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Mayoral Candidates Changing Their Tunes on E. 91st Street MTS Pols hoping to win votes in the mayor’s race are listening to Upper East Siders’ protests against the trash plan, P. 4


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SEEKING COMMUNITY PANELISTS Do you want to get involved in the NYC budget process? TranspareNYC is looking for community panelists to help decide where 1 million dollars in community grants will go. Last year, $907,798 was awarded to 167 organizations, including 36 new programs. The Manhattan Borough President’s office is specifically looking for people who display knowledge in Senior Services, Education, Urban Health Initiatives, Re-entry and Correctional Systems, and Parks and Recreation. Those interested can visit, and the recruitment drive for prospective panelists ends on March 29th. Questions about the program can be directed to Linda Felstein at (212) 669-4814 or LFelstein@

SALVADOR DALI WATERCOLOR THIEF A man has been indicted and charged with Grand Larceny to the Second Degree, after


stealing a 1949 Salvador Dali Watercolor from a Manhattan art gallery. On June 19th, 2012, Phivos Istavrioglou stole the drawing (with an estimated worth of $150,000) by placing it in a shopping bag. After surveillance images of the suspect were broadcast to the public worldwide, the NYPD recovered the stolen artwork in a shipping tube at Kennedy Airport less than 2 weeks later. They lifted fingerprints from the shipment and matched them with those from a juice bottle Istavrioglou stole at a Whole Foods last year. On February 16th, 2013, an undercover cop posing as a business manager of an art gallery lured Istavrioglou to NYC. He was taken into custody upon arrival at Kennedy.

NEW YORKPRESBYTERIAN CANCER STUDY The American Cancer society is soon to begin its Cancer Prevention Study-3, which will help researchers better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer. These studies have confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, and also the impact of air


pollution on the heart and lungs. For residents of East Midtown that would like to get involved, New York-Presbyterian is available as a local registration site.

MOUNT SINAI AND CONTINUUM HEALTH PARTNERS TO MERGE The Board of Trustees from The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners have voted to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a possible merger. The MOU outlines steps toward creating a new integrated health care system that combines operations of two entities. “Our goal as an integrated health care system is to provide exceptional medical care to New Yorkers,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “The combination will create more economies of scale, increase efficiencies, and expand access to advanced primary and specialty care throughout this citywide network.” Stanley Brezenoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continuum, said, “This collaboration makes available an extraordinary range of resources for the provision of compassionate, state-of-the-art care for patients. In joining with Mount Sinai, we will further enhance our ability to provide the full spectrum of outstanding care to the populations we serve.” Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Icahn School of Medicine

at Mount Sinai and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, sees the opportunity for increased research collaboration with physicians and scientists affiliated with Continuum, who would become part of the medical school’s academic faculty. “Mount Sinai has a legacy of groundbreaking clinical and translational research that has led to improved methods of diagnosing and treating human disease,” said Dr. Charney. “The synergy between Mount Sinai and Continuum would widen our research base and accelerate the pace of breakthrough treatments and protocols.” The chairmen of both boards of trustees, Peter W. May for Mount Sinai and Steven Hochberg for Continuum, said they are pleased that their respective boards unanimously approved the MOU. The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States, and is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. Continuum Health Partners was created in January 1997 as the parent company for the partnership between four distinguished voluntary hospitals: Beth Israel Medical CenterMilton and Carroll Petrie Division, Beth Israel Brooklyn, St. Luke’s Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital.


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ATM THEFT A woman was headed to the ATM on East 85th Street at 7:30 p.m. on Monday February 25th. After she was finished, she went back to her car and sat inside. A black male, approximately 5’8 approached the car and stated “give me the money” while displaying a black handgun. The unknown man then took the $15 and fled. Police searched the area but with no results.


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On February 24th, a 56-year-old woman was sitting inside a bar on Second Avenue at 7:30 p.m. She had her handbag on the bar stool, and an unknown person removed her bag without permission. The victim then went to a friend’s house and canceled her cards, but she already saw a charge had been made on a taxi to Queens. In total: $3,621 in cash was stolen, as well as her purse, ID and cell phone. No arrests have yet been made

Following a heated argument between two drivers on February 25th at 10 p.m. on East 81st Street, one of the drivers proceeded to follow the victim. The 26-year-old Hispanic man parked the car and got out. He proceeded to hit his victim in the face, causing him to lose balance and fall. The assailant fled the scene in his vehicle, and the victim ended up with lacerations on his face and head. The assailant is wanted for assault.



Two perpetrators were observed inside a 2006 Chevy Impala vehicle on the corner of First Avenue and 92nd Street on February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The first perpetrator had a gravity knife. They also were found to have 17 bags of marijuana on their possession. A further search inside the car revealed three other bags. The pair, a black man, aged 30, and another black man aged 25, were arrested for drug possession.

Inside a 2nd Avenue bank on February 26th in the afternoon, two unknown people (one female, white, 42; and the other male, black 6’2) entered the bank. Both approached the teller and shoved identical notes under the window that said “no dye packs, no alarms, no GPS, all $100s, $50s and $10s in the bag- comply and no one gets hurt.” In total, the perpetrators were given $1,540. Police are still on the lookout for the individuals responsible.


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Shifting Attitudes Toward E. 91st St. MTS Some mayoral hopefuls change their tune on waste station proposal, appealing to Upper East Side voters By Joanna Fantozzi


pper East Side residents have proved that they are willing to vote single issue in the upcoming mayoral race to stop the Marine Transfer Waste Station from being built in Yorkville, amidst low-income housing and the Asphalt Green Recreation Center. Last week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney held a mayoral forum on the


Upper East Side to discuss important issues in the upcoming race. The space was crowded with community activists who expressed an outpouring of protests and anger against building the Marine Transfer Station. Comptroller John Liu flipped on his previous position, telling the crowd that “it doesn’t make sense to proceed while turning a blind eye to simple fact.� Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill De Blasio both admitted that they were on the fence about the issue. After the forum, Mayor Bloomberg expressed surprise at their statements, since all three mayoral candidates had previously voted for the Marine Transfer Station in 2006. But many community leaders do not believe that the candidates necessarily flip-flopped. “Is it flip-flopping? Well, they voted on this proposal many years ago and I would think the next mayor wouldn’t want to be locked into the former mayor’s plan particularly since the price has gone up astronomically,� said Assembly Member Michah Kellner. “Do they really want to

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be saddled into their big capitol project being a garbage dump?� Besides the impact on the quality of life, said Kellner, the concern has become an economical one. The estimated price tag on the Marine Transfer Station ballooned from $45 million at the start of the proposal, to $300 million. But despite new concerns of mayoral candidates, one candidate has not backed down. Council Speaker Christine Quinn was booed when she asserted her position that building the Marine Transfer Station at Asphalt Green would be the best solution. “If you want an answer you have to listen,� she said over the jeers of the crowd in a video of the event taken by Capital New York reporter Azi Paybarah. “You can scream and yell, but you have got to let me answer if I listen to your question with attention.� One woman in the crowd actually yelled that she would not be voting for Christine Quinn in the primary. “That’s fine!� responded Quinn. “People are saying, ‘oh yeah she’s such a stalwart that she didn’t back down from her position,� said Jed Garfield, the president of Sane Trash Solutions, an organization that has been fighting the building of the Marine Transfer Station. “But it’s hardly heroic that she wants to

put a dump near low-income housing.� And it looks like in the upcoming mayoral election, that this garbage dump will have a significant impact on voters, at least on the Upper East Side. When asked if she would ever vote for a candidate like Christine Quinn, Lorraine Johnson, a resident at Stanley M. Isaacs low income housing, right next door to the possible location of the Marine Transfer Station, said she would absolutely not. “I can’t believe this is happening,� she said. “I have respiratory problems, and my asthma went down and became manageable when the previous MTS was finally closed in 1999. My asthma has been stable since, but I am scared that my asthma could be much worse if the city builds the planned MTS.� Jed Garfield is not surprised that the community is willing to vote single issue to get the garbage dump out of residents’ hair (and noses) once and for all. “People always vote single issue whenever you’re dealing with issues of health that affect children and seniors,� he said. “Based on the meetings and people I’ve met, they’re absolutely not going to vote for anyone who is not socially and fiscally responsible, and this is an example of that.�


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No More Blue Lights for Select Bus Service The MTA is searching for an alternative to the lights that turned out to be illegal By Joanna Fantozzi


he introduction of the Select Bus Service on the Upper East Side was a welcome new transportation option for those looking to get uptown or downtown quickly. But one of the additions to the special buses, the flashing blue lights designed to alert passengers to be ready with their tickets to board the bus, were determined to be illegal, and now riders are left without a way to know when a bus is approaching. The flashing blue lights of the SBS lines on 1st and 2nd Avenue have been turned off since they were deemed illegal over a month ago for clashing with emergency vehicle lights. The DMV had originally released a statement that said: “the use of blue lights on vehicles shall be restricted for use only by a volunteer firefighter.” Since that time, SBS bus riders have been kept in the dark and new colored lights have yet to be installed.


“I stopped waiting for the SBS now that I cannot identify an oncoming one at a distance,” wrote Dave Rosenstein, the co-chair of Community Board 8’s Communications committee. “It’s just too cold to wait, with no ability to make a rational decision as to what’s coming, and thus too much of a crapshoot.” SBS riders have to purchase tickets for the bus ahead of time, but without the blue lights, said Rosenstein, it is impossible to distinguish one from another at a distance. He said that the likely color that the MTA will choose will be green, since other colors are already being used for different type of vehicles. “MTA is reviewing alternatives to the flashing blue lights that were recently removed from our SBS bus fleet. No decision has been made as yet,” said MTA representative Deirdre Parker. “We are being deliberate about our choice to ensure that we come up with an appropriate alternative.” However, Assemblyman Micah Kellner is searching for other solutions. He wants to amend the law to allow for blue flashing lights on buses, because as he says, most drivers have common sense and will know the difference between an emergency vehicle and a bus.


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I love you, I hate you, call me How one’s relationship with caregivers early in life impacts later behavior By Kristine Keller


owntown dating is like the root canal process—painful while you’re going through it but the end result leaves your sensory nerves feelin’ good. And sadly, there’s no quickie fix for that painful pearly white procedure. There is, on the other hand, a fast way to land suitors in the date-o-sphere, which is why a bevy of singletons have discovered the allure of speed dating. Like most first conversations, speed daters might ask “so, what do you value most in a relationship?” to which a secure person might respond “honesty and loyalty.” There are those who take a different approach in their answer: “I value a partner who calls and texts 20 times a day, Instagrams a picture of me and my dog in the morning, faxes me at night, and pins my face all over his Pinterest in the afternoon.”

Reeling from that, the person sitting across might then snap fast and yell “NEXT!” During a recent speed dating exercise, psychologists noted that a process known as attachment could explain interactions of this sort. Attachment theory maintains that a relationship with one’s caregiver early on in life largely determines one’s social and developmental upbringing. Those raised in reliably nurturing environments with caregivers who responded to their every need grow up “securely attached.” When these infants were hungry, they were fed; when they cried, they were shown consistent care and attention. As a byproduct, these infants grew into secure and trusting adults. The kind of adult you want sitting across from you during a lighting fire round of “How many times do you expect your boyfriend or girlfriend to call you in a day?” Those raised under the roof of unpredictable caregivers who exhibited inconsistent care might become “anxiousambivalent attached” adults. These children came from caregivers who were at times interested and warm, but then unavailable and distant. We have these unpredictable caregivers to blame for the stage-five clinger.

Anxious-ambivalent adults are excessively needy, clingy, and constantly need validation and approval from others. They also demand constant communication with their honey for fear of abandonment—and aren’t afraid to be upfront about it during first rounds of speed dating. Lastly, there’s the “avoidant attached” person, whose caregiver rarely responded to their distressed calls and ignored their needs entirely as infants. It’s the avoidant adult who eschews intimacy entirely due to failing to form an emotional bond with one’s caregiver early in life. It’s also the avoidant-attached person who is at risk for developing severe interpersonal problems, like lack of empathy, callous, unemotional responses and other psychopathic symptoms. A caregiver’s sensitive and responsive nature towards children serves as a model for empathy in a healthy reciprocal relationship. Without this model, children who didn’t form a secure attachment with their caregiver fail to develop the skills for a healthy functioning relationship. This person might be cold and aloof at a speed-dating jaunt having only shown up at the coercive prodding of pushy friends.

When it comes to these speed-dating soirees, NYC daters are quite savvy and intuitive when making judgment calls. Those deemed “securely” attached adults by psychologists were more favorably rated by potential suitors. Unsurprisingly, those categorized as insecurely attached were given poorer marks. The good news is that these styles of attachment can change depending on our interpersonal experiences in life. Just as a bad breakup might make a securely attached dater turn anxious-ambivalent, a positive experience could turn an avoidantadult into a diehard romantic. And lucky for us—it’s easier to change an insecure style into one that’s secure than vice-versa. So daters of every attached-type, take heart— we’re never done evolving and changing. And eventually one of these quickie-dating episodes will blossom into a longer-term affair and if anything, that’s something everyone can feel security from. Kristine received her master’s in psychology from NYU. She currently works at Vanity Fair. E-mail her at for questions.


Exploring the New Fox’s A former bargain mecca is transformed into a new shopping destination By Laura Shanahan


e welcome feedback!” Ooh, don’t you love it when a store manager talks that way? Today we’re at the brand-spankingnew Fox’s, at the southeast corner of Broadway and 80th – the long-shuttered site of the late, great Filene’s Basement/SYMS Tailored & Tux, now shuttered no longer. We’re chatting up a manager at this women’s off-price designer label emporium (yes, much like its predecessor), and he’s totally impressing me with his eagerness to serve the neighborhood – he didn’t know I was a reporter disguised as a mild-mannered shopper, so he wasn’t best behavior’ing me. When I noted the neighborhood – indeed all of Manhattan – is a late-night kind of place, he nodded in agreement, pointing out that this outpost of Fox’s, the first and only one in Manhattan, is open until 9 p.m. (Monday



through Saturday, until 7 p.m. on Sunday), contrasted with the much earlier closing time of other branches. (Fox’s is in Brooklyn and Queens in the metro area, plus more outlying areas/states.) If you like to sparkle plenty, you’ll love this place, with its preponderance of embellished fashions. Find lots of sequins, studs, silver stitch-work, faceted beads and other frills and furbelows glamming up the goods. Like bold in-your-face baubles? As the old Prego commercials (sorta) went, they’re all in there. Jazzed-up jeans? Check. But there are also classic tailored pieces, even genteel ones, among the glitz. Consider the soft, like “buttah,” wool-witha-touch-of-cashmere-and-nylon fitted blazers by Louben in a gentle sky blue, camel or chartreuse. Featuring a neat notched lapel, side slash-pockets and a single button closure, the garment’s body-conscious fit follows the contours of the waist and hips. Perfect for a mild spring day, the silky-lined lightweight jacket is $99.99 (“compare at $348” invites the tag). It’s still glove weather, however, and if you can use an extra pair, check out the your-choice-$19 selection by International Leather Industries. I’d say the gloves’ leather is glove soft, but that would be dopey, right? Let’s put it this way: These aren’t the ugly bulky kind you wear on frigid

days; they’re more chic and dressy accessories that at least cut the chill. Choices include a clean-lined style with no cluttering detail in mid-gray; a tomato red pair with a bowcentered gathering at the wrist; a glossy black-patent-leather pair with a thin plush lining; and mittens in chocolate or tomato with a thicker plush lining. Yeah, real leather mittens; go figure. Nicely transitional is the Elie Tahari pearl-gray knit cardigan in a creamy silk-and-cashmere blend with a graduated hemline – long in back, tapering upward in front. A spill of detailed-stitch-work ruffle accents one side of the softly draping shawl collar; $59, please. Skipping back to the spring stuff – the season kicks off in less than two weeks (wheee!) – there are diaphanous organdy Swiss-dotted sleeveless shirts by Double Zero. The see-through pale aqua fabric is made more demure by chest pockets, but it’s the kind of thing you’ll almost certainly wear over a camisole or tank – please, there are children on the street; $24. Now this screams better-days-are-coming: the P. Luca Milano skinny stretch jeans in sunshine yellow splashed with posies predominantly in pinky peach, brown, gold and white; $29. They’ll really see you walking down Broadway in these – so practice your strut and your smile.


ReelAbilities Kicks Off

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Festival ďŹ lms that portray people with disabilities in new ways By Beth Mellow


ales of European brothels and sex industry workers will hit the big screen as the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival kicks-off at the JCC Manhattan on the Upper West Side and at 23 other venues throughout New York City and surrounding areas on March 7th. The festival, which is in its fifth year, will feature three films that focus on themes of sexuality and disability, among a wide selection of documentaries, shorts, and narrative films on a variety of topics. Come as You Are, directed by Geoffrey Enthoven, and winner of The European Choice Awards People’s Choice Award, tells the story of three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. Six Points About Emma, directed by Robert Perez Toledo, is a feature film about a blind woman determined to get impregnated, while the documentary Scarlet Road, directed by Catherine Scott, follows Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton, who specializes in working with a population with various disabilities. Additionally, a dinner at the JCC Manhattan on Friday night will pay homage to director Ben Lewin, and his award-winning film The Sessions. Co-founder and director Isaac Zablocki feels that the festival provides a much-needed opportunity to explore the often overlooked subject matter. “It’s such an important topic — sexuality and disability — and it is often kept hidden in corners,� he said. It was these types of conversations that Zablocki wanted to inspire when he first created the ReelAbilities film festival five years ago. Working as the film director at the JCC Manhattan, Zablocki often had the opportunity to collaborate with his colleagues on programs for people with disabilities and began to gain a better understanding of this diverse community. He also started collecting films that were directed by or featured storylines around individuals living with disabilities. Wanting to share this wealth of content with others, Zablocki sought out the help of Anita Altman, an executive at the UJA Federation, to get the festival off the ground. “My goal was not to show blockbusters but to bring films to the community that they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to see and that would potentially impact the way

people think and feel,� Zablocki said. Stephen Wampler, who is the subject of one of this year’s featured documentaries, Wampler’s Ascent, directed by Jacques Spitzer, shares the same goal as Zablocki. Wampler, who has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound, invited Spitzer to film him as he took on the daunting feat of climbing the famous El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite Park (see sidebar). His main goal was to impress upon others that even living with disabilities, it is still possible to realize a dream. He explained, “I just want to help kids set goals and aspirations and believe that they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it.� Wampler, who is California-based and runs a camp that provides outdoor experiences for children with disabilities, is also one of the few United States-based participants in this year’s festival. Zablocki pointed out that this might have to do with the way in which Hollywood views disability. “It’s a frustration that we screen more films from Europe,� he said. “The American film industry is more commercial and the topic of disability is often something they don’t feel will do as well at the box office.� While we are not yet seeing a bevy of wide-release movies about disability in this country, the festival has succeeded in reaching an ever-widening audience of filmmakers and fans. In its first year, the selection committee, which is comprised of film professionals, individuals living with disabilities, and everyday film buffs, received one hundred submissions from around the world. This year, they received closer to three hundred. In addition, with the support of the Saul Schottstein Foundation B, the festival has expanded to 13 other cities across the United States. The festival, which runs through March 12th, will also include panels and special events, in addition to screenings.


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Stephen Wampler was in a rut. He had created a successful foundation that helped kids with disabilities experience the outdoors, but he wanted to reach many more people with his message that you can achieve any goal you set for yourself if you work really hard for it. He was on a trip to Yosemite Park when inspiration struck him. He explained, “I was sitting at the base of El Capitan and I was thinking it wouldn’t be hard to climb that.� Wampler, at this point in his life, had never climbed a mountain. He is also wheelchair-bound and has cerebral palsy. Nevertheless, he took on a rigorous training schedule that had him spending five hours a day at the gym five days a week for more than a year in preparation for his climb. He also invited videographer Jacques Spitzer to film his experiences for a documentary debuting at the Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival later this week, Wampler’s Ascent. Now that he has taken on this grand feat, Wampler has no future plans to climb mountains. He has another goal in mind “The most daunting challenge for me now is getting the movie out there and spreading the word to kids with disabilities that they can do anything if they set their mind to it,� Wampler said. “That’s more challenging than climbing El Capitan.� Wampler’s Ascent will be screened at the JCC Manhattan on the Upper West Side and three other locations in the New York-area.

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A Smooth NewYorker Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas is vocal about falling off stage, singing at the Superbowl, and his new album

“My father, lived, breathed, ate, drank and slept the paper. It’s not a business. It’s a life.”

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- Richard Kayatt Our Town founder and publisher Ed Kayatt pictured at rally to stop scientific testing on live animals. By Joshua Rosenau Ed Kayatt, founder and publisher of Our Town, died Sunday afternoon at the age of 90 at his home on the Upper East Side. Family, friends and colleagues remembered Kayatt as a vehement defender of the interests of Our Town’s readers over the span of his 30-year career as leader of the paper. Kayatt was inexperienced in newspapers when he started Our Town in 1970, but he grew the paper by focusing on local problems – from negligent landlords to crooked car mechanics to animal abuse. “Anybody could walk in. If you had a problem with your landlord, a justifiable problem, he’d be on the front page the next week,” son Richard Kayatt said. Richard Kayatt served as an assistant publisher alongside his father at the paper’s inception. Manhattan Media acquired the company in 1990. Straus News purchased it in January.

Irving Lepselter spent 15 years working under Kayatt, crafting the ‘Cityscape’ series of editorial cartoons. Lepselter said that he remembered Kayatt as a hard-nosed newspaperman with a soft spot for animals. “He had an office filled with creatures, with dogs he would take in and cats he would take in,” he said. “It looked like it was an animal shelter.” Arlene Kayatt, ex-wife and former investigative reporter at Our Town, described Kayatt as a firm but fair man, who commanded respect. “People respected him, but they also knew they didn’t want to do the wrong thing because they knew they’d be called on it.” Kayatt’s longtime companion Nancy Sexton was distraught over the loss. “He was the love of my life,” she said. Kayatt is survived by daughters Stacy, Julia, and Linda; and sons Richard, Michael and Lawrence.


ith hits like “Smooth”, “Push”, and most recently, “She’s So Mean”, Rob Thomas’ relatable lyrics and infectious beats have found a way into our ears and hearts for the past 17 years. With a mega-hit career with his band Matchbox Twenty as well as a solo venture, Thomas has written pop rock anthems that are part of our nostalgic memories. “We got to build up this fan base, and those 15-year-old kids are now 30. They grew up listening to our music, and now they got their kids listening. So I think that we kind of hit a sweet spot,” he said. Thomas is on tour with his bandmates Paul Doucette, Kyle Cool and Brian Yale for their newest, album, North, and is proud to call New York his hometown gig. When the 41-year old isn’t performing, he can be found dining at Pastis with his wife Marisol. How is playing a New York show different from anywhere else? I moved to New York 15 years ago. My wife is from Queens and we lived in the city for a while before we moved to Westchester. New York is the center of fashion, finance, culture, and food. Even before I moved here, New York, for me, was the epicenter of everything that makes life worth living. When you come here there’s an energy — it’s palpable. It was always an exciting place to play, but now, it’s my hometown show. Why do you think Matchbox Twenty is still relevant today? I think we’re relevant to the people who want to hear the music that we’re making. We came out at a time when people were selling records. You know what I mean? A record. Our shows are literally from tenyear-olds to sixty-year-olds.

Our Town published a cartoon of its staff done by artist Joe Belvedere in 1977. Depicted is columnist Cindy Adams, at center wearing pearls and talking on the phone. To the left of her is publisher Ed Kayatt, sitting at the desk in front of his then wife, editor Arlene Kayatt, and a cat. On the top far right with a microphone is Barry Gray, who had a radio show at the time, and next to him is Bette Dewing, who writes columns for the paper to this day.



Any funny stories from your current tour? I fell off the stage the other night. I don’t know if it’s funny or if it’s tragic that now that I’m 41 my equilibrium is all out of whack. The stairs weren’t in a normal place; I turned around and face-planted right off

the stage. I don’t think anybody saw it - and it was a big fall. I’m not that kind of celebrity, so I don’t even know that anybody _bout it. How do you think the music industry has changed? Oh man, how has it not changed? Now, if you’re an 18-year-old kid with 3 million Facebook followers, you’re probably more savvy in this new social network music media world than somebody like me whose been doing it for 17 years. It’s funny to think that when I put out my first solo record and Matchbox put out our greatest hits record, Twitter didn’t exist. Now it’s so ubiquitous and the way that you hype everything. How was singing at the Superbowl? Oh, that was fun. Even for most of us who aren’t even football fans. It’s something that’s even bigger than the game. It’s this moment in the time that the entire world is paying attention to. Any chance you get to sit there and watch these people who are literally at the top of their game do what they do, it’s really exciting. It’s awe-inspiring to see someone who is built by God to do something. What’s on your iPod? A little bit of everything. A lot of jazz. A lot of My Morning Jacket. Is there really going to be a Matchbox Twenty cruise at the end of the year? Yeah. [Laughs] It’s literally the last thing we’re gonna do at the end of this year before we take a break and figure out what our next move is. At some point we were sitting around having beers and the offer came to us and Paul said, “It’s us for three days on a boat — we play some music and drink a lot. Doesn’t that sound like a good way to end everything?” I couldn’t argue with him. The truth is I would never go on a cruise on my own. I said I would never go on a cruise even if someone paid me. Well I guess I would.



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Star Power at BAM Isabelle Adjani lionized in Techine’s lost masterpiece By Armond White


sabelle Adjani’s screen work is ethereal yet passionate. Once compared to James Dean at the time of her breakthrough role in Francois Truffaut’s 1975 The Story of Adele H., her artistry most resembles Lillian Gish’s but less maidenly and always open to a streak of madness. As a movie star, Adjani doesn’t embody her times so much as the cinema itself. This proposition inspires “ADJANI” the two-week tribute to the French actress at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Cinematek. It starts with one of her most amazing films: Andre Techine’s 1979 The Bronte Sisters. (March 8, though not



shown in the U.S. since appearing at a French Film Festival at the 57th Street Playhouse in 1980). This exceptional biopic was made at the prodigious height of Techine’s directorial commencement—a prestige project bringing Adjani together with France’s other Isabelle, Huppert. Techine included Marie-France Pisier, the scene-stealer of his 1975 French Provincial, to respectively portray Emily, Anne and Charlotte, Britain’s trio of romantic gothic authors. It is through these actresses that Techine examines the mysteries of artistic creation, anchored to Emily Bronte’s legend as both the author of Wuthering Heights and the key figure of her family’s tormented heritage. It is Adjani who

provides the film’s touchstone of artistic consciousness, tromping the moors in male attire, a wild spirit like both Cathy and Heathcliff. Iconic before the word became a degraded synonym for “famous,” Adjani carries the memory of Adele H. into the turbulent Bronte household. Techine uses Adjani, the cinema’s most intense actress, to reveal the emotional conflicts of a hermetic creative family. Her co-stars enlarge and deeper the exploration: Huppert’s Anne presents a placid yet vexed surface, Pisier’s older, grave Charlotte bears quietly grave witness to the mix of anxiety, desire and artistic drive-the compulsion to express one’s self as in the case of brother Branwell Bronte (played by Pascal Greggory). An additional co-star is Techine’s mentor, the semiotician Roland Barthes who as William Makepeace Thackeray escorts Charlotte into the cultural canon in an astonishing sequence set to Rossini’s Tancrede. Barthes/Thackeray pronounces Techine‘s credo: “Life is so unfathomable. I never managed to grasp a notion of its tricks on us. It takes forever, that’s why youthful works are always full of errors. Life is too short for art. We need much more time to harden our shell. Hard and shiny. Ironically it’s often shiny, rarely hard.” As in French provincial, Techine evokes the history of cinema’s literary past so that the memory of Adele H., Barry Lyndon, Violette Noziere interacts with the classic films of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. This makes The Bronte Sisters a philological as well as romantic work. Each actor, especially Adjani, displays swoon-worthy, melodramatic aplomb in tandem with the film’s intellectual rigor. A moment where Emily and Charlotte argue on opposite sides of a door distills the emotional power of Ingmar Bergman‘s Cries and Whispers. Techine’s use of film lore follows French New Wave scholarship, (a test for art movie connoisseurs), but advances it into thrilling postmodern sophistication. This is simply one of the greatest-looking movies ever made. Bruno Nuytten’s crystalline photography ranks with the visionary peaks of Cries and Whispers, Adele H. and Barry Lyndon— every scene an unforgettable tableau that honors the Brontes’ as heroes of human loyalty and artistic ambition. Hard and shiny as per Barthes, yet achingly beautiful, too. This testament to suffering, creativity and love looks forward to Terence Davies’ The Long Day Closes. Even though Techine left this closed style for a more open, exploratory approach, this hones in on the essence of art practice which is the quintessence of Adjani’s craft and star power. Don’t miss the intensity Adjani brings to Walter Hill’s The Driver (March 9), Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu, the Vampire (March 16) and Patrice Chereau’s Queen Margot. (March 21) Follow Armond White on Twitter at 3xchair



Asian Overtures New artists and new promise in Guggenheim overview By Kate Prengel


t’s exciting to walk into the Guggenheim’s new contemporary South Asian exhibit “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.” There’s the glitter of silver, the sheen of gold, and the vibrant colors of a wall-to-wall mural: and there’s the promise of a show full of that region’s new artists, fresh to many of our American eyes. After the first excitement fades you may ask yourself how, exactly, the Guggenheim selected its artists? Who picked the rather vapid spray of volcanic ash that takes up a whole wall in the last room? (Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo’s Volcanic Ash Series #4). And who decided that the show absolutely needed something, anything to do with the War on Terror and neo-colonialism, and then ticked both those boxes with Norberto Roldan’s F16, which juxtaposes an

Afghan bombing with William McKinley’s speech about colonizing the Philippines? Both pieces are interesting enough; but it’s hard to believe that they represent “some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today.” Which is really all we should have in a show so small, and so geographically ambitious. Some of the show does, indeed, live up to the hype. Navin Rawanchaikul’s mural, Places of Rebirth, tells the story of the artist’s trip to his ancestral Pakistan along with his Japanese wife and their daughter. The mural has the look of a Bollywood poster, complete with credits for the entire cast; it manages to be playful, political, and highly personal. Four Pieces of White, by the husband-andwife team Wah Nu and Tin Win Aung, is another stand-out. The series shows Aung San, Myanmar’s independence hero and father of Aung San Suu Kyi, in painting and sculpture and grainy video. Whatever the format, Aung San is blurred and distant as any collective memory. You may know everything, or nothing about him; this series will make you think of your own lost heroes. Vincent Leong’s Keeping Up With the Abdullahs #1 and #2 show two families –

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, through May 22.

one ethnically Chinese, the other ethnically Indian – from Malaysia’s minority groups. Both families are dressed in Islamic clothing, Four Pieces of White by Wah Nu and Tin Win Aung hinting at the pressure to fit in with Malaysia’s Muslim a large glass table, set with a bottle of milk; majority. And yet, these photos would work below it is a much smaller glass table. The regardless of what the audience knows about caption helpfully explains that the piece Malaysian clothes. The subjects stare out at “references a story from traditional teochow us, each person a complete individual and opera in which a young boy experiences a yet completely a part of the family group. humbling moment of enlightenment at the They’re universal. sight of a genuflecting baby goat suckling The same cannot be said, alas, for Tang at its mother.” For some visitors, this will Da Wu’s Our Children. How you feel about appeal. Others will feel that art should not this piece will probably depend on how need to be decoded. Sometimes, a little bit of much you like reading captions. The work is cleverness goes a long way.


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Park’s Violation Park Chan-wook’s Stoker buries movie love By Armond White


s we witness the death of cinephilia, movies like Stoker pop up to remind us how deeply we’ve buried originality, inspiration and sincerity. In Stoker’s story of a teenage girl’s erotic and murderous awakening, India (Mia Wasikowska) endures her father’s funeral by rejecting her grieving mother (Nicole Kidman) and succumbing to the sinister charms of Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), her father’s estranged weird brother. The Uncle Charlie figure is meant to echo the Merry Widow serial killer played by Joseph Cotton in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1945 Shadow of a Doubt—a steal as obvious as the insects crawling up India‘s legs and the soft-core shower scene are meant to evoke Brian DePalma’s 1976 Carrie. These are not just film-buff references; they’re careless allusions intended to excite semi-cinemaliterate viewers. With the death of cinephilia, corrupted old movie tropes become a crutch for naïve audiences and critics who can’t discern sloppy narrative craft yet are fooled by something that seems vaguely classical or mythic. Quentin Tarantino, master of the aberrant movie reference, is the top-hatted undertaker for the death of cinephilia era while South Korean Park Chan-wook, the director of Stoker, is merely a pallbearer. Park’s movie references are even more promiscuous than Tarantino’s. India’s menarche recalls lots of better movies on the subject only because there are so many, not because Stoker has deep, comprehensive insight. It feels like Park was simply tallying movie references as if to fill a quota for his English language debut feature.


That’s why everything in Stoker—from time-lapse bucolic montages to India’s collection of Saddle-Oxfords—is so familiar yet patently artificial. A true cineaste would understand that Shadow of a Doubt’s apprehensive observation of genteel Americana doesn’t match with the hysterical nihilism of American Beauty. For Park, both are equal because, like Tarantino, he is more interested in artifice than in sociological, psychological truth or cultural coherence. Park may not be sensitive to the blather in Wentworth Miller’s script (“To become an adult is to become free”) that seems to be working out the same transgressive vengeance against “the family” as The Deep End and Savage Beauty but he’s not a realistic director anyway. The death of the American family means less here the death of meaningful movie archetypes. Park specializes in sadistic montages, devising elaborate fantasies of torture and brutality-even when his set-ups are stylishly hokey: in a chic but shabby motel room, a country road outside a retro diner or a mother/ daughter hair-brushing scene that matchdissolve into a reed-filled wilderness. In Stoker, Park plays with ideas of nature, death, puberty, incest out of wantonness. Rather than explore Miller’s cynical clichés, Park indulges his own cruel perversities. Culture-vulture Kidman gets paid-back with a doggy-style matricide in a baroque mansion. Her musical motif is “Summer Wine” by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood—inauthentic 60s camp signaling Park’s Tarantino cluelessness. But it is indeed the S&M master of Old Boy and Thirst who stages India’s rape memory as a shower scene-masturbation-murder-orgasm kinetic puzzle. Stoker is one long montage of artmovie clichés. Due to the death of cinephilia, perversity gets mistaken for originality. Follow Armond White on Twitter at 3xchair


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Jigsaw-Puzzle Japanese A great meal comes in many shapes and sizes at Ootoya By Regan Hofmann


hen the Tokyo chain sometimes called the Denny’s of Japan for its sheer ubiquity (somewhat unfairly, as what, then, are we supposed to call the many Dennyses—yes, the Denny’s—that also thrive there?) announced it was opening its first U.S. branch on a side street off Union Square, a cheer went up from the city’s ex-pat and wannabe communities. Offering a type of quickservice comfort food not readily available in a city now teeming with sushi palaces, izakayas, soba-yas and enough ramen to ensnarl all of the MTA, Ootoya (8 W. 18th St., both eases the patriot’s dreams of home and checks another box on the foodie’s To Eat list. But even for those who don’t have a burning desire to eat natto or dream of a curry don the way mom used to make, the restaurant has much to offer. The gimmick here is that every entree is available as the centerpiece of a set meal called teishoku. Delivered all at once to maximize the busy office worker’s precious time, the meal covers a lacquer tray with a swath of seemingly interlocking receptacles. Lift the rounded lid on a black bowl to reveal miso soup, steam curling gently upward. Arrayed on a chunky white saucer is a rainbow of nukazuke pickles, which are fermented in rice bran rather than the usual brine. And what’s in that delicate ceramic basket, a miniature replica of a 19th-century snake charmer’s? Surprise! It’s chawanmushi, a delicate, savory egg custard. While it’s perfectly reasonable to assemble a meal from the menu’s assortment of small dishes, sushi, grilled skewers and entrees, the teishoku set provides the most instant gratification, as well as an insurance policy against more adventurous orders. Never had tororo, mountain yam that’s been grated and



whipped to a slippery frenzy, a common Japanese topping for soba and more? Order the hanabi don anyway, a rice bowl that comes loaded with slices of sashimi, soy beans, okra, a soft-cooked egg and a cloud of the snow-white tuber, safe in the knowledge that you’ve got basically a second meal waiting in the wings if it’s not to your taste. (But if textural contrasts excite you, it almost certainly will be. Give the whole thing a good stir to get warm rice, cool fish, crunchy veg and silky egg yolk all in one bite.) For those ready to move forward sans safety net, the small dishes that make up the first half of the overwhelmingly long menu yield unusually big returns. A concise list of yakitori contains the ever-elusive tail, a tantalizing morsel of crunchy skin and fat, as well as tsukune, a chicken meatball served with a small bowl containing a single egg yolk for dipping. It’s one of the best renditions in the city, better than some dedicated houses can dream of. That grill also transforms non-skewered meats, including a tender beef tongue, a number of mackerel never given their due in American cooking and pork belly. Ignore the candyland warning signals set off by a cinnamon-marinated version; the only sweetness comes from the fatty meat itself, the spice a surprisingly perfect savory fit. And then there’s the fryer, which turns out a perfectly bronzed breaded pork cutlet, presented atop the traditional wire grate to keep the underside from sogging up against the plate. It’s the perfect design solution to a problem you didn’t know you had. The Denny’s moniker is not only unfair to Japan’s Denny’s outlets, it vastly maligns the experience at Ootoya. The interior is coolly wood-lined, with an elegant bar up front and a more convivial, wider bar in the main dining room behind which the merrily industrial kitchen can be glimpsed. Cold sake comes in glass decanters balanced in a bowl of ice, a single chrysanthemum placed daintily alongside. Modernist steel latticework stands in for shoji screens, separating tables and covering the soaring vent above the yakitori grill. You’ve never had a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n’ Fruity in a place like this.




The 4th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards

Robert Verdi will be hosting this years Fashion 2.0 Awards, an event that seeks to honor and distinguish innovative online fashion brands. This black tie event promises to be both stylish and exciting! For the $75 price, you will be able to attend the 6:30 VIP Cocktail Reception and red carpet. Don’t miss out!


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FREE: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators, 5 p.m., $10-$55. The Armory Show is turning 100 and the Hullaballoo Collective could not be more excited about attending the event! This feature of the Fountain Art Fair is expected to be anything but ordinary. The Hullaballoo Collective artists plan to take an unruly style to the next level to create “a wild swath of the arts today”.

Snacks for Easter Eataly, 200 5th Avenue,, 212-539-0204, 2 p.m., $75. It’s about that time to get the chocolate eggs and bunnies ready for their Easter baskets. Why not make them yourselves at this special chocolate making class at none other than Eataly. Chocolate expert Francine Segan, trained at Perugina’s La Scuola del Cioccolato in Italy, will teach you to make home-made Baci while tasting other delicious treats for inspiration. It’s a sweet deal!

Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St.,, 6:15 p.m., $60, 21+. The Coney Island USA annual Spring Gala is always an entertaining night for a great cause. This year, on top of raising funds for the Mermaid Parade, this event will be raising funds for the Coney Island theater and museum that were utterly destroyed by Sandy. The “Burlesque Manifesto” theme of the night will serve to honor Coney Island USA as a beacon for the neo-burlesque movement that is ever so popular today.

FREE: Organist Performance Draeel Hall at Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.,, 3 p.m. Gail Archer is an internationally renowned concert organist who is lending her talents to The Muses Voice: A Celebration of International Women Composers. The New York Times hailed, “she played with an agility that met the music’s coloristic and rhythmic demands”. What praises will you have…

Union Square Park- North Plaza, East 14th St.,, 11 a.m. Ever look inside your makeup bag and only see clutter? Make Up For Ever’s professional team can help you with that. If you book a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with a professional artist, they will take a look inside your makeup bag to evaluate both what you have and how you can use such items to create the best and most pleasing look for you!

iNtecollectuals ◄The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th St.,, 8 p.m., $15. This highly original sketch comedy group have decided to leave the warm and sun of Venice Beach to take on, for the first time, the city that never sleeps. The iNtecollectuals combine wit, edge, and 80’s music in a way that keeps you laughing and entertained the entire time. The party doesn’t stop their either, stick around after the show to drink and chat with this compelling cast!

Scold the Cold Mae Mae Cafe, Hudson St. & Vandam St.,, 5:30 p.m., $40. There is a 10-year-old boy out there who has always felt bad about seeing homeless people on the street and has decided to take action against it. Come to the dine around event at Mae Mae Cafe in which great restaurants will be setting up stations to serve delicious food in which all proceeds goes towards Home for Homeless and City Harvest. Don’t let this young kid with a big heart down!

Flight of the Butterflies American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.,, 2:30 p.m., free-$25. Flight of the Butterflies is an Imax journey that will take you on the 3,000 mile adventure with half a billion Monarch butterflies. Ranking as the longest insect migration on Earth, you can’t miss this chance the see how these beautiful creatures voyage from Canada to the US to Mexico.

Designing for Collectors… Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,, 7 p.m., $10. …with Eric Cohler. As an interior designer, your commission is highly affected by what the client collects. Collector and interior designer Eric Cohler will be taking the time to discuss how the key to creating an impressive space involves the combination of art, interiors, fixtures, and interestingly enough the homeowner’s personality. You must attend to learn more…

FREE: A Taste of St. Patrick’s Day

Joseph Drouhin Wine Dinner

Dean & Deluca Cafe, 560 Broadway,, 11 a.m. The Good Food Ireland is exciting to be making their USA debut at Dean & DeLuca just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! You will be able to learn about, sample, and if you so choose buy delicious authentic Irish food beyond compare.

David Burke Kitchen- The Garden, 23 Grand St.,, 212-201-9119, 7 p.m., $125, 21+. In the mood to be wined and dined? David Burke Kitchen is inviting you to share in a four course prix-fixe dinner featuring the exquisite wines of Joseph Drouhin. If Grilled Softshell Crab Salad or JuniperRoasted Loin of Venison tug at your taste buds make a reservation (by calling the number above) today!

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Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd St.,, 10 a.m., free-$11. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is offering young children the fun opportunity to learn about/use the senses. By creating the collage of a face, these young learners will develop expressive vocabulary skills, shape and color recognition, and sensory and creative expression. What better way to learn than by playing and having fun!, 7:30 p.m. When you need to unwind, many people turn to sport or meditation. By attending the Sport & Meditation portion of the Festival of Meditation and Spirituality, you can learn how to follow in the footsteps of amazing athletes and infuse the two into one powerful experience.


The Kinsale Tavern, 1672 3rd Avenue,, 7 p.m. This Irish pub is the perfect spot to grab a pint and a bite to each while watching the New York Rangers take on the Ottawa Senators. Go Rangers!

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The OTTYs are a wonderful idea to encourage and recognize New Yorkers who take pride in what they do, how they work and their achievements, whether paid for or volunteered. And we can express our pride in them by supporting their names for OTTY awards. Each and every year of the 29 years since I co-founded and have led the East 79 Street Neighborhood Association, I have met and admired a number of people whom I felt proud to nominate for an OTTY; and this year is no exception. I send names for each OTTY category of people who stand out from their colleagues in the way they think, relate, and demonstrate that they truly care about the business or residential community in which they participate. These are people who work the extra mile, take that extra challenge, do that unexpected, generous and often anonymous action that benefits many others. So it is important at a time when the media is overwhelmed with reporting of daily, horrific news, that there be an OTTYs opportunity to recognize and publicize positive, inspirational efforts and behavior. I thank Our Town for continuing its OTTY Awards each year. - Betty Cooper Wallerstein



I follow crime news on the Upper East Side in both Our Town and DNAInfo. com, which is not easy to do because it is only sporadically covered. I was intrigued by your article, “76 Percent of Stop and Frisks are Minorities in 19th Precinct” (OT, February 14th, 2013) .As a member of the 19th Precinct Community Council and the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association, I support the NYPD’s Stop, Question and Frisk Policy because it deters crime and saves lives. Without this policy the crime rate in the city would sky rocket. Who wants crime to go up? Nobody! Stop, Question and Frisk is based upon the descriptions of perpetrators provided by crime victims. It is a tragedy that such a marked percentage of persons stopped by the NYPD are people of color. The Upper East Side is not necessarily safe for women: iPhone theft, purse snatchings, sexual violence, burglaries, auto larcenies, and cyber crime are fairly commonplace here. We often hear that crime is down but I think that crime information is not fully reported to the public (dare I say suppressed by the Bloomberg administration) because of an economic fear that newcomers and tourists to the city would stay away from New York. Whatever the case, there should be more, not less, crime information published in Our Town and on the six o’clock news. By doing so, the community can develop defensive strategies on how to avoid becoming a crime statistic. Andrea K. Zimmermann


Tips for Choosing the Right Summer Camp for Your Child You are beginning to search for a summer camp for your child, but with all the options, how do you choose? The good news is there is a camp for every child with any interest. This year marks the 150th anniversary of summer camp. For generations, camp has been providing children with the opportunity to take part in new activities, learn life skills such as self esteem, leadership and confidence, and participate in hands on learning. The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey recommends that families consider the following when sorting through the many summer camp choices: Philosophy and Program Emphasis – Each camp is unique, and provides unique programming and approaches. Families need to consider carefully whether or not the camp’s philosophy matches their own. Asking questions about learning approaches, how behavioral and disciplinary problems are handled, and how adjustment issues are addressed will give families a better understanding of the camp’s position. Don’t be afraid to ask about policies regarding discipline and communication. The more open families are with camp directors, the better informed they will be when it comes to making a decision. There is a camp for every child but not every camp is for every child – Know your child’s interests. There are so many camps to choose from but it is important to match your child with a camp that has programs that interest him or her. Involve the Camper – It’s crucial for families to involve the camper in decisions about camp. Search camps online together and take a tour of the camp with your child. The more involved children are in the process, the more ownership they feel. This helps ease concerns about camp, and can help make a child’s camp experience more successful. Training and Education – Don’t be shy about asking for the education and background for the camp director and staff. The American Camp Association recommends directors possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed in-service training within the past three years, and have at least sixteen weeks of camp administrative experience before assuming the responsibilities of director. At a minimum, camp staff should be trained in safety regulations, emergency procedures and communication, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, appropriate staff and camper behavior, and specific procedures for supervision. Families should ask about camper-to-staff ratios, and supervision in cabins and for various activities, like swimming and athletics. Day camp or resident camp? Consider your child’s age and if your child has had good overnight experiences away from home. This can help you make an informed decision. Cost – It’s hard to put a price tag on children’s learning and growth, but parents certainly have their family budgets to think about when considering camp. The good news is that there is a camp program to fit nearly every budget. Parents can search Shorashim is a non-profit organization the American Camp Association, New devoted to building bridges between York and New Jersey’s camp database www. young North Americans and Israelis. to search camps by cost. They offer a variety of summer Some offer payment plans and sibling programs for high school students discounts. including opportunities to discover References – Don’t be afraid to ask for Jewish roots in Spain or Poland and references. This is generally one of the best a three-week Israel Adventure ways to check a camp’s reputation and service program. All Shorashim programs record. Ask if the camp is accredited. ACA emphasize “mifgash” – Americans accreditation is the best evidence parents and Israelis living and learning have of a camp’s commitment to providing together. a safe and nurturing environment for their “What makes Shorashim special,” children. according to Executive Director Susie Lupert, Executive Director of the Adam Stewart, “is that it starts with the American Camp Association, New York and connection between people and New Jersey said, “It is important for parents continues as a life-long connection to to research a camp to make sure it will be the Israel and to Jewish identity. More right fit for their child. Families should have information about Shorashim’s honest conversations with camp directors programs can be found online at about what they are looking for and inquire , or by contacting about the camp’s mission and program.” or 312-267-0677.



VANDERBILT YMCA KICKS-OFF 2013 ‘STRONG KIDS’ CAMPAIGN ANNUAL FUND-RAISER GOAL OF $254,489 “I will run for Congress someday,” Guest Speaker, Sebastian Franco vowed at the Vanderbilt YMCA’s ‘Strong Kids’ Campaign kick-off on January 29th at their 47th Street location. The college student explained how his participation in the ‘Strong Kids’ “Youth & Government” program shaped his ambitious political interests, “The Y showed me this is something I want to do with my life.” Franco also credited the charity and the campaign for giving both inspiration and direction to him, “The Y sparked the fuse for me to follow up on what I wanted to do and how I would do it.” Earlier in the evening, details of the annual fund-raiser were disseminated to the audience. Contributions ensure that no child, adult or family is turned away from life-enhancing YMCA programs because of the inability to pay. Each year the Vanderbilt YMCA provides financial assistance and because these requests are now rising to unprecedented levels, the Vanderbilt YMCA wants to be there to meet them. The new Director of Fund Development and Communications, Mary S. Park said, “The Vanderbilt YMCA exists to promote healthy development of local kids, adults and families regardless of their financial means.” Park continued, “The goal this year is $254,489 and each dollar contributed to the Vanderbilt YMCA ‘Strong Kids’ Campaign goes directly to making YMCA programs and memberships available to those in need.”

Vanderbilt YMCA Director of Fund Development & Communications, Mary. S. Park

Tax-deductible donations for the ‘Strong Kids’ Campaign may be made online, via electronic funds transfer, or through check or money order, made payable to “Vanderbilt YMCA” and mailed directly to 224 East 47th Street, New York, New York 10017. To learn more about the ‘Strong Kids’ campaign or the services provided, please contact the Vanderbilt YMCA at (212) 912-2500 or visit the website


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OUR TOWN THANKS YOU The OTTY Awards have become an annual tradition anticipated by many in the Upper East Side community as a celebration of what makes the neighborhood great. (See the Letter to the Editor

by Betty Cooper Wallerstein on page 14.) OTTY stands for Our Town Thanks You - they are an opportunity to show the entire community’s gratitude to the people who work tirelessly, selflessly and

often thanklessly to improve the lives of their neighbors and the character of their neighborhood. Our group of honorees this year includes the City Council members whose districts combined cover the entire Upper East Side, as well as a people who have contributed to the neighborhood in less visible but incredibly important ways. It’s sometimes easy to forget that when you talking about a city the size

of New York, you’re really talking about distinct neighborhoods that make up its unique fabric. For years Our Town has proudly focused on covering the important local news and community feature stories that matter to New Yorkers who call the East Side home. We’re incredibly excited to continue that tradition and expand the coverage of this great neighborhood.

East Siders of the Year City Council Members Dan Garodnick and Jessica Lappin exemplify the Upper East Side spirit By Joanna Fantozzi

Dan Garodnick This year for the first time ever, the East Sider and Jessica Lappin of the Year Award will be shared by two significant Upper East Siders of the Year politicians and community members: Council running for Manhattan borough president, Members Dan Garodnick and already has support from people like and Jessica Lappin. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and These two will often say that although Assembly Members Dan Quart and Micah they share a borderline in their districts Kellner, as well as having raised almost on the East Side, these borders are often $900,000 already. blurred. Garodnick and Lappin are the “We’re very actively engaging voters type of people who have worked tirelessly and starting to talk about the issues,” said together in 2012 on issues like fighting the Lappin. “I love the chance to meet new Marine Transfer Station on the Upper East people, talk about issues and get to know Side, which would add a waste disposal people. ” plant to the area around Asphalt Green, a Lappin was drawn to politics as a student beloved recreational facility. They are also in high school when she attended a march the type of politicians who walk up and on Washington for women’s rights. From down the blocks of the Upper East Side in there, she worked for various politicians search of a facility for a new middle school. including Senator Moynihan and Gifford As for working together, Gerodnick Miller, who was her predecessor. jokingly asked who had gotten more points As City Councilwoman of District or votes in the “race” for East Sider of the Five, Lappin has always taken her roots year. But he said that Lappin has been a seriously, focusing on the issue that drew great partner. Lappin agrees, and said that her into politics: women’s rights. In fact, Garodnick has always been a great and one of her most proud accomplishments efficient City Councilman, and that they has been the Crisis Pregnancy Center Bill, have blurred district lines while working which was passed in 2011, and is waiting together over the better part of a decade. on a decision in the district courts. The bill Jessica Lappin has represented the would regulate these centers that, Lappin Upper East Side in the city council for seven years. This year, she is trying to make said, are often dishonest with pregnant women, in attempting to convince them an even bigger difference in New York by THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013


not to get an abortion. She was surprised, she said, when she learned that there were a couple of these centers on the Upper East Side. “The right has tried to roll back women’s rights and its important for us on the left to not allow them to gain ground,” said Lappin. “People had told me ‘there’s nothing you can do on the local level to advance women’s rights’, but I didn’t believe them.” Lappin also has focused on senior citizens as chair of the aging committee, who have become an increasingly larger part of the city’s population. “We want to protect the most vulnerable population,” said Lappin. “This year we got the mayor to agree to baseline money for senior citizens.” Lappin is also extremely proud of the parks and schools that have opened on her watch, including P.S. 267, on York Ave. and East 78th Street, and P.S. 151 on East 88th Street, which both opened in 2010, as well as P.S. 527 on East 91st Street, which opened this year. She also said that there is a fourth school under construction, which will open in he fall. She is committed, she said, to keeping parents living on both the Upper East Side, and in the city. Councilman Dan Garodnick, like his colleague, has also focused on creating schools and parks in his district. He worked on creating a school in Midtown at 35th St. and First Ave. that will be opening in September, as well as working to plan for a revived East River esplanade, that would run along the waterfront in midtown and the Upper East Side. He also said that he is committed to opening a new middle school on the Upper East Side, despite not yet having a location. “One of the biggest frustrations New Yorkers have is when they feel like the city isn’t addressing the needs of their kids,” said Garodnick. “You have overcrowding in schools, you feel like the parents

themselves have to push the city to build new schools.” Garodnick, a lifelong East sider, began his career as a lawyer, and has always wanted to be a public servant. After dabbling in political campaigns, and coming back from law school, he saw a vacancy in the city council when Eva Moskowitz left in 2005, and ran with it. As City Councilman, Garodnick has been particularly proud of his accomplishments that affect New Yorkers citywide, and not just on the Upper East Side, including environmental impact bills, and tenant’s rights. He also passed a bill that protects whistleblowers who are pointing out corruption in city government from getting penalized. He is the author of the city’s first green energy code, which is all part of the mayor’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. “Even small things, like a mandate for new commercial and school construction to have censors that automatically turn off lights,” said Garodnick. “It comes out of a concern for the New York City environment locally and broadly and a worry that we’re on the wrong path and a hope that we can be a leader in reforms for other cities.” But Garodnick points to his efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as one of his proudest moments this year. Every day for four days after the hurricane, he and his team went literally door to door in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and along the waterfront, to make sure that people had enough food and supplies. “I hope we will have a neighborhood in which people feel like the city is working for them, and is highly functional,” said Garodnick. “Whether it’s mass transit or the schools or the need to afford affordable housing. East siders have a government that’s addressing their needs.”


The Mount Sinai Medical Center Congratulates Councilwoman Jessica Lappin East Sider of the Year

Councilman Dan Garodnick East Sider of the Year

Ma Baney Administrative Director/HIV Services The Mount Sinai Medical Center Health Care Pro


all of the OTTY Award Recipients

Kenneth L. Davis, MD President and Chief Executive Officer The Mount Sinai Medical Center Dennis S. Charney, MD Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



David L. Reich, MD Interim President and Chief Operating Officer The Mount Sinai Hospital



John Muniz, The Hospital’s Doctor By Vanesa Vennard In emergency rooms, doctors and nurses seem to be on call 24/7, working odd hours for several patients. But when it comes to emergencies with the hospital itself, John Muniz, Director of Engineering at Beth Israel, is the one on call. “My patient is the hospital, the actual infrastructure,” said Muniz, who started at Beth Israel in 2006. “I take great pleasure in the responsibility of my job.” Muniz handles all things electrical and mechanical, along with the generators, air handlers and plumbing. And his dedication to his patient, Beth Israel, is the reason it withstood the power outages on the east side of Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. The Sunday before Sandy hit, he didn’t panic. Instead, he braced for the worse. Muniz made sure there were sandbags in

front of the hospital and plywood on the windows. He also got four water pumps in case of flooding. And he scheduled a test for Beth Israel’s 10 generators to make sure they were running properly. “Thank God we made sure the generators were fine,” he said. “Sure enough that Monday we needed the generators on because we lost all power.” Muniz said he slept on the floor of his office during Sandy, as he and his staff kept an eye on the generators to make sure they held up. As neighboring hospitals lost power, such as New York University’s Bellevue Medical Center, patients were being sent to Beth Israel. “Our emergency room was packed, it was just packed,” he said. “It was my commitment to make sure we stayed open and all the generators stayed running and we were getting additional fuel deliveries.”

Father Witt, S.J., Revamps the Upper East Side’s Spirit By Vanesa Vennard Before Father George Witt, S.J. was prepping for his services at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, he was teaching English and religious education at Saint Agnes Boys High School for 10 years. Though Witt says there is certainly teaching involved with ministry, the church offers a broader and more inclusive subject matter. “There was this sense that the teaching was good and I enjoyed it but God was calling me to something more, a life of ordained ministry in the church,” he said. Father Witt, who earned his master’s degree in divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., has been serving as a pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish since 2009. And since then, he has been adjusting nicely from teaching to preaching. When Witt came to St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in the Upper East Side, the church was going through major restorations that started with the previous pastor. Witt made


sure the restorations were completed and he oversaw a revamping of the heater and air conditioning units in the church, a $2.4 million project. Aside from restoration, Witt is also heavily involved with community outreach, especially among other parishes. The church holds food collections with Saint Gregory the Great Church and recently held a toy drive during Christmas for a parish in Staten Island in light of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. And within St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Witt wanted to make sure there was ministry for people of all ages. Originally the parish had young adult ministries and a ministry for families with their children. But Witt started a group for people in their 40s and a group for people 50 and over called “Boomers & Beyond.” “The place is really alive. Our enrollment, the number of parishioners over these last five years has really gone up,” he said. “Physically the place has been revamped. That’s the kind of stuff that I


Though Muniz credits his staff constantly, his assistant Tony Renteria had no hesitations when it came to speaking on behalf of Muniz’s leadership, especially during Sandy. “In emergencies, you need a leader who can think on their feet,” Renteria said. Renteria has been Muniz’s assistant for two years. However, in the late 90s, Renteria was the Director of Engineering for Cabrini Medical Center and Muniz worked under Renteria. Working together again with the roles reversed, Renteria said he John Muniz couldn’t be happier. “I’m proud to work under his leadership,” Health Care Renteria said of Muniz. Pro “He’s very humble. He’s got leadership skills that are second to none.“ Muniz has been working in hospitals since 1979. His commitment to his crew At one point, one of the generators and the patients who depend on the stopped working. But within an hour and a infrastructure of Beth Israel to be intact half, Muniz said he and his team managed keep Muniz going. to get the generator repaired and running “It’s a very hectic job, very demanding again. but I love what I do,” he said. “If I get called “It was chaotic but I wasn’t alone, it was into the hospital I’m here, I’m always here. a team effort with my managers here and If they need me, I’m here.” workers that stayed through,” Muniz said.

places of worship on Sundays. Afterward they get together to discuss what they learned. “We may have some distinctions on how we understand God, how we understand what exactly happens in worship, but you’re talking about good people who are seeking God,” he said. “And if we can’t talk to one another and try to understand one another, we’re in deep trouble.” In the past, Witt has served as a deacon and spiritual director at St. Benedict’s Parish Father George for the Deaf in San Francisco. He also Witt served for two years as a retreat minister at the St. Clergy Ignatius Loyola Retreat House in Long Island, leading people on days and weekends of prayer. Witt says St. Ignatius Loyola Parish will think is really a contribution here to the continue to work with other parishes and community on the Upper East Side.” organizations to better the community and Witt emphasizes the importance the lives of the people living in it. of interfaith work and started an adult “It’s very gratifying,” he said. “I can’t group that meets with the Park Avenue imagine a better work that anybody would Synagogue. He also participates with My have than to be preaching God’s word.” Faith Your Faith, in which Catholic youth from St. Ignatius Loyola Parish along with Jewish and Muslim youth go to different



Rabbi Deborah Hirsch Keeps Her Congregants Close By Alissa Fleck It’s Deborah Hirsch’s third year with the Temple Shaaray Tefila congregation, though she’s been doing rabbinical work for 31 years, and the dedicated rabbi has a major project underway. “We’re working on a new vision statement for the congregation,” explained Hirsch. “That’s been a very gratifying project. We engage almost 200 congregants in conversation about what’s important and valuable to them as part of our synagogue’s community.” Additionally, Hirsch indicated her time spent teaching and engaging personally with family during life cycle moments as

positive and meaningful experiences over the past few years at the temple. Hirsch is hard-pressed though to think of any challenges facing the congregation. “My congregation is a great congregation,” she said. Personally, however, Hirsch’s official position within the congregation is undergoing a big transition. “We’re doing a restructuring and my role will shift dramatically,” explained Hirsch. “I will assume a new position as director of congregant life. That involves trying to bring high touch to a large congregation by being the person individuals will first have contact with when they’re looking for a synagogue.”

The Man Helping Build Homes New Yorkers Will Love By Vanesa Vennard When it comes to designing luxury homes in Manhattan, Gary Jacob keeps New Yorkers in mind by always including the essentials. He wants to create homes that are as useful as they are beautiful. “We want to build the best living environment so that people come home to their apartments happy,” said Jacob, Executive Vice President of Glenwood Management Corp., one of the city’s largest owners and builders of luxury rental apartments. Glenwood properties are found in the Upper East and Upper West Side, Midtown East and Midtown West, Gracie Point and downtown Manhattan. Some features include fitness centers, swimming pools and granite counter tops in the kitchens. However, being that it is New York City, ample closet space is another feature Jacob includes in his buildings. “A lot of apartments in New York City have nice layouts but there’s really not


enough space for storage and we really concentrate on doing that,” he said. Aside from amenities, price is also important to Jacob when it comes to real estate. Jacob is the Vice President of Settlement Housing Fund Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer in New York City. Jacob said he thought this would be a great way for him to get involved with affordable housing. “We want to have diversity in NYC,” he said. “At Glenwood now, most of the rental buildings that we develop are in the 80/20 program. Twenty percent of the units are reserved for lower income families.” Aside from Settlement Housing Fund Inc., Jacob is Vice President of the Rent Stabilization Association, an Executive Vice President of Associated Builders and Owners of New York, co-chairman of the Housing Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, a member of the Board of Governors, and he serves on the M&T Bank’s Mortgage Advisory Board. His community service efforts extend


fabric of the congregation. She described her mission, as the first point of contact, as making connections to the synagogue, while also helping people find their space within the synagogue structure, and making sure congregants continually receive the support of other clergy who provide services. “Also I want to hopefully help congregants Deborah who have been Hirsch there a long time feel continually engaged to the Clergy synagogue and Judaism,” added Hirsch. Though Hirsch certainly views her congregation as a larger, close-knit family, she also enjoys spending time with her own Hirsch will also work with congregants family, including her partner Carol and her internally, whether it’s with regard to grandchildren, the thirteenth of whom was movement from nursery school to just born a few weeks ago. Hirsch also has congregation, the B’nai Mitzvah process, a home in the Berkshires which she calls “a helping parents with important moments home on many levels.” in their lives or working with divinity “Family is a big piece of what we have in programs to further enrich who they are. our lives,” said Hirsch. “Family and home In the coming years, Hirsch hopes to are two very important pieces.” even better integrate congregants into the

to supporting Israel. He was honored by the American Gary Jacob Jewish Committee and by the State of Israel Bonds. He is also a supporter of the AntiReal Estate Defamation League, which aims to stop defamation of wonderful opportunity Jewish people and strives for that I was given to have equality for all. been able to work with “I do my best to lend a Leonard Litwin.” hand,” he said. The rest is real estate Jacob credits his success history as Glenwood with having the opportunity keeps developing. In the to have worked with Leonard middle of 2013, Glenwood Litwin in the first place. will start construction Jacob flew in to New York Photo by Steve Friedman near West 70th Street and City after graduating from their new Crystal Green Harvard in 1973 to meet with President development on West 39th Street is almost of Glenwood Management Corp. Leonard 50 percent rented. Litwin, who became the first lifetime “What I like about real estate compared honorary chairman for the Real Estate to other industries such as investment Board of New York in 2012. banking or bond trading is you’re actually Litwin asked Jacob to be his right hand creating a tangible product,” Jacob said. man and assistant. “I think what sets us apart is we do our “Come this June I will have been own construction. We want to build our working for him for 40 years,” Jacob buildings to last and we have a tremendous said. “And even though I was trained at attention to detail.” Harvard Business School I got to learn from a master. I think it really was just a


The Vanderbilt YMCA Congratulates 2013 OTTY Community Builder Vanderbilt YMCA Chairman of the Board of Managers

Mike Beck For his many years of service and leadership Thank you for all that you do! THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013




Gracious Savior Revamps Iconic New York City Home Store even come into a store.” Informed shoppers means the bar had to be raised, which Kier appreciated. Kier Joel Kier has been an avid Gracious also keeps in mind that many people have Home shopper for nearly two decades. been attempting do-it-yourself projects in The premier home and goods store first order to save money. opened in 1963 in the Upper East Side, “If you provide something that is just and thanks to Kier, the company will OK, it’s not good enough anymore,” he make it to it’s 50th anniversary this year; said. still in business and better than ever. In March 2013, they will launch The Registry at Gracious Home, which will be their Joel Kier more personalized and attentive wedding registry. Kier said he wants the Entrepreneur registry one-on-one visits with the staff to feel like a spa weekend. “We’ve done registries quietly and by appointment, but now we’re formally launching the registry with a unique way to provide a truly once in a lifetime registry experience,” he said. “It’s not so much about the pressure of a very important day but about the fun experience of working with our people to tailor your choices.” Kier’s creativity and want for quality products also lead to the launch of an interior design department at the end of 2012. Kier said the interior design department allows New Yorkers to choose In 2010, the former owners of Gracious from the best fabrics and fabric houses. Gracious Home employees then Home filed for bankruptcy. However, help customers figure out how to use Kier, a partner in the Americas Retail the fabrics as window treatments or to Flagship Fund LLC, saw this as a chance reupholster furniture. to save and revamp the classic company. “Not just the item, we can create the “I wanted to attempt a white knight environment along with it,” he said. rescue of the company,” Kier said. “It was Gracious Home also hosts regular a desire to save a great New York store tasting demonstrations in the kitchen along with the opportunity to then take product area and with L’Epicerie, they sell the company to the next level in terms specialty olive oils, chocolates, pastas and of delivering a truly unique and exciting more. experience both online and in the stores.” Kier said the two years have flown Kier, CEO and chairman of Kier by since he started with Gracious Group, said by acquiring Gracious Home, Home. The continued improvements Americas Retail Flagship Fund LLC have built confidence and increase his helped save around 300 jobs and then excitement toward the company, he said. Kier assisted in retraining staff. But he is still working toward making He is striving to make Gracious Home improvements to Gracious Home, and to a better experience for customers with people’s lives. staff knowledgeable of their products “At the end of the day the mission is and attentive to the customer’s wants and clear, you want to improve the business needs. Kier wants Gracious Home to be a daily, little by little, occasionally you can personalized shopping experience. make a big step like a wedding registry or “We want to know a lot about you an interior design department,” he said. before you come in, and that makes your “There was so much opportunity here life easier,” he said. “I think that shoppers even after all these years. And with careful today are more informed than ever leadership and building a great team, we before, they have access to tremendous can get it accomplished.” resources online and therefore they know more about what they need before they By Vanesa Vennard

Hospital CEO Gives His All for His Patients, Staff By Vanesa Vennard Dr. Steven Corwin went into medicine to help people, focusing on cardiology because his mother’s father and his father’s father both suffered from heart disease. “You have somebody in Dr. Steven your family Corwin that has a disease, you Health Care want to help Pro them,” he said. “Even though I couldn’t help my two grandparents, there are other people who have this type of problem who I can help. And I think that the knowledge you get gives you a sense of not being powerless.” Corwin went to medical school at Northwestern and trained in cardiology and internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Over time, he took the administrative route, something he said he didn’t expect. He also didn’t expect to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian in 2011. “But life has its twists and turns and so you never can quite know what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s a busy but a very exciting job.” Another unexpected turn was Hurricane Sandy’s effect in New York City. Corwin said NewYork-Presbyterian took in patients from neighboring institutions that had closed. Corwin said over 1,000 patients were staying the night, and that included NewYorkPresbyterian employees as well. “We’re very proud of the way our hospital responded. Our employees wouldn’t leave because they were afraid that if they left they wouldn’t be able to get back to work,” he said. “It was very heartwarming to see the response from our employees and we felt that was part of what we had to do for our city, was be here.” Corwin said he was hoping the flu season would be mild after the overwhelming surge


of displaced patients that came in because of Sandy. According to Corwin, NewYork-Presbyterian started seeing a lot of flu patients around Christmas time and that extended through the month of January to February. “The flu epidemic this year was pretty pronounced,” he said. “We’re crossing our fingers now, we’ve seen it dissipate a little bit but it’s still pretty prevalent.” As the CEO, Corwin said he misses the personal one-on-one time he had with patients when he was a doctor. However, he still gets the satisfaction of helping patients, on a larger scale. Some of that includes community work in Washington Heights and Inwood where they have school-based clinics, community clinics, outreach to homes and free medical screenings. Corwin said buildings are going through renovations and they are looking at putting up new buildings. Corwin also spends time sharing information across hospitals and handles policy questions on how to get better health care for New Yorkers. He also focuses on making sure NewYork-Presbyterian has a great staff and administration that delivers excellent care. “There’s nothing that can replace the joy that you get when you’re taking care of individual patients and you’re making somebody better,” he said. “That being said the joy in doing this job is we can help the city.” Corwin said he thinks the nation is going through a lot of controversy when it comes to expanding health care. Regardless, Corwin’s message to his 20,000 employees and the New Yorkers he sees is plain and simple. “We’re going to be here, NewYorkPresbyterian is going to be here and we’re going to be the very best hospital and that’s something we’re not going to deviate from regardless of what the financial challenges may be at the state and the Washington level,” he said. “That’s what we’re here to do, give the best care to New Yorkers.”




The Woman Keeping Yorkville Alive By Vanesa Vennard

now. It’s not easy.” She also writes about her family. Her parents Ruth and Historian Kathy Paul Jolowicz were Yorkville Jolowicz remembers pioneers and moved to New like it was yesterday York City in 1932 from Leipzig. when she couldn’t “When you write from walk down 86th Street the head, the without hearing people chapters about speak German. my family and  She remembers Kathy Jolowicz my experiences, when she could get and how they authentic German Culture adapted to this food at mom-and-pop shops country and how and when Christmas time meant I grew up in the the streets were ambushed with adaptation of their life, that was easy,” she music, the polka and the waltz. She said. remembers when the Upper East Side Another topic she touched on was her was Yorkville, where everything from family’s experience adapting to America the old country was either imported or during World War I and II. At the time recreated to feel like home. of the World Wars, Jolowicz said Jewish “It’s my passion, its my heritage, it’s my kids picked on her for being German childhood,” Jolowicz said, who was born and raised in Yorkville. “It was my Disney American when she was younger. “Germans still have a bad connotation, Land.” not so much the younger ones, but Jolowicz lived the memories that are the Holocaust is kept alive, and rightly now in picture frames on her walls and so,” Jolowicz said. “I would have never are written in massive books on her condoned such a thing. What I’m trying shelves. But she shares those memories to do with my book is to bring out the in exhibits and lectures and displays positive side to Germans.” over 40 pictorial panels that are 30 by Jolowicz started the German Language 40 inches wide, decorated with Yorkville Learning Club in 1990 where she teaches facts and photos. children and adults German at P.S. 169 During her lectures, her topics shift between Park and Lexington Avenues. according to what her audience wants to Her students and their families march know. in the German American Steuben “If it’s a young group, they all want to Parade every year. Jolowicz, who has know about the war, what was it like for two Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees, Germans in the war,” she said. “If I have is currently working on her German an older group, they reminisce.” Language Certificate from the GoetheJolowicz has been writing a book Institut in Germany. that covers German roots in New York She holds a Stammtisch that meets City from the 1600s to the 1960s. It also once a month in Yorkville to eat, drink covers the German’s contributions to beer and speak German whether native New York City and the Upper East Side or non-native. Since 1973 she has run the when it was German Town, or Yorkville/ East 83rd/84th Street Block Association. Kleindeutschland. When she started the book in 1988, she And she’s a member of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District. originally wanted to write a six-chapter “My memories are still in my heart of book about Yorkville. However, the book has grown to 20 chapters as she continues walking 86 Street, the music, everybody knowing everybody,” she said. “This was to research and add information about a community, it was a family, it was a Germans in the city. village. And it was all I knew.” “It’s not that you just sit down and write a book,” she said. “There are so many details that have never been put together and that’s what I’m trying to do



Beth Israel Medical Center congratulates our colleagues

John Muniz Director of Engineering and

Shari Weisburd Assistant Nurse Manager David B. Kriser Department of Emergency Medicine

2013 OTTY Award Winners



Mike Beck is a Friend to Everyone By Alissa Fleck Mike Beck is deeply passionate about helping younger generations thrive to the best of their abilities, and he puts this passion to work at Vanderbilt’s YMCA for countless hours a week. Beck has been a member of the Vanderbilt YMCA’s board since 1999 and is currently serving his third nonconsecutive, two-year term as chairman. While Beck enjoys his position on the board, his true passion lies with initiating the younger generations. “The goal is really for me to bring some of our younger board members up to speed to make them managers of the board,” says Beck. “It’s exciting for me to mentor young people to assume these positions.” While the board has grown strong over the years, 2012 was a particularly notable

year for the Vanderbilt “Y”. Last year, the location was awarded for having the highest net operating income of YMCAs in the greater New York area. “This is an accomplishment as far as chairing and being a board member,” explains Beck, “but the pay back for us is to see the staff witnessing their success.” He adds, as the YMCA is a nonprofit, all the funds go back to subsidizing things like childcare and sharing financially with other locations which may not be doing as well. The Vanderbilt “Y” and its other affiliated establishments have seen some setbacks in recent years as well. The biggest, according to Beck, was the recession and subsequent drop in membership. Competition became more strenuous between the “Y” and other health clubs in the city. “People think about the ‘Y’ as being just about health but we have so many


to continue the mentoring program programs for youths and that helps college-bound kids teens and senior citizens,” with essays, applications, personal says Beck. “Besides just budgeting and making them aware being a place to workout, of what they will face in college. there are classes of all Beck also hopes the board will see types and childcare and a rise in membership soon. Vanderbilt is one of the “We’re about 16 strong right now,” few afterschool programs he says. “We’re very for K-6.” focused, we’re trying Beck says the “Y” also to figure out what it is focuses heavily on its Mike Beck that people can bring mentorship programs. to the board to help “I was there a few weeks ago Community achieve its growth.” mentoring the kids on what it is When he’s not to be a CFO, what my passions Builder actively serving the were and I spoke to the kids for youth at Vanderbilt’s two hours,” he says. YMCA—which he does for about 70 hours “What we would like our legacy to be a week—Beck enjoys going on cruises. is mentoring the youth and teens about He just completed his 23rd cruise and is opportunities they have,” explains Beck. already planning the next. “We’re very actively trying to help inner “I have to go into relaxation mode in city kids—for a lot of them the only place order to re-energize,” he says. they can go is the ‘Y’ or school, their Still, kids are never far from his mind. parents just don’t have time.” “My outside activity is just about kids, it’s Beck adds the group’s mission is not all about kids,” he says. “Youths and teens necessarily pushing college, but teaching kids to pursue their passions and what they and senior citizens...sometimes we tend to forget about our seniors.” want to do. Beck adds: “My passion is people.” The “Y” does however help students who are interested in college. Beck says he hopes

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An Artistic Director Gives Kids and Families a Lift talented kids the right tools to make it in dance. “And there is a lot of talent out Diana Byer gets to her there. The children and the parents studio on East 39th Street can’t begin to address their future at 7 in the morning, every because dancing lessons and music morning. She first catches lessons and art lessons, all those up on paperwork then things, are very expensive,� she said. teaches her ballet company “So we’re able to offer this program from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 for talented dancers.� a.m. Then she rehearses Other programs the company from 11:45 Diana Byer include one-hour a.m. until 4. Entrepreneur shows for children and From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., family audiences and she teaches children classes. the company shows And after completing some more paperwork, Byer finally heads home. new and classic works by choreographers such as Antony Tudor, Richard Alston and “It’s a very long day,� she said. “But for Jerome Robbins. Performances are held any small arts organization in a major city, at Florence Gould Hall on 55 East 59th the artistic director has very long days.� Byer is the founder and artistic director Street. “We also identify emerging young of the New York Theatre Ballet, a company choreographers and produce their ballets that performs classic and original ballet for as well, we call it Legends and Visionaries,� she said. adults and families and teaches ballet for Byer attended Julliard and received her children. Founded in 1978, the company principal dance training from Antony has become known for its programs, such Tudor and Margaret Craske. While Craske as the LIFT Community Service Program, trained her, Craske asked Byer to help that gives scholarships to kids who may with fellow students who were having not be able to afford ballet classes. difficulties, which led to Byer’s teaching. LIFT has been in effect for 24 years However, she still dances in walk-on and is an outreach program that goes to and acting roles to what she refers to as shelters around the city for kids who are the “old lady roles.� She appears in Antony homeless or at risk. The children audition Tudor’s Judgment of Paris and she plays and up to 30 kids each year are awarded the wicked fairy Caraboss in their Sleeping scholarships to help them enroll in the Beauty performance. Ballet School NY, part of the New York Byer is on the board of directors for the Theatre Ballet. Byer said children also Dance Notation Bureau and she has been a get clothing, mentoring and tutoring, guest faculty instructor at institutions such whatever the individual child needs. as Cornell University, New York University “It’s more than just getting ballet and the Cecchetti Society of Canada in lessons, the whole child is addressed,� said Toronto. the New Jersey native. LIFT also has a Though the New York Theatre Ballet year-round Study Program. “We address the needs of a child on an individual basis. has been around for an impressive 33 years, Byer hopes for improved funding And the children are integrated into our regular classes, there isn’t a special class for to continue expanding the program for many more years to come. Lately Byer said scholarship students.� it’s been difficult to get people to come Byer said that she sees a lot of talented to shows since many are distracted by young people come through her program and is currently working on raising money technology or limited money. But with her commitment, the show will go on. to send a 12-year-old boy to private “Ballet will never go away, it’s one of school. “He’s extraordinarily talented,� she the universal art forms,� she said. “It will said. Because of the scholarship program, always be here.� Byer said Ballet School NY is able to give By Vanesa Vennard



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Cathy Dove Oversees a Bold New Experiment at Cornell One year ago students. These students will be the Cathy Dove was first to receive a one-year Master appointed vice of Engineering degree in computer president of science. Cornell NYC Tech, Cornell Tech also moved into its an experimental Chelsea campus, a space donated new graduate to the University by the Google school with an corporation. Dove says they have also emphasis on made significant progress applied science. with campus plans for the While the school is Roosevelt Island location. Cathy Dove part of a 150-yearThe Roosevelt Island site, Educator old university, Dove says in an ambitious, futuristicmany ways the brand new looking establishment venture functions just like a according to blueprints, is expected to see construction beginning startup. in 2014. In 2017, Roosevelt Island will In certain respects, the rapidly evolving institution is just that. Instruction began become the school’s permanent home. at the school, which aims to attract “It’s been a very productive and the “best and brightest in technology� rewarding year,� says Dove. according to the University, in January of Dove looks ahead with great optimism this year. for Cornell Tech. She says in the coming “On a daily basis we work on activities year the school plans to further expand as diverse as designing significant its academic programs, hire more faculty academic programs to defining onand continue building relationships boarding procedures for new employees,� with industry partners and community says Dove. She adds the school’s progress organizations. is due in part to its entrepreneurial The school will also finish planning culture—a spirit shared by the selective the Roosevelt Island site to facilitate the process of campus construction. school’s student body—as well as the When she’s not hard at work at Cornell, support of individuals and organizations in the community. helping launch a bold startup which is In the past year alone, Dove has sure to change the future of New York overseen the hiring of new faculty and City and even the world, Dove, a fitness staff and the welcoming of the school’s enthusiast, fills her free time with her “beta� class of eight full-time graduate other great loves: dogs and photography.

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Barbara Coffey doesn’t just enjoy the pleasing environment the Carnegie Hill area has to offer, she’s also responsible for helping maintain it. As CEO of Carnegie Hill Neighbors (CHN), Coffey oversees the board which aims to ensure top-notch quality of life in the Carnegie Hill region, as it has for the 40 years Coffey has been a member. In 2012, CHN responded to Hurricane Sandy’s blow to the city by turning their Halloween Spooktacular block party into a fundraising effort. The block party is not usually a moneymaking endeavor, according to Coffey, just a “nice thing to do for a great neighborhood.� This year the group encouraged donations to the relief effort among party-goers and donated half of the profit the organization netted as well. CHN also hosted their own relief event, ultimately sending a truck full of donated items to Staten Island. “It was very impromptu,� said Coffey, “but we have a good network of volunteers. We have a really good spirit.� In addition to their charitable work, CHN is responsible for helping beautify the Park Avenue mall above 86th Street by developing a template for planting, raising funds from Park Avenue buildings and planting and maintaining flowers and trees. Coffey said an organization was subsequently formed below 86th Street using CHN’s template. “That’s why the malls look terrific,� she said. “We’re the instigators of it. We’re really proud of that.�

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Ann Cook Is a Champion for Education Reform in the City there’s still a lot of emphasis on high stakes testing.” The “other way” Ann Cook has been the coCook describes involves director of Urban Academy since performance based the school started in 1985, but she achievement that reflects speaks proudly of her work this specifically how well year as executive director of students would be able the New York Performance to function in college, for Standards Consortium. She Ann Cook instance defending research says she is deeply involved Educator papers, writing literary with the organization. essays and performing The consortium science experiments. The represents a group of high consortium pushes classes that are more schools that have implemented a system of performance based assessment to graduate in-depth than mere test preparation. “The DOE uses those test scores students, rather than relying strictly on standardized testing, by an agreement with to measure everything from teacher effectiveness to school success and that’s the board of regents. Cook says the system is used in 28 schools across the state and 26 a big challenge,” explains Cook. “It’s this sort of use and misuse of standardized test schools in the city. scores” High school students who are part of “There’s so much more to educational the consortium take one regents exam success than a score,” she adds. “Children and otherwise complete performance aren’t test scores, they’re more complex.” based assessments. The consortium’s The consortium has been empirically mission statement is that when it comes to successful. Cook says the kids in education, “one size does not fit all.” consortium schools are doing better in Cook describes the strides that have college than their peers, the schools have been made this year by the organization, including an evolving system of assessment higher rates of teacher retention, lower incident rates and greater overall college that involves a great deal of professional retention. development for teachers in schools. She adds the alternative system has “We just had a conference—a citywide doubled the rate of graduating English staff development day, and we had our language learners compared to the rest of annual conference of about 600 teachers,” the city. says Cook. “People have to ask what is it we want The conference incorporates workshops kids to be able to do when they leave high for teachers and speakers, including Cook school,” she says. “We’re preparing kids to herself, who presented at the conference. survive and get the most out of the college “We’ve also been documenting the work that goes on in the consortium schools and experience.” In the coming years, Cook hopes put out a report with data that shows just other schools that have so far been pilot how effective this way of assessing is,” she schools in the consortium will become full adds. Still, Cook and the consortium have had members, helping to sustain and expand the program. some struggles this year. When she’s not pushing for educational “I think there are always challenges reform, Cook spends time with her facing public schools and public children and granddaughter. She also education,” she says. “There’s still an helps with the publications put out by the overemphasis on testing.” consortium and writes children’s books, “We’re finding another way besides proving kids and the power of education standardized testing,” adds Cook. “The are never far from her mind. tides may be turning, but even though we’ve designed a system that’s very effective

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Matt Baney Makes Giant Strides for Community Health by Alissa Fleck Matt Baney cares about the health of his community, and his work with Mt. Sinai hospital reflects that level of care everyday. For two years, Baney has been the administrative director at Mt. Sinai, overseeing their HIV services program. Prior to that, Baney spent 18 years doing similar work at St. Vincent’s before it shut its doors. Baney speaks eagerly to Our Town about two significant grants the hospital has received over the past year while under his supervision. Mt. Sinai received a federal grant for women, infants and adolescents with HIV for the hospital’s uptown program, as well as an HIV prevention

grant from the city’s Department of Health for their uptown and downtown locations. Baney says formerly only two organizations had been funded in Manhattan, including the Mt. Sinai program, so the new grants are a major step forward for HIV prevention and care in the city. “We’re doing our best to educate the community not only about HIV and prevention but also about the health status of the community,” says Baney, who notes hospital representatives attend community board meetings to educate people about HIV statistics and general health issues affecting the city. “We focus on HIV,” says Baney, “but we emphasize other health issues too.”

These healthcare issues include major risks like obesity, hypertension and diabetes, as well as doctor shortages and the necessity of primary care doctors. “The best prevention method,” explains Baney, “is to have a physician involved in primary care.” This has been shown to reduce the chance of getting HIV as well as promote general health in at-risk individuals. “We want to get people into primary care services and we’re doing the best we can to make an impact,” he adds. “The challenges we face are the ones everyone faces—shortages in funding and changes in medicaid reimbursement,” says Baney. “It’s a challenge to continue to provide and expand services for less money.” Matt Baney There’s another issue Baney and Health Care Pro his colleagues work populations,” says Baney. “We to address: “The really want to help them, we patient population want to reduce any barriers is overwhelmingly black and hispanic,” people have to getting tested. We’re here to he says. “It’s also challenging to recruit help.” Spanish speaking providers so we work When he’s not actively fulfilling his extra hard and we have been successful. administrative duties at the hospital, Baney Sometimes it takes longer to recruit likes spending down time at the beach [Spanish speakers] but I’d rather have or a house on Fire Island he shares with someone who reflects the population we’re friends. He also runs a theater during the treating.” summer and on weekends, and works with Baney says the HIV services program other organizations involved with HIV has some projects underway for the future, prevention and care. but many of them involve continuing to Baney says he also enjoys spending time make current practices even better and with his large family, including his dog more effective. This involves evaluating Bridget, whom he rescued. He hopes to testing programs, getting more people “recruit” another rescue dog soon. in the door for testing, spreading the In general, when it comes to his prevention message, maintaining tendency to always offer a helping hand, supportive networks for patients who are Baney says: “[his] personal life and HIV-positive and more. professional life are the same.” “Mt. Sinai has an open door to these

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Sol Adler Praises 92Y’s Activist Commitments The ebullient Sol Adler has been executive director of 92nd Street Y (92Y) since 1988. 92Y is a cultural and community center which welcomes people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. “I’ve been here for more than 30 years,” says Adler. “Every year, I am so proud of what we accomplish at 92Y, and grateful to have the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution.” Adler and his team at 92Y are ambitious about the prominent organization and constantly keeping an eye toward the future. “We are always looking for new ways to serve our current community,” he explains, “and to reach out to geographically diverse communities here in New York and around the world.” This year alone 92Y has witnessed some

incredible programs, many of which have been livecast to extend their reach beyond the center’s walls. 92Y has had programs featuring fashion icon Marc Jacobs, former Mayor Ed Koch and many more notable names. In January of this year, 92Y also offered their very first online class—a Molly Peacock poetry seminar on sonnets, which was conducted from Peacock’s home in Toronto for students all across the US and Canada. Adler says online classes present opportunities that simply cannot take place in a physical classroom. “There is definitely more of that to come,” he adds.  “As always, our audiences here in the hall continue to enjoy talents like the incomparable pianist András Schiff and today’s most compelling authors, like

A Nurse with a Passion for Her ER Patients By Vanesa Vennard An emergency room might sound like a chaotic place to be, but to Shari Weisburd, RN, it’s exactly where she likes to be. “When you’re actually physically in the environment there’s a very good flow, everyone knows what they are doing,” said Weisburd, assistant nurse manager of the emergency room in Beth Israel. “There’s a very good sense of how to care for the patient.” Weisburd has worked in Beth Israel’s emergency room for 22 years and is director of their SAFE Program. She received an art degree at SUNY Purchase and originally wanted to pursue photography. However, she fell in love with nursing when she studied at the Beth Israel School of Nursing and did her externship in the emergency room. Weisburd handles staff scheduling and directs where patients need to go on a regular basis. On average, Weisburd says Beth Israel sees about 320 to 350 patients a


day. Yet, the busy emergency room was put to the test during Hurricane Sandy, and so was Weisburd. When the hurricane struck, Weisburd said they were seeing up to 450, sometimes 480 patients on some days. “We’re pretty big, but we’re only so big,” she said. “With that huge amount of influx of patients we had to decide what areas can be changed and how one area might be used more efficiently.” As soon as homes nearby started to lose power, Weisburd said elderly people who depend on electricity for oxygen and those who depend on dialysis started coming in. There was a makeshift area made for dialysis patients and they made arrangements to work together with a nearby methadone clinic that was open. “I have to say I was shocked at the influx of patients that occurred pretty much immediately after the lights went out,” she said. Weisburd said she and her staff developed a fast pass urgent care area for patients to be treated and released faster.


positive impact, is our mandate as a Michael Chabon and community and cultural center in the Zadie Smith, who digital age,” says Adler. “And we are opened our Poetry just getting started.” Center season,” Like any nonprofit, 92Y also faces explains Adler. its fair of hardships. “Doing more Soon 92Y will with less is an ongoing challenge as celebrate the 75th is continuing to create programs that anniversary of their are new and relevant, especially in a renowned Poetry rapidly changing world,” says Center. Adler. The institution Sol Adler Nonetheless, the group will also celebrate the “keep[s] a laser-sharp focus on 25th anniversary of its Culture [their] core values,” he says. educational outreach Looking ahead, Adler hopes program, which brings teaching to be able to help 92nd Street Y continue artists into public schools and brings to be a leading voice in “the call to use the students into 92Y’s concert hall. Adler says tremendous advances in technology to build this program reaches about 8,000 students new communities and forge new ways for a year. 92Y tries to keep their vision of productive people to join together for the greater good.”  When he manages to steal a moment for social change broad and openminded. “We himself, Adler enjoys spending time with his also continue to find new ways to ‘scale our family, especially his young grandchildren. values,’ to be a catalyst for change and for He notes he has also been getting back in ‘repairing the world,’ both here in New York touch with film photography, an old favorite and beyond,” explains Adler. 92Y developed the idea of Giving Tuesday, hobby. “When I want to ‘get away,’” he explains, for instance, which would occur annually “I try to read books that have absolutely after Thanksgiving and be a day devoted to nothing to do with my work at 92Y – and charity. The idea took off on a large-scale, given the variety of things we do, that’s national level. sometimes a challenge.” “Creating this new kind of community, with tremendous collective potential for

dependable generators and fast thinking by Weisburd and her staff. “We were able to operate without jeopardizing anyone’s health in the emergency Shari Weisburd department,” she said. “Our patients were Health Care safe.” Pro Weisburd also dedicates her time to sexual assault victims with the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program and has been a sexual assault forensic examiner for about 11 years. She started by assisting the busy nurses who were working with the patients. The auditorium in Beth Israel opened up as She saw that the patients weren’t getting as a makeshift shelter for people to stay and much one-on-one time, so when a SAFE they were offered food and services. Program came to Beth Israel she took a Weisburd said she and other nurses were course to be an examiner. working 15-hour shifts and were finding Weisburd has been the SAFE Program spots in the hospital to sleep in to avoid the director at Beth Israel for four years. commutes home. “It is upsetting to hear how often and “Unfortunately, since the hospital was how much sexual assault goes on,” she said. so full, sleeping arrangements were hard “But the idea that I could solely help a kid to come by,” she said. “We were the only on my own and give them my undivided ones open in the area, so you could only attention for those hours, it just seemed like imagine, serving the Lower East Side of a kind thing to do and the right treatment Manhattan.” for someone who has already been through Despite the long hours, the emergency such a horrible experience.” room worked efficiently thanks to


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