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Cuba reconsidered Artists examine Cuban American connection By Maya Rajamani


uban American artist Tania Bruguera set up a stage and podium with an orange cloth backdrop for her 2009 performance art video “Tatlin’s Whisper #6.” In the video, two people dressed in military outfits escort volunteers to the stage one by one. Each volunteer has one minute free of censorship to voice his or her opinions on politics, social issues and freedom of speech in Cuba. The fake military personnel place a white dove on the volunteers’ shoulders, meant to evoke the image of Fidel Castro’s first televised speech in 1959, when a white dove landed on Mr. Castro’s shoulder, prompting messianic comparisons. Ms. Bruguera has distributed disposable cameras with flashes to spectators, to augment the feel of the event as a political spectacle. In the video, there are moments of silence, as even those participating in the artist’s video are reluctant to come forward and speak freely. “One day, freedom of expression in Cuba will not be a performance,” says a woman during her one-minute speech. After 60 seconds, the military personnel drag speakers off the stage. Ms. Bruguera’s video features prominently in Lehman College Art Gallery’s new exhibit, Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind. For co-curators Susan Hoeltzel and Yuneikys Villalonga, the exhibit is a conflation of Cuban and Cuban American viewpoints toward America. Ms. Villalonga, who moved to the U.S. from Cuba three years ago, said the works in the exhibit speak about America as a land of immigrants instead of dwelling on typical themes like Cuban prejudices toward American capitalism and politics. “We wanted to give it a turn and consider Cuban American artists – to say these artists can also be called Cuban,” said Ms. Villalonga. The exhibit features 35 artists of Cuban descent, but instead of the typical divide between artists raised in Cuba and artists raised in the States, Ms. Villalonga and Ms. Hoeltzel have chosen to display them together. Visualizing the immigrant experience is something that resonates with those who visit the gallery, Ms. Villalonga said. In a series of three self-portraits displayed in the gallery, artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons covers herself in brown and white makeup. In the first photo, “Patria Una Trama” (“Homeland [is] an entrapment”) is emblazoned on her chest; in the third, “Identity Could Be A Tragedy.” Ms. Villalonga speculated Ms. Cam-

ANTHONY GOICOLEA’S, ‘Aunt (Positive Negative Diptych).’

pos-Pons’ work, along with dealing with themes of feminism and politics, could symbolize the disparity between a person’s physical location and the place where his or her thoughts dwell. “It’s about being in one place while your head is in another,” Ms. Villalonga said. Ms. Campos-Pons’ works also deals with the issue of being a female black im-

ANDRES SÉRRANO’S, ‘Wunmi Fadipe, Sales Assistant at Investment Bank.’

migrant in another country. Other pieces hone in specifically on the experience of those living in America. New York-born artist Andres Serrano, who is half Honduran and half Afro-Cuban, documented over 100 people in his series called “America.” Mr. Serrano’s work has garnered controversy – protestors in Avignon, France in 2011 destroyed his 1987 work “Piss Christ,” in which he photographed a plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of his own urine. But his portrait at Lehman’s gallery, “Wunmi Fadipe, Sales Assistant at Investment Bank,” is more striking than contentious. The woman in the portrait is glowing in a bright blue and white headscarf and a brocade dress, a noticeable scar on her cheek. Another portrait called “Aunt (Positive Negative Diptych)” by Atlanta-born Cuban American Anthony Goicolea juxtaposes drawings of a photograph’s negative and positive images to create portraits of his family members back in Cuba.His piece in the gallery is an ethereal depiction of his aunt as a young girl. Born in the States, artists like Mr. Serrano and Mr. Golcolea would not typically be featured in a Cuban-centric art exhibit, Ms. Villalonga said. “It’s presenting a different image of Cuban art,” Ms. Villalonga said. “Before, you never had [Cuban and Cuban American art] dialogue, because they excluded one another,” she said. Other artists featured in the exhibit focus on New York City. In Alexandre Arrechea’s “Chrysler” and “Empire State,” he has created aluminum sculptures of the two landmarks. In a departure from reality, Mr. Arrechea has curled the Empire State Building into a pentagonal shape; the Chrysler Building curves like a snake until it winds around a wheel at the base. Perhaps the exhibit’s strangest piece is a 2006 sculpture made of recycled wood and metals that conflates Che Guevara and Carlos Santana. The singer incited both outrage and support when he wore a Che Guevara shirt to the 2005 Oscar ceremony. An image of the last picture of Guevara taken as he died is framed within the chest of the statue of Carlos Santana. On

Photo by Marisol Díaz

ALEJANDRO AGUILERA’S, ‘El Che y Carlos Santana.’

the back of the sculpture, multiple shelves frame images of skulls, portraits of Cuban heroes, and a portrait of Santana. “When people look at it, they think it’s Jesus Christ,” said Ms. Villalonga. Past exhibits at Lehman’s gallery have included a show focusing on candy, a comic show, a contemporary cartography exhibit, and an exhibit focusing on design and architecture as an influence on sculpture. “What works well for us as an educational institution is looking at how different artists look at that same topic,” said Ms. Hoeltzel. The exhibit will run until May 14. A reception on March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. will include a special performance by artist Carmelita Tropicana.

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LA RIVE - CONDO - Beau tiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath with terrace and fantastic Hudson River views. $780K

HUDSON MANOR TERR. Spacious bright 4 bdrm 2 bath , balcony, washer/dryer, $525K DM, play ground.

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THE ALGIERS - Large renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath with band new kitchen and balcony. $339K Playground, DM

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1,625,000 Exclusive – Spectacular views of the Hudson River and Palisades from almost every room! Built in 1985, across the street from a protected forest, this home is well located, beautifully maintained and recently renovated. Living room with deck, fabulous library, family room with wood-burning ďŹ replace, formal dining room, top of the line kitchen. Four bedrooms plus a maid’s room, four and a half baths, attached two car garage, leveled lot. #1294






Co-Exclusive – This stately colonial on a private cul-de-sac is completed renovated, spacious rooms, high ceilings, 5 ďŹ replaces, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, EIK w/center island, spacious landscaped grounds for child’s play and entertainment. #1341

Exclusive - “MANORESQUE, STATELY� brick colonial in private cul-de-sac. Renovated kitchen and baths, top quality. 4/5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, 2 family rooms, LR w/ wbfp, FDR, spacious kitchen. FPOA Annual Dues: $2,413.85 #1301





Exclusive – This delightful 1865 lodge w/ 4 bedrooms, 4 bath offers a combination of gracious practical spaces and outdoor living. Living room w/ wbfp, formal dinning room, EIK, guestroom, ofďŹ ce, lg basement, 2 car garage. #1231


Exclusive – Charming, private wood frame house. 6BRS, 4 1/2 BTHS. Main bldg has LR WBF, FDR, EIK, music rm w/skylight, doors lead to a beautiful terrace, gardens. MBR w/full BTH, 3 more BRS, full BTH. Connecting cottage w/2nd EIK, 2BRS, full BTH, loft. Garage #1061



New Exclusive - 2 family house in wonderful condition. Lower level has 2 bedrooms, beautiful bamboo oors and lots of storage. Upper level has 2/3 bedrooms, a fabulous porch and so much more .. Garage and back yard .. close to shopping, public transportation . #1414

Exclusive - Manor Towers - High oor with spectacular views. Super sized 3 bdrm, 3 bathroom. State of the art kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Large living room and formal dining room. CAC swimming pool. Parking available. Mt: $2,078 #1372


Sunday - February 23rd 12:00 - 1:00 - 5620 Netherland Avenue, Apt. 5B Exclusive - Netherland Gardens - Bright one bedroom with windowed kitchen and bath, ample closets, in wonderful garden setting near all. Price:$125,000 Mt: $728 incl. elec.

1:00- 2:00 - 3800 Blackstone Avenue (ring 5S) Exclusive - Wonderful condominium living- Beautiful 3 bedrooom, 2 bath . 3 exposures, open oor plan, w/d, terrace.. Indoor parking space. Move right in. Price: $629,000 C.C. $722

1:30-2:30 - 645 West 239th Street -Apt. 6B Exclusive - Top oor one bedroom, sunny and spacious with huge living room, windowed eat-in-kitchen. Pet friendly. Price: $175,000 Mt: $704

2:30- 3:30 - 3671 Hudson Manor Terrace Manor Towers Meet R. E. Hill broker in lobby. Exclusive -High oor, super-sized 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom with lots of sun and space, open kitchen stainless steel appliances, pool 24-hour doorman and so much more. Price: $745,000 Mt: $2,078

THREE, FOUR AND FIVE BEDROOMS ON THE HUDSON - New Exclusive - Highpoint on Hudson - Extremely rare 4 bedroom, 2 bath with exciting Hudson River views. Superior craftsmanship throughout. Sold oak floors, open kitchen w/granite counters, avail. parking, season pool, short walk to Metro North. Price: $925,000 Mt: $1,849

WEST OF PARKWAY –Exclusive – Windsors - Renovated and airy 3 bed 2 baths, open kitchen with dining bar, marble oors in living room, custom built-ins, balcony. 24-hour doorman building, seasonal pool and ďŹ tness club. Available parking. Price: $399,000 incl. gas, elec and c/a/c Mt: $1,255 CENTRAL RIVERDALE –Co-Exclusive – The FairďŹ eld – Sunny and spacious 3 bedroom 2 renovated bathrooms, updated kitchen, dining alcove, abundant closets, corner unit. Pet friendly. Price: $349,000 Mt: $1,135

TWO BEDROOMS NORTH RIVERDALE - Exclusive - Skyview - Soughtafter renovated 2 bed convertible to 3, two baths, balcony, Hudson River and city skyline. Pool, health club, cafe, tennis, playground, dog park, shuttle to Metro North and more included. Price: $519,000 Mt: $1,416 WEST OF PARKWAY - Exclusive - Briar Oaks - Low oor, park-like views, renovated kitchen and baths (1.5), balcony, large closets, new oors, indoor parking spot included. Pet friendly, 24-hour doorman, gym, storage, bike room, playground. Price: $415,000 Mt: $1,093 WEST OF PARKWAY - Exclusive - Beautifully renovated and airy with Hudson River, Palisade and city views. Pristine kitchen with dining area, 1 ½ baths, health club, playground, part-time doorman. Near all. Price: $315,000 Mt:$944 NORTH RIVERDALE – Exclusive – Sunny two bedroom, great space, great bones, near all. Eat-in-kitchen, 24-hour doorman. Well-maintained building with private playground. Price: $235,000 Mt: $930

KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS – Exclusive – Large 2 bedroom with two baths, renovated kitchen, tons of closets space and short walk to transportation and park. Price: $149,900 Mt: $897

JR4’S AND ONE BEDROOMS VAN CORTLANDT VILLAGE - Exclusive – Sunny Jr. 4 with wall up for second bedroom. Lovely western exposure, nice-sized kitchen, large living room within dining area. Lots of closets and convenient to transportation. Price: $155,000 Mt: $756 KINGSBRIDGE – Exclusive – The Edwardian - Well-kept one bedroom with terrace near shops, transportation, garden views, sunny, p/t doorman, parking available. Pet friendly. Price: $139,000 Mt: $704 KINGSBRIDGE - New Exclusive - Comfortable one bedroom with large living room, new tile oor in kitchen with alcove, apt. freshly painted, good location off West 231st Street Price: $129,000 Mt: $641 VAN CORTLANDT VILLAGE - Exclusive - The Mutual - Comfortable 1 bedroom with renovated work kitchen, renovated bath, Great living room, near transportation, stores. Price: $129,000 Mt. $480 incl. g&e LUDLOW PARK - New Exclusive - Newly renovated one bedroom with granite and stainless kitchen, new oak oors, terrace, in quiet neighborhood near transportation and parking. Price: $125,000 Mt: $532

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555 Kappock Street, Apt. 15F - Estate Sale Large 1 bdrm with L-shaped living room and great closet space. Partial Hudson River views. Doorman building, central air and pool. Best Buy $169,000 Exclusive - Fieldston Gardens 525 W. 238th St. Pre-war charm 4-5 bdrm, 3 bth with EIKitch, formal dining room, high ceilings, french door, spacious rooms. $650,000 Exclusive: Estate Section - Lovely ranch home on .5 acre with best ďŹ&#x201A;at backyard in Riverdale. Entertain to your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content. Walk to Wave-Hill and Metro North. $2,500,000

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3333 Henry Hudson Parkway, Apt. 23N Whitehall, Riverdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top luxury Coop Spacious 2 bdrm convertible 3 with terrace and great Hudson River views, EIKitch, beautifully renovated apt. Move right in. Building has 24hr doorman, central air, year round pool, health club and garage with available parking. Close to transportation, schools, shopping and park. $685,000

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Home of the week Pamela Trebach I Trebach Realty

Just off the beaten path, an immaculate two bedroom co-op


ucked away behind the busy central Riverdale Avenue shopping area is a quiet, one-block-long stretch of Fieldston Road with just two mid-rise apartment buildings along its eastern side. Though little noticed, 3600 Fieldston Road couldn’t be more convenient in terms of shopping and public transportation. This week’s featured home, on a low floor in that building, has a lot going for it. With shiny refreshed hardwood floors and fresh paint all around, it is a bright, airy and spacious two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op. There is a welcoming entryway with decorative arches, built-in book and display shelves that echo the archway theme, five big closets,

and hardwood cabinets with laminate countertops in the renovated dinette kitchen. Throughout the corner apartment, there are new installed windows with east and west exposures. Roomy and well lit, it’s easy to imagine this apartment as a place for entertaining in the sunken living room or the dining area/foyer. There’s ample wall space to decorate with paintings, plants or artsy sculptures. The rooms have the potential to be your canvas to design at your will. According to Pamela Trebach of Trebach Realty, Inc., the co-op’s listed price is $259,000 with a monthly maintenance of $863.04 plus a $65 assessment.

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Clockwise from top: The stately entrance on Fieldston Road. Art Deco touches in the building lobby. Arched doorways and built-in shelving. The newly renovated kitchen.

How to cut costs on home improvement

4-Bedroom Penthouse: 3050 Fairfield Avenue, #8EF North, south, east and west exposures offer natural light and sweeping views that take in the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge.

$895,000 Cary Fabrikant Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Town Real Estate, LLC 917 353 6084


All the comfort of a spacious townhouse on the top floor of a desirable doorman-attended co-op building in the heart of Riverdale. Two units combined make a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom penthouse with 2,400 square feet of indoor space — along with an outdoor terrace — including a formal dining room, long living room, large eat-in kitchen and den. It could easily be converted into a five-bedroom apartment, or reconfigured into one open-plan great room.

When it comes to improving their homes, many homeowners associate cutting costs with cutting corners, which can put residents’ safety at risk. But there are ways for homeowners to save money on home improvement projects while still ensuring their homes are safe and sound. • Work with recycled materials. Many homeowners do not go the DIY route when making larger renovations, but those that do also can save money by using recycled materials. However, homeowners should know that many contractors do not work with recycled materials in an effort to avoid liability should something go awry during the project or after it is completed. But DIYers can benefit from using recycled materials, which can be purchased at various locations. For example, Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization devoted to building homes for the less fortunate, operates its own ReStores, which are nonprofit home improvement stores that sell recycled building materials at a

steep discount. • Get your hands dirty. Labor costs on home improvement projects are considerable, but homeowners can cut these costs by doing some of the labor themselves. Homeowners about to embark on a rebuilding project can chip in and do some of the demolition on their own. For example, when replacing sidewalks, homeowners can simply break up and remove the existing sidewalk on their own rather than paying their contractors to do such work for them. It’s best for homeowners to leave interior labor to the professionals, as they are more knowledgeable about how to find load-bearing walls and plumbing fixtures than the average weekend warrior homeowner. • As the old adage goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Homeowners working on tight budgets can opt for imitation materials that appear and feel just like more costly authentic materials. When opting for imitation materials, homeowners should know that they or their representatives cannot falsely represent the materials as

authentic when selling the home. • Homeowners can save money by postponing projects until the slow season, when contractors are more likely to offer discounts in an attempt to stay busy and continue to generate income. Savings will vary depending on a variety of factors, but it’s not unlikely that patient homeowners willing to wait until the offseason to renovate their homes can save as much as 5 percent on the overall cost of the project. • Try not to customize. Though the driving force behind many home improvement projects is to create a dream home that caters to homeowners’ individual needs, going overboard with customizing is expensive. Larger-than-normal dimensions may seem like a great idea, but unless they’re absolutely necessary, they’re best avoided by budget-conscious homeowners. Building supplies are sold at certain dimensions because those dimensions are the most common. Altering these dimensions unnecessarily is only driving up the cost of the projectt.

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Real Estate Real estate REAL ESTATE Closing/Flat Fee $799. Semi-retired Ivy League attorney. All areas of real estate transactions. 914-358-3288 Nobody does it better

Sebastian, Florida. Affordable custom factory constructed homes $45,900+, Friendly community, No Real Estate or State Income Taxes, minutes to Atlantic Ocean. 772-581-0080, Limited seasonal rentals

House for sale W. 260th St. 1 family mother/ daughter. Renov brick det. 1 indr prkg. Nice bkyrd. Low taxes. Cls to trans & schools. $649K. Bkr 646-739-3864

Co-ops and condos for sale Down-sizing? Have it all at Knolls Co-op Sec #1.. Lovely full 2-br 1 bath apts. Windowed eat-in kitch. $145k to $158k. Maint below $700 incl utils; Excel restored cond. Great views. Gorgeous gardens, sitting areas, playgr; Super; Lndry; Bike rm; Storage; Conv. shopping; Expr buses at door; Easy IRT and Metro North access. Prkg $49/mo. See Call (718)796-5478

Land for sale 3 COUNTY LAND LIQUIDATION! UPSTATE NY 21 TRACTS, 5-147 acres from $14,900 Southern TIERCATSKILL MOUNTAINSCAPITAL REGION! State Land, Ponds, Views! Special financing & incentives until 2/23! Call for free info packet: (888)905-8847

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235/Netherland Ave. 1 bdrm, updated, beautiful apt, hrdwd flrs. Pet ok. Long term lease $1500. Bkr 212-721-3144

North Riverdale, 3 room with newly renov kitch on 2nd flr of pvt hse. Prkg avail. $1750. Call 201-572-1478 or 718-548-6073

Riverdale Gardens 256th St & Netherland Ave Studio $975 & 1 bdrm $1175 10 building elevator complex No Pets. $1000 rent concession if take possession by February 28. 718-543-2746 or 718-549-7766

Van Cortlandt Park Studio, unfurnished. Near transportation, nears shopping, near parks. Cozy, in pvt house with pvt entrance. $1000 per month utilities included. Call 347-427-3727 to view.

3225 Johnson Avenue near 235th street. Indoor and outdoor parking available. See super for more info

Professional Professional building building located Ave inin locatedon on Johnson Johnson Ave Riverdale. Convenient to Riverdale. Convenient to transportation, transportation, restaurants restaurants and and shopping. shopping. Newly bright Newlyrenovated renovated bright large office approx 265sf large office approx 265sf includes space. includesnice nice storage storage space. AlsoAlso renovated single office renov small office 110sf 110sfwith with shelving shelving && area. Kitty waitingwaiting area. Contact Contact Dearie @ Dearie @Kitty 718-549-1234 718-549-1234 withorqueswith questions tions to orschedule to schedule an appt. an appt.

235/Netherland Ave. JR4 updated, large kithcen, hrdwd flrs. Pet ok. Long term lease $1650. BKR 212-721-3144 237/Independence Avenue 1 bed, updated, large LR, DR. Long term lease. $1550. Bkr 212-721-3144 Available now Studio & 1bdrm unfurnished, West of PKWY. Near shopping and transportation. Call 646-226-5433

Central Riverdale 2 bdrm, 2 bth with Eat in Kitchen on 2nd floor of private house. $1850. Call: 718-884-4148 North riverdale. 1 bdrm apt for rent in small apt bldg. Deck, new flrs. $1200/mo includes heat and hot water. Call Bkr 917-826-1765

Riverdale - lovely extra-large freshly painted 3 bdrm, 2 bath, multi-level unfurnished Apt. Convenient to Public Transportation. Hardwood floors. Washer/dryer. Offstreet parking + 1 car garage. Quiet Street off Riverdale Ave & 259th St. Convenient to shopping and public-private schools. Available now. $2750.00 Month plus Utilities - No Agent Fee's 646-361-5502 Riverdale 1 bdrm, 1 bath, unfurnished. Bright. Charming. Quiet. On-site laundry room. Lots of closet space! New paint! 2600 Henry Hudson Parkway Available now. $1,450.00 Call now to schedule a showing at 914-207-1744 ext 308

Real Estate Brokers, Agents and Management Companies Anita Wolfe Real Estate........................718.796.3135 Argo Residential, Linda Lepson ...........212.896.8699 ......................................................646.305.4009 Charles G. Brophy, Douglas Elliman.......................... Ann Dowling, LLC...............................914.376.3100 John Edwards, Douglas Elliman................................. Exclusive Properties.............................718.513.5810 Sotheby’s International EZ Premier Realty, LLC........................917.838.3440 Bianca Ferraioli, Douglas Elliman.............................. Fieldston Properties.............................718.601.1000 Foxworth Realty, Eugenia Foxworth ...212.368.4902 Halstead Property Riverdale.................718.878.1700 Houlihan Lawrence, Peter Segalla.............................

HSC Management Corporation...........718.543.2800 or....................................................914.237.1600 McDonagh Properties, Inc....................718.548.2828 Mississippi Realty................................917.378.8242 Olnick Organization ............................718.796.2600 Lee Presser, The Corcoran Group.............................. RE/MAX IN THE CITY...........................929.222.4200 Chintan Trivedi................................917.637.0161 Robert E. Hill, Inc ................................718.884.2200 Ellen Rosen, REMAX Distinguished Homes & Properties .......................................................914.374.9072 Shelley Scherman................................718.549.0100 Sopher Realty.......................................718.601.4000 Sotheby’s International Realty.............718.513.5810 Exclusive Trebach Realty ....................................718.543.7174 Veritas Property Management, LLC.......................... Carl Borenstein...............................212.799.2365

Realtors: To purchase a space in this listing, please call Cheryl Ortiz at 718.543.6200 ext. 379

Skyview 1BR, gorgeous reno, open kitchen, pool, health club, tennis, cable TV & more incl. Board approval required. $1,600/mo. Robert E. Hill R.E. 718-884-2200 Spacious North Riverdale 1 bdrm apt in private house. Convenient location. Hardwood floors. Laundry room. Available now. $1300/mo. 914-613-7373. Studio Apt. for Rent $975.00 6535 Broadway Bronx, NY Clean elevator building with laundry, near transportation, Call Superintendent Luis Paulino at 917-932-6877


West of Pkwy - Sunny and spacious Jr. 4 with renov kit, den, ample closets, parking, cable TV, cooking gas incl. Co-op sublet, board approval req'd. $1,800. No brokers fee. Robert E. Hill R.E. (718) 884-2200

Offices for rent Medical office space. Three exam rooms available. For a specialist in primary care office. Riverdale Ave/Corner of 235th St. 718-432-5500

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Legal Notices Legal Notice NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF BRONX DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF SAXON ASSET SECURITIES TRUST 20041 MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET BACKED NOTES AND CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-1, Plaintiff, Against EMMANUEL BANDOH; et al, Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered 1/2/2014, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at Bronx County Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse Room 600, Bronx, NY on 3/10/2014 at 2:00 pm premises known as 1555 Unionport Road Bronx, NY 10462.

ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Bronx, the City and State of New York. Block 3938 Lot 2612 Approximate amount of lien $85,814.81 plus interest and costs; premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment Index # 301497/2008 If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagees attorney. Harold B. Beeler, Esq., Referee Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 110, Armonk, NY 10504 Dated: 1/17/2014

File Number: 71294367 MNH. 1927

Legal Notice NOTICE OF FORMATION of ROSCOE’S DIGS LLC. Art. of Org. filed w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/29/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 7014 13 Ave. #202, Bklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 1928

Legal Notice SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF BRONX NYCTL 1998-2 TRUST, and THE BANK OF NEW YORK as Collateral Agent and Custodian for the NYCTL 1998-2 Trust, Plaintiff against KENYA MIGHTY, NICOLE MIGHTY, et al Defendant(s).

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated February 27, 2013, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Bronx County Courthouse Room 600, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY on the 10th day of March, 2014 at 2:00 PM premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Bronx, County of Bronx, City and State of New York, designated by the Lot Numbers 626 and 627 on a certain map entitled “Map of Laconla Park, Williamsbridge, Westchester County, New York” made by Joseph L.F. Smith and Leonard C.L. Smith dated August 1892 and filed in the Office of the Register of the County of Westchester, September 27, 1892 as Map Number 1041. Block: 4685 Lot: 48 Said premises known as 928 EAST 215 STREET, BRONX, NY Approximate

amount of lien $ 8,319.42 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index Number 380441/10. PHILLIP W. COLEMAN, ESQ., Referee. Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff Michael Resnikoff, Esq., (212) 237-1102, 156 W 56 Street, NY 10019. 1929

Legal Notice NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF BRONX Citibank, N.A., as Trustee for MLMI Trust Series 2006-HE5, Plaintiff, against Ligia C. Lavezzari, et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated October 8, 2009 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Bronx County Courthouse, Room 600,

851 Grand Concourse, City of Bronx on March 10, 2014 at 2:00PM, premises known as 1221 Saint Lawrence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10472 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Bronx, City and State of NY, Block 3762 Lot 52. Approximate amount of judgment $530,131.32 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 380081/08. Douglas Rosenthal, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Suite One, Rochester, NY 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: January 28, 2014 1080013 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 02/27/2014. 1930

Legal Notice NOTICE OF FORMATION of F&Y STAINLESS STEEL DOOR AND WINDOW DECORATION LLC. Art. of Org. filed w/ Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/28/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 69-28 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 1932

Legal Notice NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF BRONX, AURORA LOAN SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. OLINDA B. SINGH, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on January 06, 2010, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at

public auction at the Bronx County Courthouse, Room 600, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY on March 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., premises known as 1209 Beach Avenue, Bronx, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Bronx, County of Bronx, City and State of New York, Block 3763 and Lot 101. Approximate amount of judgment is $663,863.86 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 380537/08. Dennis E. Krolian, ESQ, Referee Knuckles, Komosinski & Elliott, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Ste. 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Attorneys for Plaintiff. 1933

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Don’t play with me, ’cause you’ll play with Fire Baked Alaska By Danielle Rehfeld This Valentine’s Day, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go big. I was chefing a Valentine’s Day dinner/ birthday and thought, no more snickering and bahumbugging hearts and chocolates and candies and flowers. Romantic love is such a small fraction of what love means. So this year, Valentine’s Day was about appreciating my family, my friends, my clients and my work. I had the most fun last Friday making up an amazing Baked Alaska. With suggestions on assembly and structure from my very special best friend, chef Angela Pinkerton, I came up with my own version of this classic ice cream layer cake frosted with glossy peaks of Swiss meringue. If you’ve never had one, Baked Alaska can either get quickly baked, as the name suggests, to give it that toasty finish, or you can light the thing on fire. Guess which option I chose? It was my first go at Baked Alaska and I thought, “These people are about to get their minds blown or I’ll light the house on fire and get fired.” So I went about layering passion fruit and chocolate, bright fuschia raspberry sorbet (because, alas, it was Valentine’s Day), and last but not least, a big, fluffy pink marshmallow blanket to cover it all up. All the while, I was hemming and hawing and getting nervous about how to light it on fire. After hours of making the darn thing, I didn’t want to go messing it up at the very end. After four courses, the time had come. I stood in front of the guests with a pan of framboise in one hand and a lit match in the other. Strike, nothing. Strike, nothing. I tried lighting the pan on fire three times, but it didn’t catch. Shoot! It worked in the kitchen. I was on stage and everyone was videtaping on their iPhones, and no fire! Totally deflating. So I went into the kitchen where I’d been practicing earlier and tried it again. It worked! I walked into the living room, carefully carrying a flaming pan of alcohol (did I mention how klutzy I am?) and started ladling the flames over the Alaska. Some of the burning alcohol ran off the sheet tray onto the wooden dining room table, at which point but my friend quickly came to the rescue and snuffed it out. There were ooohs and ahhhs and applause, and best of all, after the first bite, I could hear people from the kitchen talking about how it was one the best desserts they’d ever had. In the end, the risk was totally worth it! Lesson? Try, try and try again. If you want to do something big, overcome the fear of failure and disaster and go for it. What’s the worst that could happen?

Return to freezer. Meanwhile, make the cake according to box directions. Spread on a parchment-lined sheet tray and bake for about 20 to 22 minutes. Remove, allow to cool and freeze. Spread chocolate sorbet over passion fruit. Freeze. Remove raspberry sorbet from freezer. After 30 minutes, spread raspberry sorbet over the chocolate. Return to freezer while working with cake. Avoiding crispy edges, using a ruler and sharp knife, cut a nine-by-five inch rectangle that

will fit on inside of pan. Transfer rectangle to top of raspberry sorbet. Fold plastic over the cake and press down to make sure it adheres to sorbet. Freeze for at least two hours. Make Swiss meringue. Combine egg whites and sugar in a nonreactive bowl. You can use a pyrex dish or, if using a standing mixer, place directly in the mixer bowl. Choose a pot that the bowl can sit on neatly without touching water and fill the pot with two inches of water. Place bowl with egg whites and sugar on top of pot Turn to medium heat and



Remove passion fruit sorbet from freezer and transfer chocolate sorbet to fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray inside of loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. With longer side of pan facing you, neatly press a piece of plastic wrap flush against inside of pan leaving slack hanging over the sides of the pan. The width of plastic wrap should be about the same as the length of pan. Spray again and adjust the pan so it’s facing you lengthwise. Repeat with another piece of plastic wrap, folding it slightly first so it will fit neatly into the pan, again leaving some slack. The object is to line and cover all the inside space of the pan so that you can easily remove tehe Baked Alaska when you’re ready to frost. Evenly spread passion fruit sorbet onto bottom of loaf pan.

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small ladle to pour the flaming hot liquid over the cake. Eventually the alcohol will burn off whilst leaving a toasty marshmallow like layer. Slice immediately and serve with a spoonful of raspberry cherry sauce.

hands along the bottom of the pan to warm slightly and use plastic to nudge the cake until it releases. Pull off the pan and plastic. Use an offset spatula or knife to quickly frost the entire out side of cake. Use the tip of the knife to make a wispy, cloudlike pattern. Freeze another two hours. Make the sauce by blending the raspberries and sugar in a blender. Add the sliced cherries and refrigerate. When ready to serve, poura quarter cup framboise into a small pot. Using a match, light the framboise on fire and use a



BAKED ALASKA WITH RASPBERRY CHERRY SAUCE Ser ves 4-6 1 pint passion fruit sorbet 1 pint chocolate sorbet 1 pint raspberr y sorbet 1 box Duncan Hines Classic Devil’s Food Cake Mix* 8 egg whites 2 cups sugar Pinch salt Red food coloring (optional) Framboise (raspberr y eau de vie)

whisk egg whites and sugar. Continue to whisk until sugar has dissolved completely and egg whites are warm to touch. Add a pinch of salt and begin to mix over medium speed. Add a few drops of food coloring. Once frothy, turn the speed to high and whip until very glossy and stiff, adding additional color if desired. Remove Alaska from freezer. Find a plate or platter large enough to hold cake with at least two to three inches of extra space. Place the platter on top of the cake and flip. Run your

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Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice A slice of Florida comes to the Bx BEGINNING SATURDAY, MARCH 1, the New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900 Southern Blvd., will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary.â&#x20AC;? The 12th annual exhibit will feature a mosaic of thousands of exotic orchids. Other events will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Escape to Paradise: The Music of Key West,â&#x20AC;? on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. in Ross Hall. Orchid Evenings begin Saturday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m., and allows attendees to enjoy a cocktail along with the exhibit. For a full list of events, go to or call 718-8178700.

FROM SATURDAY, FEB. 15, the Hudson River Museum, located at 511 Warburton Ave. in Yonkers, is featuring The Art of Video Games, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It features interactive videos, playable games in the galleries and a video arcade. The video installation, Mixed Messages, adds an interactive element to the exhibit. SUNDAY, FEB. 23, there will be a day of games, danc-

Riverdale Y preschool registration has begun. E-mail Devorah Kessler at for more information. Spots are open at Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Space afterschool program. For more information, call Joe Smith at ext. 261 or Roxanne Parets at ext. 229.

WEDNESDAYS, FEB. 26 and MARCH 12, the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR), located at 475 W. 250th Street, will host a baking class showing how to make Jewish breads and desserts, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There is a $50 fee. Registration is required. For more information, call 718-543-8400 or go to www. Photo Courtesy of Elisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contemporary Art

Contemporary female artists show their stuff

FROM TUESDAY, FEB. 4, the Lehman College Art Gallery, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., will show Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind, featuring 35 artists. For more information, call 718-960-8731 or go to www.

Exhibit dedicated to video games

Book talk at the library

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Cuban used as exhibit inspiration

FROM SUNDAY, FEB. 9, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, located at 5901 Palisade Ave., is showcasing a new exhibit, The Politics of Paint: Landscape Painting in the Soviet Union, 1953-1964, in the Derfner Judaica Museum. The exhibit will feature 14 works from various artists. For more information, call 718-581-1596 or go to www.

contribution is $40 per family. The additional three meetings will be held on March 2, March 30 and April 6.

MONDAY, FEB. 24, the Spuyten Duyvil Library, located at 650 W. 235th Street, will host a book talk at 11 a.m. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


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tion Tehillah will host a caring for caretakers workshop. Space is limited, but slots are still available. Attendees will receive location speciďŹ cs upon registration. For more information, call 718-884-4839 or go to www.

BEGINNING SATURDAY, FEB. 15, Elisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contemporary Art, located at 5622 Mosholu Ave., will display â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other Worldly - Mandalas and Spirits,â&#x20AC;? a journey through the visions of four contemporary female artists. Amy Chengâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ever so Slowlyâ&#x20AC;? is featured above. For more information, call 212-729-4974 or go to ing, character meet-ups and more, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 914-963-4550 or go to www.

Art center hosts curator talk THURSDAY, FEB. 27, the Pelham Arts Center, located at 155 Fifth Ave. in Pelham, will host a curator talk for its exhibit Migration Narratives, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 914-738-2525 ext. 113 or go to

All â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hearts and Flowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THROUGH FEBRUARY, the Riverdale Art Association will present its latest exhibit, Hearts and Flowers, at The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, located at 4450 Fieldston Road. Orhan Alpaslan, Beverly Barker, Doris Cordero, Carol Frank, Maria Formoso, Joan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Larraine Pearson, Brian Skinner, Joyce Dutka, Lillian Masters, Bob Robinson Esther Wallach, Aija Sears and Joan Levine are exhibiting photos, paintings and mixed

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THROUGH FRIDAY, FEB. 21, Woodlawn Conservancy, located at Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street, encourages attendees to document their trips via social media by using the hashtag #InstaWoodlawn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for Social Media Week.

FROM WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, the Bronx River Arts Center, located at 2064 Boston Road, is showcasing BRURAL: Shattering Phenomena, an exhibit focusing on Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Russiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; response to Hurricane Sandy and the Chelyabinsk Meteorite. For more information, go to

Bronx artist on display at An Beal THROUGH FEBRUARY, Bronx artist Suzanne Hockstein will display her artwork at An Beal Bocht CafĂŠ, located at 445 W. 238th Street. For more information, go to

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SATURDAY, FEB. 22, the Woodlawn Conservancy will host a workshop, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cemetery Records: A Key for Your Genealogy Research,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m. Meet at the Jerome Avenue gatehouse. The event is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, call 718- 920-1469 or go to

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Y has something for everyone ONGOING, The Riverdale Y, located at 5625 Arlington Ave., will host a variety of events: WEDNESDAYS IN FEBRUARY, Y camp directors will host Q & A sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The sessions include Summer Stage Performing Arts Camp on Feb. 26. SUNDAYS, The Y will collaborate with SHARE to host a breast cancer support group at 5 p.m. For more information, call 718-548-8200 ext. 241 or e-mail SUNDAYS THROUGH MAY 18, there will be tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai chi. For the full session, the cost is $210 for members and $300 for non-members. To register, call 718-548-8200 ext. 201. For more information, e-mail THURSDAY, FEB. 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance for PD,â&#x20AC;? a movement class, will begin at 11 a.m. at the College of Mount St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, located at 6301 Riverdale Ave. Register online at or call 1-800-957-1046. BEGINNING SUNDAY, FEB. 23, The Y, in cooperation with Congregation Tehillah, will host an art-centered program for interfaith and multicultural Jewish families titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Mixed Multitude,â&#x20AC;? which is available for families who want to explore their place in Jewish life through a Passover -themed art project. The suggested


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Vannie offers activities for all VAN CORTLANDT Park will host several events: SATURDAY, FEB. 22, there will be a workshop, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring Clouds,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m. in the Nature Center. TUESDAY, MARCH 4, volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers to help protect trees from deer, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Call 212-360-3318 or e-mail for more information. Meet at Van Cortlandt Park East and East 238th Street. For more information, call 718-601-1460 or go to www.

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What’s on who transfer are not required to attend meetings, but are invited to join the group when they meet the third Sunday of each month at the Veterans Hospital, located on 130 West Kingsbridge Road. For more information, call 914-337-0227.

(Continued from page B10) onsite and closes at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Drop-ins will be accommodated if space permits.

Spuyten Duyvil Library, located at 650 W. 235th St., will screen Kinky Boots, at 2 p.m. For more information, call 718-796-1202.

For more information on any of these activities, call 718-549-3200 or go to www.

Groups & Meetings Health & New group Fitness

Exercise, poetry at the library

for mothers

THE KINGSBRIDGE Library, located at 291 W. 231st St., has the following events planned: MONDAYS, clear your mind with Sahaja meditation, at 6 p.m. WEDNESDAYS, the library will host Wii bowling, at 1:30 p.m. FRIDAYS, Staywell exercise class kicks off, at 10 a.m. SATURDAYS, an intermediate Sahaja meditation class convenes, at 10:30 a.m. THURSDAY FEB. 27, there will be a writer’s circle at 1 p.m. SATURDAYS BEGINNING FEB. 22, there will be a sevenweek poetry class, focusing on the senses from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The sixth class will combine all five senses and the seventh class will feature a reading. Registration is required. REGISTRATION FOR computer classes begins one week before the event. Call or stop by the library to register. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Chabad stays active this month ONGOING, the Chabad of Riverdale, located at 535 W. 246th St., will host a variety of activities: MONDAYS, story time for children ages 3 to 5 will begin at 3 p.m. WEDNESDAYS, release time for P.S. 24 students begins at 2 p.m. Children are picked up each week from P.S. 24 at 2 p.m. (by Exec-You-Van) and are brought to the Chabad of Riverdale. THURSDAYS, Jewish Fun for Preschoolers will begin at 3:15 p.m. SATURDAYS, junior congregation for ages 2 to 6 and 7 and up begins at 10:45 a.m. SUNDAYS THROUGH MARCH 9, the Bar Mitzvah Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. SUNDAYS THROUGH MARCH 9, head to Chabad of Riverdale from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Choose from one of three programs, “To Be a Jew in the Free World,” “Feed Your Soul” or the Bar Mitzvah Club, and then enjoy a delicious breakfast. For more information on any of these activities, call 718549-1100 ext. 10 or go to www.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 22, the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, located at 4450 Fieldston Road, will host a new group for mothers, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call Sarah Cion at 718-5435524 or the society office at 718 548-4445 if you are interested in joining.

Botanical Garden continues Winter Lecture Series

Toastmasters seek new members

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, The New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, will continue its 14th Annual Winter Lecture Series with British landscape architect Kim Wilkie,above, at 10 a.m. Wilkie will reveal his process in ‘Sculpting the Land,’ the British tradition of sculpting landforms out of clay and chalk and clothing them in grass. For more information, go to

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, the Bronx Toastmasters Club of Riverdale will hold a free meeting at Riverdale Neighborhood House, located at 5521 Mosholu Ave., at 7:30 p.m. New members are welcome to see how the club enables people to communicate effectively. The Toastmasters meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information, call 917-583-2679 or go to www.

Center keeps attendees busy ONGOING, the Riverdale Community Center, located at 660 W. 237th St., will host a variety of activities and classes: SATURDAY, MARCH 1, academic support will be available for second- through fifth-grade students. The cost is $175 plus a $15 registration fee. SATURDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 1, from 9 a.m. to noon there will be math and critical reading prep for the SATs for seven weeks. The cost is $310. TUESDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be subject test preparation for SAT math level one for five weeks. The cost is $190. TUESDAYS, BEGINNING MARCH 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. there will be prep for the SAT writing section for seven weeks. The cost is $190. To join the Tuesday and Saturday SAT prep class, the cost is $440. TUESDAYS, BEGINNING March 4, there will be an eight-week test prep course for specialized high school tests and art prep for the High School of Art and Design and the LaGuardia School of Music and Art. The cost is $250. TUESDAYS, BEGINNING March 4, there will be a fiveweek Italian cooking class for adults at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $135 plus a $15 registration fee. SATURDAYS, BEGINNING March 1, there will be a cooking class for kids ages 7 to 12 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $110 plus a $15 registration fee. SATURDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 1, a variety of sports clinics will be available: basket-

ball, martial arts, tennis and more. These clinics are $175, plus a $15 registration fee. Call the center or go online for times and pricing. TUESDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 4, health and fitness classes such as breathing work meditation, t’ai chi chuan and more will be offered. Call the center or go online for times and pricing. SATURDAY, MARCH 22, there will be a defensive driving course at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $65. Registration is now being accepted. THERE WILL also be computer classes, Spanish classes and Mah Jongg classes. Please call for times and prices. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION for these courses will be on SATURDAY, FEB. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, and TUESDAY, FEB. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To register or for more information about class times and prices, call 718-796-4724 or go to

Films Movie at the mansion THURSDAY, FEB. 20, BartowPell Mansion, located at 895 Shore Road, will screen The Uninvited, at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and members. Registration is requested. To register or for more information, call 718-885-1461 or e-mail

Library screens ‘Kinky Boots’ SATURDAY, FEB. 22, the

Winter assembly held next month TUESDAY, MARCH 4, the Bronx River Alliance Winter Assembly will be held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, located at 1040 Grand Concourse, at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail joseph.

Lehman Senate Committee meets WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, the Lehman College Senate Committee will meet in Carman Hall, room B-04, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 718-960-8559 or go to www.

Ex-POWs set to meet THE AMERICAN Ex-Prisoners of War Association, Greater New York Chapter, meets the first and third Friday of each month, at 10 a.m., at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located at 130 W. Kingsbridge Road, room 4B-50 on the fourth floor. All ex-POWs are invited. For more information, call 718-584-9000 ext. 5143.

Jewish War vets meet THE JEWISH War Veterans of Neuman Goldman Post 69 and Ladies Auxiliary are seeking current dues-paying members who are no longer affiliated with a post. Members

Running group meets at Vannie SATURDAYS, people meet for a run in Van Cortlandt Park, at 8 a.m. Participants should meet at the Van Cortlandt Stadium. Visit the Van Cortlandt Track Club’s website to join. The club offers five levels of membership: junior and senior for $10, single for $20, family for $30 and lifetime for $500. For more information, go to

Kids Focus on food during vacation THROUGH FRIDAY, FEB. 21, the New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900 Southern Blvd., will host a culinary kids’ food festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which includes activity stations like “Spice Adventures” and a “Tip-Top Pickle Shop.” The cost is $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and $10 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call 718-817-8700 or go to

Tot Shabbat for little ones SATURDAY, MARCH 1, Congregation Tehillah will host a young families’ tot Shabbat at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, located at 4450 Fieldston Road, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, call 718-884-4839 or go to

Museum keeps kids busy ONGOING, the Hudson River Museum, located at 511 Warburton Ave., will host a variety of activities: THROUGH FRIDAY, FEB. 21, “School’s Out, Stars Are In,” a program about the Hudson River, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS in February, there will be art and science projects offered at Family Studio, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 914-963-4550 or go to www.

Misc. Get tough, get BAAD THROUGH SATURDAY, FEB.

22, the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, located at 2474 Westchester Ave., will present “Get Tough, Get BAAD!,” a series including a dance against violence, a film series celebrating queer power and much more. For more information and a complete schedule, go to www.

NYBG invites you to escape THROUGH SUNDAY, FEB. 23, the New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900 Southern Blvd., will present “Tropical Paradise,” a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s permanent collection of tropical trees, flowers and foliage. Photos from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition are also on display. For more information, call 817-8700 or go to www.nybg. org.

SciFest comes to Lehman College WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, Lehman College, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., will host SciFest in the Speech and Theatre Building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will focus on science education and developing a scientifically literate Bronx community. The Bronx SciFest Research Program provides high school students with the opportunity to develop a STEM research project, with the help of a Lehman College faculty member and a high school science teacher, to compete in the 2014 fair. For more information, call Pedro Baez at 718-960-2595 or e-mail him at

Don’t leave the Bx to visit Greece FRIDAY, FEB. 28, the Greek Afternoon School of the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle, located at 3245 Kingsbridge Ave., invites Bronx residents to “A Trip to Greece,” at 6:30 p.m. There will be traditional Greek foods along with music and dance. Admission is $20. Children enter for free. For more information, call 718-549-8775 or go to www.

Music Center remembers Civil Rights era SATURDAY, FEB. 22, the Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory, located at 1303 Louis 9 Blvd., will remember Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights era with an event that includes film screenings, music and more, beginning at 3 p.m. For a complete schedule and more information, go to or e-mail

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on (Continued from page B11) CafĂŠ at Ginger Grill, located at 3717 Riverdale Ave., will pay tribute to Bob Marley, celebrating peace, unity and one love, at 8 p.m. Guests include Pey Dalid, Ta Shma Orchestra and more. Tickets are $10 and $5 with a college ID. For tickets or more information, go to or e-mail unitycaferiverdale@

Valerie Capers plays with BAE SATURDAY, FEB. 22, Valerie Capers will perform jazz classics with the Bronx Arts Ensemble at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, located at 4450 Fieldston Road, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students and seniors. Discounted tickets are available online. For tickets or more information, call 718-601-7399 or go to

Organist performs at Christ Church SATURDAY, MARCH 1, Christ Church Riverdale, located at 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway, will host Canadian organist Ken Cowan for a concert, at 7:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new organ. Tickets are $50, or $25 for students and seniors. For more information, go to www.christchurchriverdale. org.

Postponed guitar concert arrives SUNDAY, MARCH 23, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., will host its postponed show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitar Passions,â&#x20AC;? with Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and more, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35 and $10 for children 12 and under.

For more information, call 718-960-8833 or go to www.

Seniors JASA plans a busy February THROUGH FEBRUARY, the JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center, located at 3880 Sedgwick Ave., will host a variety of events: THURSDAY, FEB. 20, there will be a talk about wills, trusts and healthcare proxies at 1 p.m. FRIDAY, FEB. 21, there will be a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebration with soprano Carol Vinson, at 1 p.m. A chicken lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. The recommended senior donation is $3 for the meal and $2 for the event. The non-senior fee is $5 for the meal and $3 for the event. Call the center ofďŹ ce to reserve your spot. TUESDAY, FEB. 25, there will be a visit to the Hispanic Society with Latinos al Frente group. Call the center ofďŹ ce for more information and to reserve a spot. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, celebrate February birthdays with keyboard player Gregory Press, at 1 p.m. For more information, call 718-549-4700.

RSS provides many activities THROUGH FEBRUARY, the Riverdale Senior Services, located at 2600 Netherland Ave., will host a variety of events:

Photo by Lisa Marum

World synagogues showcased THROUGH THURSDAY, FEB. 27, The Riverdale Y, located at 5625 Arlington Ave., will display works by Lisa Marum in Gallery 18. Her photo show, titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Old World Synagogues and Other Sitesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; features the the synagogue/culture house in Sobernheim, Germany, the Choral Synagogue in Moscow, above, and more. For more information, go to

MONDAYS, a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellness group will meet at 11 a.m. TUESDAYS, the program with Horace Mann students will continue at 4 p.m. WEDNESDAYS, A creativity workshop will take place at

THURSDAYS, there will be trivia at 11 a.m.

2:45 p.m. THURSDAYS, Marisa will guide participants through interval strength training at 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25, there will be a party for all February birthdays, including music with Rob Loggio at 1 p.m. THERE WILL be a movie trip to Midway Mall on Friday, Feb. 21, Burlington Coat Factory on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and the Lobster House on Friday, Feb. 28. Register in the ofďŹ ce for all sojourns.



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ONGOING, The Riverdale Y, located at 5625 Arlington Ave., will host a variety of activities for seniors: MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS at 10:30 a.m. Helen Weiss Pincus will lead an exercise class at the Senior Center. The class will include seated and standing exercises. Call 718-548-8200 ext. 224 for more details.




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of the Borough Address at Eugenio MarĂ­a de Hostos Community College, located at 450 Grand Concourse, at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP, e-mail sotb@ For more information, go to

Speak up about Bronx parks SATURDAY, FEB. 22, the 20th Annual Bronx Park Speak-Up will take place in the music building of Lehman College, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to

Ethical Society hosts platform SUNDAY, FEB. 23, the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, located at 4450 Fieldston Road, will host the Sunday platform, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humanism, Strangers and Living with Deference,â&#x20AC;? at 11 a.m. Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Society of Bergen County, will give the talk. For more information, call 718-548-4445 or go to www.

Holocaust Center to holds talks THROUGH FEBRUARY, the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI) at Manhattan College, located at 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, will host a variety of events: TUESDAY, FEB. 25, two former students of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies will present, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arab/ Israeli Perspectives: Arava Institute Alumni Present Water Solutions and Peace-making in the Middle East,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. in Miguel room 311. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, Author and post-traumatic stress expert Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D, will speak on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Measuring Psychological Distress in Post-conďŹ&#x201A;ict Settings: Stories from the Field, ReďŹ&#x201A;ections and a Few Guidelines,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. in Miguel room 311. For more information, go to

Ruben Diaz Jr. gives State of the Bx. Peace Week has THURSDAY, FEB. 20, Bronx visit from JAG Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. invites residents to the State

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tan College, located at 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, will host U.S. Air Force Captain Allison DeVito, above, to discuss her role as a Judge Advocate Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corps (JAG) ofďŹ cer in Afghanistan as part of the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s observance of Peace Week, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley Library. For more information, call 718-862-7137 or e-mail thomas.

Talk focuses on medicine, ethics SUNDAY, MARCH 2, The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, located at 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, will host a free discussion and lecture in honor of Irene Horowitz, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Intersection of Medicine and Jewish Ethics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Impact of Genetics on the Jewish Family,â&#x20AC;? at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Reichman will give the talk. For more information, call 718-796-4730.

Theater See everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite redhead FRIDAY, FEB. 21, the Bronx House, located at 990 Pelham Parkway South, will begin showing Annie Jr. at 8 p.m. The play will run through Sunday, March 2. Curtain times are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, call Deborah Nitzberg at 718-792-1800 ext. 236.

Rising Stars tackle another show SATURDAY, FEB. 22 at 8 p.m., SUNDAY, FEB. 23 at 2 p.m., THURSDAY, FEB. 27 AT 7:30 p.m., SATURDAY, MARCH 1 at 8 p.m. and SUNDAY, MARCH 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., the Riverdale Rising Stars will perform The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Riverdale Y, located at 5625 Arlington Ave. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $20 for adults if purchased online. Tickets are $14 for students and seniors and $22 for adults at the door. For tickets or more information, call 718-548-8200 or go to THE HEBREW HOME at Riverdale seeks volunteers. For more information, call 718-581-1404.

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Sports Gym draws boxers from all walks of life By James Palmer

and stay out of trouble.” Not everyone who joins Mr. Brender’s boxing gym jumps into the ring to spar. Harold W. Sukenik, a 70-year-old retired lawyer who lives in Van Cortlandt Village, began exercising here last September on the advice of his physical therapist. “I couldn’t walk very far without falling down,” said Mr. Sukenik. Mr. Sukenik added he suffered from cerebral hypoxia, the result of diminished blood flow to the brain, following heart surgery in 2011. His therapist suggested he engage in an activity he enjoyed in his youth. Mr. Sukenik boxed as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. “When he asked for headgear, I thought he was crazy,” Mr. Brender said of Mr. Sukenik. “I told him there was no way I was going let into the ring to spar.” Instead, Mr. Brender and his trainers crafted a workout regimen for Mr. Sukenik, who said his health has significantly improved since coming to the boxing club. At first glance, Joe Brender’s boxing gym in Kingsbridge appears to resemble most others, with a ring in one corner and bags hanging from the ceiling, mirrors on the walls and mats and benches on the floor. But speak to a handful of the roughly 40 members who regularly come here, and it’s soon clear that this is no ordinary boxing gym. A onetime champion boxer who earned millions during his 17-yearlong career but found himself destitute years after he retired, Mr. Brender trains up-and-coming fighters for combat in the ring — and tough life lessons that he has learned firsthand. One hopeful amateur fighter is training here to compete in the annual Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament, while another is working to join the U.S. Olympic team. A septuagenarian retired attorney works out here three times a week as a form of physical therapy following heart, back and neck surgeries. A father brings his young son to help the child learn to defend himself while developing coordination and strength. A teenager who previously played no sports has seen his grades rise since he started training here last year. A 22-year-old man works out here in preparation for military service. And a young woman prefers to exercise here to improve her fitness because of the gym’s serious work ethic. Despite their different motives and goals, all agree that Mr. Brender’s gym provides something more than a good workout. They view the center as a place with a family atmosphere where everyone is welcome. All who step inside are trying to improve their health as well as their lives outside of the gym.

Child’s play

Community ties Mr. Brender, 61, has lived in Riverdale for more than 30 years. He says he learned to fight while growing up on the streets of Washington Heights. It was not until 2003, after establishing and then running a successful copy machine sales business for 14 years, that he decided to use boxing workouts to improve his health. “I was getting lazy,” Mr. Brender said. “I needed to lose weight and get fit.” Though he found the exercise personally fulfilling and physically rewarding, he was not always pleased with the atmosphere of other gyms where he trained. “Some of these places are kind of intimidating,” Mr. Brender said. “Others just want your money and don’t care about you.” In 2006, Mr. Brender raised funds and headed down the hill from his childhood neighborhood in northern Manhattan to launch his first gym, the Inwood Boxing Academy. “I wanted to start the kind of gym where anyone who wanted to could get a good workout in a safe environment,” he said. After his landlord raised his rent in 2011, Mr. Brender relocated his gym to its current location on the top floor of Astral Fitness at Broadway and 230th Street in May 2011, renaming his facility the Astral Boxing Club. Membership costs $175 per month and includes unlimited visits, workouts with a certified boxing trainer and use of Astral Fitness exercise equipment and locker rooms on the ground floor.

Photos by Marisol Díaz

GEORGE ‘PRIMETIME’ VRETTOS, 25, above, centers himself before sparring at the Astral Fitness Boxing Club on Feb. 10. ANDREW LUU, 7, works on his ring skills with trainer Joe Brender, in photo at left. GARETT EBANKS, a Kingsbridge resident, throws a right-hand punch at the Astral Fitness Boxing Club, photo below.

Down but not out During his professional boxing career, Iran Barkley’s ring name was “The Blade,” a testament to his hard, swift and slashing punches. Mr. Barkley grew up in a south Bronx housing project and currently lives in Morrisania. He is best known for being the only man to twice defeat Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, one of the fiercest fighters of the late 20th century. Boxing aficionados consider Mr. Barkley’s third-round knockout of Mr. Hearns during their first match in 1988 one of the great upsets in the sport’s history. Though he estimates he earned $5 million during his fighting career, winning six titles, including world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Mr. Barkley was homeless and financially broke in 2010. But with the help of Ring 10, a nonprofit that assists retired boxers, Mr. Barkley, who is now 53, has bounced back. “I’m down, but I’m not out,” he said. Mr. Barkley’s friend and fellow former fighter Dennis Milton, a professional boxing trainer working at the club, introduced Mr. Barkley to Mr. Brender’s gym. For the past year Mr. Barkley has helped train and mentor amateur boxers there. “Young fighters are not trained properly these days,” Mr. Barkley said. “I want to show them the right way.”

As Mr. Sukenik strives to rehabilitate his body, Cong Luu brings his 7-year-old son Andrew to the gym to develop the child’s strength and stamina. “When he first came here, he couldn’t skip rope, but we taught him,” Mr. Brender said of Andrew. The second-grade student does not jump into the ring to fight, but Mr. Brender says he does a limited version of the same exercises as the adults. Mr. Cong, 48, said Andrew’s workout has become part of his daily routine after school. “He spends more time doing his homework and working out now and less time watching TV,” Mr. Cong said. Manny Gomez, who is 15 and attends the David A. Stein/Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (MS/HS 141), came to boxing later than Andrew — just nine months ago — but has achieved similar results. Though Manny says he was never interested in team sports, a leaflet advertising Mr. Brender’s gym piqued his interest in boxing. “My parents are very happy I’m doing this because my grades have gone up and I don’t sit around playing video games all the time,” Manny said. “I feel more alive and energetic being around people in the gym.” But Garrett Ebanks, 22, joined the gym to prepare for a new career. He wants to join the Navy and apply for one of their elite SEAL units. “They’ll train you here to help get you where you want to go,” Mr. Ebanks said. “We’re trying to get him physically strong — build his endurance through intensive legwork,” Mr. Brender said of Mr. Ebanks. Christina Park, a 24-year-old jewelry designer, is one of a handful of women who are members of the boxing club. She prefers what she describes as the no-nonsense attitude here. “It was a little intimidating when I first started here, but then I started to see there was a team atmosphere,” she said. “Everyone has this incredible motivation to accomplish their goals. At other gyms I’ve been to, people spend a lot of time standing around socializing.” In the end, Mr. Brender says his gym is all about meeting the needs of its members. “Everyone comes here for something different,” Mr. Brender said. “We get a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction helping them to achieve what they want.”

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He also tries to give them practical advice to help them avoid the adversity he has faced. “I tell them to save their money first,” Mr. Barkley says. “And I tell them to be careful who they hang around [with].” Mr. Barkley admits he has some regrets. “I had some big pay days, but I let the money slip through my hands,” he remarked. Still, he remains firmly on his feet outside of the ring. Mr. Barkley is currently writing a book about his boxing experiences and the trials he faced following retirement. “I made good with what I’ve had,”

he says. “And I’ve survived this life of boxing.” With the knowledge and experience of fighters like Mr. Barkley and Mr. Milton, it’s not surprising the Astral Boxing Club attracts talented amateur pugilists.

A new generation Arnold Gonzalez, 19, is preparing to fight in the annual Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament this month in the 141-pound weight class. After spending two years at the renowned Gleason’s boxing gym in Brooklyn, Mr. Gonzalez found a home at Astral. “I’m trying to pursue fighting as a

profession,” Mr. Gonzalez says. “Joe [Brender] and the trainers here are hands-on. They make sure you work hard and do their best to prepare you as a fighter and a person.” George Vrettos is a 25-year-old amateur who lives in Kingsbridge and trains at the club up to six hours a day. With hopes of making the U.S Olympic boxing team in the middleweight division and possibly turning professional one day, he said, “I live, eat, sleep boxing.” Mr. Brender has high hopes for Mr. Vrettos, who is of Greek and Cuban descent. “It’s all up to him,” Mr. Brender said. “He has the talent and skill set. He just needs to keep working hard

The Riverdale Soccer Club is now accepting registrations by mail only for the spring 2014 season. Registrations will be accepted through February 28, with enrollment subject to availability after that date. The fee will be $75 per player. Two programs will run for ten Sundays, beginning on March 30. Both programs will take place at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, located at Fieldston Road and Manhattan College Parkway. There will be a Peewee instructional program for boys and girls born in 2006 and 2007 (generally first- and second-grade students). The program will take place on Sunday mornings, most likely from 9 am to 10:30 am. The Riverdale Soccer League (girls’ division) will be open to girls only, born between 1999 and 2005. Players will be divided into three age groups, and games will take place on Sunday mornings and afternoons, with the younger divisions playing first. There is no program in the spring for boys born before 2006. The Riverdale Soccer League boys’ division plays only in the fall season at Seton Park. Registration for the fall season begins in June.

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Riverdale Press Real Estate February 20, 2014  

Riverdale Press Real Estate February 20, 2014

Riverdale Press Real Estate February 20, 2014  

Riverdale Press Real Estate February 20, 2014