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The Water is Coming The East River Blueway Plan establishes community-based framework for East River waterfront

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By Alissa Fleck “The water is coming,” said Eric Klinenberg to community members and elected officials gathered at Cooper Union last week. Klinenberg, an NYU professor and author to one of the most famous essays about rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy, went on to say there’s not much we can do about that fact anymore. Continued on page 4

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TAPPED IN Kellner Touts Betting Machine Bill Upper East Side Assembly Member Micah Kellner renewed his call allow betting machines back in New York City bars. A member of the Assembly’s Racing & Wagering Committee, Kellner announced that he is introducing legislation to allow pari-mutuel betting machines at New York City bars where they were previously installed before the closure of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation (OTB) in 2010. The bill will further require a substantial part of the revenue generated by bets on the machines be allocated to New York State’s public education budget. He announced the introduction of his bill at the Playwright Irish Pub near Herald Square in midtown Manhattan, where a parimutuel machine had been operated before OTB’s closure. “New York’s students are being scratched from the race for a better education because government leaders can’t even get out of the starting gate when it comes to maximizing revenue for our public schools,” said Kellner. “As the most fabled horse race in the world is run today, it’s time to step up the pace to maximize

this sizeable potential revenue source for our city’s public schools. With countless New Yorkers seeking to place casual bets legally and simply at their local neighborhood bar, New York State needs to take the bit between its teeth and move to allow pari-mutuel machines back into the taverns where they were previously operated without incident.”

Community Calendar Community Board 8 Small Business Committee Forum, Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street (FirstSecond), Auditorium Community Board 8 Youth & Education Committee meeting, Monday, May 13, 7 p.m., New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street (FirstSecond), Auditorium Community Board 8 Environment & Sanitation Committee meeting, with presentation by Pledge 2 Protect coalition on campaign to stop East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m., location TBA (contact the Community Board at 212-758-4340 to get the location) Street Closures on the Upper East Side Friday, May 10 – 87th Street, Second-Third Avenues, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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By Jerry Danzig

CRIME WATCH

Clean Sweep Around noon on Wednesday, April 17, a 76-year-old woman left her wallet in her jacket at her seat in a Second Avenue diner and went to wash her hands. When she returned, her wallet was missing. No unauthorized usage has been reported on her debit and credit cards, but $200 in cash plus her New York State driver’s license were taken.

Forger Foiled A member of the security staff at a Madison Avenue department store reported on Saturday, April 27, that he had stopped a man using a forged credit card to make a purchase of $505. Six credit cards were recovered from the man, all forged with his name on the front of the cards. When the cards were run through the computer, the account numbers indicated a different bank than the one indicated on each card. The defendant, a 28-yearold man, was arrested on April 27.

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In the afternoon of Sunday, April 28, a 26-year-old woman got into a verbal dispute with a 25-year-old woman over a parking spot on Fifth Avenue. When the first woman started recording the dispute on her cell phone, the other woman slapped the cell phone out of her hand and stepped on it, causing damage to the phone. hen the second woman kicked the first woman’s vehicle, a 2000 Acura RDX. The second woman finally took off in a silver Honda SUV with New York plates. The victim’s vehicle had sustained damage on the driver’s front fender. No arrests have been made.

A few minutes later on that same Sunday afternoon, a 30-year-old man was involved in a vehicle accident on E. 63rd St. with an unknown man driving a vehicle with Pennsylvania plates. The victim exited his vehicle to speak with the other man, at which time the other man exchanged words before punching the victim multiple times in the right chest area and then in

the right eye with his closed fist. The second man then grabbed the victim’s blue Nokia cell phone from his hand and fled with the phone in his vehicle. The victim reported that the perpetrator never exchanged information for the vehicle accident. The victim was transported to New York hospital to treat his injury after the assault. The perpetrator, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on April 30.

Bashed BMW At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, a 63-year-old woman parked her white 2008 BMW convertible on the northeast corner of Madison and 79th St. When she returned to the vehicle an hour later, she found that her car been hit, causing damage to the car’s left side and the left side bumper. The woman was told by a security guard that two women had witnessed a blue truck with white lettering hit her vehicle, but they didn’t get the plate number, and the truck took off in an unknown direction.

MIA on the M15 A 65-year-old woman got on the M15 bus at First Avenue and 25th St. during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 1. Her purse was closed when she got on. The bus was packed, and she stood the whole ride. When she exited the bus on E. 68th St., she went to get something out of her purse and noticed it was open. The contents, including her credit and debit cards, had been removed. The victim canceled all the cards but discovered that her Visa Card had been used in Brooklyn to purchase two $113 MetroCards.

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[security strategies] but they haven’t A map shows where improvements to the made the City more pleasant,� he riverfront would be made. said. “We put up with them because we feel like we have to. Our systems do not have to be unpleasant.� Alliance. “Our waterfront is a utility—it’s Klinenberg and others who presented owned by thousands of folks and entities, at Cooper Union talked about seeing the but we all depend on the utility.� waterfront as an opportunity—a way to He added the Blueway plan is a way prevent storm surges but also enhance the of better understanding that utility, quality of everyday life in the community. particularly the component of access. The Blueway Plan covers the East River “We are going to be re-imagining waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge the entire region,� said Lewis. The to East 38th Street, affecting the South Blueway project, which was developed Street neighborhood area, the East River in cooperation with hundreds of Park waterfront and the Stuyvesant Cove organizations, community members and waterfront plaza, as shaped predominantly elected officials, was developed in part by FDR Drive, though presenters discussed from these community members’ answers the importance of viewing the plan in to what the river has meant to them over conjunction with the entire coastal region. time. The East River Blueway Plan is a social “The goals we identified came out of infrastructure, they explained, as well as conversations with people,� said Adam a system intended to curb the impact of Lubinsky, the managing principal of WXY disasters. It’s also a springboard for the architecture and urban design. “We viewed future. the community engagement process as “This plan is a model for initiatives an exchange of information and created a to come,� said Roland Lewis, president dialogue.� and CEO of the Metropolitan Waterfront The plan has since evolved with

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Nannies Under Suspicion After an Upper West Side nanny allegedly murdered two young children last year, parents and nannies navigate the lingering fears and tensions

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yrie Vickers, 25, spends weekday afternoons playing with the 1-year-old boy she cares for in an Upper West Side apartment. Vickers and the boy play only blocks away from the apartment where a nanny allegedly killed two children last year. “I think it’s affected me more than my employers, to be honest,” Vickers said. “To know that I’m in the same position that woman was in. I cannot imagine having that state of mind.” Since nanny Yoselyn Ortega allegedly stabbed her two young charges to death on the Upper West Side last fall, parents throughout the city have been more anxious about childcare. “The world is watching,” said Valerie Gerstein, a mother of two who runs a blog for families on the Upper West Side. “If something’s going to happen, it should be in this community.” Ortega worked for Kevin and Marina Krim for two and a half years as a nanny, watching their three children, Lucia, Nessie and Leo. On Oct, 25, Marina came home to the family’s apartment at 57 W. 75th St. with Nessie to find her other two children dead and Ortega allegedly trying to commit suicide. Ortega survived and has since been charged with murdering the two children. She is awaiting her court hearing, scheduled for May 6. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is putting together a series of nanny support programs to help nannies with stresses related to the murders, their jobs and personal lives. “As a community center, we realized we needed to create support programs for the caregivers,” Erica Werber said, the senior director of public relations at the JCC. “And make sure they know that they have access to resources if they ever needed help.” The first class is a “Caregiver Chat” with Jean Schreiber, an early childhood educational consultant. The class is open for any nanny and is meant to serve as a support group where caregivers can discuss various aspects of the job, including ways to communicate with employers, positive discipline for children and more. Schreiber oversees several programs at the

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JCC for parents, but after the Krim murders she recognized the need for nanny support. “Caregivers are a huge part of the community here,” she said. “We are focused on them as people.” For nannies like Kyrie Vickers, these programs come as a welcome relief. In the months since the murders, Vickers feels like parents have been scrutinizing nannies. Jenna Crandall, a mother of three, agrees that nannies have been watched more closely. Crandall encourages other mothers to use hidden nanny cameras in the home and has asked friends to watch how her nanny interacts with Crandall’s kids at the park. “She didn’t know they were my friends but they would look out and watch,” Crandall said. “It makes you second guess your own nanny and what could happen.” One Upper East Side mother, who asked her name be withheld, decided to put her child in daycare rather and leave her alone at home with a nanny. “I interviewed nannies but never felt comfortable,” she said. Nanny agencies throughout the city have been helping soothe parents’ anxieties since the Krim murders. Joan Friedman, co-owner of A Choice Nanny, remembers one mother in particular who expressed nervousness over the decision to hire a nanny. “She said, “I know this is a silly question, but in light of the tragedy, I just want to hear again what you do,”” said Friedman. Vanessa Wauchope, founder and president of nanny agency Sensible Sitters, oversees one family that makes home visits to their nanny routinely to maintain a pulse on her personal life. “They really want to know what’s going on,” said Wauchope. “In a situation where someone is being brought into your home, parents want to go that extra mile.” For Blake Levine, this meant running her own background checks on nanny applicants for her two-year-old daughter. “Some people do hire background investigators,” she said. “There’s no way to prevent what happened to the Krim family other than trying to find the best people. You hope that will suffice.”

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Residents Say “No” to Cancer Center Gridlock Uniform Land Use Review Process, waiting for approval. The many swirling concerns in residents’ minds about the proposed project include a negative influence on the community, swelling pedestrian population, and blocking riverside access. But by far the largest concerns are traffic and parkingrelated. In their Environmental Impact Statement released last month, AKRF, an environmental, planning and engineering consulting firm, determined that 19 intersections would be severely impacted by the new traffic, but that parking would have little to no change. According to AKRF, thousands of new people and cars would be coming to the center every day, and according to residents, that would decrease the public open space in the area. “If your resolution is simply going to say ‘we disapprove of this because of a lack of open space,’ we ask you to please look at past applications you’ve approved that did not include any public space,” said Shelley Friedman, who is the lead attorney for the MSK-CUNY project, to the board. But residents are still unhappy with impact on traffic and parking. The traffic problem areas, according to George Alexiades, who presented an alternative look at the

Community Board 8 task force strikes down MSKCUNY zoning change proposal By Joanna Fantozzi

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t’s no secret that some Upper East Siders are skeptical, at best, of the Memorial Sloan Kettering-City University of New York medical center and educational complex that may be going up on 73rd to 74th Streets Street and York. In fact, 136 residents have signed a petition against the construction of this building. At last week’s CUNY-MSK Task Force meeting, the committee voted to disapprove the zoning map change, disposition of the project site, and the waivers that would allow MSKCUNY to increase the height of the building, floor area, and add rear yard and side yard extensions. The MSK-CUNY complex would consist of the cancer center building (approximately 23 stories tall and treating over 1,200 patients daily), and the CUNY-Hunter building, which would be 16 stories tall, and is currently in the

community impact at the meeting last week, exist between 71st and 74th and York Avenue. The traffic there, he said, is severely backed up, even now, during peak rush hour times due to multiple turn lanes, and cars trying to get onto the entrance of the FDR Drive. Alexiades also said that delivery trucks often block lanes of traffic in that section, creating a line of cars trying to turn onto York Avenue. “It is just backed up constantly, people cannot get through that intersection because York is already packed,” said Alexiades. “If you put in this structure it will be impossible, and it will congest all the side streets because they will be looking for parking.” In addition, MSK admits that the proposed parking spots would not be enough for the complex. Alexiades is picturing constant streams of cars circling the nearby blocks for a parking spot. But Anne Locke, from AKRF, said that the parking and traffic might only cause congestion during peak hours of the day. So what is the solution to the inevitable traffic jam? According to MSK-CUNY, increasing the time of the green light by two seconds could mitigate most of the problems in the affected intersections. “We have had so much construction around here, and so many institutions

making promises, but when the day is done, the promises fall away,” said Elaine Walsh, a community board member. “The community is tired of this.” The problem here, said Alexiades, is that with the huge influx of people coming into the area every day, those two seconds would probably not make much of a difference. He said that he and the other residents who are vehemently against this cancer and educational complex believe that the only way to mitigate the concerns for both traffic and parking would be to decrease the size of the complex. But it doesn’t look like MSK-CUNY will be changing their plans anytime soon. And according to Owen Gutfreund, an urban planning expert, that may be a good thing, despite the traffic. “The shift of this site’s use, from the previously noxious and unattractive industrial building to an attractive and modern new community-service facility such as I’ve seen will be a dramatic improvement that should be welcomed with open arms,” said Gutfreund. “Opposition to this project is nothing less than NIMBYism of the worst sort.” The full board will vote on the zoning resolution changes at their meeting this week.

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Friendly Competition Upper East Side author Meg Wolizter explores friendship and jealousy in her novel set in NYC By Beth Mellow

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hat if your childhood best friend grew up to be way more successful than you are? Would you be able to stay friends or would you let your envy destroy the relationship? It is that exact dynamic that New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer ruminates on in her recently published novel, The Interestings. Living in Manhattan since she graduated college, and on the Upper East Side for 20 years, Wolitzer has witnessed what happens to friendship when lives progress on different trajectories. She said, “I’ve definitely seen a lot of this. One of the things people don’t tell you is that things change and things won’t be even. Everyone starts out in their twenties living in small apartments and eating in cheap Indian restaurants on East 6th street, but eventually some will have it better than others. Money, class, luck, and connections all play a big role

in this.” It is this premise that Wolitzer uses as the framework for The Interestings, which begins at an art camp in the 1970s where one of the main characters, Jules, is exposed to a group of New York City teenagers that change her life. Jules, a typical suburban girl with a great sense of humor, meets the beautiful, theatrical Ash and her handsome, but somewhat errant brother Goodman, the quiet guitarist Jonah, and Ethan - homely, but also an incredibly talented artist. The friendships she makes that summer last a lifetime, but things aren’t always easy. While Ash and Ethan, who end up married to each other, are able to create careers from their artistic passions (Ash as a theater director and Ethan is the creator of a wildly popular animated series), their friends do not fair as well. Jules, who gives up on her dream of acting to build a solid career as a therapist, enjoys her life and her lovely family, but always feels a bit of smoldering jealousy in her soul for Ethan and Ash’s jet-setting life.

Throughout the novel, Wolitzer illustrates how jealousy influences Jules and her relationships in mostly nuanced, but sometimes more apparent ways. At times she feels embarrassed about inviting Ethan and Ash up to her small apartment fearing they will judge the way she lives. She also compares her more rambunctious, less polished daughter to Ash and Ethan’s, who is able to write poems as a five-year-old. Wolitzer explains, “You may feel a kind of quiet envy comparing yourself to the people you love. I wanted to set it into relief by making it fairly extreme. I really believe that if Jules had never met Ash and Ethan, she would have been fairly content with her life.” In addition to exploring the ways in which financial disparateness can impact friendship, The Interestings is also a story of loss, and squandered talent. One character ends up spending his life as a fugitive because of a crime he commits at age seventeen. Another gives up on his profound musical gift after he is unable to emotionally reconcile abuse he suffered as a child. Similar to how highly her characters value giftedness in the book, Wolitzer believes people often wrongly assume talent is the key to a meaningful life. She said, “I don’t think that every one in life needs to find this big talent. I think we put such a huge premium on it. It’s more important to find things you

really care about.” The Interestings is available online and at major retailers for purchase. Meg Wolitzer is also currently touring and will make an appearance at the New York Society Library on the Upper East Side on May 30th. For further information, visit www.megwolitzter. com.

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Astronomy Night ◄FREE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, intrepidmuseum.org, 7:30

Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th St., carnegiehall.org, 7:30 p.m., $25. The spring for Music festival is in it’s third and unfortunately, final year. The purpose of the festival is to allow music-lovers to hear world-class music at affordable prices, and for orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophies. On this particular night, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be performing all four of Ives’s numbered symphonies.

p.m. If you consider yourself a lover of constellations and observing the far reaches of our galaxy, don’t miss out on celebrating Astronomy Day. Get an up-close view of the stars through 8 different telescopes, as well as learn about the names, history, and mythology of constellations. RSVP at educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org.

Annual Identification Day American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, amnh.org, 12 p.m., free-$19. Do you have a young aspiring archeologist in your home? If so, today you can bring all of the shells, feathers, and bones that they have been collecting to the Museum of Natural History. Museum scientists will attempt to identify each of your little one’s treasures. In conjunction with The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, the collection’s most massive artifacts and specimens will be on display.

FREE: Bike Month

Crawfish for Cancer 79th Street Boat Basin Café, West 79th St., crawfishforcancer.org, 2 p.m., $95-110. Catch something that doesn’t happen often in NYC- a Louisiana-style boil of crawfish. However, you wont be here just to gorge on crustaceans, this is a fundraiser that benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Your ticket buys you unlimited crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes, plus beer, wine and cocktails. This is all set to a live soundtrack, including a cover band.

FREE: A Closer Look for Kids

Multiple locations, bikenyc.org. We bet you didn’t know it was Bike Month, huh? Join this celebration that hopes to make NYC more cycle-friendly than it already is. Multiple events will be occurring, including CycloFemme’s yearly bike ride today, which will travel all over Manhattan. Other events include a ridein movie, and a 2nd avenue commuter bike train.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., moma.org, 10 a.m. This activity is a tour of the MoMA’s permanent collections and temporary exhibits, for kids ages 5 to 10. They- as well as mom and dad- are encouraged to voice their opinion on what they like and dislike. This tour will help them begin to develop an appreciation for art, which could become an important presence in their lives and futures.

Eisenberg ◄Ophira Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, strandbooks.com, 7 p.m., $15.

FREE: The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian and the host of the weekly game show “Ask Me Another” on NPR. She will be reading from her new memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, which is a compilation of tales about the hilarious trials and tribulations she has faced in her search for love. Her reading will be followed by an After Hours version of her game show.

Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th St., acquavellagalleries.com, 10 a.m. This exhibit features Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Oldenburg, with a focus on the development of Pop Art in the U.S. Still Life is also illuminated, having been used in some of Pop Art’s most innovative expressions. Artists viewed it as a vital vehicle of expression in displaying themes of contemporary life in a post-war consumerist society. Get in touch with these seemingly simple images that hold complex meaning.

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FREE: Richard Misrach “On the Beach 2.0”

B.B King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 9:30 p.m., $40-45. You may know Wayne Brady from the famed improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? or as the host of the recent revival of Let’s Make a Deal. In this show, Brady creates a spectacular and extremely entertaining performance all on his own. He engages the audience by incorporating their suggestions or bringing them onstage as props. He may even treat you with a vocal performance to show off his legitimate singing chops.

Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th St., thepacegallery.com, 10 a.m. Richard Misrach first introduced his “On the Beach” series 9 years ago, now digital technology has enabled him to capture movement and to freeze the motion of water in a completely new way. These remarkable photos document the sea’s changes in color and energy, as well as humans entering and affecting the ocean while being dwarfed in the vast landscape.

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Word for Word: Wendy Williams ◄ FREE: Bryant Park Reading Room, 41 West 40th St., bryantpark.org, 12:30 p.m. The New York Times bestselling author and talk show host is ready to answer your most pressing and personal relationship questions. She will also be speaking about her latest book, Ask Wendy, which is a collection of boldly honest words of advice taken from the popular segment on her show. You will definitely leave feeling enlightened and ready to make a change.

FREE: FREE: Small Business Expo

Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue, thesmallbusinessexpo.com, 10 a.m. This is the largest and most anticipated national business networking event, trade show, and conference for business owners. Learn about products and services that will help your business grow, as well as attend cutting edge workshops and seminars that will further your education. Most importantly, partake in speed networking and develop connections that could pan out to be extremely valuable.

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FREE: Spring Music Series at Millesime The Carlton Hotel, 92 Madison Avenue, millesimenyc.com, 8 p.m. This Music Series features some of the best up-and-coming jazz musicians in the entire country. Tonight’s performer is Courtney Graff, a singer-songwriter with a bluesy sound. Her inspiring lyrics speak to empowering the self, embracing the moment, and appreciating the people you love.

Broadway Sessions with Ben Cameron Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd St., 11 p.m., $5 plus $15 minimum. When the curtain falls on Broadway, don’t end your night just yet. This après-theatre variety show is hosted by Ben Cameron, of Wicked, Aida, and Footloose fame. Every week a new Broadway star performs and bares their soul. If you’re revved up and in the mood to perform, the show then morphs into an open-mike show-tune night. Don’t be intimidated, we’re sure your rendition of “Defying Gravity” is spectacular.

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OP-ED

City Getting Greener There are exciting new ways that NYC is becoming more environmentally friendly and still more we can all do. By Dan Garodnick

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n my tenure in the City Council, I have worked hard to push the envelope on ways to protect the environment — from authoring the City’s Green Energy Code, to requiring new commercial buildings to have sensors to turn out lights, to requiring better access to recycling in residential buildings. And I am pleased to report some big progress on recycling, just from last week. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn this, but New York City has consistently had notoriously low recycling rates. It’s my hope that that is about to change. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced an important new recycling initiative which will save the City $600,000 each year, and lead to more than 50,000 tons of waste diverted from landfills. The best estimate is that we’ll raise our recycling rate from our current 15 percent to 30 percent by the year 2017. The biggest change is that New Yorkers can now recycle hard plastics, including toys, shampoo bottles, coffee cups, food containers and hangers. You can find a full list of what you can and cannot recycle on the Department of Sanitation’s website. Quick tip: your old CDs and hummus containers are okay, but don’t recycle old cassettes or toothpaste tubes! Don’t know what day to put out your recyclables? You can check refuse and recycling collection dates on nyc.gov. This will not only save the City money and divert items from our landfills, but it’s also very important for our environment. According to the Department of Sanitation, for every ton of paper we recycle, we save four metric tons of carbon equivalent, which is the same as taking one car off the road for eight months. Even better, by recycling metal items such as cans and tinfoil, we save the equivalent of five metric tons of carbon for every ton of material, which is the same as taking one car off the road for an entire year. Of note, the City’s pilot composting program in public schools also cut the amount of garbage those schools sent to landfills by up to 38 percent. Did you know you can bring your compost to some greenmarkets? You can find participating locations on GrowNYC’s website, grownyc.org. How else can you prevent greenhouse gas emissions? • Did you know home solar panels can pay

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for themselves in six years? My office prepared a factsheet with incentives available if you adopt solar panels. And, if you have questions about installing solar panels on your roof, visit the Department of Building’s FAQ page. • Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, will save you energy and money. In fact, you could save over $100 over the bulb’s lifetime. And of course, be sure to recycle old CFLs. • Another tip to save money and energy: unplug home electronics when they aren’t in use. Seventy-five percent of electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they are plugged in but turned off. By using a power strip you can save up to $200 each year off your energy bill.

Better recycling in residential developments Starting next year, new apartment developments will need to set aside space for recycling. I authored a piece of legislation which I hope will change New Yorkers’ recycling habits by making recycling as convenient as possible.

A greener East Midtown As we consider the Mayor’s proposed rezoning of East Midtown, I firmly believe that any new buildings that arise from this rezoning should be held to the highest environmental standards. In New York, it is our buildings that are the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions (in fact, they account for 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions) and we need to be responsible stewards to future New Yorkers. For the first time ever, the Department of City Planning has included a sustainability requirement in a proposed rezoning resolution. Buildings that seek increased density under this rezoning would need to outperform the New York City Energy Conservation Code by at least 15%. This is a very good jumping off point for conversations about how the City can incentivize green design.

Dan Garodnick is a City Council Member representing the Upper East Side.

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SHOPPING

More Than Antiques More & More Antiques offers surprisingly charming finds at low prices By Laura Shanahan

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aints preserve us! Specifically, miniaturized versions of saints that appear to be hand-carved of an especially soothing-green translucent jade, (but are in fact “plastique�), accented with metallic gold touches. Find these approximately two-inch high Peruvian religious and cultural totems at More & More Antiques, at 378 Amsterdam Ave., corner of 78th, where they sell for the equally diminutive price of $2.50 per. Um, contemporary plastic $2.50 items – no matter how charming and unique – at an antiques shop? Yes, indeed. More & More is an antiques store like no other. Sure, there is the $2,600 set of fine Royal Crown Derby vintage china in a discontinued Old Japan Imari pattern, (distinctive in its flowy-floral design of cobalt, metallic gold and a carnelian color) – but there are also loads of absolutely lovely and enchanting contemporary, (albeit often with an antique-y twist), items that are perfect to give as gifts for, say, $10 and less – sometimes way less. “I try to mix it up so there’s something for everyone,� say owner Steve Mohr, whose store has been on this block for a total of 26 years (there was a prior location on this very same street). I rarely shop while I go shopping around for y’all, but at these prices – and this level of enchantment – I purchased no fewer than five items, totaling a measly $17 or so: three saints, (you don’t have to be religious – or Catholic – to love these; oh, did I mention they glow in the dark?), and two F.G. & Co. sparkly die-cut gift tags. Ah, yes, the gift tags: You are a more giving

More & More Antiques 378 Amsterdam Ave.; Phone: (212) 580-8404 moreandmoreantiquesnyc.com What’s special: Collectible quality antiques comingled with witty and just downright pretty tries, because, in the immortal words of one shopper, “It’s nice to look at pretty things.â€?

person than I am if you can actually affix these beauties by their satin-ribbon ties to a gift for someone. I’m keeping the ones I bought for myself, I confided to another shopper. “It’s nice to look at pretty things,� she agreed. F.G. & Co. has several series of tags – oh, we know they’re gift tags, because they have the “To� and “From� designations. The series includes Ballet Fairies and Luxury Ladies, with each card faithfully replicating antique illustrations, predominantly pretty and pink and dainty beyond words. Gilding the lily, each is also hand-glittered, adding exquisite detailing and patterns. All this for just $3 to $6.50 per. You might wish to do what I plan for one of the larger ones (over 7-inches long) – and use it as a book mark. More pretty stuff, again in an unusual context: The deck of playing cards, each imprinted with a different painting by Gustav Klimt, the 19th century Austrian artist best known for The Kiss, a gorgeously elaborate and sensual work; $10.

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here is a rising tidal wave of age-related brain diseases striking our maturing population, especially the 77 million Baby Boomers who will all need care for age-related brain diseases at the same time,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Costantino Iadecola, a leading neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medical College and a neurologist at NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brain and mind diseases are a growing health challenge worldwide and a major contributor to loss of life and severe disability.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Iadecola was recently named the director of the new Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at the medical college. The institute is a research hub that promises to move lab research into advanced personalized therapies for patients with devastating brain diseases, such as Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Lou Gehrigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, stroke and

multiple sclerosis. In addition, scientists will develop new ways to identify risk factors for brain disease and preventive strategies and will study the impact that other conditions, such as high blood pressure or metabolic diseases, have on brain health. A central focus will be translational research, in which scientists and doctors collaborate to help turn research advances quickly into practical clinical applications. The institute takes a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together leading experts in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, radiology and geriatrics, among others. Dr. Iadecola will work hand-in-hand with a team of leading physician-scientists, including Dr. Matthew E. Fink, the medical centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head of neurology. The institute will be headquartered in the new Belfer Research Building, set to open at the end of 2013.

Thursday, June 6, 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. WHERE:

2315 Broadway at 84th Street, 3rd Floor

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in Manhattan on the Upper East Side at York Avenue and 68th Street, comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Named in honor of Gertrude and Louis Feil, the institute was created with a generous $28 million gift from the Feil Family. Their gift will also allow for the hiring of four to six top neuroscientists; state-of-the-art equipment; scholarships for trainees and medical students; and more. For more than three decades, the entire Feil Family has championed research, education and patient care at Weill Cornell with generous gifts of more than $75 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to the Feil Family, Weill Cornell is leading the way with translational medicine research discoveries that will make a difference in the lives of patients,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This institute serves as a model for the future of biomedicine,

leep-related problems are among the most common issues seen by a pediatrician. Poor sleep habits can lead to behavioral, educational, social and health problems. Fortunately, many childhood sleep problems can be recognized early and treated successfully. The new Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep Center, located at 425 East 61st Street, is staffed by a team of pediatricians and

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pediatric specialists in the areas of sleep, pulmonology, ENT, neurology and psychology to address a range of sleep issues, from teaching parents techniques to help babies sleep during the night to more serious problems, such as sleep apnea, which is often a cause of heavy and frequent snoring. After conducting testing in child-friendly sleep labs, the team develops individualized treatment plans, which may include breathing-support devices, medications, surgery or behavioral therapy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many behavioral problems we see in children are the result of sleep problems. Once you address sleep, these problems, be it moodiness or depression or even ADHD, may disappear,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Haviva Veler, director of the center and a pediatrician at the Komansky Center for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. For more information, call 646-962-3410.

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Dr. Costantino Iadecola, Director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute

breaking down barriers to the innovative discovery of vital solutions for the prevention and treatment of devastating brain diseases, such as Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and stroke.â&#x20AC;?

DOMESTIC WORKERS HEALTH FAIR ON MAY 31

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A free health fair speciďŹ cally for domestic workers will offer health screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and BMI), hands-on pediatric CPR demonstrations, health counseling, and information on burn safety, seizures, and immigrant and human rights. Join us for a fun day for the whole family, including face painting and giveaways. WHEN: Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. WHERE: Sokol Hall, 420 E. 71st Street (between First and York Avenues).

Sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ambulatory Care Network. For more information, call Chris Marengo, 212-746-6460.


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ore than 250 New York philanthropists gathered at the Astor Center in the historic DeVinne Press Building on March 22 for the second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without A Safety Netâ&#x20AC;? fund-raiser, raising more than $40,000 for the Weill Cornell Community Clinic. Funds raised from the sold-out event will support patient care for uninsured New Yorkers and will cover approximately 85 percent of the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual budget. The weekly clinic provides primary care, medications, and specialty referrals at little or no cost to more than 350 patients a year. It is run entirely by Weill Cornell medical students supervised by faculty and attending physicians. Event highlights included a silent auction of artwork from 12 up-and-coming local artists, dancing to beats mixed by DJ Alec Swinburne, and the company of other New Yorkers committed to improving health care for New Yorkers. Guests enjoyed wines and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres generously donated and prepared by Hospitality Holdings, specialty mixed drinks featuring Karlssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gold Vodka and beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. To learn more about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without A Safety Netâ&#x20AC;? or to donate to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, please visit: http://weill.cornell.edu/wccc/safetynet/

t a press conference at Weill Cornell Medical College on February 24, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined Weill Cornell Dean Dr. Laurie Glimcher, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Micah Kellner, City Council Member Jessica Lappin, and Weill Cornell researchers, students and patients to decry the harmful impact of federal budget sequestration on medical research. Sequestration, which began on March 1, is expected to reduce funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $1.6 billion this year. More than 80 percent of NIHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget is devoted to supporting more than 300,000 researchers at thousands of universities and research institutions across the country, with over half supCongresswoman Carolyn Maloney, speaking, with (left to right) Dr. David Nanus, porting medical schools and teaching Jonathan Lowenberg, Dr. Manish Shah, and Dr. Laurie Glimcher. hospitals, central to American scientiďŹ c and health care research efforts and of federal funding that will impose will undermine these efforts and prevent medical advances. draconian cuts to the research and us from fully building on the promise of U.S. Representative Carolyn B. development programs that are our new discoveries.â&#x20AC;? Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, hope for the future. I am determined Sequestration will bring approxiBrooklyn), said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldto join colleagues in both parties and mately $85 billion in automatic cuts class medical research institutions like both houses of Congress to prevent to the federal budget. These cuts will Weill Cornell Medical College stand at our nation from being forced into this disproportionately hit federal funding the forefront of scientiďŹ c innovation entirely manufactured ďŹ scal crisis.â&#x20AC;? for medical research. Approximately and discovery and the development of Dean Dr. Laurie Glimcher of Weill $167 million in funding could be lost cutting-edge technology. They play a Cornell Medical College said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medical in New York State alone. New York critical role in developing new strategies research has opened the door to new receives an estimated economic return and treatment to save and prolong the treatments for cancer, cardiovascular of $7.50 for each research dollar invested lives of millions of people all over the disease and many other illnesses, in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical schools. Therefore, world, and are also critical generators treatments that have saved lives and a $167 million loss in NIH funding would of our continuing economic recovery substantially improved the quality of equate to an overall loss of approximateand job growth. I urge House leadership others. At Weill Cornell we are poised ly $1.255 billion to New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy to avoid triggering a sequestration to continue the ďŹ ght, but sequestration and could result in signiďŹ cant job losses.

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DEWING THINGS BETTER

Better Planet, Better Skin Practices we observe for Earth Day and Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day are good for society - at a micro and macro level By Bette Dewing

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bout Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day coming up, and Earth Day just observed - let neither be one day of remembering in a year of forgetting. As this anti-ageism militant says, the more birthdays you have, the more they deserve celebration, with help to make the celebrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everydays better. To paraphrase Ira Gershwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic lyric, the road neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get rougher and lonelier and tougher. About Earth Day, well, fighting everyday health perils got short shrift when only 22 of the many thousands of apartment house dwellers whose health is affected showed up at the CIVITAS forum on the Upper East Sideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super-dirty air problem. The focus was on one major, but little publicized pollutant, the burning of number 4 and 6 boiler oil by most buildings because it is cheapest. Yup, fortunes are spent on new lobbies but converting to cleaner oil or natural gas heat remains on the proverbial back burner until the new law makes it mandatory by 2015. I was truly troubled by the meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low attendance with so much at stake and with such expert information offered on how best to convert and even cooperate with nearby buildings for more reasonably priced number 2 oil or natural gas. And so I wrote to CIVITAS executive director, Hunter F. Armstrong, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bet if the meeting notice had warned how number 4 and 6 oil damaged and aged complexions and skin tone. rather than respiratory and cardiovascular systems, there might have been standing room only.â&#x20AC;? He agreed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a different marketing approach

was needed.â&#x20AC;? Til the revolution, let those concerned with the very real damage these dirty oils inflict on the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lungs and hearts contact your local elected officials and also Hunter Armstrong at 212-996-0745. About Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, again Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m strongly recommending Kate Stone Lombardiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, The Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boy Myth. Of course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for mothers of sons, but even more for those social policy-makers who still excuse sonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; non-involvement with families of origin, excusing it as typical male behavior, not a cultural thing that needs to be challenged. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrate those adult sons who stay vitally connected to their mothers and fathers and other elder kindred like JaRon Eames, noted jazz vocalist and music historian, who has requested a copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eyes.â&#x20AC;? Willie Nelson has a wonderful rendition. And so deserving of support is The Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir Spring Concert at Church of the Heavenly Rest (90th and Fifth Avenue) on May 18 at 4 p.m. This 26 year-old group founded and directed by James Backmon also tutors and mentors the young singers. I so hope they again perform my son Jeff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthday to a Little Girlâ&#x20AC;? about a repentant absentee daddy who longs to get back into the life of his now 6 year-old daughter. This message needs to go viral and mainstream. dewingbetter@ao.com

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Recall and Response roadway’s new Black (or nontraditional cast) production of The Trip to Bountiful comes alive when Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts, an elderly Texas widow longing to return to her titular hometown, stands up and sings a church hymn in a desolate bus station. It is the chestnut “Blessed Assurance” and as Tyson prances and sings, the audience spontaneously joined in. Was it a response to the actress and her legacy of cultural landmarks (Sounder, Roots, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, East Side/West Side) or gospel’s call-and-response tradition that veteran Black performers and audiences bring to Broadway? It was a surprising—and unexpectedly satisfying— moment; unscripted by playwright Horton Foote whose synthetic Southern doggerel treats the human condition like bolts of preprinted fabric. Familiar ideas about family, aging and the passing of time are cut and stitched into ready-made, second-hand drama—the half-tragic equivalent to a sitcom. But there’s Tyson as Carrie Watts, the role that originated by Lillian Gish and that won Geraldine Page an Oscar. This occasion forces one to realize the paucity of roles for older actresses (Tyson is 80), especially black actresses. Tyson seizes the vehicle to communicate her principled talent to a culture that has forgotten what that means. When Carrie cries “I want to go back to Bountiful,” Tyson gives it the yearning of a woman who feels existentially stranded in a debilitating, non-nurturing place, a cramped two-room Houston apartment with her son Ludie (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his frustrated, harpy wife Jessie Mae (Vanessa Williams). The

situation parallels the lack of mobility faced by black actresses toiling in an unwelcoming or restricting profession. Tyson‘s career milestones have always happened against the odds yet her successes are impressive because their always demonstrate moral integrity. Not the worse legacy, it puts Tyson in the same league as Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte–powerful performers who also stood for something. In this case, the memory of a bountiful artistic and political calling in which personal artistry illuminates mere professionalism. That Tyson’s lack of sentimentality—her defining quality—fits Carrie Watts is ironic. Foote’s determined yet nostalgic crone is utterly average, suffering typical old-age dilemmas. Not exactly a warm matriarch, Tyson makes her stubborn, self-obsessed drive to return to her roots seem vital, (her subtle anger recalls Tyson’s Rebecca in Sounder). She works Foote’s threadbare, pseudo-homey clichés for all they’re worth. There’s no richness in Foote’s writing, the flat, naturalistic language resists poetry; Geraldine Page gave the film her hammy but great emotionalism to stave off Foote’s unintended yet unavoidable bleakness. In the last act, director Michael Wilson lets Tyson nearly transform Carrie Watt’s dotage into principle: “I found my dignity and strength” she says looking at her girlhood home with the symbolic name, (a bland version of the yearning psychology William Inge expressed better in Come Back, Little Sheba). That line isn’t quite believable but we know what Carrie/Tyson means: The search for stronger values and desire to restore personal heritage are clear. The sympathetic audience provided a Tyler Perry response, giving more implicit Christian fellowship than Foote intended. (Singing “Blessed Assurance” also recalls Tyson’s very excellent Peter Bogdanovich TV movie Blessed Assurance.) With Tyson’s presence, this production’s new

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Tyson and Candola Rashad in A Trip to BounƟful. ethnic focus evokes the Great Migration history of blacks relocated to urban living yet retaining ambivalent memories of the South as home. Jeff Cowie’s set, superlatively lighted by Rui Rita, recalls the Hudson River School of bucolic radiance; creating a visible, nearly cinematic passage of time. The years since Tyson performed in the legendary 1961 production of Genet’s The

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CITYARTS MUSIC

The Detroit Way A revived orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall with its maestro, Leonard Slatkin By Jay Nordlinger

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rom May 6 to May 11, Carnegie Hall will present a festival called “Spring for Music.” It offers five orchestras in six concerts. The orchestras come from around the country, and one of them was to have been the Oregon Symphony. The Oregonians found themselves short on cash, however, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will play two concerts (May 9 and 10). The first DSO concert consists of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Kurt Weill and Maurice Ravel. The second one is devoted to Charles Ives—his four symphonies. The concerts are conducted by the DSO’s music director, Leonard Slatkin. I say to him, in a phone conversation, “I’m glad to be hearing Ives. But it’s a shame not to hear Walter Piston—he’s never played.” Slatkin informs me that he himself conducts Piston. But it’s true: The mid-century Americans are largely ignored. Music follows fashion, and Piston, William Schuman, Peter Mennin and the rest of those guys are out of fashion. A young conductor, says Slatkin, should make a project out of reviving them.

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A young woman named Caroline Shaw has just won the Pulitzer Prize, notes Slatkin. She does not call herself a composer, interestingly enough. But performers will naturally want to perform what music she has written, or will write. What they’re unlikely to do, says Slatkin, is unearth, say, the Seventh Symphony of Roy Harris. (That composer’s Third was once well-known, but has faded from the repertoire.) Slatkin grew up in Los Angeles, the son of a famous musician: Felix Slatkin, the violinist, conductor, arranger and so on. In and out of the house trooped even more famous musicians: Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, yes, but also Art Tatum, the jazz pianist, and Frank Sinatra. Felix Slatkin died in 1963, when he was only 47. Leonard was 19. He is now doing what his father wanted to do but did not live quite long enough to do: head an orchestra. His father wanted an orchestra of his own to conduct, somewhere. He was on the verge of getting one when he died. Leonard Slatkin has held many music directorships in his career. He started in Detroit five years ago. The DSO has come through a rocky period. Before there was a national recession, there was a “one-state recession”: Michigan’s. The DSO was not immune. Then, toward the end of 2010, the musicians went on strike, for six months. The orchestra is now back on its feet, reformed and flexible. The musicians took a pay cut—22 percent, on average. But they can earn more with optional work. The orchestra’s main home is still Orchestra Hall, downtown. But they are also out in the suburbs, in six different venues. Occasionally, the musicians break out into smaller ensembles, such as string quartets. “We don’t do flash mobs yet,” says Slatkin, “but that may come.” Ticket prices have fallen, and ticket sales have increased. Also, concerts are streamed live on the Internet. “We are

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redefining the word ‘audience,’” says Slatkin. The webcasts are free of charge. Doesn’t this keep people from going to the concert hall? On the contrary, says Slatkin: The webcasts whet their appetite for the live-and-in-person experience. The DSO is even developing an audience abroad, says Slatkin. “So, when the time comes to resume international touring, we have a head start. People not only know how we play, they know what we look like.” You can buy all nine Beethoven symphonies from the DSO for a mere 20 bucks: They are downloadable. Slatkin figures we will have compact discs for another three or four years and then yield entirely to new technologies. The DSO also has a number of programs designed to provide music education to young Detroiters—this used to be the job of families and schools. Slatkin himself enjoyed an excellent music education in the public schools he attended. He may have come from a spectacularly musical home, but “I cherished that hour when the music teacher came in with an autoharp.” Our society has changed, though, as we all know. In short, the DSO has found a way to keep itself afloat, and moving forward. They are coping with the challenges of today, and also taking advantage of opportunities—such as the Internet. Slatkin is a particularly good ambassador for music. He is not only a fine conductor, he is one of the best talkers about music you’ll ever hear. He has some things in common with a conductor he much admired, Leonard Bernstein. And after all these years, he still loves music as much as ever. “I have the best job in the world,” he says. “It is an honor and a privilege, as well as a responsibility.” He continues, “I stand in front of a hundred musicians and give a downbeat. To this day, I’m not 100 percent sure why that sound comes out”—the hard-to-beat sound of an orchestra.

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Suspending Reality Burning Man collaborative art comes to Wan-Der-Lust By Elena Oumano

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he six artists behind “WanDer-Lust,” a month-long, (now through May 15), mixed-media pop-up exhibit on the ground floor of 72 Wooster Street, announces its mission in a black painted scrawl over the entrance: “Wanderlust is about the primal impulse for exploration. The work assembled expresses a freedom pulsing through the body blood. The collective narrative in this exhibition is informed by journeys unknown; inspired by the moment. The work is meant to inspire a state of constant flow and transformation. Through these works on paper, canvas, photography, sculpture and furniture, we express the human craving for discovery. Welcome to Wanderlust. We invite you to suspend in your reality.” Since art of necessity involves exploration, transformation, and discovery, perhaps more to the point is photographer Peter Ruprecht’s observation that this show embodies the “Burning Man ethos of collaboration brought into the real world.” Photographers Reka Nyari and Ruprecht; artists Jody Levy and Arten Mirolevich; sculptors/furniture makers Dara Young and Yarrow Mazzetti; along with Harlan Berger of Centaur Properties, the developer hosting “Wan-Der-Lust” before 72 Wooster is sold, met at Burning Man and

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formed a camp that creates art alongside others as part of the pop-up community that takes over Nevada’s Black Rock desert every year. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ve transformed a rough, rubble-strewn NYC space lacking electricity into a gallery in order to showcase the individual works that often bear traces of each other’s fortuitous interference. All the contributors here evidence imagination and skill, but Ruprecht and Mazzetti show the strongest. Mazzetti’s powerfully authentic heart of pine and stainless steel furniture includes a sleekly gorgeous dining table and a chest with 5 theme drawers, each crammed with objects and opening to a flood of music. Ruprecht, a former Olympic skier and financial consultant who’s untrained in photography, first bought a camera in 2006 and a few years later, had a billboard looming over Times Square. His richly-colored, high contrast images are not framed. Instead, Mazzetti’s aluminum backings extend the images’ space beyond four corners, underscoring their generosity and excitingly alive quality. A series of meticulously rendered etchings by Mirolevich, a visionary artist also working in water color, pen and ink here stands out as well. He’s the only Wan-Der-Lust artist with professional representation, But galleries are currently circling Ruprecht. Three of his photos were snapped up at the opening night party attended by 2000 people gathered mostly by internet word-of-mouth—further evidence of Burning Man’s infiltration into the real world.

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Spielberg’s Shortcomings about the media’s protection of Obama’s image and its implicit lack of decorum which began (negatively) with the media’s assault on George W, Bush’s presidency. But Nevermind. (That might have been a more clever title for the short—what, By Armond White was Tony Kushner too busy reading Entertainment Weekly?). he worst Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg’s Obama was production ever is, without made redundantly, to disguise the doubt, his Barack Obama euphemistic Beltway metaphors of homage, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, (such as that despicable Obama. Unlike his disingenuous moment when Abraham Lincoln, Obama-in-disguise campaign feature film, arms outstretched, mendaciously Lincoln, this two-minute second satirical short emulates the scales of justice—but looks artless and slapdash; it was made for politicking with his right hand and Steven Spielberg’s Obama. last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ prevaricating with his Left). Yet, those Dinner—an annual event for fatcats that who care about the honor of Spielberg’s fabrications were rooted in the dark heart of contradicts the United States’ supposed best work have to pay mind to this short’s millennial White Liberal fantasy, not historical allegiance to democracy by gathering the dishonesty. It gainsays the fact of Obama’s fact or African American dreaming. nation’s most empowered people (media media-based mythification by joking about it. Because Obama has become the fulfillment celebrities) to gently lambaste but mostly Spielberg pretends in the short to be of White Liberal dreaming, his mythification celebrate their empowered peer, the President, thinking about doing a first film about in Lincoln and throughout the mainstream as the most casual, supercilious, inviolable and Obama and smirks, “Picking the right actor media is accepted without vetting—so much narcissistic cat of them all. to “play Obama that was the challenge. So I so that even Spielberg can contribute to the Newscasters have disgraced their needed someone who could dive in and really mythification, attempting to sway an election profession and politics by making cameos become Barack Obama. And as it turns out and then kid about it. with apparently no qualms that news is just the answer was right in front of me all along: His short’s suggestion that the Obama myth another form of celebritized fiction. There’s Daniel Day Lewis.” This plays the movie required an actor of Daniel Day Lewis’ stature an unholy alliance between the news industry going public cheap, as if they weren’t smart is inadvertently revealed. Spielberg boasts and Hollywood. No matter the deprivations enough to catch that Obama was already the about Day Lewis’ method of ”becom[ing] Americans across the country still suffer subtext of Lincoln. Spielberg knew this, he let his character: Hawkeye from Last Of The from Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, West, screenwriter Tony Kushner go forward with Mohicans, Bill the Butcher in The Gangs Texas and the economy—the Correspondents’ the rhetorical ruse which The New York Times of New York and Abraham Lincoln from dinner is a ritual for the privileged, the ruling only cottoned to after the film’s release. Lincoln. And you know what, he nailed it.” class that Americans like to think doesn’t exist. In an analysis titled “Confronting the Nailing it is the correct, crucifying term for That’s one reason they go to the movies, (the Fact of Fiction and the Fiction of Fact,” two the Washington Correspondents Dinner’s most shameful reason), and Spielberg made thumbs-up reviewers chimed “Lincoln isn’t deprecation of American history. this short to further that ends of mystification, just about how President Lincoln navigated Spielberg’s litany accidentally links Obama’s misguidance and manipulation. the passage of the 13th Amendment; it presidency to questionable representations The mockumentary’s unfunny jokes is also about President Obama whose of American history: James Fennimore start with Spielberg asking “I mean who is presidency could not be imagined without Cooper’s White fantasy that Leslie Fiedler Obama, really? We don’t know. We never got that amendment.” So much form the limits once explicated, (in Love and Death and his transcripts.” This would only be amusing of Times critics’ imaginations. They finally the American Novel) as the embodiment of if it weren’t true. There’s obscenity in joking admitted that Spielberg and Kushner’s Eurocentric fears and the basis of America’s racial delusions, (a critical thesis now forgotten in the Ebert age); Scorsese’s postHarold Rosenbaum conducts The Canticum Novum Singers Vietnam imagining of America’s hostile social legacy and immigrant brutality. Spielberg ties all that to Lincoln, not to absolve it but to SATURDAY, MAY 18 AT 8 PM unconsciously root it to the racial and political Saint Jean Baptiste Church, 76th Street at Lexington confusion about slavery and identity that the unvetted Obama represents. F E AT U R I N G But, wait! It gets worse! Obama himself Heidi Grant Murphy, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Frank Lopardo, Clifford Derix takes part in Spielberg’s charade. After once and The Artemis Chamber Ensemble claiming “I have a lot on my plate,” Obama generously took the time to complete Program also includes Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus Spielberg’s fantasy by showing how he and Bach’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied prepares for public performance: Looking into “Chamber choruses don’t come a mirror, Obama preps “Hello, Ohio! Hello, any better.” — The New York Times Ohio!” “I love you back.” “Look, look, let me be clear about this.” The only thing that’s Tickets: $60, $40 at (212) 866-0468 or at canticumnovum.org clear is that the gathered media aristocracy,

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(including the low-down yet highly-placed of Hollywood and Manhattan), approves this disingenuousness. It’s all right with them. They want a President as lacking in dignity as they are, so they reduce him to their level—morally, professionally, politically. This short is Spielberg’s most Brechtian comedy: he gets the President of the United States to ridicule the supposedly sincere reasons his constituents support him, undermining the prestige of office that even his opponents are obliged to respect. (One could argue that the media’s out-of-control disrespect the presidency began with George W. Bush or maybe our lapdog media was born during the Clinton administration). For Spielberg, Obama willingly portrays a performer in the act of deceiving the public. (Only Bill and Hillary Clinton taking on the roles of the mafia gangsters The Sopranos was as offensive.) It is not funny when Obama-as-Day-Lewis confuses things, saying “The hardest part? Trying to understand his [my] motivations. Why did he [I] pursue ‘health care’ first? What makes him [me] tick? Why doesn’t he [I] get mad? If I was him I’d be mad all the time. But I’m not him, I’m Daniel Day Lewis.” It’s as bad as a Saturday Night Live skit. Or a Jon Stewart Early Show skit. Or a Real Time with Bill Maher skit. (Or a Morning Joe, Rachel Maddow skit, I mean, “newscast.”) That’s how low the producer of the terrific early Zemeckis-Gale comedies has sunk. For the past seven months I’ve personally been fielding questions about why I didn’t like the movie Lincoln. Going through the unpleasant effort of explaining the film’s basic inaccuracy and unfairness to people who were prepared to love and defend it simply because it was customized to their political sentiments, made my explanation all the more frustrating. (When die-hard Spielberg scoffers praised Lincoln, I knew their commendations had nothing to do with esthetics or history, only with the film’s slanted politics and strenuously forced contemporary parallel to Obama’s lame-duck presidency.) Now, after the disappointment of the Kushner-Spielberg Lincoln, we get its unfortunate sequel—actually a coda. A coda ought to reinforce a work’s preceding revelations but it’s become apparent that after his previous great films showed the humane aspect of the human experience, Spielberg has taken up the partisan view. Now that Spielberg shows us what Lincoln actually meant, one can really, rightfully rue it.

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Shaking Up an Old Favorite: The Bloody Mary More recommendations:

Downtown restaurants are trying new variations on the traditional Bloody Mary just in time for spring brunch season By Joanna Fantozzi

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or this Mother’s Day, or even for that perfect spring Sunday afternoon, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with brunch. One of the best parts of brunch is that delicious Bloody Mary. But not all spicy tomato cocktails are created equal. Take mom or your loved ones out for brunch, (even a liquid brunch), to one of these downtown places, where Bloody Marys take on an unusual twist. At Burger and Barrel, the gastropub at Houston Street and Mercer Street, for instance, take your pick from four Bloody Mary choices including the traditional recipe. But for those looking for something more adventurous, try the Bloody Maria, made with infused tequila. The Queen Mary is made with spicy tomato juice, cucumber, gin and garnished with dill and lemon. But the real draw, according to General Manager Carmelo Pecoraro, is the BBQ Bacon

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made a certain way,” said Pecoraro. “There’s always a variation on it, and that was the whole idea, to create something new.”

*Cole’s (Greenwich Ave and Main Street) — Get a drink and an appetizer all rolled into one with Cole’s “Kitchen Sink” Bloody Mary. Chef Daniel Eardley pickles the green beans for the cocktail, which are thrown into the in-house made Bloody Mary mix, along with caper berries, olives, celery and lemon. *Sauce (Rivington and Allen Street) — You and your loved ones have a choice of three fresh Bloody Mary concoctions at this farm-to-table mom’s Italian kitchen-esque restaurant. Plus all moms eat for free on Mother’s Day at Sauce! Try the Bloody Mario (made with Grappa Zardetto di Prosecco), The Bloody Maria (made with Sauza tequila), and a traditional Bloody Mary made with Tito’s Vodka. *Colicchio and Sons (10th Avenue Between West 15th and West 16th Streets) — The Bloody Verde - You heard that right. It’s green, not red. That’s because this Bloody Mary variation, at one of Tom Colicchio’s famous restaurants, is made with green tomatoes, jalapenos, chilis, cilantro and green Tabasco sauce.

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Healthy y Manhattan B Top regret of the dying: 'I wish I didn't work so hard' ronnie Ward, an Australian nurse who has spent time with patients during their last several weeks of life, wrote an article last year called "The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying," based on the conversations she had with her patients. After compiling the answers, Ward said that among the most common regrets expressed by the patients were: I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. I wish that I had let myself be happier. She also wrote about one regret: I wish I didn't work so hard. This sentiment came from mostly male patients that she has nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most women she has nursed were from

a generation where they had not been breadwinners, there were less who mentioned it. "All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence," she wrote. Family and relationship expert Hellen Chen, has had a similar experience. "The deepest regret that I have heard has been men and women missing out on the most important part of life: the quality of their relationship in a marriage or with their children," she said. Chen specializes in working with men and women resistant to marriage. She says she helps them overcome their hopelessness and past disappointments so that they can say, "I do." "There are so many successful career professionals who came to me, from doctors to execs to CEOs," she said. "They have everything in their life: money, house, stable career, talent. But all these accomplishments could not replace the void of a close companion to share their success with."

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CELEBRITY PROFILE

Matt Gross Shares 30 Years of Travel realized realiz that it was no longer fair to my wife or me to wonder off for a couple of weeks week at a time and leave her in charge of the th kids. And I wasn’t making all that much muc money doing what I was doing. I sent sen an email out to everyone saying was looking. Six weeks later I got an I wa email back from a friend in Portland, ema Oregon, who had put on a big food Ore event with Bon Appetit, saying they were eve looking for an editor. loo

Former New York Times columnist settles down to write a travel memoir By Angela Barbuti

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ou know you’re a frugal traveler if you’ve eaten fried spiders in Cambodia, slept in a Roman convent, and booked a flight with Ryan Air. Matt Gross has done all of the above while penning the Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times from 2006-2010. Now, the man who arguably had “the best job in the world,” is sharing his over 30 years of travel in one book, The Turk Who Loved Apples. At the moment, his longestt journey is from the Times Square office of Bon Appetit, where he serves as their web editor, to the Brooklyn home he shares with his wife and two children. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. When asked about his future plans, he said, “Right now, I have a great job, two kids, and a wife to see all the time. Most people want to be on vacation forever. That’s what it feels like right now.”

How did you organize 30 years of travel into one book? [Laughs] That was the tricky part. I have very broad experiences of travel, but not necessarily very deep. That is, I’ve been lots of places, but never anywhere for more than about two weeks at a time. And I had to figure out some kind of way to tie everything together. I looked at everything I’d done and everything I’d been through and decided that crappy travel [laughs] was the organizing principle. A lot of getting sick, getting lost, being alone, scared, poor and naïve. I started out very innocent to the world and wound up capable of getting dropped off anywhere and getting along.

At the start of your book, you make a bold statement, telling readers that this is the last travel book they will ever need. Yeah, I would hope so. [Laughs] I like the idea that if someone like me can become a fairly independent traveler and learn to break free of the guide books and the newspaper and magazine articles that tell you how to

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M would be surprised to learn Most that th you were a freelancer when you yo worked at the Times.

travel, then anybody should be able to do it. It’s a very personal book, but if it has an effect, I would love for it to give travelers the confidence to do things on their own.

In your book, you mention websites like couchsurfing.com and chowhound.com. In your opinion, what is the best travel site? Roadsandkingdoms.com is fantastic. It’s full of the quirky and fascinating moments that mean something to travelers. I read it and it makes me want to go places.

At one point, you were spending three to six months a year away from your wife. How does she cope with that? Pretty well. [Laughs] When I met her, we dated for six weeks and then she moved to France for a year. That sort of set up the pattern of our relationship from the very beginning - that we were going to be together and apart all the time. We don’t have the energy to get worked up about issues like that, so we just deal with it. It makes it so that every time you’re together it’s either a happy reunion or you want to make the most of it because you’re going to be going away again.

You are now the editor of bonappetit. com. How did that job come about?

All freelance. You’d have to ask them why that is. [Laughs] But there was w never held out the possibility that I’d n become a staffer. My last big story, b ““Lost in Jerusalem,” came out for them in January of 2012. Then I sort th of hunkered down to write the book o aand stopped traveling as much. That’s how most of their travel writers are. h From an economic perspective, it makes sense. Travel stories take a llot of time to research and cost a lot of money to produce. And you can’t get that many big stories out of a person per year.

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One interesting story you did involved traveling to Tokyo to write about Ramen. What’s one of your favorite articles?

As the Frugal Traveler, you spent 100 dollars per day. Long summer trips I would try to keep below 100 dollars a day. A hundred dollars a day was my cap, and I would try to shoot for as far under that as I could. Some people would get mad because I said 100 dollars a day and say, “That’s not frugal!”

Oh yeah, that was a great story. A lot of the food stuff I did for the Times was good. I did a story with the headline, “Mangia, Mangia!” about eating in Abruzzo with this program called Home Food, which brings you into regular families’ dining rooms. That was amazing.

You got that comment a lot, that you weren’t frugal enough. Oh, yeah. People would say that all the time. It just depends on your perspective. Some people see “frugal,” and think that’s supposed to mean you’re backpacking and sleeping in a tent and buying loaves of cheap white bread at the supermarket. But then

Where is one place you still haven’t visited that you’d like to someday? Hmmm. I’d really like to go to New Zealand, but not for any really specific reason. I just think I would like it a lot there. [Laughs]

Join Matt on Thursday at The General Society lecture series “Labor, Landmarks and Literature.” WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn on June 20th. New York Public Library

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there are people who are on the other side who think that the kind of travel I was doing was hopelessly impoverished. [Laughs] “How can anyone even find a place to sleep for under 300 dollars a night?”

(Mid-Manhattan Branch) on November 6th To learn more about Matt, visit TheTurkWhoLovedApples. com Follow Matt on Twitter @ worldmattworld

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public hearing on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at 66 John Street, 11th ďŹ&#x201A;oor, on a petition from MICHAEL KING INC. to continue to, maintain, and operate an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 935481 in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004

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