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HORRIFIED BY HOMELESS HOTEL NIMBY VS. YIMBY Outraged midtown residents and indignant business owners and workers decry plans for the longterm shelter the city is plunking down around the corner from Central Park BY ASHAD HAJELA AND DOUGLAS FEIDEN

An emotional crowd of roughly 300 people — many of them shocked and scandalized, some with voices raised in anger — packed a West Side auditorium on Thursday, February 8 to denounce a sudden move by the city to place 150 homeless men in the heart of their neighborhood. The flashpoint was the unexpected, but already underway, conversion of the Park Savoy Hotel, a discount lodging at 158 West 58th Street, into a longterm shelter, one block from “Billionaire’s Row,” in the latest attempt by Mayor Bill de Blasio to grapple with soaring homelessness. Neighbors, workers and local business owners said they felt blindsided by the secrecy of the planning and site-selection process — and appalled that the community had virtually no notice that a homeless shelter was being placed so close to Central Park, where children and tourists frolic. Carnegie Hall, the uber-luxe condo One 57 and the swath of West 57th Street that’s filling up with slender towers for foreign billionaires is just around the corner to the south, while the Essex House, the New York Athletic Club and the horse-drawn carriages are just around the corner to the north. Billed as a “Community Conversation on Transitional Housing,” the briefing, sponsored by the city’s Department of Homeless Services and

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West End Secondary School’s Green Team poses with their oyster research equipment and an exhibition chart. Photo: Ashad Hajela

MAKING MARINE LIFE ENVIRONMENT West Side students help to rejuvenate Hudson River BY ASHAD HAJELA

Three times a year, members of the Green Team at West End Secondary School go down to the West 79th Street Boat Basin and give the Hudson River a checkup. They do this by scrutinizing oysters. The students, seventh and eighth graders at the West 61st Street school, evaluate the river’s health by seeing how many of the marine mollusks are dead or alive, taking account of the larvae growing on shells, and measuring salinity. Shells, the students are learning, are useful organisms for both assessing and enabling the river’s wellbeing: They filter seawater, provide a habitat for other species and cleanse water of pollutants. “We learned how dire the state of the Hudson is and how useful oysters can be,” said Jacqueline Lovci,

The city is converting the old Park Savoy Hotel, a discount hostelry at 158 West 58th Street, into a long-term homeless center around the corner from “Billionaire’s Row.” Photo: Ashad Hajela

an eighth-grader. The West End students have been monitoring oysters for a couple of years as part of a Green Team elective. WESS is one of several schools citywide partnering with the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), which recycles oyster shells by putting them in the river to rejuvenate a once-thriving river and New York harbor befouled and contaminated by industrial and organic runoff for a good portion of the 20th century. According to the BOP, oyster reefs once blanketed more than 220,000 acres of New York Bay. To reestablish what it calls “a sustainable oyster population,” BOP, an initiative of the New York Harbor Foundation, is working with community organizations, restaurants and schools throughout New York City to take stock and improve the river. “We set schools up with research stations,” said BOP’s strategic director Jennifer Ballesteros. “We give teachers a curriculum to support the research the students are doing.”

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CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF THE DOG HOLIDAYS An infusion of Chinese culture on the streets of the Upper East Side BY CARSON KESSLER

Dogs (and their owners) watched as the dragon dancers performed outside each participating retailer. Photo: Carson Kessler

Cymbals clashed, drums boomed, and dogs barked as dragons of green, red, and gold paraded up and down Madison Avenue on Saturday to celebrate Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year. The Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, along with the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation, East Midtown Partnership, The Grand Central Partnership, and Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY, hosted their third annual “Madison Street to Madison Avenue” Lunar New Year celebration. To commemorate the Year of the Dog, the 2018 celebration welcomed a furrier group of New Yorkers — the dogs. The festivities began with

Matthew Bauer, President of the Madison Avenue BID, accompanied the dragons on their parade route. Photo: Carson Kessler a traditional Chinese dragon troupe traveling from 42nd to 86th Street. Outside each of the fifty participating retailers, two golden lions reared their heads and fluttered their eyelashes to invite shoppers and their pups inside stores like

Etro, Giorgio Armani, and Lululemon. Many retailers offered discounts, specials, and dog treats in support of the Animal Medical Center. Despite the rain, owners and their dogs showed up to support the infusion of Chinese

culture on the streets of the Upper East Side. Wennie Chin decided it was the perfect event for her and Gogi, a rescue from a puppy farm in South Korea, to attend. “I thought the inclusion of our dogs in the celebration of the New Year was so beautiful,” she said. “They are a big part of our families.” After attending last year’s celebration, William Nachtrieb wanted to bring his Pomeranian, Kingsley. “We wanted to see the dragons, and this year he can participate!” But there was more than just shopping for attendees and their dogs. Various tents along East 54th Street held free family and dog-friendly activities such as face painting, calligraphy, a lunar-themed photo booth, and a doggy health tent with free oral exams for the four-legged attendees. “I hope that there will be more dog-friendly events in the future,” Chin said. Chinese New Year begins on February 16, 2018.


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Police collared a shoplifter with an apparent liking for Gap jeans after the thief returned for an encore visit. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, a 32-yearold man entered the Gap store at 1988 Broadway and made off with two stacks of jeans worth a total of $1,398. Just two days later, at 1:50 p.m. on the following Tuesday, the same man returned to the outlet and grabbed 32 pairs of jeans valued, worth $1,350. Authorities, though, were able to detain the man and he was arrested on grand larceny charges.

A senior learned the hard way why you should NEVER bring more than workout clothes to a gym. At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2, a 69-year-old man returned to his locker in the New York Sports Club located at 23 West 73rd Street to ďŹ nd that someone had taken a number of his belongings, including credit cards and checks. He put his losses at $3,026.

After getting hit by shoplifters twice in one day, it would appear that a local Century 21 store needs to beef up their security. At 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, a 36-year-old man went into the store located at 1972 Broadway and snatched clothing valued at $1,010. Then at 8 p.m. the same day, a 26-year-old man entered the same location and helped himself to $2,500 worth of clothes.

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A Spring Debut, a $63 Million Tab But DHS argues that the Park Savoy will provide shelter to the homeless in their home borough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and as close as possible to the jobs, family, schools, health care, social services and other support networks in the communities they last called home. The exact timetable for the shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t immediately clear, but DHS says its target for an opening is â&#x20AC;&#x153;early spring.â&#x20AC;? The value of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract with Westhab is $7 million a year for five years, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renewable for another four years, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically a nine-

In a few years, you will see the disappearance of my business and the rundown of the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? Sophie Shane, whose family-owned business, Apple Engraving on West 58th Street, is a few doors away from the planned shelter friends. Offer them an opportunity to ďŹ nd work and maintain hope and a helping hand to get them back on their feet. In an effort to mollify community opposition, DHS and its partner Westhab, which will manage the facility, says it will install a total of 56 security cameras both inside and outside the facility. Recordings of any illegal activities will be provided to police in the case of arrests and prosecutions. There will be a six-person security staff on every shift, and a minimum of two security guards posted at the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance. Access will be tightly controlled, and security cameras will be monitored 24-7. House rules will be enforced and â&#x20AC;&#x153;good neighbor policiesâ&#x20AC;? maintained. A 24-hour hotline will be set up to encourage community feedback. Residents will also have to adhere to a 10 p.m. curfew unless theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working nights. How does the curfew work? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not a jail,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Coughlin, the senior vice president of services at Yonkersbased Westhab. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone wants to have a cigarette at 11 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock at night, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a cigarette at 11 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock at night.â&#x20AC;? The smoking facilities, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be outdoors.â&#x20AC;? His antagonists from the neighborhood didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relish the idea, and another disapproving chant echoed from the crowd, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outside our windows!â&#x20AC;?

year contract term totaling $63 million, according to Jackie Bray, the deputy commissioner for homeless services at DHS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give anyone the impression that after nine years, the site goes away,â&#x20AC;? Bray told the audience at John Jay. Westhab leased the site directly from the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, at an annual rent of $2.6 million, and the city will then reimburse the nonproďŹ t service provider for the rent, DHS said. Priority will be given to the placement of men from Manhattan and, when possible, people who hail from Community Board 5, which takes in Midtown, Midtown South, Times Square and the Flatiron and runs from Eighth Avenue to Lexington Avenue and 59th Street to 14th Street. The mission: Keep them sheltered in the communities in which they still may retain roots and loved ones and

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SAFE TRAVEL FIRST, DOGGONE IT! BY BETTE DEWING

Of course, the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics are amazing, and the latter brings nations together — and don’t we need that. But neither brings about the everyday life changes we need — like, say, safe travel. Indeed, these games are all about who’s the speediest, and what safe travel needs most, is to slow down — really slow down — yup, worldwide. Ah, and if only safe travel got a fraction of the attention that the games, or sports in general, receive, like just one regular sports section column, or an editorial or column in the dailies. And on radio, the traffic announcer would regularly insert a “Now do be careful out there” gentle reminder, and never take collisions matter-offactly. But the current concern is only

about how collisions impede traffic flow, and how to avoid being delayed, not about staying safe. And yes. Obviously, more safeguards are needed for Amtrak and passenger train travel, but despite the three recent tragic collisions, trains are still the safest land-travel mode. And this must be stressed to avoid cutbacks from an administration which doesn’t much like Amtrak or even mass transit. But back to everyday five-borough transit, and traffic conditions never so congested and dense. And about my favorite mode of city transport, the bus, my first concern is a safe ride and not the so-called “pokeyness.” That’s the consuming concern of the Straphanger group and government officials who don’t even know the bus experience. Any safe-

ty-first person should protest traffic light changes to allow speedier passage, Incidentally, my heart’s in my mouth when buses too often barrel through the winding Central Park transverses. I believe they’re required to slow down there. And my other safe-ride concern means drivers pulling to the curb, which they often don’t do. Yes, that’s an ordinance, but one often ignored to the rider’s stress if not actual peril. And the population is aging and other riders may be disabled and/or coping with children and strollers. And we don’t hear about the actual injuries incurred, such a friend’s who still suffers a serious disability from when she stepped down into a pothole between the curb and the bus step. And, of course, there is unprecedented traffic congestion and not only in the Big Apple. We hear a lot about the great influx of Uber-type cabs but far too little about the enor-

mous delivery truck volume, thanks to the online shopping trend (or tsunami?). And I am slow to realize how online shopping also destroys both large and small retail places which bring people together and help dispel loneliness which is now considered an epidemic. Online shopping has also created a cardboard box tsunami condition. Inperson shopping mostly requires only paper bags. Attention must be paid. And in this nation’s walkingest city, careful walkers (yes, we exist) are still at risk from speeding vehicles, of course, but even more from drivers and bikers who fail to yield to walkers when turning into a crosswalk. And this could be a Lenten repentance related to the “Thou shalt not kill commandment.” For example, I learned quite by chance that a Madison Avenue Presbyterian church minister narrowly missed being struck by a car failing to yield — and at the same corner a week later, she was nearly

struck by a turning bike. Maybe this primary cause of pedestrian injury and death experience should be included with other social wrongs addressed from the pulpit. And St. Monica’s Church should join Patricia Banks’ frustrating effort to have a plaque installed to honor Mano (Sr y manean Maniekam), the beloved local deli manager killed by a taxi turning into his York Avenue crosswalk. Remember how there was standing room only at Mano’s memorial service at St. Monica’s? Mano was Hindu, by the way. But shouldn’t this church help get that memorial plaque installed outside the deli he managed for twenty some many years? Even local school kids needed grief counseling after his wrongful death. Ah, but above all, remember and emulate Mano’s Olympian “love one another” ways. dewingbetter@aol.com

PAUL SIMON’S AFFECTION FOR HIS ‘LITTLE TOWN’ BY JON FRIEDMAN

Paul Simon has always had affection for New York City. In “My Little Town,” he sang nostalgically about his upbringing in Queens. “The Only Living Boy in New York” made his feelings plain. “The Boxer” — my favorite Simon-penned song — was about a ragamuffin struggling to find a place in the urban jungle (was it Simon’s saga or the story of Bob Dylan? Did “the whores on Seventh Avenue,” refer to their Columbia Records label?) In “Overs,” he mused wittily, “There’s no times at all — just The New York Times.” Simon made headlines the other day when he announced that he would no longer be touring, noting that he wanted to stay close to home with his family. It makes sense. After all, the man is going to turn 77 years old in October and it can’t be easy (or much fun) going any more from town to town. Simon made it clear that he still loves making music so, happily, he is not retiring completely, When I read the news, I thought about my relationship to Paul Simon’s

Paul Simon onstage in 2016. Photo: Louise Palanker, via flickr music over the years, both when he sang with his childhood pal Art Garfunkel in the 1960s and then after he went solo in the early 1970s. The records hold up magnificently. I listen all the time to their album “Bookends” and continue to marvel at Simon’s brilliant songwriting and their harmonies. Simon reinvented himself as a soloist and achieved worldwide adulation for his landmark album “Graceland” in 1986. Musically, Simon and Garfunkel impressively found room between The Beatles and Bob Dylan in the ‘60s for their brand of smart, sophisticated

rock and roll music, starting with the enigmatic chart-topping hit “The Sounds of Silence” and continuing through “I Am a Rock,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Boxer,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” From the start, the media — needing a snappy journalistic peg and not wanting to play up the easy hook of Simon’s New York Jewishness — projected him as an intellectual rock star. You could picture his groupies presenting their Ivy League transcripts for his consideration (“Paul, I aced AP English, then I went to Brown University and I love Alice B. Toklas’ work!”). On stage, you’d never confuse Simon with Prince or Mick Jagger. But I found him to be a charismatic performer, nonetheless. One of my favorite concerts of all time took place in November 1975 when Simon performed solo at Avery Fisher Hall. His terrific album “Still Crazy After All These Years” had just come out. A banner in the hall said, “Welcome Home, Paul!” And there was a feeling that our favorite son had come back in triumph. So strong is Simon’s place in my life that I immediately conjure up memo-

ries to the shows I’ve seen. On Sept. 19, 1981, Simon and Garfunkel sang together in Central Park before a crowd of more than 100,000 ecstatic fans. (Make that 99,999 — after the show, I got my heart broken by a woman I was crazy about). In August 1991, Simon appeared solo in the Park and it was a magical show. The most interesting Simon concert that I ever attended took place in July 1999. I’d always wondered what a Bob Dylan/Paul Simon bill would be like. When they picked and sang together that night at Madison Square Garden, it was epic. Apart, with their respective bands, the contrast between the two performers was noteworthy. Simon appeared in jeans and a baseball cap and, if I recall correctly, there was something of a light show during his set. Dylan came on in a dark suit and hardly connected with the audience. On a personal level, it seems fitting that the only time I met Simon occurred in 2011 — during a rain delay at Yankee Stadium, the home of our beloved baseball team. And for the record, this tough, worldly journalist had a minor meltdown in Simon’s pres-

ence. “You’re Paul Simon!” I practically shouted. “Yes,” he replied, smiling. His deadpan reply made perfect sense. He knows who he is and what he has accomplished. He doesn’t have to promote himself or stage contrived events for the media. Like all true success stories, Simon made his mark on his own terms. Simon has stood up for New York when it needed his quiet dignity the most. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Simon went on “Saturday Night Live” to sing “The Boxer.” His calm, moving music particularly resonated during that scary time. David Bowie, fittingly, performed a version of Simon’s “America” to open the big post-9/11 Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. Now that he is (literally) leaving the stage, we should celebrate him anew. He has made lots of artistic, timely, brilliant music. He has shown respect and love for his little town. Jon Friedman teaches journalism at Hunter College.

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Grace Building 1114 Sixth Ave. 8 a.m. Free Artist Sarah Fairchild drew inspiration from cabbage which, once harvested, allows a second harvest of multiple new heads to bloom. “Cruciferous,” adapted from two of Fairchild’s original paintings, is a reminder of the coming season, full of renewal and growth. Through March 9. 212-978-1698 artsbrookfield.com

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CHICAGO IN NEW YORK The groundbreaking feminist icon and artist at Salon 94 Bowery BY MARY GREGORY

New York has art from every culture and epoch addressing every issue and topic, but there’s a distressing dearth of one major voice. It’s been almost 40 years since Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party,” the monumental sculptural installation now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum, created a feminist tsunami that’s still rippling. Yet, the work of this mighty artist, writer, educator and activist is not often seen on the walls of museums and galleries in New York. It’s a shame. Her current exhibition at Salon 94, on view through March 3, is filled with wisdom and bite expressed through masterful paintings and seductive beauty. The works are rainbowhued reactions offering moments of contemplation, and, like all of Chicago’s work, balance gravitas and grace. Female art lovers have experienced countless cringe-inducing moments standing in front of everything from Sabine women to nubile nymphs to vacuous Odalisques to de Koon-

ing’s ape-toothed harpies. Whether it’s a #MeToo moment, the swing of the pendulum or just the right time, Chicago’s series of monumental and small-scaled paintings from the PowerPlay series fill the downtown gallery with color, potent images and important questions. The paintings focus on male aggression and dominance and open conversations about the impact on women, on other men, on society and on the environment. Chicago, who’s as abundant in her laughter as in her outrage, shared thoughts about her work. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Why are you re-examining these works now? It’s [Salon 94 founder] Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn’s decision to show PowerPlay. There are many aspects of my work that are still unfamiliar to a larger audience, and PowerPlay is certainly one of them. It hasn’t been shown in New York since when I did it in the 1980s. One of the things Jeanne is doing is slowly introducing other bodies of my work into the contemporary art discourse. I think PowerPlay is incredibly

Judy Chicago’s monumental triptych spans more than 20 feet in her Salon 94 exhibition “PowerPlay: A Prediction. “Rainbow Man,” 1984. Sprayed acrylic and oil on Belgian linen, 108 x 252 inches. Photo: Adel Gorgy. pertinent right now.... Something that is just beginning to be discussed and that PowerPlay anticipated is the recognition that masculinity is as much a social construct as femininity. And masculinity — men — are way behind in coming to understand their behavior through a gender lens as women have been doing for 30 years…. Concepts of gender and sexuality have changed throughout history, and in terms of our own times, the discourse around gender is fairly recent. As Jonathan Katz said in his catalog essay, it starts, “Judy Chicago has lousy timing. She introduced PowerPlay before queer theory, gender studies, or masculinity studies.” So it will be interesting to see how it’s received and what kind of discourse it might create.

How did you come to the subject? I became interested in the gender construct of masculinity in the early 1980s after I made a trip to Italy and saw the great Renaissance paintings that I had studied. I thought, then, that if the Renaissance ushered in modern society, it also ushered in our concept of the heroic and the masculine. And so PowerPlay, which is a very large series of paintings, drawings, cast paper pieces, weavings and bronzes some of them in monumental scale, examines questions like why do men act like this, and what are the consequences of power as men have wielded it for other people, for the planet and for themselves?

Chicago presents images of male aggression and power, and where they have led, in works like “Driving the World to Destruction,” 1985. Sprayed acrylic and oil on Belgian linen, 108 x 168 inches. Photo: Adel Gorgy.

from Al Franken groping women to Harvey Weinstein’s predatory criminal behavior. It’s all getting swept up in one big rug, and they’re not all the same. Some of it’s just unpleasant behavior, and some of it is really criminal. So I think there needs to be a higher level of discourse about the differences between that kind of behavior. Not that any of it is acceptable, but some of it is just obnoxious and some of it is really, really dangerous and needs to be stopped. But whenever a wound bursts, all this pus comes out and I think that’s what we’re seeing. I’m hoping that gradually there will begin to be greater insights brought to bear. Also, I really hope PowerPlay contributes to an understanding that sexual harassment and sexual predatory behavior is part of a global system of male terrorism that is intended, consciously or unconsciously, to protect male privilege.... So I hope that my work can contribute to the beginnings of understanding, awareness and change, because I believe men can change.

Yet, you’ve said it’s not fair to define men as a body that’s all the same, any more than it is to define women that way. Of course not. But just as we

What conversations are you trying to open with the PowerPlay show? I just

women, for the last 30 years, have been looking at the way in which the construct of femininity intersects with and shapes us as individuals, that conversation is just in the beginning in terms of men…There is a huge range of behavior among women in terms of their relationship to the construct of femininity. There’s a huge range for men, too.

hope PowerPlay can contribute to the discussion that’s just in very early stages.... There is all this range of abhorrent male behavior, everything

Your work is about empowerment. The same way that you’ve been able to empower women to see themselves dif-

Judy Chicago and her “The Dinner Party” from the 1970s. Photo: ©Donald Woodman

ferently, are you trying to empower men to have that ability also? Absolutely. In fact I met my husband, the photographer Donald Woodman, right at the time I was finishing PowerPlay and he said something really interesting.... He said I had made, by that time, 15 years of images of alternative images for women that showed women in terms of history, and in terms of biology as powerful, active agents in contrast to some of the mythology about what we are. He said men never see alternatives, it would really great if you could fashion some. So, it was out of that I made an image called Woe-man… It kind of inverts the Freudian question. What do women really want from men? For men to be as vulnerable as a woman and as strong as a man. Judy Chicago, “PowerPlay: A Prediction,” at Salon 94, 243 Bowery, through March 3.


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PRESERVING HISTORY ANCESTRY Colonial Dames of New York seek landmark approval for East 71st Street headquarters BY SHOSHY CIMENT

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Amid the skyscrapers and megatowers on the Upper East Side, a remnant of American architectural history is affirming its Colonial roots. The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, an institution devoted to preserving relics of America’s past since 1891, has begun the process of attaining landmark status for its New York Museum House Headquarters on 215 East 71st Street. If approved by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the designation would essentially preclude alterations and new construction without the commission’s approval. But even without landmark status, the Society’s colonial revival structure stands apart from the scaffolds and skyscrapers in Lenox Hill. The building, completed in 1930, was a product of the wave of appreciation for America’s colonial roots that characterized the end of the 19th century. Wanting to “create a popular interest in our Colonial history” the Dames of America commissioned architect Richard Henry Dana Jr. to design a colonialstyle house replete with historically significant artifacts. “The building holds more than eight decades of Society of Colonial Dames history and, therefore, New York City history,” Tom Miller, an author and historian specializing in the vintage architecture of Manhattan, said by email. “Its elegant architecture and interior appointments and furnishings reflect the exclusivity of the members at the time as well as their intense focus on preserving and understanding American history.” The Landmarks Commission defines a building with landmark status as one that possesses “special historical, cultural, or aesthetic value to the City of New York, state or nation.” In a first step toward designation, the commission voted on December 12 to calendar, or schedule, both the exterior and interior of the Headquarters Museum House “for consideration as an individual land-

National Society of Colonial Dames’ headquarters on East 71st Street shortly after it was built in 1931. Photo: Samuel H. (Samuel Herman) Gottscho (18751971) / Museum of the City of New York. 88.1.1.1861 mark and interior landmark,” a commission spokeswoman, Zodet Negrón, said. Although the Society requested the landmarks evaluation in September, Negrón said, the Society now wishes to slow the process because of what a Society official described as a transitional period at the institution. “Right now, the organization has thrown the brakes on its landmarking at the moment,” Billy Higgins, a member of the professional staff at Museum House, said. He declined to provide further detail. Higgins, though, said he believes landmark status is still the end goal. The calendaring, though, will remain on the books since a property cannot be withdrawn from the landmarking process once it is underway. “The process has begun,” Negrón said. “Now that it’s calendared, it’s just about setting a date for the public hearing.” After calendaring, the LPC determines a property’s status through a public hearing that is followed by a commission vote. “Ultimately, this decision lies with the commission,” Negrón said. “We strive to work with the owners and to get their consent but their approval is not necessary.” Miller, whose book “Seeking

New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan One Building at a Time” tells the backstories of about 50 buildings in Manhattan, pointed out that the building is unique in the way it has been preserved. In its almost 90-year history, the Museum House, between Second and Third Avenues, has never been remodeled, altered or restored, he said. Rather, it is the product of delicate preservation. “That alone makes it a property of distinctive architectural importance,” remarked Miller. The recent wave of construction on the Upper East Side, partly a byproduct of the introduction of the Second Avenue subway line, provoked a response from those bent on preserving the quaint quality of life in the area. “The rampant rise of mega-towers not only threatens historic structures; it can destroy the fabric of entire neighborhoods,” Miller said. Still, Negrón cast doubt on any definitive relationship between gentrification and preservation. “There are no studies that show a direct link between gentrification, or avoiding it, and landmark designations, although we have heard from some communities that when they advocate for designation of their neighborhoods, they do so hoping to preserve their neighborhood from the forces of gentrification,” she said. Organizations like Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, who seek to curb larger developments, have led and contributed to efforts to check development in the area. In May, the Friends group, along with the Municipal Art Society, held an advocacy workshop titled “Attack of the Killer Megatowers.” “Friends of the Upper East Side supports increasing landmark designation for important sites in our neighborhood,” said Rachel Levy, Friends’ executive director. The Friends group submitted a request for landmarks evaluation of the Museum House in 2016 as part of a larger request to evaluate buildings in Yorkville. Although Levy said the Friends group were not party to the Dames’ recent request, they are supportive. “We haven’t been directly involved in this,” said Levy. “We heard that it was in the pipeline and we were excited about that.”


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YOUR BRAIN ON BEETHOVENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NINTH EXHIBITIONS The Rubin Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brainwaveâ&#x20AC;? festival challenges our notions of sound and time BY ALIZAH SALARIO

On a recent Friday night at the Rubin Museum, warm red light and cool hypnotic sound ďŹ&#x201A;ooded the theater space. Bean bag chairs and yoga cushions were scattered across the ďŹ&#x201A;oor. A handful of listeners sat upright, eyes closed; others released into peaceful savasanas on the ďŹ&#x201A;oor as â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretch,â&#x20AC;? a rendition of Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ninth Symphony stretched to 24 hours with no pitch distortions by Scandinavian sound artist Leif Inge, washed over them. The mood, to this reporter, was very TGIF. Or perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday morning? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing about â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretch,â&#x20AC;? part of the Rubinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brainwave: The Future is Fluidâ&#x20AC;? festival, which runs through April. Like the festival itself, the trippy soundscape is designed to make participants question basic premises of memory, perception, free will and even destiny. Curated by neuroscientist and author David Eagleman, the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lectures, discussions and sonic experiences tap into everything from the science of nostalgia to a Deepak Chopra-led session on the elastic mind and the healing self. But in a place where the experience of time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for many New Yorkers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply never enough of it, how can Brainwave help, heal and educate? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope for people to come into the museum with a particular state of mind, and leave with another state of mind. One that gives them a greater sense of awareness that more things are possible than they thought,â&#x20AC;? said Tim McHenry, the Rubinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of public programs and the mastermind behind the festival. Case in point: participants who devoted at least two hours listening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretchâ&#x20AC;? were able to track the shift in

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Chris Rose guiding a participant after listening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretch.â&#x20AC;? Photo: Asya Danilova their state of mind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; literally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a neuro-research component of the evening. Chris Rose, a graduate student from New York Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s C-Lab, under the supervision of neuroscientist and lab leader Moran Cerf, was on hand to test how the brain regards time differently before and after listening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretchâ&#x20AC;? through the use of time-based computer games and an EEG headset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How we experience time is also related to memory, it can also be related to our emotional experience,â&#x20AC;? said Rose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much about where our headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at.â&#x20AC;? Though conclusive results have yet to be tallied, Rose explained that the test looked at both objective time, or the concrete number of seconds or minutes that have passed, and subjective time, or the perception of time, i.e. how it ďŹ&#x201A;ies during engaging activities and drags when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bored. The music, which had elements of both chanting and a beautiful ďŹ lm score, would alter the perception of time accordingly. Abstract? Perhaps, but most people already have a sense of timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fluidity, suggested McHenry. Activities that involve repetition, whether chanting, vocalizing a daily mantra or even a tactile practice like kitting, create a rhythm, which is a way of marking time, explained McHenry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve discovered, that, say, people go into the Tibetan Buddhist shrine room upstairs,

or even if you sat in front of the Mona Lisa for more than the usual two minutes and twenty seconds, something would start working on you. But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing the working. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a passive experience, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re calibrated to reinterpret, so you start registering different types of consciousness over time.â&#x20AC;? Inge, the sound artist behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretchâ&#x20AC;? has heard his piece played for audiences around the world, but this was the ďŹ rst time the 24-hour listening experience incorporated a neuro-research component. For Inge, it was a way to quantify what he already understood by heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been inside this concert for many hours. My experience is when you go out in the city, the sound is following. You hear the ambiance of the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are they playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Beet Stretch? A car breaks, and suddenly it sounds like the piece.â&#x20AC;? Inge notes that part of what makes the experience work is that Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ninth Symphony is so widely performed. Many listeners bring preconceived notions about what the music will sound like and then experience something sonically different when they hear the elongated choral suspensions, progressions and movements. The stretchy sound had a way of sticking to each moment, and (at least for this reporter) the unexpectedly slower pace made life feel wonderfully adagio, if only for a few moments.

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Pearl River’s Joanne Kwon in the store’s Chelsea Market location. Photo: Clarrie Feinstein

PEARL RIVER TREASURES FLOW INTO CHELSEA STORES Longtime family retailer’s second opening this year BY CLARRIE FEINSTEIN

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ASK A BROKER BY ANDREW KRAMER

We are selling our beautiful Murray Hill apartment on our own. We quickly received an offer that we’ve accepted. Should we continue to show the apartment?

“It’s not over until it’s over” is especially true in the Manhattan residential real estate market. I’ve seen numerous deals unravel in the 16 years I’ve been in this business ... the buyer got cold feet; the in-laws want to see the place before the contract is signed; the buyer’s buyer walked from their deal. Brokers and sellers should continue to show a property until the contract of sale is fully executed (that’s when a deal is “official”). It’s not always pretty, but sometimes you need to light a fire under your buyer’s seat and it never hurts to have a backup offer (or two) waiting in the wings! Good luck. Andrew Kramer is a licensed associate real estate broker with Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, LLC

In 1971, Ming Yi Chen and Ching Ye Chen decided to open a store in New York City with the sole purpose of providing Chinese goods and merchandise to Americans and Chinese alike. At a time when the world knew little about life behind the Red Curtain, the Chens wanted to puncture the shroud of mystery and deliver a bit of Chinese culture to the American public — a radical notion at the time. Nixon had not yet made his momentous visit to China and trade restrictions only just begun to loosen. Importing goods was a challenge and, according to their daughter-in-law, Joanne Kwong, illegal, but they found a way. Pearl River opened its first store on Catherine Street. It became an instant hit and a New York institution. When the Chinese and the Americans eventually signed wide-ranging trade agreements, goods from mainland China arrived freely into the U.S. market — and to Pearl River.

The store would move several times — to Elizabeth Street, Canal Street, Broadway in SoHo, among other locations — but loyal customers followed. In 2015, their lease for the SoHo location was coming to an end and the rent had gone from $1 million to $5 million — a forbidding price. The family thought the store’s and their legacy were coming to an end. But the Chens’ daughter-in-law, Joanne Kwong, seized on an opportunity to keep Pearl River alive. “I was working at Columbia at the time,” said Kwong, now Pearl River’s president. “I was counsel to the president and vice-president of communications, so I knew about branding, marketing and digital development. I think when my in-laws saw what I could offer, they realized we could move forward and open another store.” When customers found out the SoHo location would close, there was an uproar from the community. “That reaction was extremely rewarding for my inlaws. They had been with this store for over 40 years.” Kwong explained. “It made them see this store made an impact.” The family opened an outlet on Broadway just below Canal Street last year. It’s a two-floor

space with an added art gallery to display the work of AsianAmerican artists. No long afterward, Kyle Allen, the retail scout for Chelsea Market, approached Kwong and asked if she wanted to open in a vacant Chelsea Market spot. “It was crazy,” Kwong said. “We had just opened our Tribeca store. But Kyle was an amazing partner to have in retail and so we jumped on the idea.” Eight weeks ago, a new, roughly 3,500-square-foot Pearl River outlet opened its doors in Chelsea Market and, equipped with a 12-year lease, will continue the store’s mission of introducing Asian, and particularly Chinese, culture into an American market. But what makes Chelsea Market a challenge is the clientele. Around 6 million tourists frequent the market annually. Kwong realizes that the goods in the store need to appeal to a much larger audience of people, unlike at the Tribeca location, which attracts more locals and loyal customers. The goods span Pan-Asian products and even some more touristy tchotchkes. The store houses traditional Chinese dress, pottery and candies only available in China. One could think the identity of the original Pearl

River is lost in the unmistakably commercial aspect of Chelsea Market. And with a recent announcement that Google would be buying the Chelsea Market building, the market’s creative mandate could be compromised. But Kwong doesn’t see it that way. “I think when hard core old timers come back and see the items they remember, they don’t care about how we’ve changed overtime. They’re just happy that we’re back,” she said. “The mission of the store has always been to introduce new cultural items, new traditions, new holidays, to New York – you don’t have to introduce Asian culture anymore. But there is still the need to have a place of cultural sharing, especially when society is really divided.” Kwong also wants to support Asian artists by selling their wares and wants to facilitate programming and workshops. She has already finalized programming to celebrate the Lunar New Year festivities, which begin February 16. “We’re bringing Chinatown to a new neighborhood,” Kwong said. “Pearl River’s mission is to discover new cultures. That’s happening here in Chelsea and that’s really exciting.”


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THE MODEL MOTHER An Upper West Sider finds the humor in motherhood BY ANGELA BARBUTI

Birgitta Karlén was 19 when she first arrived in New York to model for “Vogue.” Born in Sweden and raised in Minnesota, she came here alone and lived in a cramped studio apartment on Irving Place with three other models. After what she calls a “culture shock,” she went on the typical modeling circuit — Paris, Milan, L.A., Miami. Although New York was always her home base, she lived out of a suitcase for 10 years. Lots changed when she had her three children. “You go from that environment where you’re completely free and there are no encumbrances, then all the sudden I had three kids under the age of five,” she said. Although extremely content with being a mother, she did find it difficult at times, and quickly came to the realization that in order to stay sane, she had to find the humor in it all. That is when she decided to write, “Ten Tips for the Frazzled Parent,” which was published in 2013. Each tip, such as “Lock yourself in the bathroom and cry” and “Bribery works,” is accompanied by an endearing illustration, designed to make parents smile even in their weariest of days. Now in her 40s, with her three children now 19, 16 and 13, she is working on a full-length version of the book

with child psychologist Elissa Gross. She also has plans to lengthen the series with additions for the frazzled parent of a teen, as well as step and single parents.

How did the book first come about? We just kind of had one child after the other. And I love them so much and they were just such beautiful little beings. And I was so happy to be a mom, but it was also just so crazy.... It’s really hard and I don’t think that you’re ever really prepared for it. And I think that was one of the reasons that I wrote the book. I was like, “Wow, this is insane.” [Laughs] And it’s kind of that thing where if you don’t find the humor it, then you’ll lose your mind.

What do you want readers to take away from it? I wanted to shine some light on the fact that people are not alone. That it’s normal to have conflicting feelings. And you love your kids, but you can be exhausted and take time off when you need it, and you should. Having lived in so many other places, I think America kind of glorifies parenting. And I think people are waiting longer, so it’s supposed to be this thing that’s so amazing all the time. And it’s just supposed to be this constant bliss and everybody’s supposed to be happy, but that’s not always the reality. You’ve got post-partum depression and it’s a big lifestyle change for many women who have been professionals.

Tip #3 of from “Ten Tips for the Frazzled Parent,” illustrated by Michael Pugliese.

What is the response like from parents? They love the illustrations. The illustrator [Michael Pugliese] that I worked with is so brilliant. Just watching him work was really a pleasure. I wanted a certain look for the illustrations, so gave him some picture books and characters that I thought were where I was leaning towards. But he created something so unique and original and I think really captured the emotions really well and people seem to really connect. And then the captions that go with them, there’s a lot of deeper meaning underneath them. And people end up really laughing out loud. I’ll give it to people, they’ll start reading and they will start laughing. One of my friends, I showed it to her when it was first published, and she started tearing up at the end and said, “Oh my gosh, you have to get this out there. This is so real.”

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Birgitta Karlén, who wrote “Ten Tips for the Frazzled Parent.” Photo: A. Parmelee

Tip number three is, “Think back on all the bad things you did when you were a kid.” So you got a mom, she’s got her cup of coffee or tea and she’s kind of reminiscing about things that she did. And she’s hanging her cat over

the balcony and left her toys on the stairs and her mom or dad is coming down with some box about to trip on a bunch of things. I think this highlights how we sometimes just forget what it was like to be a kid and that we did a lot of the same things that our kids do and to give them the space to be kids. You went back to school at Columbia in your 30s. How did you balance being a mom with your academics? That was tough. [Laughs] It’s kind of a blur. I would schedule my classes so the kids would be in school, and then I was writing a lot of papers. I was available for them, but they knew that I was studying. And I think it actually inspired them to work a little bit harder. To see their mom really focusing on something and really passionate about doing well and completing this process that I had stopped.

I’m in the composer mindset because I just attended a press event for “Mozart in the Jungle,” and read that your dad was a composer. What was that like growing up? It was a very quiet house. He studied at the Boston Conservatory with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, so he was very serious about music and it was every-

thing to him. My sister and I studied violin; my other sister studied piano. And I was in a youth orchestra and traveled to Europe. The one thing that I remember the most is that his ears were so sensitive and we always had to be quiet. He had all girls, but if he had had boys, I think he would have had a bigger problem. I have two boys and they’re really loud.

You were also in a Tupac Shakur music video. That is so cool. He was interesting to work with. It was actually right before he was killed, so it was kind of sad. The song is called, “All About You.” It wasn’t one of his bigger hits, but it was about personality and presences, like famous faces always showing up. There were four of us cast as the main characters and we came up everywhere, the same faces. So everywhere you look you see the same supermodel.

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