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WTC security plans raise concerns
To the Editor: Thank you for your detailed writeup about the security plans for the future World Trade Center (see followup article, page 13). I attended last month’s meeting of Community Board 1 and listened to the concerns that residents and board members have about the security proposed around the World Trade Center. As a family member of a victim of September 11th, I have similar concerns about the impact of the project on the space at Ground Zero (which is part of the “campus”). Currently, even a normal personal memorial activity such as lighting a candle is prohibited Many other restrictions also now apply which have made my visits feel like a visit to a prison or a fortress, rather than what they should feel like— peaceful, reflective, as at a city park or a cemetery. Shannon Wagner
To the Editor: I find it very curious that after all the meetings and presentations that anyone would be surprised that the World Trade Center “campus” would become a “fortress.” What’s going to happen when opera lovers have to go through security checks in their limos or airport-type screening when entering the Performing Arts Center and miss the first act of “La Traviata?” That’s going to make for some unhappy campers. Ah well, be careful what you wish for. Paul Sipos Member, Community Board 1
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Here are some steps to halt unsafe deliverymen on bikes
To the Editor: Concerning the matter of reckless deliverymen on bikes discussed on this page in your March edition: The major problem as mentioned by one of your readers appears to be the lack of enforcement by the police department and the failure of transportation officials to issue strict guidelines to these bicycle deliverymen’s employers. Understanding that many of these businesses exist on a narrow financial margin, I would suggest some rather modest safety features: 1. That all delivery bicycles be equipped with lights or other night vision devices. 2. That all bicycle deliverymen wear nighttime reflector vests.
3. That food delivery bicyclists be required to carry ID cards with their name as well as the name, address and telephone number of their employer. 4. For violations of any traffic regulations the employers should pay appropriate fines. Anyone injured by one of these outof-control bicycle deliverypersons should sue the employer as well as the City of New York. Transportation officials have received numerous complaints concerning this problem yet have failed to initiate any effective corrective measures. When was the last time you saw a bicycle deliveryman being given a ticket for any traffic violation? B. Wallace Cheatham
To the Editor: Arthur Pantzer—Arty to all who knew him—was a Tribeca fixture before Tribeca was Tribeca. He died last month at 87 in Vermont, where he had moved in 1980 with his wife Joan, who survives him. That was the year he sold the two joined buildings at the southeast corner of West Broadway and Thomas Street that had been in Arty’s family since the 1930s. Yes, that corner, the one now home to one of the city’s legendary restaurants, the Odeon. Arty and Joan presided over a very different kind of restaurant. Known as the Towers Cafeteria, it was founded by Arty’s father, Louis, in 1933 and catered to local workers. Arty ran the kitchen and staff and Joan was the cashier. Dark on weekends, it served breakfast and lunch and was closed by 4 p.m. (The word CAFETERIA, a piece of urban archeology, can still be seen in the original neon signage on the Thomas St. facade.) About 15 years before the Odeon arrived, Arty and Joan, ever supportive of the creative types who were moving into neighborhood lofts, decided to invite artists into the building to live and work. In 1970 I was one such lucky artist, moving into a floor previously
occupied by a manufacturer of flocked wallpaper. On any given day in the cafeteria, I might say hi to Richard Serra or Susan Rothenberg, just starting their careers and pushing their trays along the hot table line. Over there might be John Chamberlain—and isn’t that Chuck Close having a tuna sandwich with Philip Glass? Arty and Joan—and Mini, the restaurant cat—were friends to all of us. Arty was a true Tribeca pioneer in the best sense of the word. He will be missed. John Willenbecher
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School Waitlists Stir Parent Anger Many zoned children await kindergarten seats at four schools in Lower Manhattan BY CARL GLASSMAN
Now it’s not just Tribeca’s four-yearolds who are landing on Downtown kindergarten waitlists. While the families of 38 children learned last month that they must wait in line for a seat at P.S. 234 in Tribeca, Battery Park City parents were getting the same news. As of late last month, there were 26 kids on hold for P.S. 89, and 27 for P.S. 276, a school that opened just two years ago. Nine zoned children are waiting for a seat at the Peck Slip School, which doesn’t begin “incubating” in Tweed Courthouse until the fall. Only one Downtown public school within the area covered by Community Board 1, P.S. 397, the Spruce Street School, is without a waitlist and its kindergarten classes are at capacity, according to Julie Lam, the school’s parent coordinator. Parents of waitlisted children greeted the news with tears and outrage. “My face fell. This can’t be happening,” Karen Behrens recalled thinking when she got the news that her daughter was number 23 on the waitlist for P.S. 276. Behrens said that first panic set in, then she began to cry. “It was the last thing I was expecting,” she said. Anger over the waitlists surfaced at a meeting of the Community Education Council March 28 when a Department of Education official spoke to the panel, with several mothers of waitlisted children in the audience. Drew Patterson from the Office of Portfolio Management told the group that he understood the parents’ frustration but said that it’s too soon to say how it will be resolved. “We know we’re going to see some attrition and it’s going to make a difference,” he said. “We don’t yet know how big a difference that’s going to make and unfortunately it’s just going to take some time for that to shake out.” “Waiting it out is not a solution, it’s not okay, it’s nothing!” exclaimed Kara DaSilva, whose child is on the waitlist for P.S. 89. “We can’t stand here and wait it out. Right now we need people to provide actual solutions.” Facing mothers of children on the P.S. 276 waitlist, Patterson tried to assure them that their children would be guaranteed kindergarten seats. “I can’t guarantee it will be in 276,” he added. “I’m not even sure you can guarantee it’s going to be in our community,” Karen Behrens shot back. “That’s unacceptable.” P.S. 89 Principal Ronnie Najjar said she was surprised that there was a waitlist for her school because children in Battery Park City’s Gateway Plaza had recently been rezoned out of her catchment area and put into P.S. 276, in the
Above: Shannon McCue with daughter Isabelle in front of P.S. 276. Isabelle is last on the school’s kindergarten waitlist. Left: Karen Behrens, whose child is also on the waitlist for P.S. 276, faced the DOE’s Drew Patterson last month at a Community Education Council meeting. Behrens called it “unacceptable” that her child cannot attend her zoned school.
southern end of the neighborhood. “I did not assure parents that this couldn’t happen,” Najjar said. “But I’m sure that on the tours I was saying we never had a waitlist in the past, and with the rezoning it’s unlikely.” Najjar said she feels especially bad for zoned families in the school’s pre-k program who are not assured a kindergarten seat. “They feel betrayed by the system and I completely understand their feelings,” she said. “They’re part of the PTA, they volunteer in their classrooms, their children go to music and dance and library. They’re in the program and then all of a sudden not to be feels a little unfair to me.” Some parents on the P.S. 234 waitlist said they take some comfort in knowing that all 38 children who remained on the school’s list last year were admitted by the beginning of the school year. “Last year they had as many people
on the waitlist and they all got in, so I’m sure it will work out,” said Anthony DiPietro, whose daughter Carmen is 19th in line for P.S. 234. “I am really hopeful that we will be offering a seat to all of our zoned kids,” said Maggie Siena, the Peck Slip School’s incoming principal. Siena and other principals anticipate that the list will shrink as some parents choose private school and others’ children are accepted into “gifted and talented” programs. “Everyone is having their kid tested because they want to keep their options open,” P.S. 234 Principal Lisa Ripperger said. But where will the children go who are not absorbed into their zoned schools? “Alternate offers” are expected to be made in June and DOE officials have said that those offers will be to the closest school with available space. They have mentioned P.S. 1 and P.S. 126 in Chinatown as schools that they con-
sider “underenrolled.” Last year, children on the P.S. 234 waitlist were assigned to P.S. 130 in Chinatown, causing an outcry among Tribeca parents. A similar protest arose last November when the DOE offered a zoning proposal, later rejected, that would have sent some Tribeca children to P.S. 1. “It just shows how really pressing the whole situation is,” said Eric Greenleaf, the P.S. 234 parent whose demographic studies are often cited as predictors of an ever-growing school crowding crisis. “These schools haven’t even been in business for the full six years and they’ve already filled up every elementary class and they already have a waitlist.” Some parents on waitlists want to see additional kindergarten classes open in their zoned schools and they suggest making room by eliminating the pre-k classes. “How do we get rid of our pre-k?” asked DaSilva, speaking at the CEC meeting. “Just get rid of it right now. We need it gone!” P.S. 89 was one of the schools that added an extra kindergarten for this year but Najjar insists her school has to return to three classes in the fall. “The ramifications of P.S. 89 having four kindergartens every year are serious,” she said. “We don’t have a facility that can sustain those classes through the years.” —Additional reporting by Faith Paris
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APRIL 2012 THE TRIBECA TRIB After gathering in Zuccotti Park, a group calling themselves American Spring walk quietly down Broadway to hang a wreath on Charging Bull. Far right: No sooner had the wreath been placed on the bull than a police officer quickly removed it.
Quiet Protest Far from the Noisy Action Denied a permit to demonstrate at Hunger Memorial, OWS group takes an alternate route BY JULIET HINDELL
On the sunny Saturday afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day, a small group of Occupy Wall Street supporters gathered quietly on the upper level of the Irish Hunger Memorial, offering potatoes in brown bags to tourists. “Hi, would you like some potatoes to plant? They’re organic Irish potatoes,” offered Jessica Hall, one of the organizers of the event. Met with bemused looks and occasional takers, they had brought the potatoes as symbols of both Irish famine and rebirth. The potatoes came with some soil and instructions for planting. It was a poignant and impromptu finale to a day filled with solemn ceremony and tense drama, a vivid counterpoint to the action at Zuccotti Park during the weekend, where 73 protesters had been arrested. “It’s great to get here. This has been a very soulful and beautiful day, which is exactly how we planned it,” Hall said. “We need to move on from shouting if we want to be taken seriously.” Shouting and worse were what the Battery Park City Authority had feared when, earlier in the month, it denied the group a permit to hold a St. Patrick’s Day ceremony to be attended by an estimated 200 people at the memorial. The rejection came on the heels of a nearly unanimous vote of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee to deny the request. “It just doesn’t feel safe,” said Justine Cuccia, a public board member. The committee said the group had not made adequate preparations, including mapping out a specific route and planning for crowd control on a day when it was expected that 2,000 visitors would come to the site. There were also concerns that some people might try to occupy the monument or its surroundings by pitching tents. Not taking any chances, the authority posted a sign at the entrance to the memorial banning public demonstra-
to the roots of St. Patrick’s Day,” said the Rev. Robert Brashear of West Park Presbyterian Church. “We’re here today to bring an end to exploitation.” Carrying the wreath and walking arm in arm, a group of about 30—far fewer than hoped—set off in silence down Broadway, with hundreds of other marchers carrying signs and chanting behind them. At the corner of Thames Street, the small group stopped when it realized that most of the marchers, chanting, “We are the 99 percent,” had peeled away from them at Wall Street and headed for the New York Stock Exchange. “I’m frustrated with the lack of solidarity in this movement,” said one American Spring supporter who asked not to be identified. “We want to have a peaceful protest but they want to be rowdy and anarchic.” Others sounded a note of tolerance towards their fellow demonstrators. Shen Tong, a veteran of Tiananmen Square protests in China, had been in late-night discussions with various groups of PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN
Above: In Battery Park, the group says a blessing over potatoes. Left: As the day of demonstrating ends Teddy Mayes says goodbye to Mary Caliendo at the Irish Hunger Memorial.
tions, sleeping and even drumming at the monument. “Everyone has a preconceived notion of Occupy Wall Street being anarchist kids and they get all the attention,” said the Rev. Mary Caliendo, a Wiccan priest and co-organizer of the group. “We’re doing a lot of real work to help with real issues and our voices are never heard.” Denied a permit to hold their ceremony at the memorial, the group issued its own “self permit” which announced that
it would march from Zuccotti Park to Battery Park, where it would hold a ritual “to bury hunger, greed and grief followed by a joyous rebirth and welcoming of a new season.” Starting out in Zuccotti Park, the group had gathered in a circle around a large funeral wreath they had brought to symbolize the burial of oppression. Using the OWS “people’s mic,” they invited everyone to join their peaceful and solemn procession. “We’re here to remember the Irish famine, in which millions died and millions came to America. We want to return
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Calmer Nights Outside Sushi Place? BY JESSICA TERRELL
Called to task by Community Board 1 for the drunken rowdiness fueled by an “all-you-can-eat-and-drink” special, the management of a Japanese eatery in Tribeca’s Independence Plaza appears to be calming the place down. “It has definitely been quieter,” IPN Tenant Association President Diane Lapson said of Ashiya Sushi, at 374 Greenwich St. “I am cautiously optimistic.” The restaurant had been blamed for many disturbances around IPN, especially on weekends when it offers unlimited beer and sake for two hours at a time with an all-you-can-eat sushi special. Lapson, armed with a stack of Yelp reviews that raved about the restaurant’s flowing libations, had confronted restaurant owner Matthew Chen at a meeting of CB1’s Tribeca Committee earlier in the month. “We have extremely drunk young people throwing up in the street, leaning on the other stores’ windows, screaming,” Lapson said. “It’s terrible.” “I can be at my desk, editing, and I have to use headphones in my own apartment,” CB1 member and IPN resident Noel Jefferson chimed in. “It’s nervewracking.” Owner Matthew Chen, speaking mostly through a translator, said it was the first he had heard of any such problems. “This is a Japanese restaurant. The major [focus] is food, not the drink,” said
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Above: Ashiya Sushi on a recent weekend night. Right: Owner Matthew Chen, right, at CB1 meeting with his translator, James Jiang.
Chen’s friend and translator James Jiang. “We want to cooperate with the board members.” The restaurant’s liquor license had been renewed by the State Liquor Authority just days before the problems were raised at the committee meeting. “We can’t compel you to do anything right now, but what we can tell you is, if this is not cleaned up, then the next time your liquor license comes around, you are going to have a very, very difficult time,” said Committee Chair Peter Braus. “We will make it our business to do everything we can to see that you will
not get a renewal.” Since the committee meeting, the restaurant has made a number of changes, according to a spokesman, Leo Chen. He said he has cut the number of weekend reservations the restaurant accepts in half and has hired a security guard. Patrons are encouraged to exit quietly and leave quickly, he said. “We apologize for the trouble,” Leo Chen said. “We are trying to do better.” The restaurant’s owner is also considering selling the business, Leo Chen said. The business has two more years on its lease at IPN, but the owner has placed
A Man of Many Tribeca Eateries Seeks Approvals BY JESSICA TERRELL
Matt Abramcyk, the man behind a slew of successful Tribeca eateries, went before Community Board 1 with requests for three of them: a liquor license for one new restaurant and sidewalk cafe licenses for two others. As often happens to restaurateurs who face the board, which is advisory to city agencies, he did not get all he wanted. The owner of Smith & Mills, Tiny’s, Warren 77, and Super Linda is taking over 18-year-old Ivy’s Bistro, at Greenwich and North Moore Streets—next to his Smith & Mills—and retooling it into an oyster bar and fish restaurant. Abramcyk wanted the Tribeca Committee to grant him the same 4 a.m. closing that Ivy’s now enjoys. But the board members demurred. “You have a quiet, decent crowd [at Ivy’s] and you’ve got a loud young crowd at Smith & Mills,” CB1 Tribeca Committee member Noel Jefferson said, referring to Abramcyk’s 450-square-foot restaurant next door. “So, I am afraid that if Smith & Mills is going to take over [Ivy’s] that large crowd will follow.” “There haven’t been [complaints] in years and years,” Abramcyk insisted. “The location is just a little bit up from Independence Plaza North,” added CB1 public member Jean Grillo, saying that people on the higher floors of the 39-story complex would hear more noise than
a listing for the business in a Chinese newspaper while he decides what to do. “Maybe sell, maybe finish next two years,” Leo Chen said. The decision, he said, would be based on whether the restaurant could fix its relationship with its neighbors. In the meantime, Matthew Chen, who was said to be in China at the end of the month, promised to return to the Tribeca Committee this month. “I am hoping that they’ve gotten the message, because summer is coming and that’s when it gets really bad,” Lapson said.
those on the lower because of the way sound travels. The board agreed to recommend 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends as the latest that the State Liquor Authority should grant. Abramcyk fared better with his request to add an outdoor cafe to Tiny’s, 135 West Broadway, another diminutive restaurant and bar. The location needs a sidewalk cafe to increase its seating and draw more customers in the summer, Abramcyk said. PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN “Everyone else on the block Matt Abramcyk argues for an approval before the Tribeca Committee. has [a sidewalk cafe],” Abramcyk Abramcyk said he mostly wanted the seating for said. “When it’s nice out, it’s very hard to attract people to come to Tiny’s because it’s kind of a warmer, daytime customers and agreed to go along with Peter Braus, the committee chair, and bring in the tables at 8 darker space.” The board voted in favor of the application, which p.m. That suggestion won the owner some support. (“I will add five tables, or a total of 10 seats. Next up: A sidewalk cafe license for Smith & Mills don’t think they are asking for so much,” said committee member and restaurateur Peter Glazier.) But not where, Abramcyk noted, there are only 20 seats. “I think it’s a bad precedent to start putting [side- enough. More committee members agreed with Grillo that walk cafes] on residential side streets,” Grillo said. “You have to give people a chance to have quiet side sidewalk seating doesn’t belong on side streets. Abramcyk grimaced as his application failed, 5-3. streets.”
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The Daily Assault of Construction
No Relief for Residents Near Results Are Mixed Following Brooklyn Bridge Construction Complaints on John Street
PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN
Sarah Hinkley stands at the window of her Pearl Street apartment overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, where work is causing sleepless nights for her and her neighbors.
Ray Fuzgilov outside his Daniella Hair Salon on John Street, where five projects are hurting business owners during the day and causing residents to lose sleep at night.
BY JESSICA TERRELL Halfway through the city’s four-year project repairing the Brooklyn Bridge, Pearl Street resident Sarah Hinkley has a set bedtime routine: First she switches on the air conditioner, then a fan over the stove and one by the bed. Finally, she pops in earplugs and hopes for the best. “At night we hear the jackhammering, we hear the trucks backing up,” Hinkley said, looking out from her bedroom at the Brooklyn Bridge ramp on Frankfort Street. “We get woken up every night. And for my husband to get woken up, that’s huge. He's one of those guys who just sleeps through everything.” The Department of Transportation’s work on the 129-year-old bridge, which was rated in 2007 as one of the city’s three bridges in poor condition, appears to pit the needs of drivers against those of residents. Most of the work is conducted at night in order to minimize the impact on traffic. The work begins around 11 p.m. and ends about 6 a.m., with the loudest hours often at 2 and 3 a.m., residents say. “Sleep deprivation is a torture tactic used in war,” Southbridge resident Helen Johnson said. “I can’t function without sleep.” The DOT told residents at a packed meeting of Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee last month that it is doing what it can to limit the noise. Construction crews are using small jackhammers with rubber muffles, erecting noise buffering fences and set the backup alarms on trucks to the minimum volume allowed by OSHA, said Sabrina Lau, the project’s community outreach worker. But after two years of residents’ complaints—and facing another two years of the same—Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Sen. Daniel Squadron and
BY JESSICA TERRELL One morning late last month, stylists rather than customers sat in the five chairs of Daniella Hair Salon, with little to do. “It’s like a cemetery,” owner Ray Fuzgilov said, gazing out the window to the sidewalk. Few pedestrians passed beneath the construction shed that darkened the front of his John Street shop. A truck beeped as it backed up in front of the salon, while the sound of jackhammers echoed from down the block. “They block the street and nobody can pass. It doesn’t just impact me—it’s everyone on the block. It’s getting worse and worse,” Fuzgilov sighed. For businesses like Fuzgilov’s, at 28 John St., and for residents who must bear the noise and dust from the nearconstant construction of five active projects, March seemed to bring both hope and disappointment. At a Community Board 1 meeting some 60 residents gathered to vent their complaints to city officials and others in charge of the projects. As a result, night street closures, which eliminate the constant rattling of metal plates, and changes in early-morning deliveries and setup times by workers has brought some relief. Still, those changes were little consolation to business owners like Fuzgilov or Brian Mclaughlin, owner of the Irish American Pub & Restaurant across the street at 17 John St. “I understand the need for construction, I understand the noise. I just can’t understand blocking off the sidewalk,” Mclaughlin said. “This is the Bermuda Triangle—nobody can get here.” For Barbara Minsky, a John Street resident and organizer of a neighborhood group called John Street Noise, the worst disturbances still come from Con Edison’s ongoing work to repair a gas
Councilwoman Margaret Chin are all calling on the DOT cut back on the latenight work. “Southbridge residents live literally just yards from where some of the loudest work is taking place,” elected officials wrote in a letter to Sadik-Khan. “And because of the severity of the problem, we believe the DOT ought to modify its schedule in response to the very legitimate complaints of these residents.” The request seems unlikely to be accommodated. “What I can promise you is we will keep looking at the traffic numbers to see if there is any wiggle room,” the city DOT’s Manhattan Borough Commissioner, Luis Sanchez, told angry residents at the Seaport Committee meeting. Even more disheartening for those residents was news, announced at the CB1 meeting last month, that construction noise in the Seaport is about to get worse. “Upcoming work is right outside your door,” Lau told residents. Work is beginning this month on the ramp that runs along Frankfort. That section of the project will last another 15 months, said Robert Collyer, the DOT’s deputy chief engineer for bridges. “The situation is untenable,” Orlando Gonzalez, a resident of the nearby Frank Gehry building on Spruce Street told Collyer and his fellow project representatives. “It’s horrible now and it’s going to get worse?” Hinckley said she has little hope that the situation will improve. Still, she plans to go door to door in the neighborhood with pamphlets this month, trying to bring even more pressure to bear on the city to halt the late-night work. “It’s great the bridge is being fixed,” she said. “But this is a lot to make us live through.”
leak along the western portion of John. Con Edison’s jackhammers run late and on the weekends, Minsky said. “It's like having five screaming children,” John Street resident Barbara Minsky told the Trib. “You get two quiet, and the other three start screaming again. It never stops.” Con Ed has given differing reports on how long its gas work will take to complete. Company representatives initially said the job would be finished by March 19, then the end of March. Finally, that date was pushed back to the end of April. And more work will be needed in the near future. Con Ed will be digging up the street again to repair an electrical transformer sometime after the summer, and will also have to connect 24 John and the newly constructed Pace University dormitory to the gas main when those projects are completed. “We are holding daily meetings to coordinate the John Street work and are determined to minimize any further inconvenience to the community,” Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury wrote in an email to the Trib. “We apologize for any inconvenience that has taken place, but the work is necessary to ensure the safety and reliability of our systems.” All the complaints from John Street residents, as well as Seaport residents affected by Brooklyn Bridge repairs, have led Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to call on the Department of Buildings to cut back on issuing afterhours work permits. Silver said there was a time, before the population boom Downtown, when after-hours work permits caused few problems because there were so few residents. “Today, however,” he wrote, “it is simply too disruptive to our residents’ quality of life.”
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BY JESSICA TERRELL Create a citizens advisory committee. Reverse the direction of Cedar Street. Open a bike lane on Church and Trinity. By the end of last month, Community Board 1 had gathered a litany of requests for the NYPD to ease what it sees as a “fortress-like” security plan for the World Trade Center site. But after a lengthy discussion at the full board meeting late last month, CB1 added a bold new proposal to the list: Do away with barricades. “I am so tired of looking at barri-
now making permanent the barriers we’ve had since 9/11.” According to the security plan, shown last month, every street adjacent to the site would be affected. The plan calls for screening at four entry points: Washington between Barclay and Vesey; West Broadway between Barclay and Vesey; and (for tour buses) Trinity Place and Liberty. At Liberty and West, cars and trucks would be more closely checked before entering the belowground Vehicle Security Center where they would undergo additional scrutiny. Church Street between Vesey and Liberty would be divided down the middle, with traffic moving freely only along the two eastern lanes. “It provides increased standoff from [Towers 2, 3 and 4] to reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic event against those towers,” Lt. David Kelly of the NYPD’s Antiterrorism Bureau told the board CARL GLASSMAN SCREENING ZONE Mary Perillo, 130 Cedar St., says plan is bad for her building. members early in the CREDENTIALLING ZONE month. cades in our community,” Board MemKelly said that Greenwich Street BARRIER: DEFAULT UP ber John Fratta said. “It’s time we tell the won’t be a through street, but only open city, ‘There’s got to be a better way of to vehicles with business in the WTC BARRIER:-DEFAULT DOWN securing our community without shut- “campus,” as the site is being called. BOLLARDS ting our streets down.’” Residents and CB1 members said (CONTINUED ON PAGE 46) The full board voted unanimously in THE TRIBECA TRIB favor of a resolution calling on the NYPD to consider, among other requests, “an open-grid street plan alternative” without the checkpoints, bollards and barriers that would become permaFacing high taxi leasing fees, long hours, and more com- vehicles and office tenants could enroll for expedited access nent fixtures on nearby streets if the petition, the city’s 48,000 cab drivers count unfettered mobil- to the site. Drivers worry about how the plan will be implepolice plan is approved. ity as especially important. That’s why the a taxi union ral- mented and how frequently the cabs will be stopped. “Every single plan that was present“If they take too much time, we lose the time for our busilied its members to a hearing last month to speak against the ed to us about what was going to be built ness,” said cab driver Mohan Singh, who added that the NYPD’s security plan for the redeveloped WTC site. at the site, basically from 2002…proRestricting vehicular access to the site could have a dev- experience takes a psychological toll as well. “It could make mised that these streets would be open to astating economic impact on cab drivers, the New York Taxi cab drivers very uncomfortable,” Tariq said. News about the through traffic,” board member Marc surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers by the NYPD has made Workers Alliance warned. Ameruso said, echoing a commonly “Yes, cities should take security measures,” said NYTWA many drivers nervous, several drivers added, noting that at voiced sentiment that the security plan co-founder Javaid Tariq, “but think about how this will least half of yellow cab drivers are Muslim. betrays a promise made by the creators “It’s humiliating the way cab drivers are being treated,” [affect] cab drivers economically, and the public who live in of the site’s master plan. the area they serve.” one driver lamented, saying that cab trunks are searched at “The beauty of the master plan was it As part of the plan, police officials are considering a airports. “How many times will we have to go to the World was going to open things up,” board “Trusted Access Program” (TAP) in which taxis, delivery Trade Center in a day under this plan and be inspected?” member Jeff Galloway said. “This is
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If you’re looking for a seder, there are plenty Downtown. Chabad of Tribeca/Soho will offer two seders—the first on Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. at 75 Murray St., the second on Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall restaurant, 131 Duane St. $75; $35 children 5 and up. Information at chabadoftribeca.com. 92YTribeca at 200 Hudson St. offers what it calls a “sophisticated and accessible” seder on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. $60 in advance at 92ytribeca.org; $75 at the door. And Chabad of Battery Park City will hold its seder at Poets House, 10 River Terr., on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. $54; $25 for 3 and up. Tickets at chabadbpc.com.
Easter Egg Hunt
Trinity Wall Street’s annual free Easter family event will take place on Sunday, April 24, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, Broadway and Wall Street. There will be an egg hunt for children under 6 beginning at 12:30 and scavenger hunts for older children throughout the afternoon. Other activities include photos with the Easter Bunny, games, crafts, a bonnet- and hatmaking workshop and a puppet parade.
Vintage concert footage of jazz greats Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and Ray Charles will be screened at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 199 Chambers St. “Sing Me a Song of Jazz: New Discoveries” is the third installment in the center’s free performing arts film retrospective. Information: 212-220-1460, tribecapac.org.
Pen Parentis is presenting a reading by three very different women authors: Ann Napolitano, who writes about life in the South; Deborah Copaken Kogan, memoirist of her years as a war photographer; and Tara Altebrando/McCarthy, who pens novels for both teens and adults. The free event is at Gild Hall, 15 Gold St., on Tuesday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. penparentis.org.
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A group of parents at Spruce Street School have partnered with a Pennsylvania farm and a local delivery service to create a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Participants pay to get organic fruits and vegetables delivered to them for 21 weeks, and a portion of proceeds goes to the school. The signup deadline is April 21. Information: sprucestreetnyc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two-for-one admission to museums and discounts on restaurants, cleaning services and hotels are just some of the Downtown Alliance’s new “Downtown Deals” promotions of Lower Manhattan businesses. To find a deal, go to downtownny.com/downtown-deals.
The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is beginning its search for summer volunteers. Opportunities range from tending the gardens to helping kids learn to fish. (Training for horticulture volunteers begins in early May.) To learn more, call 212-267-9700 or write to email@example.com.
From the works of Anton Chekhov to the world premiere of contemporary playwright Sean Michael Welch’s “All An Act,” Pace University’s Actors Studio Drama School will present a varied month-long series of full-length and oneact plays directed, produced, and starring its drama students. Reservations are recommended for the performances, which are free and held at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St. A schedule can be found at pace.edu/dyson.
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Developer to Reveal Plans for Leonard Street Site
BY CARL GLASSMAN Steven Schnall, the man who built a 10,000-square-foot swimming poolequipped mansion for his family at North Moore Street and West Broadway, is ready to build again. Having sold the palatial digs for a tidy profit less than two years after moving in, Schnall purchased 11-15 Leonard Street, one of the few remaining development sites in Tribeca. This time, he plans to put up a seven-story building topped with a two-story penthouse. In an interview with the Trib, Schnall said he will move his family of four into the 6,000-square-foot “maisonette” that will occupy the first two floors. Each of the other non-penthouse floors will contain one 2,650-square-foot apartment, he said. Like his previous home, the building will have garage parking. “We had a lot of fun building that house on North Moore Street,” said Schnall, 46, who is CEO and chairman of Quontic Bank. “It was a great project creatively and we learned a lot. So we’re doing it again.” But first he needs the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Schnall is keeping the design, by Tribeca architect Wayne Turrett, under wraps until he presents it on April 12 to Community Board 1’s Landmarks Committee, which is advisory to the commission. Schnall calls the building, with its
the block, towering over the buildings next to it,” said another resident who saw the plans. “So everybody’s pretty unhappy about that.” They also are questioning what they believe could be a “distracting” glow through the channel glass of the facade. Schnall said the use of glass is much like that of the Nolita Hotel on Kenmare Street, but with a “fair amount of insulation in the middle so it will CARL GLASSMAN mute the light signifiA pair of 1920s garages now occupy 11-15 Leonard Street. The new building is planned to have parking. cantly.” all-glass facade, “a semi-modern ap- the buildings, giving them an advance Schnall said he does not anticipate a proach with a traditional and historic look at renderings before they are shown battle with neighbors, who will only say feel” that he says he is confident will be this month to the community board. that they leave their options open. well received. “We always knew something would “There’s really no fight at all,” he But for some residents on Franklin likely go up there. No real issue with it,” said. “We’ve been very transparent and and Leonard streets, whose light and said a resident who, like others who saw communicative with the neighbors. views will be diminished by the new the plans, spoke to the Trib on condition There is natural curiosity and expected building, aesthetics is not the only con- of anonymity. “We just want something concerns, but we’ve not been sued or sideration. that works, that is tasteful, that doesn’t anticipate we will be because there’s no Several buildings on those streets screw up the neighborhood.” basis for it.” have banded together and retained a Several residents said they found the The city approved a different buildlawyer to scrutinize the plans. building to be out of character with the ing for the site in 2008. But Chris Clark, Late last month, Schnall and his de- surrounding structures, in size and the developer of the project, shelved the velopment team took the unusual step of design. plans and sold the site to Schnall and his meeting privately with representatives of “It’s a huge building in the middle of partners in January for $10 million.
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March 19...12:30 a.m. A customer at Fresco restaurant put her bag over the back of her chair while eating and a thief stole her wallet. More than $1,500 was charged to her credit cards.
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270 GREENWICH March 21...1:15 p.m. A thief swiped an unattended wallet that had been left on a Whole Foods table. It contained a $500 Costco gift card. 297 CHURCH
March 21...5:50 p.m. A restaurant customer placed her purse on a bar stool. When she walked away, a thief stole it.
March 22...3:20 p.m. A thief was caught on camera entering Blaue Gans restaurant from a side door and snatching a $300 Coach purse from the restaurant’s coat check.
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March 22...4:15 p.m. A Starbucks customer left a bag containing a $100 camera and $150 iPod unattended. It was stolen.
March 24...12:25 a.m. A tourist from Kentucky was walking on Canal Street when someone snatched her bag and fled on foot.
VESTRY & HUDSON March 24...12:30 a.m. A thief broke the passenger window of a car and stole a GPS, two purses, a wallet and an iPod Shuffle.
GREENWICH & HARRISON March 24...2 p.m. A thief stole a 2009 white Toyota Camry valued at $18,000. 58 STONE
March 26...1:14 a.m. A woman was walking down Stone Street listening to music on her cell phone when a man snatched the phone out of her hand and ran off.
March 26...4:30 p.m. A thief approached a man inside the Church Street Post Office under the pretense of asking for directions, then stole his wallet. By the time the man left the post office and walked to his bank, the thief had made $2,600 in charges on his credit card at the Apple Store.
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4/3 BATTERY PARK CITY 6 PM Location: Battery Park City Authority, 1 World Financial Center, 24th floor • Application for a new sidewalk café license and alteration application for a liquor license for the sidewalk café for Blue Smoke 255 Vesey St. Resolution • Senator Squadron’s proposal for a reorganization of the BPCA structure. Discussion • Renewal of restaurant liquor license for The Grill Room, 2 World Financial Center The following notices have been received for BPCA permit requests: • National Multiple Sclerosis Society at Wagner Park, Sun., 4/29, 7 am—3 pm • New York Road Runners at the volleyball court, Mon., 5/21, 12 pm—10 pm • P.S. 89 at Rockefeller Park, Fri., 5/25, 9— 10:15 am • NYC Swim events at North Cove, Sat., 5/26, 11 am—8 pm • Scleroderma Foundation at Battery Park, Sun., 6/10, 10—11:30 am • NYC Pride at Rockefeller Park, Mon., 6/18, 10 am—8 pm • NYC Swim Events at North Cove, Sat., 6/23, 5 am—11 pm • NYC Swim Events, application for a vehicle permit at North Cove and South Cove from Fri., 8/3, at 12 pm—Sat., 8/4, at 11 pm • Update on capital projects in the Battery by Warrie Price, Battery Conservancy president • 54 Pine St. and 84 William St., applications for beer licenses for Taz • 83-85 Greenwich St., application for sidewalk cafe for Tajin • 6 Murray St., application for transfer of tavern liquor license and request for support for extension of hours of service for The Manhattan Proper. Resolution • 1 Liberty Plaza, application for renewal of liquor license for Flik. Resolution • 1 Wall Street Court, transfer of liquor license for Fino Ristorante. • 83 Maiden Lane, renewal of restaurant liquor license for Toloache Taqueria
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4/12 LANDMARKS 52 Lispenard St., application for rooftop addition, facade restoration and storefront infill. Report 78 Franklin St., application for new entry door and ADA ramp. Resolution 105 Chambers St., application for replacement of windows and facade restoration. Resolution 11-15 Leonard St., application for seven-story building and two story bulkhead. Resolution 46 Laight St., application for new storefront. Resolution
4/17 SEAPORT/CIVIC CENTER – 6 PM Location: South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., Level 5 • Street permit application for Summerfest by J & R Music World, Friday 6/15, to Sun., 6/17, 10 am—5 pm, on Park Row sidewalk bet. Ann and Beekman. Resolution • Street permit application for Musicfest by J & R Music World on Thu., 8/23, to Saturday, 8/25, 11 am—5 pm, on Park Row sidewalk bet. Ann and Beekman. Resolution • 25-27 Peck Slip, application for restaurant wine and beer license for Grandma’s House. Resolution • Disseminating information to the public.
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ects. Presentation by Michael Levine, director of planning and land use for CB1, and Matt Viggiano, director of land use and Planning for Councilmember Margaret Chin • Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to day care and after school programs. Presentation and resolution by Norah Yahya, policy analyst at United Neighborhood Houses and member of the Campaign for Children
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Redistricting Is Overtly Political Fact of Life Every decade the federal government counts everyone. It’s called the census. And when the numbers are in, insiders divvy up the countryside and decide who will represent you for the next 10 years. That’s called redistricting. When new lines are drawn, an unlucky voter may lose a favorite representative and may fail to find a single familiar name on the next ballot. ReJIM districting is STRATTON’S perhaps the most overtly political activity a legislature can ever do, because the political party in power exercises nearly total control over the new lines. In CITY Albany, the AsCHARRETTE sembly is under Democratic control, so Democrats draw their own new lines. The State Senate is Republican, so the G.O.P. holds sway. A Republican in the Assembly, or a Democrat in the State Senate, will have virtually nothing to say about the result. By longtime convention, the Assembly and Senate will automatically vote in favor of each other’s redistricting, no matter how noxious. And it can get pretty sickening.
The game is called Gerrymandering. Imagine an area with enough voters for three districts. Overall in this area, 60 percent of the voters choose party “A” most of the time, 40 percent choose party “B.” As the three districts are of equal size, approximately a third of the voters must be in each district. But party “B” has control of the redistricting. So it carves out one district that contains almost no one who votes for “B.” That leaves only 27% of “A” voters (60% less 33%) to vote in the other two districts. Party “B” wins those two other seats narrowly. Party “A” wins only one seat, despite its substantial
representatives. Years of political vigilance have helped to keep most of the Tribeca and SoHo loft areas in the same voting districts. The 64th Assembly District (soon to be renumbered as the 65th) is represented by the most powerful Democrat in the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, and includes most of Battery Park City, where Silver is strong. Not unexpectedly, that liaison will remain for the next decade. In the 2011 primary, a gaffe arose between Battery Park City leaders and those of the Village View housing complex in the East Village, where Silver is
Fashioned as “executive districts,” Assembly District lines are often the subject of local turf wars and change with the decade. These lines have not yet been written. majority in the total area. This is how the State Senate remains Republican, despite majority Democratic turnouts in statewide voting. Some of those Gerrymandered districts are so bizarrely shaped that their maps are likened to a Rorschach test. Randomly-drawn districts would eliminate Gerrymandering, but also important is to join similar neighborhoods together. Voters can then be certain they will get full attention from their
not so strong. Census results required Silver to cut away part of his district because of the rapid residential growth of Lower Manhattan. Village View was neatly severed from the new district. When you are head of the Assembly, you get to choose. On the State Senate side, the first redistricting proposal gave us a wildly different look. The entire waterfront from Canal Street down into Battery Park City had
been ceded to the district north of us. My guess is that this was a slap at our representative, State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who has become an important waterfront spokesman. His district includes a wide swath of Brooklyn’s East River. The entire G.O.P. plan drew so much outcry that it was sheepishly rewritten, this time adding more waterfront, and more Tribeca, to Squadron’s 66th. Local political leadership in New York City is organized along Assembly District lines. Fashioned as “executive districts,” they are often the subject of local turf wars; and they, too, change with the decade. These important lines have not yet been written by the County Executive. What is now Tribeca was part of a Gerrymander when I first got involved in local politics here in the late 1960’s. Lower Manhattan was linked to northern Staten Island in the Assembly, in hopes that Dems could wrest a Republican seat from the only G.O.P. borough. It was Manhattan Democrats that ended that tactic. Voting rights are under widespread attack in this country. New York State has been thought to be above that sort of thing, yet one of the most pernicious examples of voter manipulation, our Gerrymandered State Senate, remains intact. Gerrymandering is grossly antidemocratic, even if Democrats sometimes do it.
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FEST11 “POULET AUX PRUNES”
The Tribeca Film Festival April 18 – 29
t opens, as usual, big and starry (with the Jason Segal-Emily Blunt comedy “The Five-Year Engagement”) and closes with a bang (Marvel Comics’ action-adventure “The Avengers.”) But what is slated in between is the meaningful meat and potatoes of the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival. It’s the movies that mostly don’t make it to the multiplex, the cultural and creative smorgasbord of 90 narrative and documentary features that take festivalgoers on world journeys. Among the shorts alone, 25 countries are represented. To build such a lineup along with their programming staff, the festival’s director of programming, Genna Terranova, and its new artistic director, Frederic Boyer, each watched nearly 1,000 movies. In an interview, they said they made their selections without trying for the kind of international diversity that the festival is known for. “I think that happens naturally,” said Terranova, the former vice president for acquisitions at the Weinstein Company who joined the festival in 2007. “Because artists are working all over the world, the subjects they’re
telling are reflective of what is going on where they are. So you end up getting, by happenstance, this really great mix of subject matter.” “It was quite impossible for us to choose a film by country and we didn’t want to have any quota,” said Boyer, formerly of the Cannes festival. “And also we didn’t want to choose the best film from each festival we attended. The idea is only to choose the film because they are quality films.” As it happens, they said, the result is a more even mix of U.S. and international movies—a slate no longer dominated by American documentaries and foreign narratives. “We’re really happy with the balance,” Terranova said. The Trib’s film summaries on the following pages give just a taste of what’s to come. “It’s a discovery and a pleasure to see a film you don’t know a lot about,” said Boyer. “But I hope the audience will trust us.” TICKETS: $16 for night and weekend shows, $8 for matinees and late-night screenings. Downtown residents are eligible for $2 discount for evenings and weekend movies. For additional ticket and other information, go to tribecafilmfestival.org.
SIDESHOWS FAMILY STREET FEST SAT., APRIL 28, 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. Can a family festival have everything? This one, as usual, comes pretty close. Life-size puppets, acrobats, live music from pop to classical, art projects galore, sports events, chess games and great food served al fresco from Tribeca restaurants.
THE ‘DRIVE-IN’ The movies go outdoors with the annual free Drive-In at the World Financial Plaza. Activities and music start at 6 p.m. Movies begin at 8:15 p.m. THUR., APRIL 19: JAWS Spielberg’s 1975 thriller tells the story of a giant man-eating shark that attacks beachgoers at a summer beach town—and the men who hunt it down. FRI., APRIL 20: THE GOONIES Another oldie (1985), this family-friendly tale features a group of teens who, to save their neighborhood, go in search of long-lost pirate treasure. SAT., APRIL 21: KNUCKLEBALL! A documentary takes a close look at the masters of this technique: Tim Wakefield, a Red Sox veteran, and Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey.
TALKS ON FILM Directors, actors, screenwriters and industry professionals will take the stage for dozens of conversations on everything from making a biographical documentary and the role of films in social change to the resurgence of sports-themed movies. Go to tribecafilmfestival.org for complete listings. (CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE)
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reshly arrived and eager to please, compel, move, anger or amaze, the festival’s international fare this year has much to offer. In the dark comedy LA CHISPA DE LA VIDA, or AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (Spain), publicist Jose Mota has fallen and he cannot get up. This, improbably, turns out to be the best break he has had in a long time. For once, the media are interested in his story. The longer he’s down—literally pinned to the ground in a bizarre accident—the longer he can milk the story, gaining celebrity for himself and riches for his family. Also from Spain is the sharp and funny LA SUERTE EN TUS MANOS (ALL IN). Here, we meet Uriel, a professional poker player who has been lucky as of late. But his life changes when he’s dealt a wild card—the rediscovery of an old flame. It was love at first sight for Yann and Nadia in A BETTER LIFE (France, Canada). But second thoughts come suddenly to the couple when their risky restaurant venture in the French countryside flounders. Nadia flees west to Toronto, leaving behind not only the restaurant and her new love, but her son (from a previous relationship) in Yann’s care. The heart of the story is how this new pair can rebuild their lives together. From Paris comes POLISSE, a raw, remarkably tense but at times unexpectedly comic tale of the working life of officers in the Parisian Child Protection Unit. The fictional work, shot in documentary style, creates an intimate portrayal of humans dealing with harsh realities and numbing bureaucracy every day. Things are far lighter in 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK (France). In this farce, a French family arrives in the city to visit their daughter and her new American boyfriend, Mingus (Chris Rock). The visitors bring with them racial insensitivity and sexual frankness that lead to a challenging but comical stay. Circumstances are more dire for another newly arrived family in STONES IN THE SUN (U.S.A., Haiti). They left Haiti during the 1980s, fleeing “TRISHNA” political violence. But asylum is not the same as rescue, and each must confront and learn to live with the past—and new future. CHICKEN WITH PLUMS (POULET AUX PRUNES) (France, Germany, Belgium) is the magical tale of a man in search of his lost violin and love. Set in mid-century Tehran, the story is mostly live-action but includes animated set pieces that add to the film’s fairy-tale quality. TRISHNA (U.K.) retells Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” set against the backdrop of modern-day India. Here, young lovers who set out for Mumbai find their relationship threatened by family bonds back home. Hardly a love story, though the ironic title might suggest it, CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING (U.K.) introduces us to reluctant bride-to-be Dolly (Felicity Jones) on her wedding day, in this story based on the 1932 novella by Julia Strachey.
YOSSI (Israel) features the return of Evtan Fox, a Tribeca Film Festival Best Actor award winner, to the title role that won him acclaim in “Yossi & Jagger” in 2003. Yossi is a closeted gay man living in Tel Aviv who wants to come
hese days it takes little more than a cell phone camera and a computer to make a movie. The festival’s documentary offerings this year serve notice that times and technologies may have changed, but compelling cinema has not. The Internet has made the world a smaller, searchable place where it is possible for anyone, with some luck and talent, to be discovered and made big. And so it has for Arnel Pineda, a once poor, struggling singer from the streets of Manila who is now the lead singer of the American rock band Journey. DON'T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY documents Pineda’s sudden fame after the band discovered him singing their tunes on YouTube. Things were not as easy for intrepid fans in search of Sixto Rodriguez, an early 1970s rock singer who flirted with but missed wide acclaim. In SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, a pair of filmmakers set out to learn what became of the Detroitborn Rodriguez, who improbably gained a following in South Africa some 40 years after his last record came out. The only mentions of Rodriguez online were disturbing rumors of his suicide onstage. The filmmakers’ eventual discovery of the real story is just as startling.
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out. Also from Israel is ROOM 514, an interrogation room dram film explores the issue of women in the military (her case is co its own as a taut procedural thriller.
ELLES (France, Poland, Germany) introduces us to Anne (Juliet begins to question her own bourgeois life while researching pro adventurous Brazilian brothers who join the government’s colo they encounter the Xingu Indians, the brothers switch allegianc the nightmarish tale of Komona, a teenage girl forced to join an comes POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO (Indonesia). Lana, abando among the animals. We follow her first ventures outside the ga
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The truth is harder to come by in censored China. In HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE we meet a pair of citizen reporters who, armed with their digital cameras, laptops, curiosity and courage, are determined to chronicle the real news of the day. Just as digital technology has changed journalism, it has changed filmmaking. In SIDE BY SIDE, we hear from filmmakers (David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and many more) about how the industry and their works have adapted to the digital format, with diverting explorations of what is now possible in cinema and what has been lost in the process. We meet a pair of middle-aged amateur filmmakers in JOURNEY TO PLANET X. They are obsessed with creating sci-fi movies. After making dozens of low-budget affairs, they’re ready to raise the bar (but still without a budget). The result is a funny and inspiring look at the lengths they are willing to go to fulfill their vision. BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY is further testament to the power of film, examining the
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ost of these films are not destined for the megaplex. They’re artistically ambitious, or small, quiet wonders, or just a tad too weird for a general audience. Perfect film fest fare, but bad for mainstream America. And that’s a shame, because this country really seems ready to see FIRST WINTER, a tale of hipster suffering. The story follows a group of Brooklyn scenesters who strike out for the countryside in an effort to reconnect to the land. But the going gets tough when winter comes and “BABYGIRL” the electricity in the old barn goes out, leaving the gang to learn to survive on their wits alone. Enchantingly odd things happen in the beautifully animated CONSUMING SPIRITS involving dark secrets in a rural rustbelt town. Interesting, but hardly as enticing as the richly layered visuals that combine stop motion, multiplane cutouts, pencil drawings and other techniques. The film was created by hand and shot frame by frame over 15 years in animator Chris Sullivan’s basement. The trailer alone is a marvel worth looking up online.
ma featuring Anna in the lead investigator’s role. The mplicated by an affair with her boss) but stands on
tte Binoche), a wife, mother and journalist who ostitution. XINGU (Brazil) is the true story of three onizing march inland during the 1940s. But when ces. WAR WITCH (Canada) takes us to the Congo for n army of child soldiers. Finally, from the Far East oned at a zoo as a child, is raised by zookeepers ates and into the wilder, human world.
Things get complicated in YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. First we meet Jack, who is mourning the loss of his brother. His brother’s former girlfriend, Iris, offers him her family’s cabin for the weekend to grieve alone. Then we meet Hannah, who is Iris’s sister and is unexpectedly staying at the cabin nursing a heartbreak of her own. A romance quickly ensues, though Hannah is gay. Cue Iris, who arrives to the cabin too late to get things back under control. Closer to home is BABYGIRL, set in the Bronx. Here we meet teenager Lena, who is fed up with her mother’s string of loser boyfriends and tries to trip up the latest creep who comes calling. Nothing, it seems, is working out in FAIRHAVEN, where we meet Dave. Successful and self-assured, he returns to his small Massachusetts town for a funeral and reunites with childhood friends Jon and Sam. His now 30-something pals have not fared well. One is dissatisfied with his life, realizing he may have peaked in high school. The other seems too satisfied living among the ruins of his early failures. The three amigos try their best to raise spirits by raising a few glasses and a little hell, but, alas, resentments and realities have a way of spoiling the reverie. Finally, there is THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN, a comic tale of awkward seduction. She’s a zookeeper, he’s a robot. Will they or won’t they? And how?
repercussions of a documentary made more than 40 years ago that exposed racial tensions in a Southern town. Director Raymond De Felitta (“City Island”) returns to the same town where his father, Frank, shot the 1965 documentary and finds that some wounds are slow to heal. Family secrets and a painful past are revealed THE FLAT follows filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger as he uncovers the story of his grandparents, who immigrated to Palestine from Germany in the 1930s. BAM150 explores the history of the 150-year-old Brooklyn performing arts center, including revealing interviews with artists. Heartbreaking and heroic, BURN introduces us to the overworked firefighters of Detroit who, despite their limited resources, are determined to save their city from a wave of arson. In DOWNEAST, residents of Gouldsboro, Maine, are facing the slower death of their community. The town’s largest employer, a sardine canning factory, has closed. An immigrant newcomer has ideas about opening a lobster plant, but locals are skeptical. Meanwhile, the skeptics have taken over in THE REVISIONARIES, in Austin, Texas, where the 15-member State Board of Education wants to revise textbooks to include creationism. Their revisions would set the standard for science and history textbooks across the nation. The film is a dispatch from the front lines of the so-called culture wars. Controversy and over-the-top confrontation made a shooting star of the late Morton Downey, Jr. EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE reintroduces America to the raging, chain-smoking television bully whose talk show pushed the envelope (and buttons) and made him a brief sensation in the late 1980s. SEXY BABY is a frank examination of how the sexualized culture of cyberspace has seeped into social media, the mainstream, and most startling, the heads of our children. The film gets personal, following the lives of a porn star, a plastic surgery patient, and a pre-teen girl in an effort to put a face on the changing sexual landscape. ONE NATION UNDER DOG explores a similarly complicated but gentler subject—the relationships Americans have with their dogs. Here, we meet a couple willing to spend big money to clone their beloved pet, a man willing to spend even more to defend his dogs in court, and rescuers and pet loss counselors who prove how much dog lovers will do for the pets they revere. Gentler still, from Korea, is PLANET OF SNAIL, a one-of-a-kind love story that introduces us to Young-Chan. Deaf and blind, he can only communicate by touch. It is as if he lives alone on his own small planet. But then he meets Soon-Ho. She too is disabled and understands Young-Chan’s language, his isolation, and his pain. Together, they discover a new world. “THE FLAT”
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rom an icy mountain peak in Ecuador to a bus stop in Brooklyn, the 60 short narratives and documentaries in the festival this year whisk us away for a quick story about a place or people that we’ll feel lucky to meet, if only briefly. For one, there is the young man in TROTTEUR. He claims that he can outrun not only a horse but a train. His boast is put to the test in a stunning short film (one critic’s quick review: “Jesus, this is gorgeous”) that has the feel of an epic. Things are slower at a bus stop in Brooklyn, where Vincent has waited uneventfully most days. But now a stranger, Sal, has started showing up and become an unlikely friend in B61. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, cartoonists from The New Yorker are getting together weekly for lunch. We get a place at the table in EVERY TUESDAY: A PORTRAIT OF THE NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS. What inspires them? What’s funny? What’s not? How does the whole process work, exactly? This is your chance to find out. If you think that is a competitive bunch, wait till you meet the subjects of RUNG. Here, two women clamor to fill the single “EVERY TUESDAY: A PORTRAIT OF THE NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS” spot that has just opened up in a cathedral bell-ringing choir. The darkly comic tale follows them through auditions and tests of their own moral character as they find themselves increasingly desperate to win the job. It is unlikely that Baltazar Ushca, who for 53 years hauled ice by mule train from a glacier in Ecuador, will be replaced now that he has come down from the mountains for the last time in THE LAST ICE MERCHANT. The documentary portrait pulls back to offer a wider view of the villagers, whose lives are changing, too. ALL THE LINES FLOW OUT follows the trail of water through modern Singapore as it wends through drains and canals. The resulting short is a strangely beautiful postcard about a simple place in a faraway city.
o need for a bookie, bracket or fantasy team to make it interesting. The festival’s sports-themed films this year offer compelling documentaries that most anyone can follow. Consider BROKE, for example. In this thoughtful film we meet retired athletes (including, among others, Andre Rison, Bernie Kosar and Marvin Miller) who either through bad investments, freeloading friends or compulsive spending of their early riches found themselves broke when their sporting careers were over. BENJI is the story of a young, promising athlete who tragically never got a chance. The documentary recounts the story of Ben Wilson, who in 1984, at the age of 17, was the nation’s top high school basketball prospect. How good was he? “Magic Johnson, but with a jump shot,” Sports Illustrated declared. But only days after receiving a full scholarship to the University of Illinois, the Chicago youngster was gunned down during his school lunch break. The sorrow was felt far outside his South Side neighborhood. ON THE MAT takes us to a high school in Washington State, where members of the varsity wrestling team push themselves to their physical and psychological limits, not to make weight but to meet the expectations of the student body and community that want nothing less than a state championship every season. Meanwhile, a small rural town in Ethiopia is training Olympic champion long-distance runners. TOWN OF RUNNERS introduces us to a pair of teenage runners whose goal is a gold medal, of course, but also a brighter future. The mysterious knuckleball, featuring masters of the technique, is the subject of KNUCKLEBALL! The film deconstructs the difficult pitch, its history and effect on the game. Retired Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and Mets’ R. A. Dickey offer a clinic on the technique prior to the screening (see page 23).
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Enjoy a unique Passover Seder experience hosted by Chabad of Tribeca/SoHo.
Featuring an open wine bar, delicious gourmet Seder dinner and delectable dessert buffet
Seders include exciting and educational children's program/entertainment Seder #1, Friday, April 6 | 7:00 PM Seder #2, Saturday, April 7 | 7:30 PM
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Come join us for our Spring Menu, which includes: Fresh 3-lb Lobsters, Vitello con Tonno, Softshell Crabs, Spring Lamb and additional Seasonal Specialties. And, as always, a complimentary glass of our Homemade Grappa at meal’s end.
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30 ARTS, CRAFTS & PLAY MAKE A CORNHUSK DOLL Learn about cornhusk dolls and make one. Free. Thursdays, 2 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, nmai.si.edu. NATIVE AMERICAN GAMES Learn about and play various games from Native cultures in North America. Free. Fridays, 2 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, nmai.si.edu. SEAPORT HISTORY The Seaport’s history plus a related craft project. Ages 6–9. Registration required. $15. Sat, 4/14 & 4/28, 10:30 am. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., seany.org. NATIVE ALASKAN LIFE Listen to stories from Alaska and make a Yup’ik heartbeat necklace. Free. Sat, 4/14, 1 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, nmai.si.edu. BODY BUILDINGS Kids make a city skyline using their silhouettes. Registration required. $5. Sat, 4/21, 10:30 am. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl., skyscraper.org. ARTS & CRAFTS Hands-on creative projects. Ages 5–12. Free. Mon, 4/23, 4 pm. New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray St., nypl.org. ARCHIKIDS Kids learn about skyscrapers and build a model with an architect. Ages 9–13. Registration required. $5. Sat, 4/28,
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RECESS MONKEY Three elementary school teachers sing lyrics inspired by their classes. $15; free under 2. Sun, 4/29, 11 am. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org.
EXHIBITS FLORIAN’S ART The art and poetry of children’s illustrator Douglas Florian. Free. To Sat, 4/21. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, poetshouse.org.
10:30 am. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl., skyscraper.org. DANCE THUNDERBIRD SOCIAL Native American social dances and drumming. Free. Sat, 4/21, 7 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1
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Imagination Through Movement Ages 3-6 July 9-20, 10:00-11:30 Classical Ballet Intensive beginning & intermediate Ages 5-18 July 9-August 10, 4:30-8:00 Contemporary Dance Camp Ages 7-11 August 6-17, 9:30-3:00 Mini Camp Ages 3-6 August 6-17, 1:00-3:00
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FILM NATIVE AMERICAN Short animated films. Free. Daily, 10:30 am, 1 & 3 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, nmai.si.edu. FINDING NEMO The children’s film, with pizza. Free. Fri, 4/20, 6 pm. Charlotte’s Place, 109 Greenwich St., trinitywallstreet.org. MUSIC SING STORIES WITH LOU GALLO Songs based on children’s classics. Ages
3–6. Free. Fridays, 11 am. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave., nypl.org. CELEBRATE EARTH Stories, songs and activities from cultures that express the interconnection of all life. Free. Thu, 4/12, 3:30 pm. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave., nypl.org. LITTLE MISS ANN Groovy family folk rock. $15; free under 2. Sun, 4/15, 11 am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org. THE NIELDS Sisters perform folk songs about organic farms, superhero soup and caterpillars. $15; free under 2. Sun, 4/22, 11 am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 92ytribeca.org. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SPACE SCIENCE Demonstrations and talks about spacerelated science, rockets and space travel. Ages 5–12. Registration required. Free. Tuesdays, 4 pm. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave., nypl.org. SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN BODY Kids learn about how the human body works, focusing on the respiratory and digestive systems. Ages 5–12. Registration required. Wednesdays, 4 pm. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave., nypl.org. SPECIAL PROGRAMS STUDIO TOURS Visit a studio that makes kids’ TV fare. Reservations required. $10. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 am & 4 pm. Little Airplane Studio, 207 Front St., littleairplane.com. EASTER FUN FEST Games, crafts, egg hunts, puppets, a visit
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THE TRIBECA TRIB APRIL 2012 from the Easter Bunny and music by the Bari Koral Family Rock Band. Free. Sun, 4/8, 12:30 pm. Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St., trinitywallstreet.org. SPRING RECESS: POLICE WEEK Science, history, arts and crafts and local outings related to police work. Ages 6– 10. Registration required. $240/4 days. Mon, 4/9–Thu, 4/12, 9:30 am–4 pm. NYC Police Museum, 100 Old Slip, nycpm.org. NEW YORK CARES DAY Kids help waterfront parks by gardening, painting, cleaning and more. Registration required. $20. Sat, 4/21, 9:30 am–3 pm. newyorkcaresday.org. STORIES & POETRY BABY STORYTIME Stories, songs and rhymes. For ages 0–18 months. Registration required. Free. Mondays, 9:30 am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 am. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave.; Thu, 4/5 & 4/12, 10:30 am. New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray St., nypl.org. READING ALOUD Stories for 3–5-year-olds. Free. Mondays, 4 pm. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave.; Mondays, 4 pm. New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray St., nypl.org. TODDLER STORYTIME Stories, songs, finger puppet plays and more. For ages 18–36 months. Registration required. Free. Wednesdays, 10:30 am. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave.; Thu, 4/19 & 4/26, 10:30 am. New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray St., nypl.org. TINY POETS TIME Poetry reading for toddlers. Free.
Thursdays, 10 am. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, poetshouse.org. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME An hour of stories for all ages. Free. Saturdays, 11 am. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., bn.com. BRUCE ERIC KAPLAN Children’s author reads from his book “Monsters Eat Whiny Children.” Free. Sat, 4/7, 11 am. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., bn.com. DOUGLAS FLORIAN Children’s poet reads from his books “Poem Runs” and “UnBEElievables.” Free. Sun, 4/15, 11 am. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, poetshouse.org. POT OF GOLD Storyteller recounts three Irish folktales using costumes, props and music. Free. Thu, 4/19, 3:30 pm. BPC Library, 175 N. End Ave., nypl.org. JOSH SELIG Author reads “Red & Yellow’s Noisy Night.” Free. Sat, 4/28, 11 am. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., bn.com. THEATER ZORRO The adventures of the masked, caped hero. Ages 8–13. $25. Sun, 4/15, 3 pm. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., tribecapac.org. THE LONELY PHONEBOOTH An uptown phone booth that used to help its neighbors tries to adjust to its new role with the advent of cell phones. $20. Saturdays & Sundays to 4/29, 12 & 2 pm. Manhattan Children’s Theatre, 380 Broadway, mctny.org.
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Jenny Bonnet to Take the Stage as P.S. 150 Principal
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BY CARL GLASSMAN From ballroom dancing to storytelling to theater, Tribecaâ€™s P.S. 150 is a small school that is big on the arts. Under its newly appointed principal, Jenny Bonnet, that longtime support for performance and creativity is likely to grow even stronger. â€œThe more arts that we can incorporate, the better,â€? said Bonnet (pronounced BonNAY), who for nearly 10 years led an Upper West Side school for musically gifted children. â€œThatâ€™s my love and Iâ€™m just so excited to take a look at what we have and take it to the next level.â€? Since last month, Bonnet, 46, has been at the school, acclimating herself to the job she will take over in the fall from Maggie Siena, who is moving to the new Peck Slip School as its first principal. Siena, who has known Bonnet for several years, says she will be an ideal successor, both because of her dedication to the arts and her experience leading a small school. (Both the Special Music School, where Bonnet was the academic director, and P.S. 150 have only one class per grade.) â€œSheâ€™s a really experienced administrator,â€? Siena said. â€œSo in terms of the basics, like how to work with kids and teachers, I don't need to tell her anything. She has a few things to teach me.â€? Early on, Bonnetâ€™s future seemed headed for the stage, not the classroom. For 10 years she sang with the Metropolitan Operaâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Chorus and continued to perform during her years at
the High School of Music and Art and Vassar College. But her father, a professional actor, warned her about the struggles that lay ahead. â€œHe said, â€˜Youâ€™ve watched me as youâ€™ve grown up and there have been good times and bad times,â€™â€? she recalled. â€œâ€˜You love kids and you seem to have a penchant for it. I would encourage you to do the more secure thing.â€™â€? Much of Bonnetâ€™s teaching was in a middle school on the Upper West Side, though, as she put it, â€œIâ€™ve taught everything from 2nd grade to 7th grade.â€? The mother of a 5-year-old son, she lives with her husband, Stephan Bonnet, a restaurant manager, in Riverdale. Last month, she left a small, progressive public school in the Bronx where she had served a short stint as the assistant principal. At a special morning gathering, P.S. 150 students had a chance to ask their principal-to-be some biographical questions. They learned, for example, that her favorite color is purple and her favorite zoo animal is the penguin. (It was also an opportunity for one first-grader to helpfully inform her that recess lasts five hours.) How does Bonnet describe herself? â€œIâ€™m a pretty gregarious person and I like to say Iâ€™m easy to talk to,â€? she said in an interview. â€œAnd I work for the Department of Education,â€? she added, â€œso I have to find humor in everything.â€?
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Film Festival Offers Family Fun by the Ton What’s most “Tribeca” (and Downtown) about the Tribeca Film Festival is not movies at all but the family events that go with it. The annual fair on Greenwich Street will again spill over onto side streets, offering a seemingly infinite array of street performers, activities and stage shows. Then there are the outdoor movies at the World Financial Center, with their pre-screening activities, and a day of soccer at Pier 40 at Houston Street. It’s all free.
DRIVE-IN OUTDOOR SCREENINGS World Financial Center Plaza Seats available on first-come basis. Doors open and activities begin at 6 p.m. Screenings start at about 8:15 p.m. JAWS Thur., April 19: Steven Spielberg’s classic. Before the show: trivia contests and live music. THE GOONIES Fri., April 20: The adventures of Mikey, Mouth, Stef, Data, Chunk, and other characters in this classic. Before the show: “truffle shuffle” contest, prizes in the Tribeca Treasure Hunt. Live music from Afro-jazz pioneers NOMO. KNUCKLEBALL! Sat., April 21: Documentary about the controversial pitching style. Before the show: giveaways, baseball trivia contests and pitching clinics with pro knuckleballers R. A. Dickey of the Mets, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and ex-Yankee Jim Bouton.
Left: Tens of thousands flock to Greenwich Street for the street fair. Above: At the fair, kids can learn about all kinds of sports.
SOCCER DAY Sat., April 21 Pier 40 at Houston St. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. It’s all soccer, all day with youth clinics, skill demonstrations and workshops, plus benefit matches featuring former soccer pros and entertainment industry folks. Go to tribecafilm.com/soccerday for information.
FAMILY STREET FESTIVAL Sat., April 28 Greenwich St., Chambers to Hubert 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performers, face painters, puppet shows,
games, aerial acts, acrobats, contortionists and puppets. Want more? Cast members from “Ghost: the Musical,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “Sister Act: The Musical,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” and other Broadway and OffBroadway shows will take the stage. Less glitzy but loads of fun, kids can create art from recycled materials, make kites and play chess. More, and a map, at tribecafilm.com/family.
SPORTS DAY Sat., April 28 North Moore, bet. Greenwich and West 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sports gets its own street at the
Family Festival, with games, prize giveaways and guest appearances by pro athletes. Even Mr. Met will be on hand for autographs. What’s your sport—or sport to learn more about? Basketball, football, tennis, ping pong, fencing, skateboarding, lacrosse, hockey, even bocce will be on the street with demonstrations and instruction. And for extra thrills there will be some “Don’t-try-this-at-home” BMX aerial stunts and tricks. Finally, ESPN New York will be on hand to give fans a chance to win sports memorabilia and have their pictures taken at the SportsCenter Desk. Information at tribecafilm.com/espn.
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Hollander Passes the Creative Torch to His Dancers
BY CARL GLASSMAN The Tribeca-based Battery Dance Company takes the stage this month with all new works, but without the creative imprint of its founder, choreographer and guiding force, Jonathan Hollander. With “Perceptual Motion,” on stage at 3LD Art + Technology Center, April 25 to 27, Hollander hands all creative control to his dancers. It will be a first for him since starting Battery Dance 36 years ago—and a rare thing in the dance world. “If you look at modern dance companies, many or most of them are started by one person,” said Hollander, whose combined home and rehearsal space are in a loft at Broadway and White Street. “When that person takes their last breath or their last leap, the company doesn’t really have that much reason to go forward.” Hollander is hardly abandoning what he has built, but he is allowing a shift in its identity. “Is this a company that’s all about Jonathan Hollander,” he said, “or is this a company that has a rationale for being beyond a single person?” Before the company’s season last year, Battery Dance was largely about Hollander, who over the past 15 years
PHOTOGRAPHS BY CARL GLASSMAN
Robin Cantrell, foreground, with Carmen Nicole and Bafana Matea, rehearse a piece by Nicole that will be performed this month as part of “Perceptual Motion.” Inset: Jonathan Hollander, who founded Battery Dance Company 36 years ago in his former loft on Stone Street.
has taken his company to 54 countries as “cultural diplomats.” His dancers also work with students in the public schools. Hollander said he wants to spend more time on issues that affect the arts and with his work with the Lower Manhattan Arts League, a group of arts organizations that provide mutual support. “It’s a question of how much can you overwork,” he said. Last year, he let go creatively with an
evening of dance in which performers choreographed their own pieces but with Hollander’s choice of composer, and his choreography at the beginning and end. In “Perceptual Motion,” each dancer interprets one of the five senses and, along with the company’s resident designer, Barry Steele, chooses his or her own costumes, music, video and more. “A lot of people would assume they know what to expect from Battery
Dance,” said dancer Robin Cantrell. “But you have no idea what you’re about to see because it’s not Jonathan choreographing anymore. It’s five young, very new choreographers with very new experimental ideas.” 3LD Art + Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St. Wed., 4/25–Fri., 4/27, 7:30 pm. $20; students and seniors, $15. ovationtix.com/trs/pr/912053 or TheaterMania at 212-352-3101.
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