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POLITICS With a little more than 100 days under his belt, Mayor de Blasio has yet to win over the Upper East Side BY MEGAN BUNGEROTH
NYPD CRUISER STRIKES MAN ON U.W.S.
There’s been no electoral honeymoon for Bill de Blasio on the Upper East Side. The neighborhood -- which, ironically, de Blasio soon will call home -- nevertheless has presented the biggest challenge for the new mayor, who often has been seen as divisive, even confrontational, in a part of Manhattan that heartily embraced his predecessor.
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k d Upper East Sid i We asked Side residents of all stripes how they think de Blasio is measuring up so far, and most responses acknowledged that three months is a very short time in which to accomplish anything in politics, especially following the 12-year-reign of Michael Bloomberg, a longtime East Sider. But they said his message often grates in a neighbor-
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A swarm of food trucks at the steps of the Metropoiitan Museum has prompted widespread complaints. Photo by Jeff Stone
GRIDLOCK AT THE MUSEUM FOOD CARTS Vendors have taken over the sidewalks in front of the museum, angering locals and Met officials BY JEFF STONE
UPPER EAST SIDE For more than a century, tourists visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue have been greeted by the building’s iconic staircase. Now, that view is increasingly crowded out by a crush of food vendors, infuriating
everyone from museum staff to the Park Department and the NYPD. Long lines on a recent sunny day were evidence that the food carts are thriving, although they present such an eyesore and have created so much traffic that tourists and museum donors alike have wondered why the city won’t step in to clean the area up. The recent closing of two more tasteful food carts – a softpretzel cart and a high-end cupcake vendor – has only added to the frustration. The food gridlock stems from a recent court decision meant to ensure
that a veteran-owned hot dog stand could continue to operate legally. Dan Rossi, who served two tours in Vietnam, has operated directly at the foot of the Met for years, ﬁghting against what he’s described as an attempt by city officials to marginalize veteran-owned food vendors. While a judge sided with Rossi, allowing him to remain open, the decision unintentionally opened the ﬂoodgates for other businesses hoping to avoid the astronomical cart rents in front of the Met by take advantage of the veteran tax exemption. Now, people walking along Fifth Avenue can see disabled vets sitting in a long line of lawn chairs behind Nuts 4 Nuts carts and other chain vendors. Those disabled veterans, much to the dismay of Rossi and museum staff, have essentially leased their food vending permits to non ex-military companies in exchange for a reported $100 per day.
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An NYPD cruiser struck a man crossing at 72nd Street and Broadway on Sunday afternoon. According to an NYPD spokesperson, the cruiser was traveling with its lights and sirens on and had right of way. “The cop tried to divert away from him but he couldn’t swerve enough and he hit the poor guy,” witness Fran Kaback told the Post. “Everyone I talked to said that the man had the right of way.” According to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Facebook page, the man is expected to survive. “Pedestrian hit by a car on 78 Street and Broadway…is going to be OK. That is my understanding. Thank goodness,” wrote the Borough President’s office.
SPEED CAMERAS FOR SCHOOL ZONES State lawmakers are taking aim at lead-footed drivers in New York City and Long Island with a proposal to authorize hundreds of speed cameras in school zones, a plan touted as a way to protect pedestrians and raise money for government coffers. The legislation approving cameras, which has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, is expected to be one of the ﬁrst items on the agenda when lawmakers return to the Capitol this month. Traffic fatalities have dropped nationally and in New York state in the past two decades.
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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS CHECK
GETAWAY DESIGNER AND BUILDER OF UPSTATE COTTAGES $300,000 - $600,000 LAND INCLUDED Supporters of the carriage horse industry have been bolstered by an Upper East Side teen waging a procarriage horse campaign online, as well as the New York Times editorial board. Photo by Victoria Pickering via Flickr.
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TEEN FIGHTS FOR CARRIAGE HORSES IN ONLINE CAMPAIGN Alexandra Summa, a teen on the Upper East Side, has started a website to help ﬁght against a ban on horse carriage rides in Central Park. Summa, having heard about the issue, and recalling fond memories of carriage rides as a child, has taken to social media to help ﬁght for the cause. “I’ve ridden in the carriages. They’re featured in movies. People get proposed to in them,” said Summa. “It’s just something I never thought we would lose.” One of Mayor de Blasio’s campaign promises was to ban the use of carriage horses, sparking praise from animal rights groups, but there has not been a move by the city to enact a ban yet. Meanwhile, the New York Times editorial board urged de Blasio to forget his promise to ban the carriage horses this weekend, and suggested that the city should leave the carriage horse industry alone and let it continue. DNAinfo.com
UBER TO EXPAND TO COURIER SERVICE Uber, a taxi and car service app, is looking to expand into a delivery service, with its beta program launching in Manhattan last Tuesday. The base cost will be $15, but the price could go up to $30 should a package originate on the Upper East or West Side and have to travel down to Lower Manhattan. The expansion is part of the reason investors recently poured over $400 million into the company, pushing its worth to $3.5 billion. Should the expansion prove successful, Uber will be opening up the service to other boroughs. When asked how the service would be different than other courier services, Uber’s general manager in New York Josh Mohrer said, “Better, faster, cheaper.” NY Post
HEROIN ADDICT USES ADDICTION AS DEFENSE Lawyer David Cohen, representing a man responsible for a 2012 home invasion on the Upper East Side, is alleging that his client suffers from “opiod use disorder” in order to mount a potential insanity defense. The trial was stalled last month
when the prosecution challenged the addictionbased insanity defense. The defense is hoping that recent clinical ﬁndings that long-term heroin use alters brain function could put his client in a treatment facility instead of prison. Cohen will question Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, of the rehab center The Dunes East Hampton, about the affliction. “Dr. Kardaras will explain to the members of the jury exactly what opioid use disorder is,” said Cohen. “He will explain the neurochemistry behind it. He will talk about things like dopamine. He will talk about endorphins and addiction, an inability to create endorphins because of sustained chronic use of opiates.” NY Daily News
COLLEGE SENIOR HIT BY TWO CABS, KILLED Kelly Gordon, a senior at Boston College, was visiting the city for job interviews, when she was struck by two cabs on the Upper East Side and killed. Gordon was crossing York Avenue, outside of the crosswalk, at around 11:30 p.m. when she was hit by the ﬁrst cab, throwing her into the adjacent lane, where she was hit by another. She was taken to the Weill Cornell Medical center where she was pronounced dead. Neither of the vehicles are expected to face any criminal charges. In an effort to reduce jaywalking, city officials have administered a ticketing blitz, resulting in jaywalking tickets expected to increase nearly eightfold. New York Times
WILD BIRD FUND GALA A HIT Packed with celebrities like Nathan Lane, Georgina Bloomberg, Victor Garber and commonfolk alike, the Wild Bird Fund’s Gala on the Upper East Side managed to raise $42,000 for more than 2,500 birds and 150 mammals. The Wild Bird Fund, which has long held its non-proﬁt building on the Upper West Side, is still led by its founder Rita McMahon. “Theresa Furman at P.S. 87 has a fabulous bird curriculum for second graders. We get together in the spring and in the autumn,” McMahon said. “They’re right in the neighborhood and so sometimes I’ll call her up and say, ‘You want to come release a hawk today?’ And the whole class goes.” Wall Street Journal
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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG COFFEE TAKER Someone made off with a woman’s handbag in a coffee shop. At 2 PM on Friday, April 11, a 24-year-old woman was having coffee in a coffee shop, leaving her handbag on the back of her chair. When she got up to leave, she found that her bag was gone. Items in the bag included $80 in cash, various credit cards, sunglasses, and makeup. Fortunately, no unauthorized charges have turned up on the cards.
MADISON MAYHEM A man robbed a jewelry store and the clerk on duty. At 1:50 PM on Friday, April 11, a man entered a jewelry store on Madison Avenue. He forced a store employee, a 47-year-old female, to the ground by her neck and tied her hands behind her back. He then took her wallet containing credit cards and $240 in cash, before grabbing jewelry from the safe and a showcase in the front of the store. In total, he made off with $54,761. Video is available of the incident.
UNZIPPED AND NIPPED A pickpocket stole a man’s sunglasses in the subway. At 10:40 AM on Thursday, April 10, a 36-year-old man was riding the 6 train when he was bumped several times as he got off at a station. When he arrived at the street, he realized that
his right sweater pocket, which had been zipped, was now unzipped and a $400 pair of sunglasses was missing.
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FARE PUNCHER Police arrested a taxi fare beater for assault. At 1:50 AM on Tuesday, April 8, a taxi driver - a 51-year-old man - picked up a 29-year-old male passenger on the West side downtown. The passenger asked to be driven to an address uptown. When they got to 67th Street and Park Avenue, however, the rider jumped out of the cab without paying his fare. The cabbie attempted to detain him, but the passenger punched the driver in the mouth and chest with a closed ﬁst, causing bruising and lacerations to the cabbie’s mouth. The passenger then ﬂed east on East 66th Street, but was stopped by police and arrested for assault.
ANTISOCIAL SECURITY A woman’s identity was stolen. At 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 10, a 46-yearold woman reported that an unknown perpetrator had withdrawn $1,200 from her bank account via an online payment. She told police that she had also received a letter from the IRS stating that someone else had used her Social Security number to ﬁle a tax return.
Macy’s and Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that on Friday, July 4th, the annual ﬁreworks display sponsored by the department store will return to the East River, launching from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges in the lower East River for its 38th year. The show has been launched from the Hudson River for the past ﬁve years, blocking views for residents of Brooklyn and Queens. The ﬁreworks display from the Hudson River, where it has been launched for the past ﬁve years. Photo by Randy Lemoine via Flickr.
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UPPER EAST SIDE Following the lead of two Brooklyn schools, dozens of schools in District 2 in Manhattan held demonstrations to voice their criticisms of new state tests they say are unfair and overly burdensome to young students. Administrators, parents, teachers, and students all gathered in front of P.S. 6 on East 81st street early Friday morning, discussing what they say is the terrible structure of this yearâ€™s test, along with some students chanting â€œwe are more than a test score!â€? While some of the kids enjoyed running around holding
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eir handmade their ns, the adults all signs, red similar looks shared of frustration and xiety. anxiety. he stakes have gotThe ten even higher since lastt year, for both stunts and teachers dents teachers. Students test scores now account for 40% of a teacherâ€™s annual evaluation, and they play an important role in a childâ€™s acceptance into middle and high schools. â€œWeâ€™re not against improving education or hard work, but we are against the Core Curriculum,â€? P.S. 6 mother Lizette Bochecchio said. â€œAll of us are trying to help our children the best we can, but the format of these tests has made everyone so stressed out. I try to keep that stress away from my kids, but sometimes that feels impossible.â€? The demonstration at P.S. 6 was inspired by Brooklyn principal Liz Phillips. When state
cials didnâ€™t take her efforts seriously, principals across District 2 decided to show their support for Phillips. A letter was published on the NYC Public School Parents blog, offering parents a chance to be a part of the demonstration. â€œCommunity School District 2 represents a richly diverse group of school communities and it is not often these days that we have an opportunity to join in a shared effort,â€? the letter read. â€œFrankly, many of us were disappointed by the design and quality of the tests and stood by helplessly while kids struggled to determine best answers, distort-
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ing much of what weâ€™d taught them about effective reading skills and strategies and forgoing deep comprehension for something quite different.â€? The test was administered to students in grades 3 to 8 over the course of three days, requiring 70 minutes of testing each day. One administrator from P.S. 6, who asked to remain anonymous, saw some of their brightest students breaking down due to the length of the test. â€œWe had children crying, asking to leave, and many of them were so overcome with anxiety that they couldnâ€™t focus,â€? she explained.
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THE MAYOR’S EAST SIDE PROBLEM EDITORIAL To say that Mayor De Blasio has had a rocky start in his relationship with the Upper East Side may be an understatement. Spend a moment in any diner, or community board meeting, or dinner party in the neighborhood and you’re hit with a wave of criticism for a man who, to be fair, has been in office for
less than a charter-school semester. It seems early to be rendering verdicts on his tenure. And yet the misgivings are understandable. His campaign “Tale of Two Cities” rhetoric was internalized by a neighborhood that has long been equated with the city’s monied class. Then, his ﬁrst weeks in office were swamped
by a snow storm that left many Upper East Siders feeling underserved. That was followed by a very public, and at times shrill, war against charter schools, which are widely supported in the neighborhood. Finally, and most importantly, his support of the trash transfer station on the East River has continued, despite
the near-total opposition from the rest of the neighborhood. So, all in, it’s no surprise de Blasio was graded a “C” in our report card on his ﬁrst 100 days. He might consider himself happy to take that grade and move on. The good news is that much time remains.
Feedback TRAFFIC SAFETY MUST INCLUDE DELIVERY BIKE CRACKDOWN A few years ago, I read an article in Our Town by Bette Dewing concerning inconsiderate and law-breaking bicycle riders creating a danger to pedestrians. I also read her article a week ago in Our Town and it’s disappointing that since the ﬁrst article, little has been done to protect the safety of pedestrians while it seems that more has been done to protect bicycle riders, e.g., giving them designated traffic lanes. The biggest offenders are messenger and food delivery bikers -- especially when it’s dark and at peak food delivery time between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. Some, but not all, delivery bikers wear a reﬂective vest and have a tiny light, but these devices protect them against motorists and do not protect pedestrians against those bikers who frequently do not observe traffic rules: go through red lights, speed “out of nowhere” from the opposite direction, ride on the sidewalk. Since the dinner delivery riders come out in droves at night and the timing and locations are fairly predictable in the midtown Manhattan office area, I cannot understand why a minimal plainclothes police presence has not been staged in the high-traffic office delivery zones during those times. aybe enforcing bike rules and issuing tickets imposing signiﬁcant ﬁnes would bring some civility and safety to this issue. I agree about adding a sound to the bikes. However, it has to be sufficiently audible, which may be possible in a quiet area, but not effective in midtown Manhattan with the loud vehicle traffic such as trucks, motorcycles, buses, horn honkers, and construction equipment would simply overwhelm it. Increasing the decibel level would be the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in terms of noise tolerance and civility in our city. Pat Masters, Midtown East
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON WOMEN BY REP. CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Elizabeth Arden. Diane Arbus. Maya Lin. What do these famous women have in common? They all led or are leading extraordinary lives marked by achievement and trailblazing, and they have all called the East Side home. Arden is best known for her beauty products, but was also very active in the suffrage movement. Arbus’ photography is celebrated for her focus on marginalized people and communities – many of them in New York City. Lin designed the
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, and continues to work in New York City. Throughout the city, females outnumber males by 400,000. These women also have something else in common: None of them have ever been the subject of an exhibit at the National Women’s History Museum -- because it doesn’t exist. This Congress, I was joined by my Republican colleague Rep. Marsha Blackburn in introducing H.R. 863,
which hopefully will lead to the creation of a National Women’s History Museum, on the National Mall, in Washington D.C. In a departure from all the partisan bickering, members of both parties have come together to support this legislation. It has 88 cosponsors, a companion bill in the Senate, and recently we received the public support of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who promised a vote on the bill later in the year, as well as the backing of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority
Whip Steny Hoyer. H.R. 863 would create a commission that would be tasked with ﬁnding a speciﬁc location for the museum on the National Mall. The commission would also be responsible for identifying a private revenue stream, so that no taxpayer money will be needed. Women’s history is absent from many textbooks, memorials, exhibits and other venues. Of the 210 statues in the United States Capitol, only nine are of female leaders. Less than five percent of the 2,400 national historic landmarks chronicle women’s achievement and a recent survey of 18 history textbooks found that only 10 percent of the individuals identiﬁed in the text were women. H.R. 863 would help set the record straight. Maloney represents the 12th congressional district.
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The Many Tragedies of Everyday Crime BY BETTE DEWING ne of the most “ﬁt to print” news photos ever graced the April 10 New York Times front page, It was taken at the ﬁrst memorial service to honor Police Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, whose life was tragically lost in the ﬁre he and his partner Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36. went to investigate. But what made this photo so very poignant was its close-up side view, of several officers sitting closely together with bowed heads and with each officer’s hand resting on the officer’s shoulder next to him. Photographer Jason Decrow’s eloquent rendering of the shared sorrow and the often sacriﬁcial service of New York’s Finest deserves highest honors. It’s art we need, in what must be a renewed crusade against senseless violence, or say a reckless illegal action which accidentally took the life of this beloved husband, father, and son, as he and Officer Rodriguez, mother of four, responded to a ﬁre in a Brooklyn housing project. You no doubt know that the 16 year-old boy ignited a discarded mattress in the 12th ﬂoor hallway because he was bored. he told police. The Times’ story was mostly about police officers’ lack of ﬁreﬁghting training. Officers Guerra and Rodriguez should have taken the stairs and not the elevator to reach the upper ﬂoor, where they were immediately overcome by what the newspaper called, “an avalanche of smoke.” A few days after this reckless endangerment act took the life of police officer Guerra, another 16 year-old boy goes to his high school in Pennsylvania armed with two kitchen knives and stabs more than 20 students before being brought down by the principal and a senior high student. This teenager from a middle class background and low crime community has no known history of violent behavior. While most prevention talk calls for more mental health resources to detect those susceptible to violence, I think also about reviving the “Scared Straight” television program designed to show teenagers especially just how awful life in prison can be.
Ian Alterman, president of the 20th Precinct Community Council, agrees that this potential deterrent “should be looked at again.” The award-winning documentary was viewed most favorably by the 19th Precinct Community Council when crime was unusually high on the Upper East Side. But the program itself was never used in New York City. Also ignored was the escalating youth violence warning issued by the former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who was especially concerned with the growing and excessive violence in “youth’s entertainment menu.” So was then First Lady Hillary Clinton and Second Lady, Tipper Gore.
“Surely the tragic and awful
consequences of these horriﬁc crimes need as much coverage as whatever makes the perpetrators commit them.” Surely the tragic and awful consequences of these horriﬁc crimes need as much coverage as whatever makes the perpetrators commit them. The “why” is very important, but so is
the “what” – as in the resulting lasting sorrow and loss, and yes, also for families of the “suddenly criminal” member. Indeed, it would help if any murder of an innocent were viewed as a “cataclysm.” The Epiphany Episcopal Church on York Avenue would again raise those “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and “Thou Shalt not Steal” banners that once waved above the church in high crime times. Raise the “Thou Shalt Not Kill” banner to honor Police Officers Dennis Guerra and Rosa Rodriquez, who is still hospitalized, and all those who lost their lives or health in the line of duty, and for those whose lives are on the line, all of the time - for you and for me.
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Autism: Recognizing the Signs; Diagnosis and Treatment Options Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
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Advances in the Diagnosis of Alzheimerâ€™s and Reducing the Risk of Developing Dementia Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. Norman R. Relkin, M.D., Ph.D.
The Aging Eye: Research and Treatment Advances Anton Orlin, M.D. Priyanka Sood, M.D.
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96th Street Library, 112 E. 96th St. 11 a.m., Free This early childhood program explores formal art themes through story time, body movement, and art projects. Presented by the Childrenâ€™s Museum of Manhattan. For ages 3 to 6 years old with parent/caregiver. 212-289-0908
on a windowsill, a rain-slicked streetâ€”we not only see but enter into the world of a poem. Images have the capacity to hold feeling. In this workshop participants will experiment with ways to capture images from memories, dreams and the world around them. By meetingâ€™s end they will have written a poem. Hermine Meinhard will be the guest teacher. 212-734-1717
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THE MAGIC OF IMAGES: WRITING A POEM 67th Street Library, 328 E. 67th St. 4:30 p.m., Free Through images â€“ a pear
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue 4 â€“ 5:30 p.m., $29.50 for kids, $40.50 adults (includes museum admission) Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Free Each year on Easter the best of the bonnets are showcased along Fifth Avenue as New Yorkers celebrate the holiday by roaming the streets in their most festive spring gear from 10am to 4pm. The parade marches north on Fifth Avenue, starting at 49th Street, but the best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral.
FREEDOM ART JAM: ART AND DANCE PARTY FOR PASSOVER The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue 12 â€“ 4 p.m., Free with admission Join The Jewish Museum for their second annual Passover extravaganza with art, music, and dancing! Set yourself free to the 60â€™s era tunes of Baby Loves Disco DJs, design a freedom sculpture, hear beloved songs from David Grover & Groverâ€™s Gang, create an instrument, add to a giant word poem, and more. 212-423-3337
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CLAY SCULPTURE 101 67th Street Library, 328 E. 67th St. 1 â€“ 3 p.m., Free Participants will develop skills in working with three dimensions through the exploration and practice of modeling and sculpting selfhardening clay. They will make sculptures related to themes based on personal interests as discussed in class. They will learn how to model with the ďŹ ngers as well as assorted clay modeling tools. For ages 55+. 212-734-1717
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22 PAINT AND PLANT KIDS EVENT Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Free with museum admission Celebrate spring at the City Museum by decorating your own planter with a cityscape inspired by photographs from the collection. After decorating your planter, start your very own urban garden with a plant native to New York City. Appropriate for children 6-12 212-534-1672
23 WHEN SALT MET ICE: THE ICE AND ICE CREAM TRADE IN 19TH CENTURY NYC LECTURE Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street 6:30 p.m., $40 Adults, $25 Members, $10 Student with ID Join us for a tasting and lecture with Robin Weir, author of Ice Creams, Sorbets & Gelati. Hear about the history of the ice trade and how its growth spurred the popularity and availability of ices and ice cream. Learn how it was possible to make these frozen desserts for street sale and for restaurants, including the renowned Delmonicoâ€™s, in an age before refrigeration. Presented in conjunction with the Culinary Historians of New York. Refreshments included. 212-838-6878
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Temple Emanu-El, Lowenstein Auditorium, 10 E. 66th St. 6:30 p.m., $15 general admission, $10 student/ seniors Distinguished British composer James Whitbourn, Grammy-nominated choral conductor James Jordan and internationally celebrated soprano Arianna Zukerman will participate in a special moderated discussion and Q & A with the audience of Whitbournâ€™s internationallyacclaimed Annelies, the ďŹ rst major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank. 212-744-1400
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Adolf Ziegler (18921959) The Four Elements: Fire (left wing), Earth and Water (center panel), Air (right wing), 1937 Oil on canvas 66 7/8 x 106 1⁄4 in. (170 x 270 cm) Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische
IF YOU GO What: Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937, Where: Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street) When: Now through June 30
CELEBRATING THE NAZIS’ DEGENERATES ART The Neue Galerie returns to art derided by Hitler BY VAL CASTRONOVO
It’s July 18, 1937, and Adolf Hitler and the National Socialists are propagandizing about art. The grandiose House of German Art has officially opened in Munich, with an inaugural exhibit of state-sanctioned works labeled “Great German Art Exhibition.” The following day an opposing show opened next door, this one labeled “Degenerate Art” (“Entartete Kunst”) and taking
aim at the modern aesthetic. “Degenerate Art” was a threeyear traveling exhibition that toured Germany and Austria, attracting some two million viewers in Munich alone. Infamously showcasing avantgarde works that were seized from German museums and private collections, it was reportedly the most popular traveling show of all time. In Munich, the exhibit was housed in the less-than-splendid Hofgarten arcades, with works crowded together and mocked with derisive labels and commentary. Of the 112 “degenerates” whose works were demonized, only a hand-
ful were Jewish. But the campaign against them was part of the Nazi campaign against everything perceived as “un-German” and “Jewish-Bolshevik”. Expressionism, Cubism, Dada and the Bauhaus were maligned and contrasted unfavorably with the classically inspired, idealized works so revered by Hitler and on display at his new art palace. A snapshot (though not a literal one) of the competing exhibits can now be seen on the third ﬂoor of Neue Galerie, where the two visions face-off in one gallery room, a highlight of Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937, a fas-
cinating historical show that runs until June 30. It neatly coincides with the release of The Monuments Men, George Clooney’s ﬁlm about efforts to recover stolen art treasures during the Second World War. Dedicated to presenting the art of Germany and Austria, Neue Galerie has brought together some 50 paintings and sculptures and more than 30 works on paper (including propaganda posters), a number from the original exhibit in Munich. Blow-ups of period photographs—such as that of Hitler and Nazi officers inspecting “degenerate” works in Berlin in 1938, or the train station at
Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1944, ﬂooded with the damned—provide chilling context. An estimated 20,000 works were confiscated during the Nazi regime. Some were destroyed—around 5,000 were burned at a ﬁre station in Berlin in 1939—and some were sold for foreign currency or exchanged for ”more acceptable” art. (Triumphant footnote: Some were later re-acquired by museums and collectors). But many pieces are still missing, a fact that we are reminded of in the second floor gallery room, where the walls are littered with empty frames with labels detailing the miss-
ing paintings (“Paul Klee, Winter Garden, 1925”). The symbolism could not be plainer. Many of the artists featured in the 1937 “degenerate” show, and on exhibit here, will be unfamiliar to an American lay audience. But fans of New York’s Museum of Modern Art will undoubtedly recognize Max Beckmann’s dramatic triptych, Departure (1932-35), displayed here as a representative piece of “inferior” art, with panels depicting acts of torture and barbarism ﬂanking a central panel of a serene family in a departing boat, a symbol of freedom. To the left, there is another
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Max Beckmann (1884-1950) Departure, Frankfurt 1932, Berlin 1933-35 Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously (by exchange) The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/ Art Resource, NY
triptych, this one an officially approved painting, The Four Elements (1937), by Adolf Ziegler. Hitler owned it and was so fond of it that he hung it over his ďŹ replace. The ďŹ gures depicted are fair-haired, leggy, racially approved nudes, stand-ins for ďŹ re, earth, water, and air. This room, a study in contrasts and the crux of the show, boasts several other riveting works on the â€œdegenerateâ€? side, including sculptures by Ernst Barlach (The Berserker, 1910), Karel Niestrath (Hungry Girl, 1925) and Wilhelm Lehmbruck (Head of a Thinker, 1918)â€”the last one a modern take on Rodinâ€™s The Thinker. Other exhibit highlights: --a ledger that lists works confiscated from public institutions in Germany between 1937-38 --a side gallery with watercolors by Emil Nolde, a member of the Nazi party whose works were nonetheless viliďŹ ed --a trio of watercolors by Paul Klee --Ernst Ludwig Kirchnerâ€™s Berlin Street Scene (1913-14) The show is replete with grim tales of artists whose lives were shattered by the Nazi purge. Some stayed in Germany, but were driven underground, some were forced into exile, and some like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner resorted to suicide. Others like Oskar Kokoschka expressed their deďŹ ance by painting their portraits. His title: SelfPortrait as a Degenerate Artist, 1937.
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GALLERIES LARRY GAGOSIAN PRESENTS URS FISCHER Swiss-born sculptor Urs Fischer was selected for the inaugural exhibit at mega-art dealer Larry Gagosian’s ﬁfth New York City gallery—the new uptown space at Park Avenue and 75 Street g brings the Gagosian chain’s global total to 14. Fischer created the large-scale, cast bronze bro sculpture, last supper, on site at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in 2013 201 as part of an active installation that included 1,500 volunteer collaborators. Gagosian also brings some uptown sensibilities to the collaa downtown scene with a concurrent Fischer exhibit in a temporary pop-up dow gallery galle in an old Chase bank at 104 Delancey St. Gagosian Gallery G 821 Park Avenue, at 75th Street Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Now through May 8
VENUS OVER MANHATTAN PRESENTS RAYMOND PETTIBON
Venus Over Manhattan presents Are Your Motives Pure? Raymond Pettibon Surfers 19852013, the ﬁrst gallery exhibit with a singular focus on the Los Angeles-born artist Raymond Pettibon’s surfer paintings. More than 40 of Pettibon’s pieces are on display, ranging from small, India-ink paintings to works 10 feet in width. Known for his cartoon-like style and his album artwork (he designed the cover for Sonic Youth’s 1990 album Goo), Pettibon incorporates text and poetry, sometimes in comic book style, into images of wave-riding. Venus Over Manhattan 980 Madison Ave., 3rd ﬂoor Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Now through May 17
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GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL
Ishiro Honda’s 1954 ﬁlm has been newlyrestored, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the seminal ﬁlm. When released, Godzilla had the largest budget in Japanese movie history, and Honda’s ﬁlm went on to inspire the kaiju eiga genre of Japanese monster movies. When it ﬁrst showed in the United States two years later, renamed Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it had been re-cut and re-dubbed, without 40 minutes of the original footage, in order to removee the nuclear weapons subtext and incorporate new scenes shot in Hollywood. The uncut restoration includes updated subtitles. Film Forum 209 West Houston St. Friday, April 18-Thursday, April 24 Tickets $13-$45
Art and Dance Party for Passover The Jewish Museum celebrates Passover with a full day of family-friendly activities, including a 1960s and disco dance party inspired by the museum’s 1960s sculpture exhibits, tambourinemaking , recipe-book crafting, giant word poetry incorporating Passover themes and self-guided gallery scavenger hunts. The Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd Street Sunday, April 20 Events from noon to 4:00 p.m. Free with museum admission (adults $15, 18 and under get in free)
French Institute Alliance Francaise presents Address Unknown (Inconnu a cette adresse), based on Kressmann Taylor’s short story of the same name. The story, told through letters, explores the friendship between two men, one Jewish, the other gentile, at the dawn of World War II. Celebrated French actors Thierry Lhermitte and Patric Patrick Timsit star. French Institute Alliance Francaise Frenc Florence Gould Hall Flore 55 East 59th St. April 23 and 24 Ap 77:30 p.m. Tickets $45
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HOLY WEEK WITH REVEREND DOCTOR BROWN RELIGION Easter week is the busiest of the year for many New York City churches. For one Manhattan minister, the race starts on Palm Sunday STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARY NEWMAN
As people buzzed around the Marble Collegiate Church on Sunday, awaiting the start of the Palm Sunday service, Reverend Dr. Michael Brown was away from the chaos, rehearsing his sermon in his office. “That’s better, much better,” he says to himself while printing the latest copy. “I always read my sermon out loud to myself a few times before finalizing anything. You have to make sure it reads well out loud because what I do is talk, my words have to be heard clearly and be able to relate to people.” After chatting with some of his colleagues for a few minutes, he then asks for some privacy to rehearse on his own. You can hear him loudly projecting his sermon, pacing around his office as if it were rehearsal for a play. He then opens his door and talks about the strenuous pace of Holy Week, which, for churches like Marble Collegiate, is the most frenetic week all year. “This week is always very emotional because I have to guide people from the de-
spair of [Good] Friday, to the joy of Easter Sunday,” he said. “Easter is our busiest time of year, even busier than Christmas.” By 10:30, Brown hustles downstairs to the sanctuary, passing a class of parents preparing to baptize their children, several Bible studies, and the church choir warming up their voices. Brown gives everyone he passes a warm hello and handshake, until he meets the ushers in a side room adjacent to the sanctuary. After getting a microphone pinned to his tie, he asks everyone to join him in a prayer circle before leaving. The group ﬁles out of the room and into their assigned seats, as the choir sings “Ride On, King Jesus” to open the service. By 11:30, Brown begins his sermon, which is titled “A Needy Crowd.” He describes the difference between things that we need versus things that we want. To illustrate the latter, he talks about people driving Hummer SUV’s around Manhattan. After the service ends, the Reverend says goodbye to as many people as possible, standing in the entryway greeting people as they leave the church. The ﬁrst woman who shook his hand upon leaving worked for the company that makes Hummer’s. “I was nervous she was going to yell at me, but she was the nicest lady.” By 1 p.m., switching out of his
robe, it’s back to the alter to answer questions from people around the country during a live streaming Q&A called “Talk Back.” A woman from Virginia wrote in asking the Reverend ways to better realize things we need vs. the things we want, and he answered by giving the example of the night Jesus spent in a garden after being betrayed by Judas. Some questions pertained to the sermon, but others were general questions about life. “The hardest questions I ever get during Talk Back are the ones about forgiveness,” he explained afterwards. “What I always do at that point is tell them that if they don’t learn to forgive, they are allowing the person who has hurt them to continue to abuse them.” By 1:30, he’s in the elevator heading up to the studio so he could record a weekly online segment called “Worship Without Walls.” He developed these weekly video posts with the producer Bob Marty as a way to reach younger audiences. He relates each video to his Sunday sermon, and they post it to Vimeo, and the Marble Collegiate Church blog. Once he wrapped taping, it’s across the street for lunch at Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, then home, to begin writing his sermons for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Rev. Dr. Michael Brown of Marble Collegiate Church rehearsing his Palm Sunday sermon.
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Mayor de Blasio has won citywide praise for his drive for universal Pre-K.
EAST SIDE GIVES DE BLASIO A “C” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 hood that has long been among the city’s ritziest. “Stop with the ‘Tale of Two Cities,’” said Nancy Aeschbach, an account executive at Univision Communications, the Spanish-language media company. “That is negative and divisive. Become the mayor of all ﬁve boroughs for a change.” She encouraged de Blasio to “curb [his] arrogance” and also “realize business people are allies, not enemies.” The mayor’s problems with the neighborhood started in his few weeks on the job, when many residents felt ignored during a heavy snowstorm that came shortly after he was sworn in. “Upper East Side residents were disappointed with the snow plowing this winter,” said East Sider Jennifer Peterson. “It created enormous traffic jams and unsafe road conditions. As the winter progressed the plowing did get better so I would grade him an F at ﬁrst on that, but improved to a B+.” De Blasio gets better marks for his efforts to improve traffic safety, a constant concern for the neighborhood. Last week, another person was killed by cars while attempting to cross York Avenue. Nick Viest, chair of the Upper East Side’s Community Board 8, said that the board is in agreement with the need for a plan of action on trafﬁc safety. “We do support Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initia-
tives as pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety are major issues in our district,” he said. Viest also noted the biggest issue of contention for most East Siders: de Blasio’s support of the E. 91st trash station, an issue almost uniformly opposed by activists and elected officials in the neighborhood. “We are in strong disagreement with the city’s current plan to build the Marine Transfer Station and would ask that Mayor de Blasio take a second look at this plan, as it will be much more costly to the city than originally proposed,” he said. Another common concern among responses was a desire for de Blasio to repair the divisive charter school issue; even those with opposing views of charter schools in general hope that the mayor can bring some solutions and peace to a debate that has grown increasingly strident. Newly appointed Council Member Mark Levine, who represents Manhattan’s district 7, said de Blasio’s communication could use some ﬁnessing, citing the administration’s stance on charter schools as an example. “It was at least implied [in some earlier remarks] that he valued charter school kids less,” Levine said. “The mayor is aware of this and has made an attempt to correct it,” specifically in an impassioned speech given to parents of charter school students at Riverside Church on the West Side, he added. Levine said that the mayor should be lauded for his strong and swift work to get universal
pre-K for the city, a sentiment which many others echoed. The biggest common denominator in assessments from Manhattan residents, though, was that there is still much to be done before anyone can hand the mayor a definitive grade, good or bad. There are still important agency appointments to be made, and some areas to which the mayor has yet to focus his attention. Geoffrey Croft, president of independent watchdog organization NYC Park Advocates, said that he couldn’t possibly evaluate the de Blasio administration on its policies and work in parks, because very little has been done in that arena. “Unfortunately there has been virtually nothing to report,” Croft said. “There wasn’t a single word in the mayor’s inaugural speech about parks or open spaces. What comments he has made came out of the press conference [announcing the impending appointment of Mitchell Silver as incoming parks commissioner] two-andhalf months into his administration.” Croft said that he has high hopes for the new commissioner and hopes that de Blasio will fulfill his recent promise to make parks more accessible and enjoyable to all in the city. “We are very concerned, as we were when he was a candidate, what his solutions are to this,” Croft said. “The budget that [de Blasio] just proposed is the exact same issues we’ve had for decades - he’s proposing to allocate a fraction of the funds needed to properly maintain our parks.”
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FOOD-TRUCK GRIDLOCK AT THE MET CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “The street vendors who own the carts now own the veterans,” Rossi said. “They give them the money for the permit, they put the permit on their cart, and now those veterans have basically become indentured servants.” The practice has created a frenzy in front of the normally idyllic museum, delaying traffic, irking the neighbors, and undercutting the Met’s own concessions. Rossi’s family has a specialized court order that technically makes them the only business that’s legally allowed to sell food at 1000 Fifth Avenue. His family has used
that privilege to help freshfrom-the-service men and women transition back into civilian life. “These vets don’t care that they’re destroying a legitimate business, all they care about is their $100,” he said. “It’s disgraceful, they should go to work now that they’re got something and can have a livelihood.” Rossi estimated that his profits dwindled to a quarter of the average, as a result of all of the competition. Worse yet, he says city regulators are refusing to enforce his exclusivity by forcing out the halal carts. If the congestion outside the museum causes enough outrage, the rationale goes, lawmakers would have a better argument when trying to assume more control over
veteran-owned food stands and eventually revoke their ability to sell food at all. Museum staff said that in years past halal carts would try to park alongside Rossi’s cart only to be turned away by police within minutes. Most days so far this spring, though, over a dozen carts can be found crowded the curbs around Rossi without any police intervention for hours. The stark contradiction is evidence, Rossi says, that the congestion will only get worse until a court hearing next month is resolved. “The worse they can make it, the worse it will look for the vets,” he said. “It’s a pretty low life thing the city is pulling here and my family shouldn’t be suffering financially because of it.”
UPPER EAST SIDE EASTER SERVICES St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church 184 East 76th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue Good Friday 12:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross 3:00 p.m. Choral Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death 7:30 p.m. Choral Service of Tenebrae Holy Saturday 9:00 a.m. Simple Service of Tenebrae 7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, Choral Liturgy Easter Sunday 9:00 a.m. Easter Service 11:00 a.m. Choral Liturgy
Easter Day, April 20th 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist 10:30 AM Choral Holy Eucharist with Solemn Procession 6:00 PM Holy Eucharist in Draesel Hall Unitarian Church of All Souls 1157 Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Street Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Special Service The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest 2 East 90th Street off 5th Avenue Good Friday 12 – 3 p.m. Good Friday Service Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 12 p.m. Easter Holiday Meal
5:30 p.m. Easter Service The Church of the Holy Trinity NYC 316 East 88th Street off 1st Avenue The Triduum: April 17thApril 19th Maundy Thursday, 7:00 PM, Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and the Stripping of the Altar Good Friday: Noon, The Three Hours with Holy Communion 7:00 PM, The Liturgy of the Passion Holy Saturday, 8:00 PM, The Great Vigil
Zion-St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 339 East 84th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue Good Friday 3 p.m. Service Easter Sunday 11 a.m. Service (Services are in German and English) Church of St. Ignatius Loyola 980 Park Avenue off East 84th Street Good Friday 12 – 3 p.m. The Seven Last Words of Christ Easter Sunday
7:30 a.m. Organ/Cantor 9 a.m. Organ/Cantor 10:30 a.m. Organ/Cantor/ Choirs/Brass St. James Church 865 Madison Avenue off 71st Street Good Friday 8 a.m. Lithurgy 12 – 3 p.m. Meditations 4 p.m. Children’s Service Holy Saturday 7 p.m. Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Easter Eucharist 9:10 a.m. Festive Easter Eucharist 11:15 a.m. Festive Easter Eucharist 6 p.m. Candlelight Communion Saint Cecilia’s Parish 120 East 106th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Spanish 9:45 a.m. English 11:30 a.m. Spanish Christ Church United Methodist 520 Park Avenue off East 60th Street Easter Sunday 9 a.m. Easter Service 11a.m. Easter Service United Divine Freedom Church of the Healing Christ 155 East 105th Street off Lexington Avenue Easter Sunday 1 p.m. Easter Service
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DEBUTANTE DEBUT THEATER A coming of age tale gets the theatrical treatment BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO
UPPER WEST SIDE Playwright Ryann Weir and director Annie Tippe have an obsession with powerful women and female ensemble casts. Now their obsession takes center stage. Their original play “DEBUTANTE.” debuts on April 23 at Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Bernie Wohl Center, thanks in part to a successful Indiegogo campaign and a work exchange deal with the center that grants them the space for free, in exchange for community theater classes. The story focuses on a group of teenage heiresses in New York City as they prepare for their coming out parties, set against a backdrop of today’s economic disparity, but with references to previous eras of prosperity (the characters guzzle Tab soda and watch “Dynasty”). “All of these ‘little rich girls’ have proximity to money but no ability to get it,” Weir said.
“In terms of the recent recession, there’s also a certain feeling of guilt that they were born into enormous privilege during a time when the country was scraping by, and that inﬂuences a lot of their psychology.” There’s Barbara, whose mother has recently committed suicide, and Frankie, an animal lover with autistic tendencies, and Brenda, who Weir called a “Quentin Tarantino heroine” who daydreams about killing her maid. They all attend Miss Peasgood’s School for Etiquette, a nod to Miss Porter’s School, as they prepare to come out to society. “A lot of character traits of these three women come from enormous repression,” said Weir. “These characters are obsessed with what it would be like to color outside the lines, because they’re so accustomed to living in this really rigid, fearbased world where they’re constantly told what they can’t or shouldn’t do.” Tippe and Weir, both 26, met as students at New York University’s Playwright’s Horizons drama program. Neither can relate to the financial situa-
tions of their characters, but they’re both interested in privileged, mannered women. They previously co-created a play about American first ladies, who, Weir said, inhabit similar worlds as the characters in “DEBUTANTE.” “They’re women who are so close to power, but have no agency over their lives,” she said. Tippe started researching storied debutantes Brenda Frazier and Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, whose lives helped shape the characters in “DEBUTANTE.” and whose Depression-era coming out parties were famously lavish. “I really started looking at huge markers in their lives and tried to ﬁll in the in-betweens, and the in-between is where the characters come from,” said Tippe. Like Hutton, the ﬁctional Barbara copes with her own mother’s death and has to learn even the most basic of tasks, like how to ride a bike or where her household staff keeps the sugar. Most of the characters are portrayed by fellow NYU alums, but Rochelle Slovin, 73, actress and founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where she acted as director for 30 years, plays Edna, Barbara’s grandmother. While some of the younger characters might find the role of debutante outdated, Slovin’s character sees value in the tradition. “I believe very much in the power of graciousness, good manners, tradition,” Slovin said of Edna. “[My character] comes from a time when maybe the world wasn’t so sloppy and so full of distractions and media.” Tippe said it would have been easy to create a production that mocked the one percent, not unlike reality shows that hold up voyeuristic lenses to wealthy women, but Tippe and Weir’s curiosities are more nuanced. “The fascination with people who exist in this higher stratosphere of wealth is hugely important to us,” said Tippe. “It led Ryann and I to start asking questions. How do you measure your worth if you’re worth a billion dollars? How does that money inﬂuence your sense of self and identity, and your relationship with your family?”
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< JEAN-GEORGES EARNS 4-STAR NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW Nearly 17 years after Ruth Reichl gave Jean-Georges a four-star review in The New York Times, current Times critic Pete Wells celebrated the venerable Upper West Side restaurant with his own four-star review on Tuesday, April 8. Wells commended chef and proprietor Jean-Georges Vongerich-
ten’s culinary gambles, writing that he “takes risks that are almost shocking,” as evidenced by a new, spice-rubbed squab dish that, with the inclusion of a flower and citrus based hot sauce, became “what may be the spiciest dish ever served in a French restaurant.” Wells paused over a few missteps during a
lunch tasting, and wondered whether Vongerichten’s growing ventures—he operates 23 restaurants worldwide—keeps him from continually producing top-notch cuisine. But he went on to praise the extensive wine list, as well as pastry chef Joseph Murphy’s dessert offerings.
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STEVEN A. SHAW, ONE OF THE FIRST FOOD BLOGGERS, DIES
80 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10024 80riversidecafe. com (no phone)
Steven A. Shaw, one of the ﬁrst food bloggers and founder of food discussion forum eGullet died on Tuesday, April 8, at the age of 44, the New York Times reported. The Manhattan native and graduate of Stuyvesant High School turned his back on a law career in order to delve into online food journalism with both eGullet and his since-discontinued food blog Fat-Guy.com. The still-operating message forum eGullet announced Shaw’s death on April 9 on a message board that has since received more than 100 messages of remembrance in Shaw’s honor. eGullet became a destination where food lovers of all stripes could debate culinary issues. Shaw also wrote two books, “Turning the Tables: The Insiders Guide to Eating Out” and “Asian Dining Rules,” a guide to dining like an insider at Asian restaurants. At the time of his death, Shaw worked for Quirky.com, a website for inventors to share and workshop ideas. Quirky announced Shaw’s passing but did not disclose the cause of death. In the memorial post, Quirky called Shaw “an internet pioneer” and “remarkable human being.”
DYLAN’S CANDY BAR CELEBRATES CLASSIC CHILDREN’S BOOK Dylan’s Candy Bar on Third Avenue at 60th Street celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Wednesday, April 9, the Daily News reported. Oompa Loompa’s were on hand at the event, which was co-hosted by Penguin Young Readers Group. Dahl’s grandson Luke Kelly was also on hand for the anniversary celebration of the children’s book that inspired the classic 1971 ﬁlm “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as the mysterious confectioner, and 2005’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with Johnny Depp. A new Nestle treat, Wonka Peel-a-Pop, an ice cream pop shaped like a banana with an edible peel, was a featured dessert at the Dylan’s event, wrote the Daily News, along with cookies and milkshakes.
The Wong sisters, from left, Margaret and Suzy, behind the counter at their new cafe on Riverside Drive. Photo by Lauren Rothman
THREE SISTERS OPEN NEW CAFE RESTAURANTS The newly opened 80 Riverside Cafe features homemade baked goods and coffee BY LAUREN ROTHMAN
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UPPER WEST SIDE The neighborhood has a new option for coffee and pastries. 80 Riverside Café opened on the corner of Riverside Drive and 80th Street just three weeks ago and serves a selection of homebaked cookies, croissants, and scones, as well as a few savory items. The bright, airy café adjoins the Riverside Tower Hotel, occupying a portion of the lobby previously used as a sitting room for guests. The business is a family affair, run by sisters Suzy, Margaret and Cindy Wong. Suzy, who formerly worked in the healthcare industry, works behind the counter; Margaret, previously an instructor at Manhattan’s
Institute of Culinary Education, prepares the pastries; and Cindy, a private caterer, makes the café’s salads and sandwiches. Simon Wong, their brother, designed the space. On a recent weekday morning, the sisters said they hoped the café’s family vibe would create a warm, welcoming spot in the neighborhood, which offers plenty of choices for coffee and desserts but which, they said, can sometimes have a hectic, grab-and-go kind of atmosphere. 80 Riverside, they said, will be a place to sit and linger. “The setting here is very inviting,” Suzy said, gesturing towards the corner café’s large glass windows that look out onto Riverside Park. “Our customers really love the view.” “There aren’t too many places around here that are quiet and calm,” Margaret added. “We like our location on Riverside Drive because it’s not crazy busy like Broadway!”
Margaret’s from-scratch pastries— items like pear-almond scones, buttery croissants and raspberry- and apricotﬁlled rugelach—will likely be a draw, too, as will their gentle prices, which range from $1.75 to $3. “That’s pretty fair for a completely handmade pastry,” Margaret said. 80 Riverside Café is still in “soft opening” mode, and so far, most of its patrons are hotel guests stopping by for a morning cup of joe. One of those customers was Martha Cox, a former New Yorker who now lives in Oklahoma but returns every few years for a short vacation. “I’ve stayed in the hotel before,” Cox said, “and the café was a wonderful surprise. I’ve been getting my coffee here every morning.” The café already has a few regulars, the Wong sisters said, and they anticipate more business from passers-by once the temperature becomes more hospitable and Riverside Park more crowded. “We’re waiting on warmer weather,” Suzy said. In the meantime, Margaret is honing her recipes and paying careful attention to what sells and what doesn’t. Her rugelach, a Jewish cookie of rich, ﬂaky pastry rolled around a jam-and-nut ﬁlling, seems to be the customer favorite so far, which is fortuitous since it’s Margaret’s favorite item to make. “You can eat rugelach for breakfast, after lunch, or with tea,” she said. “It’s an all-day pastry.”
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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS APRIL 1 - 7, 2014
1715 2 Avenue
Grade Pending (50) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
1762 2 Avenue
Grade Pending (26) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
1758 1 Avenue
Grade Pending (17) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked ﬁsh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
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1450 2 Avenue
Grade Pending (24) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked ﬁsh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment. Food worker does not wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, coughing, sneezing, smoking, eating, preparing raw foods or otherwise contaminating hands.
The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml. Pascalou
1308 Madison Avenue
Grade Pending (18) Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
1666 3 Avenue
Closed by Health Department (39) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
1426 Lexington Avenue
Grade Pending (21) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/ or non-food areas. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
Shoga-Sushi & Oyster Bar
1698 2 Avenue
Grade Pending (18) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
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BUILDING WORKERS’ UNION REACHES TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT 32BJ, the union to which most New York doormen and building service workers belong, reached a tentative agreement with the Realty Advisory Board that would provide 11 percent raises over four years and maintain health care and retirement beneﬁts. The contract, which still needs to be ratiﬁed by mem-
bers, would cover 30,000 doormen, porters, handypersons and superintendents in 3,300 buildings throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. 32BJ said the deal contains no givebacks, keeps pension and health care protected, and provides a strong wage increase that keeps
members ahead of inﬂation and the rising cost of living. “Through this contract, the RAB made clear that they value the skilled and dedicated employees who make New York home for two million tenants,” said 32BJ in a statement. “The unity and strength of 32BJ members,
combined with a healthy real estate industry and employers who came to the table ready to negotiate a fair deal, resulted in an early agreement that will allow residents to observe the upcoming holidays with peace of mind.”
In Brief DE BLASIO: HORSE CARRIAGE BAN COMING THIS YEAR If a horse carriage ride through Central Park is on your bucket list, better get it done soon. Mayor Bill de Blasio in a Google Hangout video chat on Friday said he expects the City Council to ban the practice by year’s end. But carriage-horse operators and allies - including actor Liam Neeson - have loudly opposed the mayor’s plan. On Sunday, the New York Times editorial board wrote that the mayor should abandon the ban and let the carriage horses stay, arguing that they are well-treated and well-regulated. “Here’s an instance where delay and inaction are the preferable form of leadership. Let the carriages and the horses alone. Let this small business survive. Side with the drivers and do not add ﬂeets of new cars, electric or not, into the streets and parks,” the editors wrote. The council has not yet introduced any legislation regarding the carriage horse industry.
BREWER PUSHING FOR DEMOLITION PERMIT REVIEWS Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is pushing for a piece of legislation that, although in its infancy, has real estate developers, construction unions and affordable housing advocates worried. Crain’s New York is reporting that the bill would require a 30day review of demolition permits by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on any building over 50 years old. Opponents of the idea say it would drastically reduce residential construction in the city and an LPC spokeswoman said her office doesn’t have the resources to enforce such legislation. The legislation would apply to over 91 percent of buildings in Manhattan.
Mintzer at her office on the Upper East Side. Photo by Mary Newman
PUSHING PAPER LOCAL BUSINESS Joyce Mintzer runs S. Posner Sons Inc., the family business she inherited from her father, making and distributing paper products for high-end clients BY MARY NEWMAN
UPPER EAST SIDE Joyce Mintzer has worked for the past 50 years to keep her family’s paper distribution business alive by applying the same business principles her grandfather used 125 years ago to today’s fast paced industry: good customer service, quality products, and a constant search for new business. These seem like simple principles, but Mintzer ac-
credits the continued success of S. Posner Sons Inc. to the personalized customer service her company gives to every single client. “I prefer a phone call or talking face to face over email,” she explains. “Although I am aware things have changed, and I am also constantly changing to keep the company relevant.” S. Posner Sons Inc. has remained in her family since its creation in 1889. Her grandfather Samuel Posner immigrated to New York from Russia, starting his own paper distribution company out of Yorkville. At that time there were no grocery stores, so Posner began a successful career selling paper bags to dozens of vendors. The men in her family ran the company until she took control on January 1, 2011 when her brother Sam and cousin Joel retired. In 1960 Mintzer was living with her husband Phil and two daughters in Brooklyn when she started working in their sales department. “I was happy to get to work, I was never really a stay at home kind of woman,” she said. Since Mintzer control in 2011, the company has developed high-end shopping bags with a list of impressive clients including The Plaza Hotel, Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume, the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, Frye boots, F.A.O. Schwartz, and Manolo Blahnik. The offices of S. Posner Sons Inc. maintain an oldschool New York vibe, especially considering that we were greeted with cookies and tea by Mintzer’s
Some of the paper bags produced by S. Posner Sons Inc. Photo by Mary Newman husband Phil, while waiting for her to respond to a few phone calls. But there’s nothing retro about the way Mintzer and her employees do business. “As the industry has changed, I’ve had to evolve with it,” she explained. “If I didn’t then we would be left behind.” One of their latest clients is the shoe brand British Knights, and Minzter was excited to show the sample of their extremely contemporary black velvet shoeboxes. They are also in the process of updating their website which will feature all of their most notable clients. Mintzer wanted to ﬁnd a web designer who could produce a more modern website with high quality photography. They have a photo shoot scheduled for the end of the month, and she expects the new site to be up by early summer.
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CAMP Sharing the message about healthy eating Viki Kappel Spain, M.Ed. is an allagency camp food service consultant and an active member in the American Camp Association. She cooks, trains, and does consulting work for camps all over the U.S., and has been cooking in the camp industry since 1985. She answers questions about nutrition and healthy eating at camp.
What do you consider the biggest trend in camp meal preparation and nutrition in recent years? Choice is the biggest news for camp. Family or buffet-style serving has replaced the cafeteria trays of yesteryear, though line serving still takes place. The â€œlunch lady,â€? line-served food is basically out the door. Food served in a family setting, with a bowl of salad, a pan of lasagna, and loaf of garlic bread for each table, offers the opportunity for children to sit, relax, enjoy each otherâ€™s company, learn table manners (â€œplease pass the butterâ€?), and to think of others (taking one or two pieces and passing the bowl around instead of taking half the bowl and thinking of no one else). In this fast food era and age of both parents working, many children do not experience
the family table as often as parents would like. If camps offer this serving style, it affords a great opportunity to support family values.
What are the top concerns expressed by parents about children and eating at camp? Parents know their children best. Most parents are concerned about their children getting the healthy foods they need, and they want to make sure they will get their favorite foods, as well. The major topic of concern from most parents is about meat and the assurance that the meat will be thoroughly cooked. Parents worry about their children who have special dietary concerns (dairy-sensitive, vegetarian, food allergies) and contact the food service director regarding the menu, asking how the camp can support this need. Many parents also express concern about sugar and caffeine, and some even ask about the availability of a low-carb program. Since the nature of most camps is activity-oriented, low-carb-conscious parents are usually told that carbs are necessary for energy at camp.
How are camps addressing special diets and food allergies? The days of serving everyone in the dining hall exactly the same food is definitely a thing of the past. Each and every camper may have slightly different dietary
needs that camps consider when planning a menu. Allergies and sensitivities have taken center stage for food service directors and their focus on foods served at camp. With peanut allergies so rampant and extremely dangerous, even having peanut butter on the shelves can cause problems, let alone serving peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter cookies to the whole room. For those who are dairy sensitive or lactose intolerant, having dairyfree options are a must, from soy milk to cheese-less pizza, and even butter-free desserts. Cooks are encouraged to make Rice Krispy treats with margarine, not butter, to ensure a safe environment for all.
Anything families can or should do to prepare children for meals away from home? One of the best things parents can teach their children is to â€œjust try a little.â€? Some families serve favorite, home-made foods and family recipes, and others eat a small variety of fast or prepared foods. In either case, the children will be exposed to many new items and need to take the opportunity to learn new tastes and experience the entire food array at camp. No parent wants to think of their child as ďŹ nicky, but most children actually are ďŹ nicky and reluctant to try new things. The age of potlucks is
almost gone, and with that the opportunities for children to try new things is fading, as well. As hard as camp cooks try to duplicate homemade food items, children can tell that camp macaroni and cheese looks and tastes different from home food, whether it be different from the â€œEasy Macâ€? they are used to making or the scratch cheese sauce mom or grandma makes.
What are childrenâ€™s favorite foods at camp? Traditionally, childrenâ€™s favorite foods vary from region to region, but there are several menu items that can guarantee success: pizza, hamburgers, barbecue hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, spaghetti, submarine sandwiches, tacos and burritos, chicken dinner, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and cereal. When the camp kitchen takes the food preparation level up a notch, children are delighted with fresh-baked breads, hot dog rollups (dough wrapped around the hot dog in a spiral and baked), and other fun foods. Children also love and appreciate fresh-cut French fries, real turkey dinners, real pizza dough (instead of cardboard crusts), special meals like cookouts, barbecues, breakfastin-cabins, and even hike lunches. Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.
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BREATHING LIFE INTO MUSIC Q&A Upper East Sider Chloe Temtchine on singing in church, Steve Martin, and being brave BY ANGELA BARBUTI
New York City is the place where e uChloe Temtchine ﬁrst heard the music that made her want to become a d singer. It is also where she received her ﬁrst standing ovation. e That recognition was even more special because it came after her be-e, ing diagnosed, only months before, y with a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension. The illness caused herr g shortness of breath so debilitating n that she was unable to perform on n stage for six years. It also resulted in n her having to travel with an oxygen tank at all times. rFrom this experience, the 31-yearo old has only become more inspired to make music. Her single, “Be Brave,”” which she wrote after coming out off n the critical care unit, was released on March 29th. When asked what she’ss e learned from all of this, she said, “Life is the absolute gift. Everything else iss an added bonus.”
Did you always know you wanted to be a singer? Yeah, I did. I was very inspired by music. My father used to take me to a Baptist church in Harlem and I would literally just sit there for hours and listen to music. I started learning the songs and singing along. That was the beginning of music of me, church.
Where did you group up in the city? Chloe’s latest album cover, showing her with “Steve Martin,” her oxygen tank.
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Chloe Temtchine was diagnosed with a rare pulmonary disease.
I was born on the Upper East Side and was there until I was 13. Then I went off to a liberal arts school in Massachusetts, Concord Academy, because I was very focused on music. After that, I was at Berkeley College of Music for two years, but I’ve been back ever since.
How can you explain pulmonary hypertension? It’s high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs and what that does is it causes the right side of the heart to work much harder than it should have to. Which causes it to enlarge and essentially leads to potential heart failure.
How were you ﬁnally diagnosed? It was hard to diagnose me because it’s not necessarily lungs or heart - it’s both. You rarely can ﬁnd somebody who really understands the connection, so for years I was misdiagnosed. I was told I had asthma, I should workout more, that I had blood clots, tons of different things. And then, it ﬁnally got so bad that I ended up in the emergency room. My heart was beating out of my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even get from the bathroom to the living room to sit down. I had put 10 pounds of wa-
ter on overnight. It took that to actually be able to diagnose me, and our goal is to have it not take all that. Because if you don’t get lucky, that could be it.
You carry around an oxygen tank you named Steve Martin. Have you met him? No, not at all! He’s obviously someone who makes me happy, because he’s done movies that when they come on, I’m like, “Oh yea!” But there’s no reason for it. I was searching for a name for a few days and it literally came to me. It felt like a perfect match for my tank.
How did the song “Be Brave” come about? I wanted to write something to remind myself to push through and not give in. And hopefully inspire others to do the same. The feedback has been amazing. I have people writing on Facebook. They’re really connecting to the song, which as a songwriter, there’s nothing greater.
You recently sang it at a gala for pulmonary hypertension here in New York. It was so wonderful because it was for all the doctors and everybody who helped me get better. So I was able to thank everyone for making it possible for me to be on the stage. That was really great because the last time I performed, years before, I coughed. It
was my ﬁrst standing ovation, ever. So that was really nice.
Where do you write your music? Generally alone in a dark room. This album, for sure, has been very much more of a quiet, “me” experience. I have a little room set up at home to make music with a keyboard and my guitar in there. I just sit in there, close the doors, and there it goes.
What are you working on now? Now, I’m working on the album. Half of it is done. The other half is written and in production mode. And that will be our next release. “Be Brave” is the title of the album. That’s my next project, the combination of the album and preparing for all the shows we have. In addition, an official music video for “Be Brave.”
Your husband, Marvin, is a producer. How did you two meet? We actually met through my sister. They had known each other for a long time because they’re both in the movie industry. And then he executive produced a show for Bravo and it happened to be about musicians and my sister said, ‘I think you guys should meet.’ And then we met and it was supposed to be music talk, and we ended up not talking about music at all. And here we are! [Laughs]
Who have been your favorite people to
HEAR CHLOE SING Chloe’s upcoming NYC performances: May 10 - ChloesPHriend Awareness Concert June 1 - O2breathe Walk www. o2breathe.org/faf/home/default. asp?ievent=1096929 www.chloetemtchine.com @ChloeTemtchine work with over the years? In terms of favorites, there are so many people who have made an impact in my life. But the one who sticks out the most is a producer, Crystal Johnson, who really was my mentor when I was 13 years old. I met her randomly through my father and kind of moved in with her in Jersey City. She couldn’t get rid of me. She taught me how to produce, and I was watching her do everything. It was so inspiring to me. That was exactly what I needed at that time.
Who do you still want to sing with? That changes literally on a daily basis. Right now, I wrote a song called “Loving You,” and really want Ray LaMontagne to sing that song with me. The minute I wrote it, I heard his voice singing the chorus.
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