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New audible touchscreens will soon be installed in New York City taxis, making them safer and easier for the blind to pay for taxi rides, City & State reported this week. The new technology was on display Tuesday in a taxi directly in front of the City Hall, with former Gov. David Paterson on hand to demonstrate how to use it. The system, which uses voice commands and larger touch-screen buttons, comes from Creative Mobile Technologies, the Long Island City-based company behind the city’s existing Taxi TV fare system. The company will roll out the technology in the city’s taxi fleet in coming weeks and then in cities across the nation. There’s no indication it has anything to do with the city’s agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expand the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis, and City Councilman Jimmy Vacca, who chairs the Transportation Committee, declined to offer any further details. Vacca, whose father was blind, has also spearheaded legislation for visually impaired pedestrians, and would only say that he had been woring

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West Side Traffic Study The Department of Transportation will present the results of a West Manhattan Transportation Study to the community on Wednesday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m. The study was initiated by a request from Council Member Gale Brewer and Community Board 7 for the DOT to analyze and address congestion, parking shortages and overall safety and mobility of pedestrians in the neighborhood. The study began in January 2006, looking at the area bounded by West 55th Street, West 86th Street, Central Park West and Twelfth Avenue/Henry Hudson Parkway. The comprehensive study also took into account how public transportation operates in conjunction with pedestrian and vehicle traffic, as well as how delivery trucks, bicycles and taxis operate on the streets. The DOT has held periodic meetings to get community feedback as the study progressed, and this latest forum will be another opportunity for the public to comment on the findings and find out how the DOT plans to implement the data. At John Jay College Lecture Hall, 524 W. 59th St.

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The West 57th Street greenmarket opened for the spring and summer seasons last Saturday and will open Wednesdays in May. This year, the market brings returning farmers as well as several newcomers like Toigo Orchards, which sells orchard fruit, cider and greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, and Meredith’s Bread, which sells loaves of fresh-baked bread, pies, baked goods and preserves made from locally grown produce. Beginning this Saturday April 21, GrowNYC’s food scrap compost program will be present to collect household food scraps between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. WIC and FMNP checks are accepted at individual farmer stands and EBT/food stamps/debit/credit are accepted at the market info tent from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. The market is held in Balsley Park at West 57th Street and 9th Avenue until 6 p.m. every Saturday (except May 19) through December and every Wednesday beginning May 2.

On Saturday, April 21 from 12–5 p.m., the Upper West Side Recycling Center and Sims Recycling Solutions will hold an Earth Day recycling event in the hopes of breaking the official Guinness World Record for the most consumer electronics collected within 24 hours at multiple locations. The following electronics will be accepted: working and nonworking computers (laptops, desktops, servers) and computer accessories like monitors, printers, faxes, scanners, keyboards, mice and cables; TVs; stereo equipment; VCRs and DVD players; cable receivers; video games; cell phones; and flashlight-type batteries (AA, C, D, etc.) with the ends taped. Appliances, like microwave ovens, toasters, air conditioners, white goods and wall phones, are not accepted. The following textiles will be accepted: clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets and towels, in wearable or unwearable condition. Carpeting is not accepted. The event will be held on West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, in A child runs through the West Side Community Garden during its annual Tulip Festival April the P.S. 87 Tecumseh play14. Featuring over 15,000 tulips in bloom, the garden is located on West 89th Street between ground near Amsterdam Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. Visit the photo gallery at www.nypress.com for more pics on the north side of the from the Tulip Festival. street.

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The New York Society for Ethical Culture and the group United for Action are co-sponsoring an event on the effects of hydraulic fracturing—a natural gas extraction method known as hydrofracking, or fracking. Experts on the panel will examine both the macro- and microeconomic factors of the process being performed in New York State, from price, supply and plans to export to net impacts on local drilling communities. Speakers include financial analyst Deborah Rogers; economist and principal of J.M. Barth & Associates, Jannette Barth, PhD; and former commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, Al Appleton. Tuesday, April 24 at 6:45 p.m. at the Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St.

draiser to announce their Seven to Save campaign for this year, outlining the organization’s priorities for preservation. This year’s list includes the Upper West Side’s IRT Powerhouse building on 11th Avenue and West 59th Street. The event will be Monday, April 23, 6–8 p.m. at The River Club, 447 E. 52nd St. Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, chairman of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, will give remarks. Tickets are $200 for nonmembers, $150 for members and $50 for people under 30. Email slaclair@preservenys.org or call 518-462-5658 x. 13 for tickets.

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ability to focus for several hours when the noise level gets too high. Vellela has been working persistently to reverse a decision that he says was made erroneously, based on his assertion that the church did not properly notify West 107th Street. No one can confirm or deny with certainty whether flyers went up on the block, but Vellela insists that someone would have objected earlier if they had been made aware of the meetings. “We were never given an opportunity to voice our opinion, so at the meeting when this was approved two years ago, it sailed through,” Vellela said. Now Vellela has gathered signatures from dozens of neighbors. “When the full board voted on this two years ago, the board was at least misinformed,” Vellela said. “The full board voted believing that they were voting for a resolution that suggested that children from a school want a street in front of their school to be blocked off. Wrong.” The current principal of the Ascension School, Christopher McMahon, said, in an email, “As a practical matter, Ascension School is a parish school and is insepa-

rable from the Church of the Ascension. The main entrance to the school is on 108th Street, but the church is on 107th Street, so we feel justified using 107th Street.” McMahon said, “We have taken measures to ensure that the street is accessible to emergen- Students from the Acension School play on 107th Street cy vehicles and medical between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. transport (including increased staffing fellow members have collected hundreds at the barricade site on 107th Street and of signatures in support of keeping the Amsterdam, providing for communica- playstreet and denies the feasibility of tion between the main office and the using West 108th Street as an alternative. staff at the barricade by way of walkie“This would not work for several talkie and cell phone and posting a sign reasons—the major one is the garage instructing Access-a-Ride to speak to on 108th Street. People are paying good staff for street access).” money to park their cars there and they But one of the main issues—the need to access them,” Lanoix said. “Every noise—is a little harder to combat. time they’ve ever tried to move to 108th “I was up there and I heard it and it’s Street, it doesn’t work.” very loud,” said Andrew Albert, co-chair She said that while some people may of the community board’s transporta- want the kids to have another, more convetion committee. “We’re trying to balance nient spot, the reality is that there isn’t one. everybody’s needs.” “We didn’t decide that we just wanted Evelyn Lanoix, vice president of the the children here, we just knew that there block association, said that she and her was no other place for them,” Lanoix said. andrew schwartz

By Megan Bungeroth A small stretch of West 107th Street has become a hotly contested public space as two sides struggle to find a place for schoolchildren to play while keeping the peace in the neighborhood. The Ascension School, part of the Church of the Ascension parish, is situated on West 108th Street, and the church’s entrance is on West 107th Street. In 2009, the parish applied for the permits required to shut down the block of West 107th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on school days. The application passed the community board and went on to the Department of Transportation, which ultimately granted the permit allowing the school to close the street for recess. But some residents are fed up with the noise and inconvenience. “For two years now, we have been suffering under a policy that has been activated under false pretenses,” said Tony Vellela, who lives and works on the block. The windows of his office open onto the street that gets flooded with kids every weekday, and he said that he loses the

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Vindicated Victim A 22-year-old man plopped onto a seat on the downtown 1 train last Friday, plugged his earbuds into his iPhone 4S and cranked up the tunes, dozing off to the hum of music in his ears. When he awoke, his headphones were still in place but his phone was gone. Disembarking at Lincoln Center, the victim found a police officer and used a “find my phone” application he had downloaded to the device that pinpointed its location. The GPS showed the phone at 107th Street and Madison Avenue, so police went and did a street-level and horizontal canvass, finding the phone in the clutches of an 18-year-old man, snoozing in a third-floor hallway. The police arrested the man after the victim was able to identify him as a fellow passenger on his earlier subway ride.

Spousal Support A woman reported to police last week that someone had made unauthorized charges on her Best Buy credit card, racking up a bill of $1,285.64 at the electronics store. Turns out that the thief was her husband, who kicked her out of their shared home in January. He hasn’t had contact with her since—if you don’t count running up her credit card debt.

rear yard of the building is secured by a metal gate and a padlock, and the building’s superintendent said that he noticed no unusual activity over the weekend.

Walk of Assault A 50-year-old man told police that he was walking down West End Avenue after enjoying a few alcoholic beverages in the wee hours of the morning. Two younger men, apparently noticing his inebriated state and deciding to take advantage of it, approached the victim and beat him up, then stole his wallet, which contained his identification and $1,000 in cash.

Unusual Activity A woman called the police after her bank, Chase, contacted her to let her know about some hefty transactions that had been made to her and her husband’s joint account. The bank told the victim that there had been $250,000 in transfers made from the account and that a fraudulent check for $40,000 had been written and addressed to an unknown person in Brooklyn. Another fake check, for $3,590, had been written against the account, and someone had contacted Verizon and had the couple’s phone calls rerouted to a Florida number. The bank was able to correct the erroneous transfers, but the perp is still unknown.

Costly Construction Theft Stolen Saturn

An employee of the company Stonehenge Restoration Inc., which works on home renovations, came to the 20th Precinct to report an odd theft that adds up to big bucks. The employee told police that he and some other workers had secured scaffolding onto the back of a private residence on West End Avenue and left at 5 p.m. on a Friday. When they returned after the weekend, he noticed that the cable securing the scaffolding had been cut and that four scaffold motors had been swiped—each worth $8,000. The

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A man from New Paltz drove to the city last week but wasn’t able to drive out after he discovered his car missing. He parked on West 68th Street last Thursday night, and when he returned around 10 p.m., the car, a purple 2000 Saturn, was gone. The victim waited to see if he could locate the car on his own, checking local impounds and tow yards, but the vehicle was nowhere to be found. Police didn’t find any broken glass as the scene where the $5,000 car was parked, but there were some cameras aimed at the spot that may lead to clues. N ew s YO U Li V e B Y


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By Megan Bungeroth Capan and his neighbors are hoping City marshals came to the Tempo build- that this eviction will bring them some ing last Friday to give tourists the boot. A peace. reported 89 rooms in the Upper West Side The building is owned by Aimco, a building have been operating as a hotel company that operates apartment buildfor years, alongside permanent residents, ings and residences around the country, but a state law passed last year made and most of the units are for permanent them illegal. Officials say the hotel was tenants. Eighty-nine units in the buildflouting the law and enraging permanent ing, however, are rented to a company residents, who say they’re entitled to live called Woogo, which has been operating next door to regular neighbors instead of a hotel out of the building under the name a constant stream of budget travelers. Woogo—Central Park. Some of those tourists became the This kind of commingled hotel operainadvertent casualties tion within a permanent of the crackdown at residential building was 240 W. 73rd St. Mary the target of the state DeGendre, a former law, which was passed in New Yorker who now an effort to return these lives in Paris and was small apartment-like visiting with her husrooms back into affordband and three teenable housing units. aged daughters, had Representatives at booked a suite at the Woogo did not respond Tempo for the week to requests for comment, for $2,000. When they but it still appears possiarrived after a 16-hour ble to make reservations flight on the day of the for the hotel through crackdown, they were popular sites like Trip told they could not Mary DeGendre calls for another Advisor and Orbitz. A check in and scrambled place to stay after finding out that studio room rents for to find another place to she can not check into an illegal over $200 on a weekend stay at the last minute. hotel room inside the Tempo. night—still a bargain “This was my compared to other hotels Valentine’s Day present from my husband,” in the neighborhood. DeGendre said, standing with her daughters City Council Member Gale Brewer and and their luggage on the sidewalk as they State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal scrambled to find alternate accommoda- were both on the scene April 13, helping tion. “I’m a former New Yorker, I came here stranded tourists and talking to residents. to visit, and I’m furious.” The family eventu“We hope this means that the rooms ally trudged off to the Beacon at a rate of and apartments that are here become per$360 a night, adding more than $500 to their manent housing for West Siders,” Brewer expected expenses. said. She described many ongoing probWhile visitors became the unwitting lems that residents have had living with victims of a sudden eviction, permanent transient guests, like all-night partying tenants of the building say they’ve been and loud noises. suffering for much longer and are the real “[They] should not have rented out victims of the situation that they hope will rooms to unsuspecting tourists,” said now improve. Rosenthal, who worked on the hotel law. “There’s people coming and going at She said she sympathizes with the strandall times, an unbelievable volume,” said ed visitors but is happy that residents are Stefan Capan, a real estate broker who finally getting some relief. has lived in the building, surrounded for “He’s allowed the quiet enjoyment of the past six years by a revolving door of his apartment,” she said of Capan. “It’s tourists, for 30 years. “The elevators are a threat to his safety, because they don’t constantly breaking down. I have a differ- screen [guests] for criminal records. It’s ent neighbor every day.” just untenable.” N ew s YO U Li V e B Y


An American Ballhawk Goes to Tokyo By Robin Kilmer Most people go to sporting goods stores when they need baseballs. Zack Hample goes to Major League baseball games; the renowned ballhawk has collected 5,852 of them in his lifetime. Hample, a longtime Upper West Sider, has discussed his collection on numerous talk shows, including The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Tonight Show. Though his love of baseball could be quantified by the amount of baseballs he owns, it has manifested itself in many forms. Hample has written three books on the subject and raised over $19,000 for Pitch in for Baseball, a charity that provides baseball equipment to underprivileged kids around the world. Last season he visited all 30 Major League stadiums, attended 131 games and snagged 1,157 baseballs. This March, his love of baseball took him all the way to Japan, where he played the unofficial role of United States Ambassador of American Baseball Fan Culture. At the Tokyo Dome, where the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics faced off to open the season, Hample discovered that while the game was the same and the stadium was similar to many back home, the

fan culture was much different. Baseball was also a dearth of ballhawks, amongst games in the States are noisy affairs, but whom Hample is famous for his quirky the opening games in Tokyo were marked tactics: he can ask for baseballs in 35 difby a silence usually associated with the ferent languages and uses a jerry-rigged PGA Tour. baseball glove to retrieve the ones that are “It was so quiet I could hear the pitch- out of reach. The contraption—appropries smacking into the catcher’s mitt from ately dubbed “the glove trick”—is propped across the stadium,” Hample said. Because of Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese fans where overwhelmingly rooting for the Mariners, and the silence that blanketed the game was interrupted only when he came to bat or when the Mariners scored. Hample decided it was his duty to infuse the game with some noise and found an opportunity sitting in left field, just behind Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp. “I know I could’ve spoken in West Sider Zack Hample attended the Seattle Maria normal voice and he would’ve ners and Oakland Athletics game in Tokyo. He’s heard me—It was a heckler’s collected more than 5,000 baseballs and written three books about the game. delight,” he recalled. “I didn’t say anything particularly mean or funny, but my open with a sharpie, fitted with a long rubwhole section was cracking up. The crowd ber band and suspended on a string. was interested in American baseball, so I “Snagging baseballs is just not part of wanted to give them the full experience by the Japanese culture,” said Hample. “The showing them what American fans are like.” fans are not even allowed to keep most of Aside from the lack of noise, there the balls that go into the stands.”

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Hample used this to his advantage and snagged a total of 23 balls in two games. Though most were thrown to him during batting practice, Hample drew extra attention to himself by using the glove trick twice. “In typical fashion, the fans loved it and stadium security hated it,” said Hample. “I got scolded by the guards each time.” While Hample and his hobby remain largely unknown overseas, this might change soon, as Sankei Sports, a Japaneselanguage daily newspaper with more than 1 million readers, is slated to run a feature story on him later this month. In the meantime, Hample got to witness a future ballhawk in action. “I saw a little boy who was probably 8 years old catch a home run on the fly with his glove. I thought the ball was gonna kill him, but he just reached his glove up like he was the coolest dude in all of Japan and caught that thing one-handed. Then the security guard stormed over and took the ball from him. I’m happy to say that when the usher tossed it back onto the field, the nearest player threw it back into the crowd for the kid to keep.” Now that he is back in the States, Hample plans to spread the love of baseball to as many people as possible.

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Joseph Kahn’s ‘Detention’ vs. the world of pop By Armond White Future and Saw—would be diabolical if Pop culture moves fast, but not as fast it weren’t so dead-on funny and executed as Joseph Kahn’s Detention, a rampage with drop-dead panache. There’s a continthrough recent pop history that is so delir- uous 360-degree pan through 11 years of ious—and so sharp about the cynicism pop song totems and teen fads that sneaks ingrained in commercial pop’s almost up on you as one of the most fantastically hateful seductions detailed set pieces in of youth—that it modern movies. It’s sometimes seems also an homage to one and the same Brian De Palma’s verwith the target tiginous 360-degree Kahn is satirizing. pan in Blow Out. Students at Both De Palma and Grizzly Lake High Kahn use their techare being stalked nical aplomb and by a maniacal social acuity to simikiller who chops larly encircle a moral heads and limbs void. with a scythe. Yep, Detention gets at this Grim Reaper the urge toward cool is time itself, the that is intrinsic to pop digital countdown marketing. Perhaps on products and only an artist toilbranding and selfing in the marketing esteem that, for this trade like Kahn can millennial generarealize this complextion, have become ity so clearly. the only measure of A scene from Detention. Detention’s othwhat matters. er antecedents include Gregg Araki’s Such desperate dizziness describes “Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy”—especurrent pop consciousness. The Grizzly cially its pinnacle, Nowhere (which Kahn Lake kids are interchangeable consum- has the inspiration to mash up with ers—Riley (Shanley Caswell), Clapton Cronenberg’s The Fly)—the modern (Josh Hutcherson), Ione (Spencer Locke) gothic Final Destination movies and and Billy Nolan (Parker Bagley) are all the works of Neveldine/Taylor, the avantcaught up in an existential whirl of bait- gardists whose brilliant, disreputable and-switch that is the consequence of genre parodies have been completely capitalism’s rise and morality’s decline. ignored by the smart-about-movie elitists Kahn, a music video director of true visu- worshipping the literally hopeless Pedro al imagination (Britney’s “Toxic,” Kylie’s Costa, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, “All the Lovers,” The Pussycat Dolls’ Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke, “When I Grow Up”), has co-written a artistes who remain out of touch with the script that comically expresses this fast- zeitgeist. moving hysteria. Kahn’s keen pop critique earns its jusIn the near-decade since Kahn’s still- tification through self-parody. Depicting remarkable action movie Torque, pop his own directorial credit as vomit is silly culture has gone through so many head- and blatant, yet the further Kahn indulgspins that satire has virtually disappeared es pop excess, he sketches a vagrant from the culture. Torque was castigated poignancy that nearly resembles Edgar for Kahn’s avant-witty technique; he Wright’s vivifying pop consciousness in knew what was thrilling and absurd in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Kahn’s ’80s action tropes and heroic bravado and yet and ’90s pop references declare nostalgia showed the ability to parody it. for a time when pop wasn’t as frantic or Detention mocks that brazen self-sat- ironic but could be genuinely touching. isfaction when an unbearably obnoxious Now Riley is accosted “Who taught you high-schooler meets the Reaper. From how to make a snuff porno, Lady Gaga?” there, Kahn’s script rings the alarm on When pop adept Kahn conceives a modern, cultural-wide homicide. romantic dance for Riley and Clapton, Kahn’s premise—combining John he evokes both Dirty Dancing and Hughes’ The Breakfast Club with Scream, Napoleon Dynamite—his vision suggests amping it with a mash-up of Back to the high and low surrealism. n y pr e s s. c o m

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Iconic Ambassadors Kehinde Wiley’s Cross-Cultural Pageant By Armond White Kehinde Wiley uses deliberately flamboyant colors. Loud as hip-hop music and just as assertive are the grand claims Wiley makes for the subjects he paints: Young men of, yes, color stand out among the traditional, time-muted tints of the ancient and holy fabrics that frame them in the exhibition The World Stage: Israel at The Jewish Museum. Wiley picked his models, Ethiopian- and native-born Jews as well as Arabs, from dance clubs, arcades and street fairs in Israel. He looked for attitude that shows “how one puts oneself gracefully in the world.” This is not hipster exoticism; their postures recall the imperiousness of Old World doges and potentates. Outside the museum realm, these poses would be called “swagger.” The exhibition’s name reflects Wiley’s awareness that the eyes of world watch the underclass, whose members project exploitable, energized music and original personal style. He places their class struggle in flamboyant settings—in this case Torah ark curtains, wall hangings and bedcovers—that integrate alienated cultures.

T-shirted torsos are wrapped in ornamental patterns—vines, serifs, animal figures—that grasp and cling like psychedelic tendrils. For Wiley, these young men act as iconic ambassadors of desire. Politicizing the ripeness of youth, Wiley demonstrates how hip-hop music and fashion, linked to foundational cultures that continually struggle for worldwide respect, have captivated the global imagination. Previous shows in Wiley’s World Stage series featured brash young men from China, Africa, Brazil and India/Sri Lanka. It’s an eye-catching brotherhood similar to the effrontery of Benneton and Desigual billboards— and these portraits are ads, too. They are products that endow the working class with the bright vibrancy of fancily dressed comic-book heroes. They are meant to pop. The Los Angeles-born Wiley was an impressionable 11-year-old when the L.A. rap group N.W.A. released Straight Outta Compton, the album with the notorious single “Fuck tha Police.” It must have been strangely exciting to grow up on the outskirts of apartheid Hollywood, to see young

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undercurrent. Wiley’s portraiture combines fashionable impudence with assimilation— an improvement from those black-andwhite Vibe magazine mugshot covers that stereotyped youths of color as criminal, erotic threats. Between the street and his studio, Wiley finds space to captivate and tease the social status of the Other, be it the host country’s quizzical scrutiny or the second-class citizen’s preening. The portraits must be especially striking in the Middle East. The pastel and gold backdrops with contrasting electric, phosphorescent stylings create a demilitarized zone for pop contemplation. Wiley says he means to “marry tradition with these painfully young and present models.” He needn’t pity them; the combination of modern and ancient contexts catch the beginnings of cultural change. His young men with liquid eyes stare back at you not to accuse, but so that you’ll see them in your dreams. Kehinde Wiley / The World Stage: Israel Through July 29, The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave., 212-423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org. This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of CityArts. For more from New York’s Review of Culture, visit www.cityartsnyc.com.

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structed by Bourgeois (with the paradoxical title “Little Girl”) which also—deliberately—suggests a female torso. She explains, in an excerpted statement, “From a sexual point of view, I consider the masculine attributes to be very delicate.” Grotesque, yes, and now I understand the moved-around features of Picasso women. He’s shown too. It’s such a wild world that it can be fun to see it on a free (freaky) Friday night as I did, with the hoi polloi shaking their heads in wonderment. Plus, it’s a lot more imaginatively cinematic to see a human head turning into a lion, then a misshapen, ant-infested profile (Dali, 1930), than to pay $13 for a 3-D decapitation. Is there an occasion for the exhibit or just a curator’s mind gone mad? Unclear. Steve Gianakos, “She Could Hardly Though there is the obligatory statement and-pasted printed paper. on the wall at the beginning of the show, a somewhat overwritten “stretching drawing of another, with the impulse conit” rubric about the game of “Exquisite tinuing through abstraction and beyond. INSERTION ORDER - Email Art Corpse” in Paris during the 1920s, when Ceil Ainsworth surrealist artists topped each other’s work Exquisite Corpses: Drawing of “aberrant figuration,” taking a metaphor Manhattan Media and Disfiguration from the parlor game 63 of expanding the Through July 9, MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., West 38thonSt.

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n honor of New York Family’s upcoming Baby Show, we had the privilege of talking with doula, parent coach and Mommybites support group director Renee Sullivan about the many common questions and concerns on the minds of expectant moms. The first thing I want to talk about is a mom’s birthing choices—I feel like there is a lot of judgment around this. What should moms consider when deciding what scenario they and their family unit are most comfortable with? You bring up a really good point. In the world today there are so many choices, from a traditional birth with just your OB/ GYN at the local hospital to working with a midwife or a doula in other settings, including possibly your home. When you become pregnant, other people start sending lots of opinions your way. Some people do great with lots of opinions and resources and then sort through them to make a decision, while others like to act a bit more intuitively to decide what may be best for them. The hardest part is being able to spend the time to figure out what is really right for the family unit and not heed all of the different advice that is offered. What do you think is the best way to tell people you are pregnant—especially your boss? I’ve had moms who have very close relationships with their employers just come right out and say it. I’ve also had

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moms in the groups who have been six months pregnant and still hadn’t told them. Getting clear on what timing works best for you is really the best way. For me, the theme of there not being black-and-white answers to becoming a parent carries through to almost everything we will talk about. Parenting just does not happen like that! [Laughs] In the groups, moms always ask, “When does it get easier?” and I say, “Well, I have a 6-year-old—I’ll let you know.” The cool thing is that we get wiser and we get more proactive, so parenting doesn’t get easier per se, but we get smarter. One of the moms in the groups said, “I realized that becoming a mom has activated a super gene in my brain.” Becoming a mom helps us do so much more, take on so much more and be so much more. There’s a pot of gold on the other end, but we’re not sure if we’re going to meet a troll or a leprechaun along the way. Speaking of meeting trolls along the way, even though I was warned about not sleeping after having a baby, I was truly unprepared for what chronic sleep deprivation felt like. Yes, it’s one of those things that you can try your best to describe, but until you’ve actually had your baby, you really don’t know how prolonged sleep deprivation can feel like. It’s the intensity of it. Never in our lives have we ever needed to always be on. Once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. So I look at this not just as the difficulty of sleep deprivation but the whole bigger umbrella, which is that we’re always in motion, always moving forward, always changing in ways we were not experiencing pre-baby. How can pregnant moms deal with changing body issues? It’s hard to see when you’re pregnant, but as soon as you have the baby, so much of our body concerns wash away. We all of a sudden get what’s real—it makes us understand what’s really important. It’s

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Keeping in mind that moms return to work after having a baby for many reasons, what are some of the things that come up in your groups around going back to work? Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a mom who works outside of the home, both want the same thing: balance. Everyone just wants to do what’s right for their family. How we define balance is different for everybody. Every few months, you should ask yourself, “Am I fulfilled? Am I happy? Am I getting enough ‘me’ time? Enough baby time?” I hesitate to even ask this next question because I don’t want to perpetuate the craziness, but should new moms even begin to think about the whole New York City preschool scene? You know, the whole idea of trying to predict the future doesn’t work well for anybody. I’ve seen so many women worry and worry about preschool, only to be transferred for work or move to the ’burbs or overseas. But if you feel like you’re hearing too many rumors and could use a solid overview of the process, I like Victoria Goldman’s Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools.

like when you’re in the airplane, it’s really hard to see the destination. No matter how much you prep for the trip, read the guidebook and do all your research, you never really know what it’s like until you land. Just to get a little shallow for one second—what’s your magic secret for stretch marks? One of the best things is to stay as moisturized as possible, whether that’s using expensive creams, olive oil or cocoa butter. Another thing that helps is doing our best to gain weight slowly during the pregnancy and losing weight slowly postpartum. OK, let’s talk sex—pre-natal sex! Ah, the first question a pregnant woman should ask herself is “Do I want to have sex?” [laughs] Some moms want to have sex—keeping in mind you should always check with your OB/GYN) But for other moms, with all the changes of body and emotions, they just don’t want to and that’s OK, too. It’s important to communicate to your partner that not wanting to have sex does not mean you’re not attracted to them, but rather that with all the changes going on, you may not be feeling the need for it right now.

There’s a great John Lennon quote that says, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Exactly! We fully experience emotions and stress and then it shifts, and all of that stressing was really wasted energy. The more we can trust ourselves, believe in our child and live in the moment, the less stressed we’ll be with everything— not just preschools! I know some moms worry that they are doing their children a disservice by raising them in such a fast-paced city. What do you tell them? Yeah, New York City definitely has a different energy than other places. I think it’s important to consciously build in daily downtime for your children. There is so much activity in the city and often not enough quiet time. Researchers have said that children need quiet time to process and synthesize all the external input and everything they have learned through the day. If you can create this balance, New York City is a wonderful place to raise a family. Heather Ouida is the co-founder of Mommybites, formerly known as babybites. Renee Sullivan leads expectant and new mom groups around the city. Visit the new mommybites.com network for extended education, support and advice to families with children of all ages. N ew s YO U Li V e B Y


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Put Down That Beer! Wines to pair with barbecue We walked, Natali, our Yorkie Phin and I, down Prospect Park West after a sunny and relaxing day watching kite flyers and picnickers. As we cleared the corner and started toward 7th, where our car was parked, a familiar smell wafted through the air; a smell that I had almost forgotten existed, having been born in the Midwest and moved to New York. “That’s a smoker,” I said, licking my lips. “I think it’s a fireplace,” corrected my wife. “Nope,” I smiled, nodding. “That’s definitely a smoker.” I tipped my imaginary hat to the person or persons illegally smoking meat in their backyard and officially clicked my internal clock from winter to summer. While you can, obviously, smoke meat at any time of year, there is something unmistakably summery about the smell of barbecue. And now, with so many decent barbecue joints here in the city, there’s no reason to leave it to the

Midwest and the South. Now, for a wine to match! “Wine,” you say. “Wouldn’t you rather have a beer with your ribs?” Actually, no. I have never understood why beer is so inexorably linked to barbecue. Barbecue is heavy, so what sense does it make to drink something that is, itself, also heavy? In addition to the fullness factor, there are so many red wines that have flavor notes that are so perfectly By Josh Perilo matched to those in barbecue that it seems a crime not to pair them together. So let me offer you a couple of wines to pair with a couple different types of regional barbecue (all available at many different places throughout the five boroughs). Let’s start with a Kansas City-style burnt ends sandwich. This is a smoky beef brisket sandwich slathered in piquant sauce. I can think of no better match up for this behemoth than the Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County

2010 ($28.99 at Beacon Wines and Spirits, 2120 Broadway, at 74th St, 212-877-0028). It starts with ripe plum fruit notes and finishes bold with pepper, clove and cinnamon flavors that do battle nicely with any piece of smoked beef you can throw its way. If you are feasting on the very different, but equally tasty, North Carolinastyle pulled pork, you are eating a sauce that is not tomato-based but is, instead, vinegar-based. While vinegar can be a bit of a challenge to match wine with, a perfect flavor pairing for this lighter style of barbecue would be the Willm Riesling Reserve 2011 ($11.95 at SherryLehmann, 505 Park Ave., at 59th Street, 212-838-7500). You heard me right: I am recommending a white wine with barbecued pork. While Alsatian-style rieslings tend to be a touch less sweet than their German cousins, this particular wine still maintains a touch of residual sugar on the finish. The sweetness will counter the spiciness of the marinade, but the natural acidity of the riesling grape will actu-

ally cancel out the overly sour qualities of the vinegar in the sandwich. The pork will taste richer and the smokiness of the sandwich will become the main event. In St. Louis, it is pork ribs braised in a sweeter sauce that are then returned to the grill that take center stage. I am going to recommend something that may sound crazy, but if you try it, you too will be a convert. Fonseca Ruby Port ($18.99 at PJ Wine, 4898 Broadway, betw. 204th and 207th streets, 212-567-5500) is an unusual but mind-blowing match-up for these sticky, caramelized ribs. The sweetness from both the port and the ribs will cancel each other out, and you will taste the subtler flavors of the smoky meat and the fruitiness of the port in a way that is impossible should you taste the two independent of one another. Let us also remember that port is a red wine and, like all red wine, has tannins. The tannins will cut through the fattiness of the ribs and make them even more succulent than they were before. So the next time you hit your favorite barbecue joint here in the city or elsewhere, check out the wine list before you fill up on suds! Follow Josh on Twitter: @joshperilo.

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it is not a surprise to read that those making a living off the backs of the New York City carriage horses want to see the industry continue. it’s the people WitHOUt a financial interest in it whose opinion should be taken most to heart, and the great majority of those people want to see an end to this antiquated business. Note that the recent reports of accidents and deaths are only the ones that have been captured by cell phone and camera; it’s logical to assume that there are many other stumbles, spooks, collapses and, maybe, deaths that go unreported. please support state sen. tony Avella and Assembly Member Linda rosenthal’s bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, and then let’s do all we can to prevent Christine Quinn from becoming mayor in 2013, as she is a staunch supporter of the carriage industry. —Mickey kraMer

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the bottom line is that it is far safer to take a carriage ride than ride a bike. Or walk or exist. the argument “carriage horses are abused because the city is a risky place to live” is hilarious. Ban all animals and living beings in New York City because they are mortal. Grow up, peeps. the stables are great, the horses are great. the only abuse is in your own heads. —cWgirlvalerie1

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Having just finished reading the article with great hope that it would be in favor of abolishing the carriages, i was dismayed to see it take a turn toward the opposite. i’m certainly not against the presentation of both sides, but it seemed to me it weighed heavily in favor of the carriage industry. then on to the comments (sigh), all of which seemed to be written only by carriage supportJust finished reading the ers. excerpt: “look article by Anam Baig and sean at the faces of the Creamer. i am not a city resichildren when they dent but a frequent visitor, living see the horses, in sleepy Hollow, Westchester when they get to TOO ROUGH FOR County. Having owned and ridpet the horses and, HORSEPLAY? NEW DRIVE TO BAN THE CENTRAL PARK HORSES P.8 den horses for the better part if they’re lucky, get of 15 years, i have some knowlto feed the horses Upper West Side edge of the horse world. a carrot.” As if this it appears that the New York cruel industry was Horse and Carriage Association all sweetness and has done its due diligence for the pro- light (not to mention this is not about the fession. the formation of ClipClopNYC delight of children). But i suppose any to distribute information and open its press is good that brings this situation to doors to the general public is a gold stan- light. those with a conscience will know dard for any profession. the fact that right from wrong. —catherine Messina the New York City department of Health and Mental Hygiene licenses the horse and carriage industry is another gold standard. Have horses sustained injuries in the it seems to me that if the stables and carriage business? Yes, they have. if one were to really examine the circumstanc- horses are well kept, as the experienced es surrounding these incidents, i am sure horse people seem to be saying (horse that much less sensational stories would people are generally the First to shut emerge than what appears in the local down horse abuse!), then the animal papers and would certainly diminish the rights people have forgotten that America was founded on the relationship between fire behind the so-called activism. —JiM Masiello people and horses. How did we transport

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We went to ClipClopNYC to see for ourselves what was going on with the New York carriage horses. We found a pleasant, well-kept working barn. the horses looked good and were wellgroomed. they were friendly and wanted to interact with our large group as we wandered about the building. An abused or stressed animal would go to the back of the stall and attempt to ignore us or turn away. Not these guys; they were very friendly—something a horse out in public needs to be. the stable was airy, with good ventilation. Fans and misters were available for summer heat. there were sprinklers throughout the building. each stall was matted and well bedded. there was free-access hay and water. Manure was managed well enough that there was next to no odor in a building housing 75 horses—something that is not possible if it is not regularly kept up with. the workers we saw throughout the building were calm and gentle with the horses and we saw several being prepared for their day’s work—including walking down the ramps. the horses negotiate the ramps at a normal walk, not sliding down or walking with a hesitating step as if to keep their balance. Not an issue to be concerned with. —t. haertlein

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i don’t know if you folks missed the fact that there are no sprinklers on street corners, no hay beds in the roads, no fans or heaters. New York City climates are hard to endure at times, but people can cope—we can stop in air-conditioned stores or heated cabs. For the horses, it’s not all that simple. You speak of ignorance, but there is no greater ignorance than the refusal to change. How can you possibly say that a horse is better off living in crowded New York City than in an open field, free to roam where they please? if you want your kids to see a horse, take them to a farm, not Central park. —v. rebel N ew s YO U Li V e B Y


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The High Cost of Giving Nothing Even the MTA has an opinion on reacting to panhandling pleas By Christopher Moore The MTA cannot usually be counted on to raise deep philosophical and moral questions. But it happened last month during a ride on the 1 train. The voice came through loud and clear. You know the voice—it’s the one that has replaced an actual person to provide announcements on the train. “We ask you not to give,” the voice told passengers, who, being New Yorkers, were not listening anyway. “Please help us maintain an orderly subway.” The message is simple enough, but I question whether the MTA really needs to take a stand on whether its passengers should give cash handouts to panhandlers. Especially given that the MTA itself is so good at taking our money—without asking. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not walking around with a lot of cash. And I tend not

to part with it. I’m generally in the Don’t Give camp on the panhandling question, but that’s mostly because I think it’s unwise to flash money around belowground. Or aboveground. Or at a family dinner. I wonder, though, if there are not costs to not giving. When I do hand over a little cash, I usually feel better than when I do not. Yes, I’ve heard all the arguments against giving, mostly when they were coming out of my mouth. Like how the money is just going to be spent on booze or drugs; the money would better be spent in a donation to a social service agency; the money is not as important as stopping and speaking to the person in need and then going and buying them a sandwich or even a bottle of water. The last piece of advice seems most valuable to me. I was moved a few

months ago when I saw someone on West 78th Street, a customer of La Caridad, heading out the door to deliver a special order to a homeless man on the street. Realizing I cannot remember the last time I did something like that makes me feel ashamed. So does the act of not giving, of passing someone in need—even just a human being who is asking for something, whether he or she is really in need. For about a decade I have lived here full-time. Somehow, this question of giving or not giving never really goes away. Neither does the larger subset of questions on the best ways to give. These issues resonate even more after surviving—sorta—the Great Recession. After a lost job and unemployment checks a while back, I have a lot less trouble imagining myself as the person doing the asking. Still, I hesitate to give, partly because by not giving, I get to opt out of what

feels like a bad reality show. Responding to pleas at some times and not at others may seem like a reasonable response, but it winds up requiring a constant series of judgments. I don’t like the idea of trying to size up whether someone is telling the truth, or the hugeness of his or her horrible circumstance, after listening to a brief diatribe. I feel like I’m the panelist on a bad game show, one called Are Your Troubles Bad Enough For Me to Care? Instead, I choose to try to ignore the plea and finish a Gail Collins column. I guess I’m fairly good at shutting myself off into my own little world. Sometimes I’m proud of that; other times I think it’s a necessity in the bustling big city. But when the MTA voice told me not to give and I realized that I’ve been mostly following that advice, it gave me a start. When the MTA and I are on the same page, something’s gone wrong. Christopher Moore is a writer living in Manhattan. He can be reached by email at ccmnj@aol.com and is also on Twitter (@cmoorenyc).

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I’m Terribly Sorry …But I am terrible at being sorry By Jeanne Martinet I was having a drink at one of my favorite Midtown eateries, one of those upscale places where the bar is secondary to the restaurant and is therefore extremely lowkey. My friend and I were happily tête-àtête when I suddenly felt someone pushing me, and I almost fell off my stool. I turned around and saw that two tall women had squeezed their way into a space next to me, endeavoring to share the one available seat. They were hanging over the bar like it was a piece of wreckage from the Titanic, and one of the women was more or less plastered against me. Annoyed, I pressed back into her a little bit and gave her what I hoped was a polite but indignant questioning look. She appeared slightly taken aback and then a bit sheepish, but only for a brief moment. “Oh, sorry,” she said. Then she smiled and turned back to her companion, not moving her position an inch. She remained smashed up against the back of my chair as though we were in the subway at rush hour and there was nothing else she could do. n y pr e s s. c o m

Now, I am not unreasonably jealous of my personal space. I’m not new to New York. It’s a crowded place. I wasn’t angry about being caused a little discomfort. The thing that really piqued me was that the woman’s “Oh, sorry” was completely fake. Where was my actual apology? Has real apology gone down the drain, along with thank-you notes and butter knives? A real apology is so much more than the words “I’m sorry.” A real apology is an admission that you have done something wrong, an explanation of why you did it and a sincere plea for forgiveness and/or offer of reparation. In other words, if you step on someone’s foot, it’s not “Oops,” it’s “Oh no, I stepped on your foot! I was dodging that waiter carrying the tray. I’m so sorry! Are you okay?” There must be acceptance of responsibility for it to qualify as a bona fide apology. Unfortunately, admissions of guilt are out of fashion these days. Most of us are afraid that if we admit we are wrong,

we will lose ground. We are taught it is a weakness to say we are sorry. Certainly world leaders can never do it. They are always saying things like, “We are so sorry you feel bad about this.” That is not an apology. “I’m sorry, I really shouldn’t have said that” is. Many people believe that if they avoid apologizing, no one will notice they have done anything wrong. This impulse to try to get off scot-free is exacerbated in a big city, where you know you are never going to see the people you’ve wronged again. You are anonymous, unaccountable, untraceable. But acknowledging culpability is still the right thing to do. The second essential element of apology is to offer an explanation for what you have done. (There’s an old saying: “Never apologize, never explain.” Actually, you should do both.) People in New York tend to be in a rush, and explanation takes time they don’t have. But what most people seem to forget is that explanation is often the key to being forgiven. “Oh my god, I didn’t see you there!” is so much better than a cool “Sorry I bumped you.” Finally, an apology has to include a sincere request for forgiveness—whether you failed to hold a door open for

a stranger or you missed your friend’s birthday party. So many people toss off a casual “sorry” in a way that translates to “I don’t really care.” It’s almost as if we only have the trappings of regret left— like having a picture of a flower instead of the flower and we no longer even know the difference. But we can’t keep skating over top of our “sorry”s if we want to remain civilized. Apologies have to be felt, gone through, experienced—not to mention that there needs to be an attempt to correct the bad behavior. After about 15 minutes, the woman at the bar, still pressing against me and threatening to push me off my stool, laid a hand on my arm as though we were best friends. “Sarah and I are drinking cosmos!” she said, holding up her glass with a gay smile. (Apparently she thought that if she could make friends with me, there would be nothing wrong with our close physical contact.) “How nice,” I replied, “I thought I was drinking a martini, but maybe I ordered a sidecar by mistake.” She did not get the joke. And I did not get my real apology. Jeanne Martinet, aka Miss Mingle, is the author of seven books on social interaction. Read her blog at MissMingle.com.

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