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TAPPED IN Subway Disruption This Week

The MTA is bringing FASTRACK, an initiative that is designed to help workers perform uninterrupted, thus safer and more efficient, subway maintenance to the Upper East Side from March 25-29. For four consecutive weeknights, beginning on the 25th, the maintenance crews will be working in stations, tunnels and on the tracks for a straight 7 hour duration. The lines that will be affected are the 4, 5, and 6 lines between Grand Central-42nd Street and 125th Street. Beginning at 10 p.m. and effective until 5 a.m., no trains will stop at 51 St, 68 St, 77 St, 96 St, 103 St, 110 St, and 116 St stations; trains will run express between Grand Central-42 St and 125 St, in both directions. For more information go to

The Meatball Controversy

Who knew a meatball shop could cause such chaos? Apparently the Upper East Side. Local residents were up in arms at

this past Wednesday’s Community Board 8 Street Life Subcommittee meeting about the chain restaurant Meatball Shop setting up shop in their neighborhood. It’s not because they don’t like meatballs - it’s because of the closing time and accompanying beverages. While the Meatball Shop considers itself a restaurant above all else, residents are concerned about the selling of alcoholic beverages and a 4 a.m. closing time. Upper East Siders are concerned that the blend will result in loud drunken debauchery that will disturb the peace on Second Avenue. Community Board 8 did approve the restaurant’s SLA application after management conceded to a compromise. The Meatball Shop agreed to stop serving liquor at 2 a.m. and to have a security officer on the premises from midnight until close at 4 a.m. Still, some locals are not convinced that the meatball mecca won’t cause disruption. “I think that having another venue like this is the wrong idea for this neighborhood,” said CB 8 member Nico Minerva. “The owner has his other locations stay open til 4 a.m He’s willing to stop serving liquor at 2, but I still feel it’s not the best place for a venue like this.”

Lennox Hill Hospital Met to Open 7 Days The Metropolitan Museum of Art Takes the Bronze announced last week that it would begin Lenox Hill Hospital is excited to have placed, for the second year in a row, at the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Second Annual “Ultimate Chef Healthy Entrée Challenge.” It was Chefs Patricia Sobol and Johnny Beniquez’s shrimp dish with tomato saffron broth and a parsnip and celery root puree that landed them in the 3rd place position out of 13 North Shore-LIJ hospitals and facilities. In honor of National Nutrition Month, this competition served to rid the common held stereotype that healthy hospital food is always bland. All chefs had access to a pantry, stove burner, and farmers’ market during the competition. All meals could have, but not exceed, 500 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 600 milligrams of sodium. All the teams were given 45 minutes to complete their meals that were then ranked by judges administrative associate at North Shore-LIJ Adrian Ashby, RD and healthcare specialist Joyce Shukri, and Lenox Hill physician Robert Graham, MD. “Our system wide annual chef competition gives our culinary team the opportunity to showcase their talents to their peers and to the community” said Lenox Hill Hospital Director of Nutrition Services Karen Travali. “Not only is this a venue where they can publically boast their talents, but it is an opportunity to share ideas and creativity.”

opening on Mondays starting July 1st of this year, breaking with the schedule it’s maintained since 1971. This new schedule will go into effect at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. “Art is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” said museum director and CEO Thomas Campbell in a statement. “Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed. Our new schedule will remedy that, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our encyclopedic collections, robust exhibition program, and wide-ranging educational offerings nearly every day of the year.” Also on July 1st, the Met will begin opening half an hour later, at 10 a.m. instead of 9:30 a.m., but no other schedule changes will be made.

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entered a private school on Lexington Ave. under the guise of checking on the school’s water. When the man, described as a white man, 5’4”, 150lbs, left, school officials reported an iPhone and a Toshiba laptop computer, valued at $941, were missing. School officials reported they don’t routinely ask people for ID upon entering the school. Police computer experts traced the location of the laptop computer to an address on Southern Blvd. in the Bronx.


Strange Register Theft

SINGING THE BLUES Two young women, 21 and 22-years-old, learned the valuable lesson to never leave anything, especially valuables, unattended in a public place. Last Saturday, around 1:40 a.m., both women decided to get their karaoke fix at a bar on Second Ave. They told police that they put their belongings down in the rear of the bar and went up to sing. They noticed a young black man, about 5’5”, lurking near their stuff. When the women finished singing, they realized that phones and money were missing from their coat pockets. The pair then stepped outside the bar and confronted the man who they saw hovering near their stuff. Words were exchanged and another unknown man stepped between the women and the man they were arguing with fled on foot. The property taken from the two women included two smart phones, cash, a designer bag, wallet and makeup valued at more than $1000.

Traffic Gets Physical When a vehicle runs a red light in the city, it’s probably best to just let the police handle it. A 58-year-old woman learned this the hard way on Monday, March 18 as she was crossing Fifth Ave. and E. 96th Street. She reported to police that a black Chevy Suburban with NY plates ran a red light and almost hit her. But, as the vehicle passed her, she reportedly swung her grocery bag at the driver, causing the driver, a black man in his 40s, to stop, exit his vehicle and approach the woman. After exchanging some unpleasant words with the driver, the woman told police the

man punched her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to fall to the ground. She said the man then fled the scene. The woman provided police with the vehicle’s plate number. Police reported they tracked the plate number and it came back with the registered owner’s name. Police are looking for the driver, a black man approximately 5’11” in his 40s.

How’s the Water? If con-men had a criminal guidebook, posing as a utility worker to gain entry into a location is probably chapter one. On Monday, March 18, a man posing as a utility worker

This theft of a cash register didn’t make much sense to police. The owner of a nail salon on East End Ave., reported to police that he closed his shop on Saturday, March 16, around 7 p.m., as he normally does, only to return the following day and find the store’s front gate partially open. He also discovered that the store’s cash register, valued at about $6oo, was missing. But, he also told police there was no cash in the register. He said that three people had access to the store. There was no video available to review.

Expensive Night Out A recent night out on the town was a bit more costly than a Florida woman had hoped. It was Friday, March 15, about 2 a.m., when the 25-year-old woman put her pocketbook down on top of an arcade game in a bar on Second Ave. She told police she stepped away to do some socializing and when she returned her pocketbook was gone. Among the items taken were an iPhone, $300 cash and a pair of Rayban Aviator sunglasses. The total value of the stolen items was about $1,085.








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How Safe is the Second Avenue Subway? An accident last week left a construction worker stuck in a pit of mud and lucky to be alive. What does this incident tell us about the safety of the massive project? By Joanna Fantozzi Last Tuesday, New Yorkers held their breaths as FDNY workers spent four hours rescuing a 2nd Avenue subway construction worker stuck in the mud up to his chest under 2nd Avenue and 95th Street. The good news is, the worker, Joseph Barone, a 27-year construction veteran from the Local 731 union, survived with only a few bruises and a night in the hospital to recover from a bout of hypothermia. Since then, MTA has shut down the work area, pending an investigation into the incident. But just how safe is it to dig in the dark, cavernous tunnels under the city? According to the MTA, since the construction of the




2nd Avenue subway began in 1929, there have been zero deaths. “It’s a miracle that more workers don’t get hurt, because a lot of what we do is very dangerous,� said Richard Fitzsimmons, the business manager of Local 147 Union, the main union for the sandhogs, the nickname for underground construction workers. “Each individual removes so much earth. Just by knowing the work that’s been done, and the history, it’s astounding.� The danger of the sandhog profession felt real that night, as around 8:30 p.m., Joseph Barone got his foot caught in a welding machine, and stepped off of the wooden platforms protecting workers from the quicksand-like mud. As soon as Barone got stuck, his fellow sandhogs worked to stop him from sinking. Authorities came shortly thereafter, and used a crane to lift Barone out of the mud. Sometime after midnight, he was freed, and a crisis was averted. Charles Cannon, who has been a sandhog for 42 years, and worked on the 2nd Avenue subway line a year and a half ago, said that he remembered a similar incident when he was working underground in Brooklyn some years ago, when his co-worker had gotten stuck in the mud. “You’re talking to the man one second and the next he got buried, and you’re not sure where he might even be,� recalled Cannon of the terrifying situation. “When you have a situation like that, there’s a case of suffocation, there’s weight around your body alone everytime you breathe in and exhale it wont let you breathe in as much, your lungs can’t expand.� Cannon explained that in a situation like Barone’s, you have to stand very still, because panicking and moving around will only make the body sink faster. During that accident years ago in Brooklyn, he and his fellow sandhogs were able to dig the victim out, but that doesn’t always happen. “I’ve seen too many accidents occur. I don’t want to see anymore; I’ve even seen people pass away right in front of me,� said Cannon. In fact, the underground construction work of sandhogs is considered to be the heaviest, and therefore the most dangerous of all the types of construction work, said Richard Fitzsimmons. Despite the inherent dangers of the profession, the 2nd Avenue Subway work has had a good record. In addition to the clean fatality record, only 2.1 accidents occur per 200,000 man hours, which is well below the Department of Labor standards, according to the MTA. Fitzsimmons said that this is most likely


Courtesy MTA/Patrick Cashin Inside the cavern of the East 96th Street construction site.

due to better technology, better insurance incentives and tighter safety requirements. He said that, for instance, after several workers had their legs severed on the job, the union implemented the job of a brakee, who would stay with the machinery, to turn on the brakes in case something went wrong. Plus, he said, insurance companies give premium discounts to companies that work without accidents, so the union holds a lot of safety classes and medical training for their workers. “In the long run, simply, it’s going to save lives, and save us a lot of money,� said Fitzsimmons. Cannon said that he attributes the lack of fatalities to newer and better safety technology, like harnesses with bungee cords on the back. If you fall, he says, the harness will not only catch you, but will ease you down so that you don’t throw your back out. Construction workers are decked out in protection gear: hard hats, ear plugs, work boots, barrier creams and harness belts. “There’s danger everywhere,� said Cannon. “We all watch out for each other; you have to do that.� But even with a slew of safety precautions and backups, Cannon said that going down into the darkness as a rookie can be terrifying. There’s always a danger of falling, being crushed, or even breathing in dangerous particles. Plus, Cannon said, the primal fear of claustrophobia is often present. “It’s very tight quarters,� he said. “I’ve seen people take the elevator ride down 600-900 feet down when they get down they won’t get out of the elevator. They say ‘take me back up’; it’s overpowering.�

The invisible grueling work by sandhogs on the 2nd Avenue subway is expected to be completed by 2016. At which time, “the subway line that time forgot� will finally open to the public. “When I go into those tunnels, it’s nothing short of majestic, and when it’s finally done, it’s really going to be something,� said Richard Fitzsimmons.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS â– In the past, deaths of underground construction workers were so common that high fatality rates of sandhogs were expected. In 1890, 68 sandhogs died boring a gas tunnel under Welfare Island, now Roosevelt Island. At least 50 men are estimated to have died in the ďŹ rst ďŹ ve months of 1906 in the construction of Pennsylvania Railroad tunnels. Thirteen sandhogs died building the Holland Tunnel from 1921-24. The statistics of the early days of underground construction are astounding. And more recently, 23 men were killed building water tunnel number three from the 1970s-90s. Charles Cannon, a sandhog for 42 years, remembers the danger that workers went through every day building the tunnel. “There was 27 miles of tunnel- they called it a man a mile, because that’s how many men we were losing. But times have changed since then.â€?


Mayoral Hopefuls on UES Trash Mayoral candidates tackled a major UES issue at a recent forum By Adam Janos The 92nd Street Y and the New York Observer hosted a forum for mayoral candidates last Thursday to discuss their visions for the city. Joseph Lhota, John Catsimatidis and George McDonald attended the forum on the Republican side; on the Democratic side, Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Sal Albanese were in attendance. The two sets of candidates took the stage separately and took distinct sets of questions on a range of topics. One that came up for both sides was on the proposed Marine Waste Transfer Station (MTS) on the Upper East Side. The station in question is part of a fiveborough plan signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg in 2007, which aims to address an undue amount of waste being processed in the outer boroughs in low-income community of color and to shift waste transportation from truck-based stations to barge and rail. Opponents of the station, however, say that by placing the station in a high-density residential area (as well as so close to neighborhood community center Asphalt Green), the city is being tone-deaf in its approach and disproportionately affecting Upper East Side residents. On the Republican side, the three candidates were fairly unanimous in their condemnation of the station. Lhota, who answered the question first, talked about closing the station along with Fresh Kill in 2007 and said that when elected Mayor it would stay closed. He also stated that the five-borough solution was based on a false premise, because Manhattan already ships its garbage to New Jersey, not to the outer boroughs. The other two candidates jumped on that idea, unanimously agreeing that the trash would keep going to New Jersey, with Catsimatides going so far as to say that under his administration there’d be no plant anywhere in Manhattan. While it’s true that Manhattan sends all of its residential waste to New Jersey to be incinerated, that waste only accounts for a fraction of the total trash the city produces. 15,000 of the 26,000 tons of waste handled by New York City each day qualifies as commercial waste, and as such is handled by large-scale commercial contractors. These commercial contractors converge trucks in the outer boroughs, dump their trash, and have it re-hauled out on light rail and trucks to landfills in far-flung locales such as South Carolina and Virginia. These facilities do, in fact, exist almost exclusively in low-income communities of color such as the South Bronx, North Brooklyn, and southeast


Queens. Since the MTS on East 91st Street would handle both residential waste and commercial waste, its re-opening would, presumably, be a boon to outer borough residents. When questioned about that discrepancy, Catsimatidis said, “I was partially joking. Maybe we don’t send 100 percent of our waste to New Jersey. But it sounded good at the time, didn’t it?” He then reaffirmed his commitment to eliminating transfer stations in Manhattan, saying that real estate development would draw far better revenue streams to the city. On the Democratic side, Christine Quinn drew boos for her commitment to the five-borough plan, asserting that she helped shepherd the plan through the city council. Thompson, meanwhile, was applauded when he said that, “The more I see this sight [Asphalt Green], the more questions I have.” De Blasio split the baby by reaffirming his commitment to the five-borough plan but remaining vague on whether he’d push to re-open the station on East 91st, stating that “city hall hasn’t listened to the community.” Sal Albanese suggested that – given the devastation Superstorm Sandy brought to the city – he wouldn’t support marine-based stations anywhere, given the flood risk. “I’m worried about storms,” Albanese later told Our Town. “I’d hate to be the guy who didn’t do anything about it.” Comptroller John Liu told Our Town that he had plenty of reservations about the East 91st Street site. However as the comptroller, Liu registered the contracts this December which allowed the Army Corps of Engineers to begin bringing the East 91st street MTS back into operation. “It’s not my job [to deny a contract], just because I don’t believe in it,” said Liu. “I can’t reject it, when they’ve perfected it.” When asked if it would be his job as mayor to do so, Liu said he’d have to re-assess the site, but that it was “smack in a residential neighborhood.” Representative Carolyn Maloney, whose opposition to the MTS dates back to 2004, recently endorsed Christine Quinn in the Mayoral race despite their polarity on the issue. When asked about that contradiction, Maloney responded, “We don’t agree on everything. But put any two New Yorkers in a room together, and they’re going to disagree on some things. But a waste transfer station shouldn’t be a flood zone.” Still, Maloney maintained her endorsement for Quinn, saying, “It’s the talent, the experience level, and the vision for all our citizens,” that caused her to give her support to the Speaker’s campaign.


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Locals Protest as MSK-CUNY Campus Moves Forward The hospital and science campus planned for East 74th Street still faces some community opposition By Joanna Fantozzi The forthcoming state-of-the-art Memorial Sloan Kettering-Hunter College cancer center is one step closer to breaking ground on the East River. The plans for the new science center, which is set to go up on 74th Street between York Avenue and FDR Drive, recently entered the 60-day public review process, which includes input and public hearings from the Community Board and the Manhattan Borough President. If all goes well, said Avice Meehan, a representative from Memorial Sloan Kettering, construction on the project will begin next year. But some community members in opposition to the plan are not giving in without a fight. From the beginning, many Upper East Side community members have expressed concern over the project - saying that the new 1,100,000 square feet complex will block neighbors’ view of the river and create congestion as thousands of students, doctors and patients flood the area every day. At a recent Community Board 8 meeting, several angry community members showed up, and vowed not to vote for any elected official who supports the new cancer center. “This building will destroy our neighborhood and destroy our waterfront property,” said George Alexiades, a community member. “This site should be a park; the project would be a detriment to our community at large.” Gari Smith-Alexiades, George’s wife, said that not only would the view from their apartment be completely blocked,

but their backyard would be cut off from sunlight. “It would go a long way if they built the building and actually left some open space on the lot or improved something that would benefit the community impacted,” said Smith-Alexiades. The plans for the new cancer center began when the city issued an RFP (request for proposals) to develop the land along 73rd and 74th Streets and the FDR drive, and stipulated that the site had to be an educational or healthcare facility in 2011. The following year, in August 2012, Mayor Bloomberg announced that MSK/Hunter had been appointed to the project. The facility will include two glass buildings: an outpatient care facility, and a Hunter College health sciences education facility. Meehan, the representative from Memorial Sloan Kettering, said that they have addressed the community’s concerns. The access to the waterfront will not be an issue, she said, because there is no direct access to the East River esplanade currently. Right now, she said, the area is just a dead-end parking lot. Meehan said that as for the traffic congestion, Memorial Sloan-Kettering has carefully addressed the potentially thorny problem. The design of the center’s parking and entrances will direct auto and pedestrian traffic directly toward the facilities. The patient drop-off area, she said, will lead directly to the parking garages. In addition, the loading docks have been designed so that trucks can pull directly off the street and into the docks.

But Smith-Alexiades is not convinced. “I don’t know if their plans will be enough to mitigate hold-ups and delays on 73rd Street,” she said. “Congestion is bad already, and most of us feel this is not the right place for the facilities at all.” Either way, MSK/CUNY claims that they are doing everything in their power to balance the needs of the community with their own plans. “I think this represents an important economic and intellectual engine for the city, and we will continue to meet with the community board to be as clear and open to the community as we can,” said Meehan. “We view this as an important project for New York, the East Side and future of cancer treatment and research.”

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Buckley School to Expand The UES private school passed the community board’s scrutiny for an expansion of its East 73rd Street campus By Joanna Fantozzi The Buckley School, an all-boys private school on East 73rd Street, recently purchased two landmarked townhouses across the street, 112-114 East 73rd Street, and is looking to expand its classroom space. Community Board 8 had mixed responses to the proposal, but eventually approved all parts of the proposed changes to the building, including the plans to alter the exterior front elevation at the ground level to connect the two buildings, place mechanical equipment on the roof, which would add 8-10 feet onto the roof, and add a rear yard extension for a school garden. But several nearby neighbors expressed concerns over the proposal, saying that the school expansion would create pedestrian and traffic congestion, as well as block light for nearby neighbors. Other neighbors also expressed concern that the expansion would minimize parking spots on the block. “We have a vested interest in the community,” said Greg O’Melia, the headmaster at Buckley School, at the meeting. “The school has a history of being a good neighbor and we are confident that it will remain that way.” The blueprints for the plans show the five-story townhouse with bulkhead and mechanical equipment on top, and verify that the added rooftop extensions will not be visible from the street level. Jennifer Sage, the architect for the Buckley School expansion at Sage and Coombe architects, also said that they are taking into consideration the community concerns, and that they have determined, through testing that the new expansion will not block any sunlight, and will not be a very noticeable intrusion on the neighborhood. As for noise and traffic concerns, Susan Oliverion, an Upper East Side community member and parent at Buckley School, said that she understands the community concerns, but that the surrounding neighborhood belongs to everyone, including flourishing schools and schoolchildren.



“We are not just a city of retirees who want it to be all peace and quiet,” said Oliverion. “But we are not trying to drive out families and neighbors. We’ve always been respectful of the community.” She explained that the school is only comprised of 300-something young boys, so it cannot add a significant amount of traffic congestion. In addition, she said, the expansion is necessary for a school that has outgrown its current quarters. She said that her son, who is an eighth grader at Buckley, has to go to school in very cramped classrooms, and that she would welcome the expansion. At first, Community Board 8 put up a vote to disapprove the part of the plan that would add the backyard extension, but the vote failed to pass, and the board put up a substitute measure to approve the backyard extension. The plan will have to pass the Landmarks Commission before it would be able to move forward.


Cop of the Month The Upper East Side’s 19th precinct recognizes Sergeant Brian Geoghan and Officer Charles Zwilling Sergeant Brian Geoghan, a 17-year veteran field intelligence supervisor, and Officer Charles Zwilling, a 9-year-veteran field intelligence officer were recently awarded the 19th Precinct’s cop of the month honor for helping to nab a doctor who was illegally selling prescription medication to a known drug trafficking organization. Sergeant Geoghan and Officer Zwilling, along with the 19th precinct’s intelligence officers, led an 18-month investigation that led to the arrest and indictment of Dr. Robert S. Gibbs, a doctor of internal medicine in West Harlem, for knowingly writing oxycodone prescriptions for individuals that were collected by a drug trafficking ring. Ronald Vaughan, the leader of the drug trafficking organization, was also arrested in the 58-count indictment for allegedly obtaining over $150,000 of prescriptions, and distributing them on the black market. Sergeant Geoghan and Officer Zwilling arrested Gibbs and Vaughan on January 31st, but the conspiracy between the two alleged criminals dates back to 2009. Sergeant Geoghan and his anti-crime team first became aware of the drug-trafficking scheme in 2011 when they received a tip about illegal prescription drug transactions taking place outside an Upper East Side pharmacy. From there, Sergeant Geoghan received information about Vaughan’s connections with a doctor. His officers made several arrests in the area of drug runners connected to Vaughan in the summer of 2011. Following the arrests, there was a sharp decline in the number of drugs prescribed by Gibbs, but the prescription numbers rose again last summer. The investigators then established a connection between Vaughan, the previously arrested runners, and Dr. Gibbs. At the time of Dr. Gibbs’ arrest, the officers found medical and financial records, as well as $45,000 in cash in the basement of his building. Gibbs faces 42 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy and three counts of criminal facilitation. Vaughan faces two counts of conspiracy, one count of attempted criminal possession, and 10 counts of fraud and deceit. “Dr. Gibbs betrayed his profession and Ronald Vaughan built an organization with one goal: to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars selling addictive drugs,” said Special

From left to right. Deputy Inspector Ted Berntsen, Sgt. Brian Geoghan, PO Charlie Zwilling and Community Council President Nick Viest. Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. “[This arrest] marks the end of their poisonous partnership.”


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The famous psychoanalyst’s theories on defense mechanisms are on display all around us

1. Denial: Ah yes, it’s not just a body of water in Egypt. Denial is perhaps the most popular of the bunch and is used as a strategy for coping and delaying sad thoughts until you’re ready to face reality. I use this mollifying mechanism whenever one of my favorite restaurants closes up shop downtown. I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that my favorite coffee shop on Grand Street closed in November so I’ll be showing up there today. 2. Reaction formation: This is when you exhibit behavior completely opposite from the values and beliefs you actually uphold. Years ago U.S. Congressman Gary Condit vehemently advocated family values and chastised President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. It was later learned that Condit had been conducting an illicit affair of his own with an intern in Washington. People use this defense mechanism in order to conceal their own true desires and beliefs. Condit used reaction formation as a way of distracting others from learning about his own indiscretions. So, if you express extreme hatred towards The Vampire Diaries on the CW, I’m on to you. Chances are you’ve seen every episode. 3. Rationalization: This is where you make excuses to protect yourself from behavior deemed unacceptable. You might justify taking cabs home past 9 p.m. at night by telling yourself that the “subway is unsafe� when really you’re just too lazy to walk the extra two blocks to the F train. 4. Repression: Placing undesirable or forbidden thoughts entirely in one’s unconscious instead of confronting them. This mechanism has received the most amount of scrutiny over the years, especially in courtrooms where witnesses recount



memories of a crime that they repressed or forgot, only to uncover years later. If only Freud could serve as an expert witness on this topic. 5. Regression: Reverting to earlier stages of development rather than handling misfortune or unpredictable situations like an adult. These people find it easier to reject responsibility and use childish behavior as a Peter Pan escape from reality. I’m pretty sure I saw Lindsey Lohan on Prince Street last weekend having a tantrum and sucking on a lollipop. Freud would have loved it. 6. Displacement: I witnessed this mechanism on Bowery Street last weekend. In displacement you transfer your anger or unhappiness from your original subject to someone more acceptable. I saw a dude try and cut the long line into a new night lounge only to be turned away by the brawny bouncer. Looking noticeably irate, the guy turned to his girlfriend and boiled over, erupting like Mount Vesuvius over Pompeii. His aspersions towards her were evidently his way of releasing his frustration and anger. Careful guys, unconditional love only goes so far! 7. Projection: This is when you project your own unacceptable or undesirable thoughts onto someone else. If you’ve flirted with the idea of having an affair but realize it’s wrong, you might wrongfully accuse your significant other of cheating instead. Labeling your own illicit thoughts as someone else’s, don’t you feel better now? 8. Intellectualization: When reasoning and logic are used to block out emotional or depressing thoughts. If your boyfriend has just moved out of the apartment you once shared, instead of melting into a weeping mess, you might conduct a financial analysis to prove that this is better monetarily for you in the end. You favor pragmatics in lieu of hysteria and tell yourself that you’ll actually save money since he won’t be using all of your toothpaste and Bumble & Bumble surf spray. 9. Sublimation: Turning a less acceptable pursuit into something more mainstream. If you like to cut things it might be in your best interest to become a surgeon. Just make sure you stay in the lines. If only Freud could witness these defense mechanisms working their way through the streets of downtown New York City today. Kristine received her Master’s in Psychology from NYU. She currently works at Vanity Fair. E-mail her at


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igmund Freud is a pervasive figure in popular culture and psychology. And although some believe his methods are antiquated or unable to be measured scientifically, there’s no denying his theories’ predominant influence on human interactions and behavior. Several years later one of Freud’s greatest contributions to the human experience has been his exploration of defense mechanisms. You can find these protective processes firing from all sidewalks in New York City, which is why they deserve an in-depth look at now.

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Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd St.,, 212-7211223, 10 a.m., $7-$11. This event is a great way for your child to have a fun and also educational Easter! Your child can hunt for paper Easter eggs all over the museum and will receive a prize when they leave. Throughout the day they will also be able to make colorful collages and decorate their own eggs.

FREE: Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival 5th Avenue and 49th to 57th Street, gonyc.about. com, 10 a.m. Although this parade doesn’t have any floats or marching bands; it is still quite a spectacle. Come watch your fellow New Yorkers - as well as participants from around the world - don their most elegant or outrageous Easter Bonnets.

Markets in the Night The Old Bowery Station, 168 Bowery, nightmarketnyc.eventbrite. com, 6 p.m., $40. The 2013 Night Market is heading on down to the Lower East Side for another year of gathering for food, drink, dance and an all-around good time. Jerk wings, Asian-inspired hot dogs and delicious cupcakes are just a few of the treats that will be awaiting you on the corner! Reserve a spot today using the email above.

Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, and Culture American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St.,, 10 a.m., free-$25. Consider yourself to be a “foodie”? This exhibit will tell you every single thing you could have ever wanted to know about food, including the history of agriculture and all of the current concerns in the food industry. Some facts will be sobering, some intriguing; but all of your culinary curiosity will be satisfied.

FREE: New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils Blondies, 212 West 79th St.,, 7 p.m. In the mood for “All You Can Eat Wings”? If so, head on down to Blondies for their Monday night special! Oh, and maybe you can watch the New York Islanders take on the New Jersey Devils as well. Go Islanders! (Or Devils!)

FREE: Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation Madison Square Park, 5th Avenue and 23rd to 26th Street,, 10 a.m. Check out Madison Square Park’s latest public art project before it’s gone on April 5th! This installation allows you to step inside of a darkened room, and see the surrounding trees and buildings projected upsidedown. The park will never look the same again…


BELLA GAIA: Origin Stories of Japan NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl.,, 6:30 p.m., $15-$75. Award winning composer/violinist Kenji Williams promises to give a performance that is out of this world. Combining live music and dancing with projected NASA visuals creates a stunning piece of art for both the ears and eyes. Don’t miss out on this spectacular opportunity to witness art at its best.

Kandinsky in Two Years Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, guggenheim. org, 10 a.m., $18-$22. 1911-1913 was an inspiring time for Vasily Kandinsky. Aside from publishing his aesthetic dissertation entitled On the Spiritual in Art, this was the time when his transition to abstraction was almost complete. The month of April marks your last chance to witness his, as well as Robert Delaunay and Franz Marc, brilliant and inspiring works of art at the Guggenheim.

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue,, 12 p.m., free- $25. Few people would argue the fact that fashion is a type of art. But what many may not know is how fashion has affected art. This exhibit demonstrates, through major figure paintings, how fashion played a major role in Impressionism from the mid 1860’s to the mid 1880’s.

Love their Vegetables? ◄ Children Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd St.,, 1 p.m., $11-free. EatSleepPlay is on a mission to help children love their veggies… through creative expression. Children ages 4 and under are welcome to come for the Tots: I Love My Veggies Collage class. They will have the opportunity to create their very own vegetable garden collage with vegetable cut outs and green paper. Next step, loving to EAT them!



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The Woolworth Building @ 100 The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl.,, 12 p.m., $2.50-$5 Grand Central isn’t the only New York icon turning 100 this year! Honor what became the world’s tallest building when it was illuminated by Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Learn about the intricacies of its engineering and construction, and why it was such an enormous achievement for its builders.

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Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th St., shubertorganization/theatres/ cort.asp, 212-239-6200, 7 p.m., $37-$127. Do you have a soft spot for Holly Golightly? Luckily for you, your favorite heroine is coming to Broadway. Richard Greenberg has created an innovative new production of her classic tale. Fall in love with and be inspired by her all over again.

Liloveve Jewlery School, 457 Grand St.,, 6 p.m., $450. Calling, or should I say ringing, all intermediate level silversmiths looking to increase their ring designing skills! While the focus of these classes are on ring design, they will also delve into technical studies and reticulation. Things to note: materials and tool list are provided.



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Locked Inside the Kubrick Cult Room 237 lets nerds shine By Armond White


ollowing the IFC Center’s very canny “The Films of Stanley Kubrick” series, comes the documentary Room 237 which sums up the Stanley Kubrick cult. Comprised of theories spoken by five different Kubrick nerds over an assemblage of movie clips and diagrams by director Rodney Ascher, Room 237 pretends to dissect Kubrick’s 1980 movie The Shining. Ascher’s film—a true mockumentary if ever there was one—is named after the Overlook Hotel suite where little Danny sees Kubrick’s most disturbing visions due to his gift for “shining.” Every nerd wants to shine. But Room 237 is an even more disturbing vision of post-cinephilia asininity. The theories proposed by the five unseen nerds and elaborated by Ascher, (whose fondness for eccentricity suggests Escher), are not just wildly different from each other, they demonstrate a current style of cinematic illiteracy that has replaced critical thinking. Actually an embarrassment to the highbrow Kubrick, Room 237 shows that the Kubrick cult consists of that breed who like to think they think. However, the hypotheses presented, (and seemingly validated by use of actual— pirated?—Kubrick clips), resist rationality. I’ve long realized that Kubrick’s stature among film geeks certified a paradigm shift from the Hitchcock era when the legendary master of suspense—and of montage—inspired a different, popular breed of film enthusiast than Kubrick whose esoteric, post-WWII misanthropy fed recent generations of kiddie nihilists who, considering themselves especially smart, responded to his stiff (non-sensual, thus anti-Hitchcockian) compositions. (They’re now the Fincher/ Nolan kids.) Recall Kubrick’s tracking shots from Paths of Glory and Lolita to Full Metal Jacket that were more deterministic than Max Ophuls who tracked to observe transitory life while Kubrick’s steadicam tracks bore down and confined life’s possibilities. No Kubrick film exemplified this determinism like The Shining, a horror movie about existential claustrophobia that seems angled to mean much more. But whatever it is exactly, (and that fastidious Stephen King adaptation is surprisingly, unexpectedly sloppy), brings the Kubrick cult of Room 237 to weird ecstasies of obsessive overthinking. Watching Room 237 you can’t avoid the problem of contemporary film criticism shallowness. Unlike Wim Wenders’ Room 666, a celebration of cinephilia where a range of filmmakers discussed their inspirations at the Cannes film festival, Room 237 is strictly concerned with the


fantasies produced by nerds’ uneducated responses to the Kubrick myth and the irrationality of The Shining. Fans seem unable to recognize the film’s failings and so try to make virtues of its mistakes. “Kubrick often in many of his movies would end them with a puzzle so he’d force you to go out of his movies saying ‘What was that about?’” So says one zealot who responds to cinema the way a child reacts to a video game, trusting that a manufacturer cares about his response. Another nerd says “[Kubrick] is like a megabrain for the planet who is boiling down, with all of this extensive research, all of these patterns of our world and giving them back to us in this dream of a movie.” Sorry to say but this inanity redounds to the global reach of Roger Ebert’s TV reviewing. Room 237 doesn’t raise one’s appreciation of The Shining (cue laff track), instead, it confuses response. It features reenactments of Kubrick placing a Calumet baking powder canister, paranoid shots from All the President’s Men, shots of Tom Cruise cruising in Eyes Wide Shut and, for seriousness, there are even purloined images from Schindler’s List to justify the suggestion that Kubrick was actually expounding upon timeless examples of genocide. It is Ebert’s pretense of “criticism” that moves these nerds to insist that The Shining must be important because it is more than just a horror movie. Their theories concentrate on gaffes and continuity errors which is exactly the sort of “criticism” that Ebert made available to couch potato cineastes. One enthusiast claims “Its contradictions pile up in your subconscience.” Another recidivist viewer claims “When you see things over and over again their meanings change for you…He’s playing with your acceptance of visual information and also your ignorance of visual information.”


This is hero-worship, not analysis. Another nerd says “We are dealing with a guy who has a 200 IQ.” Reverence for Kubrick overwhelms any understanding of The Shining. It is symptomatic of today’s celebrity veneration—the flip-side of the feeling of nothingness that makes nerds bow down to the likes of Nolan, Fincher, Soderbergh and Kubrick. So they fantasize about The Shining’s supposed profundity as when one professes, “We all know from postmodern film criticism that the meanings are there whether or not the filmmaker is aware of them.” This is the mess that criticism has come to. Fake erudition causes another to muse, “Why would Kubrick make the movie so complicated? Yeah, why did Joyce write Finnegan’s Wake?” This goofy exchange shows they don’t know the difference between literary and cinematic erudition. These Shining geeks don’t even know the hotel story of Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad, a truly profound expression of memory and desire. They ignore the human significance of Jack Nicholson telling his son Danny “I would never hurt you.” In this warped cathexis, the cynical gotcha coincidences carry hidden importance that means more than the clear, apparent behavior and imagery. The Kubrick cult dispenses with traditional humanist notions of art appreciation. They prize Kubrick for The Shining’s horror movie ugliness, perverting Diane Arbus’s twins, turning an elevator into a bloody diluvium (although as Pauline Kael observed “No one takes an elevator in this movie anyway”). Without any schooling in visual or literary interpretation, the Kubrick cult is left to bizarre fantasizing. One nervously giggles “I’m trapped in this hotel. There’s no escape, there’s like this endless loop.” So we’re subjected to ideas about Kubrick’s face subliminally photoshopped in clouds, an actor’s erection, a Rodeo poster turned minotaur and a Dopey dwarf decal. Ascher subjects his witnesses to humiliation that’s no better than his unidentified steal from Murnau’s magnificent Faust, where a silly narrator adds Kubrick “found the Holocaust of such evil magnitude that he just couldn’t bring himself to treat it directly.” When Ascher isn’t holding Kubrick obsession up to ridicule, his presentation yet implies the same credibility the Internet gives fanboys. Like Internet criticism, Room 237 resembles the kind of conspiracy theory mania that kooks used to put on single-spaced mimeographed sheets and pass out on street corners. The ultimate nerd testimony says “In your own life, your point of view is being altered by your study.” But this isn’t study which means to examine, this is mere obsession. Room 237 is another confirmation of the end of cinephilia.





Return of the Poet Langston Hughes’“Ask Your Mama” gets a one night only revival By Valerie Gladstone the bad plus Photo Cameron Wittig

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mmy-award winning composer, Laura Karpman, started thinking about staging Langston Hughes’ twelve-part, epic poem, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” when she came across it in a bookstore six years ago. Begun by the great poet in 1960 while attending the Newport Jazz Festival, where the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker performed, it celebrates the African-American fight for artistic and social freedom. The poem was revived in Karpman’s one-night staging at the Apollo theater last weekend. “It’s gorgeous – a masterpiece,” Karpman says on the phone from Los Angeles recently. “What persuaded me to take it on was Hughes’ explicit musical direction. His hand is everywhere. He’d planned to produce it with [bassist] Charlie Mingus. The different elements, like a mash-up, actually fit more in the present than even in his own time. I thought, what an opportunity. I can work with this amazing poet.’” Inspired by the work’s passion and complexity, she transformed Hughes’ haunting poetry into a multi-media production, combining video clips, spoken word performance, samples of original jazz recordings, German lieder, gospel, Jewish liturgy and African drums with Hughes

as the primary narrator. The Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia, under the direction of George Manahan, and a superb cast, featuring singers, Jessye Norman and Nnenna Freelon, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass and the spoken word artist, Roger Guenveur Smith, add layers of meaning and emotion to the overall concept. Karpman’s first move when she started the project was to enlist Norman as her co creator. The singer’s story somewhat replicates that of Leontyne Price, one of the first African Americans to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House and a historical character featured in Hughes’ work. Once she was on board, nothing could stop Karpman. “The poem tells an incredibly artistically nuanced story of race, slavery and poverty and who benefits in our society,” she says. “It takes everyone out of their comfort zones.” A seasoned collaborator, she not only writes music for films and television but also for video games and thrives on bringing together different artistic forms. . Freelon credits Karpman with creating a groundbreaking work, without using any tricks or sacrificing the poem’s beauty. “When Laura and Jessye put their heads together, all that talent they both have came together in a new cultural high,” she says. “Jessye’s kindness and beauty as an artist gave us all space. You come to realize that the music is more important than you are. It’s been the ride of a lifetime - and I’ve been on the road for 35 years.” “Ms. Karpman’s music, melding Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing, morphed from one vivid section to the next in a dreamlike flow,” wrote Steve Smith in The New York Times at the premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2009.



Out-loud Outlaw P.J. Hogan’s Mental offers a compassionate screwball masterpiece By Armond White


.J. Hogan, Australia’s most appealing yet least heralded filmmaker, returns to prominence with Mental, a kind of musical screwball comedy about social misfits that at first seems perfectly designed for the era of “It Gets Better” nostrums. But Hogan is bolder than the politically correct pandering of TV’s fatuous Glee and The New Normal or films like The Kids Are Alright; he goes to the heart of social alienation with visionary wildness. The opening scene of Aussie housewife Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) twirling in the backyard of the suburban home she shares with five daughters and an estranged husband imitates The Sound of Music’s extravagant opening. To recognize this berserk parody is to be inside Shirley’s disaffection and that‘s the key to Hogan’s unique, antic sensibility. Still twirling, he launches into her household chaos and social rejection, using fastpaced Aussie dialect that may bewilder some before playing his wild card: Shaz (Toni Collette), a heroine-catalyst even crazier than the housewife.

The aggressive Collette, who starred in Hogan’s debut film Muriel’s Wedding, always suggested a commedia dell arte performer unfortunately stuck in neorealist contexts. She finds perfect placement here as a kind of Mary Poppins who brings balance—self-acceptance and self-defense—to the unfair circumstances of housewifery, motherhood and girlhood. Far beyond a feminist, Shaz declares herself “the avenging angel of the perpetually humiliated.” Her vengeance is both funny and scary (especially a menstrual protest that is surreal where Bridesmaids was merely gross). Shaz hates the social order that has wronged her and means to “upset the delicate balance of its vanity.” She also recalls Renoir’s archetypal anarchist Boudou come to save Shirley and her daughters from drowning in abuse. Daringly, Hogan always snaps back from Shaz’s pain with equally manic humor. Mental is driven by Hogan’s identification with the dissatisfaction of social customs (“roles give you cramp” sang Lesley Woods of The Au Pairs). Such emotional affinity also allowed Hogan to achieve his astonishing, adult-worthy version of Peter Pan in 2003 and his superb though little-known Unconditional Love where his underdog compassion was first articulated through the appeal of popular music. Like Britain’s Terence Davies, Hogan understands how pop music sustains otherwise inexpressible

longings. These artists find depth is what gets dismissed as camp (what TV’s Glee diminishes into camp). Mental staves off psychosis through the spirit of out-loud expression. Shaz is an out-loud outlaw and so is Hogan who depicts Shaz and Shirley’s world in ostentatiously vibrant colors. Mental has a frantically optimistic look comparable to Wes Anderson stylization but with an intentionally psychedelic edge—on the verge of a breakdown or break-out. Shirley’s teenage daughter’s love scene at an amusement park flume ride is a yellow and blue night fantasia reminiscent of the pubescent flying scenes in Peter Pan. (It’s balanced by Shaz’s own red-tinted underwater trance.) Hogan’s sympathy with his male characters (Anthony LaPaglia and a striking Liev Schreiber) also puts him at the forefront of gender issue artists. Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes can’t touch Hogan’s egalitarian humanism. He doesn’t

promise that life will get better without a fight but he is most moving when he uses music as part of the personal-political arsenal. Mental also pays tribute to Stephen Elliott’s Rodgers & Hammerstein cult film Welcome to Woop Woop which similarly redefined Down Under identity in pop terms. Shaz does a hilarious monologue on exported pop stars as test mice, satirizing Hogan’s native allegiance. It’s part of Hogan’s emotional abundance and visual daring, gifts that confirm him as a major filmmaker. Follow Armond White on Twitter at 3xchair

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A hip-hop icon’s chronicle of reincarnated rap culture By Elena Oumano

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apper Snoop Dogg’s not the first African-American musician to be smitten by reggae culture. For the most part, though, Black American traditions, both religious and musical, are too entrenched and compelling themselves to cede to Haile Selassie worship over the one drop riddim. Still, old school Rasta-reggae’s fiery moral rhetoric, loping beats, and marijuana-laced visions of peace, love, and equal rights haven’t lost their appeal, as evidenced by the newly converted Snoop. This well-crafted documentary, Reincarnated follows an older, perhaps wiser Snoop, now distanced from the violence of his O.G. rapper persona and his penchant for walking girls on leashes, as he explores Jamaica, the birthplace of Jah music, and joins in its effort to revive a flagging cultural dream that the universal language of reggae will bring the world together. There’s always been a Jamaican flava to Snoop, as some observe in the film, and it’s not just the permanent wreath of ganja smoke encircling his head; it’s also in his own cranked-down rhythms and the left turns in his personal style. Over the course of 98 minutes, as he divides his time between lushly filmed touristic sites such as Port Antonio’s seaside Geejam

compound of state-of-the-art recording facilities and luxury guest cottages where he knocks out Reincarnated, his surprisingly authentic—Jafaikan accent included—debut reggae album, and the harsher realities of downtown Kingston’s Tivoli Gardens and Trench Town, he morphs from Dogg to Lion before the viewer’s eyes. It would be easy to dismiss Reincarnated, film and album, as an aging American rapper’s desperate scramble for currency. But there’s no denying Snoop’s sincerity here and the film neatly interlaces its Jamaican scenes with footage from his American experience accompanied by his perceptive commentary on the parallels between ghetto life in urban California and Jamaica. Despite on-screen interactions with reggae icons like Bunny “Wailer” Livingston and Marley’s son Damien, Snoop doesn’t come across as overly Bobish or making what would be a foolish bid indeed for Marley’s mantle. In this film, at least, he’s modest and gracious, a reformed man trying to practice the One Love he’s now preaching. A telling moment takes place in Tivoli Gardens, where over 70 people recently died trying to keep the government from extraditing their “don,” Christopher “Dudus” Coke, to the U.S. where he’s now imprisoned. When a rum-addled local gets in Snoop’s face, he smiles and mildly counters, “You need some of this Cali weed,” passes him a spliff, and everyt’ing is irie, mon.



Why Can’t People be More Like Pets? Our four-legged friends have much to teach us in the ways of compassion By Bette Dewing

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Why can’t a people (sic) be more like a dog or a cat? Our animal pals don’t care how old we are, Or, if we’re pretty, witty or slim, They’re always there for us. Why can’t a people (sic) be more like that? Why don’t we try?

here’s always too much on my mind to try to get into one 600-word column, something a now-waning bronchial malaise has made a little more daunting. But “malaises” do remind us how much words of concern and empathy help, and how professional healers should also give out a few along with the pills. At least, say: “Gee, sorry you’re having this problem.” Patients’ families and friends may also need reminding. Anyone know a doctor who does that? Social scientists know caring communication is a natural Rx for good health and good relationships, but somehow caring communication skills are not hot topics, so they rarely get taught. But their absence likely relates to some of those big news stories, which are getting scarier and the people-caused disasters getting more tragic and ugly. But to the rescue, a very big story is a new pope who millions hope will have some real solutions. And naturally I pray that under Pope Francis, communication skill learning will become a primary one. Quite related is his choosing the name of the patron saint of animals. May he look to the animals, our dogs and our cats, for some answers, including those found in the following little ditty I dashed off after a blessing for the animal’s service honoring St. Francis of Assisi held in St. Stephen of

While that seems in keeping with faith groups’ “love one another” creeds, I’m not accepting of hurtful or indifferent behavior like our animal friends mostly are. That needs to be overcome. And that’s biblical too. And most commendably, dogs and cats sometimes prefer old people to young ones! Likely because we’re not usually hyperactive, impulsive or loud. And we have more time for them. (Unfortunately, many old people can’t manage to have an animal friend, although enabling this support would cut down on health care costs.) And dogs, and maybe cats too, wisely steer clear of heavy drinking people, knowing they’re not in their right minds at all anymore. If only policy makers did, and acted accordingly. Attention really must be paid - on so many, ever more, often socially-acceptable, highly questionable fronts. And above all, by faith groups! And because it’s the Passover and Easter season, I feel right comfortable saying, “And things do go better with God.”


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The Endangered Wonders of Paper House The last bastion of this stationary store franchise boasts great Easter ďŹ nds By Laura Shanahan


nd then there was one – Paper House, that is. Longtime city residents may recall when there was a chain of Paper Houses (PH, henceforth) dotting Manhattan. They’re all gone, save this one – the original, at 269 Amsterdam Ave., near 73rd Street – which dates back a good 30 years or more. Pretty unique, eh? (I know it’s illiterate to modify “unique,� but give me this one pass.) I mean, invariably we start with one indie store that proliferates into a chain; here we have a backward sequence. What’s weird is that I don’t think this lone remaining outpost gets the respect it deserves. Its long, seemingly endless aisles are chockablock with greeting cards, stationery, party and seasonal merchandise and a treasure trove of novelty items. Yet where do most of us go for many of these items? Right – Duane Reade or Rite Aide. C’mon, yea of so little imagination. With Easter minutes away, why not explore the back roads and byways of this not-so-little indie. Elsewhere, you will find the usual stamped-out chocolate bunnies – but here you can get a Pez dispenser with a chocolate- – or vanilla-colored – bunny head, which unlike the real chocolate versions, can last in perpetuity, in addition to being a bona fide collectible. Bundled with two packets of Pez candy, the dispensers are tagged at $2.99 per. And because it’s impossible not to eat more than two packets once you start popping these distinctively tangy sweet candies in your mouth, refills are also available. You may find fuzzy yellow chick toys elsewhere, but the ones here walk when you wind them up; $5.99 per – a dollar less will get you a fuzzy white pink-eared bunny that

will, appropriately, also do a hopping kind of walk. Attention, my fellow mini lovers: Check out the 12-count boxes of the teeniest yellow chicks – these items do not wind up; but they more than fill their function by being impossibly adorable ($4.99). There are also other-size fuzzy cuties, such as the slightly larger (about 1-inch high) 6-packs of toy chicks – what they lack in wee cuteness they make up for in splendid colors: pink, turquoise and pistachio green. Here you can also pick up an egg-coloring kit that contains 6 coloring tablets, one egg dispenser, one egg stand, a drying tray and – if all that weren’t enough for $2.99 – an “Easter matching game� (whatever is). “Pure food that coloring, quick and easy, no vinegar needed!� assures the package label. Maybe you don’t celebrate Easter (though you don’t have to be enamored with those mini toy chicks) – and maybe you can tell I don’t celebrate either, by my ignorance of the Easter matching game – but PH is filled with so much more than just seasonal and celebratory goods. Continuing in the mini vein, there is a tiny clear-plastic packet here filled with diminutive (under 2 inches) impossibly skinny pencils, lined up like little soldiers, in a rainbow of colors. I’m told they sell very well, which doesn’t surprise me: They are so cheery and dear and novel, though their price is not as wee as one might hope – $6.99. Speaking of novel, here you can find the kind of gag gifts normally associated with Times Square joke shops. Consider: Priced at just $2.59 and up are packets of Fake Bed Bugs (oy, not so funny these days); Garlic Candy (“for the breath they won’t forget�); and Fake Kitty Crap. The last is intended for “ages 3+,� because, y’know, you have to be real mature to appreciate it.



Little Minds, Strong Opinions First graders at P.S. 6 on the Upper East Side write op-eds for the community

Allie B., 6 I personally think people should not litter because it is really dirty and it is not healthy for the world. Do you see any black spots on the sidewalk? That’s gum that people spit out on the sidewalk! I think that is bad and gross. When my babysitter gives me a piece of gum I ask her if I could throw the gum wrapper away. I want everybody to throw away their trash. I also don’t think people should throw trash on the ground because if you step on it, you will feel yucky when you walk. For example, I was walking in the street and guess what? I saw a salad tray with salad in it! I don’t think anyone should do that! And most importantly, I want everyone to throw away trash in the trash can and not on the street and sidewalk.

Get a fish Kalina

Teacher Beth Pereira’s first grade class at P.S. 6, The Lillie Devereaux Blake School, on E. 81st Street between Madison and Park Avenues, is learning to express their opinions in a persuasive writing unit. The six- and seven-year-olds wrote about consumerism, civic responsibility, bullying and the value of animals. The Upper East Side might be a nicer place if people heeded their advice.

Fiona McGrath, 6 I personally think that American Girl dolls should be less expensive. Girls and even some boys want American Girl dolls but their parents can’t afford it. And they’re just dolls! They should not cost that much. Dolls I see aren’t as much as American Girl dolls. For example, when I was walking in American Girl Doll my friend told me American Girl dolls are about 200 dollars or more! I freaked out. It was very surprising. And even as a kid when I see my friends that have American Girl dolls, I feel really sad. American Girl dolls should not be 200 dollars. It seems like all of my friends have American Girl dolls but me. But even I know what you are thinking. My parents can buy an American Girl but it is too much for them to spend on a doll. I feel really sad. And one of my friends has about seven American Girl dolls! When I see her it makes me feel like I’m never, ever going to get an American Girl doll so I feel really upset. In conclusion, I think that American Girl dolls should be less expensive. Thank you.

Ethan M., 7 I think that everyone should have a dog because if you are afraid of the dark and you buy a dog without a bed, it would sleep on your bed. If your Mom and Dad go to work and you have a day off and you have a dog, the dog can play with you. A dog is fun to train and play with. Dogs are cute and cuddly. Dogs will and can protect you. They’re good friends. They are also good mates. If you train them well, they will be nice too. If you have a baby brother or cousin, they are going to like it. If you buy two dogs or more you can see them play. If your mom or dad is allergic to cats and they want to buy a pet for you, they can buy a dog. You can walk a dog so you can be fit. In conclusion, I think everyone should have a dog. There are different dogs so pick one today! Thank you!





Harrison Preslier, 6 If you are lonely you can get a fish! You could get three or four fish! Did you know that a fish is a good friend? You will have fun...lots and lots of fun. They are easy to take care of and they are quiet. Fish are funny. They go like this...bloop, bloop,bloop. That’s why I think that fish are funny. In conclusion, I think that everyone should have a fish.

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Kalina Andonova, 7 I think that everyone should be nice to each other. When you are nice with people you can make new friends and people will be nice with you! If you fall, ask “Are you going to be okay?” Someone is going to help you because he cares! And EVERYONE say good words like sorry or please and thank you. If everyone on the Upper East Side is nice to each other than this is going to be so, so, so good! One time when my pen fell f off the table my friend picked it up and gave it i to me. That’s nice! That’s why I think that everyone should be nice to each other on the e Upper East Side. U

Kate Hankin, 6

American Girl Dolls are too expensive

Be nice

The Upper East Side would be much better if everyone did not throw gum on the b sidewalk. If you put gum on the sidewalk it s can c make our town dirtier. It leaves marks on o the sidewalk. When you put gum on the sidewalk it can stick to your shoes and it s will w be yucky. Little kids can pick gum up off o the sidewalk and eat it! It’s not safe. You can c put your gum in the garbage can. There is i one on every street so please don’t be lazy. Once I was scooting on my scooter and I fell f down because the sidewalk was dirty. In conclusion, I think that no one should put c gum on the street or sidewalks to help keep g our o neighborhood clean.

Cole Corper, 6 I personally think that you should not bully because it creates no peace and no harmony. I think that we should be nice to each other. Here is why...It will create more peace in the world. If you see someone bullying... someone stop them! Never bully. It’s mean. One time somebody teased somebody and was laughing and being very mean. My friend ordered his friend to hurt my friend and I was really mad so I told the teacher and luckily everything was okay. Now back to the reasons. I think that nobody should tease or bully because it creates no peace and no harmony. It makes you get yourself in trouble if you bully! So will you please not bully? It hurts people. Never use a fist please. It is really bad. You shouldn’t. Bullying hurts peoples feelings and that is why I think it is mean to bully. So what do you think? Are you going to bully anymore or not? Maybe you need more reasons. So here we go... You should not bully because it is the meanest thing in the world. By now you know that most people in the world do not bully. Don’t you want to go in with them? Be yourself but don’t be a bully.


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lder motorcyclists are up to three times more likely than younger riders to be seriously injured in a crash, a new study shows. The findings are especially important in light of the growing number of older riders, the researchers added. They analyzed U.S. government data collected between 2001 and 2008, during which time there were 1.5 million motorcycle crashes involving adults aged 20 and older who required emergency department treatment. Men accounted for 85 percent of these cases. When divided by age groups, more than 921,000 of the incidents involved riders aged 20 to 39, more than 466,000 involved those aged 40 to 59 and more than 65,000 involved those 60 and older, according to the study, which was published online Feb. 6 in the medical journal Injury Prevention. Injury rates for all three age groups increased during the study period, but the greatest increase—nearly 250 percent— occurred among riders aged 60 and older. Riders in this age group were nearly three times as likely to be admitted to the hospital after a crash than those in their 20s and 30s. Riders aged 40 to 59 were nearly twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital after a crash than younger riders, according to researcher Tracy Jackson and her colleagues in the department of epidemiology at Brown University, in Providence, R.I. Compared to younger riders, the risk of serious injury in a crash was 66 percent higher for middle-aged riders and two and a half times higher for those aged 60 and older. Fractures and dislocations were the most

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Maura Tierney is a Lucky Girl The actress talks about Margaret Thatcher, Hudson River Park, and Tom Hanks By Angela Barbuti


aura Tierney has a lot to feel lucky about. Not only has she moved back to NYC, but she won a leading role in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, where she gets to work alongside Tom Hanks every night. The 48-year-old, who has been on screen with roles in television and movies, now graces the stage in her Broadway debut. A Boston native who studied theater at NYU, Tierney said, “I love theater, so hopefully I’ll do some more theater at some point.”

How did you get started in the business? I went to NYU and studied theater. And then I moved out to LA for a couple of months for fun after I graduated - and I ended up getting a job in a television movie.

This is your Broadway debut. What made you want to do a Broadway show? I’d never done it before, so it’s something, as an actor, I’ve always wanted to do. And I really wanted to work with George C. Wolfe and Tom Hanks. George has directed some really amazing plays and Tom is - as

everyone knows - a wonderful actor.

Can you give us a synopsis of Lucky Guy? It’s a play about a journalist named Mike McAlary. He worked for the New York Post and Daily News in the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. He was a very accomplished, ambitious, raucous rousing tabloid reporter who then won a Pulitzer Prize.

You never met Nora Ephron. No, I never did. I wish I had.

Tom and Nora were friends and he is paying tribute to her with this role, which she wrote for him to play. I just think he’s a great actor and a really hard worker. I know they were very close, so it’s a nice thing.

What was moving to NYC for college like for you? It was really fun. When I was looking at schools, I saw New York City and said, “This is where I want to be.”

Where are you living now? I live in the West Village.

What are some of your favorite places in the city? I love Hudson River Park all the way down to where you get the ferry. I go there all the time. I think it’s a really beautiful part of the city. I’m always downtown; I hardly ever come uptown. The Highline, I think, is really beautiful. I really like the East Village, and I don’t get to go there very often. I think it’s more of an alive place than the West Village, even though where I live is very pretty.

I saw on Twitter there was an ER reunion at the show the other night. Oh - cause Angela Basset was there. We worked together on [the television show] ER.

You are very open with your own battle against breast cancer, which you were able to beat. Do people come to you for advice? Sometimes. A lot of people, unfortunately, get diagnosed with cancer and a lot of them are okay. There are people in my personal life I’ve talked to, and sometimes I meet people in the street, but not so much.



You were recently on The View, and they called you “the thinking man’s sex symbol.” Is that going to keep coming up now? I don’t know, but Joy Behar said it used to be Margaret Thatcher and now it’s me. I thought that was a pretty funny joke.

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Our Town March 28th, 2013  
Our Town March 28th, 2013  

The March 28th, 2013 issue of Our Town. Founded more than three decades ago, Our Town serves the East Side of Manhattan from Turtle Bay to C...