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The WTC Security Plan will cause disruption throughout Downtown

To the Editor: The NYPD security plan for the World Trade Center will affect the entire Lower Manhattan community, not just the adjacent streets. The extraordinary security measures being taken, which an independent security firm has challenged, will lead to massive traffic tie-ups that will affect all surrounding neighborhoods, including Battery Park City, Tribeca, the Financial District and Soho. The plan calls for tour buses (as many as 42 per hour at peak) to come directly to the site; the west lane of Trinity Place will be for tour buses requiring credentialing. Each bus will take several minutes to search, then passengers have to get off, and the buses will park. The streets surrounding the WTC will quickly become congested, especially since 1 and 4 WTC will bring an extraordinary amount of extra traffic. With the streets clogged with buses, how will the fire trucks of 10/10 Firehouse at Liberty and Greenwich get in

There is still time to save the Seaport

To the Editor: The South Street Seaport historic area is the last remnant of a glorious past that is tragically being lost. A large, commercial, self-serving, not-preserving, developer, Howard Hughes Corporation, is currently turning Pier 17 into a huge glass cube. It now plans to build a 45-story luxury building and a plush, expensive movie multiplex with a bar and restaurant for the elite. The business of our national, state and city governments is also to protect and support the people’s special historic and wildlife areas as has been done all over the country and world. It’s now time for the people, like Paul Revere, to waken our civic leaders and politicians that a developer is coming to the South Street Seaport—and protect it like Grant’s Tomb, Yellowstone and Mystic. Sy Schleimer

and out? Or emergency and police vehicles, and ambulances be able to get to the site and surrounding areas? We say move the buses away and have tourists come by subway; even the City noted in court that over 11 subway lines converge in the area. Despite what the City says, the NYPD did not take into consideration the views of the community and completely ignored every suggestion. The original and still best plan for Lower Manhattan and for the World Trade Center site is an integration with surrounding neighborhoods, not a walledoff security zone. Security is paramount to me, my family, my friends and neighbors, and citizens and visitors to the site, but this plan will have an exceedingly detrimental effect on life in all of Lower Manhattan. Steven Abramson, Mary Perillo and the WTC Neighborhood Alliance To read complete versions of these letters, go to

Compromise on FiDi probation office

To the Editor: The Financial District Committee and Community Board 1 strenuously oppose the city’s proposal to move the Department of Probation to 66 John Street. We’ve agreed unanimously that it would be outrageously inappropriate for convicted felons to report daily to a facility in the heart of a densely populated residential neighborhood, where thousands of children attend school. A legal action by concerned residents to prevent this move has been rejected in court. However, I propose a compromise that might be acceptable to all. I cannot speak for CB1, but I would not object to the DOP moving only its administrative offices to John Street—if a more appropriate venue could be found for probationers to report to daily. I would welcome the DOP personnel to John Street, as I would welcome any employer who brings more jobs to the community. I suspect many local residents might agree. Ro Sheffe Chair, CB1 Financial District Committee

A story that ‘broke through’ a neighborhood’s stereotypes

To the Editor, 4 City vacates 157-year-old building in danger of collapse Thank you for the story in the 10 Eight-screen multiplex is coming to the Seaport January issue on Amy Christo37 At a Tribeca gallery, a scarier kind of karaoke pher and Alison Bellino Johnston who, with her Tribeca neighbors, THE reached out to help in a very conJANUARY 2014 Vol. 20 No. 5 crete way. One of the hazards of Big A struggling parking attendant and the neighbors who are helping to change her life City/Lower Manhattan living is that we become stereotypes to one another: the affluent “template” (the haves) and the underprivileged “template” (the havenots). This story broke through these stereotypes to show us real people in our neighborhoods MIRACLE ON whose generosity of spirit tranLEONARD STREET scends the caricatures we make of each other, and connect us as a human family. Amy’s generosity gave Tribeca residents the opportunity to help her and her son. Dolores Dagostino


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At a meeting of Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee last month, residents turned out to oppose the relocation of Exponents to a building near their homes.

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BY CARL GLASSMAN Howard Josepher stood at a window in the new fourth-floor offices of Exponents, the agency he founded 26 years ago that now daily serves 40 to 50 lowincome substance abusers, HIV-infected clients and newly released prisoners. Looking out at lower Washington Street and the Financial District skyline beyond, he took in the view with seeming wonder. “You tell me, are these residential buildings?” he asked the reporter who was being shown around the offices. A mix, he was told. “You see, I didn’t really know that. I thought it was all offices.” Indeed, Josepher, the president and CEO of the agency, has been getting a lesson in the Financial District’s residential growth, and not an easy one. Unable to renew the lease on its home of 19 years on West 26 Street, Exponents this month moved to a sprawling, 24,000-square-foot floor at 2 Washington St., a 31-story building just

north of Battery Place that is near several apartment buildings. The Learning Experience, a nursery school, is next door. Early last month, Josepher had come to Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee to introduce his organization. The appearance was part of a community notification process required for a state license to practice its drug treatment program in the new location. Josepher was not warmly received. An online petition calling for a halt to the facility’s move had already been gathering signatures. “You don’t think it spikes crime, to bring addicts into the neighborhood?” said a resident, one of several who had come to the meeting to oppose the facility. “It hasn’t in the past,” Josepher replied. “You realize you’re not servicing anyone in our neighborhood,” she rejoined. “I don’t think that’s true,” Josepher said. Downtown restaurateur Harry Poulakakos, who lives near 2 Washington St., was even more direct. “If I have anything to do with it you will never have a happy day here,” he

Exponents President Howard Josepher responds to opponents of his organization’s move to Washington Street, saying its clients will not endanger the neighborhood.

Exponents has moved to the fourth floor of 2 Washington Street, at left. A nursery school is located next door and its staff expressed concerns about safety.

shouted. “Why you come here?” Before Josepher could answer, Poulakakos went on. “To help me?” “Can I answer your question? We come here because the space was available here.” “We don’t want you here!”

Committee chair Ro Sheffe said he “greatly admires” the work of the organization but called the timing “awkward for us,” a reference to CB1’s recent opposition to the city’s move of a probation office to the Financial District’s 66 John Street. “So there may be some heightened sensitivity,” he said. The full board voted to “strongly urge” the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to withhold its decision on granting Exponents a drug treatment license until a public hearing is held to assess “the appropriateness” of treatment at its new location. The board’s role is only advisory in the licensing process. Exponents had mostly moved into its space and was able to offer its many other programs there. Josepher noted that drug treatment represents only about 15 percent of the agency’s programs. (A federal contract to provide help to low-income HIV-infected patients makes up the largest portion of the agency’s work.) Nevertheless, Exponents’ license from the state to provide that service remains under review. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Josepher told the Trib. An OASAS spokeswoman did not return calls for comment. CONTINUED ON PAGE 35

Pioneering Program’s New Start


Howard Josepher in a class for students, many graduates of an Exponents program, who are studying to be state-certified drug counselors.

BY CARL GLASSMAN The roots of Exponents, now a $4-million-a-year, multi-service agency, goes back to the dark days of Howard Josepher’s own seven-year addiction to heroin. Graduating from college in 1961, he was an early experimenter with LSD and other drugs before turning to needles. Multiple arrests and countless failed detox attempts marked his struggles in those years. Josepher, now 75, recalls reaching his lowest point while serving three months in the Tombs, the city’s former jail on Centre Street. Desperate for admission to a hospital treatment program, he was turned down.

“I didn’t have the opportunity to turn my life around,” he recalled. “I was just lying there in prison day after day, day after day.” Therapeutic communities, where small groups of patients work together on their addictions, were getting started in the mid1960s and Josepher joined fledgling Phoenix House with a few other addicts. In 1968 he became a member of its first graduating class. By 1971, Josepher had worked his way up at Phoenix House, as a facility director and later a regional director. Eventually he returned to school for a social work degree and became a consultant to drug treatment proCONTINUED ON PAGE 35



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The ground at the western end of the cemetery, at the entrance, is now mostly dirt. The landscape architects want to treat that end with rose bushes and evergreen plantings that will “soften” a wall facing the entrance.

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St. Paul’s Is Greening Its Graveyard

The sloped southern edge of the cemetery is subject to erosion. Ground cover is proposed for that side of the cemetery and with the help of an erosion control fabric, it is expected to retard the loss of soil.

BY CARL GLASSMAN The graveyard at St. Paul’s Chapel is looking kind of dead. Between the loss of nearly a foot of topsoil in the post-9/11 cleanup and a surge in visitors who now tour the grounds by the thousands, the 300-yearold cemetery is a victim of heavy erosion. Shade from trees and surrounding buildings, including the World Trade Center towers across Church Street, has added to the problem. Now church leaders have plans to both spruce up the historic site and halt the wear to its grounds. Part of that plan includes changes to the graveyard walkways that would help keep visitors’ feet off the grass—though people are free to walk on the grass if they like. Last month, those proposed

changes went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The lack of a quorum prevented the commissioners from voting, but their approval appeared certain. “It’s desperately needed. I was there recently and it’s a wreck,” said Commissioner Elizabeth Ryan. “So it seems what you’re proposing is very sensitive, very minimal, and I can support it.” The walkways, especially in certain areas, are too narrow for the foot traffic, according to Signe Nielsen of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, the firm hired to overhaul the churchyard, located on Church Street between Vesey and Fulton streets. “If somebody is stopping to read a headstone, others are almost forced to walk off the path because there simply

isn’t room to pass,” Nielsen told Community Board 1’s Landmarks Committee earlier in the month. “We want to cover critical areas where people stand.” At two intersections in the path on the yard’s western end, where visitors tend to gather to view the World Trade Center site, the paving would be widened with bluestone. At the western end of the church building, more than 1,100 square feet of deteriorated brownstone would be replaced. Along with the new pavement will be new plantings. No new trees will be added to the 28 that are there, but because shade prevents grass from growing beneath the trees, each one will be encircled at its base with evergreen and flowering ground cover. Irrigation had been a problem because the water was eroding

the headstones. A new system will be installed, with spray heads placed along the walkways. Areas along the shaded and steeply sloped edge of the yard will be covered with a hardy, grass-like plant called carex. All plantings would be low, Nielsen said. “The gravestones will continue to read as the dominant element in the landscape.” Church leaders are not trying to replicate a particular look in the graveyard’s long history, Nielsen noted. Instead, they want to create something that is “contemporary and harmonious with what exists there.” “The graveyard has evolved so much over the years,” she said. “They feel it should continue to evolve.”

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BY CARL GLASSMAN Back in November, the Landmarks Preservation Commission told architect Peter Guthrie to “calm down” his design for a block-long, glass-faced residential project in Tribeca. So he returned to the commission last month to show them something wholly different. Abandoning glass for red brick and trading his idiosyncratic penthouse scheme for a simple one, the architect’s new concept won effusive praise and official approval from the commissioners. Not so from the neighbors who live near the site. They’ve opposed it from the start and vow to fight on. Developer DDG Partners’ plans are for two connected triangular structures that will stand on what are now awkwardly shaped parking lots along Sixth Avenue, between White and Franklin streets. A Landmarks commissioner had described the first design as “too frenetic, too show-offy.” Community Board 1 denounced the penthouse as a “rambling, jagged mess.” Those penthouses are now flatroofed, with simple brick columns. The building’s main brick facade is most notable for its irregularly spaced windows (an apparent reference to lot-line windows in the neighborhood) and arches modeled after others in the area. The elevator no longer goes to the roof, which means there will be a lower elevator bulkhead than the one that had drawn

many complaints. The commissioners lauded the scheme with a rare display of exuberance. “Extraordinary and exhilarating,” responded Frederick Bland. “I’m captivated,” said Elizabeth Ryan. Michael Devonshire pronounced it “brilliant.” But there were no kind words from Eileen Bermingham, who lives next door at 17 White Street and who has led the opposition to the project since it was introduced last October. The building

needs a variance because it occupies more of the lot than the city allows, and she said her group still has a chance to stop it. “We’re unhappy with the decision and we will not back down on fighting it at every level,” she said, following the commission’s approval. Among her continuing concerns, Bermingham said, is the impact of construction on the exposed east wall of her building. The developers have insisted that a structural engineering firm will be expertly overseeing the work, but Bermingham remains unconvinced. “There are RENDERINGS BY DDG PARTNERS

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BY CARL GLASSMAN It will be years before the curtain rises on a performing arts center at the World Trade Center. But the real planning has finally begun. Clouded in financial and political uncertainty for nearly a decade, the center now has an “A-team” assembled to make it happen, said its president, Maggie Boepple. The performing arts center would be located 60 feet from 1 World Trade Center, in the approximate location of today’s temporary PATH station. Speaking to a Community Board 1 committee last month, Boepple said an artistic director has been hired along with other theater consultants. And “one of the world’s most brilliant artistic directors and filmmakers” is now on its board of directors. Boepple declined to identify them. In early 2013, following months of uncertainty over the Cuomo administration’s support for the center, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. released the $1 million Boepple needed to hire consultants to determine the project’s costs and begin a planning process. David Langford, former chief financial officer of the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, will be the general manager, in charge of the center’s business side. Boepple also revealed the proposed name for the institution: The World Center for the Performing Arts. She said the center would be technologically “smart” and referred to the possibility of simulcasting performances from its stage. “Since it’s going to be a smart theater, that means very connected,” she said. “We take the use of the word ‘world’ very seriously.” While performances may be seen by audiences far from New York City, the number of seats inside the theater will be more modest than expected. “We’ve gotten away from having one big 1,000-seat theater,” Boepple said. “We’re now very convinced that what we’ve come up with will be good for the work that goes on there.” While declining to say how many


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BY CARL GLASSMAN Seated at the dining table with her husband, Patrick, and 12-year-old daughter, Rose, Emily McCoy swiched on her laptop to show a visitor one of the family’s favorite videos. In the 21-second YouTube clip, Canada’s fisheries minister stands at a lectern and has just begun to speak when Emily darts into the frame, shoves a shaving cream pie into the woman’s face, and is led away shouting. “Shame on you, Gael Shea! The blood seal hunt is a shame on Canada, it is a shame that she has not denounced the bloody seal hunt!” Rose beamed. “I’m very proud of my mom,” she said sweetly. More than proud, Rose is following closely in her activist mother’s footsteps. Last month the Clinton Middle School 7th grader and P.S. 234 graduate, who lives with her parents on Chambers Street, was arrested, along with her mother and 17 other protesters. The group sat in front of the SeaWorld float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., where the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were protesting what they allege to be the abuse of captive orca whales.

be seen.” “And I said, ‘Rose, go for it,’” her mother added. “I’m super proud of her.” Police pushed Rose back into the crowd but did not arrest her. Emily, an artist and owner of the former Daisy Dog Studios on Duane Street, estimates she has been arrested about a dozen times for civil disobedience. She returned to California CARL GLASSMAN late last month for a Feb. Rose McCoy with her parents, Emily and Patrick, in the fami- 3 court date to possibly ly’s Chambers Street apartment, where they have lived since face charges on con2002. Rose is a straight A student at Clinton Middle School. tributing to the delinThe action drew national media quancy of a minor. Rose will be with her attention, as did Rose’s decision a few but whether she will have to appear in weeks earlier to jump the barricade at court with the other Rose Parade prothe Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade testers was not known at press time. and face the marine mammal park’s “Our friends who are more used to approaching float with a “Boycott this say it’s unlikely that it will be on my SeaWorld” sign. record,” said Rose, who counts Cesar “When the float was slowly coming Chavez, Alice Paul, Rosa Parks and down the route it made me very frustrat- other “freedom fighters” as her heroes. ed and angry,” Rose recalled, “and I was Emily and Patrick are vegans and worried that our protest wasn’t going to Rose has been on a vegan diet since

birth, with a passion for animal rights for almost as many years. Along with SeaWorld, she has protested against carriage horses, the sale of fur, dog fighting and PETA’s claim of elephant abuse by the Ringling Bros. Circus. With the circus coming to town this month, Rose is looking forward to protesting there again. “The circus comes when I’m on spring break so it’s very convenient,” she said. Emily and Patrick, took some heat following their daughter’s much-publicized arrest last month. An writer called for the family to be “reviewed” by a social service agency. “It’s quite obvious that the youngster is being manipulated by her parents and put on camera to draw attention,” she wrote. But Rose’s parents insist that it is others, raised to ignore the plight of animals, who are brainwashed. “We all grew up conditioned that it was okay to abuse animals, that that’s what they’re there for,” Patrick, a construction work, said. “Rose has grown up much more enlightened.” “I was presented with the facts,” said his daughter. “And the facts are not this myth that animals don’t have feelings.”



LIBERTY PARK 1 “Amphitheater.” This raised area will provide a large space for seating and a panoramic view.

2 Scenic overlook. The long, fenced


northern side of the park provides a panoramic views of the National Sept. 11 Memorial Plaza and World Trade Center buildings.

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4 Plaza of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.


5 Stair entrances to the park.



6 Ramp entrances to the park. 7 South Bridge. The bridge, which now connects Brookfield Place to the east side of West Street, will be extended into the park.

The New Downtown Park to Come

BY ALINE REYNOLDS Liberty Park, a one-acre elevated green space with a dramatic view of the National September 11 Memorial will open early next year. Located just south of the memorial, it will also be the site of the Santiago Calatrava-designed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which replaces the modest building destroyed on Sept. 11. Bordered by Liberty, Cedar, West and Greenwich Streets, the park will be constructed on the roof of the World Trade Center’s Vehicle Security Center and be accessible at all four corners, with entrance ramps on the east side and stairs rising 20 feet on the west. An overlook on the northern side will provide panoramic views of the September 11 Memorial. The park, designed by landscape architect Joseph E. Brown, will provide a crossing between the Financial District and Battery Park City, but also bring some color to the grey-and-black, bunker-like security center below. Dogwoods and other ornamental trees, 18- to 35-feet tall, will change color with the seasons, and ivy will hang along the vehicle center’s concrete north facade. A “mini-garden” of trees and seating highlights the park’s eastern end and is

approached at the ramp entrances. “It’s very comforting and a great view,” said Carla Bonacci of the Port Authority’s World Trade Center Construction division, who presented the park plans last month to Community Board 1. “You’re sitting with some greenery all around you.” There will also be a “living wall” along the northern, 300-foot long Liberty Street side, according to a description in the New York Times that was not presented at the meeting. Periwinkle, winter creeper, Baltic ivy and other plants will cover the wall. Bonacci said the park has seating for up to 750 people, much of it located along the perimeter of planting beds. On the western side of the park is a large seating area that the Port Authority is calling an amphitheater. The South Bridge, which now spans West Street from Brookfield Place (the former World Financial Center), will be extended into the park. According to the Port Authority’s Glen Guzi, also on hand to make the presentation, weddings and other church functions will take place in the plaza in front of the church, but there otherwise will be no concerts or other performance events in the park.


Top: Liberty Park will have trees and plantings and an overlook on the northern side, with a view of the memorial. Above: The southwest corner of the park where stairs lead to the park, alongside the Vehicle Security Center.

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101 BARCLAY Jan. 25, 11 a.m. A man ordered a Chase bank teller to give him $10,000. He said he had a gun but never brandished a weapon. The teller handed him $6,000, which the perpetrator stuffed into a bag before fleeing.

325 NORTH END Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m. A man and a woman who appeared to be in their twenties walked into Duane Reade and took 26 boxes of Crest Whitestrips, valued at $1,676. 52 WALKER Jan. 18, 1 a.m. A woman discovered that her $300 wallet was missing from her handbag while at M1-5 Lounge. The wallet had credit cards, a driver’s license and $120.

24 VESTRY Jan. 16, 2 p.m. A man lifted 13 rings, valued together at $33,000, from David Yurman jewelry store by telling the employee he was picking up the rings for a fashion designer customer. 14 WALL Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. A thief stole $10,000 worth of checks, a laptop and an umbrella from a man’s locker at Equinox gym.

25 BROADWAY Jan. 16, 7:30 a.m. Someone broke into a man’s gym locker at Planet Fitness and stole his wallet, which contained his credit cards.

121 FULTON Jan. 12, 4 p.m. A man and woman locked their bikes to sidewalk scaffolding before going to a nearby gym. When they returned, the bikes, valued at $3,850, were gone.

GOLD AND SPRUCE Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. A thief broke into a van whose rear doors had been left unlocked and made off with $1,050 and credit cards. 9 MAIDEN Jan. 9, 6 p.m. French Cafe Gourmand got scammed $1,970 by wiring the money to a thief who said Con Ed was threatening to turn off the electricity.

95 FULTON Jan. 9, 1 p.m. A pickpocket bumped into a shopper at Lot-Less, stealing her wallet, which held two credit cards, a work ID and $60.

250 BROADWAY Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m. Two men walked into Duane Reade and stole approximately $1,500 worth of Advil, Zantac and Prevacid.

BROADWAY AND CHAMBERS Jan. 6, 5:30 p.m. A thief swiped a sleeping woman’s Hermes handbag on the X28 bus. The $900 bag contained a Louis Vuitton scarf and makeup. 97 WARREN Jan. 5, 4 p.m. A woman’s $500 Kate Spade bag was taken from the back of her chair in Barnes & Noble while she and her husband left it unattended to purchase a magazine. The bag contained credit cards, a driver’s license and $600.

WEST BROADWAY AND LEONARD Jan. 3, 6 p.m. Two Danish tourists put their bag on the sidewalk while looking at their phones. A thief snatched the bag, which contained two Hugo Boss jackets valued at $1,200 and $900. 165 CHURCH Jan. 2, 12:55 p.m. A man stole two pairs of diamond earrings, valued together at $2,500, from a display case at Korner Jewelry.

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NASSAU, NEAR BEEKMAN Jan. 2, 1 a.m. A man was arrested for robbing a 32year-old man at knifepoint with two accomplices who got away. The men threw the victim to the ground and stole his iPhone and wallet, which contained credit cards, a driver’s license and a MetroCard.

Sanitation Ruse Used in Thefts at Eateries

A Queens man was arrested Jan. 20 for burglarizing two Downtown restaurants, one of them twice, by posing as a city Sanitation Deptartment inspector. According to police, Christopher Henderson, 52, and a male accomplice pretended to be sanitation inspectors when they entered Fresh Salt, 146 Beekman St., at 8 a.m. on Jan. 17, and ordered an employee to clean the eatery’s sidewalk. When the man went outside, the thieves grabbed $700 from the register. Less than 10 minutes before, police say, the duo took $710 from the register of The Cricketers Arms, 57 Murray St., while also posing as sanitation workers. Fresh Salt was the victim of the thief’s same ruse a few weeks earlier, police say, losing $400. Henderson is also charged with robbing restaurants on the Lower East Side and West Village. His accomplice is still at large. Henderson was arrested for thefts in 2010 and 2004.


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City ‘strongly encouraged’ developer to work with new community task force BY CARL GLASSMAN AND ALINE REYNOLDS

“Howard Hughes Corporation’s plan to date will not go forward as presented.” That was the announcement from Community Board 1 chair Catherine McVay Hughes, who told the board at its monthly meeting late last month that an agreement had been worked out to give the community a say in the Hughes Corp.’s redevelopment plans for the South Street Seaport, including a widely opposed 600-foot-high residential tower. That agreement emerged after city officials “strongly encouraged” the Hughes Corp. to allow the community to contribute to the planning process, according to a spokeswoman for the city’s Economic Development Corp., the agency in charge of leasing the cityowned property to the developer. Hughes said the task force, to include community members, elected officials, the South Street Seaport Museum and the EDC, will weigh in on the plans before the city-mandated public review process begins later this year. “There are still a lot of details that need to be worked out,” Hughes said in a telephone interview, “but this is an issue that many people are very passionate about. Right now, the key component is getting the task force in place.” New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva, a leading critic of the Hughes Corp.’s plans, recently colaunched a campaign called, to halt the Seaport planning process until the community is involved. He said in a statement that he views the agreement as “a complete victory for the Seaport and East River waterfront communities, as well as the city at large.” In concert with elected officials, he said, he looks forward to “charting the right course for the future of New York’s oldest commercial district.” The Hughes Corp.’s plans, apart from the tower, include restoring and adding a floor to the landmarked Tin Building, installing a 10,000-square-foot food market and constructing a new marina. The developer has said that the tower was necessary to pay for needed infrastructure and other improvements to the area. In a statement emailed to the Trib, a Hughes Corp. spokesman said the developer is “moving forward” with its proposed plan for the long-term revitalization of the Seaport “in collaboration with the community and stakeholders.” “The process has not stopped,” the spokesman said, “and we are discussing the formation of a community advisory board as a continuation of that approach to complete our plans before we begin the upcoming ULURP [Uniform Land Use Review Procedure] process.” The land use review, expected to

At Forum, Seaport Advocates Out in Force to Speak Against Development

Top: People packed into a hall at Pace University last month for a Community Board 1 sponsored forum on Seaport development. Below: Gina Pollara and Robert LaValva introduce their campaign,, intended to stop the Hughes Corp.’s development.

begin this fall, includes input from the community board, borough president and City Planning Commission before being voted on by the City Council. In a written statement, Kate Blumm, a spokeswoman for the EDC, said that her agency “strongly encouraged the Hughes Corp. to work with local stakeholders to solicit their input and understand their concerns.” “We’re encouraged by the steps the developer is taking in concert with elected officials to more formally structure community involvement,” Blumm said, “and we look forward to seeing the dialogue evolve. To date, the process is moving as anticipated along the timeline previously agreed upon.” The agreement, Hughes said, was worked out in collaboration with Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Borough President Gale Brewer and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN

BY ALINE REYNOLDS The agreement to bring community members, elected officials and others into the planning process closely followed a Community Board 1-sponsored public forum on the Seaport’s future, held Jan. 13, that was attended by more than 200 people. The gathering was largely an opportunity for opponents of the Howard Hughes Corp.’s plans to speak out and, for some, to offer alternate visions for the area. Many who spoke at the meeting denounced the 600-foot-high residential tower the developer has proposed for the site of the New Market Building. The tower had already gotten harsh criticism at a CB1 meeting in November, where Hughes Corp. first showed the plans. Southbridge Towers resident Michael Sosin, 24, said at the January forum that erecting “modern” buildings in the neighborhood would be a “blight” on its historic character. “I want my neighborhood to retain the charm and essence that makes this area unique and keep the peaceful atmosphere that makes the Seaport a great place to live,” he said. The tower is needed to pay for the Hughes Corp.’s redevelopment proposals, said Hughes executive Chris Curry. That includes, he said, rebuilding the piers and previously-expressed community needs, such as preserving the Tin Building and expanding the East River Esplanade through the Seaport. “That’s $125 to $150 million to get to that point before we even talk about

building [a tower] on the New Market site,” he said. Curry also suggested that the developer could save the South Street Seaport Museum but gave no specifics. The Downtown Alliance’s Andrew Breslau said the Alliance had yet to take a position on the Hughes Corp.’s plan but is sympathetic to the financial realities. “The costs of rebuilding the infrastructure around the Seaport is simply one the city will not undertake,” he said. Some speakers presented their own ideas for the future Seaport. Michael Kramer of Save Our Seaport suggested preserving the New Market Building for use by the Seaport Museum and turning the Tin Building into a school or a community center. Marco Pasanella, chair of the Old Seaport Alliance, imagined a “food capital,” featuring a cooking school and Food Network events, and Seaport Museum boats converted into “floating hotels,” with profits paying for their preservation. In what now seems like a prologue to the recently announced task force expected to help steer the plans, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva and architect Gina Pollara described their new campaign,, as an effort to stop the upcoming city approval process until a grassroots “master plan” is developed. “What that public purpose will be remains to be determined, but one thing is certain,” LaValva said. “It cannot and will not be determined behind closed doors and without all stakeholders involved.”

Residents Sue City over Plan to Bombproof WTC



BY ALINE REYNOLDS Fearing the NYPD’s plan to bombproof the World Trade Center will cut them off from “free access to the outside world,” residents who live near the site were in court last month to try to stop the plan from moving forward. The residents, most of whom live on Liberty and Cedar streets, view the barriers and checkpoints that will ring the site as overly cautious measures that are sure to hem them in with crowds and traffic. They also claim that the city failed to adequately study the environmental impact of the measures or fully consider alternatives. In their first court appearance since the lawsuit was filed in November, lawyers for the city and for the opponents, who call themselves the World Trade Center Neighborhood Alliance, argued their cases before state Supreme Court Judge Margaret Chan. “My assessment,” Chan said, “is that Liberty Street doesn’t want to be renamed ‘No Liberty Street.’” The judge took a “field trip” of the area with the lawyers the following week. Under what is being called the World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, vehicle screening stations would be installed on streets leading to the World Trade Center. The plan also involves closing off the west lane of Church Street, between Cedar and Vesey, to general traffic. Pedestrians could freely enter

the site, and a “Trusted Access Program” would allow “expeditious entry” for the vehicles of area residents and businesses. Although construction has already begun on some of the security installations, the opponents are holding out hope that they can convince the judge that the city needs to stop and reconsider its plan. “We’re trying to impress upon you that they’re overpolicing, that it’s security for security’s sake, and that it doesn’t benefit anyone, including the people who live there, who work there, who are going to museums,” argued their attorney Dan Alterman. “When you’re considering this,” he added, “consider the fact that the plan should be scaled down.” The city, arguing that the Campus Plan was “well considered” and “publicly vetted,” accused the residents of second-guessing its anti-terrorism experts. Alternative security measures proposed by the opponents, the city contends in court papers, would be “inadequate because they would not enable the NYPD to stop hostile vehicles from entering the campus.” Petitioner Kathleen Moore, a resident of 125 Cedar St., which faces the World Trade Center, was heartened by the judge’s wish to tour the site’s perimeter. “If we can at least reconsider what’s been developed by the Police Department and take a new look at the neighborhood,” she told the Trib, “it would be wonderful.”

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Nomination for P.S. 150

Big news for a little school. P.S. 150, Tribeca’s one-class-per-grade elementary school, was announced last month as an official U.S. Dept. of Education National Blue Ribbon School nominee. Some 250 schools around the country receive the award, which is based on achievement over the past two years. The announcement comes just months after the city’s Department of Education had proposed to close the school after this year, a decision that it later rescinded following a backlash from school parents, Community Board 1 and local elected officials.

Films from Egypt

Many of the seven feature films that Egyptian Tawfik Saleh directed before his death are considered classics. Alwan for the Arts will show two of them this month. “Fool’s Alley” (Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.) chronicles the misadventures in a working-class Cairo enclave when the neighborhood outcast wins the lottery. “Struggles of the Heroes” (Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.) is set during the cholera epidemic in 1930s Egypt, and follows a doctor working to combat the disease that ravages a village. $10; $5, students and seniors. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th fl.,

Monk Winners

The winner and runner-up of the 2013 Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition will perform at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Melissa Aldana, the first woman to win the competition, plays on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. followed the next week by Tivon Pennicott on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; $15, students and seniors. The theater is at 199 Chambers St.,

The Love Show

Singer Helga Davis is joined by “Einstein on the Beach” castmates Tomas Cruz and Jason Walker, as well as Carla Cook, Marcelle Davies-Lashley and Josette Newsam-Marchak, for “The Love Show,” a free concert of classic love songs, on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30

p.m. at Brookfield Place Winter Garden at 220 Vesey St., Other Valentine’s Day-related events at Brookfield Place include skating on the plaza’s rink until 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14 ($15 per person and $5 for skate rental) and “I Heart Ice Sculptures,” a free exhibit of Valentine’s Daythemed ice sculptures. The ice show will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 13, with ice carving from 5 to 7 p.m.

Careers in Art

Ethan Cohen and Joe Ahearn appear in Careers in the Arts, a discussion sponsored by Pace University’s Fine Arts Department. Cohen owns Chelsea’s Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and Joe Ahearn curated Clocktower Gallery and cofounded Silent Barn, both alternative art spaces. They’ll discuss their roles in the art world and their career paths, followed by a Q&A. The free event is at Pace’s Lecture Hall South at 1 Pace Plaza, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Search & Rescue Dogs

At least 250 canine teams aided in the search for victims after 9/11. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., a member of NYPD’s Canine Unit (with his canine partner) will be at the 9/11 Tribute Center, 120 Liberty St., to discuss the role that dogs played in the search and how they are trained. Children and parents are welcome. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. Write For information go to public programs at

Fraunces Tavern for $1

In honor of Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 17, entrance to the Fraunces Tavern Museum will be $1. Two highlights of the museum, built in 1719 as a private house, are the Long Room, where Gen. Washington gave his famous farewell to his officers at the end of the Revolution, and the Clinton Room, a recreation of the dining room where George Clinton, New York State’s first American governor, hosted a dinner for Washington to celebrate the evacuation of British troops from the city on Nov. 25, 1783. The museum is at 54 Pearl St. and is open from 12 to 5 p.m.

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A dreary section of Greenwich Street is about to get some green. The Downtown Alliance plans to install 25 rectangular planters on the three long blocks between Edgar and Albany streets. The trees and flowers, to

for the Downtown Alliance, told Community Board 1’s Planning Committee last month. Most of the trees will be “low-level,” so that views from residents’ apartments, and of storefronts won’t be blocked, Sham said. While embarking on the program, the Alliance said, it solicited the opinions of a few dozen property owners and building managers. The project is based on a study the Alliance completed in 2009 about the viability of “Greenwich South,” an area it defines as Downtown’s estiRENDERING COURTESY OF DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE mated 41 acres south A tree surrounded by flowers will fill each new planter. of the World Trade be installed in May, will provide what Center. the Alliance is describing as a “vibrancy The city Department of Transporof colors throughout the seasons and a tation, on behalf of the Alliance, is subgood survivability rate.” mitting the trees plan for final approval “The project goal was to create a to the Public Design Commission in sense of connectivity along Greenwich March. The commission has already Street South and to enliven the street- signed off on the project’s conceptual scape,” Fred Sham, a planning director design.

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At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, an exhibition that captures the remarkable story of discovery and recovery of artifacts from a vanished, once thriving culture.


BY APRIL KORAL t first, it seemed no more than a footnote to the calamitous war. In May 2003, a few months after U.S. and coalition forces invaded Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), which had taken control of Baghdad, heard a tip from a former member of the Iraqi intelligence: there was an ancient Torah, made of parchment, in the basement of the Iraqi intelligence head-

Left: Harold Rhode, left, who worked for the Secretary of Defense and played a major role in saving the materials before they were shipped to the U.S., examines books in the basement of the Iraqi intelligence headquarters. Above: The materials spread on the lawn to dry. Due to heat and humidity, they quickly became moldy.

The story of the voyage of these waterlogged items—researchers would later learn that there were 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents—to the highly sophisticated conservation laboratory of the National Archives at College Park, MD., is the subject of “History Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that opens on Feb. 4. Although just 24 of the items that were found in the muddy waters are on display (some of them are reproductions), the exhibit also tells the equally riveting story of the loving hands that helped bring them back to life. Doris Hamburg, director of Preservation Programs at the College Park facility, received the first call for help. “I got an email Two pages of a kabbalistic (Jewish mystical) book that was cleaned from the CPA about and mended prior to rebinding. The 114-page volume was published in a group of books Livorno, Italy, in 1814 or 1815. and documents from the Iraq quarters. Jewish community that were in a flood and An American army unit went to check what to do and how to preserve them,” it out. Hamburg recalled. A bomb had been dropped on the intelA week later she and Mary Lynn Ritzligence headquarters but had missed its enthaler, chief of the Document Consmark. Unexploded, it had landed nearby ervation Laboratory boarded a military and knocked a hole in the building’s water plane to Baghdad. “We had seen a few phosystem. When the soldiers arrived, the tos and we had a little bit of a sense of the water in the basement was four-feet deep. material,” Hamburg said. Led by the tipster, the group sloshed What they did not know was the damtheir way through the fetid water to one of age that had already been done. After the the rooms. There, they made a remarkable basement was drained, the materials were discovery. Floating in the water were hun- thrown into sacks and dragged upstairs. dreds of books and documents that once There, they were spread out on the grass to belonged to the Iraqi Jewish community. dry. But the combination of temperatures


exceeding 100 degrees and high humidity was an ideal condition for mold, which quickly began eating away at the fragile documents and invading the pages of the age-old books. Then, before the material was completely dry, it was packed into 27 trunks. When Hamburg and Ritzenthaler arrived in Baghdad they were driven to a warehouse along the Tigris Riv- A conservator uses a light box to make final repairs to tear er. Hamburg had advised the CPA representative that the material be frozen as soon as possible to stop further deterioration. There, in a freezer truck, were the 27 trunks. “When we opened the door of the truck, there was an overpowering smell of mold.” Hamburg recalled. “The materials had been thrown willy-nilly into the trunks, and they were one solid mass with ice around them. Everything was distorted and dirty. It was very sad, but we could see that there was hope and that they could be rescued and preserved.” Soon afterwards, the frozen trunks were shipped to a vacuum Conservator Anna Friedman works on a book whose binding freeze-drying facility in Texas. has been undone. Because of the laborious nature of repai ing and rebinding a book, only those in the exhibit were (Under an agreement with the Iraqi restored. Fewer than 18 percent were digitized. government, the materials were released to the U.S. with the stipulaJewish schools, synagogues and communition that they be returned.) ty centers in Bagdad. After everything was dried, the materiNo one knows for sure why the material was sent to the National Archives labs als were taken, but starting in the 1930s, where, in a specially isolated room, the under the sway of Nazism and after the books and documents, still covered in establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, mold, were unpacked by conservationists the Jews had faced harsh discrimination wearing fume hoods, aprons and gloves. policies. Once a thriving Jewish communiAnd then began the next steps: finding ty that had lived in the area since the 7th out what was in the collection, assessing century (in 1910, a quarter of Baghdad’s the condition, photographing covers and population was Jewish), by 2003, it was title pages and beginning to make a basic thought that only five Jews remained in the catalogue. city. All the material had been seized by Most of the collection was an unrelated security forces of Saddam Hussein from assortment of 19th- and 20th- century




rs on a page from “The Glory of Vigils,” a prayer book used during the Jewish festival of Shavuot, that was published in Livorno, Italy in 1795.

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items—prayer books, volumes on Jewish law, fragments from Torah scrolls, childrens’ school books, correspondences and legal documents. There was a 1918 letter from the British military governor in Baghdad to the chief rabbi about the allotment of sheep for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and a 1948 writ issued by the Iraqi government ordering the freezing of assets of all Jews who had left the country. The oldest books were a Bible published in Venice in 1568 and a Babylonian Talmud printed in Vienna in 1793. (No ancient Torah was ever uncovered.) As of June 1, every item that has been

After assembling the pieces of a torn page, it is placed on thin tissue paper. What follows is a multi-step process that includes testing the page to see if the inks will run and then washing the page to remove water stains.

digitized (less than 18 percent of the books and all the documents) will be available online at Most of it is up now—as is the entire exhibit—and it is well worth a visit. Beyond the dramatic discovery of the material, the exhibit is a showcase for the wonderful facilities of the National Archives Preservation Program and the talents of all who worked on this project. In the videos, one can see the story unfold from the beginning—photos of the flooded basement, the frozen trunks piled high with books and their arrival in the U.S. There are videos that show the step-by-step process

Conservator Katherine Kelly rebinds one of the books that is displayed in the exhibit. The parallel bar holds each linen cord in a perfectly straight line as Kelly sews the pages into the book’s spine.

to preserve and restore the material, the infinite patience of the conservators who sorted through bags of bits of torn pages and pieced them together, removed mold, washed out water stains, mended and patched the fragile paper. There are also videos on how the material was photographed and digitized, and the personal story of one Iraqi Jew who escaped with his family. Take a look, too, at the interesting “before and after” conservation treatment photos, Through no fault of anyone’s is the limitations of the show’s material, and that it cannot tell us more about the Jewish con-

tributions to Iraqi society. “The collection does not reflect the longevity or the vitality of the Iraqi Jewish Community for 2,000 years,” noted Dr. Jane Gerber, Professor of History at City University of New York who was a consultant on the project. “The material in some ways reflects the last days of Iraq Jewry. It is an echo of what it had been.” “History Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., Feb. 4 to May 18. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, under 12 free. Free on Wednesdays, 4 pm to 8 pm.




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We will move aggressively to increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education, and change the way we make decisions so that all of our stakeholders feel included in the process.” And in her new monthly newsletter for principals, in a section called Parent Engagement, it says that parents are “our most valuable resources, but too often they feel left out.” This statement would be puzzling to Downtown parents, who are invited and urged to come to school on a regular basis. In one week alone, I attended a par-


Team decision-making.” SLTs meet once a month to discuss school issues. In the fall, our team surveyed families to find out what kind of parent workshops they were interested in and relayed this information to school administrators, who planned the workshops accordingly. Other parents make a weekly commitment to the school library or hang student artwork around the building. Parents were in second grade classrooms recently helping kids make dioramas of folk tales for a unit on storytelling. Members of the PTA Green Team man

“I feel safe in saying that there is never a time during the school day when there are no parents in the building.” ent workshop on “Collaborative Problem Solving”; a School Leadership Team meeting; and a meeting of the PTA auction planning committee. All were models for parent involvement—collaborative, informative and productive. School Leadership Teams—a mix of staff and parents including the principal—are required in every school, and in her newsletter, Fariña refers specifically to them: “Let’s make sure parents feel welcome, and please be sure to include them in meaningful School Leadership

the lunchroom recycling center every day during three lunch periods. I feel safe in saying that there is never a time during the school day when there are no parents in the building. Why then is Chancellor Fariña focusing on parent involvement? Because in many schools in this big, diverse city, parents are rarely around. The reasons for that are as varied as our school populations. Because some children take long bus rides to schools that are far from home. Because parents

can’t get time off from work, or they work nights and sleep during the day. Because they don’t speak English well enough to feel comfortable in school. Because their memories of their own school experience drive them away. Parent coordinators at schools with low parent engagement have a very different job from mine. They arrange ESL classes for parents and run workshops explaining why parent–teacher conferences are important and how to get the most out of them. They offer meals, gift certificates, door prizes or MetroCards to parents who participate. Downtown parents want to know if the curriculum at their children’s school is aligned with the common core standards and whether they will be prepared for the state tests in the spring. At workshops designed to explain how literacy and math are taught, they often ask cogent questions and come away with a better understanding. Chancellor Fariña, who once wrote, “The marginalization I felt because of my teacher’s inability or unwillingness to pronounce my foreign last name has remained with me,” is poised to reach out to those families who are at the fringe of the city’s school communities. Let’s hope she is successful. Connie Schraft is P.S. 89’s parent coordinator. For questions and comments, write to her at


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g Gallop into the New Year! This celebration ushers in the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Horse) with traditional Chinese music, a lion dance performance, rattle drum making, paper folding, storytelling, zodiac-themed craft activities and a performance by Chinatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Silk Dancers. Sat, 2/1, 11 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 pm. $10; free under 2. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St.,

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Valentine Workshop Make your own valentines using dried lavender, rose petals, anise and other garden fragrances, salvaged paper, lace and ribbon. All materials provided. Ages 4 and up. Call 212-267-9700 to register. Sat, 2/8, 10 am. $10. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 6 River Terrace,


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Taino Stories Jessica Marrero reads aloud stories about the Taino people of the Caribbean. Afterwards, kids will paint a ceramic Taino sun. Sat, 2/8, 1 pm. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green,


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Tiny Poets Time Poetry readings and related activities for toddlers. Thursdays, 10 am. Free. Poets House, 10 River Terrace,

Henry Winkler The author and actor will read from his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bookmarks Are People Too! (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hank!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Book One),â&#x20AC;? part of a series about 2nd grader Hank Zipzer and his humorous adventures. Tue, 2/11, 6 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St.,



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Katherine Folk-Sullivan, left, and Layla Khoshnoudi play two embattled sisters.

the garage since he died. The daughters are frustrated by their mother’s refusal to use the truck or at least sell it. But they are also baffled and threatened by her affection for Vicky. We soon learn it will be the sheep and not the truck that will play a key role in who will stay and who will go. “My Dad always used to say that you can’t stop somethin’ that’s comin’. It’ll be here soon enough,” Hannah prophetically says. From there on the daughters’ lives unravel like a ball of freshly spun

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wool. This is the play’s world premiere and it brings the underrepresented modern Wild West to New York theater. Brian Watkins has captured the desperation of these women watching their dreams slip away in the middle of nowhere. “So whatever problem you got’s just bound to swallow itself in the silence,” Sarah plaintively bleats. Danya Taymor directs and yes, she is Julie’s daughter. Here, she makes good use of the intimate space of the down-

stairs theater with the actors frequently making eye contact with the audience even while they rarely interact with each other. Their versions of events contradict each other, giving the impression of a rushed confessional or a hurried statement to the police. As the story gathers pace, the women start to build a fire in the middle of the stage. It’s one of the few moments of stage business and helps creates suspense as the women draw closer to inevitable disaster. The speed with which they remember what happened suggests the process is to some degree cathartic for them. For the audience, however, the ride gets wilder by the minute—the play lasts barely an hour with no intermission and at times it might have helped to slow down just a little. The sisters’ relationship with Vicky comes to a head when they are finally getting along while cooking a birthday dinner for their mother. Be sure to pay attention to a ghost story told at the beginning of the play—its significance will resonate at the end and perhaps unlock the mystery of the sheep and her hold on this family. “My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer,” written by Brian Watkins and directed by Tanya Taymor. Through Saturday, Feb. 15. at The Flea, 41 White St. Tickets, $25 and $35, at

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g Pen Parentis Literary Salon Cari Luna (“The Revolution of Every Day”), Elissa Schappell (“Blueprints for Building Better Girls”) and Matthew Specktor (“American Dream Machine”) read their newest poetry and prose. Tue, 2/11, 7 pm. Free. Pen Parentis at Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall St.,

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Joe Cross Fitness and nutrition writer will talk about his new book, “‘The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Feel Amazing.” Wed, 2/12, 6 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St.,

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Alexandros Washburn Chief Urban Designer for the New York City Department of City Planning will discuss his book “The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience,” in which he argues that strong communities respond effectively to crises such as Hurricane Sandy, whose floodwaters he watched from his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Urban design is the key to this strength, but too often, Washburn says, citizens let professionals design their neighborhoods for them. Tue, 2/18, 6:30 pm. Free. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl.

g Ghassan Zaqtan The Palestinian poet will read from his newly translated volume “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me,” accompanied by his Arabic translator, Fady Joudah. Tue, 2/25, 7 pm. $10; $7 students, seniors. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, g Philip Schultz Author and Pulitzer Prize winner Schultz will talk about his book, “The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse,” with poet Edward Hirsch. The novel tells the story of a young man who confronts his mother’s tragic history while translating her diaries from the 1942 Jedwabne massacre. Wed, 2/26, 7 pm. $15. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., g

Harold Schechter Author reads from his mystery novel, “The Mad Sculptor,” about the search for the murderer of a young model. Thu, 2/27, 6:30 pm. Free. Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St.,


The Big Picture Master clarinetist David Krakauer accompanies popular Jewish-American films with his own score, exploring the intersection of music and Jewish identity in such movies as “Funny Girl,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Pianist.” Sun, 2/2–Sun, 2/23. Sundays, 2 pm; Wednesdays, 7:30 pm. See website for film schedule. $35; $30 students, seniors. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl.,


Struggles of the Heroes Set during the cholera epidemic in 1930s Egypt, Tawfik Saleh’s film follows the story of a doctor working to combat the disease that ravaged his village. Tue, 2/25, 7 pm. $10; $5 students and seniors. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. 4th Fl.,


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g Come Celebrate with Me: The Work of Lucille Clifton Writings by Clifton, including poems from the 1950s through 2010, drafts, manuscripts and letters as well as photographs and other materials from the poet’s archives. To March. Tue–Fri, 11 am–7 pm; Sat, 11 am–6 pm. Free. Poets House, 10 River Terrace,



ilongas, or tango social dances, briefly turn strangers into intimate partners. Photographer and Tribeca Trib editor Carl Glassman documented one such milonga held in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden on Valentine’s Day, 2011. The resulting images, framed tightly on the couples’ faces, are on display this month at Aux Epices restaurant, 121 Baxter St. Open Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. work of 10 artists, including Michele Francis, Gian Garofalo and Mahmoud Hamadani. To Sun, 2/23. Mon–Sat, 11 am–6 pm. Cheryl Hazan Gallery, 35 N. Moore St.,

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Artists in Residency: China A group show featuring works by James Adelman, Elliot Purse, Elizabeth Shupe and Zoe Sua Kay, who spent the summer of 2013 in residencies in Shanghai and Beijing. To Sun, 2/23. Daily, 12–8 pm. New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin St., Private Matters A group of artists share various kinds of secure information with the audience, eliminating the boundaries between public and private. To Sat, 3/1. Tue–Sat, 11 am–6 pm. apexart, 291 Church St.,

g The Big Picture Five artists, Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl, Neo Rauch, Jenny Saville and Mark Tansey, will each show one large-scale painting that references historical painting tradi-

Ola Vasiljeva “Jargot” is a sculptural installation by the Latvian artist that looks at the relationship between thought, language and the production of material objects. To Sat, 3/15. Tue– Sat, 12–6 pm. Art in General, 79 Walker St.,

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy 2014 Annual Art Exhibition Work by participants of all ages in BPC Parks Conservancy’s art programs. Many pieces are inspired by views of the Hudson River. To Fri, 3/28. Mon–Fri, 2–4 pm. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 75 Battery Pl.,

g Faith and Form Contemporary art pieces done by 21 Jewish Art Salon members that

g A Floating Population Photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people who live and work in Chinatown. Spending time with her subjects before she photographs them, Ling captures moments in their lives that are intimate and complex. To Sun, 4/13. Tue– Wed & Fri–Sun, 11 am–6 pm; Thu, 11 am–9 pm. $10; $5 students, seniors; free under 12. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., g Sky High & the Logic of Luxury This exhibition examines the recent proliferation of superslim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These thin buildings, all 50 to over 90 stories high, constitute a new type of skyscraper in a city where tall, slender structures have a long history. To Sat, 4/19. Tue– Sat, 11 am–6 pm. $5; $2.50 students, seniors. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl., g Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes Juxtaposing modern works with historic, ancestral objects reveals the stories, experiences, and histories of Anishinaabe life in the Great Lakes region. Pieces include bags embroidered with porcupine quills; painted drums; and carved pipes, spoons, and bowls. To June. Free. Fri–Wed, 10 am–5 pm; Thu, 10 am–8 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, g

The Fed at 100 An exploration of the complex inner workings of the nation’s central bank on its centennial anniversary and the pivotal role it has played in the history of American finance. To October. Tue–Sat, 10 am–4 pm. $8; $5 students, seniors; free under 6. Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St., (CONTINUED ON PAGE 32)



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Melissa Aldana The winner of the 2013 Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition will perform on tenor saxophone. The first woman to win the competition, Aldana has been studying music since age 6 and has recorded two albums. Sat, 2/8, 7:30 pm. $25. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.,


Nadine Sierra Recital by operatic soprano who has sung at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as Gilda in “Rigoletto” and at the San Francisco Symphony in concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas. Sun, 2/9, 3 pm. $35. Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce St.,



En Chordais Ensemble performs classical and contemporary Mediterranean compositions, including Byzantine tunes, Greek folk music and works by other composers from the region. Fri, 2/28, 8 pm. $20; $15 students, seniors. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. 4th Fl.,

inda Winters’s show of abstract paintings at Warburg Realty, 100 Hudson Street, has been extended to the end of March. “Open Studio” (above) is one example of her examination of the parameters of abstraction, including such elements as geometric shapes, brushstrokes and drips. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Coloring the Arch of Titus Menorah: New Discoveries in Rome Professor Steven Fine, a cultural historian specializing in Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period, will talk about the ways modern scholars have interpreted Jewish antiquity focusing on art and archeology. Sat, 2/1, 1:30 pm. Free. Tribeca Synagogue, 49 White St.,


Recreating the Golem: From Prague to the Simpsons Artist Mark Podwal and author Thane Rosenbaum explore representations of the golem legend in popular culture. Tue, 2/4, 6:30 pm. $8; $5 students, seniors. Anne Frank Center, 44 Park Pl.,

g The Penn Central Bankruptcy and Certificate Horde Museum founder John Herzog will talk about trading securities, liquidation of paper assets and notable certificates of the Penn Central bankruptcy. Wed, 2/5, 12:30 pm. $5. Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St., g

Confronting Mortality: Faith and Meaning Across Cultures A panel of experts share their views on how different cultures cope with mortality, and the extent to which personal beliefs about the meaning of life and the notion of an afterlife affects how we perceive dying. Wed, 2/5, 7 pm. $15; $7 students, seniors. New York Academy of Sciences, 250 Greenwich St.,


Urban Wilds: Random SIghtings and Thoughts About the Plants and Animals of New York City Dave Taft, a ranger at the Gateway National Recreation Area, will talk about the cacti, ferns, coyotes, owls and other wildlife in New York City

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Photo Slideshow Painter Janet Morgan will share her photographs of Cappadocia and Istanbul in Turkey. Tue, 2/11, 6 pm. $2. Tuesday Evening Hour, 49 Fulton St. west wing rooms 2 and 3, g Careers in the Arts, Arts Administration: Curator/Dealer Gallery owner Ethan Cohen and installation curator Joe Ahearn will discuss their jobs in the art world and their own career paths, providing an insight into the contemporary art administrative job market. Their talk will be followed by a Q & A with the audience. Tue, 2/11, 6:15 pm. Free. Pace University, Lecture Hall South, 1 Pace Plaza, g

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Art History Alive: The Great Masters Series Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton will discuss great artists in four lectures. The subjects of her February lectures are Italian Renaissance painter Raphael (Wed, 2/19) and French Impressionist Renoir (Wed, 2/26). March lectures are Frank Lloyd Wright (3/5) and Frida Kahlo (3/12). All talks at 11 am. $25/each; $80/series. Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce St.,


Pinpointing Parker’s Print Shop Historian Gordon Bond discusses New York City’s historical premier printer, and why printers mattered in the city’s early days. Thu, 2/20, 6:30 pm. $10. Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St.,

The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story Historian Edward Berenson will talk about the Statue of Liberty, from its improbable beginnings as a gift from French intellectuals who decided to pay tribute to American liberty to its position today as an icon of freedom. Tue, 2/18, 12 pm. $22. Asphalt Green, 212 N. End Ave.,

g Passwords: On Lucille Clifton Obama inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander will talk about the life and works of the influential American poet Lucille Clifton in conjunction with the Poets House exhibition on the writer. Sat, 2/22, 7 pm. $10; $7 students, seniors. Poets House, 10 River Terrace,



Write with Us A week of workshops led by playwrights Eisa Davis, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Dan LeFranc, Jenny Schwartz, Anne Washburn and others. Playwrights will share their creative processes and give prompts for writing engaging stage scripts. Registration required. Tue, 2/18–Sun,


My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer Two estranged sisters, one needy mother and one intolerable sheep are stuck in a forgotten prairie town. See review, page 29. To Sat, 2/15. $25 and

Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience A new play adapted from the book by Thomas F. Flynn, in which a reporter recounts his experience on the morning of 9/11. To Sun, 3/30. Mondays– Wednesdays & Fridays, 7 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 3 & 7 pm. $39–$79. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.,

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Housed for nearly two decades at 211 West 26 St., Exponents has been located in the coverage area of the 13th Precinct and Community Board 4, both of which said that they had no record of problems associated with the agency. In an email to the Trib, Sheffe wrote that the 13th Precinct “in many cases would not be able to determine whether any particular incident involved the facility in any way.” Nevertheless, in crafting its resolution, CB1’s Financial District Committee chose not to oppose Exponents based on its clientele but rather on Josepher’s 11th-hour notification to the board— months after the move was a done deal. Susan Cole, a co-chair of the committee, said Josepher’s last-minute appearance before the board made the move to Washington Street seem as though it was done in secret. “It’s very hard for us to even listen to the good parts of your program,” she told Josepher. “Everybody is so uptight and tense, we feel you have done a terrible disservice. It’s all very surreptitious, is how it feels to everybody.” Josepher replied that he had been unfamiliar with the process and the need to notify the community board.

“Ignorance maybe isn’t a good enough excuse,” he said. “But it wasn’t done to sneak something through.” With Exponents’ move to 2 Washington St., Josepher and his staff of 45 are bringing nearly a dozen programs to the building’s fourth floor, recently built out into numerous classrooms, offices and meeting areas. On the day the Trib visited, the massive job of moving in was still underway, but clients were being seen, senior staff were meeting around a conference table, and a certification class for aspiring drug counselors was taking place. While Exponents awaits its license to resume drug treatment services, other programs such as health and nutrition classes, selfesteem and vocational workshops, and job counseling can continue. The bustle of activity around the offices seemed far removed from the controversy and harsh exchanges at the community board. Still, Josepher said, he was stunned and saddened by the reception he received there. “We are very well respected and the client satisfaction is incredibly high,” he said. “We’re proud of that and we hoped the community would be proud of it, too.”


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He was right, and within two years his program was being funded. In 1994 it had outgrown its Tribeca digs and moved to Chelsea, where it remained until the recent end of its lease and the need to find affordable space—a search that ended at 2 Washington St. “We looked in Chelsea, Clinton, East Harlem, West Harlem, the Lower East Side,” he said. “We just couldn’t find anything.” Now, as Josepher walked the long, freshly painted corridors of Exponents, past dozens of unpacked boxes and a busy mix of staff, clients and construction workers, he took a moment’s pause to consider the work that still lay ahead. “We’ll just take it one step at a time,” he said. “One day at a time.”

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