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Looking Back on the First Week of School Upper West Side kids on the start of the new year By Adam Janos

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abor Day has come and gone, which means school is back in session. The Westsider visited P.S. 199 on West 70th Street to ask kids about coming back to school. We caught up with fourth graders Alina and Ali, as well as siblings Cooper and Devin to talk about their return for another year of lessons.

Ali, 4th Grade Ali: I’m in Ms. Sherman’s class. WSS: How long have you been going to this school? Ali: Since the 1st grade. WSS: Do you like it? Are you happy to be back? Ali: Yes… it was a good summer, but it was also a long summer. WSS: You got bored? Ali: No, I didn’t get bored, but… it’s just good to be back. I have a lot of friends here. WSS: What’s your favorite subject in school? Ali: Reading. I like fiction, especially fantasy. My favorite fantasy book is Harry Potter. Continued on page 16

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Rosenthal All In for the Upper West Side The Democrat’s council choice on housing, and the mallification of the neighborhood By Joanna Fantozzi

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elen Rosenthal has her fingers in multiple pots on the Upper West Side. She has served on Community Board 7, and on the board of groups like the West Side Crime Prevention Program, and Parent Job Net. She is a public policy advocate. She has helped to shape city public health budgets. She is a wife and mother of two daughters. And she is the presumed new City Council Member for the Upper West Side. One of Helen Rosenthal’s first jobs was working at her aunt and uncle’s bike shop on Long Island. There, she said, her aunt and uncle drilled into her the fact that the customer always comes first. “That’s the same way I feel about the people of the Upper West Side,” said Rosenthal. “They come first.” The most important part of being able to represent District 6, said Rosenthal, is to be able to directly communicate with the public. She explained that her door will always be open, and more importantly, she will be hitting the pavement, talking to everyday people about their quality of life issues from schools, to rent and open spaces. “I see the job of city council person as providing information, and making government transparent,” said Rosenthal, who looks at policy from a budgetary perspective, with her public policy background. “Buried in the city’s budget is all of the city’s policy and priorities.” Transparency, in fact, is one of Rosenthal’s biggest issues with city government right now. She rattled off some examples of what she called “disgraceful” examples of policies being slipped under the rug, like tax abatements for the wealthy upper crust of New York. Disparity is a word that Rosenthal uses and often, and hopes to eliminate: economic disparity, disparity in the schools as well as within businesses. On the Upper West Side, as Rosenthal described it “so many lower income people live cheek by jowl with very wealthy people.” One Continued on page 8


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Volunteers Gavi Stein, 17, Joshua Kolinsky, 3, and Ayelet Liben, 4

Seniors and Kids Decorate Sukkah Together On Sunday, in anticipation of the Jewish holday Sukkot, volunteers, community members and residents of Jewish Home Lifecare facility on West 106th came together to create decorations that will adorn the indoor and outdoor Sukkahs. “There really aren’t parameters, we just wanted to be festive. We allowed people’s creativity to guide them,� said Miraim Levi, the director of community life activities at

JHL. “It was beautiful to see some of our residents strike up conversations with the kids who were a little shy, passing on the tradition of goodwill in our community and respecting and honoring our elders.� Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, is a Biblical holiday celebrated on September 19th. The holiday lasts seven days. The Sukkah is a walled structure with a thatched roof in order to see the stars, decorated with plant material, fruits and other adornments - built for the celebration - and is intended to be a reminiscence of the type of dwelling in which the Israelites stayed during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the Sukkah. On each day, members of the household recite a blessing over the lulav and etrog (four species). The four species include the lulav (a ripe green, closed frond from a date palm tree), the hadass (boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree), the aravah (branches with leaves from the willow tree) and the etrog (the fruit of a citron tree.) As the official “Holiday of our Rejoicing� it is

celebrated with much dancing, many parties, and numerous enjoyable activities, in and out of the Sukkah. Sunday’s event was sponsored by the UJAFederation of New York on the Upper West Side, along with Jewish Home Lifecare, in order to get the community involved with the holiday and the elder residents. “This is our second annual Sukkah decorating; last year we had 30 attendess and yesterday we had over 50,� said Lori Kolinsky, director of the Manhattan division at UJAFederation. “My son is 3, and when I brought him I told him we were going to do a mitzvah. Some [of the participants] were Jewish, some were not, but it was just brinigng spirit and life into the home. Everybody came together at the end of the project to decorate the Sukkah.�

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A reader commented online on our story “Bringing Main Street to Columbus Avenue,� by Adam Janos, September 12, about an effort to revitalize the storefronts on a stretch of Columbus Avenue between 104th and 106th Streets: “I am very wary of this. I live at 104th and Amsterdam and have noticed a genericizing of storefronts on Amsterdam and Columbus, from 105th to 110th. It’s a good 10 buildings with multiple stores in each - maybe all buildings have the same owner? All have standardized paint job, same lettering, and above-door/window lighting... it’s really awful not being able to distinguish one place from another at a glance. Whole swaths of blocks instantly lost all of their character. It’s too recent to see on Google maps, but walk around the area and see. Sad.� - Online reader “morecoffee�

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CRIME WATCH STEALING TIME A woman’s apartment was robbed while she was away for just over a week. At 1:30 PM on Thursday, August 29, a 25-year-old woman left her apartment on West 70th Street to spend some time away. When she returned on September 7 at 11:50 AM, she found items missing from her apartment. She first had a problem entering the apartment, as the key did not work properly in the front door lock. There was damage to the lock, but the door was still locked. No cameras captured the robbery. Items stolen included Sony 19-inch and 27-inch TVs valued at $500, an iPad worth $800, and a David Yurman ring priced at $500. The total haul was $1,800.

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Coffee Shop Attack

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A man was punched in the abdomen and his wallet stolen. At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 4, a 21-year-old man from the Bronx was standing outside a chain coffee store at Broadway and West 60th Street waiting for his girlfriend, when two unknown men came from behind him and started punching him in his abdomen. One of the men took his wallet, and then both fled the scene. The victim suffered lacerations to the right side of his abdomen. Items stolen were a black leather wallet valued at $5, $20 in cash, plus a Metro Card valued at $3.

A restaurant was robbed, and a former employee may have been an accomplice. At 9:45 PM on Sunday, September 8, an unknown man used a key to open the security gate of a restaurant on West 83rd Street. The man’s entrance was captured on video surveillance, but video of the man opening the cash register inside was unclear. The wife of the restaurant’s owner said she recognized and could clearly identify a second man seen on the video standing outside the restaurant during the robbery as a former dishwasher. The thieves took $400 in cash.

Clearing the Table A man shoplifted items from a chain clothing store on Broadway. At 7:53 PM on Tuesday, September 3, an unknown man entered the store and removed items from a table close to the entrance, and then fled in a vehicle. Video recorded the incident. Merchandise taken was three sweaters valued at $2,000 and 36 other items of apparel priced at $2,142. The total haul amounted to $4,142.

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Purloined Pavilions Someone stole laptops from a business on West 81st Street. At 4 AM on Thursday, September 5, unknown persons entered a commercial establishment and removed property without permission. Camera surveillance was available. The items stolen were three HP Pavilion laptops valued at $1,800 total.

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NYC Muslims Respond To Extensive Police Targeting ‘People don’t understand, this is our country’ By Daniel Fitzsimmons

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t has been known for years now that the NYPD has been spying on the city’s Muslim community. Now, the extent of those operations is becoming clear. Two Associated Press reporters, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, wrote in a recent New York magazine excerpt of their new book that the NYPD employed officers of Arab descent whose job it was to frequent mosques and Muslim businesses in an attempt to root out radicals. The authors revealed that the NYPD had, with help from the Central Intelligence Agency, built a massive database of Muslim citizens, businesses and places of worship, and that one of their targets was the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. Nobody at the Islamic center wished to speak with the Spirit about NYPD surveillance in their community, but leaders at a downtown mosque, Masjid Manhattan, recently sat down to discuss their views on the issue. Olayinka Dan-Salami, the Masjid general counsel, confirmed that police surveillance has rattled the congregation at the

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mosque. “They are very upset that Muslims in general are being spied on,” said Dan-Salami. “We are professionals, we do respect those who are not part of our religion. We respect them highly and to now be singled out and to be spied on, we just think that they are telling us ‘you are not part of the community.’” Sheikh Mostafa said the Muslim community has nothing to hide, and that extremists can be found in any segment of society. “Why if any Christian in this country does something crazy, do they not call him a terrorist?” asked Mostafa. “We are here to build America. We are here in America to build America, not to demolish America.” Mostafa said efforts to monitor the Muslim community are misguided, because when one segment of society - or an individual - feels singled out, they’re more likely to react negatively to that isolation. The mosque supports the police in their investigations of legitimate terror threats, he said, but not indiscriminate monitoring of the Muslim community as a whole. In addition to being misguided, Mostafa said the NYPD tactics of targeting mosques for surveillance isn’t likely to gain them any leads on terror threats. “You’re not going to find anything, to be honest,” said Mostafa. “You’re not going to find anything in a mosque. Even if they work it 24 hours day.” Mostafa’s message was that in his community, any known terror threat would be brought to the authority’s attention by a Muslim because they’re invested in that community. “We are against anyone harming or causing trouble in this country,” said Mostafa. “This is our country. People don’t understand, this is our country.” Mostafa, who is originally from Egypt but has American citizenship, said there is nothing back in Egypt for him, and that America is his home and his country. “Anybody with any intention to harm people in America... we are the first people to stand up and fight ,” he said.

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Central Park Tour: The Ramble Belvedere Castle in Central Park Accessible, Mid-park about 79th Street, 12 - 1 PM, $15 Pass over streams and under arches on a maze of pathways in this secluded, 38-acre woodland on this route, which involves many hills and stairs. Tickets available for purchase onsite. Space is limited. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour. Contact info: 212-772-0288

Chess-in-the-Park Rapid Open Bethesda Fountain in Central Park 9 AM - 6 PM, free All ages outdoor chess competition. Grandmasters will play with challengers throughout the day and there will be chess puzzles for kids. Chess sets, trophies, medals, and other prizes to be awarded following the last round Contact info: 212-643-0225

Shababas Dinner in the Sukkah Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, 6 PM, $30 Welcome Shabbat with friends and family, eat dinner under the stars in our rooftop sukkah and learn about the ancient festival of booths. Contact info: 212-415-5500 Art Exhibition - Notched Bodies: Insects In Contemporary Art Arsenal (in Central Park), 830 5th Avenue, 9 AM – 5 PM, free The exhibition features eleven contemporary artists who offer probing personal interpretations on the importance of insects through a variety of media. Contact info: 212-360-8163

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Saturday, September 21 Broadway Autumn Fair Broadway from Waverly Place to 14th Street, 10 AM – 6 PM, free Broadway Autumn Fair is a typical NYC street fair featuring vendors with food, jewelry, clothing, apparel, art, crafts, and more. Contact info: 212-809-4900

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Heart to Heart Concert Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, 6:30 PM, $36; Members, Seniors, Students, Children $31 Labor of Love hosts the Heart to Heart Concert - New York’s Event for Authentic Traditional/Contemporary Gospel Music. 25 percent of net income goes to aid The American Heart Association. Contact info: 212-864-5400 Health and Race Walking North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park Accessible, 9:30 AM-11 AM, free Get fit as you enjoy beautiful park landscapes. Co-presented with the NY Walkers Club. Contact info: 212-860-1370 Rooftop Jam / Ages 30-45 Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, 7:30 PM, $30 Enjoy music and refreshments as you take in panoramic skyline views under the stars.

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Sunday, September 22 When Comedy Went to School Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street 5:15 PM, $14; Students, Seniors $12; Members $10. Documentary film. Hosted by comedian/ actor Robert Klein, When Comedy Went to School features interviews with comic greats who redefined standup and sketch comedy, and forever altered the course of American humor. Contact info: 212-864-5400 Summer on the Hudson: Kayaking on the Hudson Riverside Park, The Downtown Boathouse 10 AM - 5 PM, free Join The Downtown Boathouse for 20-minute instructional paddles, and explore the Hudson River first hand. Please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. No registration required. Kayaks and life vests provided. Contact info: 311 Israeliness Family Sundays Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, 4 PM, $30 per family with one child / $35 per family with two or more children An Israeli-style, biweekly program for families with children age 6 months-2nd grade, featuring art, music and Israeli culture, and conducted entirely in Hebrew. Contact info: 212-415-5500 Birding for Families Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, 10 - 11 AM, free Take the kids on a walk through the North Woods. Learn how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings as you are guided by the NYC Audubon Society and a Conservancy Discovery Guide. Binoculars available to borrow, limited to 20 participants. Ages 5+. Contact info: 212-860-1370

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Picturing Science. Special Exhibit in American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street, 10 AM 5:45 PM, free with museum admission This exhibition, curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, features more than 20 sets of largeformat images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. Contact info: 212-769-5100

Tuesday, September 24 CosĂŹ fan tutte at Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center Plaza, 7:30 - 11:05 PM, $17-$40 Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. Contact info: 212-362-6000 Central Park Tour: West Side Stories 81st Street and Central Park West, 12 - 1 PM, free Visit an area of the Park off the beaten track for most visitors, but well-known to Upper West Siders. Route involves moderate inclines and a few stairs. Contact info: 212-772-0288 How Important Is Sex In a Relationship? Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, 7 PM, $30 Janis Spindel delves into the importance of having a healthy sexual relationship with your partner. She reveals how the level of intimacy speaks volumes about the physical and emotional status of your relationship. Contact info: 212-415-5500 For The Love of Italian Coffee Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, 7 PM, $45 Delve into the secrets of the Italian coffee roasters, with their skill, experience and sensitive palates. Learn about coffeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins, espresso history, how to make a perfect cup of brew and how to cook with coffee in this

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Youth Soccer Clinic Featuring the New York Red Bulls North Meadow Soccer Fields in Central Park, 4 - 6 PM, free Join us for a fun day of drills and skills featuring a chance to meet players from the New York Red Bulls. Pre-registration is required. Contact info: 212-348-4867 An Introduction to Communicating with Difficult People Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, 7 PM, $30 In this interactive session participants will learn how to navigate challenging conversations by practicing a four-step communication model that transforms critical communication barriers into opportunities for clarity, collaboration and action. Contact info: 212-415-5500

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Eugene Onegin at Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center Plaza, 7:30 - 11:05 PM, $17-$40 Deborah Warnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eugene Onegin, set in the late 19th century, moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Starring Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Contact info: 212-362-6000

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of the first issues she would tackle then, is affordable housing. And affordable housing begins with an improved relationship with NYCHA - the New York City Housing Authority. NYCHA is in over $60 million of debt, and has a backlog of thousands of complaints and issues from housing complexes citywide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYCHA has to work harder to search for internal problems; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m convinced their issue is more mismanagement than overwhelming demand,â&#x20AC;? said Rosenthal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But whatever the solution, you should never sell public land for a private good.â&#x20AC;? But economic disparity is not just for the residents of the Upper West Side, said Rosenthal. Every Upper West Sider is familiar with the tug-of-war between big box stores and small businesses on the Upper West Side. Rosenthalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predecessor, Gale Brewer, estimated that there are 70 banks on the Upper West Side. Brewer created a landmark bill last year that set size limitations for storefronts on Columbus and Amsterdam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mall-ification of the Upper West Side

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needs to end,â&#x20AC;? said Rosenthal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our small businesses that are a big piece of the economic engine that drives the city.â&#x20AC;? In addition, as a mother of two daughters, who are now almost past school-age, Rosenthal stressed the importance of fixing the disparity within the schools. Every school, said Rosenthal, should be able to afford its own school supplies, and parents should not have to provide toilet paper and paper towels for their kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classrooms. She also stressed that parents should have more of a voice in their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education - starting with parent input on the Panel on Education Policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I found out that I was elected, I was so happy because I could finally do what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to do,â&#x20AC;? said Rosenthal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And please know that my door is always open. This will help me fight for legislation for my community.â&#x20AC;? Rosenthal, who received 27 percent of the votes against five other Democratic candidates in the primary, will face Green Party candidate Tom Siracuse in the general election in November. There are no Republican candidates in District 6.

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The Britten Season and More  A few bets on the ‘first semester’ of the classicalmusic season  By Jay Nordlinger 

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he classical-music season is divided into two semesters, in a sense—though the second semester is far longer than the first. At any rate, I will make some recommendations for the first semester. We will begin with the New York Philharmonic.    In concerts starting on Sept. 26, Yefim Bronfman will play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. If you have never heard him play this concerto, treat yourself to it. It is a powerful musical experience. In concerts starting on Oct. 30, Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct a program that includes his own violin concerto. The program also includes music by Ravel and Sibelius. On Dec. 10, Manfred Honeck will lead an allDvorak program. One of the pieces is the violin concerto, in which the soloist will be Anne-Sophie Mutter. Dvorak is a canonical

composer, but, strangely enough, his violin concerto is seldom programmed.    Move, now, to Carnegie Hall. On Oct. 10, Valery Gergiev will lead his Mariinsky orchestra in a program of Stravinsky: The Firebird, Pétrouchka and The Rite of Spring. If Gergiev is on, this concert will be hairraisingly marvelous. If he is not, the concert could be a snoozeroo. On Oct. 13, James Levine is scheduled to continue his comeback from an army of health problems. He’s to lead his Met orchestra in a varied program, one that has a soloist: Joyce DiDonato, the American mezzo-soprano. There’s not a better singer in the world right now. A few may be equal (and just a few). But none is better.    This is a Britten year—the centennial of that composer’s birth—and we have heard a lot of Britten already. We’ll hear a lot more. On Oct. 20, Ian Bostridge, the English tenor, and others will perform Britten’s Canticles. This work may not be your cup of tea. But chances are it will be brewed superbly. On Oct. 22, Yuja Wang, the sensational young pianist, will give a recital. Like the Mariinsky orchestra, she will play Pétrouchka. On Nov. 2 and 3, the Minnesota Orchestra will give concerts. In the first, Hilary Hahn will be the soloist, playing the Sibelius violin concerto. This could be

a bracing, overwhelming experience, having almost physical effects. In the second concert, Anne-Sofie von Otter will be the soloist. This Swedish mezzo will be singing songs from nearby, composed by the Finnish master Sibelius. On Nov. 12, Joshua Bell will give a recital. Don’t be put off by his Hollywood aura (or on): He is a first-rate violinist.    A pianist, Valentina Lisitsa, will give a recital at the 92nd St. Y on Oct. 19. She is a YouTube sensation. We will now have a chance to hear her in the flesh. On Dec. 3, also at the Y, Xuefei Yang will give a recital. She’s a Chinese guitarist, but she can play more Spanishly than almost any Spaniard.    On Nov. 19, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will host a concert called “The Virtuoso Benjamin Britten photographed by Cecil Beaton Clarinetist,” headlined by Patricia Racette is in the title role and Roberto that virtuoso clarinetist, and Alagna will sing Cavaradossi. If the stars are profound musician, David Shifrin. Before aligned, that will be a knockout. Die Frau ohne that, on Nov. 10, Great Performers will host Schatten, the Strauss opera, will begin on Nov. an Estonian orchestra and choir, conducted 7. The production is that by the late Herbert by that Estonian maestro, Neeme Järvi. The Wernicke, one of the best productions in the program will feature music by the nation’s Met arsenal.  great composer, Arvo Pärt, and also by   Mozart: his Ave verum corpus.  Starting on Dec. 6, we will have Falstaff.   Levine will conduct, and is there a better We will end with the Metropolitan Opera. conductor of this work? In the title role will The season opens on Sept. 23 with Eugene be Ambrogio Maestri, and can anyone do it Onegin, conducted by Gergiev and starring better? Just last month, I heard the Covent Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. That could be a Garden chief, Sir Antonio Pappano, say that charisma-packed affair. Levine is scheduled to Maestri is unrivaled in that role. The maestro, conduct Così fan tutte, starting on Sept. 24. In about Maestri, is dead right. the cast are two singers who rarely disappoint: Isabel Leonard and Matthew Polenzani. The Met will do Tosca, starting on Oct. 29.

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ew singers have won so many the hearts as French songstress, Edith Piaf. Known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Sparrowâ&#x20AC;? because of her diminutive stature and nervous energy, she became a universal symbol of love, loss and sorrow from the 1940s until her death in 1963 at 47. Now, on the 50th anniversary of her passing, the French production company Morgeme, which presents the popular Franofolies music festivals throughout Europe, has put together a tribute to her with some of the most sophisticated and affecting artists performing today. The line up includes Marianne Faithfull, Duffy, Harry Connick, Jr., Madeleine Peyroux, Patricia Kaas and Angelique Kidjo, among others. They join together on September 19 at the Beacon Theatre and at Town Hall on September 20 to sing her songs, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Vie en rose,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Non, je ne regrette rien,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hymne Ă  lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amour,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milordâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Foule,â&#x20AC;? against the backdrop of films of her legendary stage performances.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to seduce New Yorkers into loving Edith Piaf again,â&#x20AC;? says Gerard Post, a producer of the concert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They love French food, French

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perfume, French clothes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they miss so much if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t also love her and her music.â&#x20AC;?  A resilient woman, she had an incredibly tough life. Abandoned by her parents, she spent her earliest years with her maternal grandmother who ran a brothel. She joined her father, a street acrobat, as an entertainer at 14, leaving that behind to devote herself to singing at 17. Discovered by a club owner a few years later, she became an icon to French troops in World War II, and afterwards, took the rest of the world by storm. Fame gave her the freedom to fully indulge herself in music and love affairs. But three car crashes left her with a dependence on alcohol and morphine, which led to her early death.  Kidjo remembers listening to Piaf growing up in Benin, her world music-loving father putting the singer on the highest pedestal. Soon she was practicing singing the songs herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love her because every word comes from her guts,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She puts her whole soul, her whole body into her songs. She never worried about being pretty or nice. She sang that life could be harsh but that it always has possibilities. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Look at me. My life was hard but see what music gives me, the power to transcend the hardships.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In love and music, she found magic.â&#x20AC;?  Tickets for the concerts September 19 at the Beacon Theatre and September 20 at Town Hall are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. 

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Natural Born Killers Blue Caprice sentimentalizes tragic history By Armond White

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n the low-light neo-noir visual scheme of Blue Caprice, dark-skinned actor Isaiah Washington is automatically a silhouette, an emblematic obscure object of both dread and desire. Washington portrays John Muhammad, the elder member of the two-man team responsible for the Beltway sniper killings over three weeks in 2002. French director Alexandre Moors sees this social tragedy from a distance that turns its key elements of race and unfathomable evil into art concepts. This view of how grudge-bearing Muhammad met the lonely, fatherless young John Malvo (played by Tequan Richmond) in Antiqua, then brought him to the U.S. where he trains the kid to be a mindlessly obedient killing machine, is a strange platonic love story. Moora’ cool, sleek, steadily ambiguous mood makes projections about Black male character: how insular, stigmatized

social figures develop and express anger. Named after the teal-and-chrome used car Muhammad and Malvo outfitted into a covert attack vehicle they drive from Tacoma, Washington to D.C., Blue Caprice is an estheticized existential mystery with a political enigma at its center--a shadowy Black boogie man. It’s possible that Washington (who coproduced the film) chose this role to express some of the frustration from his recent career trouble and media vilification--relating in some way to Muhammad’s own resentment of his failed marriage and social profiling. Yet despite Washington’s coiled efforts, this “dark” characterization is not enlightening. It repeats racial stigma and complements the mainstream media routine that exploits Black subjects then ignores their essence. Fittingly, the film’s documentary opening establishes a standard news and sociological point-of-view of the Beltway killings then goes no further. This mystification--recalling David Fincher’s Zodiac “process” and Terrence Malick’s lyrically disaffected Badlands criminals, is in a different class from the trashy political sentimentality of Lee Daniels’

The Butler. But Daniels’ crude film comforts audiences with the sap they already want to see. The Black characters in Blue Caprice are no deeper than these generic title designations--just butler, maid and weapon: The enigmatic duo go underground (“I’ve created a monster” notes a white militia landmines seller). Take driving lessons and target practice (“The kid’s a fuckin’ natural,” says an off-grid white after seeing Malvo’s gun skills). Muhammad writes a Moors’ Blue Caprice Handbook (“A sniper must not be susceptible to emotions such as just…crazy. anxiety or remorse”). Yet their exploits Muhammad is livid and Malvo is (including s&m-style training sessions in the morally blank; like the protagonist in Louis woods and quasi-sexual professions of love) Malle’s Lacombe, Lucien, they refute any don’t illuminate the subliminal problem of understanding about the effects of racism social maladjustment--even though the major on personality. At the film’s New Directors/ issue comes down to race conflict. New Films premiere last Spring, the MoMA In Andre Techine’s probing The Girl on the crowd bought this terror--welcomed it as Train, New York’s Tawana Brawley case was part of their cultural sophistication--while transposed to Paris as a bourgeois white girl’s avoiding any movies about life-affirming Black story to investigate the warped liberalism of experience as banal. That’s one of the problems too-close identification with social victims Blue Caprice doesn’t resolve. while Blue Caprice stays morally distant, Why would Washington rebound from catering to spurious, liberal sympathy--the career ignominy by portraying a serial killer? flipside of racist contempt. In this view, The choice could be a perfect response to the Muhammad and Malvo are archetypal African frequent Black demonization in film culture Americans and a Black man’s grievance seems

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Mother of a Notion Winnie Mandela’s big screen white wash By Armond White

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innie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s first wife, keeper of his flame during his years of incarceration before falling to the vicissitudes of South African revolution and her own ego, should be a great role for a real actress yet the part went to singer Jennifer Hudson who won an Oscar for Dreamgirls-part of the Motion Picture Academy’s late liberal congratulation of its own sentimental progressivism—a hypocritical notion for an industry that continues to ignore the struggles of dedicated actresses of color. Despite all the colors in the Winnie role (naïve young daughter, ardent wife, defiant prisoner, principled activist, forceful leader, desperate despot, resentful martyr, rueful underdog), the movie Winnie Mandela (originally released in 2011 but just now opening in the U.S.) presents a nearly pallid historical figure. South African director

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Darrell Roodt moves through the life of the woman considered “The Mother of the Nation,” yet can’t overcome Western film culture’s basic indifference to the diverse moods and complexity of Black women. Taking on a role already portrayed on film by Alfre Woodard, Tina Lifford and Sophie Okenedo, Hudson lacks the varied emotional subtlety required to make a memorable characterization. She works at it but her bovine features and placid beauty don’t spark, even during Winnie’s stalwart speeches, moments of anger or the ought-tobe poignant, ironic, torture-scene recitation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” When Hudson isn’t soloing diva-style, she just seems sullen. But I don’t want to make this about Hudson; her attempts to break from being cloudy and dull are related to a larger problem: When trained Black actresses lose opportunities to showbiz anomalies (singers, models, kids) the experiences of Black women get diminished rather than memorably dramatized--compounding the issue of roles that might be misconceived to begin with. A list of casualties precede Hudson’s Winnie but the misfortune is particularly felt in Winnie

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Mandela when a lifetime of desire, ambition, bravery, bewilderment and deep, deep regret simply passes by as a nightmare pageant. (An end-credit montage of the actual Winnie’s piercing eyes lays waste to film’s drama.) The extraordinary act of Nelson Mandela, following his release from prison and rise to Presidency in the new post-Apartheid South Africa, divorcing himself from his Howard and Hudson in Winnie Mandela controversial disgraced wife, offers a profusion of moral paradoxes. Only he has a radical, militant air later assigned to the Macbeths are parallel. Yet, aside from secondary thugs in Winnie’s football teamTerrence Howard’s glamour and skill as army). This is consistent with the Obama era Nelson (sexier than Jeffrey Wright’s MLK in idea of passive, ineffectual Black leadership. Boycott), the remarkable personal-political Strange that this unchallenging notion pleases moment where Mandela declares “I do viewers (white and Black) who are susceptible not part from her with recriminations but to Hollywood suasion, no matter how embrace her with all the love and affection I meretricious. have felt for her since the moment I first met Just imagine the Winnie Mandela that her” is bland as Hudson’s Afro-hauteur. Erykah Badu might have flaunted. Instead, Winnie Mandela’s failure betokens a larger this era of film industry appeasement (where crisis. Its weak though incendiary politics the mere idea of putting a Black story on are nearly as insipid as Lee Daniels’ The screen suckers the public) is unfortunately Butler. This story of South African struggle epitomized by various Black female betrayalsis less familiar and so less tiresome than -from Myrlie Evers’ patronizing endorsement how the U.S. Civil Rights struggle has been of The Help to Alice Walker’s recent tasteless, sentimentalized by mainstream media, yet this self-pitying praise of The Butler and this sad, iconic duo is as non-threatening as The Butler. tepid Winnie Mandela. (When Howard wears an afro with a part Follow Armond White on Twitter at down the center and a near Van Dyke beard 3xchair

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The Morning After Votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; choices are narrowed and clariďŹ ed after the primaries By Tom Allon

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September 11th as I write this and I can glimpse the new WTC Towers from my office window. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a dozen years since that tragic and fateful day. We have been extremely fortunate to have a Police Commissioner and an NYPD that has combatted terrorism and brought down crime with 5,000 fewer police officers in the past few years. As he leaves the New York stage, Ray Kelly should receive some well-deserved applause. But now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost time for the next chapter in our great cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, and we now know that our new mayor will be either Bill de Blasio or Joe Lhota (with a very slim chance that Bill Thompson will still be in the mix for a run-off, pending a recount over the next week). There are two other third party

candidates, Adolfo Carrion and Jack Hidary, both intelligent and well-intentioned men, but even those closest to them know their chances of winning are somewhere between slim and none. What are the lessons to be gleaned by the primary day results? First of all, on the Democratic side, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hope and changeâ&#x20AC;? candidate won and his ascension was not unlike Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steady rise in 2008. Bill de Blasio used Mike Bloomberg as a foil throughout the campaign and he benefitted from the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weariness with the three-term mayor, the minority communities rising anger over â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop and friskâ&#x20AC;? and the cozy relationship Speaker Quinn had with Bloomberg. Identity politics also helped de Blasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late surge; the TV commercial optic of his appealing son Dante with the most famous hairdo in America was one of the most effective campaign ads Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. Bill de Blasio, who worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Bill Clinton administration, also learned an important political lesson from his boss, one of the canniest politicians of the past generation:

itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have empathy and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel your painâ&#x20AC;? to those in the middle- and underclass. De Blasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s populist message of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Citiesâ&#x20AC;? resonated in 2013 in a way it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, for some reason, for Democratic mayoral candidate Freddy Ferer in 2005. In the wake of a very prolonged recession, the subprime mortgage crisis and Occupy Wall Street, the public was looking for a class warrior, which is a role de Blasio seems well suited for. On the Republican side, Joe Lhota emerged victorious Tom Allon in a relatively close race against John Catsimatidis, largely because voters seemed to want someone with vast government experience, in addition to a private sector background. Lhotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very effective campaign slogan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ready to Lead on Day Oneâ&#x20AC;? is a very different message than deBlasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Citiesâ&#x20AC;? approach. Obviously, Lhota faces an uphill battle in a city with a 6-1 voter registration advantage for Democrats. But Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg over the past five elections proved that party demographics is not destiny, at least when it comes to mayoral races. Lhotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory speech on election night did a good job of explaining the stakes in the upcoming Nov. 5th election: if you believe the city has

made dramatic progress in public safety and business friendliness in the past 20 years, then Lhotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right choice to continue in that path. If, however, you believe that the city has done too much to help business at the expense of low-income New Yorkers and has paid too high a price in civil liberties for our public safety gains, then de Blasio is your man. Fortunately for New Yorkers, both of these candidates are battle-tested after a long, arduous primary campaign season. They now have almost two months to lay out their different visions for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future and voters will have a real choice. On the morning after, as we pause to remember our brethren who perished a dozen years ago in the most heinous attack in our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, we should gently lean into our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future and imagine what we want our city to become in the next decade - for ourselves, our kids, our grandkids and our neighbors. Stay tuned - Round Two of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race for City Hallâ&#x20AC;? is about to begin. Tom Allon, president of City & State, NY, was the Liberal Party-backed candidate for Mayor last year. Questions or comments: tallon@cityandstateny.com

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NY Bridges Found Deficient and Dangerous A review finds structural problems in NYC By Verena Dobnik

T

he lifeline of New York City, surrounded by water, is the bridges that link its five boroughs to each other and the world. But the aging structures including the beautiful, landmark Brooklyn Bridge - could now themselves be at risk if billions of dollars aren’t spent to keep modernizing them. Some of these crucial connectors in the nation’s largest urban community are among more than 2,000 New York state bridges the government says are structurally deficient and badly need repairs. “I say, you have a legal, moral and ethical obligation as stewards of the traveling public not to let people go over something that’s unsafe,” says leading construction attorney Barry LePatner, author of the book “Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward.” An Associated Press review of 607,380 bridges in the federal government’s National

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Bridge Inventory found that 65,605 of them are structurally deficient. That means they’re in need of rehabilitation or replacement because at least one major component of the span has advanced deterioration or other problems that lead inspectors to deem its condition “poor” or worse. According to the most recent data, 20,808 bridges are deemed “fracture critical,” meaning they don’t have redundant protections and are at risk of collapse if a single, vital component fails. More than 400 of these are in New York state. The list includes the Brooklyn Bridge, which is undergoing a four-year, $500 million reconstruction. The state-owned Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, from 1939, is considered one of the most dangerous stretches of roadway in New York, with 160,000 daily vehicles causing massive bottlenecks resulting in a far above-average number of accidents. Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped fast-track $800 million in funding to replace the narrow twin arch with a new, ninelane bridge by about 2017. But all in all, New York City’s biggest bridges are in generally good shape, because the administrations of two mayors, Rudolph

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Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, had committed more than $5 billion “to make our bridges safe,” LePatner says. On the 82-year-old George Washington Bridge between Manhattan and New Jersey, hundreds of steel beams are being replaced, and about $1 billion is going into renovating the 77-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Bridge previously called the Triborough - that takes travelers to the John F. Kennedy International Airport. Most state bridges facing the double

whammy of being both structurally deficient and fracture critical are not in imminent danger of collapsing, says Beau Duffy, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. “If it’s open, it’s not unsafe,” he says. Not so, says LePatner - especially with deteriorated old bridges. “The physics is that they could fall at a moment’s notice, or next month or next year if they’re left in the current condition,” he says. “It’s a ticking time bomb.

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NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SALES

NEWS

Reported September 9, 2013 - September 15, 2013 Neighborhood

Address

Apt.

Sale Price Br

Ba Listing Brokerage

Central Harlem

530 Manhattan Ave.

#48

$160,000

1

1

Corcoran

368 W 117 St.

#5B

$995,000

3

2

Douglas Elliman

316 W 116 St.

#4B

$1,550,000 3

2

Fenwick Keats

230 Central Park South

#7A

$1,500,000

230 Central Park South

#7C

$612,477 2

Citisuites

2

Brown Harris Stevens

CPS

Chelsea Lincoln Square

Manhattan V

Midtown Midtown

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160 Central Park South

#2911

$2,000,000

160 Central Park South

#2708

$1,890,000 2

120 Central Park South

#8E

$455,000

305 W 28Th St.

#6H

$90,299

80 Columbus Circle

#Nt64e

$5,700,000

25 Columbus Circle

#St54b

$7,450,000

25 Columbus Circle

#St56c

$9,500,000

30 W 60 St.

#4Yn

$395,000

108 W 69 St.

#2/4

$1,305,000 2

160 W End Ave.

#9B

$420,000

555 W 59 St.

#29C

$2,350,000 2

2

Douglas Elliman

10 W 66 St.

#16G

$2,225,000 2

2

Corcoran

40 W 67 St.

#8D

$1,700,000 2

2

Corcoran

91 Central Park W

#11A

$8,651,000 3

4

Corcoran

24 W 69 St.

#6B

$865,000

2

1

Halstead Property

18 W 70 St.

#9E

$261,900

0

1

Sotheby’s

12 W 72 St.

#8C

$1,075,000 2

2

Citi Habitats

170 W End Ave.

#18M

$445,000

0

1

Corcoran

220 Riverside Boulevard

#21B

$3,620,000 3

3

Keller Williams Nyc

150 W End Ave.

#28P

$437,500

1

Halstead Property

0

171 W 71 St.

#11C

$1,240,000 2

1

Corcoran

45 W 67 St.

#7D

$825,000

1

1

Douglas Elliman

20 W 72 St.

#202B

$275,000

12 W 72 St.

#9D

$1,270,000 2

2

Corcoran

2000 Broadway

#10D

$2,250,000 2

2

Marion Bass, Inc.

201 W 70 St.

#6F

$970,000

1

Corcoran

2

240 Riverside Boulevard

#21A

$6,500,000 4

2

Trump

120 Riverside Boulevard

#10N

$1,104,000 1

1

Douglas Elliman

2

Corcoran

165 W End Ave.

#9N

$1,319,000 2

100 Riverside Boulevard

#14J

$1,050,000

240 Riverside Boulevard

#15P+

$613,000

303 W 66 St.

#7Dw

$925,000

2

1

Zgodny Real Estate

200 W End Ave.

#15C

$2,595,000 2

2

Halstead Property

130 W 67 St.

#8J

$585,501

1

1

Halstead Property

130 W 67 St.

#5H

$10

160 W 66 St.

#41G

$1,165,000

61 W 62 St.

#4L

$620,000 3

Corcoran

80 Riverside Boulevard

#8P

$3,260,900 3

11 W 104 St.

#38

$855,000

4 W 101 St.

#58

$271,752

0

1

Halstead Property

215 W 105 St.

#3F

$550,000

1

1

Bsrg Realty

255 W 108 St.

#6A1

$950,000

2

1

Halstead Property

11 W 104 St.

#57

$1,200,000

100 W 57 St.

#9H

$580,000

1

1

Pergolotti Realty

150 W 56 St.

#3903

$1,960,000 2

2

Fenwick Keats

150 W 56 St.

#6304

$3,300,000 2

2

Corcoran

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First Week of School Continued from page 1

Cooper (4th grade) and sister Devin (1st grade) WSS: What do you like about school? Cooper: Gym and writing. Devin: I like gym. WSS: Cooper, what do you like about writing? Cooper: Making up stories. WSS: And why do you like gym, Devin? Devin: Mr. Reagan always does fun stuff with us. WSS: Cooper, do you take care of your little sister in school? Cooper: Sometimes. Devin: He kind of does. Like, sometimes when I ask him to walk me [down the hall] he walks me.

Alina, 4th Grade WSS: Are you happy to be back in school? Alina: Definitely! WSS: What’s your favorite subject? Alina: My favorite subject would have to be writing. I love making up stories, all the different kinds of genres are fun. With fiction, you can write about anything. You can write about people. You can learn words you didn’t even know. It’s so cool! WSS: How long have you been coming to P.S. 199? Alina: I’ve been here five years. WSS: What are you most excited about, coming up this year? Alina: I’m excited to start the National Dance Institute. We get to dance in front of the whole school! WSS: What’d you do this summer? Alina: We went to South Carolina with our friends, to Myrtle Beach for ten days. That was fun, but it’s great to be back.

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NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SALES 100 W 58 St. Midtown W

Morningside Hts

#10C

$1,650,000 2

2

Core

Reported September 9, 2013 - September 15, 2013

247 W 46 St.

#2902

$1,645,000 1

1

Kg Properties

350 W 42 St.

#15D

$920,000

1

1

Corcoran

516 W 47 St.

#N3g

$990,000

2

2

Citi Habitats

304 W 75 St.

#19O

Upper W Side

215 W 92 St.

#5F

$912,000

2

1

Mcintosh Company

#12D

$315,000

0

1

Argo Residential

#10E

$4,350,000 3

3

Douglas Elliman

$1,390,000 1

1

Amy L. Krischer R. E.

333 W 57 St.

#8F

$525,000

0

1

Corcoran

2150 Broadway

350 W 42 St.

#10I

$655,000

0

1

Corcoran

225 W 83 St.

500 W 43 St.

#40D+

$1,950,000

780 W End Ave.

#2A

$3,220,000 4

3

Douglas Elliman

#601

$1,345,000 2

2

Corcoran

322 W 57Th St.

#41M1

$2,649,000

101 W 81 St.

325 W 45 St.

#808/9

$835,000

2166 Broadway

#21D

$690,000

1

1

Corcoran

200 W 79 St.

#3P

$555,000

1

1

Douglas Elliman

315 W 55 St.

#6A

$469,000

342 W 56 St.

#1C

$490,000

1

1

Douglas Elliman

54 W 82 St.

#5

$1,315,000 2

1

Corcoran

#4B

$1,250,000 2

2

Halstead Property

433 W 34 St.

#3L

$485,000

1

1

Halstead Property

321 W 78 St.

500 W 43 St.

#16B

$880,000

1

2

Anita Fischer Realty

500 W End Ave.

#6C

$4,380,000 4

3

Corcoran

#7C

$630,000

1

1

New Bedford

529 W 42 St.

#2Sr

$1,149,000 3

2

Douglas Elliman

304 W 89 St.

516 W 47 St.

#N6k

$500,000

1

Kian Realty

117 W 96 St.

#2

$911,000

3

2

Owner

Halstead Property

23 W 73 St.

#607

$1,500,000 2

2

Carol E Levy

905 W End Ave.

#114

$1,781,937

Citi Habitats

16 W 77 St.

#5B

$3,216,000 2

3

Halstead Property

#905

$570,000

1

1

Carol E Levy

350 W 50 St.

#5Ii

$625,000

342 W 56 St.

#5D

$625,000

462 W 58 St.

#1C

$935,000

0 0 1

1 1

430 W 34 St.

#16F

$425,830

0

1

Corcoran

23 W 73 St.

1028 Amsterdam Ave.

#6C

$1,362,500 3

2

Halstead Property

336 W End Ave.

#2D

$705,000

1

1

Corcoran

119 W 82 St.

#Ph

$1,965,000 3

2

Halstead Property

40 Tiemann Place

#3A

$335,000

54 Morningside Drive

#2

$953,000

3

1

Keller Williams Nyc

219 W 81St St.

#9E

$1,978,600 3

2

Douglas Elliman

#5D

$1,500,000 2

2

Brown Harris Stevens

1

Halstead Property

80 La Salle St.

#2A

$305,000

1

1

Morningside Hts

140 Riverside Drive

417 Riverside Drive

#8C

$499,550

1

1

Halstead Property

224 Riverside Drive

#2B

$655,000

Brown Harris Stevens

219 W 81St St.

#5B

$1,700,000

390 Riverside Drive

#4G

$620,000

545 W 111 St.

#Resid

$1,650,000

1

1

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129 W 89 St.

#38

$495,000

0

1

Town Residential

345 W 88 St.

#9B

$2,092,500 2

2

Brown Harris Stevens

255 W 84 St.

#Res

$2,923,100

565 W End Ave.

#4F

$601,000

0

1

Corcoran

200 W 79 St.

#17C

$585,000

1

1

Corcoran

62 W 83 St.

#4

$1,949,000 2

2

Douglas Elliman

307 W 82 St.

#3A

$465,000

0

1

Douglas Elliman

233 W 99 St.

#21B

$835,000

1

1

Halstead Property

161 W 75 St.

#8J

$1,095,000 2

1

Corcoran

320 W 76 St.

#11B

$1,875,000 3

2

Brown Harris Stevens

172 W 79 St.

#6F

$895,000

1

1

Corcoran

225 W 83 St.

#20Z

$1,050,000 1

1

Corcoran

175 W 93 St.

#14J

$690,000

1

1

Tiffany Bauman

201 W 72 St.

#8H

$600,000

608 Cathedral Parkway

#6E

$1,430,000 2

2

Corcoran

565 W End Ave.

#4B

$971,000

1

1

Corcoran

150 W 95 St.

#1D

$545,000

1

1

Corcoran

49 W 87 St.

#H

$435,000

1

1

Charles Rutenberg

200 W 86 St.

#15/16J

$3,325,000

392 Central Park W

#11V

$740,000

1

1

Corcoran

5 Riverside Drive

#4F

$367,500

0

1

Halstead Property

27 W 72 St.

#505

$3,150,000 3

3

Astor Realty

203 W 90 St.

#7F

$1,350,000 2

2

Douglas Elliman

119 W 85 St.

#1Fr

$1,080,000 2

1

Corcoran

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CELEBRITY PROFILE

When Lady Gaga Was Still Just Stefani In his new book, author Brendan Jay Sullivan remembers the history of the Lower East Side By Adam Janos

T

he “One day, when I’m famous” daydream is shared throughout New York City; by struggling musicians and bullied children; by underpaid barbacks and underappreciated college students alike. The counterpoint daydream: “One day, when someone I know is famous” probably gets considerably less airtime. Yet statistically speaking, it’s a much more likely future outcome. It’s also exactly what happened to Brendan Jay Sullivan, 31-year-old author of “Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives.” In the book, Sullivan shares the story of his life working the Lower East Side night scene as DJ VH1, and the friendship he fostered with Lady Gaga. As Gaga – a struggling NYU dropoutcum-performance artist – attempts to blaze a trail that will lead her from go-go dancing in seedy dive bars to tangible prestige, Sullivan attempts to grow up and out of his first New York heartbreak. Gaga succeeds in that mission (spoiler!), and in the story’s retelling, Sullivan succeeds in his: capturing the raw ups and downs of being 25, creative, and ambitious in New York. And although the narration is at turns self-congratulatory and/or trite, it’s also unflinchingly honest and self-aware. And that honesty, like a bubblegum pop Billboard Hit of the summer, ultimately wins the reader over. We caught up with Sullivan to discuss the book.

This book is all about working on the Lower East Side. How do you feel like the neighborhood has changed since the book’s 2006-2008 setting? The thing about New York is everything you love about it changes, and you just have to learn to love that too. Wherever you live, when you walk down the street, you’re the expert on your street. You know when a restaurant goes in, or when a neighbor builds a deck. In New York, you just don’t watch things disappear - you watch them turn into something else. and the same with the people in your life. The great thing about New York is you have the

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city to remind us that things will change, but it’s an opportunity to take a look back.

For every Lady Gaga, there are 10,000 New York artists who are struggling. How much of her fame do you attribute to talent, how much to business savvy, and how much to luck? What we call luck is a result of thousands of hours behind Gaga that we never saw. She worked and worked and worked. And people who work like to work with people who work.

The New York art scene is, in large part, about status. A few years ago, you raised a fair share of money online to help a homeless woman name Jackie. Talk a little about that relationship, and what it means to you. Well, I was on my way to a job interview, and this homeless woman asked me for money, and I had to tell her I didn’t have any. And she said “You’d better not, because I ask you every day.” And I said, “I’m on my way to a job interview right now, but if I get the job, I’ll take you out for Chinese food on my first paycheck.” I didn’t have anybody rooting for me then, this was before Gaga… and then I got to share my life with somebody. Because I no longer thought “I want to get out of this job,” I’d think “maybe if I earn a little more money, I can take Jackie out”. And for a while I made tons of money, but I lost all of that in one very long winter. And some of my old friends, they didn’t really care to hang out with me, now that I had no money, status, or connections. But Jackie did, and that’s why Jackie’s my real friend. Jackie had an opportunity to move into a place. She went from subway to halfway house

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to YWCA… and then through Common Ground, she got a place. She moves in, but she’s far from her friends, and she has no sheets, and she would sleep on the floor. So I started the drive, to help her set up her apartment. I wanted to make a video to show people how important Jackie was to me, but I was also afraid to admit that I had lost my job during that time. I was afraid to admit that ConEdison was coming to shut off my power. During that time, I had to tell her that day I couldn’t give her any money. But instead of abandoning me like everyone else did, she came over with a big bag of groceries, and took care of me until I found a new job.

Most people don’t have homeless or formerly homeless friends, and most people don’t have megafamous friends either. Talk about the difference between the two, and what these two people have brought out of you.

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Jackie doesn’t care that I’m a big famous DJ. She cares that I’m her friend, and that I’m doing okay. And that I’m not going to leave.

When was the last time you worked with Lady Gaga? Right at the end of 2008.

How often do you two speak today? I see her when you see her. It goes back to what I was saying before, how things in New York, things don’t disappear, they just turn into something else. I celebrate our relationship the way I celebrate everything else in New York.

Where can New Yorkers find your book? There are signed copies at Housing Works Books [126 Crosby Street] that we’ve donated to fight the twin problems of AIDS and homelessness in our city, and there are other signed copies at the Tenement Museum [91 Orchard Street]. It was also chosen as a “Best New Non-Fiction” book by Barnes & Noble, and can be purchased at their stores.

Now that Lady Gaga is famous and those days are over, how do you look back on her? I don’t think about working for her, I think about how I was going through a rough breakup, and there were only two people who called to check on me. One was Jackie, and the other was Gaga.

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A Lot of Luxury 2011

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$

249

per/mo. 72 mos

4 MATIC, AWD, AT, Climate, Traction, P/h/seats, MR, a/b, abs, pm, cc, ps, pb, pw. pdl, lthr, alloys, cd, tilt #68924. 13k miles. 1.99% APR, $2995 down.

2008 BMW

$ buy for

2011 INFINITI

$ buy for

528Xi

185

per mo. 72 mos

FX35

315

2010 INFINITI

AWD, Auto, traction, leather alloys, p/d/l, ac, p/s. Stk #64068. 33k miles. 1.99% APR, $2995 down.

$ buy for

2010 MERCEDES

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per mo./ 72 mos

$ buy for

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GL450 Auto, trac, P/H/Seats, Moonroof, cruise, p/s, leather, Alloys, Tilt, 56k, #75041. 1.99% APR, $4995 down.

G37

235

Auto, trac, P/H/Seats, Moonroof, cruise, p/s, leather, Alloys, Tilt, 28k, #70898. 1.99% APR, $2995 down.

per mo. 72 mos

2009 MERCEDES

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West Side Spirit September 19th 2013  

The September 19th, 2013 issue of West Side Spirit.

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