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To the Editor: Thanks so much for your lovely story “The Fabric of Art” about the exhibition Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber, and especially thank you for featuring my work on the cover of the paper. I agree with your one criticism of the show, the nonexistent wall labels listing artist information. This made it difficult for you to give proper credit to the artists and makes it difficult for showgoers as well. The artists deserve individual recognition. Linda Friedman Schmidt 4 20 24
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To the Editor: I very much enjoyed the article you wrote about the fiber show at the World Financial Center. I’m impressed at your assessment of the various artworks and it’s obvious you spent time examining and researching them. My piece is “Extending the Useful Life,” the bed made of tea bags. I was delightedly surprised that you wrote about it and selected it for one of the images you published. Ruth Tabancay Detail from Refugee Never Free, by Linda Friedman (discarded clothing, hooked)
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To the Editor: Like the letter writer Larry Penner, I believe in supporting our neighborhood businesses. However, to dovetail letters by Carole Ashley and Harriette Rostagno, too many local restaurant managers and owners refuse to impress upon their delivery cyclists that reckless (and illegal) riding endangers people, especially kids and seniors. Unfortunately, the police department is unreliable since it takes no action to enforce laws when it comes to cyclists. As well, our elected officials and community board are just as
unhelpful. So, here are a few smallscale suggestions: Alert the restaurant manager or owner to the reckless behavior of their delivery cyclists; stop ordering delivery or stop patronizing entirely any restaurant that fails to oversee its delivery personnel; and call 311 to make a specific complaint. More needs to be done to address the problem of reckless, irresponsible and dangerous cyclists on our streets, sidewalks and bike paths. If anyone has suggestions, maybe The Tribeca Trib could publish them. Ron Dowd
To the Editor: As treasurer of Southbridge Towers, I would like to thank you for your comprehensive and balanced online presentation of the consideration that SBT had given to renting space to a wine and spirits store. (See story, page 6.) But I take issue with the statement that SBT is a “financially strapped middleincome co-op.” While it is true that we had an operating loss in the current and previous fiscal years, we are budgeting operating profits for 2012–2013. This is the result of projected increases in rental income and reductions in major expenditures. These include the new Key Food, which will bring over $1M in annual rent; income from renting space to a veterinarian; lower electricity and gas expenses from locking in lower unit prices; awarding the security contract to another firm at a lower cost; and a new garage contract that pays SBT more rent over the term of the contract and that avoided the multimillion-dollar garage renovation (the operator performed and paid for the work.) Normally a cooperative that is losing money from operations would raise maintenance—this would have resulted in a 15-20 percent increase. Fortunately Southbridge has a large reserve fund (over $15M) and is able to borrow from these reserves (to be repaid) and avoid an unnecessary maintenance increase. Southbridge is well run by a board
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To the Editor: I was happy to see the story about Southbridge Towers and the pizza store that has been in the complex for over 30 years. Mike and his dad have been fine tenants and excellent neighbors. Key Food has been working on their new premises for months and it looks as though it will take several more for it to be ready. I do not know why Southbridge did not put up a “for rent” sign to try to rent the Key Food space. Instead of brokers telling us we will have a “hard time” renting the space without the pizza store, why didn’t we at least try to rent it alone during all this time? It seems to me that the same broker who could not rent the new Key Food space has now been hired to rent the old Key Food space. In the meantime, it is now going to cost us over $100,000 to get a new tenant whom we know nothing about, while putting out a loyal, trustworthy tenant of many years. I know we need money, but I think Southbridge has to review their “good neighbor” policy. Karen Glasser Southbridge Towers shareholder
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A Legal Limbo for Church in BPC Battle over churches in schools hits home for congregants who meet Sundays in P.S./I.S 89 BY JESSICA TERRELL
February was a month of uncertainty for the many churches that meet in school buildings across the city, their fate hinging on the twists and turns of a prolonged church-state court battle. In an event space in northern Tribeca, Ryan Holladay, the pastor of Lower Manhattan Community Church, which usually holds services in Battery Park City’s P.S. 89, stood before his parishioners on the last Sunday of the month and tried to reassure them. “We have a lot of peace about God taking us where he wants us to be,” the 27-year-old pastor and law student said before launching into his sermon. “Thanks for being along for the ride.” The congregation—mostly Battery Park City residents—made the trek with small children in tow to the Desbrosses Street space for the church’s first meeting outside of P.S. 89, their home for nearly 10 years. “I don’t know much about the legal process,” said Allison Vance, a Battery Park City parent who said she wanted the church to stay at P.S. 89, but would follow it wherever it goes. “I just don’t understand why it’s back and forth, back and forth, why a decision isn’t just made and then we move forward.” More than 50 churches in the city are waiting for an outcome in the 15-year legal battle between the city’s Department of Education and the churches. (See sidebar on page 5.) “The Department of Education is legitimately concerned about public schools being affiliated with a particular religious belief or practice,” the city’s attorney, Jane Gordon, said in a statement last month, underscoring the DOE’s commitment to enforce its ban on worship services in public schools. The fight over that ban heated up in February, when the DOE was set to evict the churches, based on a court ruling in December. The religious groups appealed and, after several rounds in court with the DOE, they received permission to stay in the schools until a ruling on their appeal. That is expected by June. A COMPLICATED CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE On one side of the legal argument are those who believe that allowing worship services in schools is a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state. On the other is a coalition of lawyers for more than 50 churches who say that the DOE’s policy is unconstitutional because it singles out religious expression. “When the Pope holds mass in Central Park, it doesn’t mean that Roman Catholicism is the state religion of New York City, it’s merely government accommodation of private speech,” said Jordan Lorence, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian coalition that
PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN
Top: Lower Manhattan Community Church congregants sing during a service in the P.S./I.S. 89 auditorium. Above left: Pastor Jacob Lange delivers a sermon in the school. Above right: On Feb. 26, the congregation meets in a Tribeca event space on Desbrosses Street.
has been fighting against the DOE’s policy since the mid-1990s. Some opponents of the churches’ use of public schools also argue that children might be confused by seeing their school
schools for non-worship meetings as long as they do not include proselytizing, he said. “I’ve always believed that the separation of church and state is the best way to
lieves have a more rightful claim to the space. “Churches and synagogues and mosques should not be in public school buildings because of logistics,” said Bob
“Perhaps nothing short of a Herculean effort would permit the Board [of Education] to sail unscathed through the constitutional strait that pits the Religion Clauses against one another.” – JUDGE LORETTA PRESKA regularly taken over by a church. Some also see it as a government endorsement. Opinions among local representatives are divided. State Sen. Daniel Squadron voted against a bill that would overturn the DOE policy. The bill passed, but is held up in the Assembly, where Speaker Sheldon Silver has said he is waiting for a final court decision. Squadron said the Senate bill was too broad and could have allowed the churches to use the city-owned facilities even during the school day. But religious organizations—like other community groups—should be allowed to use public
protect religious institutions,” Squadron said. “You want there to be a real distinction and that bill dealt with it in a far, far from thoughtful way.” For Community Board 1’s Youth and Education Committee, the issue is not just about the Constitution, but about the use of a rare commodity: available community space in Lower Manhattan. The committee, and later the full board, passed a resolution supporting the city’s ban. Along with its call to “keep church and state separate,” it also expressed concern that the churches would displace community groups that it be-
Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth, which uses the public school for a variety of programs. “If they get a permit, it is very hard to take it away after a while.” City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who has at least two churches in her district that occupy public schools on Sundays, said there should be a way for schools to accommodate all community groups—including churches. “The schools are huge,” Chin said. “If another group wants to use the school they can work it out.” In her ruling on Feb. 24 that would
THE TRIBECA TRIB MARCH 2012 allow the churches to remain in the schools during the appeal process, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska noted the conflict between competing rights is a difficult one. “Perhaps nothing short of a Herculean effort would permit the Board [of Education] to sail unscathed through the constitutional strait that pits the Religion Clauses against one another,” she wrote. FINDING A PLACE TO WORSHIP Founded in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks with the help of the Southern California evangelical megachurch Saddleback, Lower Manhattan Community Church (formerly called Mosaic Manhattan) has met at P.S. 89 on Warren Street since its beginning. Their weekly
A 15-Year Legal Saga Continues
The city’s church vs. school battle dates to 1996, when a Bronx church challenged the Department of Education’s policy barring religious institutions from renting school facilities. The courts upheld the DOE’s policy until 2001, when the Supreme Court decided in another case that, because the school rented space to other community groups, it could not discriminate against religious groups seeking to use the same space. The Bronx church sued the city again, and in 2002 a court ordered the DOE to allow churches to use the schools until the case was settled. The DOE changed its policy to say that religious groups could use facilities for meetings, but not for worship services. And in 2011, when the DOE appealed a previous ruling against it, the court upheld the new policy. The DOE was set to evict the churches on Feb. 13, when the latest bout began. The churches appealed, and won a temporary restraining order preventing the DOE from evicting them. A day later, a different judge ruled that the DOE only had to issue a permit to the lead church in the case. Then, on Feb. 24, a judge issued an injunction allowing the churches back into the schools until their appeal is concluded. That injunction was upheld on Feb. 29, and the churches are expected to be allowed in the schools until the judge rules on their larger appeal.
rent and the cost of a security guard and custodian is between $300 and $500, one-fifth the cost of the Desbrosses Street event space. Under Holladay’s leadership over the past two years, the church has focused on serving the area’s booming number of families. It has a membership of about 150, including 50 children who take part in a youth program in the school cafeteria while the adults attend services upstairs. According to a membership roster provided to the Trib by the church, most of the 118 adults and children who have joined the church in the last three years live in Battery Park City; nearly all the others live in nearby Tribeca. About 25 members live in other parts of the city. “It’s definitely a very family-oriented church,” said Heather Bilderback, a church member who is also an officer of the P.S. 89 PTA. “[The church] is just a really good group of people that seek to make the community stronger, and that I think is what drew us in.” Bilderback said she hasn’t heard complaints about the church’s use of the school from other P.S. 89 parents. But the church, as Mosaic Manhattan, was the center of controversy a year after it was founded when its staff handed out candy and balloons to students who were participating in a back-to-school event. P.S. 89 Principal Ronnie Najjar said she initially had mixed feelings about the school’s use by a church. “I really didn’t know what the impact would be on the school,” she said, “what it meant to have a place of worship here in a school building.” But Najjar said that, with the exception of some of the early issues with the PTA event, the church has been a good tenant and has not been a topic of discussion among school parents. “We have very clear boundaries,” Najjar said, adding that she and I.S. 89 Principal Ellen Foote had explained to previous pastors that they couldn’t use the school as though it were their own space, forbidding them to store equipment or have mail delivered. “[We] held very firm about that, that ‘this is not your space, you come on Sunday.’” Holladay, a father of two, said that the school’s location was important to the church’s mission of serving Downtown families. But he said he bears no bad feelings toward those who want the church to move. “I don’t feel persecuted
PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN
Top: Each Sunday, the church sets up tents in the P.S./I.S. 89 cafeteria for the children’s ministry. Above: The service concludes with music and communion.
at all and I don’t even think the [DOE’s] decision is ludicrous—it’s not. There is some basis for it,” he said. “But it’s not as if there are tons of places we can go.” Since December, Holladay estimates, his church contacted about 70 venues below Canal Street, searching for a new meeting place. About 10 of them denied space to the church on religious grounds, Holladay noted. Only the management of 10 Desbrosses said yes. And so 10 Desbrosses is where the church ended up meeting on the last Sunday of February, in what could be a dress rehearsal for a permanent move if the churches lose their appeal. The commitment to meet there came on Friday
night, an hour before the DOE ended up granting it a permit for Sunday. The event space, used mostly for weddings and parties, felt more like a church than does the school’s windowless auditorium, parishioners said. They enjoyed the sunlit room with its movable furniture and pitch-perfect acoustics— but they still liked the school better. “All that natural light was fantastic,” said Brian Vance, who lives in the apartment building above P.S. 89, and walked to Desbrosses with his two young daughters. “But the church community is weighted way more in Battery Park City. I think being rooted in our community is more important.”
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15,000 Will Race to Finish Line in Seaport BY JESSICA TERRELL For the first time in its seven-year history, the thousands of runners in the annual NYC Half Marathon will be dashing for a finish line in the South Street Seaport, instead of Battery Park City. The decision to move the March 18 event to the Seaport was made by organizers and the police department in an attempt to placate Battery Park City residents who have complained about being inconvenienced by the giant event in their neighborhood. But the route change was made without input from Community Board 1, and now the board is so incensed that it wants to see the marathon end in Brooklyn instead. “They aren’t particularly good neighbors to us,” board member Roger Byrom said. “They don’t come to us when we could actually influence the outcome.” In its vote on Feb. 29, the board unanimously called on marathon officials to make Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the other side of the bridge, the finish area of the race. Organizers for the marathon said they had requested permission to go across the Brooklyn Bridge in the past, but the request had been denied. “They said [the bridge] has never been closed for a special event,” said Philip Santora, senior manager of volunteers and community outreach for the New York Road Runners.
Runners in last year’s half marathon end their run on Chambers Street in Battery Park City.
Santora earlier told the Seaport Committee that the Seaport was better equipped to handle this year’s estimated 15,000 runners. Last year, organizers needed two days in Battery Park City to set up for the race. Santora said a change to the Seaport would only require closing streets to parking on the day of the race. “We expect to have everything cleaned up by 3:30 p.m. on the day of,” Santora said. This is the second year in a row that the New York Road Runners had angered the board by presenting its plans just a month before the event, and only after
the Police Department had issued all the necessary permits. Neither the group nor the police had contacted the Community Board office before changing the route, said District Manager Noah Pfefferblit. “The Police Department should have gotten some input from us before actually signing off on a permit,” said Seaport Committee Chair John Fratta. “I think it was disrespectful.” Because the marathon goes through many areas of the city, it is not required to seek community board support for the permits, which are issued by the Police
Department. Organizers promised last year to come to the board earlier, but then failed to do so. “We certainly always take into account the neighborhoods we are in,” said New York Road Runners spokeswoman Drea Braxmeier. “We always try to leave our neighborhoods in the best condition we can.” Fratta said he would have liked to see the marathon go to Brooklyn this year, but it wasn’t practical to change plans in less than a month. “They came to us too late,” he said. “Everything was already set.” This year’s finish line will be set up at Water Street and Maiden Lane. Runners will then head to Pier 16 and 17, where there will be a stage for live music, as well as tents for the charities involved in the event. The marathon raises about $4 million for 75 charities, Santora said. “We are really excited about being able to bring the course to the Seaport,” Braxmeier said. “We think it’s going to be a good opportunity for the runners to take in the sights and have brunch, go shopping in the area.” Before voting to send the marathon to Brooklyn, Byrom expressed doubt about the financial benefits to the community. “As someone who used to run with them all the time, the runners don’t spend money to have lunch at these things,” he said. “They go home.”
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Residents Try to Save a Popular Pizzeria BY JESSICA TERRELL Seated in his Fulton Street restaurant, Pizza & Pasta Delight owner Michael Magliulo Jr., pointed proudly to a customer standing near a simple seven word petition: “We need your support for a lease.” “We are getting 50 signatures a day,” he said with a smile, calling out to the customer, “You can sign the petition if you like.” As it happens, the woman was using the petition table to rest a slice as she sprinkled it with pepper and Parmesan cheese. “I already did,” she said, grinning back at him. “But I can sign again if it would help.” Popular among locals for its pizza but also as a friendly place to gather, Pizza & Pasta is operating on a month-to-month lease and in danger of losing its spot in the Southbridge complex at Fulton and Gold Street. The eatery’s plight was a source of anger to many in the community who flooded a Southbridge board meeting last month to plead for the restaurant. “I know this whole community,” said Magliulo, who was 17 when his father opened the pizzeria in 1979. “Why get rid of a store that everybody needs and everybody congregates at and knows each other? I think that’s very important to make a community.” So far customers’ efforts have had
Michael Magliulo and son Michael, Jr., in front of their restaurant. To the right is Key Food.
success. Facing a groundswell of opposition from residents, the Southbridge Towers Board of Directors voted early last month to scrap plans to boot the restaurant and replace it—and the soonto-be-vacant Key Food store next to it— with what it was describing as a “high end wine and spirits” store. That doesn’t mean Pizza & Pasta will get to stay. With the next door Key Food relocating down the block to 55 Fulton St. this spring, Southbridge needs to find a new tenant. The board is not convinced it will be able to do so without packaging
it with the Pizza & Pasta space. “One of the things that was told to us by brokers—and we interviewed four different brokers—was that while they would attempt to market the Key Food space as an individual space, it would be a difficult space to market alone,” Southbridge Board President Wally Dimson told a packed meeting of the board earlier in the month. “The more likely scenario would be that it would have to be marketed with Pizza & Pasta.” In part, that is because Key Food, which is set back from Fulton Street and
hidden behind a small park, has little visibility. Pizza & Pasta Delight’s corner spot is far more desirable, Dimson said. “We think that this is not going to be an easy space to rent,” Dimson said, adding that he was concerned about the impact of losing the Key Food rent and letting the space go vacant. “We are trying as best we can to bring in as much revenue was we can,” Dimson said. The middle-income co-op receives about $360,000 in annual rent from the two shops (the pizzeria pays $96,000.) The liquor store would have brought in about $60,000 less, but it would have moved immediately and signed a 15-year lease. And Dimson said the co-op would save up to $200,000 in brokers fees. Magliulo Jr. submitted a proposal to the Southbridge board at the end of February to renovate the store by installing a new ceiling, lighting, floor and doors, in exchange for a lease. But Dimson said it was too soon to consider Magliulo’s plan. “We have to market the space first,” Dimson said. “We are not prepared to consider the proposal until we see where we are.” Magliulo, who said he had collected some 1,500 signatures by the time he submitted his proposal, was optimistic. “I feel pretty confidant [the board] will give me a chance,” he said.
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BY CARL GLASSMAN The ham in all of us may get to shine if three Downtown leaders have their way. Rosalie Joseph, the spirit behind years of Battery Park City events and a veteran casting director, is teaming up with Manhattan Youth’s Bob Townley and Theseus Roche to launch a Lower Manhattan community theater. Will the show go on? Only if there is enough interest, the organizers say. An exploratory meeting for people of all ages interested in performing, crewing or helping to steer the effort is being held on Monday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. (Those who can’t make the meeting can email Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Rehearsals would take place at the Community Center and performances would probably be staged at P.S./I.S. 89 or Stuyvesant High School. Joseph, who had extensive community theater experience in the Scranton, Pa., area before coming to New York, said she found amateur theater to be rewarding personally as well as a benefit to the community. “People have a dream but they’re not going to be professionals; it’s not in their
life plan,” she said. “But when there is an opportunity to be involved in theater, to do something that’s creative and communal, there’s a payoff. It feeds the soul.” Theseus Roche, head of Manhattan Youth’s after-school programs, began his professional life in acting and directing, and for many years ran Manhattan Youth’s after-school theater program. Roche envisions the theater group as an opportunity for graduates of that program to return to (or behind) the stage. “I would love to have a community arts program with the same kind of purity of intention as the after-school theater program,” he said. Townley, who is Manhattan Youth’s executive director, said his inspiration for the theater came from fond memories of a group that performed in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up. “It’s no different than the TriBatteryPops and no different than a group of fellows who get together every Monday to play basketball. That’s their passion.” With the idea for the theater in its infant stage, the organizers hope that much of the creative energy will come from those who share their passion for the theater. “We’re open to great ideas,” Townley said.
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CB1: Penthouse Too Visible for Staple St. BY JESSICA TERRELL A full restoration is proposed for the weathered 1893 Renaissance Revival building at 7 Harrison Street, giving a fixed-up, cleaned-up look to the weathered building’s red brick facade. But it’s what will be seen from the back of the building that has Community Board 1 turning thumbs down to the plan. Developers plan to add a 2,400square-foot, glass-walled penthouse atop the seven-story structure. As presented, the addition would mar the view from
scenic Staple Street, members of the board’s Landmarks Committee said. Based largely on that complaint, a resolution passed by the board on Feb. 28 advised the Landmarks Preservation Commission to turn down the proposal. Bruce Ehrmann, co-chair of the Landmarks Committee, said he applauds much of the project but not its impact to Staple Street, “probably the most significant alley in Manhattan.” The committee liked a lot of what the developers have in mind for the building,
including newly cast replacements for broken terra-cotta elements and extending the cornice along the Staple Street facade. Fire escapes, added in the 1980s, and unsightly cell phone antennas on the roof, would be removed. The proposed penthouse would be set back 15 feet from the front of the building and have a mostly glass facade. “We wanted a clear delineation of old and new,” the project’s architect, Jordan Rogove, told the committee. Rogove modified the design after
meeting with the committee, including raising the building’s parapet wall by three feet to further mask the one-story addition. That was an improvement, the committee said, but not enough. “We laud them for their efforts,” said Landmarks Committee Chair Roger Byrom. “But we would like to see more done to reduce the visibility.” Rogove said he expects to present plans to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission this month without making any additional changes.
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Can Downtown Boathouse Return to Pier? BY JESSICA TERRELL
The Downtown Boathouse, the city’s largest free kayaking organization, has come a long way from its humble beginnings at Tribeca’s once-crumbling Pier 26. Exiled since the pier closed for rebuilding in 2005, the Boathouse helps 30,000 people a year paddle out on the Hudson from three mid-and uptown locations. Yet the thought of coming home has always been on the minds of Boathouse volunteers. Now they are setting out to make a case that the Boathouse still belongs Downtown. This summer, the Hudson River Park Trust, which operates the five-mile-long stretch of river park, is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the operator of the new boathouse, now under construction and anticipated to open in spring 2013. But the Downtown Boathouse leaders now worry that they will be priced out of the new, fancier facilities that will replace the former produce warehouse they previously occupied. “The Pier 26 boathouse is still the most popular boathouse that has ever been in Manhattan,” Graeme Birchall, the boathouse’s secretary, told Community Board 1’s Waterfront Committee last month. “No other boathouse has ever proved as popular.” “Depending on how they built the boathouse and operate it, it may be far
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above our total income,” Birchall added. “We can’t make a commitment at this point that we will cover all the operating costs.” The boathouse has a annual budget of just $30,000, nearly all of which comes from small public donations. There is no charge for kayaking at any of the organization’s three Hudson River locations. There are no corporate or private sponsors and no suggested donation for the services. The nonprofit boathouse is run by a large cadre of volunteers. “We do a lot of dumpster diving,” Birchall said. “When Tribeca converted
from industrial to condos we picked up a lot of good stuff.” Interest in the boathouses and nonmotorized activities on the Hudson has increased in the last few years, and the purpose of the proposal request is to give all groups—both for-profit and nonprofits—a chance to apply, said a spokeswoman for the Hudson River Park Trust. Birchall said the Downtown Boathouse intends to apply for the lease, but concedes that it cannot afford to pay rent or high utilities costs. And there are other potential problems. The docks, he said, are not built for the kind of high traffic
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Although the annual CRAIC Festival is for moviegoers 21 and over, this year the sponsors are also offering a program for kids ages 3 to 12. Award-winning Irish shorts, Irish Step Dancing and storytelling will take place at Tribeca Cinemas on Saturday, March 10, starting at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. $10 for adults; $5 for kids. The regular film and music festival runs from Thursday, March 8, to Saturday, March 10. Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. For a list of shows, go to thecraicfest.com.
Comedians from the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” including “Daily Show” writer and producer Rory Albanese, Oren Brimer, Adam Lowitt, Jenna Kim Jones and Al Madrigal, will perform standup at the 92Y Tribeca at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Tickets are $15 and available online at 92ytribeca.org.
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The Zuccotti Greenmarket, which relocated to West Broadway between Barclay and Park during the Occupy Wall Street protests last fall, reopened last month. For now, Migliorelli Farm and Meredith’s Bread will have stands at the market (renamed the “Downtown PATH Greenmarket), which will be open be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
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Want to learn to paint? Do gentle exercises, dance or stretch? These activities and others are available at The Independence Plaza Senior Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also nutrition lectures, blood pressure screening, podiatry care and computer assistance. Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. The center is at 310 Greenwich St., 2nd floor. For more information, call Nicole Brown at 212267-0499.
The Tribeca Barnes & Noble at 97 Warren St. hosts a performance by the Stuyvesant High School A Capella and Jazz Band at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 16.
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Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan is collecting essential classroom supplies for distribution to K-12 public schools in the Lower Manhattan area. Donations can be purchased from a wish list posted at Amazon.com or dropped in collection baskets inside Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall), St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway at Fulton) or 74 Trinity Place. Requests include binders, dry-erase markers, art supplies, hand sanitizers, filler paper, calculators, paper towels and ballpoint pens. The deadline for donations is March 16. For information, contact Ariella Louie at email@example.com or call 212-602-0714.
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Manhattan Youth Senior Swim Program offers free pool access and classes for community residents 65 and older at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. The heated pool is open for senior swimming Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., and has swim aerobics classes and clinics every month. For more information, go to manhattanyouth.org or call 212-766-1104 ext. 221.
Dance New Amsterdam will host a free film by the Banana Gakuen Theater Company of Japan in remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the Japanese tsunami. The screening, which will take place Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m., will be followed by a discussion with Toco Nikaido, the company’s director and Ryo Kabasawa, the curator. There will be a cash bar and all proceeds will be donated to the disaster area in Japan. Dance New Amsterdam is at 280 Broadway (entrance on Chambers St.)
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THE TRIBECA TRIB MARCH 2012 BY PAM FREDERICK he first time Aldajana Adovac stood in front of her tutoring class of five sixthgrade students, she knew right away she’d have trouble. There was Marcus, the smart aleck in the back row, Monique, a chatty know-it-all in front who could hog class time with her ramblings, and Francis, a willing audience for every one of Marcus’ quips. Then there was Maria, in the corner, who was smart but too shy to speak. “Man, this is B.S.,” Marcus sighed, slumping over his desk as Adovac suggested he reread a passage from the lesson. “I already said my words.” With the five of them, keeping this class on track wouldn’t be easy, but Adovac, a Pace University graduate education student who teaches in a girls’ middle school, had an out: her students were digital—avatars animated by an actor in a sound studio in Florida who can see and hear the teacher. If she lost control of the class, or wanted to test an approach with a student, she could simply take off her headphones and try again another time. Meanwhile, her classmates watched from around the real classroom, taking notes. After “teaching” her short lesson, Adovac said she realized that she had given too much attention to the troublemaking Marcus. “The next time I get into a situation with a student who is combative or disruptive, I won’t be so quick to answer everything they say,” she said. Avatars are not just for Hollywood anymore. Pace University’s School of Education is one of 10 campuses around the country using a program called TeachLivE in the classroom to train teachers. Developed by the education and computer science departments at the University of Central Florida, the program’s goal is to allow new teachers to practice on “students” without leaving the building on Spruce Street. “It’s wonderful if you want to try out a strategy or a lesson,” said Sharon Medow, a veteran professor in Pace’s School of Education. “We can teach about a theory, then actually practice it.” The teachers wear headphones to talk to those students, whose images are projected on a life-sized screen. The avatars are given voice by an actor who has studied their personalities, and can react
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Feb 17...11 a.m. Someone entered a store while the clerk was in the restroom and left with more than a dozen pairs of shoes and several bottles of shoe polish.
195 BROADWAY Feb. 17...5 p.m. A Starbucks customer placed her purse, which contained $100, on the back of a chair and it was taken. VARICK & CANAL Feb. 18...4 p.m. Three males menaced a man exiting the subway station. After the man gave them $5, they knocked him to the sidewalk and kicked him.
157 CHAMBERS Feb. 19...3:55 a.m. Thieves removed a glass pane from a store door, and after entering the shop and trying unsuccessfully to pry open the cash register, made off with a score of smart phones valued at nearly $25,000. 44 PARK PLACE Feb. 21...9:44 a.m. A thief walked into an office claiming to be “a messenger” and stole a woman’s purse.
BROADWAY & JOHN Feb. 23...3:17 a.m. Police arrested four teenagers and one 20-year-old after the group allegedly assaulted a 27-year-old man on the southbound #4 platform, choking him until he lost consciousness and then stealing a $150 pair of earphones, an iPhone and an iPad.
WATER & WALL Feb. 24...2:10 p.m. A Subway customer left her wallet unattended on a table and it was stolen.
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PARK PLACE & CHURCH Feb. 25...4 a.m. A robber approached a man as he was parking his car, displayed a handgun, and demanded his wallet, cell phone and car keys. The robber then reached into the car and yanked a gold chain off the victim’s neck before fleeing on foot. HUDSON & NORTH MOORE Feb. 25...10 a.m. Thieves walked off with more than $2,000 in video equipment and cash left unattended on a film shoot.
285 WEST BROADWAY Feb. 26...12:05 a.m. A man left his bag, containing a computer, library book, passport and headphones unattended in a bar. It was stolen. CANAL & VARICK Feb. 26...6:30 p.m. Two drivers got into a disagreement, and one driver pulled out a can of pepper spray and assaulted the other driver. 71 MURRAY
Feb. 27...1:30 a.m. Thieves broke into Seasonal Whispers, a jewelry store, and stole $200 from the cash register.
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Celebrating a Long-Awaited Traffic Light
Coby Cohen, 4, watches light being assembled before it’s installed. Right: Richard Carty, with son Ozzie and wife Sonia, holds up Ozzie’s gift to Borough President Scott Stringer.
Even as a worker knelt on the sidewalk last month, connecting a spaghettilike tangle of wires behind the red, yellow and green lenses of a new traffic signal, passersby were already paying gleeful attention. This was not to be just any new light, but the long-awaited one for the intersection of Duane and Greenwich streets. “I thought I’d never live to see the day,” said one woman. “I’ve seen too many close ones here.” “It’s much needed,” said Katie Acosta, who stood with Deborah Cohen as their 4-year-old sons watched the light
being assembled. The boys attend JCP preschool on Duane Street and are often crossed at the intersection to go to Washington Market Park. “There’s so much traffic here that you kind of have to run,” Acosta added. That’s been the argument for the past 20 years. The day after the light went on, elected officials and local residents gathered at the intersection to mark the event. Councilwoman Margaret Chin recalled how the need for the light had been on the minds of many. “Every time I come to Tribeca and
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visit the senior center, they ask me, ‘Margaret, when are we getting the light?’ I run into Washington Market Park and the park board members say, ‘Margaret, we’ve gotta work to get that light.’ I visit P.S. 234 and the parents say the same thing.” Community board resolutions and a vigorous campaign by Friends of Washington Market Park had led to multiple traffic studies but always the same conclusion: The intersection did not meet federal guidelines for a traffic light. That changed with a close call in September, when 3-year-old Ozzie Carty
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Costly Fix for Seaport Museum’s Lettie G.
BY JESSICA TERRELL The South Street Seaport Museum, charged with the long and costly process of restoring its decaying fleet of ships, is asking for help in getting one of those boats—a 119-year-old historic fishing vessel—sailing once again. The Lettie G. Howard, now docked at a Mystic, Conn., shipyard, was supposed to start sailing again this summer out of Pier 16. But to the dismay of museum officials, the boat is in worse shape and will be far more costly to repair than expected. “We’ve discovered that the rot we knew existed is a good deal more extensive than we thought,” said the museum’s waterfront director, Jonathan Boulware. The repair cost is bad news for the already financially struggling museum. Now under the direction of the Museum of the City of New York, the Seaport Museum is challenged with both repairing its fleet of boats and breathing life into the museum proper, which reopened in January. (See page 39.) Repairs on the ship are currently estimated at around $250,000—far more than the $56,000 the museum had budgeted, said Susan Henshaw Jones, who heads the museum. Even after several generous donations, Jones estimates that the museum needs another $150,000. “She’s a very beloved ship,” said Jones. “It does seem unlikely, but if there
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Above: The Lettie G. Howard in dry dock at Mystic Seaport, Conn. It was returned to the water due to the expense of repairs. Left: The Lettie G. Howard and Ambrose at the South Street Seaport last summer.
was somebody who would come in and say yes to the [funds] we need, I think they could do the work and have her sailing this summer.” Built in 1893 in the famed shipyard at Essex, Mass., the Lettie G. was acquired by the museum in 1968. The schooner was used for school trips and educational excursions until a few years ago, when the former museum administration canceled its sailing schedule. The ship has a rotted keelson, the part of the schooner that runs from stem to stern and strengthens the hull. Boulware said he was not yet certain if the entire
keelson would need to be replaced, or just sections of it. The Lettie G. is one of eight ships that the museum must keep afloat, the expense of which dominates the Seaport Museum’s current budget, Jones said. The museum recently spent about $170,000 repairing the hull of the lightship Ambrose, but $300,000 in deck repairs is still needed. (The boat is expected to be open to visitors later this spring.) Jones said the museum is asking the city to help pay for the Ambrose’s repairs, as well as restoration on the steelhulled Wavertree. The museum is also in CARL GLASSMAN
discussions with officials in Hamburg, Germany, about returning the tall ship Peking, the costliest ship to repair, to its city of origin. The fate of other ships in the museum’s fleet, like the poorly maintained 1932 wooden Marion M. is uncertain. In the meantime, the museum is requesting donations from the public in the name of Lettie G. Howard. “We are very, very hopeful,” Boulware said. “Many people know Lettie, many people love her. We are very eager to get her back in the water and sailing again.”
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What’s In a Name? Here’s what they’re calling Downtown dogs these days, and it’s not Muffin, Fluffy or Spike. BY APRIL KORAL WITH DANA SEMAN
nyone following the Westminster Dog Show last month couldn’t help but notice some pretty oddball show names: Kiss My Cash, Sugar Daddy, Captain Crunch, Send Money Honey, to name a few. How different from the lovingly bestowed monikers of our Downtown dogs. Indeed, in a highly unscientific survey, the Trib found that Lower Manhattanites favor people’s names for their pets, and often for very human reasons. Take Thurman, for instance. Major League ballplayer does not immediately come to mind when one meets this tiny white Maltese. But his last name happens to be Munson, namesake for the Yankee catcher who died tragically in an airplane accident and was a boyhood hero to this Thurman’s keeper, Andrew Frank. “I was 14 when Thurman Munson died,” Frank said. “This was my way to honor him.” Then there’s Stanley George, a teacup Yorkie, who carries a more formidable name than his 3.5 pounds might suggest. Stanley and George were the middle names of Benjamin Dell’s father and grandfather, respectively. “It’s supposed to be the names of my sons, if I had sons,” Dell said. “But my wife didn’t like either of the names, so the dog got them.” Naomi Buchman cheerfully concedes that Atticus, whom she named after the courageous lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is not living up to his namesake. “It’s a strong, dignified name,” Buchman said, her lively chihuahua tugging at his leash. “But he’s not a dignified dog. It just hasn’t worked out that way.” When it comes to human names, Gizmo doesn’t qualify. Besides, this border terrier looked nothing like a Gizmo, the name he’d been given when Denise Lonigro got him as a puppy. “My friends had this uncle and his name was Murray. I don’t want to get into this—but when we got Murray he looked like him,” Lonigro said. “He was a wonderful man, but very scruffy, just like our Murray.” Had Elvis lived long enough, he might have ended up looking like the pet that resides with Trisha Farkus. (See his portrait on page 1.) In any case, the furry Elvis clearly identifies with his namesake. According to Farkus, who likes to listen to an Elvis radio station, “Hound Dog” is the mutt’s favorite. In addition, she noted, “He totally thinks that he’s the king of our floor.” We had no luck getting in touch with a greater Swiss mountain dog named Moses who lives in Tribeca. But we did find his biblical predecessor, Abraham. Owners Lindsay and Matt Bernson, however, insisted the name has neither religious nor presidential references. “I figured he’d have to be smart if he had a name like that,” Matt said. “And I just wanted a smart dog.” Is he smart? “Yeah, so far, except if there’s thunder. Then he loses his mind.” Elizabeth Biondi’s wirehaired dachshund, Boris (Becker), came from a kennel that named each puppy in his litter after a Wimbledon competitor. She insists the name fits because both have “big personalities.” However, she allowed, Boris could easily be a Yeltsin, a Godunov or a Karloff. “Any of those,” she laughed. The Trib wants to know the story behind your dog’s name. Send a photo with a sentence or two and we’ll add it to an upcoming online slide show. Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“He was so tiny when I got him. He could fit in the palm of my hand. He resembled a mouse. I didn’t want to name him Mickey so I named him after the original Disney mouse, Mortimer Mouse.” –Yana Agoureev
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FROM THE PICTURE COLLECTION OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The northern section of Tribeca appears in the left portion of this westward-looking photo from 1923. Canal Street is the route that runs diagonally.
Snap from Above A photo captures the northern Tribeca of nearly 90 years ago BY OLIVER E. ALLEN ne day in 1923, a photographer took a flight over what is today’s Tribeca and made this lovely westward-looking aerial view of the northern end of the neighborhood along with the Hudson River piers that lined West Street. His instructions were simply to record the area around the proposed entrance to the Holland Tunnel, whose construction had recently begun, but he ended up revealing many things that over the years since then would change or disappear. In his photo, the diagonal street is Canal. The street along the bottom of the photograph is Varick; then comes Hudson, then Greenwich with its elevated railroad line, then (hardly visible) Washington, and finally West Street. The southernmost street—on the left—is Laight, while the northernmost is Spring. The piers, ranged along the top of the picture, virtually reveal their functions. Those at the left, opposite Laight Street, were leased by the Pennsylvania Railroad, which used them for bringing box-
cars of food to Manhattan from the railheads on the Jersey shore. Note the boxcars on their flatboats tied up alongside or between the piers; one flatboat is being nudged into a pier by a tugboat. The next two or three piers are dominated by two large white craft with pointed ends that may be Hudson River Day Liners, which operated as excursion boats sailing up the Hudson to Bear Mountain or beyond. At one of these piers the famed fast Day Liner Mary Powell used to dock. The larger of the two pointed-end craft, on the other hand, might have been in the service of the Eastern Steamship Company, which for years carried passengers overnight between New York and Boston. Between these two large craft is a building containing two slips for what appear to be ferryboats. In the era before bridges and tunnels many ferry lines carried passengers and cars back and forth across the Hudson. One remaining feature on this stretch of the waterfront would have particularly interested the photographer. At the end of the pier that is opposite both Canal and
Spring streets—served by a double ramp leading from both streets—is a barge anchored next to the pier and carrying construction cranes. It is surely engaged in the building of one of the big ventilation towers for the forthcoming tunnel, which still stands today. Now note the small triangular block that abuts Canal Street where that thoroughfare meets West Street. A small park was originally built there by the city, but commercial pressures forced the city around 1920 to allow buildings to occupy the space. Neighbors in recent years discovered the mistake and notified the authorities, and the space today is once again a park. It is in the blocks stretching across the bottom of the photograph—between Varick and Hudson streets—that the biggest changes have occurred. At the very lower left corner of the picture the shed-like structure is the infamous New York Central Railroad freight depot that Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt put up in 1868 and that blighted the neighborhood for decades; it lasted until the 1930s, and the site is now taken up by exit roads from the Holland
Tunnel. A block to the right is a triangular block on the far side of Canal that was demolished soon after our photograph was taken, as its near side was needed to make way for the Holland Tunnel exit road that today delivers traffic to the exit circles where Vanderbilt’s terminal once stood. Then across Canal is another triangular block that in 1923 was filled with small buildings. In 1929–30 they were all taken down and replaced by a huge office building that is still the biggest structure in this part of the city. It is known as 75 Varick Street. Among its many significant tenants today are Adelphi University, Metropolitan College of New York, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and New York Magazine. Finally, the block to the north of 75 Varick, between Watts and Broome streets, represents the most significant change from 1923. It is gone completely. When you take part in the great trafficyielding joust that finally allows you to enter the Holland Tunnel, that’s where you are.
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â€œITâ€™S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG!â€? Kristi Yamaguchi will read from her newest book at the Battery Park City Library on Tue., March 6, at 4 p.m. The library is located at 175 N. End Ave. Admission is free. For more information, go to nypl.org.
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paper buildings past and present. Registration required. $5. Sat, 3/31, 10:30 am. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl., skyscraper.org. FILM NATIVE AMERICAN FILMS Shorts and animated films about Indian life. Free. Daily, 10:30 am, 1 & 3 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, nmai.si.edu. SPY KIDS 2 Screening of the childrenâ€™s film, plus pizza. Free. Fri, 3/16, 6 pm. Charlotteâ€™s
MUSIC BARI KORAL FAMILY ROCK BAND Pop-rock for kids. $15; free under 2. Sun, 3/4, 11 am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org. SUZI SHELTON BAND Songs about real-life kid issues. $15; free under 2. Sun, 3/11, 11 am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org. THE JIMMIES Record release party for the band that plays bubblegum indie songs. $15; free under 2. Sun, 3/18, 11 am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org. PRINCESS KATIE AND RACER STEVE Monster-themed interactive rock concert. $15; free under 2. Sun, 3/25, 11 am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY HACKASAURUS Learn how to build a website. Ages 13â€“ 18. Free. Tue, 3/6, 4 pm. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave., nypl.org.