must also signal that, no matter the climate in Washington, the City will continue to stand with and raise up all New Yorkers, providing them with essential programs and services that ensure access to opportunity and better their lives.” Madeleine Thompson can be reached at newsreporter@ strausnews.com

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Dr. Doris Day, 10 East 70th St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $175. RSVP. Evening of beauty: Learn latest in cutting-edge and transformative non-surgical lifting and rejuvenation. Network over wine and hors d’oeuvres. 212-772-0740. drdorisday.com

Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Ave. 6-7 p.m. Free. RSVP. Art, literature and philosophy meet archaeology with eclectic group of guests — wander through exhibition and engage in conversations inspired by artifacts. 212-486-4448. onassisusa. org

JVS Project Space, 176 East 106th St. 3-6 p.m. Free Exhibition project featuring photographers of Latino origin, capturing the mutation of their cultural origins and feelings about the big city. 212-426-6260. jvsprojectspace.com

TEEN FRICK The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St. 5:30-8 p.m. Free with school ID. For teens: explore galleries of Gilded Age mansion and participate in sketching, informal gallery talks and live music performed by Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. 212-288-0700. frick.org

SOUND DOGS Desmond’s Tavern, 433 Park Ave. South 11 p.m. Indie-rock band performs all originals — “fusing rock & blues” — at one of the city’s oldest traditional Irish pubs. 212-684-9472. desmondstavernnyc.com

GOSPEL CONCERT Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 201 Lenox Ave 11 a.m. Powerful morning of gospel music, uplifting and stirring. “You’ll be stomping your feet and singing as the spirit of Easter comes alive.” 212-864-1155. mountolivetbaptistchurch.org


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Holy Week Jan Hus Presbyterian Church 351 E 74TH Street 2 blocks from the 72nd Street Subway stop on the Q

Good Friday, April 14th: Candlelit Meditation in the Style of TaizÊ: Noon Traditional Worship 11:00am Bassem Youssef created mega-hit comedy show in the Middle East — Al Bernameg. The team discovers democracy is not easily won. 212-517-0400. mmm.edu

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Easter Sunday, April 16th: Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Beverly Dempsey, preaching The Reverend Jordan Tarwater, leading worship Troy Messenger, Piano; Ari Messenger, Violin; Cerrie Quarquesso, Soprano

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, bet. East 49th & 57th Sts. 10 a.m. At Easter Day Parade, celebrants wear festive ďŹ nery and extravagant bonnets. Immortalized by Irving Berlin (with help from Judy Garland and Fred Astaire). 212-753-2261. stpatrickscathedral.org

Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. 3-4 p.m.$25 Stroll with baby as museum educators lead a 1-hour tour for babies and caregivers: touchable objects, artmaking and adult conversation. 0-24 mths. 212-423-3500. guggenheim. org

One Hope Sunday Night Contemporary Worship: 6:00 p.m via Facebook Live! Tune into One Hope at Jan Hus The Reverend Beverly Dempsey, preaching

WHITNEY BIENNIAL Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $17-$22 The 78th Whitney Biennial, the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities and polarizing politics. 212-570-3600. whitney.org

Mon 17 THE BUNNER SISTERS | READING House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th St. 6:30-8 p.m $25 Most of Edith Wharton’s ďŹ ction is about upper classes of the city’s Gilded Age, but her “The Bunner Sistersâ€? focuses on the lives and struggles of two working-class women. 212-289-0399. houseoftheredeemer.org

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NOT ON MY WATCH Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, 320 East 94th St. 10 a.m.-Noon. Free. RSVP. Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence’s monthly meeting. Meet Safe Haven Network’s 2017 adopted agency, engage in conversation about protecting children. 212-423-3000. mountsinai.org

Tue 18 ‘TICKLING GIANTS’ Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st St. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. RSVP. During the Arab Spring,

AEOLUS STRING QUARTET Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 East 62nd St. 7-9 p.m. Free Program includes Schubert’s “Quartettsatz,� and Schumann’s �String Quartet No. 3 in A Major.� 212-935-4646. consulbulgaria-ny.org

HOMAGES | SOUND EXHIBITION Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd St. 4-11 p.m. Free. RSVP. 15 newly composed or arranged recorded pieces by contemporary Austrian musicians, each paying tribute to a pivotal artist whose work was inlfuenced by New York City. 212-319-5300. acfny.org

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After a long hiatus, the Barberini tapestries are again on view at St. John the Divine BY VAL CASTRONOVO

St. John the Divine is once again a showcase for the Barberini tapestries, a gift to the Morningside Heights cathedral from Elizabeth Coles of New York and Newport in 1891, one year before the church’s cornerstone was laid. The items are world-renowned works of art, united for the first time in decades. Ten tapestries from the 12-panel Life of Christ series adorn three of the chapels in advance of Easter. The 17th century Italian Baroque hangings have been cleaned and restored at the cathedral’s on-site Textile Conservation Laboratory, after a serious fire in the north transept in 2001 damaged some of the works. Two of the panels, “The Last Supper” and “The Resurrection,” were badly burned and only fragments from the former are included in the current show; four suffered smoke damage. The other six were spared because they were already at the laboratory, which was set up in 1981 specifically to

WHAT: “The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome” WHERE: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th Street WHEN: through June 25. www.stjohndivine.org

care for the series, Marlene Eidelheit, the lab’s director, told us. “It’s the first time we are telling the whole story of the tapestries,” Eidelheit, also the exhibit’s co-curator, said. “It’s the first time they are being shown at eye level, versus 50 feet up in the air.” Cardinal Francesco Barberini (15971679), nephew of Pope Urban VIII, commissioned the works, which were produced at the tapestry workshop he founded in Rome in 1627. The series was designed by Baroque painter Giovanni Francesco Romanelli and woven by members of the della Riviera family over a 13-year period from 1643 to 1656. The massive weavings measure roughly 16-feet high and 12-to19-feet wide and stand testament to the political and cultural power of the Barberini family.

The Barberini tapestries, scenes from the Life of Christ series: Detail from “The Agony in the Garden.” Photo: John Bigelow Taylor

In the 17th century, they decorated Palazzo Barberini in the center of Rome and were loaned out to St. Peter’s Basilica and a host of churches and secular venues. Photos of the buildings in Rome that housed the tapestries line the walls here, with another set of photos showing the works installed at various locales within the cathedral since their donation more than 100 years ago. “For a long stretch, they were hung behind the high altar in the apse,” Eidelheit said. At the Chapel of St. James, seven of the wool-and-silk-woven panels are wrapped around the room, providing a panoramic view of scenes in the life of Jesus — namely “The Annunciation,” “The Nativity,” “The Adoration of the Magi,” “The Baptism of Christ,” “The Consignment of the Keys to St. Peter,” “The Agony in the Garden” and “The Crucifixion.” The four corners of each work bear cartouches with images of three bees from the Barberini coat of arms. Other cartouches grace the borders, boasting images of a rising sun and three bees pushing a plow — emblems of the power and work ethic, respectively, that distinguished the Barberini dynasty — in addition to symbolic images of the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity. The adjacent Chapel of St. Ambrose houses the complementary pieces, “The Rest on the Flight into Egypt” and “The Holy Land” (a woven map). Behind the high altar, the Chapel of St. Saviour concludes the exhibit with a single tapestry, “The Transfiguration,” depicting the ecstatic scene, described in the Gospels, after Jesus climbs a mountain and appears to three of his disciples in shining glory. (Two darkened fragments from “The Last Supper” are in a display case nearby.) This is a house of worship and, therefore, the works here have an added spiritual dimension. One approaches them with reverence, like the reverence reserved for the altars in the chapels. During our visit, people were sitting on chairs and contemplating the divine, as expressed in the art and felt in this soaring, still unfinished cathedral, the largest in the world. But this house of prayer is also functioning like a museum or gallery, with bold signage, in the chapels and outside them, explaining the history of the art and the cast of characters that

The Barberini tapestries, scenes from the Life of Christ: Detail from “The Rest on the Flight into Egypt. Photo: John Bigelow Taylor made it possible and brought it to New York (plus a timeline and exegesis of textile conservation). A booklet and double-sided guide, plus two looms and a catalog by Eidelheit and her cocurator James Harper, a Barberini tapestries scholar, provide additional context. Tapestry production flourished in the Middle Ages and beyond, especially in northern Europe. Per the booklet, prior to the Industrial Revolution, workshops employed “tens of thousands” to manufacture these luxury items — “portable art” prized by royals and aristocrats who moved around a lot.

“They added warmth to the stone of castles, churches and great houses (where they often hung right next to each other around a room, as close as wallpaper panels) and could be used as curtains to cover doorways or provide privacy in bedchambers,” the booklet reads. Textile series, especially, were prized for their versatility. They could be shown in their entirety or piecemeal — inside the manor or outside at the parade. “This is a one of a kind set that stuck together since it left the Barberini family,” Eidelheit said.


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DINNER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 den salad, vegetable soup and, for the main course, a fig and mustard chicken. The chefs had been tasked with incorporating the jars of fig preserves that had been given to the program through a donation — something, the chefs say, they don’t get often enough. To make sure all of their guests are looked after, the chefs also prepare a vegetarian option, and vegan meals are donated weekly by Candle 79. With an annual program budget of $80,000, each meal can cost only $3.70. “We’re to the penny of how it works,” said Chef Dan Strader, who has volunteered with the program for more than 13 years. For those attending the dinner, it offers not only a sense of dignity, but a community. As the guests pour in around 7 pm, the room fills with chatter while the diners, many having attended for years, catch up and swap stories. “They come here for the social contact more than a meal,” Collins said. One attendee, Gina, fell on hard times as the result of medical issues. The Brooklyn native has been coming to the Monday night dinners with

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1698 2 Avenue

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Via Quadronno

1228 Madison Ave

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Bobamosa

1300 Madison Ave

Not Yet Graded (71) Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used. No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.

B Cafe

240 East 75 Street

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Petaluma

1356 1 Avenue

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Columbus Citizens Foundation

8 East 69 Street

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Bohemian

321 East 73 Street

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Halah Kitchen

2135 2Nd Ave

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Caffe Bacio

1223 3 Avenue

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The Kiosk

7680 East 116 Street

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Dannybrown

316 E 84Th St

Not Yet Graded (15) 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.

Red Star Restaurant

112 East 116 Street

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Quechua Nostra

1634 Lexington Avenue

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Felice

1593 1 Avenue

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Milenio Bakery

2030 Third Ave

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Jaiya Thai & Oriental Restaurant

1553 2 Avenue

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R & J Lounge

109 E 116Th St

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Mcdonald’s Restaurant

1871 2Nd Ave

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Caledonia

1609 2Nd Ave

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The Guthrie Inn

1259 Park Avenue

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Basile Pizza

1728 2Nd Ave

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Sapito’s

172 E 106Th St

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BREAST CANCER SCREENING BILL ADVANCES HEALTH Seawright bill would require insurance companies to fully cover so-called 3-D mammograms BY LAURA HANRAHAN

Patients would not incur outof-pocket costs for 3-dimentional mammograms, which are better at detecting breast cancer than more common 2-D imaging procedures, according to a bill passed by the Assembly last month. The bill, sponsored by Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, would require medical insurance policies within New York to cover the procedure, called breast tomosynthesis. Seawright, who represents the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island, said she sponsored the bill after hearing from local medical professionals about the lack of coverage. “Insurance weren’t covering 3-D mammogram screenings and they felt like they should be required to,” Seawright said of the doctors she spoke with. “I feel the 3-D mammograms are one of the strongest weapons in combating and fighting breast cancer because it promotes early detection and we all know that early detection is key.” Seawright suggested that the Assembly’s 146-0 vote on March 30 indicated a crucial need for the procedure’s widespread availability. “The legislature is predomi-

nantly men but I think men get breast cancer,” Seawright said. “They have daughters, wives, nieces, women in their lives and I think they see the importance of the bill.” The state Senate will now consider the bill. Dr. Nicole Saphier, a healthcare legislation advocate and clinician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — the hospital that first approached Seawright about the possibility of authoring a bill — described the issues that can arise with the limited scope available in 2-D imaging. “The problem with that is there was a lot of overlapping tissue, what we call the ‘masking effect,’ so a lot of cancers were being hidden,” she said. “Now what we’ve done is we reconstruct 3-D images, which means that we take several more images from different angles, put them together, and make a volumetric model of the breast, just like you’d see in real life, and that way not only are we finding more cancer, we’re also not having as many false positives.” Clinicians are also able to detect smaller masses through much denser tissue than they could with 2-D scans. Christy Gamble, director of health policy and legislative affairs for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, a national nonprofit, said the will directly benefit women she advocates for. “3-D mammography is the best screening tool out there for detecting breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue and unfortunately black

women more than likely are going to have dense breast tissue,” Gamble said. “Using the traditional 2-D mammogram, for a lot of black women there’s a misdiagnosis, there’s the possibility of having further callbacks, which is very expensive, and unfortunately black women tend to disproportionately make up those in the low income population.” Many insurance plans do not cover 3-D mammograms. Of the ones that do, there tends be substantial out-of-pocket costs. “Insurance has been giving us a really hard time about it, saying that it is still investigational, however, it absolutely is not still investigational,” Saphier said. “We have several very large robust studies that prove its efficacy and now we’re starting to see states covering it because they’re finally acknowledging that it is the new standard of care for women.” While the price of 3-D mammograms is significantly higher than their 2-D predecessors, Seawright, Gamble and Saphier all agree the long-term savings outweigh the initial costs. “The 3-D right now is about three times more expensive, but if you factor in the longterm effect of finding the cancer earlier, it will be less expensive to treat it,” Saphier said. “It’s much less expensive to treat an early cancer than a late-stage cancer.” According to Saphier, 30 percent more cancers are being detected and 25 percent fewer people are being called back due to uncertainty in results.

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Business ON THE SIDE STREETS OF NEW YORK CREEL AND GOW — 131 EAST 70TH STREET The heart of this unique shop began in 1996 with silver-plated Ruzetti and Gow seashells. Italianimported, the shells were in demand as elegant, nostalgic glorifications of Mother Nature. In 2012, the boutique was rebranded under partners Jamie Creel, an avid collector, and Christopher Gow, a sculptural specialist, to be devoted entirely to rare and exotic nature-related finds. “We supply gifts for people who are difficult to buy for.” To read more, visit Manhattan Sideways (sideways.nyc), created by Betsy Bober Polivy.

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VIRTUALLY PROFESSIONAL ENTREPRENEURS Local students show off business skills at global business fair BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

At first glance, the trade show last week at Pier 92 on the West Side looked just like any of the dozens of other conventions held in Manhattan each year. Thousands of conventioneers hailing from 10 countries navigated row upon row of display booths on a bustling sales floor, exchanging cards and introductions in a whirlwind of networking and deal-making, wide smiles and firm handshakes all around. But a closer look revealed that this wasn’t a normal business conference — none of the companies in attendance sold any real-world products, and all of the bright-eyed young professionals were teenagers. The three-day event, held April 3-5, was the annual Youth Business Summit of Virtual Enterprises International, an education nonprofit that operates in 500 schools nationwide and tasks middle and high school students with founding and running “virtual companies” that do business with firms from other schools in a global simulated marketplace. During the school year, students build and manage all aspects of their businesses — staffing entire marketing and payroll

You can’t understand how to run a business unless you do it first” Iris Blanc, executive director, Virtual Enterprises, International

departments, preparing budgets and developing products — and receive classroom mentorship from corporate sponsors along the way. “You can’t understand how to run a business unless you do it first,” Iris Blanc, the program’s executive director, said. By the year-end convention, the simulated companies are full-fledged enterprises, complete with social media feeds, websites and marketing materials. On the convention floor, a massive salesmanship competition is an opportunity to show off businesses to fellow students and industry professionals, who can purchase products and services for their own firms using virtual currency.

The student-run businesses at this year’s summit covered a diverse range of industries, including technology, marketing and entertainment. Seniors from the High School of Economics and Finance in the Financial District touted their financial services company, which invests the retirement savings of student “employees” from other firms in 401(k) plans. Sales manager Mamadou Ly, 18, detailed the investment strategies and stock holdings of the three mutual funds offered by the firm. Ly, who plans to study accounting and finance at Baruch College or Hunter College next year, explained that a team of student portfolio managers invests virtual funds in a simulated stock markets. And apparently they know what they’re doing — one of their funds has posted a 21.8 percent return since September. “What’s not to love about a 401(k), right?” Ly said with a smile. Ly’s teammate Kayele Spencer, 18, said that she gained valuable management skills in the class. “My biggest learning experience was just working with different personalities and being to pick up what everyone’s strengths were,” said Spencer, who hopes to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey next year. The Virtual Enterprises program has its roots in New York City public schools, where city administrators implemented it in 1996 after observing a similar program in Austria. In addition to the High School of Economics and Finance, students from

Mamadou Ly (left) and Kayele Spencer, seniors at the High School of Economics and Finance in the Financial District, showed off their class’s virtual company at the global Youth Business Summit April 4. Photo: Michael Garofal

seven other Manhattan high schools showcased their VE businesses at the summit, including the Upper West Side’s High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, which formed a robotics company, and the Manhattan Business Academy in Chelsea, where students developed a viral marketing firm. A number of the program’s alumni have gone on to found businesses of their own, including Bobby Lenahan, who worked in the accounting department of his class’s virtual firm during his senior year of high school on Long Island. As a sophomore at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, Lenahan

started IV Hero, a company that aims to make hospitals less scary for children by selling sleeves that fit over IV bags, illustrated with superheroes to help kids imagine they’re getting injected with superpowers rather than medicine. Now in his senior year at Molloy, Lenahan’s sleeves are used in 15 hospitals across four states. He credits the high school program with pushing him toward entrepreneurship. “It got me motivated to go into business,” Lenahan said. “And that’s why I chose my major as accounting, because I loved what I was doing in VE so much.”


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A months-long campaign to include over $200 million in the city’s 2018 budget to fund halfpriced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers appears to have fallen short, prompting “fair fares� advocates to refocus their short-term efforts on a more modest transit subsidy proposal. City council members called for a $50 million pilot program to fund half-priced MetroCards for low-income residents in their response to the Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget. The pilot program is a pared down version of an earlier $212 million plan that would have covered each of the roughly 800,000 New Yorkers living at or below the poverty level, which was staunchly opposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio has consistently

maintained that he supports the concept of a fare subsidy, but believes the burden of funding such a program should fall on the state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who controls MTA board appointments, rather than the city. The lower cost of the city council’s pilot plan did little to soften the stance of de Blasio, who is scheduled to submit his executive budget to the council by April 26. “The pilot program, like the original proposal, is a noble one, but the mayor has been very clear: the MTA is the responsibility of the state and they should consider funding the program,� de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said in a statement, adding that the city already contributes $60 million annually in subsidized fares for elderly, disabled, and student riders. The MTA board voted to raise fares for weekly and monthly MetroCards in January, but kept the base transit fare of $2.75 in place. The push to secure subsidized fares for lowincome New Yorkers gained considerable support in recent

months from city lawmakers including Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and a number of city council members, including Ben Kallos, Margaret Chin, Mark Levine, and Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the council’s transportation committee. The pilot plan touted by Rodriguez would fund half-priced MetroCards over the next ďŹ scal year for an as-yet-unspeciďŹ ed subset of New Yorkers living below the federal poverty level, which is approximately $24,000 for a family of four. The City Council suggested that the $50 million program could fund subsidized fares for more than 70,000 low-income CUNY students, but said it could alternatively target other populations, such as the homeless, veterans, or welfare recipients. The plan calls for funding to increase to $100 million in fiscal year 2019, and then increase again in ďŹ scal year 2020 to subsidize fares for the full 800,000 New Yorkers covered in the original proposal.


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‘GETTING EMOTIONAL’ ABOUT STREET SAFETY CROSSINGS Helen Rosenthal pushes for improvements as supporters recount personal experiences BY MADELEINE THOMPSON

Every New Yorker has a story. Maybe you were traversing a crosswalk right outside your apartment and almost got mowed down by a car, or maybe you saw it happen to someone else. “It was about four o’clock that Wednesday afternoon,” said Upper West Sider Hilda Chazanovitz, speaking through a megaphone at the intersection of West End Avenue and 96th Street. “I was going to meet a colleague, I was in the crosswalk, I had the green signal. And the next thing I knew I was on the ground in the middle of the street.”

Chazanovitz was hit by an SUV just steps from her home last year, but she considers herself one of the lucky ones. She joined Council Member Helen Rosenthal last Wednesday morning to push for street safety improvements throughout the city. Rosenthal and four of her colleagues introduced a package of legislation last November that would better protect pedestrians and cyclists. In front of a crowd of about 30, Rosenthal advocated for her bill, which would study the feasibility of implementing a traffic device known as the Barnes Dance in some of the most dangerous intersections. The Barnes Dance — named after former city traffic commissioner Henry Barnes — gives all pedestrians at a given intersection the walk signal at the same time, so no cars are moving and

people can traverse the intersection in any direction. As of November 2016, 89 intersections employ the Barnes Dance. To the passersby and supporters who gathered last week, Rosenthal described a recent bike ride in the area during which she found herself “getting emotional” about the 2014 death of nine-year-old Cooper Stock, who was hit by a taxi cab as he was crossing the street at West 97th and West End Avenue. She credited the Department of Transportation (DOT) with an immediate response to that tragedy, but said that in comparison to the dangers just a block away at West 96th Street, “the silence is deafening.” On the southwest corner of that intersection is P.S. 75, which houses 800 students who cross the surrounding streets every day. “In the many

CLIMATE CHANGE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 will put a critical tool to build more resilient communities out of reach for too many New Yorkers,” de Blasio said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’re making strides in the fight to keep flood insurance affordable by working with [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] to revise New York’s floodplain maps.” In a map of the 100-year floodplain, which highlights areas with a one percent annual chance of flooding, the Manhattan coastline shows significant danger below West 40th Street. East Harlem and parts of Yorkville, bordering the East River, are also at risk. Asked how much of a difference affordable flood insurance would make, Lydon said “a lot.” Some of his neighbors, he said, didn’t find out that their insurance wouldn’t cover flooding from a storm until they filed a claim. “The definition of what is covered under a Sandy kind of event is very unclear in the policies,” he said, noting that West Village tenants, in a common practice for landlords, are required to have insurance. “[Policies] cover flooding from an apartment upstairs maybe

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg tours a neighborhood damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Photo: Edward Reed/Mayor’s Office of Photography if their toilet overflows, but from a major storm event, a lot of people’s policies didn’t cover it.” It took the West Village Houses two years to completely renovate the damaged roughly 30 damaged apartments, and the board was only recently compensated by the city’s Build It Back program for about 70 percent of that cost. But the board isn’t stopping there. According to Lydon, the West Village Houses has also purchased a $600,000 AquaFence, which can be deployed if another major storm is predicted. The group also paid Brooklynbased Local Office Landscape Architecture to devise a plan

to avoid such catastrophes in the future. To implement the plan, however, would cost $10 million that the board doesn’t have. Lyndon said the West Village Houses didn’t interact with federal agencies after Sandy and has gotten no financial help from them, but he expects that they will need it in the future. That may be more difficult than it was five years ago, as President Donald Trump’s administration last month began retracting some of the environmental protection commitments made by President Barack Obama. Trump’s proposed budget slashed funding for the Environmental Pro-

Council Member Helen Rosenthal (left) and P.S. 75 principal Robert O’Brien (speaking) called for safety improvements that would reduce the area’s high collision rate. Photo: Madeleine Thompson years that I’ve been here, one of the things that’s been scary is how many close calls we’ve had,” said Principal Robert O’Brien. “The aggressiveness of some drivers, particularly taking left-hand turns, is really scary to watch. To their credit, DOT has made some changes … but they haven’t been sufficient to give us comfort.” A crossing guard who has worked at West 96th and West End Avenue for two years explained that what results in so many collisions is a combi-

nation of the entryway to the West Side Highway and drivers making left turns. “We’re not supposed to cross adults — we only work for the school — but because it’s so dangerous we sometimes try to [help them],” said the guard, who asked to remain anonymous because they weren’t sure if they were allowed to comment. The guard thought the Barnes Dance could reduce incidents, but advised making the traffic lights last longer so cars wouldn’t get backed up.

The other bills accompanying Rosenthal’s proposed Barnes Dance legislation would, among other things, force cyclists to obey pedestrian signals at some intersections, study Citi Bike stations near parks, regulate commercial cyclists and study overcrowding at several pedestrian-heavy intersections.

tection Agency by 31 percent, and he has ordered its director Scott Pruitt to begin rewriting Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to close hundreds of coal power plants and replace them with alternative energy plants. New York City is attempting to provide what it can with its $20 billion OneNY plan, which has completed multiple infrastructure projects to

improve protection against climate change. But many of those rely in part on federal funding. Council Member Corey Johnson, whose district encompasses Manhattan’s lower West Side, did not hold back in predicting the potential effects of Trump’s policies. “By rolling back climate protections, Trump is virtually guarantee-

ing that we’ll have more Sandys in the future, with greater frequency and severity,” he said in a statement. “That should outrage all of us.” Eventually, no amount of affordable flood insurance will suffice.

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Poet Marilyn Nelson at work at Grand Central Terminal. Photo: Katherine Warren

THE LYRICAL EVERYDAY WRITING At Grand Central, poets pen little epics to go a long way BY KATHERINE WARREN

The clickity-clack of electric typewriters and the deep tones of a classical cello mingled with quotidinal hustle and bustle at Grand Central Terminal Friday. In the midst of midtown’s frantic transport hub, people lined up in

Vanderbilt Hall to sit across from strangers, open up and try to make a connection. But they weren’t there for speed dating; they were there for poetry. More than 30 poets spent the day writing verses for New Yorkers, most of them complete strangers, inspiring people to engage with alliteration and assonance, meter and metaphor. The free and public event, ties to National Poetry Month, was part of a years-long effort to catch New Yorkers’ attentions by the MTA Arts & Design program and the Poetry Society of America. Guitarists, cellists and

Poet Bob Holman writes a poem for a group of children at the Poetry in Motion event at Grand Central Terminal. Photo: Katherine Warren violinists, performers from the MTA’s Music Under New York project, added their aesthetic. “This is a really special event where the public gets to engage with living, breathing poets and have a really special connection with them and see themselves directly in a poem,” said Laurin Macios, program director at the Poetry Society of America. “We hope it encourages people who don’t

Poet Marie Howe crafts customized verses for Talia, 18, left, and Jocsan, 17, students from CUNY Prep in the Bronx. Photo: Katherine Warren

engage with poetry, or particularly contemporary poetry, to feel inspired to do so.” The array of writers, all of them published poets, were chosen by the Poetry Society and former New York State Poet Marie Howe. They sat at tables beneath signs proclaiming “The Poet is In.” Interested participants and poets would chat a few minutes and the poets would then tap out customized verses. “It’s what we call on occasional poem,” Howe said. “Someone sits down, we listen to them, we ask them questions, and then we try to use what they give us and transform it in some way and put it back out. It’s this idea of bringing poetry into a public space.” The poets asked questions such as “What’s a dream you had that you still remember?” or “If you were to tell the story of your life, what would be the first sentence?” CUNY Prep students Talia, 18, and Jocsan, 17, sat down with Howe, and the poet asked them to imagine an door, behind which was something or someone they had lost and would like to see again. Independently, both said they would like to see their grandmothers again. The two students came to the event with two English teachers from CUNY Prep, a transitional school in the Bronx that helps students who’ve dropped out get their high school equivalencies. One CUNY Prep teacher, Latasha Drax, said she wanted to expose her students to a literature-based event and take them out of their comfort zones. “Poetry is one of those art forms that

they can really relate to because it connects to rap and other art forms,” she said. “They make a personal connection.” After typing out the poems, the poets signed them and read them aloud to the recipients. “That’s a very important part of it,” Howe said. “A lot of people cry. I think people are moved to be heard and to have what they say given back to them, transformed. And once people forget about trying to be smart or interesting, they’ll just say things that matter.” Friday’s event was put together by the same groups that bring poetry to city dwellers by way of posters in the city’s subway cars and buses, competing with straphangers’ predilictions for their iPhones. Claudia Candelario of Brooklyn, a poetry lover who was given a poem by poet and novelist Victoria Redel, said people appreciate reading verse in the subway. “It’s not only me reading the poetry in there,” she said. “Some people write the name and title down or take a picture. The other day a lady asked me to switch seats so she could get a picture with the poetry.” Public verse, in other words, invites consideration. “It’s poetry outreach,” Macios of the Poetry Society said. “Poetry is something that creates empathy and passion and inspires people, brings people together. Getting someone out of the world of their phone and into the public space and getting to read the same poem that the person next to them is reading is really powerful.”


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FINDING HER VOICE Laurissa “Lala” Romain, who grew up backstage as an actor, recently released her first single BY ANGELA BARBUTI

At just 19 years old, Laurissa “Lala” Romain has a maturity and joie de vivre that goes way beyond her years. Raised in Hell’s Kitchen by parents in show business, she started her career as an actor, but being the multitalent that she is, went on to pursue makeup artistry and singing, which is her main focus now. “I stopped because I found something I was more in love with.” It is therefore quite fitting that on Valentine’s Day, she celebrated a career milestone with the release of her debut single “Wasn’t Love.” On April 30, she will be gracing the stage of The Bitter End with both original work and covers from artists like Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Adele and Amy Winehouse. As for her future plans, audiences can expect to see a

lotmore of “Lala” performing at iconic venues throughout Manhattan. “Music makes me so happy. It gives me so much life that I don’t think anything else has before or can.”

How did you get your start in the business? My mom is an actress and my dad works in film as well. I never wanted to have things handed to me, but they definitely guided me and pushed me in that direction, which I was very happy about. I’m very grateful for the opportunities and they led me to music and finding my own voice. It helps having an acting background for sure.

You just released your first single. Take us through the process of writing and collaborating. I wrote it at Cove City Sound Studios out in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Aaron Cannata, the producer on it. John Arbuckle was mixing and recording it and Richie Cannata, it’s his studio. I wrote most of the lyrics and Aaron chipped in, because I don’t

Photo: Zachary Grullón really play anything, so he helped me with that. I just went in there and said, “I want to write something that kind of got this classical feel, like this really old-school vibe, but then adding in some modern-day almost like hip hop, R&B style.” And that’s what we did. We wrote it in one day. We recorded it the second and I went in on the third day and just listened to it and tweaked little things here and there. So it was all really fast. It was one of those things that just kind of was so perfect and just happened. I knew I was going to the studio and couldn’t write anything and didn’t have anything I wanted to write about. And then the night before, at one in the morning, I couldn’t sleep and just wrote the whole song. Inspiration just struck at the perfect time. I’m really happy with it.

Did you ever take any formal voice lessons? No, actually. I always just kind of sang on my own. I’ve only just recently started to go in and check that I’m using everything correctly and see how I can improve. I definitely feel like you can always get better, so I’m working towards performing more and really taking it seriously. So I really want to make sure I’m doing it safely and as best as I can.

Who are some musicians you look up to? You sang backup for Mariah Carey. What was that like?

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That was amazing. She was really, really sweet and great to work with. I mean, how could you not love Mariah? Her music is amazing. Her voice is amazing. I definitely look up to her. Amy Winehouse is a huge inspiration to me. Jessie J is just my idol since I was in seventh grade. When she came out with “Who You Are,” that really helped me get through a lot of things. I love Adele, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu,

Jill Scott, India Arie. I really like listening to old jazz. Julie London is great.

How did you get the nickname “Lala?” I also call it my name too, because it really kind of is. I basically have had it since birth. My real name is Laurissa, but my cousin who is two years older than me, I was days old and he was two years old and couldn’t say Laurissa. And everyone said, “Say Baby Laurissa,” and he said “Baby Lala.” And we lost the baby part, but Lala stuck. And it’s been that way since I was literally born. I like to go by Lala. My original name is the name I was using when I was acting, but I really want to go just by Lala.

You were in the “South Pacific” revival for its entire run at Lincoln Center Theater. What was that experience like? I played Ngana, who was Emile de Becque’s — the main character’s — daughter. We only spoke, acted and sang in French. She was a little island girl. She was sassy and tough, kind of like me. I did that show for three years; we closed on our thousandth show. I did every show, eight shows a week, every week. Mondays were the only day we had off, but we would do two shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and then matinees on Sunday. That’s not normal, because usually kids rotate. I feel like I really grew up and lived a big part of my life, 9 to 12 years old, there and you change a lot. I grew up backstage.

How did you balance school with that? I was homeschooled for all of it. There were two other kids in it, but they went to regular school. I was the only one who was homeschooled. I just work better in that environment and I ended up doing it even when I wasn’t in shows. We did homework backstage every day.

You also work as a makeup artist. How did you get your start in that and who

are your clients? I mostly do beauty, like editorial fashion. I’ve done Fashion Week, “Vogue Mexico.” I’ve assisted the makeup artist for Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, FKA Twigs for the Met Gala. And then I also do body painting. I went to school for that. And special effects a little bit too. I got into that because I stopped acting for a little bit. I actually got really sick four years ago with Crohn’s and lost all my mobility. I was painting on canvas. I really always loved art and the only things I could really use were my hands, since I was bedridden. So I would always paint and draw. I was really fascinated by body painting and the second I could start walking again, I wanted to do that on people.

What can we expect from your show at The Bitter End? How are you preparing for it? I’m preparing for it just by singing and trying to go to as many lessons as I can go to and afford. I’m going to probably be singing Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Adele, Amy Winehouse. I only performed one of (Winehouse’s) songs once, but I really love her stuff. I just never have the right show to perform it at. So I’m going to be really excited for that. I’m also singing my debut single, “Wasn’t Love,” and two other originals that aren’t released yet. www.inthelandoflala.com www.makeupbylala.com

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PUBLIC NOTICES percent (10%) Bank/CertiďŹ ed check required at sale, balance due at closing within thirty (30) days. The Cooperative Apartment will be sold “AS ISâ€? and possession is to be obtained by the purchaser. Pursuant to Section 201 of the Lien Law you must answer within 10 days from receipt of this notice in which redemption of the above captioned premises can occur. There is presently an outstanding debt owed to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (lender) as of the date of this notice in the amount of $501,216.33. This ďŹ gure is for the outstanding balance due under UCC1, which was secured by Financing Statement in favor of DE Capital Mortgage LLC which was ďŹ led on February 2, 2011 under CRFN 2011000038704. The lien was assigned to Wells Fargo Bank, NA by a UCC3 recorded on March 31, 2011 under CRFN 2011000114998. Please note this is not a payoff amount as additional interest/fees/penalties may be incurred. You must contact the undersigned to obtain a ďŹ nal payoff quote or if you dispute any information presented herein. The estimated value of the above captioned premises is $700,000.00. Pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code Article 9-623, the above captioned premises may be redeemed at any time prior to the foreclosure sale. You may contact the undersigned and either pay the principal balance due along with all accrued interest, late charges, attorney fees and out of pocket expenses incurred by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.. and the undersigned, or pay the outstanding loan arrears along with all accrued interest, late charges, attorney fees and out of pocket expenses incurred by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and the undersigned, with respect to the foreclosure proceedings. Failure to cure the default prior to the sale will result in the termination of the proprietary lease. If you have received a discharge from the Bankruptcy Court, you are not personally liable for the payment of the loan and this notice is for compliance and information purposes only. However, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., still has the right under the loan security agreement and other collateral documents to foreclosure on the shares of stock and rights under the proprietary lease allocated to the cooperative apartment. Dated: March 1, 2017 Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP Attorneys for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-969-3100.,l File #01-071771-F00 #91225

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