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ROSENTHAL FACES 4 CHALLENGERS FOR COUNCIL SEAT POLITICS Small business, development, museum’s proposed expansion among campaign issues BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

In 2013, Helen Rosenthal defeated six candidates in the Democratic primary and three more in the general election on her way to winning the District 6 City Council seat. As Rosenthal nears the end of her first term representing the Upper West Side, it appears as though she’ll face a slightly less crowded field in her reelection campaign. With summer campaign season picking up in advance of the Sept. 12 primaries and the Nov. 7 general election, four challengers have filed with the New York City Campaign Finance Board to run for the seat currently held by Rosenthal. Rosenthal said she welcomes the election year challengers. “Campaigns make every candidate better,” she said. “I’m really proud of my record,” Rosenthal said. “We help thousands of people every year.” Rosenthal expressed particular pride in her support for the hotly contested public school rezoning plan, passed last year, that aims to alleviate overcrowding and increase economic and racial integration in three Upper West Side

elementary schools. Rosenthal said it might have made for easier politics to have withheld support for the plan, which attracted vocal opposition from many community members, but she is proud of the stance she took. “Why would you have this job if you wouldn’t support the parents on the Community Education Council who voted for it?” Rosenthal said of the plan, which she described as an “elegant, respectful, smart solution” to persistent problems. “I would do it again,” she said. “It was the right thing to do.” For the second straight election cycle, Rosenthal will compete for Democratic primary votes with Mel Wymore, the community organizer and former Community Board 7 chairman who finished second to Rosenthal in the 2013 Democratic primary, winning 6,440 votes to Rosenthal’s 7,716. If elected, Wymore would become the first transgender person elected to the City Council. Wymore has made small businesses and what he refers to as the West Side’s “epidemic of empty storefronts” focal points of his campaign. “It’s almost impossible to start a business, let alone make a profit here because of the red tape we see, because of the soaring rents we see, and because there’s no one really supporting the small business person in the face of everyone trying to get the highest rent they can from a chain, a bank or a drugstore,” Wymore, a former small business owner, said. “We need to level the playing field

Council Member Helen Rosenthal faces four challengers in her bid for reelection to the District 6 seat.

In a recent survey, Upper West Side residents gave high marks to the neighborhood’s parks and overall cleanliness. Photo: Phil Whitehouse, via flickr

COMMUNITY SATISFACTION: HOW DOES THE UPPER WEST SIDE MEASURE UP?

This is Mel Wymore’s second bid for the District 6 seat. for small businesses, and that means taking on real estate,” he added. “It means making sure our small businesses have a fair chance to renegotiate their lease.” Wymore has criticized Rosenthal for what he characterizes as a lack of responsiveness and inclusiveness. “Four years ago, we had an amazing City Council member,” Wymore said, referring to Gale Brewer, who preceded

NEIGHBORHOODS Residents grade their own slice of NYC in survey BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

What does Upper West Side do better than anywhere else in the city? Where could it use some improve-

ment? The Citizens Budget Commission has some data on what your neighbors think. The commission recently released the results of a neighborhood survey measuring residents’ satisfaction with quality of life and city services at the community district

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PROTESTING THE COMMUNITY BOARD OVER TRAFFIC DEATHS

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PROUD TO BE A CITY MOUSE FAMILY Why Manhattan is the best place to raise kids BY LORRAINE DUFFY MERKL

If you’re thinking of moving out of Manhattan to a) get away from those Upper East Side moms satirized on “Odd Mom Out,” b) have a yard that you believe will be superior to Central Park, or c) live what you believe will be a simpler life (where you envision yourself making your own jam), have I got a summer read for you. The newly published “City Mouse” by Stacey Lender follows the move of Jessica and Aaron, along with their two young daughters, from Manhattan to Suffern, where we are reminded that momzillas, posers and mean kids are everywhere. If one’s skill set includes gossiping and fundraising, pull up an Adirondack chair. Aside from the entertainment value of this fish-out-of-water story, (Jessica, as well as I, were a bit taken aback by the whole backyard party/ hot tub scene), the story reminded me of why I’m glad that my husband Neil and I stayed in NYC to raise our now

22-year-old son, Luke and 19-year-old daughter, Meg. • Although everywhere go you there will be ice skating and Little League, or whatever activities your children are into, one of things I liked was looking up from Wollman Rink and seeing the CPW skyline, or looking around and thinking that Central Park is truly an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. • I never had to rely upon a car to take my kids to the dentist or a playdate, let alone to buy bread. • Neil’s “commute” has always been a nice, head-clearing walk from his midtown office to our Upper East Side home. • My kids have always known what a real bagel tastes like. • Even though the Time Warner Center, Pier 17, and the Manhattan Mall are all indeed “malls,” it never occurred to Luke or Meg to hang out in them. • My children learned early how to travel via public transportation. When Luke was a junior in high school, a friend from Westchester was going to come to Manhattan to spend the day with him and some other guys. The boy’s mother insisted that Luke

meet her son at the MetroNorth gate in Grand Central, so that Luke could escort the kid uptown on the subway. They were both 17. • We never needed the services of ADT or an electric fence, because we have a doorman. • I would have rather walked my kids across the park to the Museum of Natural History to look at the big whale or the butterfly exhibit for the umpteenth time, than ever have them step foot in a Chuck E. Cheese. • We can all sleep at night, even when there’s noise. Sirens. The rattle of the garbage truck. Music to our ears. • Luke and Meg learned early that not everyone looks like them and how to get along with different types of people. • Life is competitive, whether it be getting into a school or on a team. Better to learn this sooner rather than later. Both Neil and I are native New Yorkers, from Queens and the Bronx, respectively. When we began our careers, working with other recent college grads who’d moved here from suburbs near and far, it was hard for us to believe their disbelief that the rest of us weren’t getting out of their way, so their career paths could be one

Photo: Steven Pisano, via flickr boulevard of unbroken green lights. • Even when there’s nothing to do, there’s always something to do. • More space means more stuff and more to clean. The lure of a basement and an attic escapes me. • Sophisticated serves kids better than sheltered. • We share our home with 8.55 million other people. Waiting our turn is not a foreign concept to any of us. • Carl Schurz Park is our backyard and I’ve never had to remind, aka nag, Neil to mow it.

• And for those moms who work outside the home like Jessica, who kept her 9-to-5 theater-district publicity job, when something happens such as the fender bender her nanny and girls were involved in, there’s no hopping in a cab or running several blocks to the scene. You just have to hope you’re in time to catch the 3:07. Lorraine Duffy Merkl is the author of the novels “Back to Work She Goes,” and “Fat Chick,” for which a movie is in the works.


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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG MAN SLASHED At 9:43 p.m. on Monday, June 26, a 35-year-old man was walking on West 100th Street between Manhattan Avenue and Central Park West when an unknown perpetrator walked up to him, slashed him with an unknown cutting instrument, and ďŹ&#x201A;ed on foot towards Central Park West. The victim suffered lacerations to his right arm and the right side of his chest. A friend drove him to St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital, where they called the police. There was no word on the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition.

BELT DEALT One man recently belted another â&#x20AC;&#x201D; literally. At midnight on Monday, June 26, two 23-year-old men went to a 29-year-old manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence at 204 Manhattan Ave. and got into an argument with the older man. The older man then punched of the younger men in the head, prompting the third man to join the fray, with the 29-year-old also punching him about the head. As the two younger men were leaving the apartment, the older man followed with a belt in his hand and struck one of the young men in the back of his head, causing an open wound. The wound victim later received stitches at St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital. Edgardo Rodriguez

was arrested June 26 and charged with robbery, felony assault, criminal mischief and trespass, dangerous drugs and weapons, disorderly conduct, harassment and other charges.

HOLD THE PHONE When is a phone even more disruptive than usual? When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s used as a weapon! At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, a stranger struck a 40-yearold man in the nose using a telephone, causing the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nose to bleed. This all went down at 930 West End Avenue, and the cause of the to-do is unknown.

WHERE THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SMOKE ... There are bad employees, and then there are really bad employees. At 9 a.m. on Friday, June 16, a 33-year-old man working at Andullo Cigars located at 947 Columbus Ave. gave a fellow employee money orders with which to pay the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rent and utilities. The latter never paid the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bills, nor did he return to the store or answer any of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calls or texts. Store cameras revealed the renegade employee taking money and boxes of cigars, placing them in a box, and leaving the location. The total loss to the business came to $20,656. Adding insult to injury, a marshal closed the store.

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PASTA DISASTA A visitor from Indonesia wound up having an exceptionally costly Italian dinner. At 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, a 55-year-old woman was one of a group of seven dining at Carmineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 2450 Broadway. After the group ďŹ nished their meal, gathered up their belongings and takeout food,

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The MTA has walked back a plan to reduce M57 crosstown bus service. Photo: Chris Sampson, via flickr

M57 BUS DODGES SERVICE CUTS TRANSIT MTA scraps planned reductions in M57 service; proposed cuts to three other crosstown routes remain in place BY MICHAEL GAROFALO

The MTA has changed course on a plan to reduce service on the crosstown M57 bus line in response to public opposition from elected officials. The transit agency won’t cut M57 service, but proposed service cuts to the M31, M66 and M72 crosstown bus routes remain in place, City Council Member Ben Kallos told Straus News. At a July 7 meeting with elected representatives, MTA officials agreed to maintain current service levels on the M57 line, going back on an earlier proposal that would have increased headways on the route from 10 to 12 minutes during AM peak hours and from 12 to 15 minutes during PM peak hours. “The M57 was going to have the most cuts, and they’ve agreed to make no service changes to

the M57,” Kallos said. The proposed changes, scheduled to take effect in September, were first announced by MTA New York City Transit in a June 16 letter to elected officials and community boards. The letter also proposed reductions in service frequency on the M31, M66 and M72 bus lines that would increase scheduled wait times by 11 to 33 percent. Despite opposition from elected officials at the July 7 meeting, the MTA has not altered its proposal to cut service on the three lines, Kallos said. Days after the MTA proposed the service changes, a coalition of local, state, and federal elected officials expressed their objection to the cuts in a letter to the MTA New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick that was signed by City Council Members Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Members Dan Quart and Rebecca Seawright, state Senators Liz Kruger, Brad Hoylman and José Serrano, and U.S. House representatives Carolyn Ma-

loney and Jerrold Nadler. Representatives of each official that signed the letter were present at the July 7 meeting at which MTA officials agreed to maintain current service levels on the M57. Kallos said that he and other elected officials would continue to push back against the proposed cuts to the M31, M66 and M72 lines. “We’re looking at massive reductions in service and losing buses every hour,” he said. The MTA explained in its June 16 letter that the reductions in service frequency would “more closely align service with customer demand and meet established bus loading guidelines.” Kallos said he would also continue to advocate for the MTA to release farebox data on bus ridership used by the agency to determine service levels, which the MTA has thus far declined to share publicly. “They have to show us the data that supports why they need to make these changes,” Kallos said. The MTA did not respond to a request for comment on the proposed service changes.

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MISSING ON MADISON BUSINESS A rash of empty storefronts unsettles the fashionable avenue, even as two dozen new boutiques debut BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN

The storefronts are dark. Brown paper often covers the windows. There is a feeling of hollowness. Even the signboards can be unsettling: “Store Closing Sale” and “Everything Must Go” and “Store for Rent,” they read. Still, an air of optimism is also maintained. “Showcase Your Brand,” one sign reads. “Luxury Retail Space Available for Lease,” says another. As for positive spin, “Prime Retail Flagship Opportunity” is hard to surpass. Yet every once in a while, a plaintive note is posted: “Thank You for 26 Years of Business!” And that is when it dawns on you. This is not only a story about “Availability” — a word preferred by brokers and landlords — it is also about “Vacancy,” a word seldom in evidence on the signs. “There’s a New Look on Madison,” proclaims the signpost at 943 Madison Avenue, an empty storefront in a

prime location, just one door south of the Met Breuer, the former site of the Whitney Museum of Art. Unfortunately, that’s true. The photographer Pierre Crosby on Sunday, June 18, walking southbound down Madison, took pictures of what he believes to be 49 vacant retail spaces in the 35-block, 1.75-mile stretch between 57th Street and 92nd Street. In an effort to confirm those findings, an Our Town reporter on Sunday, July 9 drove northbound over the same route twice — first up the east side of the avenue, then up the west side — and counted 46 apparent vacancies. “I grew up going to the Rudolf Steiner School on 79th and Madison and have many memories of walking the avenue as a child — in awe of the window displays and luxury items,” said the 23-year-old Crosby. “Today, it is sad to see so many of the mom-and-pop shops gone, and just a few still hanging on. Only the bigname brands, like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, are sure to stay, and it feels as if something is missing from the avenue and its allure,” he added. Crosby’s stark portraits of emptiness, which he provided as a courtesy to Our Town, first ran in NewYorkSocialDiary.com, which chronicles old

Madison between 63rd and 64th. Photo: Pierre Crosby / @pierrecrosby money, the nouveau riche and society doings in Manhattan and the Hamptons. In a piece about the “deaccessioning of retail space” that accompanied the photos, society writer David Patrick Columbia, who co-founded the website, wrote bluntly that Madison Avenue, long the “crown jewel in American retailing,” is now “looking like the guy you run into on the street panhandling who is missing a lot of teeth.” Wait a minute. Not so fast. Let’s get some perspective here. If Madison is the Hope Diamond of hyper-luxe shopping districts globally, let’s just stipulate that it has a flaw, an imperfection, as most diamonds do. That being said, take a gander at 63rd Street, where you can still get a 100-carat stone at Graff Diamonds, a



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$9,500 moon quartz-and-diamond ring at David Yurman or a jeweled Duchessa watch with hand-engraved yellow-gold diamonds at Buccellati. Looking for $975 sneakers matched with $595 socks? Try Brunello Cucinelli a block south. Or listen to Matthew A. Bauer, the president of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District since 1999, who ticks off an A (Alison Lou) through V (Vinotherapie Spa by Caudalie) list of the 24 Madison Avenue shops that have opened their doors in the past year alone. “That includes two new stores — Balenciaga and Golden Goose Deluxe Brand — that opened in just the past two weeks,” he said. Are there challenges? Of course, Bauer acknowledges. In response to

JULY 13-19,2017 a query, he conducted his own survey of the BID’s territory, which runs from 57th to 86th Streets and takes in a short amount of frontage along the east and west cross streets. He reported the results on July 10: Of the 472 ground-floor spaces in the BID, 38 are currently vacant, a rate of 8 percent. “Throughout New York City and the country, there is a concern about spaces that are vacant,” Bauer said. “But the story about Madison Avenue in this difficult retail environment is the large amount of brands that are investing in the street — and making sizable contributions to the development of the district.” Still, the avenue does contain a “great deal of empty space,” said Justin Levinson, whose Vacant New York website, founded last September, tracks the inventory. “Landlords are looking for the few major brands who would open big flagship stores and could pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per month, but most of them aren’t going to get those tenants,” he said. “These are huge spaces, and there’s not a lot of people who can afford them.” While there’s “no shortage of demand for storefront space,” Levinson added, “There’s just not the demand at the prices that are being asked for it.” The results can be found on the plac-

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SATISFACTION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 level. Published here are select results for Community District 7, including broad quality of life indicators and categories in which Upper West Side residents gave their

neighborhood particularly high or particularly low marks. The full results of the survey, based on the responses of 9,800 New Yorkers collected by the National Research Center in January 2017, are available on the Citizens Budget Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, cbcny.org.

Percentage of Residents Who Responded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excellentâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodâ&#x20AC;? Community District 7 Neighborhood as a place to live

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MADISON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 ards that front these empty boutiques, some of which now operate from other locations: * Foravi. A womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing store, formerly at 1067 Madison Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you for your 8 years of business.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Rachel Riley. A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing store, formerly of 1286 Madison Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After 10 years on Madison Avenue, our lease has come to an end.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Corner CafĂŠ. A restaurant and bakery, formerly at 1246 Madison Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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been a pleasure serving our Carnegie Hill neighbors for the last 8 years.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Naturino. A shoe store, formerly of 1184 Madison Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank You for 26 Years of Business!â&#x20AC;? Bauer boils down the issue like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ideal situation is that there would not be one vacant store on all of Madison Avenue,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But this street, just like every other street in the Our Town coverage area, has not been immune to the challenges facing the retail industry.â&#x20AC;? And he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the question is, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are major brands investing in the street?,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the answer is, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Absolutely yes!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

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IN THE MEANTIME BY BETTE DEWING

No meetings in July and August for the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association so maybe a column on how meetings can really be swell — and what we can do in the meantime. Remember the “High Society” Frank, Bing and Grace song, “What a swell party that was!”? Swell meetings, well, whatever kind, the talk will be shared. (“My Share,” the talk club, never did get off the ground — sigh). In swell civic

groups, the public speaks first, tells the electeds, police and other policy makers just what is wrong, and what these designated fixer-uppers must do. The really swell civic meeting shares the talk — one brief comment to a customer. The shy are urged to speak, ‘cause we think a whole lot. Responders (official fixer-uppers) must also be brief. Maybe revive “Get the hook!” That great invention, the micro-

phone, has just gotta be used. Another aside: The population is aging — hearing loss is ever more common, but so overlooked is what the hearing public can do to help. Speak a little LOUDER, ENUNCIATE, SLOW DOWN. So should we all. So no one is left out. So no one is left out. What else makes a “swell” civic meeting? Well, monthly ones like the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association’s. To potentially help build more community interaction — more community — yes, less isolation. As for Swell Civic Meetings’ primary needs, the electeds need reminding that government’s first duty is to protect public safety, which means all-out enforcement of the laws.

SIDEWALK SHENANIGANS EAST SIDE OBSERVER BY ARLENE KAYATT

Bike clamor — With all the street traffic on city sidewalks, space is limited, so a tall pole to lean on at the bus stop (where the bus indicator resides) during the long waits is a welcome amenity. Whoa, not so fast. Let us not forget that sidewalks are also where stationary bikes have a right to park where there are bike racks. But not all sidewalks have bike racks. So bikers lean their bikes on street lamps or wrap them around bus poles, taking away valuable public space. Of course, they could do what cars do when they can’t find a parking space and go look for another spot. Doesn’t happen that way. The result is that bikes wrapped around bus poles or leaning against street lamps take away the ability of other street users to endure long bus waits while at least being able to lean on the bus pole or the street lamp. These bikes also interfere with the ability of pedestrians to navigate the sidewalk safely. It’s not fashionable these days to interfere with bike rights, but bikers should not be permitted to misuse public property without penalty. Disappearing sidewalks — Businesses that operate a portion of a restaurant on a public sidewalk must

have a sidewalk cafe license. An unenclosed sidewalk cafe is an outdoor area on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant with removable chairs and tables. Small unenclosed sidewalk cafes have no more than a single row of tables and chairs next to the building. The tables and chairs can occupy no more than 4 feet, 6 inches of the public sidewalk. Truth to tell, I don’t walk around with

a ruler or a tape measure. All it takes is a look-see and there’s no doubt that some of the restaurants on the west side of Second Ave between 89th and 90th Streets are occupying space beyond the requirement. I love the restaurants. I love the street life, but it’s hard for pedestrians and other street traffic to co-exist as the sidewalk gets narrower and narrower.

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Again, recalling those killed by traffic accidents, vehicular failure to yield at corners kills more pedestrians and causes more, often lasting injuries than all other city moving traffic violations. And it’s not just high accident corners, remember how we’d never have known of Belle Moser’s fatal injury as she crossed 82nd and East End in July 2013 if her neighbor was not a friend of mine. This 90-year-old woman’s’ three-weeks of suffering before she perished at least received media coverage. And the 79th Street Neighborhood Association meeting president has ever since asked why the elder driver who “was unable to see a woman

Return of everyday ethnic eating — Everyone has a favorite ethnic food. Mine’s Greek. The tavernas of old — small Greek restaurants similar to a tavern — are few and far between in Manhattan. There are the high-end Greek restaurants like Avra and Estiatorio Milos in Midtown, and Korali, a newbie on the UES. And there are the low-budget gyro and souvlaki grab-and-go or sit-and-eat-real-quick places. What I miss are those tavernas that once were — where you could sip a glass of Greek wine, preferably retsina, have some pita and meze, and just hang out. My favorite was the Greek Village on Lexington in the 70s, which

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with a walker in the crosswalk” still has a license to drive. But according to my scouts at the June 2017 meeting, the police officer speaker started off about dangerous jaywalkers. And again the epidemic of killing off neighborhood places that build caring communities, needs to be stopped. The latest such lifeline, about which more will soon be said, is Gracie’s Cafe on 81st and York, shut down without any warning. Heat, incidentally is a natural disaster killer and a caring society looks after its vulnerable citizens who also live in upper scale neighborhoods. dewingbetter@aol.com

is no more. But all is not lost. In recent weeks, I found two that fit the bill. One on St. Marks Place — Ayios (Yeeros). “Yeeros” is a riff on the pronunciation of gyros — and Greek Eats on First Ave between 66th and 67th Streets. Ayios has table service and Greek Eats is self-serve. At both you can get a glass of Greek wine for $6. And at Ayios, you can enjoy the earthy retsina. Nice to find casual Greek dining in our town without having to take the train to Astoria. Welcome back tree — Soon a tree will be growing again on East 92nd Street between First and Second Avenues. The previous one, opposite the Drunken Munkey restaurant, was taken down by the city. Another is being planted. Word is that the pretty lights will be back, too. The neighborhood is de-lighted. A Manhattan Tale — Actor Chazz Palminteri had a long run with his “A Bronx Tale” on stage and screen. Same fate was not to be with his eponymous restaurant on Second Ave and 47th Street, which closed at the end of June. It was an old-worldish Italian restaurant with classic Italian dishes, tuxedoed waiters, linen table covers, ‘50s music in the background. It’s moving to the Cambria Hotel on West 46th Street off Fifth Ave. The new location in the Theatre District may have a cache that was missing in Midtown East, where the rage is for more casual dining and a 24/7 Morton Williams supermarket. As for the Palminteri celebrity aspect, I get the sense these days that celebrity dining experiences are more Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers than old-school Italian. Buona fortuna.

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In Harlem, a furor has erupted over what was supposed to be a simple, catchy acronym: SoHa. An attempt by some businesses and real estate professionals to rebrand the southern part of the neighborhood as SoHa has been greeted by many residents as an affront to a capital of African-American culture and history. They say it smacks of gentrification that has increasingly seen different demographics coming into the area along with rising median rents, which have increased since 2000 from $710 a month to $1,050. That section of Harlem stretches from Central Park to 125th Street and includes such landmarks as the Hotel Theresa, which hosted such ďŹ gures as Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harlem is a treasure of New

York,â&#x20AC;? said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, whose congressional district includes the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I, along with leaders and constituents of this community, stand united to vigorously oppose the renaming of Harlem in yet another sanctioned gentriďŹ cation.â&#x20AC;? New York City is filled with neighborhood names altered by real estate professionals and developers to create cachet, some of which have stuck more than others. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SoHo (for south of Houston Street), Nolita (north of Little Italy), Tribeca (triangle below Canal) and Dumbo (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass), just to name a few. Occasional references to SoHa as a neighborhood date back almost 20 years but have picked up steam recently, including on local businesses, such as the real estate agency Keller Williams NYC, which used SoHa for the team of real estate agents focusing on the area. Keller Williams this past week told The Wall Street Journal it had decided to change the team name out of respect and passion for the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people,

history and culture. It is now listed on its website as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Central Harlem.â&#x20AC;? Tiffany Simone, 54, has experienced the outrage ďŹ rsthand. A lifetime resident of the area, Simone and a few other people took over a flea market in the area a few years ago and called it the Soha Square Market. She says it was actually a reference to the idea that their market was â&#x20AC;&#x153;so Harlem,â&#x20AC;? and also a girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;star.â&#x20AC;? But so many people complained about it, thinking she was adopting the SoHa moniker, that she ended up changing the name to the Harlem Square Open-Air Market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth it,â&#x20AC;? said Simone, who is black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the community Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from, and the last thing I want to do is offend my community.â&#x20AC;? Casey Tucker, 24, who moved to Harlem last year, is among those ďŹ rmly against the name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I live in Harlem. Not SoHa.â&#x20AC;? Carl Shipman, a 43-year-old lifetime resident of the neighborhood, agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harlem is more than a name,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feeling.â&#x20AC;?

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BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK Bryant Park, 42nd St. and Sixth Ave, 12:30 p.m. Free Opening features the Aruba Tourist Authority Carnival Dancers, following performances from “Kinky Boots,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “School of Rock” and “Soulpepper.” nycgovparks.org

FREE MUSIC FRIDAYS American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square 5:30 p.m. Free Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Hosted by Lara Ewen, featuring performances by Caitlin Mahoney, Heartland Nomads and Queen Esther. 212-595-9533. folkartmuseum.org

WATSON ADVENTURES SCAVENGER HUNT New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West 6 p.m. Free Unlock the secret history of the city in a whirlwind romp through the museum. The hunt leads you along a trail of quirky clues and challenges you to answer fun, funny questions about the museum’s countless artifacts. 212-265-1040. nyhistory.org.

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ALTAYON IN THE RAW► The Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd St. 9 p.m. $25 Altayon In The Raw celebrates one year of being cancer free for Thomas J. Bellezza. He has gathered musicians from all over America to come out and perform music from his musical project “Altayon.” 212-362-2590. www.altayon. com

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REPORTING FROM MEXICO IN THE AGE OF TRUMP New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. 11 a.m. Free A talk with Gregory Berger. Mexico and its people were featured prominently in the campaign rhetoric of the presidential election, yet few American voters have a clear understanding of the concerns and political aspirations of ordinary Mexicans. 212-874-5210. ethical.nyc

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BRIGHT AND SHINING LIGHT The Frick illuminates a rarely seen work by Rembrandt BY MARY GREGORY

Rembrandt has been called the painter of light. He was enamored of it. He pursued and captured it with dazzling similitude. His works are defined and transformed by it. He invented astonishing techniques that allowed him to describe and portray it. Rembrandt’s voice, his manner of thinking, and his spirit are communicated through illumination. Through a rare loan of “Abraham Entertaining the Angels,” Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, a curatorial fellow at the Frick Collection, shines a light on this aspect of the master’s work. Amsterdam’s golden age produced many spectacular artists, none more

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels” WHERE: The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street WHEN: Through August 20 www.frick.org/ remarkable than Rembrandt van Rijn. Born in 1606 to a middle class miller’s family, Rembrandt was the sole son who was afforded higher education. He took the opportunity and ran with it, becoming a sensation at a young age, instantly recognized for his astonishing artistic abilities.

Rembrandt, “Abraham Caressing Isaac,” ca. 1637–45. Etching, 4 ½ x 3 ½ inches. Photo: The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Rembrandt, “Abraham Entertaining the Angels,” 1646. Oil on oak panel, 6 3/8 x 8 3/8 in. Private collection. Photo: Michael Bodycomb While portrait commissions poured in, Rembrandt was always drawn to historical and biblical subjects. They were deemed in artistic and academic circles as more prestigious, more intellectual, more challenging and creative than painting the shipbuilders and their wives whose likenesses paid the rent. Though Rembrandt never traveled abroad, he voraciously consumed imagery from afar and was influenced by Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro, as well as by the Baroque model of focusing on action, tumult and events that expressed them. He was an artist who continuously sought to capture the energy of life through both its physical and psychological drama, so otherworldly biblical scenes and the lessons they were meant to impart were an excellent subject. They also fit in with Rembrandt’s Calvinist faith. Seidenstein points out in the exhibition text that Calvinism’s prohibition of representations of God challenged Rembrandt to “devise new means for representing the divine.” The centerpiece of the exhibition, “Abraham Entertaining the Angels” was painted in 1646, by which time Rembrandt had begun turning away from tempestuous subjects, focusing more on inward revelations. Known for enormous paintings like “The Night Watch,” he also produced scores of small paintings like this, many on

biblical subjects. Historians have suggested that Rembrandt created these smaller works primarily for himself, rather than as objects of commerce. In them, he honed his skills, focused on what mattered to him as an artist, and heeded and developed his own voice. “Abraham Entertaining the Angels” illustrates the story of Abraham and Sarah being visited by angels who announce that Sarah, an old woman, will give birth to a child within a year. Abraham kneels, immobilized by the presence before him. Sarah peers in from the background. Three other figures face him, pictured in varying stages of ethereality. One, back towards the viewer, wears dark red and carries a walking stick, like any other traveler. At the far left, another is bathed in reflected light, eating bread Sarah has prepared. The central figure radiates pure heavenly light. On a pictorial level, the light draws the eye. On a conceptual level, it speaks of the spiritual realm. Abraham and Sarah view their visitors calmly. “They have not yet grasped what is taking place before their eyes,” Seidenstein writes. “Rembrandt thus conveys a disconnect between sensory perception and cognition, portraying the couple at the cusp of revelation, suspended between seeing and understanding, darkness and light.” The painting is just 9 inches wide, but its luminosity draws the viewer close, and that intimacy is captivating. With

just a hand’s length of surface to peruse, the eye rests on the tiniest of details and the virtuosity with which they’re rendered. The bright rim of a round dish is achieved by a stroke of paint as thin as a thread, yet thick enough to create a three-dimensional projection from the surface. It depicts the shape of a bowl while becoming one. The painting is surrounded by a tight selection of other Rembrandt scenes from the life of Abraham. Exquisite drawings, executed in sparse but powerful strokes, and etchings in which the lines vary from dark and strong to whispers that look traced by a feather, depict other notable biblical tales, and include “Sacrifice Of Isaac,” “Abraham Caressing Isaac,” “God Announcing his Covenant with Abraham,” “Abraham Casting Out Hagar and Ishmael,” and a touching father-son moment between Abraham and Isaac. Part of the power of an artist like Rembrandt is his work’s ability to speak across centuries to timeless realities. Abraham’s story is one of loyalty and faith, but the idea of entertaining angels also occurs elsewhere in scripture, and may have been in the artist’s mind. In Hebrews we’re told “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” An enlightening thought for our and all times.


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CONCERTS IN THE CITY MUSIC Stars from K-pop to hip hop bring their shows to New York this week BY OSCAR KIM BAUMAN

New York is a city known for its diverse culture, and few things reflect that better than the musicians who come and perform here. This week, South Korean boy band Monsta X will play at Manhattan’s Playstation Theater on their first stateside tour, and chart-topping rapper Kendrick Lamar hosts two all-star nights at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Who: Korean boy band Monsta X Where: Playstation Theater in Times Square When: July 14th Korean pop is making its mark in the United States, and less than a month after K-Con, a two-night concert for Kpop fans, sold out Prudential Center in Newark, popular boy band Monsta X is embarking on its first American tour, performing at six theaters across the country in July. The group, composed of seven members (two rappers and five vocalists), combine a sound influenced by teen pop, American hip hop,

and electronic dance music with elaborate costumes and dance routines. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the men of Monsta X are heavily involved with the writing and production of their music, and bandleader Son Hyun-Woo, known as Shownu, has said that they wish to show their capabilities to excel in any genre. Who: Acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar, with openers Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn When: July 20th and 23rd Fresh off the heels of his critically acclaimed third album, “Damn.”, Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar is on tour, and will perform two sold-out concerts at the Barclays Center this week. Though “Damn.” channeled the sound of ‘90s era hip hop, Lamar’s music is known for incorporating elements of various genres, including, prominently, jazz and rock — U2 even features on a track on “Damn.”, the standout “XXX.” Regardless of style, Lamar is also known for his philosophically and spiritually rich lyrics, which differentiate him stylistically from his openers. Joining Lamar are fellow rappers Travis Scott and D.R.A.M., both of whom present

Caption: Monsta X performing in Singapore in 2015. Photo: Anna Naver via Wikimedia Commons their own takes on modern rap. Scott is known for his dark, beat-heavy music, featuring his signature drowsy, filtered vocals and hedonistic subject

matter. D.R.A.M., an anagram for “Does Real Ass Music,” makes more playful music, infused with touches of soul, with his voice often transition-

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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS JUN 28 -JUL 05, 2017 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. La Mirabelle Restaurant

102 West 86 Street

Grade Pending (26) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.

Matsu Japanese Cuisine

483 Columbus Avenue

Grade Pending (20) Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

Amelie Wine Bar

566 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded

Baznga Cafe

426 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded (17) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

Blossom Du Jour

449 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded (5) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Caledonia

424 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded

Jg Melon

480 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded

La Sirene Uws

416 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded

Levain Bakery

351 Amsterdam Ave

Not Yet Graded

Maison Pickle

2309 Broadway

Not Yet Graded (3)

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ON THE SIDE STREETS OF NEW YORK LA MIRABELLE — 102 WEST 86TH STREET Annick and Emmanuel LeDouaron, originally from Brittany, France, opened La Mirabelle, named for a French plum, in 1984. Their daughter, Nathalie, now runs the restaurant with her husband, Loic Cadou. Everyone connected to the restaurant is a

part of the family, from the coat check girl to Chef Andre, who has been cooking at La Mirabelle for over thirty years. There are delicious dishes on the menu that have been there since the beginning. To read more, visit Manhattan Sideways (sideways. nyc), created by Betsy Bober Polivy.

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ROSENTHAL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Rosenthal as District 6’s Council representative and is now Manhattan Borough president. “Someone who was very connected to the community, full of commitment to making sure all people in the community are well served. And in the last few years, I have had real concerns about the way in which our community is served, especially those who are most vulnerable — low income families, seniors, immigrant families in our community.” Rosenthal rejects the charge that she is unresponsive to constituents, calling it “flat out wrong.” Among other examples, Rosenthal cited her office’s efforts to assist tenants who are harassed by landlords. Rosenthal said that a package of tenant safety bills she has championed in the Council is characteristic of her overall strategy to “use information we gather from the cases that come into our office to pass laws to help people.” “I do think Mel Wymore makes a lot of assertions,” she said. “I don’t experience them to be grounded in fact.” The American Museum of Natural History’s planned Gilder Center expansion, which calls for the construction of a new museum building that would occupy a quarter-acre of what is now Theodore Roosevelt Park and is currently in the city’s environmental review process, has been another topic of contentious debate in the district. Opponents cite a host of concerns with the planned expansion, including lost park space, increased traffic congestion, noise during construction, and the fact that the project relies, in significant measure, on public funding. Rosenthal supports the plan, which she said will serve the public and “polish the gem” that is the museum. “I have heard the community loud and clear on this issue,” Rosenthal said, adding that politicians have allocated public resources to the museum for years and that she would like to see additional public reporting from the museum on issues like traffic congestion. Wymore said he is “not, in principle, against the idea” of the expansion, but that there

wasn’t adequate public debate surrounding the proposal. “We have a very upset community because a decision was made without their input,” he said. Wymore has concerns about the size of the expansion and its impacts on traffic and environmental sustainability. “I would freeze funding until we had full public hearings, because that’s the right thing to do,” he said. Staunch opposition to the Gilder Center plan is a central feature of the campaign platforms of two other candidates. Cary Goodman, a longtime Upper West Sider and director of the 161st Street Business Improvement District, has been a consistent opponent of the project. “Mel Wymore and Helen Rosenthal are both on the side of expansion,” Goodman said. “Mel Wymore had a chance to oppose it but he didn’t,” Goodman said. “He opposed lack of public discussion before tax dollars were allocated. That’s not the same thing as saying this is a toxic plan that is going to poison the neighborhood by dividing it and causing such stress. Goodman’s campaign for the Democratic nomination also focuses on plans reduce segregation in public schools and promote affordability for small businesses. Opposition to the Gilder Center is also a focal point of William Raudenbush’s campaign. Raudenbush, an information governance consultant and vice president of the Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park, announced his candidacy last month at a public hearing on the Gilder Center’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement. “I had held out hope that Mel Wymore would ultimately end up opposing the project as-is,” he said, explaining his decision to enter the race. Raudenbush has collected petitions to appear on the Democratic primary ballot, but said that he may instead choose to run as an independent. David Owens, a longtime Upper West Side resident, told the Spirit that he will mount an independent campaign for the District 6 City Council seat. “I went to public school, I grew up in affordable housing, my mom’s Jewish, my dad’s black — I mean, I am the Upper West Side,” he said. Owens founded and coaches the New York

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NYC HISTORY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND The creator of OldNYC talks about how he developed a digital timetravel site of city buildings

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1800 isn’t around any longer. “For obvious reasons, the geocoders that people have built are for contemporary streets; they’re not for streets BY ELISSA SANCI in the 1920s and though the New York street grid hasn’t changed that much in the last hundred years, it has Have you ever wondered what the changed in some ways,” Vanderkam plot of land you live on looked like 30 said. “I wrote out a list of some of the years ago? How about where you work streets that had been renamed, or — have you thought about how that blocks that had been removed and building might have changed over the figured out what those latitudes and past hundred years? longitudes would be, so you can actuAs long as you have a smartphone ally see the photographs of some of and access to the internet, you don’t these intersections that don’t exist have to wonder any longer. anymore.” OldNYC is both a website and a moThe interactive map of Manhattan bile app that allows users to access a holds nearly 40,000 archived photos. map that can show what any part of Click on any of the red dots on the map New York City looked like at any given and you’re time since 1800. Dan Vanderkam, the you re taken tak back in time as a yellowed photo p pops on screen, a year website’s creator, r, developed and reand descriptio description hovering to the side. leased the site in 2015. Scroll to Brooklyn to see photos of the Vanderkam, a Brooklyn-based softBrook Williamsburg Bridge under construcware engineer, developed eveloped the OldNYC tion, or over tto 350 Fifth Avenue for site as a side project oject over a span of half of the Empire State Building. 333 three years, working king whenever inspiEm Seventh Avenue, ration struck. His motivation was pure Aven the towering building that now h houses Straus News, was curiosity. once a modes modest six story apartment “I think people le tend to look for building in 1914. places that they’re y’re familiar with,” 191 “One of the really great things is Vanderkam said.. This includes himseeing photographs from the less deself — the former er Google employee photog veloped places,” said he knew putting ing together OldNYC place Vanderkam said. “If you look at ph photographs from out in was going to be a fun endeavor when Queens from the he started looking ng into the history t 1920s, it’s like farm fields, so tthose are some of the of Google’s Manhattan attan office. areas that “I found photos tos of that th have really changed a lot in New York over the last building under construchundred tion in the 1920s,”” he said. hundr years. I had no idea that parts of the city used to “It was pretty cool ol to see p be so the context in which ich that s rural.” After the website came very familiar building uilding A the was built.” While le preth mobile version. The OldNYC app gives users viously living in n CaliOl the fornia, Vanderkam m had th ability to access the history of any property created a similar,, albeit hi in New York City at any much smaller, site to given time; it’s a handy showcase archived ed phogi and tos of San Francisco; ncisco; an convenient way to immediately compare the once he relocated d to New im old with the new. York, he decided to do the Although Vanderkam same with his new ew home. A loves Vanderkam first turned to love the app (in fact, he said he feels the app is suthe New York Public blic Library perior to the webfor help with stockpiling Dan Vanderkam developed the OldNYC site over three years. His motivation was pure site), he isn’t responsible for its creation. historical pho- curiosity. Photo: Sidewalk Labs Those credits go to tos of all five boroughs. “With our help, Dan got access to high-resolution materials and access to our database,” said Bert Spaan, the NYPL Space/Time Directory engineer. “We gave him a list of all the photos, titles and descriptions of all the photos and with all that data, he made OldNYC.” Of course, there were obstacles. In order to place the photos on the map, Vanderkam had to convert the photos’ locations, which came as cross streets, to latitudes and longitudes. This can be done easily with a geocoder — a system that converts postal addresses to numerical coordinates — but Vanderkam explained that because of urban growth, a lot of what existed back in

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Building under construction in 1908 on Madison Avenue. Photo: NYPL and OldNYC Orian Breaux and Christina Leuci, a couple who responded to the call for app developers Vanderkam made in an OldNYC newsletter email blast. “I said, ‘If anyone out there is an iOS developer and wants to build an Old New York app, get in touch,’” Vanderkam explained. After Breaux, a product manager, and Leuci, a software developer, made contact, Vanderkam met with them to show them how to access the data. “A few months later, they came out with the OldNYC app, which was pretty awesome because probably 90 percent of the time I show OldNYC to people now, it’s using that app,” he said. “So they really did a service to New Yorkers.”

Although Vanderkam released the site two years ago, he’s found that he’ll never quite be done updating the map as more photos are found and as he develops new techniques to smooth out minor glitches. Most recently, he added a time slider to the site — now users can narrow down their search to photos from specific years. OldNYC is just one of the many archival tools that history buffs and researchers alike can look towards. The NYPL’s NYC Space/Time Directory offers a number of resources, including a searchable atlas of New York’s past, a historical location directory and geocoder and a discovery tool that links all of the NYPL collections together in historical and geographical context.


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THE FRUIT OF HIS LABORS UES native, 21, brings the exotic pitaya to New York City BY ANGELA BARBUTI

On vacation in Aruba, Max Alcobi was introduced to a pitaya bowl at a local beach shack. He was immediately captivated by the pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, because of its vibrant pink color and refreshingly light taste. As a business student at Northeastern University, he traveled to Europe, Los Angeles and other coastal cities in the U.S. to explore local juice cultures. “I came back to New York and was trying to find a place that predominantly made smoothie bowls and there was no such thing.... I saw a gap in the market,” he explained. The fruits of his labor is Loco Coco, which opened last month at 835 Lexington Avenue, near 64th Street. The literal translation of the moniker is “crazy coconut.” At the store, the coconut represents Alcobi’s commitment to sustainability, as his smoothie bowls are served in refurbished coconut shells from sustainable farms in Taiwan and Bangladesh.

How did you get the idea for Loco Coco? About four years ago, my family and

bowls come from ... sustainable farms which actually use the entire coconut in every way possible.

What are your plans? I were on vacation in Aruba ... and a new beach shack opened up which served pitaya bowls and acai bowls. And we were very familiar with acai bowls, but had never seen a dragon fruit bowl, which is pitaya.... And then we came back to New York and tried to seek out a pitaya bowl. There were a couple of places, mainly restaurants and cafes, that served a sit-down version of a pitaya bowl. The idea kind of settled in our mind, but we weren’t actively thinking about doing anything.

What made you decide to open the store? My father does real estate, and he had a satellite office of his brokerage in the physical location where Loco Coco is right now. And I was about to come up finishing up Northeastern and I was thinking that it would be a great idea to change what he had in there because it wasn’t the most beneficial to his business. It wasn’t hurting it, but we weren’t per se promoting it correctly.... So we were brainstorming ideas, my family and I, and my sister actually was the one who brought up the idea of, “Hey, remember those acai and pitaya bowls? That would be kind of cool.”

Max Alcobi in front of his Lexington Avenue shop. Photo: Michele Bengualid

What are the health benefits of pitaya and acai? Pitaya is a very water-dense fruit and in turn, it’s very low in sugar. And the pitaya itself has a ton of black seeds inside which add to its fibrous profile. It’s very high in fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. And on top of that, it has an enormous amount of Vitamin C.... Now, acai is somewhat similar to the pitaya. It does contain antioxidants and fiber, but also has heart healthy fats, like omega-3s. But in general, the acai is a lot higher in antioxidants and has a lot of B-12 in it, which gives you a lot of energy.

Your minor is sustainable business practices. How do you practice sustainability? So before I got the name, I was looking for an idea of how I could couple my passion for sustainability with my drive for entrepreneurship and my teachings in finance. I was sitting around with my friends and girlfriend, brainstorming, “What can I put anything in — maybe a fruit, vegetable, gourd - that would be completely biodegradable and compostable, but at the same time looking amazing and also be able to translate the mission and the product that I want to serve to my customers?” So these coconut

My future plan with the brand is to definitely bring it to a couple of up-andcoming, gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City. We’re targeting places like the Lower East Side. We’re even looking at places like the South Bronx, which is extraordinarily gentrifying, or East Harlem. But we also want to go into well-established neighborhoods like SoHo, Little Italy or NoHo, which would be very cool. I definitely do want to bring this to a point where I can go to different coastal cities- they don’t even need to be coastal- but mainly people who are health conscious and active in the fitness world in America. In places where smoothie bowls and fresh, vegan superfood options are not readily available. We’re thinking of going up to Boston, maybe Philadelphia, Charlotte, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Austin. So we’re really branching out and doing our due diligence on all the options. www.loco-coco.com

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