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Nannies Under Suspicion After an Upper West Side nanny allegedly murdered two young children last year, parents and nannies navigate the fears and tensions that both groups feel By Amy Eley


yrie Vickers, 25, spends weekday afternoons playing with the 1-year-old boy she cares for in an Upper West Side apartment. Vickers and the boy play only blocks away from the apartment where a nanny allegedly killed two children last year. “I think it’s affected me more than my employers, to be honest,” Vickers said. “To know that I’m in the same position that woman was in. I cannot imagine having that state of mind.” Since nanny Yoselyn Ortega allegedly stabbed her two young charges to death on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last fall, parents throughout the city have been more anxious about childcare. Continued on page 4

Kyrie Vickers plays with the 1-year-old boy she nannies on the Upper West Side.



To Smoke No More? The city and state may raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes. Local residents respond to the initiative. By Joanna Fantozzi & Allison Volpe


ecently, the City Council addressed the issue of raising the smoking age from 18 to 21. New York State is following suit with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal’s bill that would make it illegal for those under 21 to buy cigarettes. The bill bans suppliers and stores from selling any tobacco products to under-age youths. Each year in New York, according to the Assembly Member, 53,000 people under the age of 18 become regular smokers. As a former smoker herself, Rosenthal wants to try and nip young nicotine habits in the bud.

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TAPPED IN Tom Duane Endorses Wymore for City Council

announced their intention to run as yet. The seat will be vacated when current City Council Member Gale Brewer ends her current term due to term limits.

Former New York State Senator Tom Duane announced his endorsement on Monday of Mel Wymore, Democratic candidate for New York City Council, District 6. “Mel has been an effective, courageous and inclusive leader as a community and neighborhood activist,” said Duane. “I am truly excited to see his passion and advocacy amplified for the Upper West Side and all New Yorkers as a member of the City Council. Wymore said of the endorsement: “I am deeply honored to have the support of Tom Duane: both a true trailblazer and an outstanding elected official who fought, not only for every one of his constituents, but also for all New Yorkers. I will likewise fight as hard as I can for an inclusive, compassionate and sustainable city.” Wymore is an engineer who has served on the Upper West Side’s Community Board 7 for 17 years, serving two terms as chair of the board. He is vying for the seat against six other Democratic candidates; no Republican candidates have

Community Calendar Community Board 7 Preservation Committee meeting, Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Community Board office, 250 West 87th St. Community Board 7 Housing Committee meeting, Monday, May 13, 6:30 p.m., Community Board office, 250 West 87th St.

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A member of the Comparsa de Chinelos de Cuautla Morelos Mexico waves a flag while marching in the annual Cinco de Mayo Parade along Central Park West on the Upper West Side.

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Library Looted At around noon on Monday, April 8, an unknown perpetrator walked into an open room in a public library on Amsterdam Avenue and removed two laptop computers without permission. Video footage is available for review. LoJack theft-recovery software was installed on the laptops. The value of the laptops stolen totals $4,000.

No Account In the evening of Tuesday, April 24, a 32-year-old male living on W. 75th St. reported that when he had his credit checked recently, he discovered that an unknown person had opened a cell phone account using his personal information. $5,000 in merchandise had been charged to the fraudulent account. The victim filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

WEAK STRONG BOX In the afternoon of Tuesday, April 24, a 74-year-old man discovered that his hoard of cash was missing from his residence on W. 65th St. He had kept the money locked in a metal box in a wall behind the closet. He told police that only he held the key to the box. The only other person with an apartment key was the woman with whom he had shared the apartment for ďŹ ve years. The man said that he alone knew of the money and its secret location, and the last time he checked it was about a year before. No arrests have been made. The amount stolen was $620,000 in Euros and $400,000 in U.S. cash. Ouch!

By Jerry Danzig

Air Lift In the evening of Thursday, April 4, a 20-year-old woman went to check out in a


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chain grocery store on Broadway. She then discovered that an unknown perpetrator had taken her laptop from her purse when she had left it unattended in her shopping cart. The computer, an Apple MacBook Air, lacked any tracking software and was valued at $1,800.


In the evening of Friday, April 26, a 37-yearold male loaned his motorcycle to a friend. When the motorcycle owner returned the following morning to the parking spot on Riverside Boulevard where his friend had returned the cycle, he found the bike missing. Police were unable to locate the missing motorcycle. The stolen motorcycle was a black

2005 Honda CBR 1000 Repsol Edition valued at $12,000.

Honda Heist A 35-year-old man reported that early in the morning of Saturday, April 27, he was in the lobby of his building on W. 70th St. when he heard a loud noise. When he walked to the door to check out the cause of the disturbance, he observed unknown perpetrators loading a motorcycle into a black minivan. The thieves took off in the van heading southbound on Columbus Avenue. The witness reported that the minivan had New Jersey plates and saw the partial license number C95. The stolen motorcycle was a white 2012 Honda with Pennsylvania plates, worth $6,000.

Kawasaki Klepto At 8 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, April 30, a 32-year-old man parked his motorcycle on W. 63rd St. and went to work. When he returned at 1 p.m., his cycle was missing. The victim stated that no one else had keys to the vehicle. There were no cameras at the location, and a police canvas of the area failed to turn up the stolen cycle. A check with parking authorities revealed that the bike had not been towed or relocated. The chopper was a silver 2005 Kawasaki 636 with New York plates, valued at $3,000.


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While support for nannies has been scarce, the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is looking to change that. “The world is watching,� said Valerie Gerstein, a mother of two who runs a blog for families on the Upper West Side. “If something’s going to happen, it should be in this community.� Ortega worked for Kevin and Marina Krim for two and a half years as a nanny, watching their three children, Lucia, Nessie and Leo. On Oct, 25, Marina came home to the family’s apartment at 57 W. 75th St. with Nessie to find her other two children dead and Ortega allegedly trying to commit suicide. Ortega survived and has since been charged with murdering the two children. She is awaiting her court hearing, scheduled for May 6. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is putting together a series of nanny support programs to help nannies with stresses related to the murders, their jobs and personal lives. “As a community center, we realized we needed to create support programs for the caregivers,� Erica Werber said, the senior director of public relations at the JCC. “And make sure they know that they have access to resources if they ever needed help.� The first class is a “Caregiver Chat� with Jean Schreiber, an early childhood educational consultant. The class is open for any nanny and is meant to serve as a support group where caregivers can discuss various aspects of the job, including ways to communicate with employers, positive discipline for children and more. Schreiber oversees several programs at the JCC for parents, but after the Krim murders she recognized the need for nanny support. “Caregivers are a huge part of the community here,� she said. “We are focused on them as people.� The center is also planning to host Caregiver Appreciation Days and a caregiver brunch in the coming months.

For nannies like Kyrie Vickers, these programs come as a welcome relief. In the months since the murders, Vickers feels like parents have been scrutinizing nannies. Jenna Crandall, a mother of three, agrees that nannies have been watched more closely. Crandall encourages other mothers to use hidden nanny cameras in the home and has asked friends to watch how her nanny interacts with Crandall’s kids at the park. “She didn’t know they were my friends but they would look out and watch,� Crandall said. “It makes you second guess your own nanny and what could happen.� One Upper East Side mother, who asked her name be withheld, decided to put her child in daycare rather and leave her alone at home with a nanny. “I interviewed nannies but never felt comfortable,� she said. Nanny agencies throughout the city have been helping soothe parents’ anxieties since the Krim murders. Joan Friedman, co-owner of A Choice Nanny, remembers one mother in particular who expressed nervousness over the decision to hire a nanny. “She said, “I know this is a silly question, but in light of the tragedy, I just want to hear again what you do,�� said Friedman. Vanessa Wauchope, founder and president of nanny agency Sensible Sitters, oversees one family that makes home visits to their nanny routinely to maintain a pulse on her personal life. “They really want to know what’s going on,� said Wauchope. “In a situation where someone is being brought into your home, parents want to go that extra mile.� For Blake Levine, this meant running her own background checks through Internet software on nanny applicants for her two-year-old daughter. “Some people do hire background investigators,� she said. “There’s no way to prevent what happened to the Krim family other than trying to find the best people. You hope that will suffice.�

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“From a personal standpoint I started smoking when I was 17 and I smoked for almost 20 years,� said Rosenthal. “I went through the whole get addicted when you’re younger thing. You also don’t realize how badly you feel until you stop smoking for awhile, its so hard to quit.� We took to the streets on the Upper East Side to find out what local residents think of the push to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers. Neal Bloom, 42, Tribeca “I’m completely for it. I have two kids of my own, and I’d be really disappointed if either of them became smokers. It is just so terrible for your health, and I don’t think young people fully understand that. So I think raising the age would be very helpful.� Robert Ferrara, 20, Upper West Side “I think it’s ridiculous. I have every right to be able to smoke a pack of cigarettes. It’s ridiculous enough that the drinking age is 21. People my age are allowed to get married and fight in wars, yet we can’t drink and shouldn’t be able to smoke? It doesn’t make sense.� Erin Earey, 28, East Village “I mean, if kids really want to smoke, they’re going to find a way to get their hands on cigarettes regardless. I’d be for it though. My brother has been smoking since he was 14, and I really wish he didn’t. It does worry me.�

here smoking one. I think it’s a good move.�

Jenny Son, 24, Lower East Side “I’m all for it. Too many young people smoke and are destroying their health so early. I don’t think 18 year olds realize what a serious decision they’re making when smoking. Three years may not seem like a lot of time, but I think a college freshman is more susceptible to start smoking than someone who is about to graduate.�

Justine Marie, 24, Lower East Side, smoker “It’s kind of a good thing. Kids are more at to start smoking and keep smoking if they start at a younger age. I was 16. If you make it harder or more expensive I’m sure it will deter them.�

Joseph Awgul, 35, Upper East Side “I honestly don’t care either way. I think most kids smoke when they’re a teenager in high school or in college, and then just stop when they get older. I don’t see it as a pressing issue.� Brandon Lall, 18, Upper East Side, smoker “Personally, I agree with it. Cigarettes are bad, even though I’m sitting



Mohammad S., 18, Upper East Side, smoker “I think it’s dumb and they shouldn’t do it. The mayor and assemblymen have bigger problems to deal with than this.�

Chris J., 35, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, smoker “I don’t think anybody should smoke. So I’d be for it.� Ashley Paluszek, 20, Chelsea, occasional smoker “I don’t consider myself a smoker, but I do it occasionally to relax. I’d be really angry if I wasn’t able to buy a pack of cigarettes suddenly. It would be irritating and either way, I’ll be able to find another way to get cigarettes, and so would other people.�


Where the Streets Are Filled With Ideas The New Museum’s biennial Ideas festival presents hundreds of concepts for productive change in the City By Alissa Fleck


his past weekend was alive with innovation as Ideas City — a multi-day festival of presentations, exhibitions, workshops and panels which aims to take New Yorkers’ ideas about improving the City, and urban living in general, to the people to whom these ideas matter most — hit the streets. Four days of demonstrations and performances, founded by the New Museum in the Bowery under this year’s theme of “untapped capital,” included ways to bring art and green space to public places, more efficient and environmentally friendly versions of items we already use on a regular basis and far more. According to the event’s official website, Ideas City, founded in 2011, in addition to facilitating conferences and a massive outdoors street festival around the Bowery neighborhood, incorporates more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are “forums for exchanging

ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity.” The New Museum’s director Lisa Phillips explained: “As an institution dedicated to new art and new ideas, the New Museum strongly believes that the cultural community is essential to the vitality of the future city.” “We also believe that the cultural sphere is still a relatively untapped source of enormously powerful creative capital,” she added, “Especially in its potential to stimulate economic development and foster greater innovation in other fields.” The Ideas City StreetFest, a family-friendly affair, included such highlights as a “sweat your own battery” lodge; more efficient means of turning urban landscapes into playgrounds; blueprints for the City’s “Lowline” (an underground park in development); mobile libraries and art studios and far more. Meanwhile, the conference component focused on places untapped capital can be used in urban development, including “ad hoc strategies,” “waste,” “play” and “youth.” While Ideas City has come and gone for now, affiliated global conferences continue to promote ideas for productive urban change worldwide and New Yorkers, continually on the very cusp of major urban rejuvenation, have had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with hundreds of projects underway in the City with an eye toward the future.

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What’s Up With That?

Vacancy on Columbus Avenue A reader asks, what’s up with the empty storefronts on Columbus Avenue? By Joanna Fantozzi The Upper West Side is known as the land of desirable commercial real estate. In fact, Barbara Adler, from the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, claims that nearly 100 percent of the storefronts in her area of jurisdiction are occupied. So what is up with the storefronts scattered throughout the Upper West Side that have been shuttered and bordered up for years? A reader pointed out some of them to us: Georgia’s Café on 89th and Broadway, which shut its doors almost two years ago; the now-closed Uptown Birds, on Amsterdam between 85th and 86th, which had its last Yelp review in 2009. And one of the major eyesores of the neighborhood: 543 Columbus Avenue - a boarded up, graffiti-covered storefront that has been vacant for decades. According to business and real estate experts, these storefronts are anomalies. “Every empty store is a different story,” said Rafe Evans, senior vice president for Walker Molloy brokerage company, who blames the landlords in many cases, more so than the market. “There are tenants for these spaces if the landlords are reasonable or motivated. There’s no such thing as a space on

the West Side that would not be able to find a good fit.” We investigated some of the specific spots to try and find out why they’ve sat empty. 2418 Broadway between 89th and 90th St. - This seemingly - deserted storefront used to be Georgia’s Café - a fairly controversial place when it was open. “Frequently the issues of Georgia’s had come before the community board,” said Andrew Albert, a representative from the West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. “[The owner] put in an air conditioning unit which bothered people next door, and had other various violations.” According to Rafe Evans, there was also a fire in the building, and the landlord decided not to re-open the commercial space because they were under-insured. In December however, the building was sold to Manhattan-based real estate owners Albert and Robert Gilardian of the Gilar Group for $47 million. A new restaurant will be opening soon at the location. 522 Amsterdam Avenue between 85th and 86th St. - What used to be Uptown Birds is now completely empty. According to the Department of Buildings, a partial stop-work order has been in place for the building since last year for unsafe work conditions, but the issue was resolved. The real story, according to Evans, who has worked on the building, the place will not sell because the owner refuses to either remove the scaffolding from the building, or to lower the price based on that undesirable part of the building. As a result, he said, the landlord is stuck between a rock and a “for rent” sign, and has not seen any interest in the building. 543 Columbus Avenue and 86th St. - This space has been

An empty storefront on Columbus Avenue. an empty shell for years, and according to Rafe Evans, the reason why is a bit of a mystery. He said that the storefront is allegedly owned by the family who operates Three Star Coffee Shop next door. Occasionally, he said, a “For Rent” sign will go up in the window, but it will soon be taken down, which is a shame, said Rafe, because the area is prime real estate. According to the Department of Buildings database, the building is owned by Columbus West LLC, and a Stop Work Order has existed on the property since 2008 for structural instability of the building. “It’s a matter of weird personalities very often,” said Evans. “How some of these people get to control millions of dollars of assets is beyond me.”

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City Getting Greener

There are exciting new ways that NYC is becoming more environmentally friendly - and still more we can all do. By Dan Garodnick


n my tenure in the City Council, I have worked hard to push the envelope on ways to protect the environment — from authoring the City’s Green Energy Code, to requiring new commercial buildings to have sensors to turn out lights, to requiring better access to recycling in residential buildings. And I am pleased to report some big progress on recycling, just from last week. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn this, but New York City has consistently had notoriously low recycling rates. It’s my hope that that is about to change. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced an important new recycling initiative which will save the City $600,000 each year, and lead to more than 50,000 tons of waste diverted from landfills. The best estimate is that we’ll raise our recycling rate from our current 15 percent to 30 percent by the year 2017. The biggest change is that New Yorkers can now recycle hard plastics, including toys, shampoo bottles, coffee cups, food containers and hangers. You can find a full list of what you can and cannot recycle on the Department of Sanitation’s website. Quick tip: your old CDs and hummus containers are okay, but don’t recycle old cassettes or toothpaste tubes! Don’t know what day to put out your recyclables? You can check refuse and recycling collection dates on This will not only save the City money and divert items from our landfills, but it’s also very important for our environment. According to the Department of Sanitation, for every ton of paper we recycle, we save four metric tons of carbon equivalent, which is the same as taking one car off the road for eight months. Even better, by recycling metal items such as cans and tinfoil, we save the equivalent of five metric tons of carbon for every ton of material, which is the same as taking one car off the road for an entire year.

Of note, the City’s pilot composting program in public schools also cut the amount of garbage those schools sent to landfills by up to 38 percent. Did you know you can bring your compost to some greenmarkets? You can find participating locations on GrowNYC’s website, How else can you prevent greenhouse gas emissions? • Did you know home solar panels can pay for themselves in six years? My office prepared a factsheet with incentives available if you adopt solar panels. And, if you have questions about installing solar panels on your roof, visit the Department of Building’s FAQ page. • Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, will save you energy and money. In fact, you could save over $100 over the bulb’s lifetime. And of course, be sure to recycle old CFLs. • Another tip to save money and energy: unplug home electronics when they aren’t in use. Seventy-five percent of electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they are plugged in but turned off. By using a power strip you can save up to $200 each year off your energy bill.

Better recycling in residential developments Starting next year, new apartment developments will need to set aside space for recycling. I authored a piece of legislation which I hope will change New Yorkers’ recycling habits by making recycling as convenient as possible.

A greener East Midtown As we consider the Mayor’s proposed rezoning of East Midtown, I firmly believe that any new buildings that arise from this rezoning should be held to the highest environmental standards. In New York, it is our buildings that are the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions (in fact, they account for 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions) and we need to be responsible stewards to future New Yorkers. For the first time ever, the Department of City Planning has included a sustainability requirement in a proposed rezoning resolution. Buildings that seek increased density under this rezoning would need to outperform the New York City Energy Conservation Code by at least 15%. This is a very good jumping off point for conversations about how the City can incentivize green design.

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Madison Square Park, 23rd St. and Madison Avenue,, 11 a.m, varied pricing, All of May. Madison Square Eats is back, and it’s here for the entire month of May. This pop-up market has 30 vendors from revered eateries all over the city. ASIADOG, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Mexicue, and Momofuku Milk Bar are all participating. After work, grab your friends and treat yourselves to a lively and flavorful dining experience.


Astronomy Night ◄FREE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86,, 7:30

Spring For Music Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th St.,, 7:30 p.m., $25. The spring for Music festival is in it’s third and unfortunately, final year. The purpose of the festival is to allow music-lovers to hear world-class music at affordable prices, and for orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophies. On this particular night, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be performing all four of Ives’s numbered symphonies.

p.m. If you consider yourself a lover of constellations and observing the far reaches of our galaxy, don’t miss out on celebrating Astronomy Day. Get an up-close view of the stars through 8 different telescopes, as well as learn about the names, history, and mythology of constellations. RSVP at

Annual Identification Day American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West,, 12 p.m., free-$19. Do you have a young aspiring archeologist in your home? If so, today you can bring all of the shells, feathers, and bones that they have been collecting to the Museum of Natural History. Museum scientists will attempt to identify each of your little one’s treasures. In conjunction with The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, the collection’s most massive artifacts and specimens will be on display.

FREE: Bike Month

Crawfish for Cancer 79th Street Boat Basin Café, West 79th St.,, 2 p.m., $95-110. Catch something that doesn’t happen often in NYC- a Louisiana-style boil of crawfish. However, you wont be here just to gorge on crustaceans, this is a fundraiser that benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Your ticket buys you unlimited crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes, plus beer, wine and cocktails. This is all set to a live soundtrack, including a cover band.

FREE: A Closer Look for Kids

Multiple locations, We bet you didn’t know it was Bike Month, huh? Join this celebration that hopes to make NYC more cycle-friendly than it already is. Multiple events will be occurring, including CycloFemme’s yearly bike ride today, which will travel all over Manhattan. Other events include a ridein movie, and a 2nd avenue commuter bike train.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.,, 10 a.m. This activity is a tour of the MoMA’s permanent collections and temporary exhibits, for kids ages 5 to 10. They- as well as mom and dad- are encouraged to voice their opinion on what they like and dislike. This tour will help them begin to develop an appreciation for art, which could become an important presence in their lives and futures.

Eisenberg ◄Ophira Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway,, 7 p.m., $15.

FREE: The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian and the host of the weekly game show “Ask Me Another” on NPR. She will be reading from her new memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, which is a compilation of tales about the hilarious trials and tribulations she has faced in her search for love. Her reading will be followed by an After Hours version of her game show.

Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th St.,, 10 a.m. This exhibit features Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Oldenburg, with a focus on the development of Pop Art in the U.S. Still Life is also illuminated, having been used in some of Pop Art’s most innovative expressions. Artists viewed it as a vital vehicle of expression in displaying themes of contemporary life in a post-war consumerist society. Get in touch with these seemingly simple images that hold complex meaning.

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FREE: Richard Misrach “On the Beach 2.0”

B.B King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St.,, 9:30 p.m., $40-45. You may know Wayne Brady from the famed improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? or as the host of the recent revival of Let’s Make a Deal. In this show, Brady creates a spectacular and extremely entertaining performance all on his own. He engages the audience by incorporating their suggestions or bringing them onstage as props. He may even treat you with a vocal performance to show off his legitimate singing chops.

Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th St.,, 10 a.m. Richard Misrach first introduced his “On the Beach” series 9 years ago, now digital technology has enabled him to capture movement and to freeze the motion of water in a completely new way. These remarkable photos document the sea’s changes in color and energy, as well as humans entering and affecting the ocean while being dwarfed in the vast landscape.



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Word for Word: Wendy Williams ◄ FREE: Bryant Park Reading Room, 41 West 40th St.,, 12:30 p.m. The New York Times bestselling author and talk show host is ready to answer your most pressing and personal relationship questions. She will also be speaking about her latest book, Ask Wendy, which is a collection of boldly honest words of advice taken from the popular segment on her show. You will definitely leave feeling enlightened and ready to make a change.

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The Carlton Hotel, 92 Madison Avenue,, 8 p.m. This Music Series features some of the best up-and-coming jazz musicians in the entire country. Tonight’s performer is Courtney Graff, a singer-songwriter with a bluesy sound. Her inspiring lyrics speak to empowering the self, embracing the moment, and appreciating the people you love.

Broadway Sessions with Ben Cameron

Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue,, 10 a.m. This is the largest and most anticipated national business networking event, trade show, and conference for business owners. Learn about products and services that will help your business grow, as well as attend cutting edge workshops and seminars that will further your education. Most importantly, partake in speed networking and develop connections that could pan out to be extremely valuable.


FREE: Spring Music Series at Millesime

Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd St., 11 p.m., $5 plus $15 minimum. When the curtain falls on Broadway, don’t end your night just yet. This après-theatre variety show is hosted by Ben Cameron, of Wicked, Aida, and Footloose fame. Every week a new Broadway star performs and bares their soul. If you’re revved up and in the mood to perform, the show then morphs into an open-mike show-tune night. Don’t be intimidated, we’re sure your rendition of “Defying Gravity” is spectacular.


Not All Happy About Sharing with Bike Share Some residents claim the newly installed CitiBike racks create hazards and hassle for their neighborhoods By Helaina Hovitz


ast week, 330 CitiBike stations were installed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, garnering a reaction from most Manhattanites that can essentially be boiled down to this: not on my block. Or, at least, not where it’s currently installed. The CitiBike program, also called Bike Share, will place bike rental stations throughout parts of the city, allowing riders to pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at any other CitiBike spot. Sponsored and run by CitiBank, the program is ultimately under the purview of the Department of Transportation (DOT). (See sidebar.) On Thursday, May 2nd, Community Board 2 held a meeting at P.S. 41 to give West Village residents a chance to voice their concerns about the Bike Share program, but it wasn’t just West Villagers who showed up to gripe. People from all over the city came to speak their peace about the program — but some of it wasn’t so peaceful. Chair David Gruber said that the board received 160 calls and emails, 70 percent of which were negative comments. “The DOT chose not to come to this meeting, we don’t know why,� he said. “People are upset about the size and volume, and once we saw it in place, we realized red dots on a map aren’t the same as something actually being on a street and installed,� Gruber said of the major complaints about Bike Share. While most people in attendance said that while they actually weren’t “against� the program, they weren’t happy with the way it

was being implemented. “I’m shocked that this showed up on my block. The magnitude of it and the lack of notice provided to residents by DOT is unconscionable. They’re too big and too clunky on residential streets, and the community was not properly informed,� said West Village resident Lisa Cannistraci, who spoke for many when she added that “they obstruct building entranceways,� a problem that will worsen when the stations are filled with an average of 40 bikes each at the end of the month. While many in attendance weren’t opposed to the bikes or the bike program, they were “opposed to the way that the city handled placing the bike racks around the city — mainly, in front of their entranceways.� The bike racks on Barrow Street, for example, are located directly in front of residential buildings with 170 units. Residents claim that elderly people can’t get to their Access a Ride busses, and that ambulances can’t access the building, either. “That means elderly and children will have to navigate around the bikes to get a cab or Access A Ride. We’re not opposed to the rack, but it needs to be moved, and we have alternative locations in mind,� said Cannistraci. “These bike stations located on historic landmarked blocks are a travesty. They need to be moved to more commercial locations, perhaps in front of the Citibanks, since this is their project. West Village resident Charlie Decker, 69, wasn’t just concerned about the rack placement, though; he thinks that allowing inexperienced riders to hop on bikes whenever they feel like it, especially after they’ve had a few drinks, is a recipe for disaster. “It’s dangerous to promote neophytes grabbing a bike in New York, especially tourists. Are you going to wait until 10 people are slaughtered to see that? Inexperienced bikers are going to get hurt riding around New York City,� he said. Bikes lined the fence outside, and pro

Citi Bikers with signs lined themselves up in front of the school’s entrance, eagerly awaiting press. Hilda Cohen, who works in the West Village and lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, said that those showing up to protest on Thursday were most likely absent at meetings held to discuss the plans. “We’ve been involved since 2011, and we’ve been here every step of the way. We’re excited,� said Cohen. “I’ve never experienced a more inclusive community process than the one they did with Bike Share. Hilda Cohen and fellow probike share supporter demonstrate outside the meeting. Jane Brown, who lives on West 4th between 7th Ave the water, and the mice.“ South and W. 10th, said that The DOT did not respond to specific sanitation trucks haven’t been able to get through the racks, and piles of trash and water questions regarding community members’ concerns about safety of riders, garbage truck have been attracting mice. and emergency vehicle access. A spokesman “There’s no way for them to clean. It’s a said that CitiBike in conjunction with DOT health hazard. Someone’s going to get hit by held 400 meetings with community boards a fire truck this summer pulling out,� Brown to determine the best locations for the racks, said. “If they’re benefiting and making money and also consulted 65,000 online requests and off of it, why doesn’t Citibank but them in front of their branches? Let them see the trash, comments.


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bout Mother’s Day coming up, and Earth Day just observed - let neither be one day of remembering in a year of forgetting. That goes for upcoming Memorial and Father’s Days too. As this anti-ageism militant says, the more birthdays you have, the more they deserve celebration, with help to make the celebrant’s everydays better. To paraphrase Ira Gershwin’s classic lyric, the road needn’t get rougher and lonelier and tougher. About Earth Day, well, fighting everyday health perils got short shrift when only 22 of the many thousands of apartment house dwellers whose health is affected showed up at the CIVITAS forum on the Upper East Side’s super-dirty air problem. The focus was on one major, but little publicized pollutant, the burning of number 4 and 6 boiler oil by most buildings because it is cheapest. Yup, fortunes are spent on new lobbies but converting to cleaner oil or natural gas heat remains on the proverbial back burner until the new law makes it mandatory by 2015. I was truly troubled by the meeting’s low attendance with so much at stake and with such expert information offered on how best to convert and even cooperate with nearby buildings for more reasonably priced number 2 oil or natural gas. And so I wrote to CIVITAS executive director, Hunter F. Armstrong, “I’ll bet if the meeting notice had warned how number 4 and 6 oil damaged and aged complexions and skin tone. rather than respiratory and cardiovascular systems, there might have been standing room only.” He agreed that “a different marketing approach

was needed.” Til the revolution, let those concerned with the very real damage these dirty oils inflict on the community’s lungs and hearts contact your local elected officials and also Hunter Armstrong at 212-996-0745. Incidentally, stressing appearance improvement would help in the war against smoking. Skin tone does indeed improve after stopping. And when awful behavior won’t stop alcohol abuse and other drug use, maybe promise of improved appearance will. If only appearance didn’t matter so much. Or at all, if ever there were something to overcome. About Mother’s Day, again I’m strongly recommending Kate Stone Lombardi’s book, The Mama’s Boy Myth. Of course, it’s important for mothers of sons, but even more for those social policy-makers who still excuse sons’ non-involvement with families of origin, excusing it as typical male behavior, not a cultural thing that needs to be challenged. And the Times never reviewed what has been called “a groundbreaking investigative look at the benefits of rejecting the ‘mama’s boy’ myth.” Let’s celebrate those adult sons who stay vitally connected to their mothers and fathers and other elder kindred like JaRon Eames, noted jazz vocalist and music historian, who has requested a copy of “My Mother’s Eyes.” Willie Nelson has a wonderful rendition. And so deserving of support is The Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir Spring Concert at Church of the Heavenly Rest (90th and Fifth Avenue) on May 18 at 4 p.m. This 26 year-old group founded and directed by James Backmon also tutors and mentors the young singers. I so hope they again perform my son Jeff ’s song, “Happy Birthday to a Little Girl” about a repentant absentee daddy who longs to get back into the life of his now 6 year-old daughter. This message needs to go viral and mainstream. So does the outing of absentwithout-just-cause family members!

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More Than Antiques More & More Antiques offers surprisingly charming finds at low prices By Laura Shanahan


aints preserve us! Specifically, miniaturized versions of saints that appear to be hand-carved of an especially soothing-green translucent jade, (but are in fact “plastique�), accented with metallic gold touches. Find these approximately two-inch high Peruvian religious and cultural totems at More & More Antiques, at 378 Amsterdam Ave., corner of 78th, where they sell for the equally diminutive price of $2.50 per. Um, contemporary plastic $2.50 items – no matter how charming and unique – at an antiques shop? Yes, indeed. More & More is an antiques store like no other. Sure, there is the $2,600 set of fine Royal Crown Derby vintage china in a discontinued Old Japan Imari pattern, (distinctive in its flowy-floral design of cobalt, metallic gold and a carnelian color) – but there are also loads of absolutely lovely and enchanting contemporary, (albeit often with an antique-y twist), items that are perfect to give as gifts for, say, $10 and less – sometimes way less. “I try to mix it up so there’s something for everyone,� say owner Steve Mohr, whose store has been on this block for a total of 26 years (there was a prior location on this very same street). I rarely shop while I go shopping around for y’all, but at these prices – and this level of enchantment – I purchased no fewer than five items, totaling a measly $17 or so: three saints, (you don’t have to be religious – or Catholic – to love these; oh, did I mention they glow in the dark?), and two F.G. & Co. sparkly die-cut gift tags.

Ah, yes, the gift tags: You are a more giving person than I am if you can actually affix these beauties by their satin-ribbon ties to a gift for someone. I’m keeping the ones I bought for myself, I confided to another shopper. “It’s nice to look at pretty things,� she agreed. F.G. & Co. has several series of tags – oh, we know they’re gift tags, because they have the “To� and “From� designations. The series includes Ballet Fairies and Luxury Ladies, with each card faithfully replicating antique illustrations, predominantly pretty and pink and dainty beyond words. Gilding the lily, each is also hand-glittered, adding exquisite detailing and patterns. All this for just $3 to $6.50 per. You might wish to do what I plan for one of the larger ones (over 7-inches long) – and use it as a book mark. More pretty stuff, again in an unusual context: The deck of playing cards, each imprinted with a different painting by Gustav Klimt, the 19th century Austrian artist best known for The Kiss, a gorgeously elaborate and sensual work; $10. Going from the sublime to the sublimely silly, consider the tins of peppermint Atonemints (“for each of your sins�), Meshuga Mints (“crazy strong�) and Enchantmints (“curiouser and curiouser�). Appropriate full-color illustrations on the lids show angels versus a blue sky for the first; a Chagall-like Fiddler on the Roof theme on the second, and an eerie Alice in Wonderland-type scenario on the third; $3.25 per. We so have to revisit here before Christmas and Chanukah – can you picture better stocking stuffers and token gifts than these or, for that matter, virtually all of the above? If you’re looking for a (very) pre-holiday miracle, consider the little silvery “wish capsules� that instruct: “Write a single wish on the paper in the capsule and carry it with you wherever you go until your wish comes true. “ All you need is $3.50 and a dream.

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FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING The Department of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College is offering its annual free skin cancer screening. Walk-in only â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no appointments will be taken. WHEN:

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ORAL CANCER SCREENING NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Department of Otolaryngology â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Head and Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College are offering a free oral cancer screening for adults 18+. Walk-in only â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no appointments will be taken.


here is a rising tidal wave of age-related brain diseases striking our maturing population, especially the 77 million Baby Boomers who will all need care for age-related brain diseases at the same time,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Costantino Iadecola, a leading neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medical College and a neurologist at NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brain and mind diseases are a growing health challenge worldwide and a major contributor to loss of life and severe disability.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Iadecola was recently named the director of the new Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at the medical college. The institute is a research hub that promises to move lab research into advanced personalized therapies for patients with devastating brain diseases, such as Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Lou Gehrigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, stroke and

Thursday, June 6, 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. WHERE:

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in Manhattan on the Upper East Side at York Avenue and 68th Street, comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College.

$28 MILLION GIFT FROM FEIL FAMILY Named in honor of Gertrude and Louis Feil, the institute was created with a generous $28 million gift from the Feil Family. Their gift will also allow for the hiring of four to six top neuroscientists; state-of-the-art equipment; scholarships for trainees and medical students; and more. For more than three decades, the entire Feil Family has championed research, education and patient care at Weill Cornell with generous gifts of more than $75 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to the Feil Family, Weill Cornell is leading the way with translational medicine research discoveries that will make a difference in the lives of patients,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This institute serves as a model for the future of biomedicine,

leep-related problems are among the most common issues seen by a pediatrician. Poor sleep habits can lead to behavioral, educational, social and health problems. Fortunately, many childhood sleep problems can be recognized early and treated successfully. The new Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep Center, located at 425 East 61st Street, is staffed by a team of pediatricians and

For general information, call (212) 746-5454. For information about physicians and patient programs, call (877) NYP-WELL. """# $" ! Produced by the Public Affairs Department of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, (212) 821-0560.

pediatric specialists in the areas of sleep, pulmonology, ENT, neurology and psychology to address a range of sleep issues, from teaching parents techniques to help babies sleep during the night to more serious problems, such as sleep apnea, which is often a cause of heavy and frequent snoring. After conducting testing in child-friendly sleep labs, the team develops individualized treatment plans, which may include breathing-support devices, medications, surgery or behavioral therapy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many behavioral problems we see in children are the result of sleep problems. Once you address sleep, these problems, be it moodiness or depression or even ADHD, may disappear,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Haviva Veler, director of the center and a pediatrician at the Komansky Center for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. For more information, call 646-962-3410.


breaking down barriers to the innovative discovery of vital solutions for the prevention and treatment of devastating brain diseases, such as Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and stroke.â&#x20AC;?

A free health fair speciďŹ cally for domestic workers will offer health screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and BMI), hands-on pediatric CPR demonstrations, health counseling, and information on burn safety, seizures, and immigrant and human rights. Join us for a fun day for the whole family, including face painting and giveaways. WHEN: Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. WHERE: Sokol Hall, 420 E. 71st Street (between First and York Avenues).

Sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ambulatory Care Network. For more information, call Chris Marengo, 212-746-6460.

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Dr. Costantino Iadecola, Director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute


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multiple sclerosis. In addition, scientists will develop new ways to identify risk factors for brain disease and preventive strategies and will study the impact that other conditions, such as high blood pressure or metabolic diseases, have on brain health. A central focus will be translational research, in which scientists and doctors collaborate to help turn research advances quickly into practical clinical applications. The institute takes a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together leading experts in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, radiology and geriatrics, among others. Dr. Iadecola will work hand-in-hand with a team of leading physician-scientists, including Dr. Matthew E. Fink, the medical centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head of neurology. The institute will be headquartered in the new Belfer Research Building, set to open at the end of 2013.





â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without A Safety Netâ&#x20AC;? Raises over $40,000 for Uninsured

Government Leaders Decry Sequestration



ore than 250 New York philanthropists gathered at the Astor Center in the historic DeVinne Press Building on March 22 for the second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without A Safety Netâ&#x20AC;? fund-raiser, raising more than $40,000 for the Weill Cornell Community Clinic. Funds raised from the sold-out event will support patient care for uninsured New Yorkers and will cover approximately 85 percent of the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual budget. The weekly clinic provides primary care, medications, and specialty referrals at little or no cost to more than 350 patients a year. It is run entirely by Weill Cornell medical students supervised by faculty and attending physicians. Event highlights included a silent auction of artwork from 12 up-and-coming local artists, dancing to beats mixed by DJ Alec Swinburne, and the company of other New Yorkers committed to improving health care for New Yorkers. Guests enjoyed wines and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres generously donated and prepared by Hospitality Holdings, specialty mixed drinks featuring Karlssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gold Vodka and beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. To learn more about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without A Safety Netâ&#x20AC;? or to donate to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, please visit:

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a proud recipient of the Environmental Protection Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Combined Heat and Power Award, presented for our state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable cogeneration heat and power plant on the Upper East Side. In 2013, we also received the EPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management for the eighth time since 2005.


t a press conference at Weill Cornell Medical College on February 24, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined Weill Cornell Dean Dr. Laurie Glimcher, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Micah Kellner, City Council Member Jessica Lappin, and Weill Cornell researchers, students and patients to decry the harmful impact of federal budget sequestration on medical research. Sequestration, which began on March 1, is expected to reduce funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $1.6 billion this year. More than 80 percent of NIHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget is devoted to supporting more than 300,000 researchers at thousands of universities and research institutions across the country, with over half supporting medical schools and teaching hospitals, central to American scientiďŹ c and health care research efforts and medical advances. U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn), said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldclass medical research institutions like Weill Cornell Medical College stand at the forefront of scientiďŹ c innovation and discovery and the development of cutting-edge technology. They play a critical role in developing new strategies and treatment to save and prolong the lives of millions of people all over the world, and are also critical generators of our continuing economic recovery and job growth. I urge House leadership to avoid triggering a sequestration

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, speaking, with (left to right) Dr. David Nanus, Jonathan Lowenberg, Dr. Manish Shah, and Dr. Laurie Glimcher.

of federal funding that will impose draconian cuts to the research and development programs that are our hope for the future. I am determined to join colleagues in both parties and both houses of Congress to prevent our nation from being forced into this entirely manufactured ďŹ scal crisis.â&#x20AC;? Dean Dr. Laurie Glimcher of Weill Cornell Medical College said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medical research has opened the door to new treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses, treatments that have saved lives and substantially improved the quality of others. At Weill Cornell we are poised to continue the ďŹ ght, but sequestration

will undermine these efforts and prevent us from fully building on the promise of new discoveries.â&#x20AC;? Sequestration will bring approximately $85 billion in automatic cuts to the federal budget. These cuts will disproportionately hit federal funding for medical research. Approximately $167 million in funding could be lost in New York State alone. New York receives an estimated economic return of $7.50 for each research dollar invested in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical schools. Therefore, a $167 million loss in NIH funding would equate to an overall loss of approximately $1.255 billion to New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy and could result in signiďŹ cant job losses.







Shaking Up an Old Favorite: The Bloody Mary Downtown restaurants are trying new variations on the traditional Bloody Mary just in time for spring brunch season By Joanna Fantozzi


or this Mother’s Day, or even for that perfect spring Sunday afternoon, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with brunch. One of the best parts of brunch is that delicious Bloody Mary. But not all spicy tomato cocktails are created equal. Take mom or your loved ones out for brunch, (even a liquid brunch), to one of these downtown places, where Bloody Marys take on an unusual twist. At Burger and Barrel, the gastropub at Houston Street and Mercer Street, for instance, take your pick from four Bloody Mary choices including the traditional recipe. But for those looking for something more adventurous, try the Bloody Maria, made with infused tequila. The Queen Mary is made with spicy tomato juice, cucumber, gin and garnished with dill and lemon. But the real draw, according to General Manager Carmelo Pecoraro, is the BBQ Bacon Bloody Mary, made with homemade BBQ sauce, tomato juice and candied bacon. It won first place in the Tito’s Vodka best Bloody Mary competition.

“I feel like everyone likes a Bloody Mary made a certain way,” said Pecoraro. “There’s always a variation on it, and that was the whole idea, to create something new.”

More recommendations: *Cole’s (Greenwich Ave and Main Street) — Get a drink and an appetizer all rolled into one with Cole’s “Kitchen Sink” Bloody Mary. Chef Daniel Eardley pickles the green beans for the cocktail, which are thrown into the in-house made Bloody Mary mix, along with caper berries, olives, celery and lemon. *Sauce (Rivington and Allen Street) — You and your loved ones have a choice of three fresh Bloody Mary concoctions at this farm-to-table mom’s Italian kitchen-esque restaurant. Plus all moms eat for free on Mother’s Day at Sauce! Try the Bloody Mario (made with Grappa Zardetto di Prosecco), The Bloody Maria (made with Sauza tequila), and a traditional Bloody Mary made with Tito’s Vodka. *Colicchio and Sons (10th Avenue Between West 15th and West 16th Streets) — The Bloody Verde - You heard that right. It’s green, not red. That’s because this Bloody Mary variation, at one of Tom Colicchio’s famous restaurants, is made with green tomatoes, jalapenos, chilis, cilantro and green Tabasco sauce.

• 1 oz. castelvetrano c olive juice • Juice of o 2 limes • 1/4 can ca of Guinness stout • 20 dashes das celery bitters To Com Compose: Fill a 10oz 10 glass with ice, add 2 o oz. of vodka, grappa or tequi tequila. Add bloody mix. Shake to mix flavors. In a clean clea glass, garnish rim with wit salted fennel pollen (mixture ( of grey sea salt and fennel pollen), add ice, stra strain mixed bloody in new gla glass and garnish glass with peeled pe celery, olives, lemon aand lime.

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New York’s Review of Culture .

Recall and Response Cicely Tyson brings realness to The Trip to Bountiful By Armond White


roadway’s new Black (or non-traditional cast) production of The Trip to Bountiful comes alive when Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts, an elderly Texas widow longing to return to her titular hometown, stands up and sings a church hymn in a desolate bus station. It is the chestnut “Blessed Assurance” and as Tyson prances and sings, the audience spontaneously joined in. Was it a response to the actress and her legacy of cultural landmarks (Sounder, Roots, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, East Side/West Side) or gospel’s call-andresponse tradition that veteran Black performers and audiences bring to Broadway? It was a surprising—and unexpectedly satisfying—moment; unscripted by playwright Horton Foote whose synthetic Southern doggerel treats the human condition like bolts of preprinted fabric. Familiar ideas about family, aging and the passing of time are cut and stitched into readymade, second-hand drama—the half-tragic equivalent to a sitcom. But there’s Tyson as Carrie Watts, the role that originated by Lillian Gish and that won Geraldine Page an Oscar. This occasion forces one to realize the paucity of roles for older actresses (Tyson is 80), especially black actresses. Tyson seizes the vehicle to communicate her principled talent to a culture that has forgotten what that means. When Carrie cries “I want to go back to Bountiful,” Tyson gives it the yearning of a woman who feels existentially stranded in a debilitating, non-nurturing place, a cramped two-room Houston apartment with her son Ludie (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his frustrated, harpy wife Jessie Mae (Vanessa Williams). The situation parallels the lack of mobility faced by black actresses toiling in an unwelcoming or restricting profession. Tyson‘s career milestones have always happened against the odds yet her successes are impressive because their always demonstrate moral integrity. Not the worse legacy, it puts Tyson in the same league as Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte–powerful performers who also stood for something. In this case, the memory of a bountiful artistic and political calling in which personal artistry illuminates mere professionalism. That Tyson’s lack of sentimentality—her defining


Tyson and Candola Rashad in A Trip to BounƟful. quality—fits Carrie Watts is ironic. Foote’s determined yet nostalgic crone is utterly average, suffering typical old-age dilemmas. Not exactly a warm matriarch, Tyson makes her stubborn, self-obsessed drive to return to her roots seem vital, (her subtle anger recalls Tyson’s Rebecca in Sounder). She works Foote’s threadbare, pseudo-homey clichés for all they’re worth. There’s no richness in Foote’s writing, the flat, naturalistic language resists poetry; Geraldine Page gave the film her hammy but great emotionalism to stave off Foote’s unintended yet unavoidable bleakness. In the last act, director Michael Wilson lets Tyson nearly transform Carrie Watt’s dotage into principle: “I found my dignity and strength” she says looking at her girlhood home with the symbolic name, (a bland version of the yearning psychology William Inge expressed better in Come Back, Little Sheba). That line isn’t quite believable but we know what Carrie/Tyson means: The search for stronger values and desire to restore personal heritage are clear. The sympathetic audience


provided a Tyler Perry response, giving more implicit Christian fellowship than Foote intended. (Singing “Blessed Assurance” also recalls Tyson’s very excellent Peter Bogdanovich TV movie Blessed Assurance.) With Tyson’s presence, this production’s new ethnic focus evokes the Great Migration history of blacks relocated to urban living yet retaining ambivalent memories of the South as home. Jeff Cowie’s set, superlatively lighted by Rui Rita, recalls the Hudson River School of bucolic radiance; creating a visible, nearly cinematic passage of time. The years since Tyson performed in the legendary 1961 production of Genet’s The Blacks have seen the oncethriving Black American theater movement pass. In this not-good-enough play Tyson’s richness and will makes one nostalgic for Black theater’s forgotten bounty.

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Spielberg’s Shortcomings Media short sides with American aristocracy—and dishonesty By Armond White


he worst Steven Spielberg production ever is, without doubt, his Barack Obama homage, Steven Spielberg’s Obama. Unlike his disingenuous Obama-in-disguise campaign feature film, Lincoln, this two-minute second satirical short looks artless and slapdash; it was made for last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner—an annual event for fatcats that contradicts the United States’ supposed allegiance to democracy by gathering the nation’s most empowered people (media celebrities) to gently lambaste but mostly celebrate their empowered peer, the President, as the most casual, supercilious, inviolable and narcissistic cat of them all. Newscasters have disgraced their profession and politics by making cameos with apparently no qualms that news is just another form of celebritized fiction. There’s an unholy alliance between the news industry and Hollywood. No matter the deprivations Americans across the country still suffer from Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, West, Texas and the economy— the Correspondents’ dinner is a ritual for the privileged, the ruling class that Americans like to think doesn’t exist. That’s one reason they go to the movies, (the most shameful reason), and Spielberg made this short to further that ends of

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mystification, misguidance and manipulation. The mockumentary’s unfunny jokes start with Spielberg asking “I mean who is Obama, really? We don’t know. We never got his transcripts.” This would only be amusing if it weren’t true. There’s obscenity in joking about the media’s protection of Obama’s image and its implicit lack of decorum which began (negatively) with the media’s assault on George W, Bush’s presidency. But Nevermind. (That might have been a more clever title for the short—what, was Tony Kushner too busy reading Entertainment Weekly?). Steven Spielberg’s Obama was made redundantly, to disguise the euphemistic Beltway metaphors of Lincoln, (such as that despicable moment when Abraham Lincoln, arms outstretched, mendaciously emulates the scales of justice—but politicking with his right hand and prevaricating with his Left). Yet, those who care about the honor of Spielberg’s best work have to pay mind to this short’s dishonesty. It gainsays the fact of Obama’s media-based mythification by joking about it. Spielberg pretends in the short to be thinking about doing a first film about Obama and smirks, “Picking the right actor to “play Obama that was the challenge. So I needed someone who could dive in and really become Barack Obama. And as it turns out the answer was right in front of me all along: Daniel Day Lewis.” This plays the movie going public cheap, as if they weren’t smart enough to catch that Obama was already the subtext of Lincoln. Spielberg knew this, he let screenwriter Tony Kushner go forward with the rhetorical ruse which The New York Times only cottoned to after the film’s release. In an analysis titled “Confronting the Fact of Fiction and the Fiction of Fact,” two thumbs-up reviewers chimed “Lincoln isn’t just about how President Lincoln navigated the passage of the 13th Amendment; it is also about President Obama whose presidency could not be imagined without that amendment.” So much form the limits of Times critics’ imaginations. They finally admitted that Spielberg and Kushner’s fabrications were rooted in the dark heart of millennial White Liberal fantasy, not historical fact or African American dreaming. Because Obama has become the fulfillment of White Liberal dreaming, his mythification in Lincoln and throughout the mainstream media is accepted without vetting—so much so that even Spielberg can contribute to the mythification, attempting to sway an election and then kid about it. His short’s suggestion that the Obama myth required an actor of Daniel Day Lewis’ stature is inadvertently revealed. Spielberg boasts about Day Lewis’ method of ”becom[ing] his character: Hawkeye from Last Of The Mohicans, Bill the Butcher in The Gangs of New York and Abraham Lincoln from Lincoln. And you know what, he nailed it.” Nailing it is the correct, crucifying term for the Washington Correspondents Dinner’s deprecation of American history. Spielberg’s litany accidentally links Obama’s presidency to questionable representations of American history: James Fennimore Cooper’s White fantasy that Leslie Fiedler once explicated, (in Love and Death and the American Novel) as the embodiment of Eurocentric fears and the basis of America’s racial delusions, (a critical thesis now forgotten in the Ebert age); Scorsese’s post-Vietnam imagining of America’s hostile social legacy and immigrant brutality. Spielberg ties all that to Lincoln, not to absolve it but to unconsciously root it to the racial and political confusion about slavery and identity that the unvetted Obama represents. But, wait! It gets worse! Obama himself takes part in Spielberg’s charade. After once claiming “I have a lot on my plate,” Obama generously took the time to complete Spielberg’s

Steven Spielberg’s Obama. fantasy by showing how he prepares for public performance: Looking into a mirror, Obama preps “Hello, Ohio! Hello, Ohio!” “I love you back.” “Look, look, let me be clear about this.” The only thing that’s clear is that the gathered media aristocracy, (including the low-down yet highly-placed of Hollywood and Manhattan), approves this disingenuousness. It’s all right with them. They want a President as lacking in dignity as they are, so they reduce him to their level—morally, professionally, politically. This short is Spielberg’s most Brechtian comedy: he gets the President of the United States to ridicule the supposedly sincere reasons his constituents support him, undermining the prestige of office that even his opponents are obliged to respect. (One could argue that the media’s out-of-control disrespect the presidency began with George W. Bush or maybe our lapdog media was born during the Clinton administration). For Spielberg, Obama willingly portrays a performer in the act of deceiving the public. (Only Bill and Hillary Clinton taking on the roles of the mafia gangsters The Sopranos was as offensive.) It is not funny when Obama-as-Day-Lewis confuses things, saying “The hardest part? Trying to understand his [my] motivations. Why did he [I] pursue ‘health care’ first? What makes him [me] tick? Why doesn’t he [I] get mad? If I was him I’d be mad all the time. But I’m not him, I’m Daniel Day Lewis.” It’s as bad as a Saturday Night Live skit. Or a Jon Stewart Early Show skit. Or a Real Time with Bill Maher skit. (Or a Morning Joe, Rachel Maddow skit, I mean, “newscast.”) That’s how low the producer of the terrific early Zemeckis-Gale comedies has sunk. For the past seven months I’ve personally been fielding questions about why I didn’t like the movie Lincoln. Going through the unpleasant effort of explaining the film’s basic inaccuracy and unfairness to people who were prepared to love and defend it simply because it was customized to their political sentiments, made my explanation all the more frustrating. (When die-hard Spielberg scoffers praised Lincoln, I knew their commendations had nothing to do with esthetics or history, only with the film’s slanted politics and strenuously forced contemporary parallel to Obama’s lameduck presidency.) Now, after the disappointment of the Kushner-Spielberg Lincoln, we get its unfortunate sequel—actually a coda. A coda ought to reinforce a work’s preceding revelations but it’s become apparent that after his previous great films showed the humane aspect of the human experience, Spielberg has taken up the partisan view. Now that Spielberg shows us what Lincoln actually meant, one can really, rightfully rue it.



Suspending Reality


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By Elena Oumano


he six artists behind “Wan-Der-Lust,” a month-long, (now through May 15), mixed-media pop-up exhibit on the ground floor of 72 Wooster Street, announces its mission in a black painted scrawl over the entrance: “Wanderlust is about the primal impulse for exploration. The work assembled expresses a freedom pulsing through the body blood. The collective narrative in this exhibition is informed by journeys unknown; inspired by the moment. The work is meant to inspire a state of constant flow and transformation. Through these works on paper, canvas, photography, sculpture and furniture, we express the human craving for discovery. Welcome to Wanderlust. We invite you to suspend in your reality.” Since art of necessity involves exploration, transformation, and discovery, perhaps more to the point is photographer Peter Ruprecht’s observation that this show embodies the “Burning Man ethos of collaboration brought into the real world.” Photographers Reka Nyari and Ruprecht; artists Jody Levy and Arten Mirolevich; sculptors/furniture makers Dara Young and Yarrow Mazzetti; along with Harlan Berger of Centaur Properties, the developer hosting “Wan-DerLust” before 72 Wooster is sold, met at Burning Man and formed a camp that creates art alongside others as part of the pop-up community that takes over Nevada’s Black Rock desert every year. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ve transformed a rough, rubble-strewn NYC space lacking electricity into a gallery in order to showcase the individual works that often bear traces of each other’s fortuitous interference. All the contributors here evidence imagination and skill, but Ruprecht and Mazzetti show the strongest. Mazzetti’s powerfully authentic heart of pine and stainless steel furniture includes a sleekly gorgeous dining table and a chest with 5 theme drawers, each crammed with objects and opening to a flood of music. Ruprecht, a former Olympic skier and financial consultant who’s untrained in photography, first bought a camera in 2006 and a few years later, had a billboard looming over Times Square. His richly-colored, high contrast images are not framed. Instead, Mazzetti’s aluminum backings extend the images’ space beyond four corners, underscoring their generosity and excitingly alive quality. A series of meticulously rendered etchings by Mirolevich, a visionary artist also working in water color, pen and ink here stands out as well. He’s the only Wan-Der-Lust artist with professional representation, But galleries are currently circling Ruprecht. Three of his photos were snapped up at the opening night party attended by 2000 people gathered mostly by internet word-of-mouth—further evidence of Burning Man’s infiltration into the real world.


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The Detroit Way A revived orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall with its maestro, Leonard Slatkin By Jay Nordlinger


rom May 6 to May 11, Carnegie Hall will present a festival called “Spring for Music.” It offers five orchestras in six concerts. The orchestras come from around the country, and one of them was to have been the Oregon Symphony. The Oregonians found themselves short on cash, however, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will play two concerts (May 9 and 10). The first DSO concert consists of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Kurt Weill and Maurice Ravel. The second one is devoted to Charles Ives—his four symphonies. The concerts are conducted by the DSO’s music director, Leonard Slatkin. I say to him, in a phone conversation, “I’m glad to be hearing Ives. But it’s a shame not to hear Walter Piston—he’s never played.” Slatkin informs me that he himself conducts Piston. But it’s true: The mid-century Americans are largely ignored. Music follows fashion, and Piston, William Schuman, Peter Mennin and the rest of those guys are out of fashion. A young conductor, says Slatkin, should make a project out of reviving them. A young woman named Caroline Shaw has just won the Pulitzer Prize, notes Slatkin. She does not call herself a composer, interestingly enough. But performers will naturally want to perform what music she has written, or will write. What they’re unlikely to do, says Slatkin, is unearth, say, the Seventh Symphony of Roy Harris. (That composer’s Third was once wellknown, but has faded from the repertoire.) Slatkin grew up in Los Angeles, the son of a famous musician: Felix Slatkin, the violinist, conductor, arranger and so on. In and out of the house trooped even more famous musicians: Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, yes, but also Art Tatum, the jazz pianist, and Frank Sinatra. Felix Slatkin died in 1963, when he was only 47. Leonard was 19. He is now doing what his father wanted to do but did not live quite long enough to do: head an orchestra. His father wanted an orchestra of his own to conduct, somewhere. He was on the verge of getting one when he died. Leonard Slatkin has held many music directorships in his career. He started in Detroit five years ago. The DSO has come through a rocky period. Before there was a national recession, there was a “one-state recession”: Michigan’s. The DSO was not immune. Then, toward the end of 2010, the musicians went on strike, for six months. The orchestra is now back on its feet, reformed and flexible. The musicians took a pay cut—22 percent, on average. But they can earn more with optional


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Leonard Slatkin work. The orchestra’s main home is still Orchestra Hall, downtown. But they are also out in the suburbs, in six different venues. Occasionally, the musicians break out into smaller ensembles, such as string quartets. “We don’t do flash mobs yet,” says Slatkin, “but that may come.” Ticket prices have fallen, and ticket sales have increased. Also, concerts are streamed live on the Internet. “We are redefining the word ‘audience,’” says Slatkin. The webcasts are free of charge. Doesn’t this keep people from going to the concert hall? On the contrary, says Slatkin: The webcasts whet their appetite for the live-and-in-person experience. The DSO is even developing an audience abroad, says Slatkin. “So, when the time comes to resume international touring, we have a head start. People not only know how we play, they know what we look like.” You can buy all nine Beethoven symphonies from the DSO for a mere 20 bucks: They are downloadable. Slatkin figures we will have compact discs for another three or four years and then yield entirely to new technologies. The DSO also has a number of programs designed to provide music education to young Detroiters—this used to be the job of families and schools. Slatkin himself enjoyed an excellent music education in the public schools he attended. He may have come from a spectacularly musical home, but “I cherished that hour when the music teacher came in with an autoharp.” Our society has changed, though, as we all know. In short, the DSO has found a way to keep itself afloat, and moving forward. They are coping with the challenges of today, and also taking advantage of opportunities—such as the Internet. Slatkin is a particularly good ambassador for music. He is not only a fine conductor, he is one of the best talkers about music you’ll ever hear. He has some things in common with a conductor he much admired, Leonard Bernstein. And after all these years, he still loves music as much as ever. “I have the best job in the world,” he says. “It is an honor and a privilege, as well as a responsibility.” He continues, “I stand in front of a hundred musicians and give a downbeat. To this day, I’m not 100 percent sure why that sound comes out”—the hard-to-beat sound of an orchestra.


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eing forced to exercise may still help reduce anxiety and depression just as exercising voluntarily does, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Past studies have shown that people who exercise are more protected against stress-related disorders. And scientists know that the perception of control can benefit a person’s mental health. But it has been an open question whether a person who feels forced to exercise, eliminating the perception of control, would still reap the anxiety-fighting benefits of the exercise. People who may feel forced to exercise could include high school, college and professional athletes, members of the military or those who have been prescribed an exercise regimen by their doctors, said Benjamin Greenwood, an assistant research professor in CU-Boulder’s Department of Integrative Physiology. “If exercise is forced, will it still produce mental health benefits?” Greenwood asked. “It’s obvious that forced exercise will still produce peripheral physiological benefits. But will it produce benefits to anxiety and depression?” To seek an answer to the question Greenwood and his colleagues, including Monika Fleshner, a professor in the same department, designed a lab experiment using rats. During a six-week period, some rats remained sedentary, while others exercised by running on a wheel. The rats that exercised were divided into two groups that ran a roughly equal amount of time. One group ran whenever it chose to, while the other group ran on mechanized wheels that rotated according to a predetermined schedule. For the study, the motorized wheels turned on at speeds and for

1 periods of time that mimicked the average pattern of exercise chosen by the rats that voluntarily exercised. After six weeks, the rats were exposed to a laboratory stressor before testing their anxiety levels the following day. The anxiety was quantified by measuring how long the rats froze, a phenomenon similar to a deer in the headlights, when they were put in an environment they had been conditioned to fear. The longer the freezing time, the greater the residual anxiety from being stressed the previous day. For comparison, some rats were also tested for anxiety without being stressed the day before. “Regardless of whether the rats chose to run or were forced to run they were protected against stress and anxiety,” said Greenwood, lead author of the study appearing in the European Journal of Neuroscience in February. The sedentary rats froze for longer periods of time than any of the active rats. “The implications are that humans who perceive exercise as being forced — perhaps including those who feel like they have to exercise for health reasons — are maybe still going to get the benefits in terms of reducing anxiety and depression,” he said. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Source: University of Colorado

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Matt Gross Shares 30 Years of Travel realized realiz that it was no longer fair to my wife or me to wonder off for a couple of weeks week at a time and leave her in charge of the th kids. And I wasn’t making all that much muc money doing what I was doing. I sent sen an email out to everyone saying was looking. Six weeks later I got an I wa email back from a friend in Portland, ema Oregon, who had put on a big food Ore event with Bon Appetit, saying they were eve looking for an editor. loo

Former New York Times columnist settles down to write a travel memoir By Angela Barbuti


ou know you’re a frugal traveler if you’ve eaten fried spiders in Cambodia, slept in a Roman convent, and booked a flight with Ryan Air. Matt Gross has done all of the above while penning the Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times from 2006-2010. Now, the man who arguably had “the best job in the world,” is sharing his over 30 years of travel in one book, The Turk Who Loved Apples. At the moment, his longestt journey is from the Times Square office of Bon Appetit, where he serves as their web editor, to the Brooklyn home he shares with his wife and two children. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. When asked about his future plans, he said, “Right now, I have a great job, two kids, and a wife to see all the time. Most people want to be on vacation forever. That’s what it feels like right now.”

How did you organize 30 years of travel into one book? [Laughs] That was the tricky part. I have very broad experiences of travel, but not necessarily very deep. That is, I’ve been lots of places, but never anywhere for more than about two weeks at a time. And I had to figure out some kind of way to tie everything together. I looked at everything I’d done and everything I’d been through and decided that crappy travel [laughs] was the organizing principle. A lot of getting sick, getting lost, being alone, scared, poor and naïve. I started out very innocent to the world and wound up capable of getting dropped off anywhere and getting along.

At the start of your book, you make a bold statement, telling readers that this is the last travel book they will ever need. Yeah, I would hope so. [Laughs] I like the idea that if someone like me can become a fairly independent traveler and learn to break free of the guide books and the newspaper and magazine articles that tell you how to


M would be surprised to learn Most that th you were a freelancer when you yo worked at the Times.

travel, then anybody should be able to do it. It’s a very personal book, but if it has an effect, I would love for it to give travelers the confidence to do things on their own.

In your book, you mention websites like and In your opinion, what is the best travel site? is fantastic. It’s full of the quirky and fascinating moments that mean something to travelers. I read it and it makes me want to go places.

At one point, you were spending three to six months a year away from your wife. How does she cope with that? Pretty well. [Laughs] When I met her, we dated for six weeks and then she moved to France for a year. That sort of set up the pattern of our relationship from the very beginning - that we were going to be together and apart all the time. We don’t have the energy to get worked up about issues like that, so we just deal with it. It makes it so that every time you’re together it’s either a happy reunion or you want to make the most of it because you’re going to be going away again.

You are now the editor of bonappetit. com. How did that job come about?

All freelance. You’d have to ask them why that is. [Laughs] But there was w never held out the possibility that I’d n become a staffer. My last big story, b ““Lost in Jerusalem,” came out for them in January of 2012. Then I sort th of hunkered down to write the book o aand stopped traveling as much. That’s how most of their travel writers are. h From an economic perspective, it makes sense. Travel stories take a llot of time to research and cost a lot of money to produce. And you can’t get that many big stories out of a person per year.

As the Frugal Traveler, you spent 100 dollars per day. Long summer trips I would try to keep below 100 dollars a day. A hundred dollars a day was my cap, and I would try to shoot for as far under that as I could. Some people would get mad because I said 100 dollars a day and say, “That’s not frugal!”

You got that comment a lot, that you weren’t frugal enough. Oh, yeah. People would say that all the time. It just depends on your perspective. Some people see “frugal,” and think that’s supposed to mean you’re backpacking and sleeping in a tent and buying loaves of cheap white bread at the supermarket. But then

Join Matt on Thursday at The General Society lecture series “Labor, Landmarks and Literature.” WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn on June 20th. New York Public Library

Last August, after I finished writing the book, I was about to have a second child and


there are people who are on the other side who think that the kind of travel I was doing was hopelessly impoverished. [Laughs] “How can anyone even find a place to sleep for under 300 dollars a night?”

One interesting story you did involved traveling to Tokyo to write about Ramen. What’s one of your favorite articles? Oh yeah, that was a great story. A lot of the food stuff I did for the Times was good. I did a story with the headline, “Mangia, Mangia!” about eating in Abruzzo with this program called Home Food, which brings you into regular families’ dining rooms. That was amazing.

Where is one place you still haven’t visited that you’d like to someday? Hmmm. I’d really like to go to New Zealand, but not for any really specific reason. I just think I would like it a lot there. [Laughs]

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