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SO MUCH TO SEE! DISCOVER LAKE ONTARIO This summer explore the shore of Lake Ontario. Take a refreshing dip at Olcutt Beach or body surf at Hamlin Beach State Park or Fair Haven Beach State Park. Enjoy the wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail. See spectacular sunsets at Golden Hill State Park where you can stay in a lighthouse or yurts along the shore. Enjoy world-class sportfishing on Lake Ontario and its tributaries with the chance to reel in steelhead, Chinook, or walleye.

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COMMEMORATE PEACE, LOVE & MUSIC

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This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of the greatest festival of all time — the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the original event, will present concerts, talks and even an open-air screening of “Woodstock: The Director’s Cut” in the very field where Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and many others made history .

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Head to where the wild things are: the Wild Center in the Adirondacks! This can’t-miss stop is designed to create new and exciting experiences in nature. The famous “Wild Walk,” lets you stroll on an elevated trail through the treetops and includes playful elements like a human-sized bird nest or an enormous hammock-like spider web. You’ll feel at one with nature in no time.

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SO MUCH TO LOV E! CELEBRATE PRIDE STATEWIDE This year, New York’s Pride celebrations are bigger and better than ever! For the first time, the US will host WorldPride — right here in New York City — to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots when the West Village gay community rose up against police discrimination. With monumental anniversaries and 50+ pride events throughout the state, you don’t want to miss out! .

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CATCH SOME SERIOUS SPRAY If you’re craving a wet-n-wild adventure, kick things up a notch with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. The fully guided tour starts on the lower Niagara River into the Niagara Gorge at 55 mph and right into the heart of Devil’s Hole level 5 rapids! It sounds risky, but don’t worry, these boats are specially designed to withstand the turbulence so that you can experience the awe-inspiring might of Niagara Falls.

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CHEER ON THE BEST Ready to try your luck? Come place your bets at the historic Saratoga Race Course, the oldest continually operating sports venue in the country. From the pounding of the horses’ hooves to the pounding of spectators’ hearts, there’s nothing like the excitement of a summer’s day at the races. Thoroughbred racing season begins July 11, so get your grandstand tickets today.

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F I N D W H A T YO U L OV E ! CELEBRATE NEW YORK STATE Don’t let summer get away without attending The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, the first and longest-running state fair in the country. It also gets bigger every year. Expect animals, fireworks, battered and deep-fried morsels, carnival rides, competitions in everything from jam-making to storytelling, and big-name music headliners — this year’s lineup includes Ice Cube, Bad Company, the Dropkick Murphys, Gavin DeGraw, and more.

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GAZE UPON THE MARVEL OF GLASS Enter a world of mind-boggling glass art at the Corning Museum of Glass. You can explore collections of glass art from the last 35 centuries, watch live glass-blowing demonstrations, and even try glassmaking for yourself with the museum’s family-friendly “Make Your Own Glass” experiences.

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It’s not summer until you’ve spent a day lounging on one of Long Island’s world-class beaches. Cooper’s Beach in the Hamptons — rated number three in the nation by esteemed beach expert, “Dr. Beach.” — is famous for its white sandy dunes and beautiful nearby mansions. Main Beach, another Dr. Beach favorite, is beautiful, clean, and quiet. Hither Hills State Park in Montauk is open to the public and home to incredible “walking dunes.”

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CB7 Transportation Committee passes resolution to improve safety for northbound cyclists BY JASON COHEN

Cyclists on the Upper West Side may soon feel safer near Central Park. Last week the Community Board 7 Transportation Committee passed a resolution that will create a northbound protected bike lane on Central Park West. On June 11, the Department of Transportation presented the community with a proposal outlining how there will be dedicated space for cyclists, safer pedestrian and cyclist crossings and dedicated turn lanes, all of which will reduce weaving in and out of traffic. Members of the Transportation Committee praised the DOT for their plan. “I think this is a great start,” said Committee Member Ken Coughlin. “It’s really a shame we did not have this a year ago.” “I think this is something that is substantial for us,” added Committeewoman Elizabeth Caputo. “I’m in support of making this happen.” While their colleague Richard Robbins commended the DOT, he still saw a couple of troubling issues with the plan.

Four-and-a-half years after the American Museum of Natural History first announced plans for a major expansion project — and following an extensive city review process and a legal battle with a local group that sought to block the new facility — work has officially commenced on the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. “We made it,” Ellen Futter, the museum’s president, said to staff, donors, politicians and other dignitaries at a June 12 groundbreaking ceremony for the $383 million project. The 230,000-square-foot Gilder Center will feature new exhibition and classroom spaces, a redesigned library, and will improve the flow of visitors throughout the museum complex. The facility is being built on the west side of the museum on a quarter-acre of what was formerly Theodore Roosevelt Park and will include a new entrance to the museum facing Columbus Avenue. “The new Gilder Center will provide important new educational spaces and a new, more publicly accessible home for much of our collections and for our library, while it also is dramatically improving circulation and facilitating a more satisfying visit to the museum both physically and intellectually,” Fut-

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RECLAIMING A PROUD LEGACY Activists opposed to the role that corporations play in NYC Pride events are staging a march of their own, P. 5 Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the June 12 groundbreaking ceremony for the Gilder Center. Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

portant for our future.” Both the mayor and Futter stressed the role the Gilder Center will play in advancing the museum’s mission at a time when, in de Blasio’s words, “Science is under attack.” “In this time of rampant misinformation and confusion, especially about the critical science-based issues of our century — climate change, human health and other environmental threats — this museum’s evidence-based science research and education […] has never been more critical,” Futter said. But the museum has come under scrutiny in recent years for the political activities of its patrons, including the Gilder Center’s

ter said. In his comments at the event, Mayor Bill de Blasio briefly referenced local opposition to the Gilder Center, which resulted in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit that claimed the city failed to adhere to land use and environmental review requirements in approving the project. The city contributed $78 million in funding to the Gilder Center. “I like to say that I represent a city of 8.6 million highly opinionated people — so not everybody understood immediately why it was so important to foster STEM education, why it was so important to create this center,” de Blasio said. “But perseverance is a virtue and we’re all here today because we believed together that this was im-

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PROTESTING THE COMMUNITY BOARD OVER TRAFFIC DEATHS

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STATE LEADERS OK RENTAL PROTECTIONS FOR NYC HOUSING New law is a victory for tenants and housing advocates BY DAVID KLEPPER

More than one million apartment dwellers in and around New York City are getting new protections against big rent increases under a landmark tenants’ rights bill signed into law Friday. The measure, which passed the Democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly Friday afternoon and was immediately signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, strengthens the existing rent stabilization and rent control rules that govern rental increases and evictions in many older, multiunit apartments. It also makes the rules permanent, eliminating the need for leaders in Albany to regularly renew the law, which was set to expire Saturday. Lawmakers voted to extend several protections throughout the state, including one prohibiting security

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deposits of more than one month’s rent. The law will also authorize cities throughout the state to opt into rent stabilization rules. The law is a big victory for tenants, housing advocates and many progressive groups that say high rents in New York City are forcing out many lower and middle-class residents. It’s also a stunning defeat for the New York City real estate indus-

try, long one of the most politically powerful forces in the state Capitol. “The tables have finally turned in favor of millions of tenants across New York state,” said Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, an Upper West Side Democrat. “For far too long, big real estate pulled the strings in Albany.” Landlords have warned that apartments may fall into disrepair if own-

ers aren’t allowed to raise the rent high enough to cover the cost of improvements. The Partnership for New York City, a leading business advocacy organization, said the changes could backfire. “This rent reform package will inevitably lead to the same loss of decent, middle-class housing that we experienced in the 1970s and 1980s,” the group said in a statement. “It is not enough to maintain affordability if it means tenants are living in terrible conditions.” Tenants and advocates argue that high rents are a leading cause of income inequality in the nation’s largest city, leading to the elimination of affordable housing and turning many neighborhoods into the reserve of the well-heeled. The rent stabilization and control laws were written decades ago to preserve affordable housing amid the postwar boom. Since then, the rules have slowly been eroded and thousands of units have been taken out of stabilization. The changes approved Friday will eliminate a landlord’s ability to take

a unit out of the system based on a tenant’s income and further restrict landlords’ abilities to justify rent increases through improvements and upgrades. Passage was made possible last fall when Democrats took control of the state Senate, giving them a lock on power. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Democrat from the Bronx, and Senate Leader Andrea StewartCousins worked out the deal, without much input from Cuomo, who left the negotiations to lawmakers. “I’m confident the measure passed today is the strongest possible set of reforms that the Legislature was able to pass,” Cuomo said in a statement announcing his signature. He called the law “a major step forward for tenants across New York.” Stewart-Cousins, who grew up in public housing and is the first African American woman to lead a legislative chamber in New York, said that after decades of siding with the landlords, Albany is now listening to the tenants. “What we’re doing today says `we get it,’” she said.

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 20th precinct for the week ending June 9 Week to Date

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BOOZE HEIST BUST According to police, at 9:09 a.m. on Friday, June 7, a 29 year-old man entered the Ehrlich Wines & Spirits store at 222 Amsterdam Ave. at 70th St., grabbed a bottle of peach liquor from a shelf and tried to leave. When a 38-year-old male employee tried to stop him, the suspect shoved the employee out of his way and ďŹ&#x201A;ed the location, police said. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, and the alleged shoplifter, Christian Fitzgerald, was arrested and charged with robbery. The bottle of

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TWO TIMES TWO WHEELS Thieves made off with a scooter and a bicycle with a combined value of nearly $8,000. In the ďŹ rst incident, a 36-year-old man parked his Vespa scooter in front of 57 West 75th St. at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27. When he returned at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, his ride was gone. The stolen scooter was a gray Vespa CYL with New York plates 82TV50, valued at $4,000.

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Then, on Saturday afternoon, June 1, a 43-year-old man left his bike locked to a street sign in front of 61 West 62nd St. When he returned the following day at 1:30 p.m. the lock was broken and the bike, a Cervelo T1 valued at $3,900. was missing.

bag without permission or authority, police said. The woman was stopped and, according to the police report, was found to be in possession of merchandise she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paid for. Jacqueline Cooper, 38, was arrested and charged with grand larceny. The recovered items included 68 assorted Sephora products totaling $2,043.

SEPHORA SHOPLIFTING ARREST At 6:55 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, a loss prevention officer in the Sephora store at 2103 Broadway at 73rd St. observed a woman removing products from a shelf and placing them in a

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RECLAIMING A PROUD LEGACY PRIDE 2019 Activists opposed to the role that corporations play in NYC Pride events are staging a march of their own BY OSCAR KIM BAUMAN

Fifty years after the Stonewall rebellion launched the modern LGBTQ rights movement, New York City is playing host to the World Pride celebrations. As Pride has grown, it has also changed in nature. What began as a scrappy, community-based political protest has become a mammoth, rainbow-hued festival full of corporate sponsors. The activists at the Reclaim Pride Coalition want to return Pride to its political roots. To that end they have organized their own Queer Liberation March, an alternative to the official NYC Pride March. Organizer Ann Northrop, a veteran activist, said the first Pride march in New

York, in June 1970, “was a political event,” which has been left behind by the “corporate party” Pride has become.

A Dedicated Activist Northrop got her start in the antiVietnam War and women’s rights protest movements in the 1960s and ‘70s. Out as a lesbian since 1976, she left a job at CBS to work as an AIDS educator for New York’s HetrickMartin Institute for Lesbian and Gay Youth, and later as an organizer at the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP. In the decades since, Northrop has worked at the Williams Institute, an LGBTQ-focused think tank, the Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation activist groups, as well as “every protest group that came along.” Since 1996, she has hosted the public access show “Gay USA” along with Andy Humm, showcasing LGBTQ issues, both domestically and inter-

The Reclaim Pride Coalition objects to the role of corporations in New York’s annual Pride March. This Chipotle float was part of the 2013 parade. Photo: brklyn is over, via Flckr

nationally. Northrop said her years on “Gay USA” have made her “continually aware” of the challenges faced by LGBTQ communities around the world. During an interview, she noted the struggles of activists in Bosnia and North Macedonia to hold the first pride marches in their nations. She also mentioned a Pride

march held last year in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp by Ugandan refugees, at risk to their own lives due to the camp’s rigidly conservative environment. “That is pride to me, not TD Bank rolling down Fifth Avenue,” Northrop said.

An Unconventional Approach It was this desire to re-center

rights advocacy as part of Pride which drew Northrop to Reclaim Pride. In 2017 and 2018, Northrop, along with other activists, took part in the city’s official Pride march. But after struggles in 2018 with Heritage of Pride, the organizers of the

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WHY BOB DYLAN’S ROLLING THUNDER GAMBLE PAID OFF PUBLIC EYE

CONCERNED WORDS HELP THE HEALING BY BETTE DEWING

BY JON FRIEDMAN

In the fall of 1975, Bob Dylan launched The Rolling Thunder Revue and took one of the biggest musical risks of his six-decade musical career. It was a resounding success. The six-week tour of New England and other locales has been captured in a new documentary from Netflix entitled “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.” (Previously, some of Dylan’s film work had such vague names as Dont Look Back — no apostrophe — Eat the Document and Masked and Anonymous, but Netflix liked having all of the principals in the title. Membership indeed has its privileges!) The rehearsals and concerts are beautifully presented in a 14-disc package from Sony/Legacy. Looking back, Dylan took a big chance by charging into this tour. He wanted to return to his un-corporate roots and have fun playing rock and roll tunes, after being tied for more than a decade to the oppressive label, The Voice of a Generation. Dylan, shrewdly sizing up the pitfalls of idolatry at an early age, had flatly rejected this highly inconvenient tag. He wanted to boogie with his friends. Dylan impulsively launched The Rolling Thunder Revue, a rather rag-tag endeavor for a musical star who had triumphantly filled North America’s biggest hockey and basketball venues just the year before. He favored playing on college campuses. He sang out of his head, with more concern for reaching the balcony than being known for precision and artistry. He wore extensive makeup. The risks? Dylan, for the first time, went on tour without The Band backing him up. He was coming off back-to-back hits with the albums “Planet Waves” and “Blood on the Tracks,” so he had a lot of recent success to live up to. The reviews for

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his Tour ‘74 extravaganza (when tickets cost a then-astronomical $8.50 apiece) had been a critical and commercial bonanza for Dylan. By touring in 1975, Dylan had hoped, too, to shine a light on the plight of imprisoned middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who had been convicted of murder (Dylan had read Carter’s autobiography and met him in the New Jersey prison and came away convinced of Carter’s innocence). Dylan co-wrote and recorded the song “Hurricane,” pointedly the first song on his next album, “Desire.” Displaying a fire that the world hadn’t heard since his 1966 world tour, Dylan sang like a demon on “Hurricane.” But a song about injustice and a black man also represented a sizable risk for Dylan’s reputation. His 1971 song “George Jackson,” about a Black Panther leader who had been shot and killed earlier that year by prison guards, had been dismissed by fans and critics as an insincere attempt to get the public off Dylan’s back. Dylan, they alleged, hoped this “return to protest” would restore his street credibility, but it didn’t. So, why, then, did Rolling Thunder work? Dylan’s singing is the main reason. He is completely engaged in this music. In later years, critics and fans would chide Dylan for his

wildly inconsistent performances on stage to the point of mailing it in (I’ve seen these dreary performances many times). But in 1975, he was right there — on every song, at every stop. Maybe he felt freer, without the pressure of performing with The Band in tow. Maybe he loved singing the new songs, which would later comprise the Desire album. Maybe he loved playing to college kids on campuses. Maybe he loved singing again with Joan Baez and on the same bill as such musicians as Mick Ronson, Joni Mitchell, Roger McGuinn, Ronee Blakley, T-Bone Burnett, Rob Stoner and Howie Wyeth. You’ll see all of the joy and commitment on Dylan’s face and in his voice during the Scorsese film. My one gripe: I felt there were too many cutaways, when I just wanted to hear Dylan at one of his creative peaks. I didn’t need anything else. Sometimes he seemed like an extra in his own film. No matter, really. This is a film worth exploring if you love Bob Dylan’s music and want to catch him at a time when he took one of his biggest creative gambles — and made it work. Jon Friedman is the author of “Forget About Today: Bob Dylan’s Genius for Reinvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution.”

Doorman Jose told me not to write this column because I’d taken a spill from a chair and hurt my right knee. “Take care of yourself first and foremost,” he said, “the world will survive without this one column.” But concerned words like Jose’s do help the healing, and so I feel compelled to get this message out there how concerned words help the healing. And how we need reminding to say them — enough. And this is rather a follow up on my previouos column about how apartment house staff members are often veritable lifelines to building residents, as well as everyday friends who say “Good morning,” “Good day,” “Good evening,” and really mean it.

The Need to Be More Neighborly And again, to those who don’t have them, infinitely more must be said and done about the need to organize — such an unfriendly term —to get tenants to be more neighborly, where greeting one another with a smile at least is the rule. And remember the late Loretta Ponticelli who, when she was able-bodied, made the City and Suburban Homes complex more community-minded, But this rather fell apart when she became home-bound and ironlically could have used more community support herself. There was no Jose there to judicially spread the word when some-

one was ill. “Bette got hurt,” he told some longtime tenants, which pompted some welcome visits, food and ice bags. And mostly it’s the presence that matters, perhaps by “reach out and touch someone,” phone calls, and of course emails, though not everyone has online options. Ever wish online had not beeninvented?

Small Businesses Create Community And speaking of communty, online shopping surely undermines the health and survival of neighborhood shops and eateries which create community. For example, as the owners of Beacon Paint & Hardware said when I called about their atruggle to survive, the problem wasn’t any mammoth rent hike, but the online shopping, with bargains so hard to resist, not to mention the convenience, which was undermining the survival of this family’s nearly halfcentury old business. And that was another reasom I needed to write this column — to stress again how these small businesses and eateries create commuity and neighborliness. And with the population aging, they are accessible by walking and, yes, by wheelchairs and rollators. They need our all-out support. It can be done, if enough of us try.

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GILDER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 We made it. Ellen Futter, president, American

Museum of Natural History namesake, the investor Richard Gilder. Gilder, who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony but did not make public remarks, is a co-founder of the Club for Growth, an influential conservative political group that has opposed efforts to limit carbon emissions. In 2017, the Club for Growth applauded President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and accused “alarmist environmentalists” of engaging in “scare tactics intended to harm our economy and inhibit economic growth.” Museum trustee and donor Rebekah Mercer has also been criticized for her political contributions to conservative groups that question the scientific consensus on climate change. More than 450 scientists have signed an open letter calling on the museum to oust Mercer from its board. The Gilder Center is expected to open by 2021.

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BIKE LANE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “They’ve done a great job with really difficult conditions,” Robbins said. “I’m still concerned because cyclists will be going southbound and they’re at risk.” The discussions to improve safety for cyclists on Central Park West began last year when an Australian tourist, Madison Lyden, was killed while riding her bike. As Lyden rode north on Aug. 10, a livery vehicle blocked the painted bike lane on Central Park West, forcing her to pull into the adjacent traffic lane, where she was struck and killed by a private sanitation truck. Lyden’s death prompted renewed calls from bike activists and local politicians for the city’s Department of Transportation to replace the painted bike lane on Central Park West with a protected lane, a step supporters say would almost certainly have prevented the collision. In addition to Lyden’s death, the DOT found that 22 people have been severely injured on Central Park West from 2013 to 2017. On streets where protected bike lanes were installed, such as West 59th St. to West 110th St, there has been a 15 percent

decrease in all crashes with injuries and a 21 percent drop in pedestrian injuries from 2007 to 2017. Issues that have plagued cyclists near the park include bicycle fatalities, cyclists traveling alongside vehicles, double parking in bike lane, curb access, bus routes and traffic patterns and volumes. The majority of the residents who attended the meeting were in favor of the proposal. Mitchell Loring, who lives on 86th and Columbus, is a frequent rider in the park. In fact, he was about 15 minutes or so behind Lyden when she was killed. “I support some kind of protection at Central Park West,” he said. “I would have loved to have seen a two-way proposal on the street, but this is a good step. Right now it’s so dangerous.” Chelsea Yamada, the Manhattan organizer with the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, told the West Side Spirit that the proposal will not only benefit cyclists, but all New Yorkers. Having a buffered bike lane, where cyclists are separate from traffic, is vital to safety, she stressed.

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“Not only were there a lot of safety components, which will enhance cyclists experience along the side of the park in one direction, but also huge calls for continued traffic safety,” Yamada said. “We will see a huge

tremendous increase of cyclists flowing through the neighborhood.” The proposal will go before the full Community Board at its next meeting on July 2.

REFLECTING ON STONEWALL AT 50 The LGBTQ+ community is unique as a minority because it stems from our families. LGBTQ+ children are born to straight families. LGBTQ+ parents produce straight children. We are their family and they are ours. In short: we are one. When I think of the LGBTQ+ community, what comes to mind is “my family.” The one I was actually born into was pretty conservative and Catholic. And I was always the open-minded oddball in that narrow world. But then nearly 20 years ago, my true family found me. More specifically my best friend Hector Rojas found me, and I’ve felt the warm embrace of the LGBTQ+ community ever since. I could have never guessed how much my understanding of love and support would be radically transformed. In a short time, I was, standing in line for the AIDS fundraising efforts of Broadway Bares, Equity Fights AIDS. Then onto my first encounter with the perfect functioning of non-gendered bathrooms at Therapy, leather parties at Raw Hide, and endless Madonna and GaGa concerts. My eyes and heart were opening to a family that would

accept and carry me just like I accepted and carried them. I was no longer alone. I had an extended family of humans who didn’t have to be identical to me to love me. “We have to come together as a people, as a country and as a community,” said Leo Preziosi --- Founder and ED of LiveOutLoud. I couldn’t agree more. I’d never felt a more open love and acceptance of my frailty, limitations, and “otherness.” My new family and I, we shared our vulnerabilities openly along with our heartbreaks and financial challenges. And for the first time in my life, I felt safe. I felt how I wanted others to feel. How I wanted others to be welcomed. And I believe that is at the core of the LGBTQ+ community: compassion for our fellow humans. That’s what I was taught by Hector and my rainbow-colored family, how to love my neighbors and how to be loved. “A friend of mine had a party in Central Park last week,” said Loren Ruch, Group SVP of Production & Development for HGTV and a LiveOutLoud Board Member. “And when you looked around there were gay men, gay

women, straight couples, straight singles— people with children and I was like ‘this is the way the world is supposed to be.’” The Stonewall Riots erupted only 50 years ago. And this year, as Stonewall turns 50, it’s astounding to realize how that name and its founding community has become synonymous with the Equal Rights and activism of and for all. No other movement has made such strides towards universal inclusion and equity. So as we reflect on what the LGBTQ+ community has accomplished and how profoundly it’s changed us as a city, state, society and country -- for the better, I’d like to thank the family who embraced me and asked nothing in return. A true expression of love and humanity. Because we’re family. Happy World Pride 2019!


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Fascism and Forever War: White Supremacy and the U.S. Military

SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD, 11AM NY Society for Ethical Culture | 2 W. 64th St. | 212-874-5210 | nysec.org Anti-fascist activists since 2017’s deadly Charlottesville confrontation have revealed the many current military members who helped plan the rally and participated in the violence. A Sunday Platform delves into the military’s failures around white supremacy (free, donations welcome).

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25TH, 7PM Am. Museum of Nat. History | CPW at 79th St. | 212-769-5100 | amnh.org

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Jana Grcevich and Irene Pease provide an introduction to astronomical gravity, through the orbits in our solar system and beyond. Catch a session that’ll help explain why celestial objects orbit one another, and why black holes have such strong gravitational pull ($15).

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SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD, 4:30PM Housing Works | 126 Crosby St. | 212-966-0466 | housingworksbookstore.org James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal are just two of the bold-faced names sharing readings and reflections at this Housing Works fundraiser. HBO-supplied prizes will be raffled off. Additional VIP tickets to be released Friday, June 21 at 11am ($25-$50).

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The Frick 1 East 70th St 10:00 a.m. Free frick.org 212-288-0700 An exhibition highlighting fifteen prints and one pastel from the collection is now on view in the Cabinet Gallery. The collection was formed over five decades by Mrs. Kosovsky, with the support of her husband, Dr. Harry Kosovsky, and includes twenty-seven etchings, fourteen lithographs, and one pastel, which range from Whistler’s early etchings, dating from the late 1850s to lithographs of the late 1890s.

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Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 421 East 61st St 3:00 p.m. Free View and touch artisanmade furniture and artifacts of the 19th century as artist Eliana Perez leads you on a tour of our period rooms and uncovers the connections between artisanship, historical production and traditional workmanship with methods visual artists employ today. mvhm.org 212-838-6878


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The Metropolitan Opera 30 Lincoln Center Plaza 7:30 p.m. $25 Of all the great classics performed by ABT today, “Swan Lake” remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps dancers moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness, set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, should not be missed. metopera.org 212-362-6000

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NAUMBURG 2019: A CLASSICAL SUMMER The celebrated and beloved concert series is moving indoors this season, but the music will soar as always BY MARY GREGORY

Elkan Naumburg (1835–1924) was a contemporary of J. P. Morgan, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Like them, he made a fortune in the early years of the 20th century, and like them, he was a major philanthropist. Unlike them, he was born to a Jewish family that immigrated to the United States to escape the burgeoning anti-Semitic wave spreading through Bavaria, their homeland. Naumburg was 15 years old when he arrived in Baltimore. A lover of classical music, but unable to afford tickets to concerts, he later turned his passion to a gift to others, specifically New Yorkers. Horse-drawn buggies carried men sporting straw boaters and women in long skirts with bustles to the first Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in 1905, which were lit by gaslight. 114 years later, they’re still a highlight of the New York summer season. Over the years, Irving Berlin, the Grateful Dead, and Fidel Castro have appeared on the Naumburg stage, but the main focus has always been on classical orchestral music. Billed as “the oldest continuous free outdoor western classical music concert series in the world,” it’s a beloved part of the city’s cultural heritage.

The Perfect Temporary Home The Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park was completed in 1923, about the same time another jewel of New York was being built. Temple Emanu-El, at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street, also funded by Jewish philanthropists, is an architectural

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This summer’s Naumburg Orchestral Concerts will be performed at Temple Emanu-El. Photo: Courtesy of Temple Emanu-El

and acoustic wonder. Its soaring 103-foot high ceiling and more than 60 stained glass windows are filled with spiritual symbols. This year, as the Naumburg Bandshell undergoes repairs, the summer concert series will be held in Temple Emanu-El. When this season’s musicians take the stage, they and the audiences will, in many ways, be touching history.

A Fabulous Lineup The Knights, a New York based orchestra, opened the season on June 18th with a program broadcast on WQXR, including works by Felix Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten, Lisa Bielawa, and poetry by Walt Whitman set to music. Upcoming concerts include the Venice Baroque Orchestra, joining the Naumburg series for the first time on July 10th. They’ll perform a mostly Italian program with works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Tomaso Albinoni, Benedetto Marcello, and Francesco Geminiani. Boston-based, Grammy awardnominated A Far Cry performs July 18th, bringing a contemporary spin with two works composed within the last decade, along with Georg Muffat’s “Concerto Grosso No. 12” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade in C

The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts have been a part of New York summers since 1905. Photo: Courtesy of Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

Major, Op. 48.” On July 30th, New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s will focus on 20th and 21st century music, giving equal billing to male and female composers. Works by Anna Clyne, Florence Price, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland will be performed, with soprano Jasmine Muhammad. The finale of the season will be on August 6th, when Orpheus Chamber

Orchestra, also based in New York, presents “Pasión: A Concert of Spanish and South American Music.”

An Ongoing Treat for New Yorkers All the concerts are free, but all require tickets, (available online). If there are seats still available, it might be possible to score a lastminute ticket at the door. Temple Emanu-El opens at 6:15 for each of

the 7 p.m. concerts, and suggests allowing extra time for security checks. These renowned musicians and sumptuous programs are, as was inscribed by Elkan Naumburg on the Central Park bandshell, “presented to the City Of New York and its music lovers” from a kindred spirit, almost a century gone, but still reaching and enriching lives in the city.


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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS JUNE 5 - 11, 2019 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. Curry King

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Ann Northrop moderates a meeting of the Reclaim Pride Coalition. Photo: Jackie Rudin

march, Reclaim Pride was founded. Northrop explained that in Reclaim Pride, “nobody has official titles, we’re just organizers. Everyone’s on equal footing,” This unconventional approach reflects Reclaim Pride’s focus on accessibility and community. Unlike the NYC Pride parade, which requires permits to join, the Queer Liberation March welcomes participants at any point along the four-mile route, which begins at Sheridan Square at 9:30 A.M. on June 30th and concludes with a rally at Central Park’s Great Lawn. The rally will feature a plethora of guests, “both political and entertaining.” Among them will be poets Staceyann Chin and Pamela Sneed, performance artists Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, and Alok Vaid-Menon, and activists Lydia X. Z. Brown, Edafe Okporo, and Amir Ashour, along with members of the Gay Liberation Front and ACT UP. Also featured will be nightlife personalities Jose Xtravaganza and Kevin Aviance, costume artist Machine Dazzle, journalist Masha Gessen, and actor John Cameron Mitchell.

No Corporations, Campaigners or Cops in Uniform Northrop emphasized that politicians are welcome to join the rally, “just not in campaign mode.” This theme of centering the LGBTQ community itself over any outside figures or organizations seems to be central to Reclaim Pride’s efforts. As part of its political focus, Reclaim Pride also bars the presence of corporations and the NYPD, both of which are fixtures of NYC Pride. Northrop explained that while some corporations have helped advocate for certain LGBTQ causes, they should not be the focus of Pride at the expense of the community the event is meant to celebrate. “If they want to support us, they can stand on the sidelines,” she said, “or give money to the community.” As for the NYPD, Northrop said that they “make the most marginalized feel unsafe,” and pointed to the department’s history of entrapping gay men and numerous incidents of brutality. She also noted its failure to apolo-

gize for the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn. (A few days after the interview with Northrop, Police Commissioner James O’Neill finally offered that long-awaited apology. “The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong — plain and simple,” he said.) Northrop said that she has had friends with and worked with the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) on efforts to reduce homophobia within the NYPD. She said members of GOAL, as well as any other NYPD officers, are free to participate in the Queer Liberation March, as long as they march out of uniform, representing themselves rather than the institution whose historical practices Reclaim Pride objects to. Northrop explained that Pride should be a time for “celebrating our victories, mourning our losses,” and looking ahead to the next fronts in the continuing struggle for LGBTQ rights. The Queer Liberation March is part of what she described as “a much bigger stream of progressive values,” which seek to galvanize Pride into a community-based political event once more.

Rights and Safety for Transgender People Northrop said two issues are particularly important today: transgender rights, and the ongoing attempts to include sexuality and gender identity as protected groups under federal non-discrimination laws. “Trans communities are under attack,” she said. “Black trans women are being murdered.” Two such women, 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey and 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker were both killed in Dallas, Texas in the last month alone, she noted. The Human Rights Foundation documented at least 26 murders of transgender people in the United States last year. Black transgender women are particularly vulnerable to such violence, as they face the compounded issues of racism, transphobia, and misogyny. As for the issue of non-discrimination laws, while New York includes gender identity and sexual orientation in both its employment discrimination and hate crime laws, only 20 other states do so with regard to employment, and only 18 do so for hate crimes. Northrop and other activists seek to expand those protections nationwide, an uphill battle against the Trump administration, which Northrop described as “relentless and shameless in rolling back protections.” Just last month, she pointed out, the Department of Health and Human Services rescinded an Obama-era guideline which protected transgender people from discrimination by health care providers. All of this — the Queer Liberation March and the ongoing struggle to create a safe and fair world for LGBTQ people — Northrop said, is all part of Reclaim Pride’s goal to “bring back that spirit of Stonewall.”


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FAIRWAY LAUNCHES A COOKING SCHOOL FOOD The iconic NYC grocer takes the next logical step and offers classes for food lovers BY EMILY HIGGINBOTHAM

At Long’s Bedding on West 72nd St. (from left to right): Bob Tunison, Joel Spector, Terri Long, Bob Long and Judie Long. Photo courtesy of Terri Long

THE LONG’S GOODBYE STORES West Side bedding store to relocate to the UES in 2020 BY JASON COHEN

After more than a century as a fixture in the Upper West Side, Long’s Bedding will be closing at the end of the year and relocating to the east side. In April, the store put a sign out front saying it will remain at 121 West 72nd Street through the end of 2019, and move to 1220 Third Avenue off the corner of East 70th Street next year. This four generation family business began in 1911 as a small factory in Harlem by Max Long. The first retail store opened at 153 West 72nd in 1936 by Harry Long. Harry moved the store down the block to 121 in 1962, where it is today. Bob (third) generation is still on his first job since 1963. Bob’s wife, Judie, started in 1983. Their daughter, Terri (fourth generation), came into the business in 1997. Terri operates the store today, with her parents in active supporting roles. Terri Long told the West Side Spirit

that moving from the west to the east side was one of the toughest choices she ever had to make. “We had wanted to stay and we tried to stay” she said. “We just couldn’t come to terms with our current landlord. It wasn’t a decision that we took lightly.” With high rent and online retail, remaining open on the West Side simply wasn’t sustainable anymore, she said. Long noted that she and her family came to this realization about a year ago. According to Long, finding a new space was a challenge. They needed a place that was accessible, close to their clientele and large enough for all of their beds. The East Side location is all of that and it is 1,000 feet bigger. “We wanted to stay as close to our customer base as we could,” she said. “We have always prided ourselves on showing a wide selection of beds. The East Side I hope will be a space that will be inviting and accepting to all.” Reflecting back on the 108 years of being in business, Long credited their success to the service to the customers and accessibility. Someone from her family is always there to help customers and this has led to the majority of their sales being

done by word of mouth. Long noted that they do not advertise or carry the three big “S” brands, Sealey’s, Serta and Simmons. Instead, Long’s Bedding offers a wide selection of beds from boutique mattress companies from throughout the country. Over the years, Long’s has become a hotspot for celebrities as well. The wall of the store is filled with photos of famous people, including Mandy Patinkin, Paul Simon and John Lennon. “We’ve worked hard to provide a level of service, selection and quality that I think is unmatchable in this industry,” Long remarked. Long recalled how she used to love coming to work with her dad as a child. She wrote fake invoices and adored seeing him do his job. She worked briefly for a couple years at a few different places, but then came home to work with her family. “I’ve been here longer than I’ve not been here,” Long said. While the move is eight months away, she is filled with mixed emotions. “When I think about the actual physical move it’s overwhelming,” she said. “The East Side space will be a fresh, new, mindful, well thought out experience and space. I hope that the West Side follows us to and decides to take the journey with us.”

With the June 15 opening of The Cooking Place, Upper West Siders can now hone their culinary skills at their neighborhood grocer, Fairway Market. The West Side institution is offering over 100 classes designed by Chef Laura Licona, accessible to both experienced and novice cooks. “At The Cooking Place, we bring more to the table than just food. We bring the same passion, dedication and philosophy about fooding that fills every aisle in our stores,” Licona said. “We believe that food draws people together, creating memories and friendships that will last long after the last bite of dessert is gone.” The Cooking Place will host a daily schedule of classes in the renovated second floor of the chain’s flagship store at 74th Street and Broadway. Guests can learn the basics of baking, how to sharpen their knife skills, how to make homemade pasta. They can also try their hand

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at a variety of global cuisines such as Chinese takeout, Spanish tapas, Japanese sushi, Korean BBQ and Parisian Steakhouse. The school offers date-night specials and afternoon lessons for children and teens. Prices vary between $75 and $90 per class. Courses will be taught by Licona, the executive chef of the adjoining café. A New Mexico native, Licona has traveled the world as a food anthropologist and chef. She studied environmental and food anthropology in a doctorate program at the University of Washington and subsequently attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle. “My food journey started at a very young age growing, raising and cooking food in a land steeped in heritage and rooted in culture and tradition,” Licona said. “I’ve had the honor of learning from culinary pioneers on both coasts, working with chefs who helped hone my passion and art, owning my own restaurant and eventually working as the executive chef at Giorgio’s of Gramercy here in New York City.” Customers can book their classes online at TheCookingPlace.com. Available courses are currently scheduled through July.


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WALT WHITMAN WOULD BE PLEASED CULTURE Award-winning poets, poetry lovers and actor Bill Murray gather to celebrate New York City and the work of Poet’s House BY JADEN SATENSTEIN

Due to unfortunate weather circumstances, the Poet’s House 24th annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge featured a lot less walking than usual, but still treated guests to a wealth of powerful, New York-inspired poetry on Monday, June 10. The Poetry Walk is an annual benefit for the non-profit organization Poet’s House, which serves the New York community through it’s free, extensive poetry library downtown at 10 River Terrace. The event typically features a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, during which renowned poets read famous works about New York City, many of which center on the bridge itself. Though the poems and the poets reading them change every year, the walk always concludes with a reading of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in front of Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, followed by a celebratory dinner in Brooklyn, during which participating poets read their own work. However, Poet’s House had to break from tradition this year due to heavy rain, cancelling the walk itself and hosting the event in its entirety at an indoor space in DUMBO.

A Change in the Weather “This is one of the few times we’ve had to move to the rain plan,” Poet’s House executive director Lee Briccetti said, “We’ve had really good luck in almost 25 years.” Still, poets and attendees alike agreed that the event derives its magic from the poetry itself, which was read throughout the dinner. In addition to Whitman’s piece, which was read by all five participating poets, each reading a section, much of the poetry evoked the spirit of the Brooklyn Bridge, even though it could not be read whilst walking across it. In addition to reading his own poem, “Shirt,” former Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky decided to share early 20th century poet Hart Crane’s “To Brooklyn Bridge.” “It was my first time participating,” Pinsky said. “I’ve heard a lot about it over the years. I know it’s been a wonderful occasion. And, though I was

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over, economic backgrounds, people with or without education that can be offered this space.”

Poetry and the People All five poets praised the work of Poet’s House, which strives to provide the public with opportunities to experience the world of poetry through programs such as workshops, fellowships and free readings. “A lot of people are maybe afraid and they don’t think they are going to like poetry, but once they experience it they are expanded and they find something that they can take for their life’s journey,” Briccetti said. “If you make it possible for people to bump into it and have pleasure, they really do like it. So a lot of our work is about trying to create initiatives that will help people bump into poetry with pleasure and understanding.”

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disappointed we couldn’t walk over the bridge, it was great to celebrate Hart Crane and Walt Whitman.”

Sounds of the City Briccetti noted the importance of the poetry being inspired by New York, as it attracts a wide range of people who appreciate the sentiments of the work even if they don’t always connect to poetry. “The bridge walk has just grown in size,” Briccetti said. “It’s an event that people know because it’s so city centric. I think people who may not self-identify as being poetry lovers love this event because it’s the places of New York that they love and the words that celebrate them.” The 2017 Walt Whitman Awardwinning poet and Brooklyn resident Jenny Xie knew exactly what poems she wanted to share when she was invited to participate in the event. In addition to Audre Lorde’s “Bridge Through My Window,” Xie read her original piece “Chinatown Diptych,” which is about the neighborhood she first lived in when she moved to New York City. Xie was excited to read the poem due to the influence that the city itself has had on her work and because she actually wrote it at Poet’s House. “I love the diversity and the energy of the city,” Xie said. “Just walking the sidewalk any time of day you just soak in so many sounds and voices and languages. And as a poet, because language and sound and rhythm figure so heavily into my work, that’s something that really energizes me and inspires me as a

writer.” The inspiration Xie takes from the “sounds and voices and languages” of New York was evident when she read “Chinatown Diptych,” which includes the line, “Perched above these streets with whom I share verbs and adjectives.”

A Poetry Sanctuary Poet and Brooklyn College professor Rosamond S. King, who also read at the event, emphasized the impact that the variety of cultures and experiences in New York has had on her poetry. “New York City affects my work in part because it’s a city of immigrants,” King said. “I’m a child of immigrants, and so I experience New York both as an American but also as someone who has connections to other places and who can have connections to places that I’ve never even been ... It’s as though you can travel a bit and learn about so many different cultures while you’re in the city, and I think that that inflects your work.” This exposure to culture is something that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo, who read work by James Schuyler at the dinner, said is embodied by Poet’s House’s library. He expressed gratitude to the organization for providing him the opportunity to explore different types of writing from around the world. “Poet’s House is a community,” Pardlo said. “We heard the word ‘sanctuary’ over and over again tonight, and I think it’s a sanctuary in the sense that, it’s been said already too, so many different kinds of poetry can coexist in one place… There is no sense of priori-

tizing any kind of poetry over another. I think that was a really important condition in my own development as a poet.”

Honoring Service Acclaimed poet Anne Waldman, who co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics along with famous beat-poet Allen Ginsberg, received the Elizabeth Kray Award. Poet’s House bestows the award, named for the late co-founder of the organization, biennially to poets who embody her spirit and service to poetry. “It means a lot,” Waldman said about receiving the award, expressing her appreciation for Poet’s House and other organizations that “...build community and create these spaces that are available for poets of all kinds from all

The evening concluded with a surprise visit from Golden Globe-winning actor and longtime Poet’s House patron Bill Murray, who has participated in the walk in years past. Murray read a variety of works, including Ted Berrigan’s “Whitman in Black,” which offered a satisfying ending to an evening that opened with a reading of Whitman’s work. To Briccetti, who has served as Poet’s House Executive Director for 30 years and overseen every Poetry Walk, the power of poets reading Whitman’s words every year transcends time and, especially this year due to the last minute location change, space. “It’s really about poets communicating and generations communicating through time and space,” Briccetti said. “That’s where the mysterious, mystical center of the bridge walk is. Hearing Walt Whitman say, ‘People of the future I am with you,’ and feeling that you have traveled through time and you’re meeting him in some way. That is the thing that stays the same.”

Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. Photo: Jaden Satenstein


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