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Residents and politicians opposed to the East 91st Street marine trash transfer station lampoon city’s response to construction accident BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS


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YORKVILLE For people fighting against an Upper East Side trash transfer station, the city’s offer to cover it with steel during construction offers little reassurance of the overall safety of the project. The city’s Dept. of Design and Construction is proposing to erect a steel “cocoon” over the construction site at Asphalt Green to address safety concerns after an accident July 9 sent a 10-pound jackhammer chisel crashing through a fourth-floor window at the athletic complex. An employee at Asphalt Green narrowly missed being hit by the chisel and escaped with only minor injuries. Children enrolled in a summer program there were playing in a field on the other side of a fence from where the accident occurred. The cocoon would provide a 20-foottall sheath-like barrier over the road that bisects Asphalt Green and leads to the marine transfer station. The city’s Dept. of Sanitation plans to use the road as an access point for garbage trucks unloading at the MTS. The city halted construction at the site pending a safety review and the contractor responsible for the accident fired several employees who were found to have violated safety procedures. In addition, the DDC assigned a safety inspector who will remain at the site full time during construction to monitor the contractor,


ALONE, AND LOVING IT, IN SUMMERTIME NEW YORK BY LORRAINE DUFFY MERKL As you read this, Manhattanites are getting ready to head out to the Hamptons for the weekend: the young New Yorkers to their shares occupied by 25 of their closest friends, the older and mortgaged to their second homes. This can be a bone of contention for some, leading to the FAQ: “Why them and not me?” But I say, “Goodbye and thank you.” With any luck, those on their way to the East End via jitney, railroad or car (or helicopter, if they live on Park, Madison or Fifth) are employed by companies with summer hours that afford them the oppor-

tunity to leave early Friday afternoon, and they likely won’t return until very late Sunday night. While those cats are away, I can play on an emptier, hence more pleasurable, Upper East Side. “Every weekend is like being on vacation,” says my husband, Neil, about our neighborhood from late May to early September. He in particular enjoys the practically vacant Carl Schurz Park, which he considers his personal reading room. I appreciate walking across the main thoroughfares – 86th, 79th, 72nd, plus up and down the avenues -- without the feeling that I’m trying to navigate an obstacle course, or as though I’m a football

player running interference. The lines are shorter just about everywhere, and I don’t have to use Fandango to secure seats at AMC Loews Orpheum 7 or City Cinemas East 86th Street. Even finding a parking space is without its usual long day’s journey into night oppressiveness. The best, though, for me is not having to call for dinner reservations or use my OpenTable app, which usually gets a good workout during the rest of the year. There’s something very breezy, New York chic about just walking into a restaurant and being seated right away. That’s what happened


A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. The NYPD said the officer stepped in after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 tip she offered. Police said a costumed Bishop “put out his hand and told the woman 5s, 10s or 20s only.” Police said the officer told him he could only accept tips - not require payment. Bishop yelled and cursed at the officer, police said, and told him: “Mind your own (expletive) business.” Bishop broke free and punched the officer in the face, police said, causing a cut and eye swelling.

THIEVES HACK INTO 1K STUBHUB ACCOUNTS Some of the hottest tickets in town went to an international ring of cyber thieves who took over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts to fraudulently buy tickets and resell them, prosecutors said Wednesday. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case, which involved more than 3,500 tickets and at least $1.6 million in unauthorized purchases of sought-after seats, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the French government has found itself at a loss after trying to secure a new home for its UN ambassador at a famous East

River co-op, River House. French officials reportedly agreed to pay $7.8 million to buy a 14-room co-op for the ambassador, but just a few days later, the deal fell

apart after the co-op imposed conditions on the sale that were found unacceptable by the French. These board restrictions followed a campaign to stop the sale by Elizabeth Kabler, a socialite who lives across from the co-op sought by the French officials, who cited worries about noisy soirees and armed guards. Since the spring, the French government has been restructuring some of its New York real-estate holdings, selling two Upper East Side apartments for a total of more than $100 million. The River House co-op has since been re-listed on the market following this recent debacle. Wall Street

at Maimonides, Tisch, and Roosevelt hospitals only 20 to 40 percent of infants receive the vaccination. While federal officials say that all babies should be vaccinated as soon as they’re born, the government has yet to mandate the practice, instead allowing hospitals to set their own policies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, highly recommend that all babies receive the hepatitis B vaccination within 12 hours of birth to prevent mothers with the disease from passing it on to the baby.



MANY TOP HOSPITALS FAIL TO VACCINATE NEWBORNS AGAINST HEP B has reported a new study revealing that many of New York’s top hospitals, including Mount Sinai on the Upper East Side, fail to vaccinate newborns against hepatitis B. At both Mount Sinai and Beth Israel hospitals, less than a startlingly low 20 percent of infants are vaccinated, while

A bicyclist was critically injured after being hit by an MTA bus on the Upper East Side, Gothamist reported. The 33-year-old, unidentified woman was struck when she swerved out of the way of an approaching yellow cab and hit the rear wheels of the bus. The woman, who bystanders claim was not wearing a helmet, was riding up Madison Avenue when she was caught under the wheels of an uptown M2 bus at 62nd Street after trying to evade

a cab that was making a righthand turn onto Madison. The bus driver remained at the scene as the cyclist was brought to New York Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. Gothamist

U.E.S. WINE BAR HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS The South African wine bar Kaia, located at 1614 Third Avenue, will be hosting a fundraiser for the non-profit Musicians on Call, which brings live music to hospital patients, reported. The owner of Kaia, South Africanraised Suzaan Hauptfleisch, was inspired to support the non-profit after seeing the calming effect music had on her own mother, who battled breast cancer over the past 18 years. The event, Sip to Support, will raise money for the more than 200 volunteers who visit more than a dozen health care facilities every week, including Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai hospitals. The organization is hoping to raise $15,000 to expand its programs. DNAinfo. com

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG DRIVEN TO RAGE A man was charged with assault after a road rage incident. At 9:25 PM on Friday, July 18, a 45-year-old man was driving westbound on 71st Street between the FDR Drive and York Avenue. A 51-yearold man who had been driving westbound behind the younger man pulled around and cut him off. The older man then got out of his car, came up to the younger man’s car, and began punching the left side of the younger man’s face with his closed fist, causing the younger driver dizziness and pain. Apparently, the two drivers had been involved in some sort of episode on the FDR Drive. The assailant was arrested and charged with assault.

COSTLY BUS RIDE An elderly woman was pickpocketed on a city bus. Sometime between 6:10 and 6:30 PM on Tuesday, July 22, a 71-year-old female was riding on an M4 bus that she had gotten on at Madison Avenue and East 60th Street. When she got off at Madison and 72nd Street,

she discovered that her iPhone, $310 in cash, a wallet, and her Ray-Ban sunglasses were missing. The total pickpocketed came to $2,185.

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Someone racked up unauthorized charges on a woman’s credit card. At 10 AM on Saturday, July 12, a 41-yearold female Upper East Side resident discovered that an unknown perpetrator had made charges to her American Express card totaling $11,144.05. The woman still had the American Express card in her possession. The charges were made both within and outside of New York City.

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PSYCHO CYCLIST A bicycle rider snatched a woman’s purse. Between 6:15 and 6:30 AM on Friday, July 18, a 30-year-old woman was walking on the street at East 82nd Street and York Avenue when an unknown person riding a bike passed her and grabbed her purse from her hand. The purse contained various debit

cards, and within moments of the incident, unauthorized

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UPPER EAST SIDE With a Duane Reade seemingly on every corner, New Yorkers have become accustomed to the impersonal drugstore experience. But two women continue to prove that independent, customer-focused pharmacies arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relics of the past. Pharmacists Yelena Yosse and Inna ShaďŹ r opened the Tisane Pharmacy on East 86th street in 2011, pairing a pharmacy and a cafĂŠ to treat New Yorkers to an unusually friendly drugstore experience. Both women moved to New York from Russia, and have lived here for more than 20 years. They noticed the many chain pharmacies popping up, and were disappointed that New Yorkers werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to develop personal relationships with their pharmacists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both Yelena and myself have been living in New York for 20 years, and in all that time never found a pharmacy that had the type of personal customer service people deserved,â&#x20AC;? ShaďŹ r said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cafĂŠ makes the entire storefront feel more connected to the community, it offers a place for people to come in and hang out.â&#x20AC;? Walking through the bright blue doors of Tisane, customers are greeted by the cafĂŠ and seating area. At ďŹ rst it seems like just

another quaint coffee shop, ďŹ lled with people reading the New York Times and sipping on herbal tea. The barista joked that no cafĂŠ is more community-based, because he had just received a text from one of his regular customers, sending in his drink order. Toward the back are shelves lined with both American and European products, and several friendly pharmacists at the back counter, ďŹ lling prescriptions and taking orders over the phone. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both often waving at customers, knowing almost all of them by name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a pharmacist for 39 years and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to have found Tisane because it is a real community pharmacy,â&#x20AC;? said Janet Distefano, who works as a compounding pharmacist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get so many people who come to us from Duane Reade and CVS, because of our personal service that they do not get there. Those places have people waiting an hour for prescriptions, where we only take 5-10 minutes.â&#x20AC;? By offering prescriptions, compounding, herbal medicine, homeopathy, European skin care, prescription delivery, and blister packaging, Tisane has quickly become a favorite among Upper East Side residents. Blister packaging is a unique medication management service in which they prepour medications, label each prescription with the time of day in which to take each prescription, and deliver to the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. Services like this make Tisane stand out in a neighborhood that is mostly populated

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 according to a spokesperson. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said some parents have pulled their children out of summer camp at Asphalt Green citing safety concerns. She met Friday with members of Mayor Bill de Blasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff to discuss halting all construction work there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is currently suspended - until after summer camp is over. Maloney told Our Town that the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, â&#x20AC;&#x153;said they would not re-open the site until it was absolutely safe, but quite frankly, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s they said before. I said then and I say now, they have to do more to address the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns.â&#x20AC;? Maloney was told the mayor would be made aware of her desire to see work suspended at Asphalt Green until after summer camp is over, and that she will be checking with City Hall on the status of that request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This event shocked the community and re-

This event shocked the community and renewed our fears about the MTS, They told us it was going to be safe, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Their reassurances lack credibility.â&#x20AC;? Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

newed our fears about the MTS,â&#x20AC;? Maloney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the beginning we told them this would not be a safe site [for construction]. They told us it was going to be safe, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Their reassurances lack credibility.â&#x20AC;? Members of Pledge 2 Protect, the most prominent anti-MTS group, also met recently with city officials to discuss safety procedures in the wake of the accident, and tied the incident to their overall opposition to the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A temporary cover is an insult to all of us who will have to live with this massive, loud, smelly and dangerous operation for years to come,â&#x20AC;? said Regine LaCourt, a P2P member representing the nearby NYCHA housing project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is the city taking serious steps to protect children and others here from the thousands of garbage trucks that will pass our homes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no, they are making a show of building a short-term cover over something that should not be here to begin with.â&#x20AC;? P2P said they were told the cocoon would take two months to build but were not told how much it would cost. The city had proposed a second plan that would involve erecting a trellis roof top over the construction site and include other street-level modiďŹ cations to the adjacent access ramp. It was also rejected by P2P because it â&#x20AC;&#x153;maintains the ramp

where it is within 11 feet of a specially-designed toddler playground and the front entrance to Asphalt Green, and alongside the outdoor sports ďŹ eld,â&#x20AC;? according to a spokesperson. The opposition group seems, however, to be conceding the point that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unlikely to succeed in their mission to stop the MTS outright. They said they agreed to a plan that would route garbage trucks to the MTS via East 96th Street and FDR Drive, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;another promising proposal by the city where the garbage trucks would exit at 62nd Street to the FDR Drive and use it to approach the station,â&#x20AC;? said a spokesperson. But, said P2P, the city subsequently took both those proposals off the table due to cost concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While the city spends money to create a temporary safety structure at East 91st Street, it rules out all reasonable alternatives to the ramp placement, because they claim the cost estimates might not be feasible,â&#x20AC;? said P2P President Kelly Nimmo-Guenther. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we ask Mayor de Blasio and [Dept. of Sanitation] Commissioner [Kathryn] Garcia what is the price of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life? How much is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;too muchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to protect the more than 34,000 children who use the Asphalt Green facility? Enough is enough.â&#x20AC;?

ALONE, AND LOVING IT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 last Saturday evening at Libertador on Second Avenue between 89th and 90th. During the other seasons, when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made an impromptu visit in search of a table, as with most all the avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s establishments, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been offered that sigh-inducing window of 30 to 45 minutes waiting time, to which Neil always responds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, thanks,â&#x20AC;? to the hostess and, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go,â&#x20AC;? to me. But this time, being seated without delay, by an open window no less for prime people watching, made the already delicious meal even more relaxing. After dinner, I was tempted to stroll down to 81st and First for ice cream at Emack & Bolioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, where during the week the line is usually out the door, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to push my luck; the evening had thus far been so perfect. So, my dear weekend travelers, as I walk by while you wait for the Hampton Jitney in front of Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret on East 86th, or at any of the stops along Lexington for that matter, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re assured that I do so with a big smile (as opposed to a sneer of resentment) and best wishes for you to have a great, long weekend. And what happens when The Merkls take their turn going out to the beach? Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another table for four, unoccupied movie seats and sparsely populated stretches of sidewalk available to whomever remains here. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome. Lorraine Duff y Merkl is a freelance writer in NYC and the author of the novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back To Work She Goes.â&#x20AC;?

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Historic New York THE FOUNDING OF THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB The beginning of organized yachting in the United States was marked 170 years ago this month by the founding of the

New York Yacht Club in the cabin of John Cox Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schooner Gimcrack. Stevens was a prominent New Yorker known for his passion for sports, and was one of nine founders of the club. Its earliest meetings were held at his

Hoboken home, Elysian Fields. The NYYC was the ďŹ rst longrunning association dedicated to yachting in the United States, and began the tradition of awarding race winners with silver trophies in 1845. In 1846, the club held its

ďŹ rst Corinthian Regatta, ta, a race that required amateur ateur yachtsmen to crew andd pilot competing boats. Thiss beautiful example of a Gilded Age pitcher, featuring a conch shell design on the handle and a cast spout in the form of a dolphin, n, was presented to Commodore dore John Cox Stevens (1785-1857) 857) for his victory in the race. NYYC also held the Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ss Cup from 1851 until 1983. The New York Yachtt Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beaux-Arts clubhousee at 37 West 44th Street wass built in 1901, and designed byy Warren and Wetmore, the same me team that designed the exterior erior of Grand Central Terminal. inal. According to The Encyclopedia yclopedia of New York, one early visitor commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Except for the absence of motion, onee might fancy onesself at sea,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;? due to the abundance of nautical autical motifs used in the design. ign. It was declared a National onal Historic Landmark in 1987. 987. Photos and text courtesyy the NewYork Historical Society




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A COUNTERPOINT ON THE FRICK To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “ In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman -- a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry -- is, I am certain, as he says,

“a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, and defend a gem like the Frick is simply to lavish the care upon it which is it’s due while leaving its original proportion alone. This latest mania to expand, and thus to

crowd out, historic properties -- museums and otherwise -- is adding greatly to a New Uglification which distorts perspective and bastardizes unique originals. Look, for example, at what they did to the Guggenheim up the street: Lloyd Wright ought

be turning in his grave. Thus, I opine: Let the Frick be the frickn’ Frick, for Heaven’s sake! Yours In Preservation, Howard Charles Yourow, SJD

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THE MENACE OF HELICOPTER TRAFFIC A letter in response to our July 24 article, “Tourist Thrill Become a Residential Nuisance,” on tourist helicopters downtown: I live by the East 34th St. Heliport facing the river

and United Nations. I’m outside on my terrace daily. The helicopters are going back and forth every few seconds. I have to take anxiety medicine from it. I feel like I’m going crazy from the noise. Please try and do something. Its been 20 years now.

Nothing has changed. Send them over to the mayor. Linda Friedman E. 40th Street

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People, Not Parties BY NICK DI IORIO arlier this summer, I sat on a bench in bustling Madison Square Park next to a big sign that read: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet a Republican Who Cares.â&#x20AC;? I greeted hundreds of passersby. Three people stopped to talk. All three were Republicans. It was discouraging. I wanted to meet Democrats, and I expected at least a few would stop. As a candidate for U.S. Congress in New York City, I consider myself a moderate, and I believe most New Yorkers would agree with my platform. Education reform and charter schools are my


top priority. I want to end tax loopholes for corporations. I believe in higher unemployment beneďŹ ts. Yet no Democrats stopped. And I doubt Republicans would have stopped to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet a Democrat Who Cares.â&#x20AC;? We seek out those who agree with us, and we avoid those who disagree. We prefer the comfort of affirmation to the uncomfortable threat of rejection. In other words, we hate being vulnerable. And avoiding vulnerable situations has never been easier. We escape awkward party silences by acting busy on our phones. We avoid online confrontations by unfriending people against our tastes. We isolate ourselves based on our interests. We are abandoning our physical neighbors for virtual neighborhoods of likeminded people. This is a problem. When all our friends think like we

do, we may turn to the news media to understand those who are different. But the political news media spotlights the best of their own and the worst extremes of their ideological opposites. Few Fox News-watching Republicans try to meet Democrats, because they think Democrats are all tax-raising socialists hell-bent on destroying religion and delivering private enterprise into the hands of the nanny state. Few MSNBCwatching Democrats try to meet Republicans, because they think Republicans are all bigoted, brainless pawns of morally bankrupt corporations. And this is shameful. America is not one half Stalinists, the other half heartless bigots. There is usually another side to the story. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our responsibility to seek out both sides. Do we? I cannot help but wonder if a few Democratic passersby in

Madison Square Park avoided me because they believe all the Republican stereotypes. They might have been surprised. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not rich â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I live week to week and still have student loans to pay off. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not selfish â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I spent several years studying to be a priest and I serve the homeless weekly. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not homophobic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I marched in the AIDS Walk this May. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a racist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I believe in one race, the human race, in all its beautiful diversity. We must embrace our diversity and listen to those who are different. That means being vulnerable, accepting that our pre-conceived notions could be mistaken. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncomfortable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but our lives will be richer for it. And we might find out weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not so different after all. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I discovered a few years ago when I was a Democrat reconsidering the Republican Party. I knew I op-

posed several Republican policies. But I also opposed several Democratic policies. I thought I deplored Republican principles. I was wrong. I agreed with Republicans on the merits of individual responsibility, innovation, and hard work; that social programs and spending, managed properly, serve a great good; and that state and local governments shape economic and social issues more effectively than distant Washington. What I deplored was Republican coldness and inďŹ&#x201A;exibility. But my disdain was misplaced. People, not parties, choose to be inflexible. To dismiss the Republican Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principles on account of inďŹ&#x201A;exible people was to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I believe in compromise. I believe in alliances, not ultimatums; partnership, not partisanship; being flexible, not bull-headed. I believe in

hearing the needs of others and being open to a middle way. And I can put this into practice. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the beauty of being a New York City Republican â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not beholden to party interests. But as a candidate for Congress, I am beholden to people. And I want to be. I love meeting people, hearing their stories, and learning how I can help. Party affiliation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. We are more than Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We are people, not parties. That is why I was in Madison Square Park, and why I continue to seek out New Yorkers of all backgrounds. The more vulnerable and open I am, the more I understand the hopes and desires of New Yorkers. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what being a politician is truly about. Nick Di Iorio is the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th District.



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Dominique Lévy Gallery, 909 Madison Ave at 73rd St 10 am-6 pm; free This collaborative artists’ project, curated by Begum Yasar, was inspired by the work of celebrated Italian artist Giulio Paolilni and is comprised of two components: an exhibition and an extensive publication dedicated to the work of the participating artists. Drawing parallels between Paolini’s work and the work of young artists based in New York today, the project highlights Paolini’s visionary status.; 212772-2004

Midpark, Central Park, enter at Fifth Ave & E. 72nd St 2:45 pm; free The Central Park Dance Skater’s Association offers this weekly free get-together through mid-October. You can bring your own skates or rent them from the nearby Skate Truck (, all while dancing along to top hits spun by a local DJ. There’s even a space for non-skaters to join in on the fun, as well.


3 “GOYA AND THE ALTAMIRA FAMILY” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St 10 am-5:30 pm; suggested donation $25/$17 seniors/$12 students/members and children under 12 free This is the last day to see this beautiful collection of Goya’s portraits of the Altamira family. The works include the Met’s treasured Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga, a.k.a the “Boy in Red.” This is the first time that these family portraits have been seen together as a group.; 212-5357710

KATE ERICSON AND MEL ZIEGLER Galerie Perrotin, 909 Madison Ave at 73rd St 10 am-6 pm; free Galerie Perrotin, New York presents iconic works by this collaborative duo, who worked together from the late 70s until Ericson’s premature death in 1995. In addition to such major works as “Peas, Carrots, Potatoes” (1994-1996) and “Give and Take” (1986), a collection of never before exhibited sketches and drawings will be on display.; 212-8122902

MARVEL DAY Barnes & Noble, 150 E. 86th St at Lexington Ave 10 am; free To celebrate Marvel Comic’s 75th anniversary, Barnes & Noble will host fun activities, including a costume contest, a game of trivia, and face painting. barnesandnoble. com; 212-369-2180

This is the last chance at the Jewish Museum to see Diane Arbus’s poignant photograph of Eddie Carmel, a nine-foot tall, Jewish giant who had embraced a life in show business. Capturing the tension between normalcy and aberrance, Arbus’s photograph, A Jewish giant at home with his parents, in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970 touches on our obsession with superhuman height—a recurrent theme in folklore and popular culture.; 212423-3200

Barnes & Noble, 150 E. 86th St at Lexington Ave 7 pm; free Bryan Lee O’Malley, the author of the wildly popular Scott Pilgrim series, reads from and answers questions about his highly anticipated new graphic novel, Seconds, about a young chef who is given a second chance after everything in her life goes wrong.; 212369-2180

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St 11 am-5:45 pm; $15/$12 seniors/$7.50 students/free for 18 & under

THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St, btwn Madison & Fifth Aves 7 pm; $70/$49 59E59 members Making its New York debut after successful runs in Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, and Los Angeles, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams about her concert debut just as World War II breaks out. Featuring beautiful, live piano music, the play is performer Mona Gobalek’s real family story.; 212-753-5959 x101

Central Park SummerStage Mainstage, Rumsey Playfield, enter at Fifth Ave & 72nd St 6:30 pm; $40/$30 advance (August 6th show sold out) Rootsy Nashville string ensemble Old Crow Medicine is known for its harmonica-laced instrumentation, as well as its heavy use of banjo, fiddle, and slide guitar. The August 4th show will feature Langhorne Slim and Spirit Family Reunion as the openers.; 212-3602777

“MEN IN ARMOR: EL GRECO AND PULZONE FACE TO FACE” The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St, btwn Fifth & Madison Aves 10 am-6 pm; $18/$15 seniors/$10 students/children under 10 not admitted This is the first day of the Frick’s exhibition devoted

donation $25/$17 seniors/$12 students/members and children under 12 free American artist Sol LeWitt was known for his drawings and ambitious wall compositions. His 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions was executed on-site by a crew over a period of four weeks.; 212-5357710




to the magnificent Spanish painter, El Greco, whose work Vincenzo Anastagi will be on display alongside the rarely seen painting Portrait of Jacopo Boncompagni by El Greco’s Roman contemporary, Scipione Pulzone.; 212-288-0700

6 ISRAELI FOLK DANCE 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave 8:15 pm-12:45 am; $14 at door Join this weekly class at the Upper East Side’s 92Y, where there is open dancing with instruction of more advanced repertoire. Call the Israeli Folk Dance Hotline at 212-4155737 for more information and schedule updates.

SOL LEWITT: WALL DRAWING #370 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St 10 am-5:30 pm; suggested

Ryan’s Daughter, 350 E. 85th St, btwn First & Second Aves 8 pm; $10 Irish writer-performer Ed Malone enacts the semiautobiographical tale of his mother and two aunts, who kick up their heels after their abusive, alcoholic husbands die. 646-384-0009

“SHAPING A COLLECTION: FIVE DECADES OF GIFTS” The Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St 11 am-6 pm; $20/$16 ages 19-25, 65 & over, full-time students/free for members, 18 & under This exhibition is devoted to individual donors, whose generous gifts of art comprise the majority of the Whitney’s collection. Focusing on artists who came to the fore between 1940 and 1990, including Andy Warhol and Agnes Martin, this exhibition arrives at the eve of the Whitney’s imminent move downtown.; 212-570-3600


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SHINE AND THE MOONBEAMS Kid-friendly singer-songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist Jon Heagle bring soul music to the young masses as Shine and the Moonbeams. Kemp, an alum of the High School of the Performing Arts, writes positive, upbeat songs about a range of youth-friendly subject matter, from confronting bullies to giving high fives and thumbs up. Thursday, July 31 Madison Square Park Entrance at 23rd Street and Broadway 10:30 a.m. FREE





This theater festival, now in its eighth year, celebrates short plays by both new and established American playwrights. The pieces presented in this year’s festival include Warren Leight’s “ Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6,” about three friends who share two season tickets to the Knicks, and Daniel Reitz’s “Napoleon in Exile,” which follows a young, out-of-work man who lives with his parents and plays computer games all day. Through August 30 59E59 Street Theaters 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues Assorted show times Tickets $25

Legendary musician Dr. John is known for his embodiment of a range of New Orleans musical influences, including zydeco, boogie-woogie and jazz. An eccentric stage performer, Dr. John won a Grammy award for his last album, which he recorded with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and is currently at work on a Louis Armstrong tribute album. Saturday, August 2nd Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield Entrance at Fifth Avenue and East 72nd Street Doors 3 p.m. FREE


Songstress Somi celebrates the release of her first major-label record, “The Lagos Music Salon,” the soul and African jazz-infused result of an 18-month inspirational trip to Lagos, Nigeria. Also an internationally-recognized arts scholar, Somi is a TED fellow and has performed at the United Nations General Assembly, at the behest of Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Wednesday, August 6th The Cutting Room 44 E. 32nd Street near Park Avenue Doors 6 p.m. Tickets $25

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY As part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors summer series, Paul Taylor Dance Company presents three works, including a reprised performance of “Piazzolla Caldera.” The performance features live accompaniment by composer Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble. Friday, August 1 Damrosch Park Bandshell 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, on West 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues 7:30 p.m. FREE


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Our Town JULY 31, 2014

PAINTING THE TOWN, ONE LANDMARK AT A TIME EXHIBITIONS The Society of Illustrators celebrates the 50th anniversary of NYC’s Landmarks Law with a summer show BY VAL CASTRONOVO

Tucked away on an exclusive block in the East 60s, off Lexington Avenue and across the street from J. Pocker, a bespoke frame shop and neighborhood institution, is the Society of Illustrators, founded more than 100 years ago and situated in a former carriage house. Devoted to the appreciation and promotion of illustration, the society hosts exhibits throughout the year, all open to the public. To commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law in 2015, the society, as a member of the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Alliance, is presenting Illustrating Our Landmarks, a show now on view through August 16, 2014. Walk up two narrow staircases in this elegant, five-story townhouse, with walls lined with works from the Permanent Collection, and you will arrive at the Hall of Fame Gallery and Dining Room, the setting for this gem of an exhibit. The space is long and wide, peppered with tables and chairs that lead out to a small terrace, where diners can also enjoy the lunchtime buffet Tuesday-Friday. (The Hall of Fame Dining Room is open for lunch to non-members who purchase the “Museum Experience Package.”) But the main attraction here is the art, which crowds both sides of the main dining area and the bar and can be viewed to the sound of smooth jazz or Jersey Boys, depending on when you arrive. Society members were asked to illustrate

their favorite New York City landmark. The result is a wild and eclectic mix of some 65 buildings, neighborhoods, interiors and iconic structures—from the obvious, like the Empire State and Flatiron buildings, to the less obvious, like the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona (“Satchmo’s”) and the Coney Island Cyclone.

Stephen Gardner loves New York City bars. It was the subject of his sketchbook when he was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He contributes colorful, realistic scenes of P.J. Clarke’s and the White Horse Tavern, all in gouache. His interior view of P.J. Clarke’s (“P.J. Clarke’s Bar Scene”) faces off with the real-life bar,

aptly enough. Joan Pels Chiverton pays homage to the Ansonia (“I Grew Up in the Ansonia”), a former residential hotel on Upper Broadway, with text that runs alongside delicate images in pen-andink and watercolor. Fabled residence of Babe Ruth, Enrico Caruso and Theodore Dreiser, the building once housed her family’s art school, Pels School of Art, on the second floor (the space, she relates, is now occupied by North Face; the building is a condo). Chiverton lived on the 11th floor and fondly recalls the wide hallways of her two-bedroom apartment—and less fondly recalls the subdivision of large apartments into smaller ones. The landmarked cityscape is depicted here in a variety of ways and in a variety of mediums, from oil, watercolor, gouache, pen-and-ink, pastel,

charcoal, and collage, to digital images and a single sculpture. In two separate works, Grand Central Terminal is encapsulated by human foot traffic, not architecture. “Grand Central” by Stephen Kroninger is a dense and diverse collage of cut-and-paste paper figures—people of all shapes, sizes, races and religions, cellphones, cameras and newspapers in hand— traversing the Main Concourse. Kroninger’s piece was awarded the society’s 2014 Stevan Dohanos Award for best illustration in a members exhibit. The second work, “Grand Central Terminal” by Steven Stroud, is a more somber oil portrait of solitary men and women purposefully traversing the station, armed with pocketbooks, backpacks and briefcases. Some of the images are instantly recognizable, while others are less so. The Guggenheim Museum’s distinctive form is memorialized atop a woman’s head, as a hat, by Stefano Imbert, while Central Park’s Conservatory Garden is represented as a vivid blue-and-green close-up of a pool of water lilies by John Thompson. The works are a tribute to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has designated some 1,400 individual landmarks, 115 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 109 historic districts (plus 10 historic district extensions) since Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed the Landmarks Law in 1965. As it celebrates the law’s half-century, the Society of Illustrators, one of 80 members of the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Alliance, seeks to cultivate an appreciation for the city’s architecture—and an awareness of historic preservation—in a new, younger audience. Says exhibit curator Leslie CoberGentry, daughter of the late Hall of Fame illustrator Alan E. Cober: “Viewers can observe the many captivating landmarks through the eyes of some of the most important illustrators of today. They will leave with an understanding of the importance of the preservation of the wonderful history and design of the New York City skyline.” Illustrating Our Landmarks at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (between Lexington and Park), now through August 16, 2014.

“Grand Central” Stephen Kroninger (Courtesy of Stephen Kroninger)

JULY 31, 2014 Our Town

RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS JULY 16 - 22, 2014 The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygieneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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Grade Pending (25) Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food and/or non-food areas. Filth ďŹ&#x201A;ies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) ďŹ&#x201A;ies present in facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food and/or non-food areas. Filth ďŹ&#x201A;ies include house ďŹ&#x201A;ies, little house ďŹ&#x201A;ies, blow ďŹ&#x201A;ies, bottle ďŹ&#x201A;ies and ďŹ&#x201A;esh ďŹ&#x201A;ies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated ďŹ&#x201A;ies include fruit ďŹ&#x201A;ies, drain ďŹ&#x201A;ies and Phorid ďŹ&#x201A;ies. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

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Grade Pending (48) Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. 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. Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.

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Closed by Health Department (41) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Our Town JULY 31, 2014

Food & Drink < D.O.E. TO CUT THE FAT FROM SCHOOL LUNCHES The Department of Education vowed to cut more unhealthy foods from the city’s school meals, the New York Post reported on Monday. Since fall of last year, the DOE has eliminated 24 unhealthy items from school cafeterias, including bread products containing azodicar-

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PAYING A PREMIUM FOR THE CORNER TABLE RESTAURANTS New apps hope to transform the way we make dinner reservations but not all are on board BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

Margaret Walker loves French food and impeccable service. The psychotherapist, Midtown East resident and self-professed Manhattan foodie has dined at some of the hottest—and priciest—restaurants in the city, including Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Upper East Side restaurant Daniel. She hopes to land a table at Columbus Circle restaurant Per Se before year’s end. “That’s a really tough reservation to get,” Walker said. “You literally have to calculate the days, and then call on the day they open up reservations for the day you want to go. But I know these things because I’m insane about these things.” In other words, Margaret Walker is not your average diner. And for many restaurant-goers in the city, a primetime table at Per Se may seem as elusive as an open cab during the 4 p.m. shift change. But, as Uber did for ground transportation, a batch of new mobile applications are hoping to make sought-after restaurant reservations more easily and quickly available. New app Resy, which launched in June, is partnering with restaurants to sell last minute reservations at exclusive restaurants. And Resy’s not alone in the space: Killer Rezzy offers a similar service, and Zurvu sells reservations for a $5 ‘convenience fee’ per head. Ben Leventhal, creator of dining news site Eater, founded Resy with

entrepreneur and Uber investor Gary Vaynerchuk. Resy, Leventhal said, is designed to advance a dusty reservation system dominated by last-minute phone calls, back and forth emails to reservationists, and OpenTable, which offers a consumer-friendly interface, but not last-minute access, and charges restaurants for the service. Resy shares the revenue for each reservation with the restaurants. “The most important thing that we’re trying to fix is the user experience of making restaurant reservations,” said Leventhal. “Whether you’re paying some premium for the table or not, the thing that’s broken is, you should be able to get the table that you want, when you want it. And it should be very fast on your phone to do that.” Among Resy’s partners is Greenwich Avenue restau-

rant Rosemary’s, which doesn’t take reservations, making the typical wait a few hours. But diners can cut that step and purchase a table on Resy; a table for two at Rosemary’s on a Friday night is $10 and is one of the cheaper reservations on the app (though so far, nothing exceeds $50). “If we execute, then you’re not going to be thinking about Resy as the place you go to pay for a reservation,” said Leventhal. “You’re just going to think about Resy as the place you go for a reservation.” Opinions on the concept are mixed. Some, including Resy’s founders, consider it egalitarian. Alex Stupak, chef and owner of Empellón Taqueria, one of Resy’s partner restaurants, told the New York Times that reservation fees “discourage a no-show.” Others find it alienating and even more exclusionary. Max Falkowitz,

ditional 12 hazardous health items from cafeteria menus before the school year starts up again at the end of the summer. DOE spokeswoman Marge Feinberg told the Post that the department “has been ahead of the curve” in offering healthy food options.

an editor at national food blog Serious Eats, compares apps like Resy to fast passes at amusement parks that cost more than general admission and allow guests to jump the lines. He worries that reservation apps encourage dining conformity and reinforce the idea that diners should seek “novelty” experiences instead of becoming regulars at neighborhood spots that might serve great food with fewer crowds. “There’s a very substantial, important diversity to restaurant culture,” said Falkowitz, who lives in Queens and dines out frequently, but at restaurants that aren’t as expensive or exclusive as those found on Resy and other apps. “In directing people to a very small subset of certain restaurants, it contributes to the sense that we should all go to the same places.” Storied restaurateur Pino Luongo, who was one of the original owners of Il Cantinori on East 10th Street, went on to build an Italian fine-dining empire and now only operates Morso on East 59th Street near Sutton Place. He remembers customers sneaking cash into a maître d’s hand in hopes of securing a coveted table on a Saturday night. “Our industry has evolved,” said Luongo of the new apps. “And I don’t have anything against it. It’s an open market and we are all competing for customers all the time—at peak hours and not peak hours—and if there is a company that provides a service to have 100 percent occupancy during the night, so be it. I welcome it.” About 70 percent of reservations at Morso are booked through OpenTable, Luongo said, and a reservation app wouldn’t make sense for his local, regular customers. And Luongo, who has seen his own restaurants shutter, recognizes a danger in charging for reservations that won’t always remain hot commodities. “Trendiness doesn’t last forever,” he said. Walker secures most of her evasive reservations on OpenTable. She hasn’t paid for a reservation yet, but isn’t against trying Resy. “This is catered to a very specific individual, and it’s not really a large group,” she said. “The group of people who want to get in these restaurants

but don’t know how to navigate the reservations, it’s very small.” But Leventhal predicts a broader customer base. While Resy has about 20 restaurant partners in New York, including downtown spots Minetta Tavern and Balthazar, and Upper East Side restaurant Sant Ambroeus, he’s in ongoing dialogues with several restaurants in the city, and expects to grow Resy’s partner list to 50 restaurants before 2015. During a recent meeting, a well-known restaurateur (who Leventhal declined to name) compared the conversation to the ones he had with OpenTable in 1999. “I think that’s the broad sentiment,” said Leventhal, who is looking at Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas as the next markets for the app. “In terms of the user experience, Resy is going to be the way the world goes. If Resy wins or another company wins, this notion of reservations will exist in 12 months, [...] and in 24 months, if you’re not on Resy as a restaurant, your customers are going to want to know why.” The prospect of such ubiquity worries Falkowitz, who thinks of restaurants as social institutions. Unlike hailing a cab, he said, hospitality is a “vital part” of a restaurant meal, and diners want to feel cared for, not squeezed. “As a diner, I’m going to feel really insulted if I have to pay to get in the door,” said Falkowitz. “If these things become a new standard, it raises the cost and anxiety of dining in the city, and it’s a city that’s full of high cost and transaction fees and a lot of anxiety already.” As the platform grows, and with reservation costs based on demand, Leventhal said that, in the future, some reservations might be free, or sold at the $2 mark. And for diners who don’t want to pay, reservations can still be made the old-fashioned way, at no cost. For Walker, that’s crucial. “As long as all the options remain available, people won’t freak out,” said Walker, a lifelong New Yorker. “This is a city where you can be a millionaire and still not get into the most exclusive clubs. You don’t have to be rich to be the guy who can get past the velvet rope. If we’re creating a world where you do have to have the cash to get past the velvet rope, people will be pissed.”

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< METROPOLITAN MUSEUM GETS 6.2 MILLION VISITORS The Metropolitan Museum of Art says it had 6.2 million visitors during the last fiscal year. That’s the third year in a row that attendance has gone over the six million mark. The museum says the attendance num-

bers are for its main building on Fifth Avenue as well as The Cloisters in upper Manhattan. The Cloisters focuses on the art of the Middle Ages. It had almost 350,000 visitors, an increase of 110,000 from the year

AMPING UP THE FIGHT OVER POOR DOORS DEVELOPMENT Elected officials and housing advocates say Extell exploiting loophole with separate building entrances BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

Extell Development is facing a new round of criticism after its plan to include a separate entrance for low-income residents at its Upper West Side development project was approved by the city’s Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development. Extell is building a 219-unit luxury condo building at 40 Riverside Boulevard. The project includes an additional 55 units of affordable housing that the company agreed to in exchange for tax abatements from the city. Housing advocates and elected officials have likened the practice to segregation and claim separate entrances have a stigmatizing effect on low-income residents. That criticism was amplified after Extell founder Gary Barnett told WNYC radio that the separate entrance was necessary to comply with city zoning laws. He further drew the ire of activists and officials when he said drawing attention to the issue was political and silly. “The two entrances is mandated actually in inclusionary housing, because that’s permanently affordable and so they want to be able to — I think that’s the logic behind it, I don’t know for sure — they want to be able to manage it as a separate building,” Barnett told WNYC. “We’re in the political silly season, to be blunt. Would you rather not have the affordable housing? Ask any one of the thousands of people who are applying for that, and they don’t give a damn [about the separate entrance]. They want to have a beautiful apartment, in a beautiful neighborhood, at a super price.” Officials quickly returned fire, claiming Extell and other companies are exploiting a loophole that was created when the state’s 421-a tax abate-

ment program was modified and the city’s related Inclusionary Housing Program failed to keep pace. The state requires developers who wish to take advantage of the tax breaks to include the affordable housing on site. The city requires those same developers to intersperse the affordable units with the market-rate units at a certain rate on every floor of their project. However, due to an oversight in the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program – which officials claim is a loophole - developers are allowed to put the affordable units in a separate building on the same site, which requires a separate entrance according to city code. “Unfortunately the Inclusionary Housing Program currently allows for developers to build what are called ‘segmented buildings,’ freeing them of these distribution requirements,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. “To do this, developers essentially use the option of creating the affordable housing off-site, but place that ‘off-site’ housing on the same zoning lot.” Brewer called for immediate changes to the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program, “to stop developers from segregating and segmenting buildings, separating affordable and market rate units, creating separate and unequal communities of tenants within a single building.” A spokesperson for Extell Development said there’s a legitimate reason that zoning code allows companies to construct separate buildings for affordable units. “The amendment was written by HPD and the City Planning Commission into the zoning code in 2009 and was scarcely a loophole or ambiguity of the law,” said George Arzt. “Rather it was aimed at creating additional units of affordable housing on parcels too small to construct two buildings. It received final approval by the city council.” Because all of the affordable units at 40 Riverside Blvd. are contained in the separate building, the rationalization that a separate building was built in this case for “additional units” of affordable housing to be built on a

before. This was the first year that visitors were able to see the museum any day of the week. The museum said visitors came from all over the United States and 187 countries. The fiscal year ended June 30.

It’s outrageous that we give huge tax credits to developers for including affordable apartments in their buildings – only to allow them to turn around and segregate entrances or block access to amenities for low-income tenants. I am profoundly disappointed that the developer of 40 Riverside has exploited this loophole in creating a ‘poor door’ in its building. We must do everything we can to end this discriminatory practice immediately.” Councilmember Mark Levine

smaller parcel of land doesn’t seem to apply. Arzt did not respond to a request to elaborate. According to Brewer, developers say banks won’t finance market-rate development projects with affordable units sprinkled on every floor. But she claims other developers have told her that strict segregation of affordable units is not required for a project to receive financing. “The assertion of some developers that they have no choice in the matter, that they are required to have poor doors in their buildings, is plainly false,” said Brewer. “The law only requires a poor-door system if the developer chooses to segregate their residents.” Other elected officials have piled on, including City Councilman Mark Levine, who, along with Councilman Corey Johnson, is drafting legislation that would prevent development and management companies from excluding affordable housing tenants from amenities such as fitness centers and roof gardens. According to Levine’s office, 40 Riverside Boulevard will have a basketball court, fitness center and other amenities that will be off limits to ten-

We’re in the political silly season, to be blunt. Would you rather not have the affordable housing? Ask any one of the thousands of people who are applying for that, and they don’t give a damn [about the separate entrance]. They want to have a beautiful apartment, in a beautiful neighborhood, at a super price.” Extell founder Gary Barnett ants in the affordable units. As recently reported in the West Side Spirit and elsewhere, several buildings on the Upper West Side bar affordable housing and rent regulated tenants from using amenities. “It’s outrageous that we give huge tax credits to developers for including affordable apartments in their buildings – only to allow them to turn around and segregate entrances or block access to amenities for low-income tenants,” said Levine. “I am profoundly disappointed that the developer of 40 Riverside has exploited this loophole in creating a ‘poor door’ in its building. We must do everything we can to end this discriminatory practice immediately.” New York’s Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen told WNYC that the administration is already looking to close the loophole that allows a separate building for affordable units, but that it could take up to a year or more.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONE SONG AT A TIME chari is?’ and every this charity single one of them will tell you everything ever they’ve learned about a it.” Each cabaret c show benefits a d different charity, with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a frequent rec recipient. Proceeds from their August 11th production wil will go to Story Shiftprog ers, a program that takes p theater to public schools for w disabilities. children with

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Tiffany Schleigh founded Cabaret for a Cause to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Photo by Branan Edgens

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MORE ON TIFFANY To learn more about Tiffany, visit www. To purchase tickets to “Cabaret for a Cause,” visit www. galapagosartspace. com/c4ac For more information on Story Shifters, see www. kefproductions. com/education. html

At just 23 years old, Tiffany Schleigh has found a job that influences countless lives. She’s combined her love of theater with charity and the result is benefitting young people all over the nation. The show she produces, “Cabaret for a Cause,” enlists children- singers from Broadway and television, and dancers from the reality show “Dance Moms” - to use their talents to raise money for youth organizations in need of support. Schleigh is always impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment she sees in her mini performers. “You get in the room with them and ask, ‘Do you know what

It started about five years ago. My friend was working at a restaurant on 8th Avenue and he was trying to get more people to come in becaus because it was newer. It was called Rachel’s Rachel’s, where Patron is now. A couple of my friends had just left Broadway shows show and were like, “I’m bored and have nothing no to do.” So I was like, “Great, let’s put pu on a show at his restaurant.” So we would wou open up all the windows so that people walking by could see it. We did it on a w weekly basis for a while. When we realized it was getting so crazy, we had to start charging cha people and we didn’t know what the money should go to work at the restauto. My friend who worked rant donated to St. Jude every year for his birthday, so we did that. Then, a woman who volunteers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital came to see one of them because a friend of hers was singing in it. And she was like, “I want to meet with you and do this, but bigger.”

How did the children’s involvement start? That happened early last year when a friend of mine wanted to do a fundraiser for her theater company and the play had adults that were playing children. So I thought it would be funny to have children singing adult songs.

There are 38 kids in your next show. How do you get them all to participate? There’s a handful of Broadway kids I use all time and then they all introduce me to each other. And sometimes kids will come to the show and say, “I want to do the next one.” As far as the reality TV people, I had spoken to Melissa Ziegler from “Dance Moms” on Twitter, and she was like, “My daughter would love to do this.” So Maddie came and did it last year. And then another mom reached out and it became gigantic by accident.

Do you have a funny behind-the-scenes story? Sophia Gennusa, who is now ten years old, starred as Matilda in “Matilda” on Broadway. After she finished her run in the show, she was doing one of my cabarets and told me she started taking voice lessons after starring in a Broadway show for over a year.

Do you go and see the kids in their Broadway shows? Two of my cabaret kids are in “Violet,” and it’s a really beautiful show. “Matilda” is sensational. I’ve seen all the kids in all their shows.

You also produce “Spotlight on St. Jude.” Explain what that is. That is an annual event I produce with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s a cabaret-like event where we have speakers and vocal numbers. We have an entire committee, and Caroline, who is the head of the committee, came to one of my shows and asked me to do it. We’ve done two shows and raised over $150,000 dollars for the hospital.

You graduated from Marymount. Did you always know you wanted to pursue theater? I was into theater as a kid and thought I wanted to come to New York and pursue it, but I went on a few auditions and decided it really wasn’t for me. I would see the same people at every audition and thought, “I don’t really want to do this and wait in line every morning.” I didn’t really know that I wanted to produce until I started doing these shows all the time. And I said, “Well, I guess I know what I’m doing somehow.”

You left Ohio to come here for college. What was that like for you? My town was really small and conservative. There was not a whole lot to do there. I remember I went home for Christmas after my first semester of college, and I went to my friend’s house, and he was like, “Do you want to go hang out at Walmart?” I guess I wanted to go somewhere so completely different than where I was. And I knew I wanted to be involved with theater and this was the place to be for that. It was kind of a culture shock at first because I wasn’t used to it and I was terrified of the subway. During my first week of college, I remember telling my mom that I was going to Central Park with my roommates, and she was like, “Oh, don’t go there, you’ll get mugged.” And I said, “It’s the middle of the day and I’m with six people.” [Laughs]

You just moved from Astoria to Midtown. What are your favorite restaurants in your new neighborhood? Blossom has the tastiest tofu scramble. I used to work near Thalia and had lunch there almost every day. And I’ve been going to Hourglass Tavern ever since I moved to New York City. They have the friendliest staff. I had my birthday there once and the owner, Beth, brought us the most delicious chocolate cake in the entire world. She still won’t tell us what’s in it or where it’s from.


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ALLSTATE INSURANCE Anthony Pomponio 212-769-2899 125 West 72nd St. 5R, NYC

Boys & Girls Harbor “A vibrant hub for education and the arts.” 1 East 104th Street, 212.427.2244

LOMTO Federal Credit Union It’s hard to beat our great rates! Deposits federally insured to at least $250K (212)947-3380 ext.3144

Huntington Learning Center Your tutoring solution! UWS. 212-362-0100


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Antique, Flea & Farmers Market, East 67 St Market (bet. First & York Ave). Open every Saturday, 6am-5pm, rain or shine. Indoor & Outdoor, Free Admission. Call Bob 718-8975992. Proceeds benefit PS 183. AUCTIONS

Buy or sell at AARauctions. com. Contents of homes, businesses, vehicles and real estate.Bid NOW! AARauctions. com. Lights, Camera, Auction. No longer the best kept secret.

CAMPS/SCHOOLS German Classes for Children NY State Accredited Language Program. No previous experience necessary. 212-787-7543 GRF Test Prep Classes We prepare students to take the SHSAT! 120 W 76th St, New York, NY 10025 201) 592-1592

Learn Something New Today! Free computer classes at The New York Public Library LEARN MORE 917-ASK-NYPL Success Academy Charter Schools “A proven record of excellence…” We are applying to open new schools in Manhattan and encourage your input! www.SuccessAcademies. org /NewSchools

CARS & TRUCKS & RV’S 2012 Chrysler 200 S, $15,984. 17,700 miles. Stock #N1049 MSRP $18,486. Nielson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, 175 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 877-3931692 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring $22,738. 22,030 miles. Stock #F41178P1. MSRP $26,880. Nielson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, 175 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 877-3931692 2012 Dodge Caliber SXT $13,860. 24,324 miles. Stock #U8316A. MSR $16,888. Nielson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, 175 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 877-393-1692


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Columbia Doctors of Ophthalmology - Our newest location at 15 West 65th Street (Broadway) is now open. 212.305.9535

Rick Bryan, Attorney & Counselor at Law. Wills, Living Trusts, Probate, Elder Law, Guardianships, Legal Advice. Home Visits Available. We honor all AARP and Legal Service Plan Discounts, 237 1st Ave, 2nd Fl, S.W. Corner of 14th St and 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003, 212-979-2868.


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Expert on-site repair and restoration of antiques & new furniture in your home or office Quality custom-made furniture & cabinetry. FURNITURE MEDIC, (212)470-3850, Visit us on Facebook FurnitureMedicBH Serving NYC

Carnegie Hill Endoscopy 212-860-6300

NYU Langone Medical Center Introduces the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health. 555 Madison Ave bet. 55th & 56th, 646-754-2000

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Donate your car to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-AWish. We offer free towing and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Call (855) 376-9474

Psychotherapy Services: Addiction/Recovery; Depression/Anxiety; Relationship Issues; Lesbian & Gay Issues; Approved provider for DWI Offenses; Some Insurance Accepted. Private, convenient UWS office. Laura-Ann Robb, LCSW CASAC, 646-753-2879,

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Imperial Fine Books & Oriental Art - Rare & fine books, Chinese ceramics and art from the Ming to Qing Dynasties. 790 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, New York 10065 (212)861-6620 Pandora Jewelry -Unforgettable Moments412 W. Broadway · Soho, NYC 212-226-3414 PAINT & WALLPAPER

SABBY PAINTING (917) 292-9595 Interior/Exterior Painting Wallpaper Removal Free Estimates, Affordable Prices, Neat & Clean Work Licensed & Insured


GLENWOOD - Manhattan’s Finest Luxury Rentals Uptown office 212-535-0500 Downtown office 212-4305900. LET US FIND YOUR DREAM APARTMENT! 1BR/1BA Harlem - $1,750 2BR/1BA Ft. Tryon Pk - $1,725 2BR/1BA Inwood - $2,200 2BR/2BA, Dining Room, Harlem - $1,900 CALL OR TEXT TODAY! 917-689-2944, Tim Heath, The Homefinder, Lic R.E. Agent Bohemia Realty Group Now Leasing! SHARED OFFICES Park Avenue 212-231-8500 OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND. Best selection of affordable rentals. Full/ partial weeks. Call for FREE brochure. Open daily. Holiday Real Estate. 1800-638-2102. Online reservations:

Remember to: Recycle and Reuse REAL ESTATE - SALE

BANK ORDERED SALE. Up to 10 acres from $69,900. Beautiful Bethel NY. Near Woodstock Site. 85 miles from Manhattan. Assorted Hardwoods, approved building site, underground utilities, across from lake. Walk to Performing Arts Center, Financing. Call (877)8361820 LENDER ORDERED FARM SALE! Aug 2nd- 9am! 12 acres Stream - $39,900 17 acres 30 Mile View - $44,900 10 tracts avail! Half market prices! 3 hrs NY City. EZ terms! Call: 888-905-8847


WATERFRONT LOTS-Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Was 325K Now from $65,000-Community Center/Pool. 1acre+ lots, Bay & Ocean Access, Great Fishing, Crabbing, Kayaking. Custom Homes. 757-824-0808 SERVICES OFFERED

CARMEL Car & Limousine Service To JFK… $52 To Newark… $51 To LaGuardia… $34 1-212-666-6666 Toll Free 1-800-9-Carmel Event & Salon Hair Stylist 347.243.3170 for appointments Frank E. Campbell The Funeral Chapel Known for excellence since 1898 - 1076 Madison Ave, at 81st St., 212-288-3500 Hudson Valley Public Relations Optimizing connections. Building reputations. 24 Merrit Ave Millbrook, NY 12545, (845) 702-6226 John Krtil Funeral Home; Yorkville Funeral Service, INC. Independently Owned Since 1885. WE SERVE ALL FAITHS AND COMMUNITIES 212-744-3084 Marble Collegiate Church Dr. Michael B. Brown, Senior Minister, 1 West 29th St. NYC, NY 10001, (212) 689-2770. New-York Historical Society Making history matter! 170 Central Park West (212) 873-3400 Riverside Memorial Chapel Leaders in funeral pre-planning. 180 W 76th St (212) 362-6600

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SPORTS CENTER at Chelsea Piers Join in July, pay $0 initiation & get July FREE! 212-336-6000

Unique Co-op for Sale 2BR/2BA mint condition corner unit, Gracie Gardens, 525 E 89 St, Apt. 4K, NYC. $1,295,000 only. Call or text Lisa Levina, 917-330-8423, or Email Lic. Real Estate Broker, New Vista Horizons, Inc. 4 W 37 St, 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10018.

Interlaken Inn A resort getaway in the hills of CT. Lodging, Dining, Spa and More! 800-222-2909

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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises HIDDEN HARBOR TOURS For tix, visit: or call 1-855-382-0397 Dutchess County Tourism Make plans for an easy weekend escape at, 800-445-3131


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Our Town July 31st, 2014  

The July 31st, 2014 issue of Our Town.

Our Town July 31st, 2014  

The July 31st, 2014 issue of Our Town.