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HELP FOR THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY A forum on the UES focused on affordable housing, job placement and resources for independent living BY SHOSHY CIMENT

For New Yorkers, the issue of homelessness is virtually impossible to ignore. Approximately 63,495 people are homeless in New York City, 22,293 of whom are children in the public school system and 17,085 are parents with children, according to the NYC Department of Homeless Services, in figures from April 12 cited by City Council Member Ben Kallos. These numbers only account for people in shelter system and do not represent the minority of homeless individuals — about 3,700 people — who sleep on the streets. City leaders and homelessness experts discussed the situation on April 12 at the Ramaz School during a forum that addressed avenues for alleviating the problem in New York City, specifically on the Upper East Side. “It really is more of a think tank,” said Barbara Rudder, a co-chair on the Health, Seniors, and Social Services Committee of Community Board 8. The forum, which was attended by over 60 people including Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, was meant to share information about the homeless problem with the public and discuss workable solutions to fix it. To the experts on the panel — who included representatives from the NYC Department of Homeless Services, the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, the Doe Fund and the Women’s Mental Health Shelter —

ABC’s West 66th Street headquarters will be sold to Silverstein Properties in a billion-dollar-plus land deal, according to multiple reports. Photo: Michael Garofalo

ANOTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENT ON WEST 66TH?

Panel members at the homelessness forum. Photo: Ben Kallos, via Twitter

“We are a welcoming community. And whether it is women in need or others, we are going to work with you.” City Council Member Ben Kallos

affordable housing is the first step. In the years between 2005 and 2015, rents have increased by 18.4 percent while incomes have increased by just 4.8 percent. Kallos, whose district includes Yorkville, Lenox Hill and Carnegie Hill, discussed his efforts to increase the number of supportive housing facilities in the city. He mentioned his success during his re-election last year when he assisted in the acquisition of seventeen two-bedroom apartments for homeless women and their families.

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PROPERTY Silverstein Properties will reportedly acquire ABC’s UWS headquarters BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

The block of West 66th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue became a focal point for Upper West Side real estate observers last year, when Extell Development unveiled plans for a 775-foot residential tower on the block’s south side that would be the tallest building in Manhattan north of Midtown. Now, a

property deal across the street from the Extell site could be an early indicator of a second significant project on the block, this one at the longtime home of the American Broadcasting Company. Silverstein Properties, perhaps best known for developing the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, is in contract to acquire ABC’s West 66th Street headquarters, according to multiple reports. The sale was first reported by the Commercial Observer. Silverstein will reportedly pay more than $1 billion in the transaction.

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PROTESTING THE COMMUNITY BOARD OVER TRAFFIC DEATHS

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BUGGING OUT FOOD A U.N. report urged us all to “eat more insects” — and you can find them on the menu at NYC restaurants BY CAROL ANN RINZLER

Entomophagy (from the Greek word “entoma” meaning insect and “phagein” meaning to eat) has been around ever since humans first walked the earth, especially in places where bugs are way more available than, say, sirloin steaks. Right now, nearly 100 of the 2,000 insect species on earth are already on the menu for more than two billion humans in Africa, Asia and even parts of Europe. Modern bug-crunchers say the menu is both economical and environmentally sound. Raising or capturing insects takes less time and uses less land and food than raising cows, pigs or sheep, two good reasons why a 2013 report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization urged us all to “Eat more insects.” Before you go yeccchhh, consider this: Who’s to say a large grasshopper is less appetizing

than a lobster? Both have long skinny bodies and plenty of legs, but USDA numbers show that, nutritionally speaking, the bug beats the lobster with more fat, carbs and iron per serving. The only category in which the lobster is a teensy little step ahead is protein: 22 grams per 3.5 ounce/100 grams serving of the shellfish vs. 20.6 grams for the creepy crawly. People who eat bugs say they actually taste good. Wasps are similar to pine-nuts; ants exude a vinegar-flavor acid that adds zip as a simple seasoning or in “ant-salt” around the rim of a cocktail glass. Chapulines — grasshoppers — have no distinct flavor of their own. They pick up the taste of whatever they’re mixed with, making them probably the most common insect ingredient. You can try chapulines crunchy-fried as an appetizer at Toloache (166 East 82nd Street, 251 West 51st Street and 205 Thompson Street), atop guacamole at Dos Caminos (50th and Third, 675 Hudson Street and 475 West Broadway) or in tacos from the El Rey Del Sabor food cart (60th and Third and 43rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). If you’re willing to travel south on the Second Avenue bus, the

Black Ant (60 Second Avenue) serves up a grasshopper and cheese stuffed tortilla, plus gusanos de mahguey, the worms usually found in Tequila bottles, with veggies, flower petals, more grasshoppers and yes, those vinegar-y ants. Prefer home cooking? The truly adventurous can DIY hunt-and-capture with Stefan Gates’ “Insects: An Edible Field Guide” (Ebury Press, 2018). Those who like their ingredients neatly packaged can just type “edible bugs for humans” into the search bar on Amazon to bring up 34 different yummies ranging from variously flavored grasshoppers to cricket flour and ready-made treats such as chocolate-dipped crickets and worms. Yes, Amazon’s also got recipes: “Eat Grub: The Ultimate Insect Cookbook,” by Shami Radia & Neil Whippey (Francis Lincoln, 2016) and “The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin,” by David George Gordon (Ten Speed Press, 2013). So go for it. Maybe once. After all, as those U.N. folks suggested, your bug a day helps save the planet.


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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 24th district for the week ending Apr. 8 Week to Date

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WOMAN MUGGED ON WEST 88TH A woman walking on West 88th Street near Broadway early on April 2 was stopped by a man claiming to have a gun and who then commanded her to give up her debit card and pin number, police reported. The woman complied and the man fled east on 88th Street. The mugger subsequently withdrew $100 from the woman’s account, police said.

MAN SOUGHT FOLLOWING BEATING Police asked for the public’s help locating a suspect in a violent assault. The man, Ricardo Soto, apparently punched his 28-year-old girlfriend in the mouth and throat following an

argument late on April 1 inside her West 94th Street apartment, police said. Police said Soto took the woman’s cellphone. She told officers Soto is known to carry guns.

ROBBER’S REMORSE A robber apparently had a change of heart after stealing a hotel guest’s laptop, returning it to front desk clerk about 10 minutes after taking it from an occupied room. The man had knocked on the door of a 23-year-old woman staying at the Royal Park Hotel at 258 West 97th Street and pushed through when she opened the door shortly after midnight. The man, later identified as Scott Carey, 24, grabbed a laptop out of her suitcase and ran, according to the police account. The woman chased him down the hall to a dead-end but

he was able to scamper down a fire escape and into to the basement. He then apparently had a change of mind and returned. Police were also on hand and Carey, charging him with robbery, burglary, grand larceny, assault and other charges. Carey was found to be in possession of two fake $100 bills and a fake $50 bill, along with a box cutter, police said.

HUSBAND ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES A man pressed charges against his husband after a verbal argument turned violent. At 8:40 a.m. on Monday, April 2, a 36-year-old man was inside his residence at 2612 Broadway when he got into a verbal argument with his 34-year-old husband, police said. The 34-year-old then hit his spouse

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in the face with a frying pan, cutting the man’s lip. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai West, and Eugene Smith was arrested and charged with felony assault, criminal mischief, trespass and other charges, police said.

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street when an argument became physical. The ex-girlfriend choked the victim, causing bruising around her neck area, according to police. The ex also punched and bit the victim, causing swelling and a black eye as well as injuries to the victim’s right arm and leg, as well as the area behind her left ear. Despite the injuries the victim chose not to press charges or provide officers with information about her attacker, police said.


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I hope to speak the language de ma grand-mère, not the language du colonialisme but words spoken when stranded on a bayou. Not the discreet murmur of Parisian women who eat but never get fat, but la langue des femmes who eat butter, cornmeal sautéed in butter, the occasional fried alligator, and boudain, a sausage of mysterious interiors. I want to two-step with each sentence mais, but it’s hot yes! and drawl the nasally tones of women who grow grosses but who shrink once more to their farm-day girlish figures when dementia takes their appetites away.

For now mamma and I head to the music store after yet another funeral, and I seek the intersection of zydeco and hip hop. She stiffens when I tell her a Redemption Song-singing Harlemite Haitian in leather pants has offered to teach me his Kreyòl. I know what she’s thinking: Why not learn our Creole first? and the internet agrees with her. Cajun French is not to be confused with créole louisianais or créole haïtien, both spiced with les mots d’afrique. But my mother is appeased when I tell her I could pray with my neighbors in Haitian Kreyòl and that after mass, I’d stream Radio Acadie from Lafayette.

I don’t say I already struggle to keep up with Dimanche Après-Midi each Sunday afternoon distracted by the task of sautéing kale in coconut oil with gandules. As I try and fail to form une phrase complète, I ask Mary to priez pour moi, a poor sinner with a blocked stomach chakra, according to a Nepali chef and reiki practitioner. Sainte Marie, help me to better digest this world without end, and intercede on my behalf to Nietzsche, who proclaimed the futility of translating a people’s metabolism from their tongue.

Mirielle Clifford is originally from Texas, but she now lives and writes in Crown Heights. She is a co-founder of the poetry collective Sweet Action and has been poet-in-residence at Gemini Hill. Her work can be found in “The Dime Show Review,” “Everyone is Asleep But Me: a Collaborative Project Considering Night,” and elsewhere. She is working on a chapbook, entitled “All the Ways I am Saved.”

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Diversity and inclusion: two words thrown around in polite, and not-so-polite, conversations in the workplace, schools and halls of government. But what do they mean? Are they more than just buzz words to be championed? In this blog post, I would like to share a couple of facts with you and a couple of opportunities to address as we continue the tireless work of changing lives through camp.

FACT: The United States is more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and is projected to become even more diverse in the coming decades. According to a 2015 Pew Research Report, the United States will not have a single racial or ethnic majority by 2055. With Asians and Hispanics leading the growth, the face of America is changing. FACT: According to ACA, in 2013, 27 percent of residential campers were racial/ethnic minorities with black and Latino making up the vast majority of these campers. Thirty-four percent of day campers were racial/ethnic minorities, again with black and Latino making up the majority. Despite

the camper demographics that mirror the changes in the country, Caucasians make up 92 percent and 91 percent of residential and day camp directors, respectively. As a Latino camp director, serving young people from a broad range of backgrounds, these facts motivate me daily. In the simplest of terms, I think of diversity as the crayons in the box and inclusion as the works of art they can create together. One opportunity camp professionals have is to tap into the diversity of our own campers and build pipelines of future staff. By championing our profession and using leadership opportunities like LIT and


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junior counselor programs, we can change the face of the camp profession. I was not introduced to camp until I was 18 years old and worked as a counselor at the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Tommy. That summer, I found a job I loved and was good at, but I still did not know it could be a profession. Growing up, I always thought I would go to medical school. When that dream ended, I chose law school because those were the two professions I saw on television. Today, I believe one of my responsibilities as a camp director is to help grow the next generation. Helping our staff understand not only how the skills they learn at camp can help them grow professionally in all fields, but

specifically the joys of growing in the camp profession. Another opportunity is utilizing the various heritage month celebrations as a tool to inform, educate, and reach out to our campers and staff. Currently, the United States recognizes 11 heritage months: African-American history in February, Women’s history and Irish-American in March, Asian-American and PacificIslander, older Americans and Jewish-American in May, LGBTQ pride in June, HispanicLatino in September (Sept 15 – Oct 15), disability employment awareness and Italian-American in October, and AmericanIndian in November. While most of these celebrations do not fall during peak sum-

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ON THE BLOCK EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

What’s missing — When a local business goes out, my thoughts are generally about the loss to the neighborhood and the business that is no more. And then I got to talking to Simon, whose eponymous jewelry store, Forever Simon, on Third Avenue between 91st and 92nd

Streets, was originally located on the opposite side of the street, between 94th and 95th Streets. When the businesses along that block were demolished to be replaced by an avenue-long high-rise (which is still under construction), Simon found space nearby where he has been for several years. His jewelry store shares the block with a convenience newspaper store, a beautytype salon, a UPS store, a Korean restaurant, and other businesses that survive on foot traffic. So Simon bemoaned the unexpected closing of Starbucks on the corner of 92nd. How come, I wanted to know. “Be-

cause customers going to Starbucks used to stop by and look at the jewelry and sometimes buy. We would talk.” Same sentiment from a customer in the UPS store who was sad to say that he’d miss stopping by to chat with the guy who worked there and get supplies. The kind of things that don’t happen in the online universe of shopping.

Today Target’s, tomorrow? — Everybody blames the landlord. And why not? They bring in the tenants who take over all those moms-and-pops and build the big boxes that everyone loves to hate when they hit their

neighborhood. Big-box stores are great for one-stop shopping when you’re not shopping online. Better than online shopping in some ways — the food, the produce, the groceries, the beverages, the clothing, you name it... all right before your eyes and a shopping cart away. Your heart may be in the right place about wanting to keep small businesses alive and in the neighborhood, but heck, if it’s all in one place and you don’t have to wait to walk in and out of store, why not? Back to the landlord. These days Manhattan’s streets and avenues are chockablock with cooperative apartment

ownership. Most have commercial space on the street level. The rents tenants pay for commercial space in co-ops impacts the co-op residents’ maintenance and other costs. These residential co-op owners, in many cases, have the ability and maybe the financial wherewithal to leave storefronts empty to assembly for a mega tenant like the Target coming to Third Avenue in the 70s. If the naysayers want moms-and-pops to exist, co-op owners may want to give more thought to the impact on the neighborhood and beyond and the role they play in the loss of small businesses.

SPREADING THE LACROSSE GOSPEL How minority youth in city public schools are becoming part of the sport’s community BY STEPHAN RUSSO

The onset of spring has a special meaning for me. No, I am not referring to the blooming of the April tulips. Rather, I pine for the smell of cut grass on a 110 yard playing field, the clanging of sticks and helmets, and the sensation of pinging the “back of the net.” I am talking about the advent of another season of lacrosse, a sport that had its origins in the tribal games played by Native Americans in the United States and Canada. European immigrants to North America modified the game to its current form. Today, there are over 800,000 young people playing the sport that carries the mantra as “the fastest game on two feet.” Full disclosure: I grew up playing lacrosse and was accepted into a top college primarily because of my stick skills — not my SAT scores. My friends and family know that I am wont to remind them (ad nauseum) that I was an All-American player and the 1973 national leader in total goals and assists. I now play in the over-60 division in what is called past-masters tournaments hoping that I make it though the weekend in one piece. (In January, I came back from Florida with a cracked

rib harkening to the old maxim that “Old Soldiers Never Die.”) The sport also has a reputation for being the exclusive domain of welloff prep school and suburban white kids who have access to fields, the latest equipment and top-tier coaching. However, there is now a movement to spread the sport to the hardtop playgrounds and streets of New York and other cities. Twelve years ago, only six high schools in the New York City Public Athletic League (PSAL) had varsity lacrosse teams — four in Staten Island. This was when Matty Levine, former All-American goalie at Williams College and passionate promoter of the game, started on his mission to spread the lacrosse gospel among public school and primarily minority youth. With donated equipment and excollege player volunteers, Levine created CityLax in 2005. He had begun a youth lacrosse program called Doc’s NYC in 1996 (in memory of Bernard Doc Schoenbaum, a NYC club lacrosse teammate) but was determined to reach a far different group of young people. Levine merged his business and dedicated his efforts full-time to develop school teams in all five boroughs. But he faced significant bureaucratic challenges dealing with the PSAL. By sheer will and determination, he has helped create fifty-two boys’ and girls’ varsity PSAL teams in throughout NYC. There is now a

vibrant avenue for public school kids to reap the benefits of the sport and become part of the growing lacrosse community. But CityLax was not the only lacrosse effort in New York City. In 2008, a young man by the name of Simon Cataldo, a Teach for America special education math teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) in Harlem, watched a CityLax clinic at FDA and had an idea. Simon began a middle school lacrosse program as a way to provide a positive athletic experience for his students. Harlem Lacrosse was born. Today, building on CityLax’s success, Harlem Lacrosse works with over 300 boys and girls in seven different Harlem schools, teaching the skills of lacrosse and providing academic support. The results speak for themselves. The CityLax and Harlem programs boast that over 90 percent of their participants graduate from high school and are accepted into college. Owen Van Arsdale was an attackman on the University of Virginia’s (UVA) 2014 nationally-ranked lacrosse team when the Harlem group visited Charlottesville that year. Having grown up as the son of a lacrosse coach, he recognized the influence the sport had on his life and was struck by the enthusiasm of the middle-schoolers from NYC. Van Arsdale spent an extra year at UVA getting his masters in education but knew that what he really wanted to do was work with the kids

The Frederick Douglass Academy Lions. Photo: Stephan Russo from Harlem who had visited. Unlike many of his teammates who came to New York to join the Wall Street crowd, Van Arsdale set his sights much further uptown. “I came from a small community that took care of its own,” said Van Arsdale, “and the life values (hard work, discipline and teamwork) I learned being around the sport of lacrosse are so much a part of who I am today.” Van Arsdale is as much a social worker and educator as he is a lacrosse coach. At FDA, he walks the halls and knows all the administrators, teachers and students. He shares a small office on the second floor with his co-workers, Natasha Blackburn who runs the girl’s team, Matt Mason who is charge of the middle school team, and Sheree Trotman who helps keep them organized. The room is filled with sticks,

gloves, pads and helmets and a steady stream of kids who look to Owen for approval and guidance. The FDA Lions, last season’s PSAL champs, traveled to Staten Island recently to take on the parochial school powerhouse Monsignor Farrell High School. It was a rainy, dreary day but you could feel the excitement on the bus. “This is what they have practiced so diligently for,” Van Arsdale said. He had his coaching game face on. His players listened intently when he barked out instructions. FDA upended Monsignor Farrell, 10-9, in a thrilling overtime victory. Van Arsdale beamed and finally broke a smile at the end of the game. He told the students to enjoy the win but admonished them to focus on “what’s next.” He knew it was only the beginning of the season and there was still much work to be done.

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VOTING FRAUGHT ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE ENGAGEMENT Despite a citywide move to open up the Participatory Budgeting process, City Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s office kept to the old voting age in her district BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

The New York City Council’s Participatory Budgeting program, which gives residents a chance to choose which among a list of capital projects should be funded in their neighborhoods, is billed as a way of introducing young people to civic life. To further encourage participation, the minimum voting age this year was lowered to 11, from the previous cutoff of 14. But on the Upper West Side, Council Member Helen Rosenthal took a different approach, stating on her website and in other materials that voting for Participatory Budgeting was open to residents age 14 or older. “We are sticking with our age requirement from last year, which was 14 and up,” said Sarah Crean, Rosenthal’s com-

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munications director. This was the seventh year of New York City’s Participatory Budgeting program, which gives residents a vote on how to allocate $1 million in capital discretionary funding within their Council district. Before a nine-day voting period concluded last Sunday, Crean said that Rosenthal’s office would not turn away 11-, 12or 13-years-olds if they came to a voting location, but explained that youth engagement efforts would focus on voters age 14 and up. “We’re trying to engage young people in a way that best serves the needs of everybody in the district,” Crean said during voting last week. Before this year’s move to open the vote to 11-year-olds, the voting age for Participatory Budgeting was previously lowered from 16 to 14 — a change Rosenthal’s office advocated for, Crean said. “The office felt strongly that when the city wanted to bring it down to 11 that we wanted to keep it at 14 because we felt that that would allow voters to have the biggest impact in the

district,” Crean said. “We really believe in Participatory Budgeting,” she said. “We totally respect it. I think essentially this would be a respectful difference from one of the guidelines based on our experience with the process and what we’ve seen in the district.” Projects on the ballot this year in Rosenthal’s Sixth District included improvements to local libraries, sidewalks, schools and public housing developments. Residents can vote for multiple projects, and typically two or more initiatives are funded per year, depending on the price tag of each project with the most votes until the allotted funding runs out. Results will be announced later this spring. Residents of Council District Six could vote at a number of locations on the Upper West Side, including Rosenthal’s district office, as well as online. This year, the Council’s online voting system prompted voters to affirm that they live in District Six, would only vote once, and were at least 11 years or in the sixth grade. “We have spoken with the

[City Council] speaker’s office on this and they know that we have decided to stick with last year’s policy,” Crean said. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s office said Council staff “has addressed [Council Members’] concerns about the participatory budgeting voting age and has encouraged Council Members to adhere to the rules and allow everyone who wishes to vote to do so.” According to the citywide Participatory Budgeting rulebook posted on the City Council’s website, “People can vote for projects if they live in the district and are at least 11 years old or in 6th Grade.” The rulebook does not detail the latitude given to individual council members in adjusting voting rules within their districts. It is unclear if any other Council members chose to not adopt the new age minimum. Rosenthal’s fellow Manhattan Council representatives Ben Kallos, Corey Johnson and Ydanis Rodriguez each advertised the new voting age of 11 in promotional materials.

Although the voting age in the Participatory Budgeting process was lowered to 11 citywide, Upper West Side City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, pictured at a recent hearing at City Hall, chose to keep it at 14. Photo: Council Member Helen Rosenthal

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New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. 7 p.m. Free Join author Fred Jerome for the launch of the new and updated edition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Einstein File: The FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Secret War Against The Wordsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Famous Scientist,â&#x20AC;? in which he details efforts to discredit Albert Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inďŹ&#x201A;uence in the U.S and to destroy his prestige. 212-874-5210 nysec.org

American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Square 5:30 p.m. Free What better way to ring in the weekend with free music that thematically reďŹ&#x201A;ects the self-taught art on view at the Folk Art Museum? Enjoy the donation-based cash bar and check out Miwa Geminiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indie folk/pop, Laura Rebel Angelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rockabilly twang and the hiphop folk stylings of Melissa Czarnik. 212-595-9533 folkartmuseum.org

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A concert honoring the Debbie Friedman School of Music class of ‘93

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Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 ▼EARTHFEST American Museum of Natural History, Columbus Avenue and 79th Street 7 a.m. Free with museum admission Celebrate Earth Day and reenergize the movement to protect and sustain our planet at this daylong immersion into art, science and culture. Events include early-morning yoga in the Cullman Hall of the Universe and performances from John Luther Adams’s “Become Ocean” by The Chelsea Symphony. 212-769-5100 amnh.org

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‘HORSES’: PATTI SMITH AMY CHOZICK WITH AND HER BAND GAIL COLLINS: ‘CHASING HILLARY’ The Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway 7 p.m. $55-$85 The premiere of Steven Sebring’s documentary film capturing the final performance of the punk poet laureate’s iconic album, “Horses,” which includes backstage footage of Smith and her band. After the screening, Smith and her band will perform the title track of “Horses” along with other signature songs. tribecafilm.com

Barnes & Noble Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway 7 p.m. Free For a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton, from her 2008 campaign to the 2016 presidential election, a journey that took her to 48 states and set off her new book, “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.” Join Chozick in conversation with Times columnist Gail Collins. 212-362-8835 stores.barnesandnoble.com

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Wed 25 ▲MICHELLE VALBERG: WILD CREATURES, EXTREME CONDITIONS Metropolitan Opera Guild 165 West 65th St. 6:30 p.m. $7 donation Michelle Valberg, a renowned wildlife, landscape and portrait photographer, has been telling stories with her camera for more than 30 years. Come see her high-impact photographs of the people, landscapes and wildlife of Canada, and hear her talk about her work. 212-769-7028 metguild.org

Book Culture | 450 Columbus Ave. | 212-595-1962 | bookculture.com James Hoge of Foreign Affairs leads a conversation with author Ronan Farrow on “the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership” ($35 includes book).

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH, 6:30PM Met Opera Guild | 165 W. 65th St. | 212-769-7028 | sierraphotonyc.com Renowned wildlife, landscape, and portrait photographer Michelle Valberg shares her images of Canada in a presentation hosted by with the Sierra Club NYC Photography Committee ($7 suggested donation).

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue “‘Behold the Dreamers’ offers an interesting take on the American Dream. It takes place after the 2008 stock market crash and tells the story Jende Jonga, a recent immigrant from Cameroon, who finds himself the personal limo driver of a Lehman Brothers executive. The novel grapples with a part of the city that people try to avoid looking at — the inequality between the wealthy, and the people who are working for those with money, and how the issues facing the people like Jendge are much more significant than those of his employer.”

— Amy Ribakove, a bookseller at The Corner Bookstore

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New Yorkers can’t agree on anything. Can reading the same book bring them together?

by James Baldwin “It’s my secret, favorite novel of Baldwin’s. This is just a wonderful novel about love and hardship in 1970’s Harlem — about messed up families and love and injustice. Tish and Fonny, the main characters, are madly in love. They become engaged, Tish becomes pregnant, and then Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned. It is not a light novel, but it is incredible.”

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The book, though still undetermined, will be a singular sensation. “One Book, One New York,” the nation’s largest community reading program, returns for a second year to unite citizens of the five boroughs through the universality of an individual book, read together. The program gives New Yorkers the opportunity to vote for one book among five nominated titles. Each nominee captures one world within our multifaceted city, from Brooklyn’s Navy Yard during World War II to early 1970s Harlem. The winner will be announced on May 3. “No matter which book wins, they each celebrate New York City, and the love affair that these authors have with [it]. They speak about so many important themes, about immigration, inclusion, exclusion, really important issues, particularly in today’s turbulent political times,” says Julie Menin, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner, which is sponsoring the program with New York magazine and Vulture, The five nominees were determined by a group of literary scholars, professors and academics, and each book reflects a different neighborhood. While community reading projects that encourage people to read the same book at the same time are not new, New York is the only city that brings its citizens into the decision-making process. “The public element of it is very important,” says Menin. “There’s no better way to have a civic conversation than to have New Yorkers engage directly, and to choose.” Last year’s winner, “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, led to a unique “commonality of experience,” says Menin. “I can’t tell you how many people contacted us and told us, anecdotally, that they were on the subway

— Nick Buzanski, bookseller at Book Culture Commissioner Julie Menin with school kids. Photo courtesy of the NYC Office of Media and Entertainment reading “Americanah” and the person next to them was reading “Americanah.” “One Book, One New York” also spawned something of a New York book club diaspora. Cities from across the country and in Germany, Israel and Turkey expressed interest in launching their own programs. The program is designed to create an affordable, shared cultural experience; to that end, thousands of copies of the nominated titles will be available at the 219 public library branches throughout the city. The majority of the city’s many independent booksellers also participate in and benefit from extra foot traffic thanks to the program; they’ll stock extra copies as well. Once the winner is announced, events throughout the city will celebrate the book and its author, who is likely to occupy a unique cultural position in a city known for its bookish inhabitants. The curious can come for a sneak peek on April 19th, where as part of the PEN World Voices literary festival, a private reception and panel discussion featuring the nominated authors will be held at The New School. One presenter will be Barry Jenkins, whose film “Moonlight” won the Academy Award for best picture and is currently directing a film based on one of the five nominees, James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Don’t have time to read through all the nominees before voting closes? The denizens of literary New York gave us the scoop on the nominees:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan “The gangsters may be the best part of “Manhattan Beach,” an elegantly written, absorbing work of historical fiction that takes readers back in time to the years before, and then during, World War II. It follows a flawed but loving dad who mysteriously disappears and his independent, gutsy daughter who’s determined first to support what’s left of her family and then to find him. Egan tours readers around the tenements in Brooklyn and the nightclubs of Manhattan, and from Navy Yard factories to warships at sea, never losing her grip on what’s most interesting about the story - and how the past can feel like, and teach us, about today.”

— Ester Bloom, Senior Editor at CNBC.com and a former book reviewer for Barnes & Noble

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago “I teach ‘When I was Puerto Rican’ in a literary seminar called ‘New York’s Literary Women.’ Students love Santiago’s book, not only because the writing is so readable and engaging, but because she paints such vivid pictures of everything from her childhood in Puerto Rico to her very first time being in New York. Many of my students are living in NYC for the first time, and while their individual experiences inevitably differ, there is something recognizable in Santiago’s melancholy story of leaving a beloved home and childhood to face an uncertain future.”

— Tahneer Oksman, Assistant Professor, Marymount Manhattan College

White Tears by Hari Kunzru “‘White Tears’ was maybe the book that most blew my mind in 2017. Kunzru’s examination of the history of blues music, the vivid characterizations of the main two young white male characters and their wanderings throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and their travels around Mississippi, felt at various times dead-on sharp, intensely terrifying, satirically humorous, haunting, and exhilarating. The book explores our nation’s history of racial violence, power and greed, and I think it’s especially relevant for our city, which takes such pride in its cultural richness and racial diversity.”

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that something like this would come down. It’s ironic, because it could completely be reused and transferred to residential.” Development at the ABC site could conceivably overlap with construction on the Extell project on the opposite side of West 66th Street. “If a developer on one side of the street is doing something at the same time a developer across the street is doing something, the city’s not going to say to wait until one is finished,” Khorsandi said. There are no contextual zoning height restrictions on the block, raising the possibility that the ABC lots could be the site of another sizable project in the neighborhood, in addition to the proposed Extell building at 50 West 66th Street and a planned 668-foot condo tower a few blocks away at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which is the subject of a pending zoning appeal filed by the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, a local group that opposes the project. “I don’t know what’s happening to our Upper West Side,” said Olive Freud, the president of the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development. “If it’s another Midtown, 57th Street skyscraper, the community will do whatever we can to stop it.”

RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS APR 4 - 10, 2018 The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml. Mcdonald’s

2726 Broadway

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Pinkberry

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1890 Broadway

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283 Amsterdam Ave

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165 West 65 St

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La Dinastia Latin-Chinese Cuisine

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ABC’s campus includes several buildings on the block, including its 22-story corporate headquarters at 77 West 66th Street and the ABC News studios at neighboring 47 West 66th Street, also known as the Barbara Walters Building, as well as the studios of local affiliate WABC at 149 Columbus Avenue. It is unclear which of the ABC buildings will be included in the sale, though reports indicate the deal will likely include both 77 West 66th Street and 47 West 66th Street. A spokesman for Silverstein declined to comment on the reported deal, and the company’s plans for the site remain unclear. Officials with Disney, ABC’s parent company, did not respond to requests for comment. Some ABC-owned lots on the block fall within the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District and would be protected from demolition or major alterations. Neither 77 West 66th Street nor 47 West 66th Street fall within the historic district. Sean Khorsandi, executive director of the land use and preservation nonprofit Landmark

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Us too? Even in a historically “women’s business,” has sexism manifested itself in the purchase and sale of homes? Ours is a business that always enabled smart entrepreneurial women to rise to the top of the profession. And yet, subtle forms of discrimination remain. There is no residential brokerage “casting couch.” No listing I have ever heard of has been awarded on the basis of the granting of sexual favors. And while female agents have been (appropriately) apprehensive

about meeting strangers alone in empty houses or apartments, the incidence of actual inappropriate behavior or violence remains minimal. The expressions of prejudice inform conversations and behaviors in less overt ways. First, clients and customers treat women agents disrespectfully more frequently than they do men. Not that it happens so often. But if buyers or sellers are dismissive or even hostile in the way they react to advice or guidance, the agent, at least in my office, is more likely a woman, even when the client has selected the agent himself. I have witnessed a number of situations in which the same advice, delivered by a man, receives a substantially different and more positive reaction than when delivered by a woman, even if the latter trumps the former in experience. Is it any accident

that the stars of “Million Dollar Listing” are men? The perception that, by and large, that level of ultra-high price deal making belongs to the guys subtly reinforces the notion that, if you want to buy or sell for big bucks, a man will have a better business head and represent you better. And then there is the question of math! In my generation, it was assumed that women were poor at math and this frequently became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course this assumption never had a basis in fact. Successful agents in our business require both strong arithmetic and conceptual skills; deals need to be carefully financially structured and board packages need to be massaged to make sure the presentation of assets shows in its most positive light. Fortunately I think this prejudice, which is both sui generis and externally imposed, seems to have disappeared in the generation of women under 50 who now make up many of our top agents. They often put my arithmetical skills

to shame, about which I could not be more delighted. The great agents of the generation above mine, almost all women, were often known as “barracudas.” That meant that they did not display appropriately “feminine” behavior in their negotiations; they displayed business savvy and strength that would have gone unremarked or praised in a man. In the 1950s and ‘60s and ‘70s, given prevailing attitudes towards business, those women HAD to be tough to succeed. Today, men and women share equal success in real estate; as men increasingly inhabit higher echelons in the residential business, women become more and more successful on the commercial side. Some gender prejudices linger, whether about ability, or skills, or the appropriateness of certain types of behavior. Maybe it will take another generation before they really disappear. Frederick W. Peters is chief executive officer of Warburg Realty Partnership.


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MASTERING MONEY Investment funds lawyer and former director at the Securities Exchange Commission takes us into his world BY ANGELA BARBUTI

April is Financial Literary Month, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than to speak with someone who dedicates his career to advising in the financial sector. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Norm Champ saw the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008, and decided to lend his knowledge to the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In his book, “Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prevent the Next Devastating Crisis,” he gives readers a glimpse into the federal government. “Citizens have a right to know what it’s like inside the government and the good and the bad,” he explained. “I felt like there wasn’t a book out there about what it was like.” Now, the Upper East Side resident is a partner in the investment funds group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, assisting private investment funds with being in compliance with SEC regulations. He also gives back to his alma maters, teaching investment management law at Harvard Law, and sitting on the advisory council to the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

How did your job at the SEC come about? Throughout my career as a lawyer, I had worked on filings with the SEC and interacted with them on policy issues and had a lot of respect for them. And if you go back to the fall of 2008, all the federal regulators that were blamed for the crisis, the SEC easily was the one that took t he most critic i sm . You k now, t hey had failed to find

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Bernie Madoff, Allen Stanford, who was connected to another big Ponzi scheme. The five largest broker dealers under the SEC’s regulation, either vanished from the face of the earth, like Lehman, or taken over by banks, like Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, or became banks, like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Their jurisdiction was changing, they were under a lot of criticism, and so it felt like, “Maybe this is a time where my expertise in investment management funds could be helpful to the Commission.” And so I started talking to some people there that I knew and one of them suggested that I apply for the job as head of examinations in New York, which I did and I got it. And I went there in January of 2010.

What were the challenges to your job there? If you ever looked into organizational management or change management, when a respected organization like the SEC, that’s had a long run of success, has a problem, like Madoff... the reaction is not, “We need to change a lot of things.” The reaction is typically, “That was just an isolated failure.” And so the real challenge is working with people to make them understand that how things are being done contributed to what happened with Madoff. So how examination was done and how the examination function was organized, that those things actually were part of what happened in missing Madoff and Stanford. And when you have that realization, then the next step is, “How should we change how we’re doing things in order to make sure we don’t miss a Madoff and Stanford the next time.”

What is an initiative you started there that you’re most proud of? Easily the most proud thing is in the examination division of the SEC, we created a manual for the whole division, which is more than 1,000 people across the country. It laid out policies and procedures for the examination program, something that would be very basic at a firm in the financial services industry. They would be required to have a manual like that. And the SEC didn’t have it, so we got one in place for the exami-

Norm Champ is a former director at the Securities Exchange Commission now in the private sector. Photo: Ireland Studios Photography + Motion nation division, to try to put in place some processes and procedures so that there wouldn’t be another disaster like Madoff or Stanford. And if you just take a concrete example of that, in the case of Allen Stanford, which gets sometimes less publicity than Madoff…Stanford stole billions of dollars down in Texas. He was supposedly investing in high-yielding certificates of deposit at a bank in Antigua...There were concerns about how we were going to investigate in Antigua. So the manual we put in place says that if you are an examiner and believe someone is committing a fraud scheme, you must escalate that through channels all the way to Washington, if need be.

Tell us a story from your book. Someone anonymously delivered to me an anonymous note accusing my predecessor of all sorts of misconduct. And they delivered that to me in a plain envelope with no return address. It was detailing all these accusations they made against the guy who had the job before me. They also included in the package, fax coversheets showing that the year before, the letter accusing my predecessor had been

faxed to people in Congress, the press, the inspector general. So that was done, obviously, as a warning to let me know that if I tried to change too much, I could suffer the same fate. It’s obviously a sad and kind of disturbing story, that that would go on inside the government. And that was not uncommon; we got anonymous notes constantly accusing people of things.

In an interview with CNBC, you weighed in on cryptocurrencies. What is your opinion on digital currency? My main message on cryptocurrency has been to urge the regulators to try to come up with some kind of consistent approach. I’m not an internet lawyer, so am not opining on whether cryptocurrency is a good or bad thing. But more, where the regulatory approach to it has been a complete patchwork. The IRS says it’s property; the Treasury Department says that it’s money so you have to have a money transfer license. The CFTC says it’s a commodity and the US Securities and Exchange Commission has said it’s a security. So we have four different interpretations by the regulators and I think it would make sense, again I

don’t know about the pros and cons of it, to have a more unified regulatory approach.

Your future plans include writing a second book, “Mastering Money.” Yes, I’m working on another book, which is really more of a personal finance book. It builds off the last chapter of “Going Public,” which talks about some of my recommendations to help people with basic decisions in their economic lives. We obviously spend almost no time teaching financial concepts in high schools or colleges, and yet we then turn the same people loose into the working world without a whole lot of guidance about what to do. So the book’s about how to make good decisions in personal finance early on in your career, when you’re younger so that you have a foundation as you get older.

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