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DEMOLITION ON W. 79TH DEFERRED, FOR NOW DEVELOPMENT Architects told by landmarks group to go back to the drawing board BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

The existing five-story building at 203-209 West 79th Street, left, next to the more impressive Lucerne Hotel.

UPPER WEST SIDE The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission denied a developer’s application to demolish a 22unit building he recently purchased on W. 79th Street, but the developer will likely succeed in getting approval by the commission at some point to demolish the building. Anbau Enterprises bought the five-story building at 203-

209 W. 79th Street in February, and had plans to build in its place a 16-story luxury condo that includes a two-story penthouse on the top floors. According to permits filed with the DOB, Anbau’s project included 62,000-square-feet of residential housing and 5,000-squarefeet of retail space. The building was originally four separate row houses built in 1896-97 that was combined into one apartment building in the 1970s. According to the LPC, the building is classified as having a modern style façade but is not classified as a landmark. However, since it falls within the Upper West

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ALONE, AND LOVING IT, IN SUMMERTIME NEW YORK BY LORRAINE DUFFY MERKL As you read this, Manhattanites are getting ready to head out to the Hamptons for the weekend: the young New Yorkers to their shares occupied by 25 of their closest friends, the older and mortgaged to their second homes. This can be a bone of contention for some, leading to the FAQ: “Why them and not me?” But I say, “Goodbye and thank you.” With any luck, those on their way to the East End

via jitney, railroad or car (or helicopter, if they live on Park, Madison or Fifth) are employed by companies with summer hours that afford them the opportunity to leave early Friday afternoon, and they likely won’t return until very late Sunday night. While those cats are away, I can play on an emptier, hence more pleasurable, Upper East Side. “Every weekend is like being on vacation,” says my husband, Neil, about our neighborhood from late May to early September. He in particular enjoys the practically vacant Carl Schurz Park, which he considers his personal reading room. I appreciate walking across the main thoroughfares – 86th, 79th, 72nd, plus up and down the avenues -- without the feeling that I’m trying to

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Side-Central Park West Historic District, Anbau needs LPC approval before it can be demolished. Anbau retained Morris Adjmi Architects to design the 16-story building. Among the objections from Community Board 7’s Preservation Committee was the proposed building’s lack of architectural transition to the existing townhouses to the west, the complete blocking of the adjacent 12-story Lucerne Hotel’s wall to the east, the scale and bulk of the proposed building, and the

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In Brief COPS: ‘SPIDER-MAN’ SLUGGED OFFICER IN TIMES SQUARE A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. The NYPD said the officer assaulted Saturday - an 18-month veteran and one of about 50 officers patrolling the bustling tourist area - stepped in after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 tip she offered. Police said the officer told him he could only accept tips - not require payment. Bishop yelled and cursed at the officer, police said, and told him: “Mind your own (expletive) business.” Police said the officer asked for identification and, when Bishop failed to produce any, moved to arrest him.

THIEVES HACK INTO 1K STUBHUB ACCOUNTS Some of the hottest tickets in town -- to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts -- went to an international ring of cyber thieves who took over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts to fraudulently buy tickets and resell them, prosecutors said Wednesday. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case, which involved more than 3,500 tickets and at least $1.6 million in unauthorized purchases of sought-after seats, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said. The case comes amid growing concern about data thieves targeting consumer giants. StubHub said it was alerted to “a small number of accounts that had been illegally taken over by fraudsters” last year.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS CHECK This apartment on the West Side is listed at $1.295 million.

DOLL-FILLED APARTMENT FOR SALE A condo listed for sale on 243 West 98th Street has all the workings of a posh Upper West Side apartment, complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and even a rent-stabilized tenant in place. Curbed reports that for $1.295 million, an investor can own the apartment, as long as the tenants get to stay with their collection of life-size dolls. The walls and ceilings are painted pink and purple, with one room ďŹ lled with Victorian furniture, life-size dolls and clown faces. Apparently the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate agent has already been ďŹ elding calls from several investors with the listing only on the market for four days. Curbed NY

CENTRAL PARK VANDAL SPREE As Central Park celebrated its 161st Anniversary last Monday, the New York Police Department announced a series of vandal attacks in the West 60s and 70s, the New York Times reported. Over the course of the weekend, it seems the vandals went on a rampage,

Rosenthal, who introduced Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law, which would suspend cab drivers who kill or maim pedestrians, said that the DOT has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;receptiveâ&#x20AC;? to designing West End Avenue and urged constituents to offer their own suggestions for how to make the Upper West Side safer. Gothamist

NUDE MODELS, ARTISTS TAKE TO CITY STREETS

destroying two gazebos located near Central Park Lake. Other damage included a bench thrown into the lake, a Plexiglas window of a kiosk near 72nd Street being broken and a planter pushed over. Additionally, trashcans were knocked over near 69th Street and irrigation hoses at Strawberry Fields, the memorial site for John Lennon, had been torn up. No damage estimate has been released as

of yet and no arrests have been made. New York Times

PEDESTRIAN DEATH â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;EPIDEMICâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WORRIES U.W.S. Following a candlelight vigil held for Jean Chambers, the woman who was hit by a car and killed as she crossed West End Avenue at West 95th Street, residents called for action,

Gothamist reported. Chambersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; death is the fourth pedestrian death within a 3-block radius since January, leaving many to fear of a rising pedestrian death â&#x20AC;&#x153;epidemicâ&#x20AC;?. Although, safety measures have since been added including a sign at the corner where Chambers was killed, banning left turns from 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 a.m., many are left wanting further changes. City Councilwoman Helen

Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form. Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle. Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square. The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued over the arrest. Public nudity is legal in the city if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of a performance, exhibition or show. Golubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event Saturday

included a post-painting march down Broadway and a return to Times Square for a photo shoot. AP

EVICTION ATTEMPTS AT U.W.S. BUILDING A string of tenants at 50 W. 93rd Street have been receiving calls and letters calling their residence into question, reported the Epoch Times. The threatening messages claim that it is known that the tenants are not full-time residents. The tenants, who claim they do live in the building, are becoming increasingly convinced that their landlords are using scare tactics to drive them out of their rent-controlled apartments. If a tenant of a rent stabilized apartment does not use the apartment as a primary residence, and does not stay there for a minimum of 183 days a year, legal action can be taken against them. Reported reasons for such tactics include trying to replace these tenants with younger tenants who will pay higher costs or a plan to sell the building to a developer who will build a high-rise in its place. The Epoch Times

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG IN HINDSIGHT A woman reported a burglary from May after she noticed a recent pattern of break-ins in her building at Broadway and 98th Street. Back in May she was out of the state and returned to find her door locked but not completely closed. She later realized about $300 in jewelry was missing which she recently reported to police.

DRUG STORE COWBOYS An employee at the Walgreens on Broadway and 97th Street told police he saw on surveillance cameras three unknown male perpetrators stealing items from the store on July 5. The perps stole $2,500 worth of medication, including packs of Mucinex, Prevacid and Prilosec.

HOT WHEELS A woman who rented a 2014 Dodge Charger on July 8 from Thrifty Auto Rental on the Upper West Side had it stolen from her on 95th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. Broken glass was found at the scene and surveillance cameras later captured the vehicle traveling north on the Henry Hudson Parkway by way of a flatbed truck.

A DEGENERATE AND A GENERATOR Someone stole a power generator. At 9 AM on Wednesday, July 16, an unknown perpetrator cut the chain on a gate at a worksite on 60th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and stole a Honda generator valued at $1,300.

REGISTER RAID The cash register at Screme Gelato Bar on 94 Street and Amsterdam Avenue was stolen overnight on July 15. Police found the cash register cord cut and a Plexiglas window protecting it underneath a nearby car. The cash register was valued at about $300, but no cash was reported to be inside.

TOO EASY A woman told police she was on her MacBook at the Starbucks on 93rd Street and Broadway on July 17. She left her laptop, valued at $1,800, on a table while she went to the bathroom. When she returned it was gone.

FARE TRADE A man told police he was working as a gypsy cab driver on July 17 when he picked up two males at 142nd Street

and Lenox Avenue. The men directed him to make several stops in Manhattan and the Bronx, including at Yankee Stadium to drop off a woman they had picked up along their travels. Back in Manhattan, at Columbus Avenue and 109th Street, one of the men displayed a small black firearm and the other held a knife to his chest. The two men robbed the cabbie of $175 in cash and took his iPhone.

STABBING REPORTED On July 18 a 14-year-old boy was found at the Douglass Houses on Columbus Avenue with a life threatening stab wound to his neck. He was transported to St. Luke’s by 24th Precinct personnel and is in critical but stable condition. He’s declining to cooperate with investigators.

officer at the CVS on Amsterdam Avenue and 96th Street told police that on July 20 she saw an unknown female stealing baby formula from the store. When confronted, the perp punched the loss prevention officer in the face and fled the store with the formula.

PURLOINED IN THE PEW A woman told police she was at a service at St. Michael’s Church on 99th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on July 20 when she left her bag on a pew to go talk to some friends. When she returned moments later the bag was gone.

Y OH Y OH A man’s wallet was stolen from a gym locker. At 10 PM on Friday, July 18, a man discovered that his locker had been broken into at the YMCA at 5 W. 63rd Street, and his wallet was missing. The wallet had contained credit cards plus a watch worth $70.

BIKE THEFT At 7 PM on Tuesday, July 1, a man discovered that his bicycle, which was attached to a pole at 120 Riverside Boulevard, was missing. The stolen bicycle was a black and white Yeti, worth $3,500.

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For people fighting against an Upper East Side trash transfer station, the city’s offer to cover it with steel during construction offers little reassurance of the overall safety of the project. The city’s Dept. of Design and Construction is proposing to erect a steel “cocoon” over the construction site at Asphalt Green to address safety concerns after an accident July 9 sent a 10-pound jackhammer chisel crashing through a fourthfloor window at the athletic complex. An employee at Asphalt Green narrowly missed being hit by the chisel and escaped with only minor injuries. Children enrolled in a summer program there were playing in a field on the other side of a fence from where the accident occurred. The cocoon would provide a 20-foottall sheath-like barrier over the road that bisects Asphalt Green and leads to the marine transfer station. The city’s Dept. of Sanitation plans to use the road as an access point for garbage trucks unloading at the MTS. The city halted construction at the site pending a safety review and the contractor responsible for the accident fired several employees who were found to have violated safety procedures. In addition, the DDC assigned a safety inspector who will remain at the site full time during construction to monitor the contractor, according to a spokesperson. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said some parents have pulled their children out of summer camp at Asphalt Green citing safety concerns. She met Friday with

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NEWS Residents and politicians opposed to the East 91st Street marine trash transfer station lampoon city’s response to construction accident

members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff to discuss halting all construction work there – which is currently suspended until after summer camp is over. Maloney told Our Town that the mayor’s office, “said they would not re-open the site until it was absolutely safe, but quite frankly, that’s what’s they said before. I said then and I say now, they have to do more to address the community’s concerns.” Maloney was told the mayor would be made aware of her desire to see work suspended at Asphalt Green until after summer camp is over, and that she will be checking with City Hall on the status of that request. “This event shocked the community and renewed our fears about the MTS,” Maloney said. “From the beginning we told them this would not be a safe site [for construction]. They told us it was going to be safe, and it wasn’t. Their reassurances lack credibility.” Members of Pledge 2 Protect, the most prominent anti-MTS group, also met recently with city officials to discuss safety procedures in the wake of the accident, and tied the incident to their overall opposition to the project. “A temporary cover is an insult to all of us who will have to live with this massive, loud, smelly and dangerous operation for years to come,” said Regine LaCourt, a P2P member representing the nearby NYCHA housing project. “Is the city taking serious steps to protect children and others here from the thousands of garbage trucks that will pass our homes – no, they are making a show of building a short-term cover over something that should not be here to begin with.” P2P said they were told the cocoon would take two months to build but were not told how much it would cost. The city had proposed a second plan that would involve erecting a trellis roof top over the construction site and include other street-level modifications to the ad-

This event shocked the community and renewed our fears about the MTS, They told us it was going to be safe, and it wasn’t. Their reassurances lack credibility.” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

jacent access ramp. It was also rejected by P2P because it “maintains the ramp where it is within 11 feet of a specially-designed toddler playground and the front entrance to Asphalt Green, and alongside the outdoor sports field,” according to a spokesperson. The opposition group seems, however, to be conceding the point that they’re unlikely to succeed in their mission to stop the MTS outright. They said they agreed to a plan that would route garbage trucks to the MTS via East 96th Street and FDR Drive, and “another promising proposal by the city where the garbage trucks would exit at 62nd Street to the FDR Drive and use it to approach the station,” said a spokesperson. But, said P2P, the city subsequently took both those proposals off the table due to cost concerns. “While the city spends money to create a temporary safety structure at East 91st Street, it rules out all reasonable alternatives to the ramp placement, because they claim the cost estimates might not be feasible,” said P2P President Kelly Nimmo-Guenther. “But we ask Mayor de Blasio and [Dept. of Sanitation] Commissioner [Kathryn] Garcia what is the price of a child’s life? How much is ‘too much’ to protect the more than 34,000 children who use the Asphalt Green facility? Enough is enough.”


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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE PARK? LEARN ITALIAN ON A GONDOLA RIDE Sip Italian wine while gliding through Central Park on a 1-hour authentic Venetian Gondola ride and enjoy an Italian lesson from a native Italian instructor! Starting August 7th and going through October 31st. Book online: www. centralpark.com/events

CENTRAL PARK FILM FESTIVAL 2014 marks the 12th annual Central Park Film

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BIRDS IN CENTRAL PARK A young male falcon that had previously disappeared for almost a month recently reappeared, and as of July 23rd,

COMING UP THIS WEEK Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion, Aug 4, 6:30PM10PM (ticketmaster) Rumsey Playfield - entrance at E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave. www.centralpark.com/ events

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all four Peregrine Falcons are present and accounted for. Dr. Robert DeCandido (a.k.a. Birding Bob), leads guided birding walks around the park and offers special viewings. Sign up for alerts and find out more at www.birdingbob.com.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 navigate an obstacle course, or as though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a football player running interference. The lines are shorter just about everywhere, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to use Fandango to secure seats at AMC Loews Orpheum 7 or City Cinemas East 86th Street. Even finding a parking space is without its usual long dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey into night oppressiveness. The best, though, for me is not having to call for dinner reservations or use my OpenTable app, which usually gets a good workout during the rest of the year. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something very breezy, New York chic about just walking into a restaurant and being seated right away. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happened last Saturday evening at Libertador on Second Avenue between 89th and 90th. During the other seasons, when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made an impromptu visit in search of a table, as with most all the avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s establishments, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been offered that sigh-inducing window of 30 to 45 minutes waiting time, to which Neil always responds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, thanks,â&#x20AC;?

to the hostess and, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go,â&#x20AC;? to me. But this time, being seated without delay, by an open window no less for prime people watching, made the already delicious meal even more relaxing. After dinner, I was tempted to stroll down to 81st and First for ice cream at Emack & Bolioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, where during the week the line is usually out the door, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to push my luck; the evening had thus far been so perfect. So, my dear weekend travelers, as I walk by while you wait for the Hampton Jitney in front of Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret on East 86th, or at any of the stops along Lexington for that matter, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re assured that I do so with a big smile (as opposed to a sneer of resentment) and best wishes for you to have a great, long weekend. And what happens when The Merkls take their turn going out to the beach? Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another table for four, unoccupied movie seats and sparsely populated stretches of sidewalk available to whomever remains here. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome. Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a freelance writer in NYC and the author of the novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back To Work She Goes.â&#x20AC;?

DEMOLITION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 inclusion of terraces on the southwest corners of 10 of the ďŹ&#x201A;oors, which have no precedent on West 79th Street, according to the Historic Districts Council. The council, which testiďŹ ed, asked Morris Adjmi to consider moving the terraces to the back of the building. Several lawmakers, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, supported the community boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objections and asked the LPC to deny Anbauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application. Aside from lawmakers or their representatives, about 10 other people voiced their concerns with the project, including residents of other buildings on West 79th Street. Robert Withers, who lives nearby on W. 80th Street, told the LPC that Morris Adjmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design will destroy the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive and beautiful skyline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These vistas have existed for a hundred years since the building of the Lucerne Hotel, for scores of families and residents of this block. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been enjoying them since 1976,â&#x20AC;? said Withers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a common heritage of

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our historical district, an urban landscape and aesthetic thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been enjoyed by generations.â&#x20AC;? Withers urged the LPC to deny Morris Adjmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no tweaks that would ďŹ x it,â&#x20AC;? he said. The LPC decided to close the application with no action, meaning Anbau and Morris Adjmi can return with a revised plan that addresses the LPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objections. A consultant for Anbau and Morris Adjmi, Elise Quasebarth, told the LPC that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;modern style façadeâ&#x20AC;? of the existing building seems to be a catch-all term for buildings without any particular historic features, and that demolishing it would be of little consequence to the surrounding historic district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This [building] is particularly lacking in historical distinction,â&#x20AC;? said Quasebarth, a principal at the historic preservation ďŹ rm Higgin, Quasebarth and Partners, LLC. Crucially, this point seems to have traction with the LPC, whose sole concern is the aesthetic and historical implications that any new building will have on the surrounding district. Most of the commissioners agreed that the building could be demolished without signiďŹ cant historic impact, making it likely that Anbau and Morris Adjmi will eventually present a more palatable plan to the LPC that will be approved. LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan told Morris Adjmi and Quasebarth that she walked the block on West 79th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway in

A rendering of architect Morris Adjmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to build a 16-story luxury condo at 203209 West 79th Street preparation for the hearing, and that a tall building â&#x20AC;&#x153;might be possibleâ&#x20AC;? on the site, but that Adjmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal was wrong for the block. Inherent in that statement is the notion that the commission would approve a plan that involves demolishing the existing building. At least two other commissioners stated outright that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in favor of demolition if it was accompanied by the right proposal. Anbau is at the top end of luxury residential development â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ďŹ rm installed a $2.3 million ďŹ ltered fresh air system into their property at 155 East 79th Street - and isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likely to abandon their plans to demolish and build over the existing building at 203-209 West 79th Street. Included in the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portfolio is 110 Central Park South, a 25-story, 81-unit luxury development that lists units in the millions of dollars. Anbau is managed by founder Stephen Glascock and architect Barbara van Bueren, who are married.

The company is already moving to empty the building. According to Councilmember Helen Rosenthalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the five rent-regulated tenants have already been bought out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We heard it was for a pretty signiďŹ cant sum,â&#x20AC;? said a Rosenthal staffer, who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the exact amount. Retail tenants in the building told The West Side Spirit that they heard the building had changed hands, but have yet to be contacted by the new owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any messages from [the new owner],â&#x20AC;? said Sojung Lee, owner of Tower Cleaners, who said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worried for the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d move or close, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided yet.â&#x20AC;? An employee at Mai Salon said they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been contacted by Anbau regarding their lease. The antiques shop A Select Few did not return calls for comment. Tower Cleaners has been in the space for two years and half years, according to Lee. Judith Calamandrie lives at the corner of West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and testified at the LPC hearing about the impact that a luxury condo would have on the social fabric of her neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is collateral damage. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we care that people live in the building? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we care that the stores already there are part of the stability of the neighborhood? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not yogurt shops, which will disappear in two weeks,â&#x20AC;? said Calamandrie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are the hardware stores? Where are the shoe repair stores? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all gone.â&#x20AC;?

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Historic New York THE FOUNDING OF THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB The beginning of organized yachting in the United States was marked 170 years ago this month by the founding of the

New York Yacht Club in the cabin of John Cox Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schooner Gimcrack. Stevens was a prominent New Yorker known for his passion for sports, and was one of nine founders of the club. Its earliest meetings were held at his

Hoboken home, Elysian Fields. The NYYC was the ďŹ rst longrunning association dedicated to yachting in the United States, and began the tradition of awarding race winners with silver trophies in 1845. In 1846, the club held its

ďŹ rst Corinthian Regatta, ta, a race that required amateur ateur yachtsmen to crew andd pilot competing boats. Thiss beautiful example of a Gilded Age pitcher, featuring a conch shell design on the handle and a cast spout in the form of a dolphin, n, was presented to Commodore dore John Cox Stevens (1785-1857) 857) for his victory in the race. NYYC also held the Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ss Cup from 1851 until 1983. The New York Yachtt Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beaux-Arts clubhousee at 37 West 44th Street wass built in 1901, and designed byy Warren and Wetmore, the same me team that designed the exterior erior of Grand Central Terminal. inal. According to The Encyclopedia yclopedia of New York, one early visitor commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Except for the absence of motion, onee might fancy onesself at sea,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;? due to the abundance of nautical autical motifs used in the design. ign. It was declared a National onal Historic Landmark in 1987. 987. Photos and text courtesyy the NewYork Historical Society

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A COUNTERPOINT ON THE FRICK To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “ In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman -- a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry -- is, I am certain, as he says,

“a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, and defend a gem like the Frick is simply to lavish the care upon it which is it’s due while leaving its original proportion alone. This latest mania to expand, and thus to

Attendees heard a presentation that broke down how to prepare for emergencies as well as how to respond and recover when they occur. Photos by Joseph Bolanos

crowd out, historic properties -- museums and otherwise -- is adding greatly to a New Uglification which distorts perspective and bastardizes unique originals. Look, for example, at what they did to the Guggenheim up the street: Lloyd Wright ought

be turning in his grave. Thus, I opine: Let the Frick be the frickn’ Frick, for Heaven’s sake! Yours In Preservation, Howard Charles Yourow, SJD

Members of the Upper West Side CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) unit attended last week’s training course at Fordham University.

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Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turn our Pain into a Plan BY COUNCILMEMBER HELEN ROSENTHAL ne pedestrian fatality is a tragedy, but four fatalities in a two-block radius over six months? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an epidemic. As with any epidemic, we have to attack it on many fronts. Our NYC government tools include: the Department of Transportation, which can redesign our streets, enhance signage, and adjust traffic signals, as well as the NYPD, which can educate and enforce traffic laws. Passing new city laws are important, but it is the state that has exclusive authority over the Department of Motor Vehicles. Concurrently, we need to develop a public health campaign to raise awareness about street safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike. DOT. In January we lost three UWS residents in 10 days to traffic crashes. DOT responded quickly and presented their plans to redesign Broadway & 96th and West End Avenue & 97th, and

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those plans were approved by Community Board 7 and implemented in April. With our latest loss, it is clear that a longer stretch of West End Avenue deserves the same scrutiny and action. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hosting a presentation by the DOT to the Community Board 7 Transportation Committee on Thursday, July 31 at 6:30pm at the Mickey Mantle School (466 West End Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets). Please join us to hear ďŹ rsthand DOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to redesign West End Avenue from 72nd to 107th streets. NYPD. Our local police precincts play a critical role in educating people about traffic laws -- and enforcing them. NYPD releases data about every reported traffic collision, and while this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four traffic fatalities all occurred in a two-block radius, dozens of motorists have injured pedestrians all over the Upper West Side. My office has created a digital map of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, which can be found on my website, HelenRosenthal.com. Perhaps not surprisingly, trafďŹ c collisions cluster around West Side Highwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on- and off-ramps and tricky intersections like 72nd & Broadway and Columbus Circle. I plan to meet with local police precinct captains about how we can target these focal points of dangerous traffic activity and bring down the number of

collisions. Legislation. My ďŹ rst law, Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law, suspends the license of a taxi driver who kills or injures a pedestrian while the police conduct an investigation into the incident. If a summons is issued ďŹ nding that the driver broke a traffic law which caused the fatality, the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taxi license is revoked. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law on June

23 as part of the Vision Zero initiative. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of this law, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one piece of the puzzle. Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law should to apply to all drivers, and for that to happen, we need the state to act. Getting the Word Out. In addition to street redesigns, enforcement, and legislation, we need a public health campaign to bring traffic safety to the forefront of public aware-

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West End Theatre at Church of St.Paul & St. Andrew, 263 W 86th St. (Off Broadway) 8 p.m.; $18 Anton Chekhov’s The Bear & Other Jokes is a play about an encounter between a dramatic widow, a timid butler, and a barbaric debt collector. The piece quickly turns into a tremendous battle of wits, money, love, and pistols. Accompanied by live music and classical Russian musical composition. Experience one of the lesser known works of Chekhov, especially in additionally stories found in his memoirs and letters. stpaulandstandrew.org

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W 60th St. (b/t Amsterdam & West End) 1 p.m.; $40-65 Devanand Janki directs Michael Vorton’s musical adaptation of the childhood classic The Berenstain Bears. Don’t miss a beautiful reworking of this childhood staple. A show for the family and friends, with heart warming performances mixed with those feelings of familiarity. Berenstainbearslive.com

THE WORKS: SALON STYLE AT THE NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Bloomingdale Library, W 100th St. (b/t Amsterdam & Columbus) 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Free (need to register by phone or in-person) Don’t miss this chance to beef up your resume! Danielle Sandler is teaching a class on what job recruiters are looking for when looking at your resume! Sandler has a MBA from St.

New York Historical Society, 170 CPW (at 77th St.) 10 a.m.; $19 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students Salon Style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the nineteenth century private art clubs used Salon Style to squeeze as many works ks into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New York Historical Society’s permanentt collection using Salon Style to show the range and depth of our ur holdings. Nyhistory.org

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Columbia Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St. 2 p.m.; $10, $8 students/ seniors A Los Angeles actor returns to Nigeria upon his father’s death to assume some difficult traditional responsibilities. The film focuses on the duality of worlds externally and internally through the actions and portrayal of the man. brownpapertickets.com

GREENFLEA MARKET Columbus Avenue between 76th St. & 77th St. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Free One of the first open air flea markets in the city, Green Flea has been operating for more than 25 years. Whether you want to buy a gift or something for yourself, look no further. The Green Flea offers both collectibles and antiques, along with handmade and vintage items. With all of the vendors, outside and indoors, there is something for everyone. Greenfleamarkets.com

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Central Park, Rumsey PlayďŹ eld (just south of 72nd St.) 5:30 p.m.; $35 This Tennessee string band, Old Crow Medicine Show, has been together for ďŹ fteen years and eight albums. The seven members, ďŹ lled with life and onstage antics, bring the sounds of bluegrass soul to life with banjos, mandolins, and other instruments. With their charm and performance, the audience cannot help but sing a long with them. Centralpark.org

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McGinn/Cazale Theatre 2162 Broadway (b/t 77th & 76th St.) 7:30 p.m.; $29 This Tanya Saracho play, directed by Jerry Ruiz, starts Marta Milans as Liliana, a deceptively immaculate Texas trophy wife. When Lilianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true desires break the surface, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to decide between the value of obligation versus the price of freedom. 2st.com

5 MIKE LEDONNEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GROOVER QUARTET Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, 2751 Broadway (at 106th Street) Sets start at 7 p.m.; no cover charge Enjoy the sounds of Mike Ledonneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Groover Quartet at one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest jazz clubs. In this intimate space, you can see the performers every movement creating sound and hitting notes. Watch the sweat drip from the saxophonistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head, as you enjoy the sweet

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A COURSE CHANGEâ&#x20AC;? BY LYDIA JANSSEN Susan Eley Fine Art, 46 W. 90th St. (btwn Columbus & CPW) 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Course Changeâ&#x20AC;? consists of large-scale, gessoed canvases of charcoal strokes resembling animals. Janssen, a former dancer, took to visual arts after dislocating both her knees -- one at the age of 19 and the other at 22. This galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small space make for an intimate viewing of any exhibition. SusaneleyďŹ neart.com

SOUP BURG CLOSED AFTER RENT INCREASE SAVING SMALL BUSINESS Venerable Upper East Side restaurant to be replaced by a TD Bank branch BY CATHERINE ELLSBERG

Soup Burg has served up its last bowl. The restaurant, which had called its Lexington Ave. and 77th Street location home for the past 10 years, was ďŹ nally forced to call it quits June 29 after the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landlord tried to raise the rent exponentially. Unable to pay the higher rent, Soup Burgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, Jimmy Gouvakis, had to make the difficult decision to close the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a family-owned business since 1963â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to make way for the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new tenant, TD Bank. Gouvakis has had the difficult news hanging over him since April; since then, his customers have showered him with support -- as well as a healthy dose of outrage. Many neighborhood fans and long-time customers see the closing of Soup Burg as part of a sad, and larger, epidemicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the ousting of small businesses, and the rampant excess of banks and chain stores that replace them. Nikki Henkin, who lives above the Soup Burg and who has been a devoted customer from the beginning, described the restaurant as a favorite local hangout. Located directly across the street from Lenox Hill Hospital, Soup Burg has long â&#x20AC;&#x153;served a neighborhood function,â&#x20AC;? says Henkin, catering to the hospital staff, neighborhood doormen, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;just people.â&#x20AC;? The restaurant, which was open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., represented a neighborhood spirit for many people, including Henkin, who describes such small restaurants as â&#x20AC;&#x153;(necessities) in every community.â&#x20AC;? Other Soup Burg patrons have taken the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing as a particular blow and, to a degree, a sign of a wider decay:

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Richard Tucker Park, Broadway and W 65th St. 12p.m.; Free Between complimentary drinks from P.J. Clarkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and free yoga sessions, courtesy of Yoga Works, enjoy live music from some of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best musicians. Many artists, underground and renowned, have performed for the concert series throughout the summer. Enjoy this great event even more by bringing your lunch and a friend, and enjoy the summer air and good vibes by this treat is over. Lincolnsquarebid.com

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERSâ&#x20AC;? NYPL Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 111 Amsterdam Ave. (between 64th & 65th Streets) 12p.m.; Free â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the Music Makersâ&#x20AC;? features photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years. Tim Duffy, Music Maker Relief Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder, took all of the photos

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Center (at 66th St.) 1p.m.; Free This closer look tour provides an extensive view of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Self Taught Geniusâ&#x20AC;?. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gallery guides lead the tour, giving patrons a much deeper introduction to the works compared to if you had seen the exhibit alone. It is a great chance to catch information not available otherwise. The tour begins in the museum atrium. Folkartmusuem.org

ASHFORD & SIMPSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LEGENDARY OPEN MIC NIGHT Sugar Bar, 254 W. 72nd St. (b/t West End & Amsterdam Avenue) 9p.m.; Free Join others and sing your heart out at this open mic night. A chance to hang with friends and loosen up, open mic is always a mix of nervousness and hilarity. sugarbarnyc.com

been equal parts levelheaded and nostalgic. Recognizing that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of people are upset,â&#x20AC;? Gouvakis acknowledged that this is â&#x20AC;&#x153;all part of business; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing personal against us.â&#x20AC;? Gouvakis, who owns Soup Burg with his two partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his brother John and his brother-in-law Timmyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; plans on relocating to somewhere else on the Upper East Side, an area they love and are now long familiar with. In the meantime, Gouvakis spent Soup Burgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nal day serving up last meals, to people and dogs alike. Joking that in his next life heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d â&#x20AC;&#x153;rather live with dogs than most humans,â&#x20AC;? Gouvakis has been known to hand out bits of ham to neighborhood pets. Gouvakis also made one of his famous cheeseburgers for his mother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a pleasure being here for ten years,â&#x20AC;? Gouvakis told me: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was my second family.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;How far can we go with this? Are we just going to end up with a lot of banks?â&#x20AC;? added Henkin. Joie Anderson, another local devotee, chastises Mayor de Blasio, who in her eyes has allowed everything to â&#x20AC;&#x153;turn into a Duane Reade and a TD Bank.â&#x20AC;? For Anderson, these â&#x20AC;&#x153;mom and pop stores give characterâ&#x20AC;? to the area, and are welcome remedies to the ubiquitous Starbucks or Panera chains. At places like Starbucks, Anderson complains, there are different workers there every time you visit; Soup Burg, on the other hand, promises personalized attention, regularity, and consistency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You go into Soup Burg and they act like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re their favorite customer,â&#x20AC;? Anderson says, noting that such local joints keep â&#x20AC;&#x153;New York from being a suburban shopping mall.â&#x20AC;? But as angry as Henkin, Anderson, and a slew of other customers are, Gouvakis, has

July 6, 2014

The local paper for the Upper East Side

UPS tells employees to lie, overcharge customers: suit

U.P.S.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SECRET MANHATTAN PROBLEM One of the Hagan brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 11 Manhattan UPS stores, now closed.

â&#x20AC;&#x153; Employees in virtually every Manhattan (UPS

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Store) location were so comfortable with the practice of â&#x20AC;Ś lying about expected delivery dates, withholding accurate price quotes and overdimensioning boxes to trigger higher retail billable rates, that they would gladly engage in conversations on the topic.â&#x20AC;? A former UPS franchisee

A former franchisee accuses the shipping giant of routinely gouging customers throughout the city BY KYLE POPE

Last month, when nearly a dozen UPS Stores across the city closed down in a single day, the initial focus was on the customers put out by the shutdown: dozens of people found themselves unable to access their rented mailboxes, while others complained of packages lost in the The UPS Store believes shuffle. On the West Side, a blog surfaced the allegations made against to swap information about the fate of a store on West 57th Street. it and UPS ... to be false. What none of these customers knew at The UPS Store customer service team is doing all we the time, though, was that they had uncan to assure the customers wittingly become part of a much bigger in the Manhattan store area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and at times bizarre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dispute involving affected are taken care ofâ&#x20AC;? the franchisee who until the shutdowns

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What can Brown screw from you? Two former UPS franchisees accuse the worldwide delivery service of telling employees to lie about the size and weight of packages in order to jack up prices on unsuspecting customers. Brothers Robert and Thomas Hagan, who owned and operated 11 UPS stores in Manhattan, claim in a federal lawsuit that a typical scam was to â&#x20AC;&#x153;add inches to the sides of measured boxes,â&#x20AC;? as well as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhanced declared value,â&#x20AC;? which allowed clerks to charge customers more. For example, a package with a length, width and depth totaling 26 inches would cost $106.85 to overnight from New York to Pittsburgh, but a 29-inch package would cost $117.19. In some cases, customers were overcharged as much as 400 percent, legal papers allege. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty ugly,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Savva, the Hagansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to be systematic, and the customers have no way of knowing.â&#x20AC;? The Hagans allege in court filings that The UPS Store, a subsidiary of the publicly traded United Parcel Service, was responsible for violating â&#x20AC;&#x153;the covenant of good faith and fair dealingâ&#x20AC;? by: t5FMMJOHDVTUPNFSTUIBUHSPVOEEFMJWFSZDPVMEOPUCFHVBSBOUFFEBOEXPVME take longer than it actually would, in order to entice them to buy expensive, guaranteed air delivery. t$PODFBMJOHUIFDPTUPGDIFBQFSTIJQQJOHTFSWJDFT t$IBSHJOHDVTUPNFSTGVFMTVSDIBSHFTGPSBJSEFMJWFSZ FWFOXIFOQBDLBHFTXFSFOU shipped by plane but by truck. Videotapes offered as evidence show UPS Store employees cheating customers,

UPS, and their right to operate a UPS store was revoked. But, in an effort to clear their name, the Hagans have ďŹ led an extraordinary claim against UPS in Federal Court that lays out, over 200 detailed pages, what they say is a systemic effort by UPS to rip off its Manhattan customers. The Hagans, UPS franchise owners since 2008 whose business grossed $6 million a year at its peak, even brought in a private investigator to secretly document the abuses they say occur at every UPS store in the city. Among their claims: Customers are routinely duped into paying more than necessary for shipping Employees are encouraged to lie about the weight and dimensions of packages to result in a higher bill Customers are told that one method of shipping is the cheapest, when often it is not The Hagans, in their lawsuit, says the deception is so widespread at UPS in

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Our Town MAY 8, 2014

From Vandals to Artists: Time Rouses More Appreciation for Graffiti

THESE WALLS CAN TALK ART Current exhibits explore NYC streetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; past and present BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

Last November, one of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic art exhibits was uncermoniously whitewashed. Outdoor art space 5Pointz, a destination in Long Island City where graffiti writers from all over the world came to leave their mark, was covered over with white paint last November at the behest of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, Jerry Wolkoff. When the vast walls of colorful graffiti were covered, Long Island City resident Jeffrey Leder took notice. Wolkoff had allowed graffiti writers to legally create work on his property for more than a decade, but now plans to demolish the building and construct residential high-rises after winning legal disputes with the 5Pointz artists. Leder, who operates an art gallery a block away, joined forces with Marie Cecile-Flageul, a member of the 5Pointz community who also manages its press, to curate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whitewash,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition responding to the destruction, featuring work by nine artists who once painted at 5Pointz. Included in the exhibit are paintings by Meres One, the longtime curator of 5Pointz as well as prints

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Leder about the debut of the exhibit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a celebration 5Pointz of the life of 5Pointz and also showed that there mourning its death.â&#x20AC;? was a need for While â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whitewashâ&#x20AC;? is a di- graffiti culture rect response to the recent as a tourist events at 5Pointz, the Jeffrey destination spot, Leder Gallery is not the only and so therefore local space exploring graf- any gallery or art fitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence in New York institution that City. In February, Museum of can provide people the City of New York opened with their graffiti â&#x20AC;&#x153;City as Canvas,â&#x20AC;? an exhibi- ďŹ x will do so.â&#x20AC;? tion of 1980s graffiti art. City Gregory J. Lore, a non-proďŹ t organiza- Snyder, author tion that preserves and pro- of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graffiti motes folk and grassroots Lives: Beyond arts movements, opened its the Tag in New new gallery space in April Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Urban Undergroundâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving Murals,â&#x20AC;? a photographic display of graffiti-covered subway cars shot by photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper during the 1970s and early 1980s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graffiti is so emblematic of the way people can be creative in their own environment,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Zeitlin, founding director of City Lore, who noted that, while graffiti still exists in the city, painted train cars are rare. In August, Gothamist reported that a tagged 4 train was spotted in the Bronx, though Zeitlin said it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay in public view for very long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They never make it out of the train yard,â&#x20AC;? Zeitlin said. While graffiti is more policed now than in the 1970s and 1980s, street art has become a more accepted public display in urban areas, thanks in no small part to the international celebrity of clandestine British street artist Banksy, who completed a month-long â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;residencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets in October. Gregory J. Snyder, a sociologist and professor at Baruch College whose book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Urban Undergroundâ&#x20AC;? resulted from a decade of immersive research into graffitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subculture, makes a distinction between the two forms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of what we consider street art was antici

Above, a train mural from the City Lore exhibition. Photo by Henry Chalfant Left, Henry Chalfant and graffiti writer SHARP at the City Lore exhibition opening. Photo by Fernanda Kock

the early 1990s stared deďŹ antly at Mayor Rudy Giulianiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleanup efforts. Snyder also acknowledged the open tension between graffiti writers and street artists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street artists do not necessarily have to answer for their vandalism the same way that graffiti writers do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graffiti is thought to break windows, where street art is just, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hey, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m putting up art.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit easier in the public mind to be a street artist than to be a grafďŹ ti writer, and I think both of those subcultures like it the way it is.â&#x20AC;? Abby Ronner, director of the City Lore gallery, echoes Snyderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentiments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re totally different aesthetics,â&#x20AC;? Ronner said, noting that the City Lore exhibit explores an era when graffiti was transitioning from pure vandalism to legitimate expression in the art worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view. Graffitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence in galleries and museums isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t new, Snyder said, nor is its alignment with ďŹ ne art. Brooklyn Museum exhibited graffiti in 2006 and included some of the same artists as the Museum of the City of New York show which

sent artists rooted in graffiti and street art. Many artists who were part of graffitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s halcyon days have gone on to professional art careers, including Barry McGee, also known by his tag name Twist, and Steve Powers, known as ESPO, who are now successful studio artists. Still, Ronner notices a recent uptick in public interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In New York City, the cost of living is increasing so signiďŹ cantly and quickly, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much commercial development,â&#x20AC;? said Ronner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people feel New York is being lost. The very deďŹ nition of New York and the character of it are lost. People are seeking old New York City culture.â&#x20AC;? Snyder suggests that Banksyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainstream success and the current popularity of street art renewed some interest in graffiti art and its culture, though he wonders if the recent events at 5Pointz affected gallery and museum attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curators have a good sense of the moment,â&#x20AC;? said Snyder, who said that, though 5Pointz became a prestigious space for graffiti writers from all over the world it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily home to

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The Spirit JULY 31, 2014

PAINTING THE TOWN, ONE LANDMARK AT A TIME EXHIBITIONS The Society of Illustrators celebrates the 50th anniversary of NYC’s Landmarks Law with a summer show BY VAL CASTRONOVO

Tucked away on an exclusive block in the East 60s, off Lexington Avenue and across the street from J. Pocker, a bespoke frame shop and neighborhood institution, is the Society of Illustrators, founded more than 100 years ago and situated in a former carriage house. Devoted to the appreciation and promotion of illustration, the society hosts exhibits throughout the year, all open to the public. To commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law in 2015, the society, as a member of the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Alliance, is presenting Illustrating Our Landmarks, a show now on view through August 16, 2014. Walk up two narrow staircases in this elegant, five-story townhouse, with walls lined with works from the Permanent Collection, and you will arrive at the Hall of Fame Gallery and Dining Room, the setting for this gem of an exhibit. The space is long and wide, peppered with tables and chairs that lead out to a small terrace, where diners can also enjoy the lunchtime buffet Tuesday-Friday. (The Hall of Fame Dining Room is open for lunch to non-members who purchase the “Museum Experience Package.”) But the main attraction here is the art, which crowds both sides of the main dining area and the bar and can be viewed to the sound of smooth jazz or Jersey Boys, depending on when you arrive. Society members were asked to illustrate

their favorite New York City landmark. The result is a wild and eclectic mix of some 65 buildings, neighborhoods, interiors and iconic structures—from the obvious, like the Empire State and Flatiron buildings, to the less obvious, like the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona (“Satchmo’s”) and the Coney Island Cyclone.

Stephen Gardner loves New York City bars. It was the subject of his sketchbook when he was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He contributes colorful, realistic scenes of P.J. Clarke’s and the White Horse Tavern, all in gouache. His interior view of P.J. Clarke’s (“P.J. Clarke’s Bar Scene”) faces off with the real-life bar,

aptly enough. Joan Pels Chiverton pays homage to the Ansonia (“I Grew Up in the Ansonia”), a former residential hotel on Upper Broadway, with text that runs alongside delicate images in pen-andink and watercolor. Fabled residence of Babe Ruth, Enrico Caruso and Theodore Dreiser, the building once housed her family’s art school, Pels School of Art, on the second floor (the space, she relates, is now occupied by North Face; the building is a condo). Chiverton lived on the 11th floor and fondly recalls the wide hallways of her two-bedroom apartment—and less fondly recalls the subdivision of large apartments into smaller ones. The landmarked cityscape is depicted here in a variety of ways and in a variety of mediums, from oil, watercolor, gouache, pen-and-ink, pastel,

charcoal, and collage, to digital images and a single sculpture. In two separate works, Grand Central Terminal is encapsulated by human foot traffic, not architecture. “Grand Central” by Stephen Kroninger is a dense and diverse collage of cut-and-paste paper figures—people of all shapes, sizes, races and religions, cellphones, cameras and newspapers in hand— traversing the Main Concourse. Kroninger’s piece was awarded the society’s 2014 Stevan Dohanos Award for best illustration in a members exhibit. The second work, “Grand Central Terminal” by Steven Stroud, is a more somber oil portrait of solitary men and women purposefully traversing the station, armed with pocketbooks, backpacks and briefcases. Some of the images are instantly recognizable, while others are less so. The Guggenheim Museum’s distinctive form is memorialized atop a woman’s head, as a hat, by Stefano Imbert, while Central Park’s Conservatory Garden is represented as a vivid blue-and-green close-up of a pool of water lilies by John Thompson. The works are a tribute to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has designated some 1,400 individual landmarks, 115 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 109 historic districts (plus 10 historic district extensions) since Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed the Landmarks Law in 1965. As it celebrates the law’s half-century, the Society of Illustrators, one of 80 members of the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Alliance, seeks to cultivate an appreciation for the city’s architecture—and an awareness of historic preservation—in a new, younger audience. Says exhibit curator Leslie CoberGentry, daughter of the late Hall of Fame illustrator Alan E. Cober: “Viewers can observe the many captivating landmarks through the eyes of some of the most important illustrators of today. They will leave with an understanding of the importance of the preservation of the wonderful history and design of the New York City skyline.” Illustrating Our Landmarks at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (between Lexington and Park), now through August 16, 2014. http://www.societyillustrators.org/

“Grand Central” Stephen Kroninger (Courtesy of Stephen Kroninger)


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FOR THE WEEK BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

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SHINE AND THE MOONBEAMS Kid-friendly d-friendly singer-songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist rist Jon Heagle bring soul music to the young masses ses as Shine and the Moonbeams. Kemp, an alum of the High School of the Performing Arts, writess positive, upbeat songs about a range of youth-friendly h-friendly subject matter, from confronting bullies es to giving high fives and thumbs up. Thursday, ursday, July 31 Madison adison Square Park Entrance trance at 23rd Street and Broadway dway 10:30 :30 a.m. FREE REE

TIPS FOR PREVENTING FALLS AMONG SENIORS SENIORS

DANCE

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PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

DR. JOHN AND THE NIGHT TRIPPERS

As part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors summer series, Paul Taylor Dance Company presents three works, including a reprised performance of “Piazzolla Caldera,” an energetic ensemble interpretation of the tango. The performance features live accompaniment by Argentinian pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble. Friday, August 1 Damrosch Park Bandshell 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, on West 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues 7:30 p.m. FREE

Legendary musician Dr. John is known for his embodiment of a range of New Orleans musical influences, including zydeco, boogie-woogie and jazz. An eccentric stage performer, Dr. John won a Grammy award for his last album, which he recorded with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and is currently at work on a Louis Armstrong tribute album. Saturday, August 2nd Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield Entrance at Fifth Avenue and East 72nd Street Doors 3 p.m. FREE

THEATER

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“THE BEAR” AND OTHER JOKES

STARGAZING AT THE HIGH LINE

Russian director Aleksey Burago directs Anton Chekov’s “The Bear,” a one-act comedy about a widow who wins the heart of a shrewd debt collector by challenging him to a gunfight. Three of Chekov’s lesser-known stories will also be included in the performance—with live musical accompaniment—along with recitations of jokes from his letters and memoirs. Through August 11 The West End Theater at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew 263 West 86th St. Assorted dates and show times Tickets $18

Peek through high-tech telescopes at stars, constellations, planets and the moon without a trip to the planetarium. The Amateur Astronomers Association leads guests on a tour through the galaxy, all from the High Line, while experts from the organization identify what’s in view from the elevated park. Every Tuesday through October 28. Tuesday, August 5th High Line (specific locations vary week to week); entrance between West 13th and West 14th Streets Viewing begins at dusk FREE

The Speaker of the City Council teamed up with a nursing non-profit last week to help seniors prevent falls Last week, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and experts from VNSNY CHOICE, an affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, presented a free community health workshop on Falls Prevention for more than 100 East Harlem seniors at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program. “With simple precautions, we can help prevent seniors in our community from enduring unnecessary, and sometimes life-threatening injuries,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito. “I’m proud to partner with Visiting Nurse Service of New York to help elderly residents of East Harlem protect themselves and stay safe in their homes and in their neighborhood.” Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors—70 percent of these falls occur in the home. VNSNY Physical Therapist Kathleen Lieu, DPT, PT, CLT provided tips and techniques for avoiding falls, like how to assess a home environment for potential fall hazards, how to choose footwear and ensure walking aids for stability, and how to find local resources that can help seniors be more active in building strength and increasing balance. Here, Lieu shares some of the workshop’s tips on preventing falls among seniors: • Staying Safe at Home—use a home

safety assessment checklist to review all rooms and outdoor areas; remove clutter on the floor; arrange furniture to widen pathways; keep commonly used items in easy reach; do not use step stools; fix uneven surfaces. Staying Safe Wherever You Are— always wear shoes; use handrails on stairs; avoid wet floors and wipe up spills immediately; be sure chairs and other furniture are stable; check for adequate lighting; consider safety items such as grab bars, raised toilet seats, non-skid tub mats and carry a cell or portable phone for easy access, especially if you live alone. Balance, Strength and Mobility—work on strength and balance by being active; consider activities such as exercise programs, weight training, walking programs, Tai Chi, yoga, and hobbies like bowling, dancing and gardening. Multiple Medications—review all drugs, even over-the-counter ones, with your doctor and pharmacist; always carry a list of your medications; do not share or “borrow” medications; know the common side effects for each drug; and remember to take medications as described. Most importantly, know your PERSONAL risk factors for falls— such as weakness in the legs, previous history of falling, cognitive impairment, dizziness, urinary incontinence, being over age 80, walking and balance problems.

For more information visit www. VNSNYCHOICE.org or call 1-855-2824642.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Physical Therapist Kathleen Lieu, DTP, PT, CLT leading more than 100 seniors in exercises demonstrating the importance of staying active during the “Preventing Falls Among Seniors” seminar at the Carter Burden/ Leonard Covello Senior Center on July 22nd. The event was presented by VNSNY CHOICE and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Credit: Lorenzo Ciniglio


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The Spirit JULY 31, 2014

Food & Drink D.O.E. TO CUT THE FAT FROM SCHOOL LUNCHES

The Department D of Education vowed tto cut more unhealthy foods from the city’s school meals, the New York Post reported on Monday. Since fall of last las year, the DOE has elimiu nated 24 unhealthy items from school cafeterias, including bread products

containing azodicarbonamide, a foaming agent that made headlines when it was discovered the bread at Subway sandwich shops contained the chemical. The DOE requires its food providers to confirm that low-fat, low-sodium products are delivered to the city’s schools, and will cut an additional 12 hazardous health

PAYING A PREMIUM FOR THE CORNER TABLE RESTAURANTS New apps hope to transform the way we make dinner reservations but not all are on board BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

Margaret Walker loves French food and impeccable service. The psychotherapist, Midtown East resident and self-professed Manhattan foodie has dined at some of the hottest—and priciest—restaurants in the city, including Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Upper East Side restaurant Daniel. She hopes to land a table at Columbus Circle restaurant Per Se before year’s end. “That’s a really tough reservation to get,” Walker said. “You literally have to calculate the days, and then call on the day they open up reservations for the day you want to go. But I know these things because I’m insane about these things.” In other words, Margaret Walker is not your average diner. And for many restaurant-goers in the city, a primetime table at Per Se may seem as elusive as an open cab during the 4 p.m. shift change. But, as Uber did for ground transportation, a batch of new mobile applications are hoping to make sought-after restaurant reservations more easily and quickly available. New app Resy, which launched in June, is partnering with restaurants to sell last minute reservations at exclusive restaurants. And Resy’s not alone in the space: Killer Rezzy offers a similar service, and Zurvu sells reservations for a $5 ‘convenience fee’ per head. Ben Leventhal, creator of dining news site Eater, founded Resy with

entrepreneur and Uber investor Gary Vaynerchuk. Resy, Leventhal said, is designed to advance a dusty reservation system dominated by last-minute phone calls, back and forth emails to reservationists, and OpenTable, which offers a consumer-friendly interface, but not last-minute access, and charges restaurants for the service. Resy shares the revenue for each reservation with the restaurants. “The most important thing that we’re trying to fix is the user experience of making restaurant reservations,” said Leventhal. “Whether you’re paying some premium for the table or not, the thing that’s broken is, you should be able to get the table that you want, when you want it. And it should be very fast on your phone to do that.” Among Resy’s partners is Greenwich Avenue restau-

rant Rosemary’s, which doesn’t take reservations, making the typical wait a few hours. But diners can cut that step and purchase a table on Resy; a table for two at Rosemary’s on a Friday night is $10 and is one of the cheaper reservations on the app (though so far, nothing exceeds $50). “If we execute, then you’re not going to be thinking about Resy as the place you go to pay for a reservation,” said Leventhal. “You’re just going to think about Resy as the place you go for a reservation.” Opinions on the concept are mixed. Some, including Resy’s founders, consider it egalitarian. Alex Stupak, chef and owner of Empellón Taqueria, one of Resy’s partner restaurants, told the New York Times that reservation fees “discourage a no-show.” Others find it alienating and even more exclusionary. Max Falkowitz,

items from cafeteria menus before the school year starts up again at the end of the summer. DOE spokeswoman Marge Feinberg told the Post that the department “has been ahead of the curve” in offering healthy food options.

an editor at national food blog Serious Eats, compares apps like Resy to fast passes at amusement parks that cost more than general admission and allow guests to jump the lines. He worries that reservation apps encourage dining conformity and reinforce the idea that diners should seek “novelty” experiences instead of becoming regulars at neighborhood spots that might serve great food with fewer crowds. “There’s a very substantial, important diversity to restaurant culture,” said Falkowitz, who lives in Queens and dines out frequently, but at restaurants that aren’t as expensive or exclusive as those found on Resy and other apps. “In directing people to a very small subset of certain restaurants, it contributes to the sense that we should all go to the same places.” Storied restaurateur Pino Luongo, who was one of the original owners of Il Cantinori on East 10th Street, went on to build an Italian fine-dining empire and now only operates Morso on East 59th Street near Sutton Place. He remembers customers sneaking cash into a maître d’s hand in hopes of securing a coveted table on a Saturday night. “Our industry has evolved,” said Luongo of the new apps. “And I don’t have anything against it. It’s an open market and we are all competing for customers all the time—at peak hours and not peak hours—and if there is a company that provides a service to have 100 percent occupancy during the night, so be it. I welcome it.” About 70 percent of reservations at Morso are booked through OpenTable, Luongo said, and a reservation app wouldn’t make sense for his local, regular customers. And Luongo, who has seen his own restaurants shutter, recognizes a danger in charging for reservations that won’t always remain hot commodities. “Trendiness doesn’t last forever,” he said. Walker secures most of her evasive reservations on OpenTable. She hasn’t paid for a reservation yet, but isn’t against trying Resy. “This is catered to a very specific individual, and it’s not really a large group,” she said. “The group of people who want to get in these restaurants

but don’t know how to navigate the reservations, it’s very small.” But Leventhal predicts a broader customer base. While Resy has about 20 restaurant partners in New York, including downtown spots Minetta Tavern and Balthazar, and Upper East Side restaurant Sant Ambroeus, he’s in ongoing dialogues with several restaurants in the city, and expects to grow Resy’s partner list to 50 restaurants before 2015. During a recent meeting, a well-known restaurateur (who Leventhal declined to name) compared the conversation to the ones he had with OpenTable in 1999. “I think that’s the broad sentiment,” said Leventhal, who is looking at Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas as the next markets for the app. “In terms of the user experience, Resy is going to be the way the world goes. If Resy wins or another company wins, this notion of reservations will exist in 12 months, [...] and in 24 months, if you’re not on Resy as a restaurant, your customers are going to want to know why.” The prospect of such ubiquity worries Falkowitz, who thinks of restaurants as social institutions. Unlike hailing a cab, he said, hospitality is a “vital part” of a restaurant meal, and diners want to feel cared for, not squeezed. “As a diner, I’m going to feel really insulted if I have to pay to get in the door,” said Falkowitz. “If these things become a new standard, it raises the cost and anxiety of dining in the city, and it’s a city that’s full of high cost and transaction fees and a lot of anxiety already.” As the platform grows, and with reservation costs based on demand, Leventhal said that, in the future, some reservations might be free, or sold at the $2 mark. And for diners who don’t want to pay, reservations can still be made the old-fashioned way, at no cost. For Walker, that’s crucial. “As long as all the options remain available, people won’t freak out,” said Walker, a lifelong New Yorker. “This is a city where you can be a millionaire and still not get into the most exclusive clubs. You don’t have to be rich to be the guy who can get past the velvet rope. If we’re creating a world where you do have to have the cash to get past the velvet rope, people will be pissed.”


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RESTAURANT INSPECTION RATINGS JULY 17 - 21, 2014

Lions Head Tavern

995 Amsterdam Avenue

Grade Pending (20) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment. Tobacco use, eating, or drinking from open container in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing area observed.

Asia Kan

710 Amsterdam Avenue

Grade Pending (26) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

Perfecto Pizzeria

2479 Broadway

Grade Pending (36) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewageassociated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or nonfood areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.

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

718 Amsterdam Avenue

Grade Pending (56) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, crosscontaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewageassociated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or nonfood areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewageassociated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

Mila Cafe

694 Columbus Avenue

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< PORT AUTHORITY’S NEW CHAIRMAN TOURS BUS TERMINAL The incoming chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the agency’s bus terminal in Manhattan needs repairs and ultimately replacement. John Degnan rode a bus to the

64-year-old Midtown terminal. Degnan told The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Record newspaper the terminal that is used by 200,000 commuters daily is substandard. The agency’s board on Wednesday is set to consider spending $90 million to repair the

AMPING UP THE FIGHT OVER POOR DOORS DEVELOPMENT Elected officials and housing advocates say Extell exploiting loophole with separate building entrances BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

Extell Development is facing a new round of criticism after its plan to include a separate entrance for low-income residents at its Upper West Side development project was approved by the city’s Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development. Extell is building a 219-unit luxury condo building at 40 Riverside Boulevard. The project includes an additional 55 units of affordable housing that the company agreed to in exchange for tax abatements from the city. Housing advocates and elected officials have likened the practice to segregation and claim separate entrances have a stigmatizing effect on low-income residents. That criticism was amplified after Extell founder Gary Barnett told WNYC radio that the separate entrance was necessary to comply with city zoning laws. He further drew the ire of activists and officials when he said drawing attention to the issue was political and silly. “The two entrances is mandated actually in inclusionary housing, because that’s permanently affordable and so they want to be able to — I think that’s the logic behind it, I don’t know for sure — they want to be able to manage it as a separate building,” Barnett told WNYC. “We’re in the political silly season, to be blunt. Would you rather not have the affordable housing? Ask any one of the thousands of people who are applying for that, and they don’t give a damn [about the separate entrance]. They want to have a beautiful apartment, in a beautiful neighborhood, at a super price.” Officials quickly returned fire, claiming Extell and other companies are exploiting a loophole that was created when the state’s 421-a tax abate-

ment program was modified and the city’s related Inclusionary Housing Program failed to keep pace. The state requires developers who wish to take advantage of the tax breaks to include the affordable housing on site. The city requires those same developers to intersperse the affordable units with the market-rate units at a certain rate on every floor of their project. However, due to an oversight in the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program – which officials claim is a loophole - developers are allowed to put the affordable units in a separate building on the same site, which requires a separate entrance according to city code. “Unfortunately the Inclusionary Housing Program currently allows for developers to build what are called ‘segmented buildings,’ freeing them of these distribution requirements,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. “To do this, developers essentially use the option of creating the affordable housing off-site, but place that ‘off-site’ housing on the same zoning lot.” Brewer called for immediate changes to the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program, “to stop developers from segregating and segmenting buildings, separating affordable and market rate units, creating separate and unequal communities of tenants within a single building.” A spokesperson for Extell Development said there’s a legitimate reason that zoning code allows companies to construct separate buildings for affordable units. “The amendment was written by HPD and the City Planning Commission into the zoning code in 2009 and was scarcely a loophole or ambiguity of the law,” said George Arzt. “Rather it was aimed at creating additional units of affordable housing on parcels too small to construct two buildings. It received final approval by the city council.” Because all of the affordable units at 40 Riverside Blvd. are contained in the separate building, the rationalization that a separate building was built in this case for “additional units” of affordable housing to be built on a

terminal to make it more comfortable for passengers. Degnan also would like to see the agency reconsider its decision not to replace the terminal. That was eliminated from the capital budget in 2011 because of its projected cost of $800 million.

It’s outrageous that we give huge tax credits to developers for including affordable apartments in their buildings – only to allow them to turn around and segregate entrances or block access to amenities for low-income tenants. I am profoundly disappointed that the developer of 40 Riverside has exploited this loophole in creating a ‘poor door’ in its building. We must do everything we can to end this discriminatory practice immediately.” Councilmember Mark Levine

smaller parcel of land doesn’t seem to apply. Arzt did not respond to a request to elaborate. According to Brewer, developers say banks won’t finance market-rate development projects with affordable units sprinkled on every floor. But she claims other developers have told her that strict segregation of affordable units is not required for a project to receive financing. “The assertion of some developers that they have no choice in the matter, that they are required to have poor doors in their buildings, is plainly false,” said Brewer. “The law only requires a poor-door system if the developer chooses to segregate their residents.” Other elected officials have piled on, including City Councilman Mark Levine, who, along with Councilman Corey Johnson, is drafting legislation that would prevent development and management companies from excluding affordable housing tenants from amenities such as fitness centers and roof gardens. According to Levine’s office, 40 Riverside Boulevard will have a basketball court, fitness center and other amenities that will be off limits to ten-

We’re in the political silly season, to be blunt. Would you rather not have the affordable housing? Ask any one of the thousands of people who are applying for that, and they don’t give a damn [about the separate entrance]. They want to have a beautiful apartment, in a beautiful neighborhood, at a super price.” Extell founder Gary Barnett ants in the affordable units. As recently reported in the West Side Spirit and elsewhere, several buildings on the Upper West Side bar affordable housing and rent regulated tenants from using amenities. “It’s outrageous that we give huge tax credits to developers for including affordable apartments in their buildings – only to allow them to turn around and segregate entrances or block access to amenities for low-income tenants,” said Levine. “I am profoundly disappointed that the developer of 40 Riverside has exploited this loophole in creating a ‘poor door’ in its building. We must do everything we can to end this discriminatory practice immediately.” New York’s Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen told WNYC that the administration is already looking to close the loophole that allows a separate building for affordable units, but that it could take up to a year or more.


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONE SONG AT A TIME chari is?’ and every this charity single one of them will tell you everything ever they’ve learned about a it.” Each cabaret c show benefits a d different charity, with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a frequent rec recipient. Proceeds from their August 11th production wil will go to Story Shiftprog ers, a program that takes p theater to public schools for w disabilities. children with

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Tiffany Schleigh founded Cabaret for a Cause to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Photo by Branan Edgens

Q&A A young producer speaks about her worthwhile work BY ANGELA BARBUTI

MORE ON TIFFANY To learn more about Tiffany, visit www. tiffanyschleigh.com To purchase tickets to “Cabaret for a Cause,” visit www. galapagosartspace. com/c4ac For more information on Story Shifters, see www. kefproductions. com/education. html

At just 23 years old, Tiffany Schleigh has found a job that influences countless lives. She’s combined her love of theater with charity and the result is benefitting young people all over the nation. The show she produces, “Cabaret for a Cause,” enlists children- singers from Broadway and television, and dancers from the reality show “Dance Moms” - to use their talents to raise money for youth organizations in need of support. Schleigh is always impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment she sees in her mini performers. “You get in the room with them and ask, ‘Do you know what

It started about five years ago. My friend was working at a restaurant on 8th Avenue and he was trying to get more people to come in becaus because it was newer. It was called Rachel’s Rachel’s, where Patron is now. A couple of my friends had just left Broadway shows show and were like, “I’m bored and have nothing no to do.” So I was like, “Great, let’s put pu on a show at his restaurant.” So we would wou open up all the windows so that people walking by could see it. We did it on a w weekly basis for a while. When we realized it was getting so crazy, we had to start charging cha people and we didn’t know what the money should go to work at the restauto. My friend who worked rant donated to St. Jude every year for his birthday, so we did that. Then, a woman who volunteers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital came to see one of them because a friend of hers was singing in it. And she was like, “I want to meet with you and do this, but bigger.”

How did the children’s involvement start? That happened early last year when a friend of mine wanted to do a fundraiser for her theater company and the play had adults that were playing children. So I thought it would be funny to have children singing adult songs.

There are 38 kids in your next show. How do you get them all to participate? There’s a handful of Broadway kids I use all time and then they all introduce me to each other. And sometimes kids will come to the show and say, “I want to do the next one.” As far as the reality TV people, I had spoken to Melissa Ziegler from “Dance Moms” on Twitter, and she was like, “My daughter would love to do this.” So Maddie came and did it last year. And then another mom reached out and it became gigantic by accident.

Do you have a funny behind-the-scenes story? Sophia Gennusa, who is now ten years old, starred as Matilda in “Matilda” on Broadway. After she finished her run in the show, she was doing one of my cabarets and told me she started taking voice lessons after starring in a Broadway show for over a year.

Do you go and see the kids in their Broadway shows? Two of my cabaret kids are in “Violet,” and it’s a really beautiful show. “Matilda” is sensational. I’ve seen all the kids in all their shows.

You also produce “Spotlight on St. Jude.” Explain what that is. That is an annual event I produce with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s a cabaret-like event where we have speakers and vocal numbers. We have an entire committee, and Caroline, who is the head of the committee, came to one of my shows and asked me to do it. We’ve done two shows and raised over $150,000 dollars for the hospital.

You graduated from Marymount. Did you always know you wanted to pursue theater? I was into theater as a kid and thought I wanted to come to New York and pursue it, but I went on a few auditions and decided it really wasn’t for me. I would see the same people at every audition and thought, “I don’t really want to do this and wait in line every morning.” I didn’t really know that I wanted to produce until I started doing these shows all the time. And I said, “Well, I guess I know what I’m doing somehow.”

You left Ohio to come here for college. What was that like for you? My town was really small and conservative. There was not a whole lot to do there. I remember I went home for Christmas after my first semester of college, and I went to my friend’s house, and he was like, “Do you want to go hang out at Walmart?” I guess I wanted to go somewhere so completely different than where I was. And I knew I wanted to be involved with theater and this was the place to be for that. It was kind of a culture shock at first because I wasn’t used to it and I was terrified of the subway. During my first week of college, I remember telling my mom that I was going to Central Park with my roommates, and she was like, “Oh, don’t go there, you’ll get mugged.” And I said, “It’s the middle of the day and I’m with six people.” [Laughs]

You just moved from Astoria to Midtown. What are your favorite restaurants in your new neighborhood? Blossom has the tastiest tofu scramble. I used to work near Thalia and had lunch there almost every day. And I’ve been going to Hourglass Tavern ever since I moved to New York City. They have the friendliest staff. I had my birthday there once and the owner, Beth, brought us the most delicious chocolate cake in the entire world. She still won’t tell us what’s in it or where it’s from.


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West Side Spirit July 31st, 2014