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Provincetown drama encore as theater’s wall partly removed
BY ALBERT AMATEAU The preservation of the original Provincetown Playhouse within a new building that New York University is constructing at the MacDougal St. site was put on hold on Aug. 18 after neighbors discovered that part of the historic playhouse wall that was to have been preserved had been removed. The discovery of the missing wall segment last week outraged Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation,
and prompted Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to demand on Monday that work related to the theater cease, except as related to structural stability, until the community is informed of the extent of the damage. Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president for government and community engagement, said a portion of the north wall of the theater, dating from before 1916, was removed about three weeks ago when it was
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Christine Quinn, left, and Yetta Kurland at last Thursday’s debate sponsored by The Villager, Gay City News and Chelsea Now.
Quinn on hot seat in debating Passannante-Derr and Kurland
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON More than 200 people packed a spirited debate for the Third City Council District at New York University last Thursday hosted by Community Media’s The Villager, Gay City News and Chelsea Now newspapers. It was the ﬁrst — and most likely only — public debate in the high-proﬁle Democratic primary election, pitting 10-year incumbent City Council Speaker Christine Quinn against challengers Maria Passannante-Derr and Yetta Kurland. During the one-and-a-half-hour debate, audience members heard the candidates spar over term limits, the City Council’s so-called “slush fund,” overdevelopment, the Department of Sanitation’s planned Spring St. megagarage and whether Quinn — whose
mayoral ambitions are well known — has been sufﬁciently engaged with her own district. The Third Council District stretches from Canal St. to around 55th St. on the West Side, and is known by some as “the gay seat” of the City Council. The crowd filled to capacity the main auditorium at New York University’s 19 W. Fourth St. — the former Bottom Line music club space — plus an overflow room. It was the largest space N.Y.U. had available that day, and the university provided it free of charge, as well as helping staff the event, plus videotaping the debate. The event was free and open to the public on a first-come, firstserved basis. The crowd started lining up before 5 p.m., and soon wrapped around the corner onto Mercer St. Quinn simply managed to get more of her supporters there earlier, and thus about an estimated 75 percent of the audience in the main room indeed appeared to be Quinn supporters; Passannante-Derr angrily charged that her backers had been locked out of the venue by the strategic maneuver by Quinn. About 45 people were turned away at the door because the space had reached its capacity based on Fire Department safety regulations. Quinn may have had the most supporters, but Kurland’s sat closest to the front, all of them wearing yellow “I ♥ Yetta” T-shirts; a strategic move
Puck it! Not your average beer league in Tompkins Square
BY JOHN BAYLES All sports have their heated rivalries; in baseball, you’ve got the Yankees and Red Sox; in basketball, it’s the Lakers and the Celtics. But these pale in comparison to the intense, often ugly rivalry between the Denim Demons and the Rehabs. “The Demons suck!” yelled Kammi Moore, wearing her team’s jersey, a black
T-shirt with cutoff sleeves and the word “Rehabs” in big, pink letters. “That’s all you need to know.” Earlier in the day the Demons had bested the Rehabs, 3-2, in an overtime game, which obviously contributed to Moore’s animosity. But according to Moore, the rivalry began with some
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ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE (WHY NOT?): Maria Passannante-Derr, who many felt came off as “the angry candidate” during last Thursday’s Council District Three debate, is apparently still angry. For one, Passannante-Derr’s Web site claims that East Village activist Bob Ortiz-Arroyo was barred from entering the debate. However, not only does a YouTube video show Ortiz-Arroyo in his wheelchair being let into the building, but Ortiz-Arroyo himself told us on Tuesday that he got in, and, by the sound of it, had a pretty good time once inside, too, enjoying the debate from the overﬂow room. “Yes, I was squeezed into the other room with a video view, and also met an Angola native who may be interested in taking some of the hundreds of books I got as freebies during my radio news and public affairs career,” Ortiz-Arroyo told us in an e-mail. T.G.I. FRIDAY-IZATION OF UNION SQUARE: Walmart’s long-speculated entry into New York City, most recently via a rumored deal to take space in Union Square, found no lack of detractors among the Downtown set. So imagine how the arrival of chain-restaurant T.G.I. Friday’s will be received after it was reported that the purveyor of “Parmesan-Crusted Sicilian Quesadillas” would be opening inside a recently purchased building on Union Square. The Riese Organization, which just bought 34 Union Square East, announced plans to bring in both a Friday’s and Tim Horton’s coffee shop if it can’t find another tenant on the quick. (The property has been vacant for nearly two years, and Riese scooped it up only after the asking price fell by a reported 40 percent.) The move follows on the blockbuster lease of the former Virgin Megastore/Circuit City space on Union Square South to Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy, respectively. The backlash among Needle Park purists began immediately after the news started trickling through the Web, with at least one Twitter page created to “help send a loud and clear message to The Riese Organization that we don’t want his TGI Friday’s in Union Sq. SAVE THE SQUARE!” For its part, the Union Square Partnership responded that the restaurant — whose original outpost opened on the Upper East Side in 1965 — would be a boon to business on the bustling hub. “We are fortunate that in this difficult economy, Union Square’s retail vacancy rate remains one of the lowest in the city, with diverse retail options and new businesses coming to the area,” said Jennifer Falk, the Partnership’s executive director. “T.G.I. Friday’s will bring much-needed foot traffic to the businesses located on the eastern side of the square, which historically has not seen as many pedestrians as the businesses to the south and west.” A call to mayoral candidate and anti-consumerist Reverend Billy went unreturned as of press time, but somehow we think we already know his thoughts on the matter. T.G.I. Friday’s apparently would also be a boon for those wanting to get sloshed. According to Wikipedia, “Friday’s has a large menu with an emphasis on alcoholic beverages, which includes their famous ‘Crazy Night Cocktail.’ It has a more impressive bar area and larger alcoholic menu than many of its casual-dining restaurant competitors. ‘Ultimates’ drinks are served in an 18 oz. glass, and often made with top-shelf and darker liquors.” CODA COMPLEX: Robert Caballero, of the Lower East Side Political Action Committee, thought this time, at last, he really had Councilmember Rosie Mendez — one of his many nemeses from Coalition for a District Alternative. A recent article in the Daily News came out blasting local elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Councilmember Alan
Gerson, for giving funds to the United Jewish Council of the East Side, only to have a U.J.C. member work collecting petition signatures for their campaigns. The article also noted that Mendez had given $8,000 to the U.J.C. — which Caballero crowed isn’t even in Mendez’s Council District 2. However, Mendez seemed to have a good answer, retorting, “The U.J.C. runs senior centers in my district, or on the periphery of my district that my constituents walk to.” She specifically cited a U.J.C.-run program in the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D and a program at the Bialystoker facility, the latter which is just over the border in Alan Gerson’s Council district. The seniors attend the centers for cultural classes, like dancing and music, and meals and to use a library and take computer classes. As for any quid pro quo with U.J.C., Mendez said, “No one from U.J.C. has been volunteering in my campaign. I don’t do quid pro quo. … People decide whether they like the work you’re doing.” Hmm, we score it: CoDA wins another round over LESPAC. MARGARITA AND THE SUPREMES: Speaking of CoDA, one of its favorite daughters, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, attended the White House party for newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor last week. Lopez did the introduction before Michael Rosen gave a reading from his new book at the L.E.S. Tenement Museum last Thursday,
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District 1 wannabes are true to form at Pace debate
BY JULIE SHAPIRO The candidates for Lower Manhattan’s City Council seat postured and prodded each other during a two-hour debate Monday night, but no clear winner emerged. The debate, run by Downtown Express and The Villager, both owned by Community Media, brought all ﬁve candidates to the same stage for the ﬁrst time, before a capacity crowd of about 150 at Pace University. The Democratic primary is Sept. 15. At the debate, each candidate emerged true to form, displaying the traits their followers have grown to expect. Eight-year incumbent Councilmember Alan Gerson touted his experience; Pete Gleason attacked Gerson’s record and called for a new approach; Margaret Chin cited her long history of ﬁghting for affordable housing; PJ Kim remained calm and looked for consensus; and Arthur Gregory adopted a casual tone with a common-sense approach and the audience laughed at his jokes. Gleason jumped into attack mode in his opening statement, setting the tone for exchanges with Gerson that grew increasingly heated. Gleason hammered Gerson on affordable housing, overcrowded schools and the World Trade Center site and charged that “Nothing has happened in these areas over the last eight years.” When Gleason said not a single new school had been built in Lower Manhattan during Gerson’s tenure, Gerson ﬁred back,
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schools was due to former Councilmember Kathryn Freed, whose term ended at the beginning of 2002. Gerson’s supporters booed Gleason in response. In 2004, Gerson secured an agreement with then Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, in which the city committed to build a school annex for P.S. 234 and set aside money to build an East Side school, which is now under construction on Spruce St. Several of the candidates unveiled new positions at the debate. Chin suggested altering the current plan for the World Trade Center, which calls for ﬁve ofﬁce towers, three of which would need massive public ﬁnancing to get underway. “We need to determine what’s going to be built there,” Chin said. “No, we don’t want any more tall ofﬁce building there. Let’s use the resource there, build the memorial and build a park, build housing, build school, and that’s what we want to spend our tax dollar on.” Another novel suggestion came from Gleason, who said the problems at the World Trade Center could be eliminated by disbanding the bi-state Port Authority, which owns the site. “We’ve seen the deplorable job they’ve done at the World Trade Center site,” Gleason said. “And I have to be honest — as a lifelong New Yorker, I resent folks from New Jersey coming into my town, telling me how to do things at the World Trade Center site.” Gerson’s four opponents criticized the councilmember for not using his Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee to hold the Port Authority and other government agencies accountable. Gerson countered that he has achieved results by getting the big players on many Downtown projects to testify at his hear-
ings. He also credited his committee with the city’s decision to fully fund a rebuilt Fiterman Hall, although last year the mayor said his frequent foe, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, deserved the credit. During Monday’s debate, which lasted nearly two hours, the audience often interrupted the candidates with applause, hisses and boos. Occasionally, the attendees voiced their opinions before giving the candidates a chance to respond. When the candidates were asked if they would support charging most drivers a fee for entering Lower Manhattan and Midtown, many in the audience shouted “No!” Kim, Gregory and Chin all said yes, provided they could add some caveats. Gleason and Gerson said no, an agreement so rare that they shook hands over it. Gerson’s answer was surprising because he voted in favor of the mayor’s congestion-pricing bill last year. In a phone interview, he said he now opposes fees on most drivers, but would back a plan that would use technology to target a minority of drivers, such as ones passing through Lower Manhattan quickly. It was a different vote of Gerson’s that drew the most censure at the debate: his support last year for extending term limits for the mayor and other city ofﬁcials, including himself. All four of Gerson’s opponents said the decision should have gone back to the voters for a referendum. In the past, Gerson had opposed a City Council change to the term limit law. Gleason criticized Gerson as “a patsy of the mayor” and said, “We need someone who’s going to stand up to the mayor.” Gerson defended his vote by repeating an argument he has made in the past: that he
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sponsored legislation to force a referendum, but that when that legislation failed, he felt democracy was best served by giving voters more options on the ballot. The candidates found several points of agreement during Monday’s debate. They all criticized New York University’s dramatic NYU Plans 2031 expansion scheme, which would add 3 million square feet to its Village campus, mostly near Union Square. The candidates called on N.Y.U. to be a better neighbor — Gleason suggested they build elementary-school seats, which are in greater demand than college seats Downtown — and ﬁnd an alternative expansion site elsewhere. Gerson’s opponents also agreed that the designs for Washington Square Park should have included more community input. Gerson said he negotiated a compromise on the park’s design that was better than the Parks Department’s original plan. When the topic turned to education, the candidates were reluctant to say who should get preference at the two new middle schools that will open Downtown as soon as 2010. Chin was the strongest voice for giving preference at the middle schools not just to students who live below Canal St. on the West Side and below the Brooklyn Bridge on the East Side, but also to students who live in Chinatown. Gerson and Kim advocated for choice and inclusion as well, though less speciﬁcally. The candidates all agreed that something needs to happen at the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, several large blocks of which have sat untouched for decades after the city used eminent domain to claim it. Gerson hopes to interest cultural tenants in the site; he revealed he recently gave a tour to “Little Steven” Van Zandt — the longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s band and former “Sopranos” star — regarding the possibility of a recording facility on the renewal area. Everyone wants to see affordable housing on the site, but Chin was the only one to say
the location should not have any market-rate housing, and the commercial space, too, should be subsidized. During the debate, as during her campaign, Chin frequently focused on affordable housing and issues facing Chinatown and low-income residents. Asked how she would address the needs of other neighborhoods, and in particular the district’s wealthier residents, Chin spoke mostly about the need for affordable housing throughout the district.
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Chin is the only woman running for the seat and pointed out that the City Council could use more diversity, since only 17 of its 51 members are female. There is also only one Asian in the Council. During the debate, Kim frequently pointed out areas of agreement with his opponents. He espoused middle-of-the-road opinions on questions of the government working with private developers. On the Seward Park renewal area, for example, he said marketrate housing and commercial space would have to be part of any viable plan. Kim was also realistic about the limits of the City Council’s power. On the World Trade Center, he said the Council might not be able to expedite the construction, but he would try to mitigate its impact. Kim also argued for setting the “circus” of political attacks aside and focusing on the issues, but Gleason said Gerson was to blame for the Trade Center rebuilding’s slow
progress. Gleason made factual errors about Gerson at times, but when Gerson responded, he often ran out of time just when he seemed to be getting to the crux of his points. Gerson did not respond directly to a question about his ofﬁce disorganization, a problem cited by his supporters and opponents alike. Instead, he made a joke about his occasionally rumpled appearance and said his record speaks for itself. “I’m not done yet,” he said later, after listing accomplishments as varied as affordable housing funds and free bathtub grab-bars for senior citizens. Gregory was the only candidate who appeared nervous during the debate, speaking hesitantly at times and occasionally stumbling over words. Near the end of the debate, he drew sympathetic laughter and applause when he noted that he hadn’t received much applause so far and said he’d bring more people with him the next time. Gregory focused on his post-9/11 advocacy and volunteer work, and also made some unusual suggestions, including that the city ask developers who received Liberty Bonds to return some of the money to help build schools, and that the city use eminent domain to knock down some Financial District buildings and replace them with parks. In the “lightning round,” the candidates were asked to give one or two-word responses to a series of rapid-ﬁre questions. Asked if they would consider endorsing Mike Bloomberg for mayor, all the candi-
dates said they would endorse Comptroller Bill Thompson, presuming he wins the Democratic primary. Kim previously praised Bloomberg in an interview with Downtown Express, suggesting he could consider supporting the mayor. Asked to rate Bloomberg on a scale of 1 to 10, Gerson, Kim and Gregory gave him a 5, while Chin said 4.75 and Gleason said 3. As for the Council race, Kim, Gleason and Chin agreed to endorse the winner of the Democratic primary, but Gerson and Gregory did not. Asked to name the second most-qualiﬁed candidate in the race, Chin and Gleason picked each other, while Gerson and Kim did not give an answer. Gregory named himself as the second most-qualiﬁed, saying Gerson had more experience. All the candidates want to see One Police Plaza moved out of Lower Manhattan, since its sensitivity as a potential terrorist target caused the city to close Park Row to trafﬁc after 9/11, although Gerson said only if a feasible location were found elsewhere in the city. None of candidates like the protected Grand St. bike lane, though Kim qualiﬁed his response by saying it was important not to demonize cyclists. All the candidates save Chin support legalizing marijuana, though Gerson and Kim added the caveat that it should be just for medicinal purposes. The last question of the night was one of the easiest, though it has divided New Yorkers for generations: Yankees or Mets? The candidates responded quickly and unanimously: Yankees.
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Thompson: ‘We need thoughtful planning, smart growth’
BY ALBERT AMATEAU Comptroller William Thompson told a coalition of preservation advocates last week about his views on balancing preservation and development. But Thompson, a Democratic candidate for mayor, also responded to questions that covered a broad range of potential campaign issues. Thompson told the Aug. 12 preservation forum that the city, which is expected to add 1 million more people by 2030, needs development. Nevertheless, he warned that careless and haphazard construction has proven dangerous. “How do you explain the delay in demolishing the Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center?” was one of the questions that came up at the forum, sponsored by New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Historic Districts Council, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Landmark West and Municipal Art Society. “I don’t think you can explain it,” Thompson replied. “It’s one thing in Lower Manhattan that the city administration is responsible for and they’ve dropped the ball again and again. It’s inexcusable. A
continuous failure of oversight — of safety,” he added. Another question: “What changes would make education better for our children?” “I support mayoral control but the system focuses on standardized tests too much,” Thompson responded. “The tests cannot have the only role in judging achievement. Children are being taught to spit out answers. It’s about doing well on standard tests, not about comprehension,” he said. Another question prompted Thompson to remark that the target of most complaints about city agencies is the Department of Buildings. “No matter what the borough, people complain about the Department of Buildings,” he said. “The department needs professional people, especially for inspecting construction sites,” he added. A resident of W. Ninth St. wanted to know if Thompson would have intervened in the Landmarks Preservation Commission procedure that recently approved a modiﬁed St. Vincent’s Hospital-Rudin residential project in the Village. “I know that people felt they were being are destroyed,” he said. The city should make sure the Landmarks Commission should have better connections with other relevant agencies, like the Departments of Buildings and City Planning, he said. Thompson agreed that the L.P.C. ought to pay equal attention to preservation in all neighborhoods, including Harlem and Queens, not just the most populated or glamorous. Community boards should be getting more resources instead of having their budgets cut, he added. “They are a reliable source of information about our neighborhoods, and we should have as many people as possible involved — and trained to participate,” he said. Waterfront access and open space for public recreation should be part of the balance of private-public development, he said. “We have to be able to develop public open space and waterfront parks and ﬁnd ways to pay for them,” he said. Thompson promised to look into one questioner’s charge that many public-housing apartments are warehoused, in effect, by being kept vacant for renovations that never seem happen. Regarding the balance of preservation and development, Henry Stern, former New York City Parks commissioner, asked, “Do you think the entire city should be a historic district?” Thompson’s short answer was “No.” Under his breath Stern replied, “Sometimes you wonder,” apparently referring to the aggressive preservation position of the groups that sponsored the forum. The forum sponsors issued a “2009 Citywide Preservation Platform,” whose ﬁrst plank calls for encouraging reusing and rehabilitating older buildings, including city buildings acquired by default. The platform, signed onto by more than 100 organizations citywide, also calls for expanding state and city tax-credit programs for landmarked properties. A task force to study feasible ways to preserve and support the maintenance of historic religious properties is also in the platform. The preservation agenda additionally calls for more stafﬁng and funding for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, better communication to ensure that commissioners are aware of pending landmark requests, and a protocol for working with the Department of Buildings in emergency situations involving landmarks.
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stonewalled,” Thompson replied. “There should be a process that’s open and fair, not just the city saying, ‘This is what we want to do,’ and then ﬁnding a way to do it,” he went on. Nevertheless, Thompson said he “would not want to jump in and manipulate the process.” Regarding development, in general, Thompson told the forum, “We need thoughtful planning and smart growth. We need building in the interest of people, not just proﬁts. We need to take into account the needs of people and neighborhoods. “Urban planning is more than ﬁnding ways to accommodate developers,” he said. “We should decide what we want a neighborhood to look like ﬁrst.” Regarding large projects, Thompson said, “I’m not in favor of picking one developer and giving him a lot to do. There are advantages to multiple developers on a large project.” The Landmarks Preservation Commission should have adequate funding — “the tools and teeth” — it needs to do its job, Thompson said. He noted that even before a potential landmark is calendared for a hearing, a developer who doesn’t want landmark designation could rush to demolish a building. “By the time the hearing is scheduled, the building is gone or the things that make it historical
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A man who walked out of a deli on the corner of E. 12th St. and Avenue C just before 5 a.m. Sun., Aug. 16, was shot once in the chest and fell to the sidewalk, police said. The victim, described only as a Hispanic man, 25, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. The gunman, and possibly an accomplice or two, hailed a cab and ﬂed, according to reports. Police did not release the victim’s name but were investigating the case. assigned to Douglas had heard him phone a woman and ask her to bring him personal items, especially his electric toothbrush, from the Hotel Gansevoort room where both had been staying and where he was arrested last month on drug charges. Scott turned up later at the apartment with a black bag of personal items, including the electric toothbrush with the heroin in the battery compartment. She told agents at the apartment that she didn’t know about the heroin in the gadget. The agents later brought Scott back to the Hotel Gansevoort, where they found a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine and small bags of what appeared to be heroin, marijuana and meth, according to the Post article. Scott was jailed and held without bail on drug-possession charges.
house between Greenwich Ave. and W. Fourth St. had been kicked open, leaving a visible boot print. But a canvass of the area did not ﬁnd a suspect. A U.S. passport belonging to the apartment’s resident, who was not at home at the time, had been stolen but nothing else was reported missing. The burglar was described as a black man about 29, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds, wearing black trousers, a white T-shirt and a baseball cap.
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A resident of an apartment at 183 Sullivan St. near Bleecker St. left home with her doors locked and windows closed around 12:45 p.m. Sat., Aug. 8. She returned home Sun., Aug. 9, around 10:24 p.m. and found her door unlocked, a bedroom window open and an Apple laptop computer valued at $2,000 stolen, police said. The resident’s roommate, who had been away on Saturday, returned at 3 p.m. Sunday, found the door unlocked, and left again 15 minutes later, locking the door behind him. The roommate had not noticed anything missing, police said.
Dead on Soho roof
Responding to a call at 11:35 a.m. Tues., Aug. 11, police went to the roof of 35 Howard St. near Broadway, where they found the body of a white male. The man, about whom more information was not provided, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Medical Examiner’s Ofﬁce was investigating the cause of death. Police are still investigating the case.
‘Give me $1,600’
A man walked up to a desk in the Capital One branch at 21 University Place near E. Eighth St. shortly after 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 8, said, “I want to open an account,” and was led to a teller where he then passed a note saying, “Give me $1,600. I will hurt you if you try anything,” police said. The teller handed over $748 and the suspect ﬂed. Police said the suspect, described as a black man about age 25, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, had been walking around in front of the bank before it opened.
Knocked to ground
A man, 26, was walking on W. Fourth St. near W. 11th St. shortly before 3 a.m. Tues., Aug. 11, when a mugger hit him over the head and knocked him to the ground, police said. The suspect took a wallet with credit cards and a driver’s license from the victim and ﬂed.
Electric toothbrush trick
Kelly Scott, girlfriend of Cameron Douglas, the son of the actor Michael Douglas, was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with smuggling small plastic bags of heroin from the Hotel Gansevoort room where Cameron previously had been staying to the Manhattan home of his mother, where he was under a court-ordered security watch, according to a New York Post article last week. Scott was charged with trying to get the tiny heroin bags crammed inside the battery compartment of an electric toothbrush to Douglas in his mother’s apartment. The agents
Bottles for iPod Cold job
The manager of the Snow Mountain Ice Cream shop at 474 Sixth Ave. near W. 12th St. closed the place at 12:20 a.m. Sat., Aug. 15, and reopened at noon to ﬁnd that the lock on the security gate was gone and $700 was missing from the cash register, police said. The security system was unplugged and the computer tower valued at $800 was also missing, police said. A group of men started an argument with a man, 41, on the Bowery at Prince St. at 10:50 p.m. Sat., Aug 8, when one of them grabbed an iPod from the man, who resisted, police said. The thieves then hit the victim over the head with beer bottles, left him bleeding on the sidewalk and ﬂed, police said.
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A burglar broke the lock of the front door of Aurora Restaurant, 510 Broome St. near West Broadway, between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Mon., Aug. 11, and took about $300 from the cash register, police said. A surveillance video was operating and recorded the theft, police said.
A Village resident told police on Saturday evening Aug. 8 that he had seen a man in front of a house at 275 W. 12th St. at 5:25 p.m. and then saw him leave 10 minutes later walking away east. Police found that the door to the
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Although construction is already underway, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for the Lower East Side waterfront revitalization project. Currently budgeted at $150 million, the project includes turning Pier 35, at South St. near Clinton St., into an “eco pier,” as envisioned in the computer rendering above; Pier 35 would be planted with local ﬂora native to the region around the East River. The larger project, which extends from East River Park to the Battery, will include several glass-enclosed pavilion spaces beneath the F.D.R Drive and, farther Downtown, a dog run and get-downs, allowing people to get closer to the water and even launch small watercraft.
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believe that the related construction expense prevents them from realizing a fair return on the property. However, Department of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden disagreed, writing a letter to the B.S.A. in May, recommending the board deny the variance. The applicant made a point of noting that the proposed tower would still be shorter than the Standard Hotel and nearby, still-under-construction High Line Building, even though both of those structures utilize F.A.R.’s conforming to the zoning regulations. The Romanoffs have also been criticized for planning to more than triple the size of their allowed retail space, from about 10,000 square feet permitted in the manufacturing district to 32,000 square feet. “While the B.S.A. has not yet rendered a decision, the good news is they seem to remain skeptical about the application, and the developer has already scaled back the requested variances in response to the resistance they are facing,” read a statement from the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, which also opposes the variance. The B.S.A. will hold its next hearing on the project on Sept. 22. Jones Lang LaSalle, average rents for all Downtown ofﬁce buildings have slipped 12.4 percent during the past six months — from $48.75 per square foot to $42.70. The area’s top-class trophy properties, which went for an average of slightly more than $70 per square foot a year ago, have seen nearly a 7 percent decrease over the last six months — from $64.54 per square foot to $60.23. The report stated that the sub-$50-persquare-foot scenario has already occurred at some Downtown properties. If trophy buildings were to suffer similar drops, Downtown asking rents would return to levels not seen in ﬁve years. Rents for all Downtown ofﬁce types tumbled nearly 16 percent over the last year, compared to 17 percent decrease in Midtown.
BY PATRICK HEDLUND
MEAT MARKET CUT
The developers of a planned High Linestraddling ofﬁce tower in the Meatpacking District have trimmed the size of its proposed building after the project came under ﬁre from the city and local preservationists. The Romanoff family, which owns the property, at 437 W. 13th St. near Washington St., has been seeking a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals to construct a high-rise much larger than what is allowed by zoning regulations. The previous plan — which called for a 12-story, glass-sheathed ofﬁce building, 215 feet tall and extending over the High Line, similar to the Standard Hotel just to the south — has now been reduced to 201 feet and eliminates the proposed cantilever above the new elevated park. The project’s proposed use of a 7.7 F.A.R. (ﬂoor area ratio) has been trimmed to 7.1, despite the fact that the as-of-right designation only allows an F.A.R. of 5. Additionally, the building’s cellar portion to be constructed underneath the High Line has been eliminated. The Romanoffs originally sought the “hardship” variance because the High Line passes over more than a quarter of the site, and they
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A bill requiring city agencies to assess speciﬁc infrastructure needs related to rezoning projects in order to prepare neighborhoods facing major redevelopment will be introduced to the City Council this week. The proposed measure, authored by Councilmember David Yassky, would require city agencies like the Departments of Education, Environmental Protection, Sanitation and Transportation, as well as the Police and Fire Departments, to conduct impact assessments accompanying major rezoning actions. Under the legislation, called the “Smart Development Bill,” the agencies would establish relevant and speciﬁc minimum neighborhood service standards to measure the
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Average asking rents for Downtown ofﬁce buildings have fallen more than 12 percent over the last six months, with forecasts indicating that prices could drop below $50 per square foot for the area’s highestquality properties by next year. According to a report from brokerage
impact of rezonings on community services. “When this bill is enacted, neighborhoods will be prepared with the needed schools, subway and bus lines, trash-disposal capabilities, ﬁre and police needs, among others, that too often have been ignored during the development process,” said Yassky, who is running for city comptroller. The assessments would identify current service levels in the respective area, state potential changes related to the proposed development, and include plans to implement recommended improvements in a timely manner to allow sufﬁcient time for the city to provide the appropriate resources. “For far too long, many communities have undergone signiﬁcant rezoning and development without a correlating expansion in vital city services,” said Comptroller William Thompson, Jr., a candidate for mayor. “This legislation will go a long way to protect our neighborhoods from rapid development by providing a necessary level of review during the rezoning process.” The current uniform land use review process, or ULURP, only requires the City Council, affected community board or boards and Department of City Planning to assess major development proposals. Under the bill, the city agencies would review projects’ applications and environmental impact statements (E.I.S.), and submit a report to City Planning outlining their impacts, as well as necessary changes in services or capital spending. These assessments would then accompany the rezoning application and E.I.S. as they move through the approval process. email@example.com
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Top brass and Latin ﬂash at 7th Precinct’s Night Out
The Seventh Precinct Community Council’s recent National Night Out Against Crime at Ludlow and Stanton Sts. brought community members and local police together for an evening of fun and safety. Clockwise from top left, Chief Robert Giannelli, the highranking New York Police Department chief of patrol, was on hand; so was Rabbi Blank, right, from the Bialystoker Home on East Broadway; a live band added ﬂavor to the festivities.
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Provincetown drama, as theater wall partly removed
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found to be made partly of rubble and unstable. She said she discovered the removal only last Thurs., Aug. 13. “My ofﬁce should have known about it and takes full responsibility for the communications gap,” Hurley said. Work as related to the theater will cease and will not resume until a report is made to the community within the next two weeks. “The ﬁnal shoring up of one wall of the theater is being done this week to hold everything in place, and then we’ll take a break from work in the theater part of the project,” Hurley said. Work, however, will shift to the north end of the project. Preservation of the playhouse, where Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill’s modern American plays took stage in the ﬁrst two decades of the last century, was an emotional and contentious issue last year. N.Y.U., which since 1984 has owned the building at 133-139 MacDougal St. where the 170-seat playhouse was located on the south end, agreed in June 2008 to preserve the theater’s four walls, stage and entrance and build the rest of the new ﬁve-story project around it. The project was also seen as the ﬁrst test of the “N.Y.U. planning principles,” which were adopted in January 2008 by the Community Task Force on N.Y.U. Development organized by Stringer. The principles — and, for some, the theater preservation project — heralded the beginning of harmonious relations between the university, its Village neighbors and elected ofﬁcials. The borough president said on Monday that while removal of a part of the playhouse wall may have been unavoidable, he was “outraged that the university did not pause to consult with [Community Board 2] and the task force before proceeding. “Since the adoption of the planning principles, N.Y.U. has embarked on a new path of transparency and dialogue with neighbors,” he said. “The question for N.Y.U. now is — Do you want to go back to the old N.Y.U or continue on the new path where transparency is part of the lexicon?” After learning from neighbors whose apartments overlook the street-level construction barriers that part of the theater wall had been removed, Berman recalled that the university last year initially had planned to save only the facade of the theater end of the entire project and none of the theater’s interior. “But then they made a big announcement that they had reconsidered and would preserve the four walls of the theater — less than 6 percent of the interior,” Berman said in an e-mail to The Villager. “If they are demolishing parts of the four walls, then what is the difference between their new plan and their old one, except a broken promise?” In another e-mail, Berman said, “What’s unfortunate and clear is that N.Y.U. has yet again been caught in a lie, the lie that they would preserve the walls of the theater in their entirety.” Hurley said much of what was removed was below grade level and it was a composite of rubble, paving block and brick. “The area that was brick and above grade, we will be able to replace with saved bricks and some new brick,” Hurley said, adding, “To date we have invested nearly $2 million in shoring up the existing structure and remain committed to preserving as much as we can.” She noted that her ofﬁce had a construction walk-through of the site with David Gruber — chairperson of Community Board 2’s Arts and Institutions Committee and a member of the task force — more than a month ago and prior to the discovery of the unstable section of the theater wall. “If there was an error, it was that we should have brought David or someone from the task force back to explain what the engineers were advising,” Hurley said. “My ofﬁce takes full responsibility and regrets this gap in communication.”
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Quinn on hot seat debating Passannante-Derr, Kurland
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on Kurland’s part, perhaps, since signs weren’t allowed under the debate’s ground rules.
PASSANNANTE-DERR GOES ON ATTACK
Passannante-Derr, a former Community Board 2 chairperson, went on the attack in her opening statement. “This election is about an arrogant incumbent who has turned the City Council into a rubber stamp for a right-wing Republican mayor,” she charged. “A candidate who has sold out her community — ﬁrst, with a three-district Sanitation garage, when there’s a two-district community alternative,” and second, with a marine waste-transfer station on Gansevoort Peninsula, “a station that’s 50 yards from a toddler playground, a playground where children will now ingest polluted air from Sanitation trucks that will drive into this park all day long,” Passannante-Derr said. The early questions were among the evening’s toughest for Quinn, and her responses were frequently met with some hoots of derision and cat calls from the audience, although the audience, over all, remained respectful.The ﬁrst question asked the candidates’ position on term limits and on their being overturned legislatively last year in the City Council, in an effort led by Quinn, with the backing of Mayor Bloomberg. “It is not an issue of term limits — it is an issue of democracy,” stated Kurland, a civil rights attorney and educator who, like Quinn, is lesbian. “If you tell me that you want two terms, I will listen to you, and I will respect that decision.” Quinn said she doesn’t support term limits, saying they
Villager photos by Jefferson Siegel
From left, Maria Passannante-Derr spoke at the debate, as Christine Quinn and Yetta Kurland waited their turn.
‘This Sanitation garage will be Christine Quinn’s legacy for selling out the community.’
“empower lobbyists and staff over elected ofﬁcials.” Quinn said she supported repealing term limits — which had been approved by two voter referenda — because of the recession. “I think given these extraordinary times, it was appropriate to give voters a choice,” she said. “We face now the worst economic crisis this city and state and country have seen since the Great Depression.” Wall St. provides 25 percent of the city’s taxes, she noted. But Derr said the power of incumbency makes it impossible for challengers to have a level playing ﬁeld.
fees and the legal fees of her staff,” Passannante-Derr said, referring to the attorney Quinn hired after the practice came under investigation. “The Department of Investigation’s investigation was pushed under the carpet because of Mayor Bloomberg and because of your power in the City Council,” Passannante-Derr accused of Quinn. “Thank God, we have a federal investigation going on, or we would hear nothing of this.” For her part, Quinn said, “We found out a year and a half ago that there was a very inappropriate practice going on in the City Council,” her statement meeting some groans of disbelief. “We believe it dates back to at least 1995. And when we found out that this practice was going on, we immediately asked the authorities to look into it and to investigate it. It’s a practice that never should have gone on.” Quinn added that, due to new procedures, every budget item that gets approved is now “vetted and trackable” online. However, Kurland said, “One of the most troubling things to me is that we haven’t seen the investigation on the slush funds — what happened?” Kurland said she was glad Quinn acknowledged the practice was wrong, then added: “But you must certainly have known about it, if in 2006, you were using those slush-fund monies for your district. Kurland added skeptically, “I can’t believe that the Speaker’s Ofﬁce asked the federal department to investigate them. I think the investigation was [already] going on.”
ing people who are having fun in the park — that’s not what we want.” Father Demo Square is in the South Village, not Hudson Square. Quinn added that Community Board 4 — which covers Chelsea and Clinton and which contains some of the proposed alternative sites — already has many similar municipal-type facilities. But Passannante-Derr blasted Quinn, charging, “This Sanitation garage will be Christine Quinn’s legacy for selling out the community.” Noting the neighborhood already has many FedEx and UPS trucks, Passannante-Derr said, “One
‘[Quinn’s] close alliance with the mayor stops her from actualizing that opportunity to show up and to be a ﬁghter for our community.’
COUNCIL ‘SLUSH FUND’
The next question concerned the so-called “slush fund,” under which millions of dollars of city budget funds were stashed under names of phony nonproﬁt groups. Essentially controlled by Quinn, as the City Council’s speaker, these funds were then doled out to various community groups and organizations, many in Quinn’s own district, including Friends of the High Line and even the Greenwich Village Little League. The question: “Who bears responsibility for the slush fund’s continuing until spring 2008?” Quinn became the Council’s speaker in January 2006. “There is a complete disgust with the slush-fund scandal and the fact that we are paying for Christine Quinn’s legal
SPRING ST. MEGAGARAGE
Also sparking ﬁreworks was the topic of the city’s plan for a three-district Sanitation garage on Spring St. in Hudson Square, a project Quinn approved in the City Council. Quinn said her ofﬁce continues to work with community members who oppose the three-district garage to ﬁnd an “appropriate alternative” site for the trucks from one of the Sanitation districts. Getting Sanitation District 2’s garbage trucks off Gansevoort Peninsula is required under a lawsuit settlement, she noted. In either a misstatement or just a ﬂub in which she could have used a G.P.S., Quinn said, “I think we’ve all seen the [garbage] trucks sitting around Father Demo Square bother-
hundred twenty-eight more vehicles right in the middle of a growing community. It will be 120-feet tall… . We already have the second-worst air quality in the Northeast. We already have 16 lanes feeding into the Holland Tunnel. We’re going to have a 5,000-ton, open-ended salt shed with airborne salt ﬂying all over right next to the Holland Tunnel fresh-air tower.” Passannante-Derr said she supports the community-alternative Hudson Rise plan, which would only have two Sanitation districts, plus a park on top. Kurland said she supports Hudson Rise, too, adding, “I think the problem with Hudson Square typiﬁes the problem we have in this community with the type of development and the way that development is happening. This is the perfect example of how our current councilmember can’t stand up for
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us as a community and stand up for the problems we face. It would wipe out that community,” she said of the megagarage. “We have a solution: Hudson Rise is an incredible, complex solution. “None of this development happens in this city until our councilmember says, ‘Yes, O.K.,’ and signs off on it,” Kurland added.
ON BEING COUNCIL SPEAKER
Another ﬂashpoint question asked whether Quinn’s being Council speaker — considered to be the city’s second mostpowerful ofﬁce — has beneﬁted her district or, rather, actually taken her focus off addressing constituents’ needs. Passannante-Derr didn’t hold back. “Christine Quinn is an absentee councilmember who is disconnected from the district,” she said. “She shows up for ribbon-cutting ceremonies… . She’s in the outer boroughs for photo ops. Sure, Stephen DiBrienza, term-limited councilmember in Brooklyn, gets $1 million from Christine Quinn’s slush fund — but the Visiting Neighbors got totally wiped out. How is that helping us with Christine Quinn as speaker?” (The payments to DiBrienza’s nonproﬁt group — termed a “ghost district ofﬁce” by some — in fact, started under Quinn’s predecessor, former Speaker Gifford Miller, in 2002. Under Quinn as speaker, DiBrienza’s group got more than $200,000 in 2006. On Monday, Dr. Cynthia Maurer, Visiting Neighbors’ executive director, told The Villager that the group was still hoping for $200,000 from “the speaker’s pot” of funding. “Bottom line,” Maurer said, “we still haven’t seen a contract yet and the ﬁscal year started July 1. We’re running on empty, basically. It’s scary.”) A clearly impassioned Quinn listed some of her accomplishments serving her district. “I am incredibly proud of the work that I do and my staff does every day for the residents of this district,” she said. “Whether it’s standing up with the residents on 22nd St. when they faced a landlord who was going to take over their home for use by his own, beating that back… . I’m incredibly proud of when there’s been crime in our district, the work that I’ve been able to do with our local police ofﬁcers... . I’m proud of the work I’ve done in our Housing Authority buildings, bringing them cameras that helped reduce crime in those projects, and proud of having gone door to door in those projects, to help identify problems where services weren’t being delivered, and enroll people who live in the Fulton Houses in food stamps — that’s constituent services,” she said, as her supporters burst into thunderous applause. Quinn added that park areas like Father Demo Square and J.J. Walker ball ﬁeld, which “were in desperate need of renovations,” got renovations under her. “I do think the opportunity to serve our community has been failed,” Kurland said, “I think time and time again, as the City Council speaker, she has to serve the interests of others beyond our community. ... Our community came up with a great solution to transfer the Gansevoort transfer station so it would be out of the way of children and people using the Hudson River Park — in the district still, but out of the way. That couldn’t happen because, unfortunately, Christine Quinn has to answer to a lot of people. And her close alliance with the mayor, and with other forces, stops her from actualizing that opportunity to show up and to be a ﬁghter for our community. ... I am beholden to no one but the people of the Third District.” Passannante-Derr even blamed school overcrowding on Quinn. “We have children that are now going to have to go from the Village down to 26 Broadway for middle school,” she said. “And that is a crime. That should have been addressed in the long-term capital plan. … We have school overcrowding because of Christine Quinn.”
The main room for the debate was packed to capacity, as was an overﬂow room with 40 seats. About 225 people attended the debate.
All three candidates said they back gay marriage. Each expressed disapproval of the Police Department’s bogus busts last year of middle-aged gay tourists on prostitution charges at porn video stores in the East Village and Chelsea. To address similar false arrests, Quinn said the Civilian Complaint Review Board, as before, should have prosecutorial powers, and she noted approvingly that the police commissioner’s L.G.B.T. Advisory Board has been re-established. Kurland supported creation of a Committee on Police Oversight.
‘I am incredibly proud of the work that I do and my staff does every day for the residents of this district.’
“The project will now make its way through the full land-use process,” Quinn said. “There’s more work to do — to balance the medical needs of our district with the preservation and residential needs of our district…to maximize the open space in the triangle.” Referring to Kurland’s and Passannante-Derr’s calls for creating new schools along with new development, Quinn said the City Charter should be changed so that developers “are held accountable for the services that their buildings create the need for — not just schools, but things like ﬁre[ﬁghters] and police ofﬁcers and transportation.” Passannante-Derr said the hospital’s construction will be the biggest challenge, which can be addressed through “vigilance” and monthly Community Board 2 meetings and curtailing construction hours. Kurland accused Quinn of backing a development plan for the Western Rail Yards in Chelsea lacking affordable housing. But Quinn said the plan, in fact, will be an opportunity to create affordable housing — “something we’re going to ﬁght to make sure that it happens, and is permanent,” she noted.
PROSTITUTION AND YOUTH
The three women said they back anti-bullying legislation for New York City public schools. A written audience question asked, “What are you going to do about the huge prostitution problem in the West Village? What do you intend doing about the unruly youth in the West Village?” Quinn said she was happy to see the recent reinforcements for the Sixth Precinct, including a mounted unit and an infusion of new Police Academy graduates. She said she’s “working with community members on conversations that we can have with judges” about prostitution, “particularly focused on not giving johns a pass — not letting them off the hook.” Quinn said she hopes to replicate Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s “School for Johns” program in Manhattan, “to be a deterrent, and stop people from coming to the Village.” She said a program at The Door on Broome St. put in place to help the gay and lesbian youth frequenting the Village is working, and that she’ll push to keep funding it. Taking a harder line, Passannante-Derr said, “This prob-
ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL
On another development issue, St. Vincent’s Hospital’s rebuilding project, all said they favor the hospital staying in Greenwich Village. “We need it here,” Kurland said, though adding of the project, “It is overly concerned with luxury condos being developed. This is because of the type of overdevelopment we’re seeing in this district — without the kind of urban planning and the care for the community. … The problem with St. Vincent’s is that it does not create… affordable housing — it actually displaces the community. And it also changes the look and feel of a very beautiful part of the Village.” Quinn said she was glad St. Vincent’s project changed as it went through the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s review, so that four of the hospital’s existing buildings were saved.
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August 19 - 25, 2009
Democracy in action
This past week saw Community Media lead and participate in what we think was an impressive exercise in democracy that beneﬁted and informed voters in two City Council districts. First, last Thursday, three of our publications — The Villager, Gay City News and Chelsea Now — sponsored a debate for the Democratic candidates in the Third Council District — Christine Quinn, Yetta Kurland and Maria Passannante-Derr. We thank New York University for hosting and supporting the event. Then, on Monday, The Villager and Downtown Express teamed up to sponsor a second debate, for the ﬁve Democratic contenders in the First Council District — Alan Gerson, Margaret Chin, PJ Kim, Pete Gleason and Arthur Gregory. Hundreds of New Yorkers turned out to hear the candidates state their positions on the issues, answer tough questions, challenge each other and generally make their case for why they should be elected to represent their respective districts. The debates were stimulating, thought provoking, fun and informative. And the engagement and passion of the many audience members was truly inspiring. In total, about 225 people attended Thursday’s debate and 150 more were at Monday’s debate. An impressive turnout, to say the least. What’s more, the debates, in their entirety, are now posted on our newspapers’ Web sites. Now thousands more people can view and hear all the action from both forums. It’s called democracy in action, pure and simple, and it’s part of responsible, committed community journalism. Both debates were major events. People were excited and eager to attend. As one Villager put it, describing the Quinn-Kurland-Passannante-Derr debate: “I got in line at 5:15 for a debate that started at 7 — I felt like I was in line for the Shake Shack.” One candidate in the ﬁrst debate, however, Passannante-Derr, sadly chose to go negative because Quinn was able to marshal her supporters to turn out in large numbers. Passannante-Derr has put out misinformation, and continues to do so, charging that The Villager and Gay City News somehow told Quinn’s campaign “four days” prior to the debate that tickets would be given out to let people in. In fact, the idea to give out tickets once a capacity number of people had gathered was a crowd-control measure put in place by security ofﬁcials a day before the debate — so it’s impossible anyone was notiﬁed four days prior. Passannante-Derr similarly continues to claim that Bob Ortiz-Arroyo, a supporter who uses a wheelchair, was denied access. But, as clearly shown on YouTube, Ortiz-Arroyo got in. This is a puzzling campaign strategy on the part of Passannante-Derr: to spread misinformation — on her Web site and in the press — and attack us for doing the commendable public service of holding a debate. Meanwhile, Quinn, though attacked vigorously by both her opponents, stayed cool under ﬁre. Regardless of the criticisms — some certainly legitimate — Quinn faces, that kind of steady character is what one looks for in a good leader. Kurland, too, though she had plenty of pre-debate concerns about the event’s format, once the debate started, stuck to the issues and made the most of her opportunity to get her message out and argue why she could do a better job than the incumbent. As for Quinn, though, one of her glaring failures during the debate was her refusal to own up fully to her role — a major one — in the City Council “slush fund” scandal. Quinn can’t plead ignorance of what was going on with those millions of dollars during the early years of her Council speakership. She should have done a better job coming clean last Thursday.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Gerson walks the walk
To The Editor: I don’t believe there has ever been a councilmember in District 1 that has ever reached out and responded to the needs of our communities as Councilman Alan Gerson does. Councilman Gerson has reached out to the district’s “outer areas” and has brought us together with respect for each other and our issues. Councilman Gerson, and members of his staff, have spent endless hours — and on most occasions, well after 5 p.m., respecting the fact that people have to work and cannot make meetings during the day — meeting with local people and community groups. I have never seen such multicultural groups, and groups in general, come together at meetings the way we do; each realizing respectfully that our neighborhoods have different issues, which only compounds the many challenges in District 1. We have someone in ofﬁce truly willing to work for us, listen to us, ﬁght for us and who has opened up his ofﬁce to the community — unlike his predecessor, who was way too busy with Soho — and who has tried again and again to get things worked out. He has been successful, for the most part, if we really think about it; and, if anyone thinks this is a piece of cake, they are clueless. It’s disturbing to me that the people running against the councilman are too busy focusing their campaigns on bashing rather than stating their solutions for a better and improved tomorrow and what they intend to bring to the ofﬁce. I am not interested in what Pete Gleason supposedly did in his past jobs and what his claim to fame was while in those jobs. He is so transparent, talking the talk, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will not be able to walk the walk as Councilmember Gerson does. Alan is all over District 1 and we know how huge an area it is. So what if he misses some of the “boy club” meetings in the Council? The councilman has a hands-on approach, and I’d rather have him in the trenches with the real people, hearing us, and trying to come up with solutions — which is what he has been doing. Does Gleason even know that it was Bloomberg who insisted on third terms? It’s so obvious that Gleason is attempting to distract the campaign because he has nothing to say of any substance. In these challenging times, we should be beyond Gleason’s attempt to sabotage the campaign with his childish behavior, name-calling and pickiness that he’s been putting out. Since this apparently is what he is made of, then this isn’t someone that I want in ofﬁce or that has my respect. Gleason either needs to grow up or ﬁnd a real job — which is another issue. Lillian Tozzi
The ‘livability’ candidate
To The Editor: As a senior citizen, I would like to thank Alan Gerson for his unyielding commitment to enhancing our quality of life. He has worked diligently in regard to noise pollution, as well as being instrumental in supplying such things as bath guard rails and other safety features for the elderly. Alan has also organized wonderful day cruises for The Caring Community along with out-of-pocket delicious lunches. He has always presented a kind and gentle demeanor to his many friends and neighbors. Good luck, Alan! Connie Masullo
Can’t see forest for trees
To The Editor: Re “Art war getting surreal” (letter, by Timothy Clark, Aug. 12): Timothy Clark can’t ever seem to get his facts straight. I am an advocate for trees and a member of the Arbor Day Foundation. I never opposed trees being planted in Soho. If anything, I’d like to see a lot more trees there. What I have opposed is ugly concrete planters — many of which function as garbage cans — being installed all over Soho sidewalks in order to prevent legal vendors and street artists from selling there. I am also an outspoken critic of street artists or vendors claiming permanent ownership of any particular sidewalk space. Imitating landlords and BID’s is not what artists’ free speech is about. Robert Lederman, Lederman is president, A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists’ Response to Illegal State Tactics)
All art is free speech
To The Editor: Re “Lederman’s legacy” (letter, by Lawrence White, July 29): As a longtime member of A.R.T.I.S.T., I’m responding to comments that Larry White has made concerning our president, Robert Lederman. Robert Lederman has been duly elected by the members of A.R.T.I.S.T. four times. It was with his guidance
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Cuomo waits and the G.O.P. rejoices as Paterson plummets in polls.
August 19 - 25, 2009
My brother Frank: The teacher who walked beside me
BY ALPHIE MCCOURT My brother Frank McCourt died on July 19 this year: one month, to the day, before his 79th birthday. The world took notice. Walter Cronkite died on July 17. My wife, Lynn, said that Frank waited a couple of days so that Walter Cronkite could have his moment. Frank McCourt? And Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America? In the same breath? Isn’t this a great country? Frank’s early miseries are well known, as are his teaching career, his monumental success as a writer and his vast international popularity as speaker and humorist. He has always been a strong presence in my life, along with my brothers Malachy and Michael. I will never speak to him again, nor see him. I can’t believe that. But I will have to get used to the idea. Death comes to, and for, everyone. As is well known, seven children were born to my parents. Three died and, as Malachy has pointed out, for many years the odds were in favor of the survivors. Three were gone and the four of us still stood. Now the odds have shifted. Frank was 10 years older and, from my boyhood, I remember him as being serious, austere, even: disciplined, determined and with a sense of mission. Ten years distant from any possibility of an easy relationship with him, I was a little bit intimidated. Until the day I borrowed his bike, crashed it and awaited his wrath. Wrath never came. Frank dismissed the incident without any fuss. In our Limerick, in the bleak harshness of the 1940s and 1950s, no one said I love you. But Frank didn’t chide me, or shout or threaten. No, he forbore and, to a child reared on ﬁre and brimstone, more especially on the Irish Catholic version, such forbear-
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The literary brothers McCourt: Frank, Malachy and Alphie
A crashed bike, a trek across the Brooklyn Bridge...a ﬁnal blessing.
ance, in the face of destruction and stupidity, was nothing short of love. In 1949 Frank left Limerick, the city of his rearing, and returned to New York, the city of his birth. We were left behind: Mam, Mike and myself. Malachy was already away in England. Our hearts broke when he left. A long 10 years would elapse before I came to New York. And, a couple of years later, in 1961, when I was staying with Frank and his wife in Brooklyn, Frank and I went for a few beers in a bar in Downtown Manhattan. All too soon it is 4 a.m., closing time, with the dawn coming up, too late and too early to take a subway or bus. At Frank’s suggestion we walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Two men, walking side by side; fat or thin, tall or small, rich or poor; there’s a
magic in that. We are nowhere near drunk. It would be hard to get drunk even on a succession of small 15-cent glasses of beer. But we are cheerful. By this time I am as tall as Frank, my oldest brother. Out of the night and into the day we walk, out of the darkness, into the light and the promise of the future. Only in retrospect, and only after many years, did I see the symbolism. To this day I treasure it. Ever the teacher, Frank didn’t send me or walk behind me. Nor did he lead. The teacher walked beside me. Eight or nine years later, when I was living in Dublin and attending University College, Dublin, Frank came over to work on a doctorate, at Trinity College. I was sharing an apartment with two friends. Frank lived elsewhere but he had a key to our apartment. One miserable rainy afternoon I came home to ﬁnd him in the kitchen. Standing, still in his coat, he was eating a soft-boiled egg. One single, solitary, soft-boiled egg, with no bread, no butter, no tea in sight. That was his way. Only what he needed, that’s what he took. He kept the faith. Twenty-ﬁve years later, the success of his ﬁrst book, a memoir, left him bewildered. Throughout most of his adult life he had been “only the teacher.” “Angela’s Ashes,” a saga shot through with poverty and hunger, became the engine of his success. Now even Gourmet magazine was asking him to write a piece. “Irony is my constant companion,” he would remark as he poked fun at his status as a newly minted big shot.
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Frank survived typhoid fever as a boy and endured chronic conjunctivitis. In the 1980s he would survive cancer. Having thoroughly embraced and enjoyed his dozen years of fame, he was now afﬂicted with melanoma. Treatments and hospital stays would follow, all to no avail. During his last days, in the hospice, he lies propped up in bed. Two or three other people are in the room. I indicate to him that I must leave and that I will be back tomorrow. Frank raises his right hand, the ﬁrst and second ﬁngers extended; the middle ﬁnger and the pinkie folded back, the thumb lying ﬂat. Smiling as he is, this gesture means something. I can tell. The others in the room are watching him and they laugh when he raises his hand. With the crinkle of a joke at the corners of his smile he forgives the others their laughter. Still looking directly at me, and with the same wide smile, he moves his right hand: upward, and slowly downward, then left to right, in a continuous motion. Oldest to youngest, fatherless now as we have ever been, in timeless rhythm he gives me his blessing. And without a thought I cross myself. Next day Malachy and I are with him in the room. Frank’s wife, Ellen, is away, brieﬂy, on an errand. Frank becomes agitated. His shirt is bothering him and we help him remove it. Still he tosses. We can’t settle him, can’t seem to relieve his discomfort. We decide to use the emergency device to call the nurse. “Where is it?” I ask Malachy. “It’s hanging
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August 19 - 25, 2009
Quinn on hot seat debating Passannante-Derr, Kurland
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lem has gone on for years. Youth come into the area, some are well behaved, some are not. And the ones that are not, they terrorize the community. They walk all over the cars, they defecate, they urinate, they have sex in the streets and they’re detrimental to what’s going on in the community. People have a right to walk on the street — but with every right comes a responsibility: The responsibility to act with respect for the people in the neighborhood.” Passannante-Derr proposed that the Christopher St. Pier be closed an hour earlier — at midnight. She added that, a few years ago, she’d suggested to the advocacy group FIERCE that the gay youth use Pier 54 — a blacktop pier at W. 13th St. in a less residential area — late at night, instead of Christopher St. Pier. “That was unacceptable to this group — and I don’t understand why to this day,” she said. Kurland said, “We can’t ignore that this is, in large part, the L.G.B.T. youth. We need to get those children into education programs, into youth-program services. There are things we can do without villainizing people that set them up for success, give them opportunity, that get them off the streets.” Next, a “lightning round” of questions with “yes” or “no” answers was informative, fast-paced and entertaining. Both Kurland and Passannante-Derr said they opposed a seasonal restaurant in the Union Square pavilion, but Quinn approved of it. Both Kurland and Passannante-Derr said they would support the Democratic nominee for mayor, but Quinn said, “I’m not going to make that commitment today.” As for whether the Village and Union Square area could absorb further New York University expansion, Kurland said, “These are not ‘yesno’ questions,” while Quinn said, “I agree with Yetta.” Passannante-Derr seemed noncommittal, but eventually said, “Probably not…no.” Asked if they would accept a parking placard if elected, Quinn and PassannanteDerr both said yes, but Kurland said, “I don’t know — I don’t own a car,” prompting cheers from her supporters. They all said they would decriminalize the use of marijuana. Should a police permit be required for a gathering of 50 people? was another lightning-round question, to which Kurland and Passannante-Derr answered no, but Quinn answered yes. At the lightning round’s conclusion, the energized partisan supporters erupted into cheers, each side trying to chant the name of their candidate louder than the others, while clap-
Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
Some chose to protest against Christine Quinn outside the debate. Protesters’ signs bashed Quinn on the City Council “slush fund,” as well as the planned threedistrict Department of Sanitation garage at Spring St.’s west end, which is in Quinn’s district, that she voted to approve.
ping rhythmically. After the candidates’ closing statements, things ended on a high note. As the satisﬁed crowd got up out of their seats and was starting to ﬁle out, one man
shouted out, “No third term!” The video recording of the full debate is online on The Villager’s Web site at www.thevillager.com .
Tempest in a teapot after a reporter gets miffed
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON About 15 minutes before the start of last Thursday’s Third Council District debate, civil rights attorney Norman Siegel unsuccessfully lobbied to get a reporter from another publication inside. The miffed reporter — who had arrived at the highly anticipated and well publicized event too late to get a spot far enough up in the line to get in — subsequently wrote an article headlined, “Public, Press Barred From Debate for Quinn Seat” — this regarding a free debate that had been attended by more than 200 people.
Speaking later, Siegel said one reason why he had lobbied to get that reporter, as well as a NY 1 reporter, into the debate was because Siegel has been involved in lawsuits recently involving press credentials. In one case, three online journalists who had formerly been print journalists — David Wallis of Featurewell.com, Rafael Martinez Alequin of YourFreePress, and Ralph Smith of The Guardian Chronicle — successfully sued the New York Police Department to give them press ID, after they had previously been rebuffed. The case was hailed as a groundbreaking victory for bloggers’ rights. Currently, Siegel is suing to force the Police Department to issue just one standard type of press ID, as opposed to the two current options: a Working Press pass and a plain Press pass. “That’s why I was focused on getting these two people in,” Siegel said. Plus, he said, he just felt the journalists should be allowed in. Meanwhile, Passannante-Derr, on her Web site, charged that Quinn’s campaign had been tipped off to arrive at 5 p.m. when they would get tickets to get in. However, tickets were handed out when it was estimated that a capacity crowd had formed. As of Monday, Passannante-Derr’s Web site still alleged that Bob OrtizArroyo, an activist who uses a wheelchair and had come all the way from the East Village, was barred entry. However, a YouTube video posted the day after the debate clearly showed Ortiz-Arroyo rolling through the building’s entryway. “The Villager is the culprit here,” Siegel can be heard accusing on the video as Ortiz-Arroyo was shown entering the building. John W. Sutter, The Villager’s publisher, issued the following statement the day after the debate: “Community Media was very pleased last evening to have hosted a very successful candidates forum in the Third Council District Democratic primary race. Roughly 225 people were able to be accommodated in the debate hall and a nearby overflow room; approximately 45 people were unable to gain entry. We were very happy to have worked with New York University, which provided the space for a discussion that touched on critical issues facing the Third District and the city. “A tempest has sprung up this morning about the issue of ‘ticketing,’ which unfortunately has created a red herring obscuring the basic admissions policy that was always in place. Audience members were admitted on a first-come, firstserved basis. The ticketing was a counting mechanism instituted on the recommendation of security officials concerned about a crowd of people too large to be accommodated standing around for a lengthy period of time only to learn there would be no room for them. “The limitations on attendance were based on standard Fire Department occupancy regulations. “Press were welcome to attend, and some reporters made the appropriate plans to arrive early to gain access. Others who came later cannot fairly expect to be privileged over audience members who made efforts to arrive in timely fashion to gain admittance.”
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VILLAGER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Father/son tales comprise ‘disturbing double-bill’
Irish playwright Creedon ‘good going on great’
BY JERRY TALLMER When I was a kid, if a girl gave you the air, there was always some wise guy cheering you up with the mantra: “You know what they say about women and streetcars — there’s always another one coming along.” You could more seriously, and more maturely, apply those words to Irish playwrights. The damn thing is, unlike certain non-Desired streetcars, those Irish playwrights (from Yeats and Wilde and Synge and Shaw on down to now) are always good going on great, and the latest in that endless chain is the all but unknown (in America) Cónal Creedon. Unknown no longer, thanks to Ciaran O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore’s blessed jewel box of an Irish Rep — where Creedon’s short, idiosyncratic “After Luke,” and even shorter, punchier “When I Was God,” comprise a disturbing two-hour double-bill. Idiosyncratic? Bite off any hunk of either work; it’s all as chewy as leather yet weirdly digestible. “After Luke,” set in the outskirts of Cork City, on the southern coast of Ireland, looks in on a Dadda, crusty proprietor of a small auto-body shop, and his two grown sons: the mechanically gifted, semi-articulate elder, called Son (as in Horton Foote’s “”Dividing the Estate”), though his name is not Son; the younger and slicker, not to say shiftier, is called Maneen (“little man”), though his name is not that. We never learn their real names. We never see their mother, who has an appointment with destiny in the chicken coop. We see, in Son’s retelling, the prize chicken named Reddy who with its beak helps Son strip down cars, and who (the chicken) is slaughtered, just for meanness, by Maneen, the pop-out, pop-in wandering offspring fresh back from the gaudy ﬂeshpots of London. Maneen also steals — that is to say, lays — Son’s wished-for girlfriend. We see and hear, via the three male narrative roles, a simulacrum of St. Luke’s parable of the Prodigal Son hopscotched to a longstarved and bloody Ireland suddenly ﬁnding itself the economic strong man of Europe. Fathers and sons. For instance: Son is driving Dadda — boastfully “freewheeling” (coasting) all the way downhill to the Glen Hall — for Dadda’s treasured once-aweek Bingo game.
DADAA (to audience): How in the name of Christ did I rear a half wit? A good lad. Don’t drink. Don’t smoke. Never had as much as an ounce of trouble outa; him — Strip a car down to the chassis in a half a day, so he would. Happiest out tinkering with cars? And how bad… SON: Speed bump!
AFTER LUKE and WHEN I WAS GOD
Written by Conal Creedon Directed by Tim Ruddy Through September 20 At the Irish Repertory Theatre 132 West 22nd Street For tickets, call (212) 727-2737 or visit www.irishrep.org
Photo by Carol Rosegg
Gary Gregg (left) as Son and Michael Mellamphy as Maneen
DADDA: How bad indeed? Brain of a mechanic — the hands of a surgeon. The other fella? Maneen? They’re like chalk and cheese. Chalk and cheese. Maneen’s as bright as a button. Up there he have it… Mind the cyclist, Son! The fella on the bike! Mind the fella on the bike, will ya! Jeezus! SON: Speed bump! Whereas in “When I Was God,” another glimpse of the universal built-in father/son civil war, the manifestation is not in terms of chickens or gear boxes but such cherished spectator sports as hurling, soccer, and (yes!) table tennis. Here the dialogue is terse and repetitive right up to the edge of mania, as Mother and Father argue which of those sports their young son Dinny should go out for, and whether he’s also to go to college or to work. MOTHER: You thinks you knows everything! FATHER: Sur’ Jesus! look at yourself, Missus! MOTHER: What about me? FATHER: You thinks you’re always right! MOTHER: I thinks I’m always right? I knows I’m always right… Now he’s going to college, And no more about it! FATHER: He will not! MOTHER: I said he will!
FATHER: Well I said he won’t! MOTHER: He will! FATHER: He won’t! MOTHER: He will! And of course Dinny (same actor as Mother) will go to college, and will take up ﬁrst soccer and then table tennis, after failure to master the violence-prone hurling (a close relative of lacrosse) that his father worships — and he’ll wind up as a famous soccer referee bedeviled by the ghost, or memory, of his deeply disgruntled dad. None of this would be unfamiliar to, let’s say, D.H. Lawrence, or, for that matter, George Orwell. What hasn’t been heard before is the thorny voice of 48-year-old Cónal Creedon of County Cork, Ireland, who, from all reports, is a lot gentler in the ﬂesh than on paper. “I had only met him on the telephone until he came over with his partner” — a lady named Fiona — “for a week during our rehearsals,” says Tim Ruddy, the director of the twin-bill at Irish Rep. “He’s a real gentleman, a lovely guy, incredibly gracious; went to every performance.”
The only head shot of Creedon that this writer could scare up from Google revealed a face rather like an Irish potato. Ruddy describes him as “average height, stocky build, more on the order of Brendan Behan than Samuel Beckett.” Yet Ruddy, himself a County Mayo man, had never heard of Creedon until being asked, last year, to direct a stripped-down black-box American premier of something called “When I Was God” for an Irish theater festival at Greenwich Village’s Manhattan Theater Source. What he found out was that Cónal Creedon was a documentary ﬁlmmaker and novelist as well as playwright. “Cork is a ﬁercely proud city,” says Tim Ruddy, noting that County Cork was the home sod of martyred Michael Collins. “When Cónal came over this time, he had T-shirts made up for all of us [actors and director] that featured a red star — a Chinese Communist star — and the words ‘Republic of Cork.’ ” The several roles in both ends of the bill at Irish Rep are fulﬁlled by Gary Gregg, Colin Lane, and Michael Mellamphy. More power to them — and to Charlotte and Ciaran’s ﬁercely proud Irish Republic of West 22nd Street.
“IN THE LOOP” (-)
This alleged satire, which received fourstar treatment from other critics, left me with a ho-hum and sorry feeling that I had wasted an evening seeing it. The humor is predicated on American and British diplomats seeking to embarrass one another. The Americans seek to plan a war against a Middle Eastern country, and
the British want to stop them. The principal British diplomat, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), is the most amusing member of the cast. He is not against the war but does not want to get into any trouble over it. He worries endlessly over whether he should resign. His press agent and new employee is Toby (Chris Addison). The British public relations ofﬁcer and loudmouth of the group who insults everyone is Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). U.S. General Miller (James Gandolﬁni) upholds America’s honor, and Karen (Mimi Kennedy) is a female diplomat
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August 19 - 25, 2009
Our best bets, 2.0
BY SCOTT STIFFLER Last week, we took a look at a mere twenty of the dozens and dozens and dozens of shows which comprise FringeNYC — that annual marathon smorgesboard of theater, dance and miscellaneous oddities packed with more thespians than a barrel full of bloated, budget-busting Broadway babies. Here are a few more of the many offerings taking place through August 30. Now in its thirteenth year, this wildly uneven, curiously curated multi-arts festival has birthed many genuine works of genius — while bestowing its seal of approval on more than one yawn-inducing, head-scratching debacle. Often rough and frayed at the edges but ultimately elegant in form and noble in function, its $15 per-show ticket price means you can take more than a few chances before your bill totals the cost of just one Broadway show. For FringeNYC tickets and information, visit www.FringeNYC.org or call 866-468-7619. Discount passes to multiple shows are available.
truths of life as they once, very recently, knew it. At SoHo Playhouse.
THE SONGS OF ROBERT
Writer/actor John Crutchﬁeld plays all the parts — in addition to playing a clawhammer banjo and slide guitar while singing. All that, and more, is done in the service of telling this tale (set in the south) of the difﬁculties faced by a teenage boy. At CSV Cultural and Educational Center.
One woman, ten characters and more than a few tall hats join forces for a wicked romp through the minds of those who worship at a Black Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn. Funny, devilish and heavenly all at the same time, this irreverent look at religion gets its groove from live gospel music and questions posed regarding faith, loss and hat size. At Dixon Place.
The fourth entry in a series of ecologically-inspired “Planet Plays” ﬁnds a community of ex-patriot twentysomethings on the volcanic surface of Venus. Their mission? Share a pancake breakfast and try not to self-destruct when a strange, beautiful girl suddenly appears to disrupt the proceedings. Hey, we’ve all been there. At CSV Cultural and Educational Center, Flamnoyan.
Writer/performer Elizabeth Audley’s story about optimism, patriotism and driving around is based on the silly, strange, quirky adventures from a very long 2007 summer road trip during which she “developed an enormous crush on America.” At The Actors’ Playhouse.
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Elizabeth Audley and her car, Timmy, traveling “All Over”
COMPLETE AMERICAN JAKATA TALES
Classic Indian Buddhist stories are retold for your amusement — in an allegorical, supremely American manner. Take a trip down South with the Buddha and discover what needs to be learned in this lifetime in order to be reincarnated as something better the next time around. At The Studio @ Cherry Lane. This serious comedy centers around two obsessive linguists, a determined child and a charismatic guru. Together, this motley crew (each with their own agenda) clash over the power and perversion of language. At The Studio @ Cherry Lane Theater.
JACK AND THE SOY BEANSTOCK
Wide Eyed Production’s zany ecofriendly take on the timeless childhood fairy tale recasts the Giant as a big business baddie. Jack’s lesson this time around involves self-reliance, conservation and good old fashioned ingenuity. This family-friendly show gets the job done with lots of comedy; and puppets! At Dixon Place.
VICTORIA AND FREDERICK FOR PRESIDENT
It’s 1872, and Victoria Woodhull is about to run for president (with Frederick Douglas as her VP). Many years before Clinton and Obama made history, Victoria and Frederick were blazing trails that would leave their modern counterparts in the dust. At The New School for Drama.
DANCES IN FUNNY
Five funny ladies bring movements as sharp as their wits to the table in this manic mashup of dance and original text that promises to be darkly danced; or danced funny; or some such combination of parts whose whole turns out to be something you’ve never seen before and certainly weren’t expecting. At The Robert Moss Theatre.
BABY WANTS CANDY
The titular comedy troupe presents an improvised musical (with a full band) which is created when the audience shouts out titles of musicals that have never been performed before. The ﬁrst title BWC hears, clearly, becomes the launching point for the next sixty minutes of spontaneously created comedy. At The Players Theatre.
M: AN ADAPTATION OF SHAKESPEAR’S MACBETH
This show sees Shakespeare performed by a compact trio of actors. The Three Witches use black magic and prophetic visions to morph into every character — spinning a breakneck, abridged version of the well-worn tale whose name no superstitious thespian will say aloud. At The Actors’ Playhouse.
THE W. KAMAU BELL CURVE
Subtitled “Ending Racism in About an Hour,” this tidy, efﬁcient multi-media performance takes sixty minutes to do what America hasn’t been able to manage in several hundred years — all at the hands of W. Kamau Bell (who’s already secured his place in history by telling “the very ﬁrst Obama joke back in 2005”). At The Players Loft.
ECTOSPASMS BE THE DOG
Mankind’s complex relationship with man’s best friends gets put under a microscope in this tale (tail?) taken from the stories of Dave Eggars. Four actors play a variety of characters whose lives are all changed by one very exuberant dog. At The Robert Moss Theatre. When ectoplasmic entities contact the Fox sisters of Hydesville, NY in 1848, the trance-driven practice known as Spiritualism is born. See mediums and spirits move within a supernatural soundscape, illuminated by light, projections and otherworldly oddities. This multi-media dance theater piece plays at The Robert Moss Theatre.
WILLY NILLY PEACE WARRIORS
Four academics and a teenage girl get more than they bargained for when they break that rule about not getting personal when it comes to discussing politics. Academic ambition, Middle East conﬂicts, old affairs and new seductions all ﬁgure into the volatile mix. At The Players Theater. Piper McKenzie (the theater company whose brains are the brawn behind Brooklyn’s Brick Theater) presents “Willy Nilly” — a “musical exploitation” timed to coincide with 40th anniversary of the Manson family and the Tate-Labianca Murders. This self-proclaimed “tasteless rock’n’roll spoof” tells the tale of a ﬁlthy faux-Messiah, his cult of wanton women and high Hollywood murder — through copious amounts of gore, gratuitous nudity and cruel stereotypes. The man behind this ambitious affront? Trav S.D. — a Villager contributor and proliﬁc renaissance freakazoid. At Dixon Place.
CAMP SUPER FRIEND
This kid-friendly story follows the adventures of Marvel — a superhero who doesn’t know how to be a super-friend (until he arrives at Super Camp and must rise to the challenge of saving his peers from the evil Professor Nemesis). At The Cherry Lane Theater.
Just as an early winter storm moves in, two strangers meet at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Bound together by proximity, and anonymity, they reveal their innermost secrets — and, in the process, ﬁnd both danger and refuge. At The Studio @ Cherry Lane.
When the town of Loki, North Dakota (population 8) gets one more mischievous resident, the original 8 must reconcile the temptations and opportunities of the modern world with the comfortable, convenient
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FringeNYC: Where it’s at
FringeNYC is a great opportunity to reconnect with (or discover) some of downtown’s most creatively ambitious theaters. Here’s information on all of the FringeNYC venues. Drop by or visit them online to discover what’s playing all year long. VENUES #1, #2 CSV Cultural and Educational Center (Milagro) and CSV Cultural and Educational Center (Flamboyan), 107 Suffolk Street (Rivington & Delancey Streets; csvcenter.com) VENUE #3 Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (Rivington & Delancey Streets; dixonplace.org) VENUE #4 The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street (Avenue A & Avenue B; connellycenter.org/theatre) VENUE # 5 Theatres at 45 Bleecker — The Lafayette Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street (at Lafayette; myspace. com/45bleecker) VENUE #6 The Robert Moss Theatre, 440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor (Astor Place/ East 4th Street; 440studios.com)
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VENUES #8, #9 The Players Theatre and The Players Loft, 115 MacDougal Street (West side of MacDougal, just south of West 3rd Street; theplayerstheatre.com ) VENUE #10 Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (6th Avenue & MacDougal Street; 212-420-8000) VENUE #11 The Actors’ Playhouse, 100 Seventh Avenue South (Grove & Bleecker; actorsplayhouse.org) VENUE #12 The New School for Drama Theater, 151 Bank Street (West & Washington Streets; drama.newschool.edu ) VENUE #13 The Cherry Pit, 155 Bank Street (West & Washington Streets) VENUES #14, #15 The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Studio @ Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, (7th Avenue & Hudson Street; cherrylanetheatre.org) VENUE #16 The SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (6th Avenue & Varick/7th Avenue; sohoplayhouse.com) VENUES # 17, #18 HERE Arts Center (Mainstage) and HERE Arts Center (Dorothy B. Williams Theater), 145 6th Avenue (Enter on Dominick, one block S of Spring; here. org)
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PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Preschoolers 3-5 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, and related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood. Sept 9, 3:30 p.m. at the New York Public Library (Jefferson Market Branch); 425 Avenue of the Americas. Call 212-243-4334, or visit nypl.org. MEDLEY OF THE ARTS SUMMER CAMP Part of the children’s programs at the Greenwich House, this camp is designed for 3 and 4-year-olds (with an afternoon session for 2-year-olds). Children participate in a wide variety of activities, including music, movement, art, dress-up, story-telling, plus water play and planting in a tree-shaded garden. Registration is ongoing at Greenwich House Music School. Call 212-242-4770, or visit greenwichhouse.org. GAME ON Does your teenager like Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 or PS2 ? Let him or her challenge friends to a game in the library or take part in tournaments. For ages 12 to 18. Sept 11, 3:30 p.m. New York Public Library- Jefferson Market Branch. 425 Avenue of the Americas. Call 212-2434334, or visit nypl.org. Gallery, 197 East Broadway (between Jefferson & Clinton St). Visit edalliance.org/ artschool AVEDON-A COLLECTION OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS Shown in memory of the Late Mr. and Mrs. Comfort, this exhibition is an extraordinary tribute to the best in fashion photography. Through Aug 28. Stanley & Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway. Call 212-966-6223, or visit stanleywise.com. CLAIRE SHERMAN AND MARIA E. PINERES AT DCKT CONTEMPORARY Two solo exhibitions: new paintings by Claire Sherman and new needlepoint works by Maria E. Pineres. Through Aug 22. DCKT Contemporary, 195 Bowery. Call 212741-9955, or visit dcktcontemporary.com. MID-19TH CENTURY UNDERWEAR Take a peek at rarely seen “unmentionables” of the 1850s and 60s, including a lady’s chemise, corset, drawers, stockings, and cage crinoline. $8 General, $5 Students & Over 65. Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street. Visit merchantshouse.com. THE GLOBAL POLIS-INTERACTIVE INFRASTRUCTURES If you’re interested in how today’s giant cities came into existence, this exhibition is for you. It addresses the ideas of architecture, planning and design. Entrance to the Galleries is free. Through Aug 29. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. , Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. AIA The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and W 3rd Strees). Call 212-683-0023, or visit cfa. aiany.org. ICONS OF THE DESERT- EARLY ABORIGINAL PAINTINGS FROM PAPUNYA The exhibition showcases art created by Aborigines from Central Australia. Exhibition opens on September 1. Grey Art Gallery-NYU. 100 Washington Square East. Call 212-998-6780, or visit nyu.edu/greyart. TOY SOLDIERS Toys aren’t just for kids. The history of these miniature but mighty fighters is presented in this unique exhibition. Visitors will be able to see inch-high Aztecs and conquistadors, Indians encircled by a stagecoach, bands marching, knights jousting, and doughboys fighting mock battles. Free. Ongoing. The Forbes Galleries, 62 Fifth Ave (at the corner of Fifth Ave and 12th St). Call 212-206-5548, or visit forbesgalleries.com. son Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street. Call 212505-3474, or visit lepoissonrouge.com. PHIL VASSAR The artist labeled the hardest workingman in country music in concert at the Highline Ballroom. $25. August 26, 8 p.m. The Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th Street, (between 9th and 10th Ave). Call 212-414-5994, or visit highlineballroom.com. JONAH SMITH A New-York based singer, songwriter and pianist; Smith transcends musical genres to create a unique concert experience. Ages 21 and over. $15, Aug 28, 8 p.m. at The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street. Visit boweryballroom.com. HAPPY ENDING MUSIC AND READING SERIES The event fatures the most interesting storytellers, writers and musicians. It requires the readers to take one public risk, while the musicians perform two short sets with their original music and one cover song. $15. Sept 2, 7 p.m. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street. Visit joespub.com. INTRODUCTORY ART CLASS WORKSHOP The 2-hour hands-on art workshops are just $20 with materials included. Available workshops include: drawing, portrait drawing, clay, abstract painting, welding and cartooning. Registration required. Sept 13, 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; call 646-3954236, or visit edalliance.org/artschool. OUR HIT PARADE The show is inspired by the musical sketch series “Your Hit Parade” that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. $20. Aug 26, 9:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pub,; 425 Lafayette Street. Call 212-539-8777 or visit joespub.com. COMEDY NIGHTS AT THE VILLAGE LANTERN Every night there’s a different comedic flavor at this local joint. Enjoy Pauly’s Candy Store” at 9 p.m. on Mondays or “Friday Night Funnies” at 9 p.m. on Fridays. List of events is available online. The Village Lantern, 167 Bleeker St (Sullivan/Thompson) Call 212-260-7993, or visit villagelantern.com. L I K E 2 L A U G H ’ S S U N D AY S O I REE Comics new to the scene are given the opportunity to showcase their talent. Free. Every Sunday, 7 p.m. at Botanica; 47 E Houston Street. Call 212-343-7251. FREE HEARING SCREENINGS AT THE LEAGUE FOR THE HARD OF HEARING Every Wed from 12-2 P.M. and every Thurs. from 4-6 p.m.; the League for the Hard of Hearing is located at 50 Broadway, 6th Floor. To schedule an appointment, call 917-305-7766, or email them at email@example.com. PUBLISHING IN EXILE-GERMAN LANGUAGE LITERATURE IN THE U.S. IN THE 1940S This exhibition brings together, for the first time, the literary works of those who escaped national socialism in their home countries in the 1930s and were forced to write abroad. Leo Baeck Institute New York, 15 W. 16th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Call 212-744-6400, or visit lbi.org. 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THE GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIES The show offers an overview of the Village’s history in a form of an oldschool musical. $35. Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. through September 27. At Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 McDougal St (between 8th St and Waverly Place). Tickets can be ordered by phone: 212352-3101 or online: thegreenwichvillagefollies.com. LINE The longest running off-off Broadway show in NYC history-now in its 35th year. The plots centers around five people waiting in line…The line of life. $20 (seniors and students with ID: $15.00) Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.13th Street Repertory Company, 50 W 13th Street. Call 212-675-6677, or visit 13thstreetrep.org.
THE BIG QUIZ THING A live trivia event’s 200th Episode Spectacular. $400 in cash prizes. $10. Aug 31, 7 p.m. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street. Call 212505-3474, or visit lepoissonrouge.com.
DRAMA.QUEENS.DRAMA Michael Harris’ first New York solo show focuses on the phenomenon of the modern female icon-the quick rise to fame and the downfall into tragedy. Opening reception- Sept 10, 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through October 4. Sarit Chalamish Gallery, 547 W 27th St (5th floor). Call 917-828-3130. THE BETTER HALF- ARTIST COUPLES ON DISPLAY The exhibition presents young artist couples who are balancing careers, creating art and being married to another artist. Free. Opening receptionSept 10, 6-8 p.m. Educational Alliance Art
SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB Enjoy a jazz performance and a Sunday brunch at the same time. $24.50 includes brunch, the show and a drink. Sundays, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 E 3rd Street. Call 212-475-8592, or visit bluenote.net/ newyork. CAROLINE GOULDING AND CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY Goulding, an extremely talented young violinist and O’Riley, an acclaimed artist and pianist will share a stage to create a unique musical evening to remember. Sept 8, 6:30 p.m. at Le Pois-
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who wants the American war plan exposed. Most of the Brits have heavy accents and more than half of what they said was unintelligible to me. Although there are some funny gags, overall I did not ﬁnd the script humorous due to the fact that most of the humor is predicated on everyone talking obscenely and constantly using the F-word. It may be that hearing distinguished characters continuously express themselves with a stream of obscenities is funny in Britain. Queen Victoria, however, would have said, “We are not amused.” Neither was I. Although the ﬁlm has been playing for several weeks, I was surprised that there were fewer than 20 people in the audience when I saw it at 7:30 p.m. on a Friday evening at the IFC. In this case, the audience was more astute than the critics. While I would not recommend this ﬁlm to you, I would urge you to see a movie of your choice at this theater. Their seats are as comfortable as living room chairs and there is plenty of space for people like me with long legs. HS said: “I rather liked the movie, ephemeral as it was. The plot is basically bureaucratic inﬁghting among British politicians and their minders. The actors zip around, curse each other, and plot leaks. The ﬁlm’s premise is anti-war; if you’re smart enough to make a movie, you know war is beneath you.” Rated R, 106 Minutes. At the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West Third St.). Screenings vary daily. Call 212-924-7771 or visit www.ifccenter.com. Closes August 25.
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DANCES FROM HOME
Maureen Fleming: “The Immortal Rose”
Born in Japan, choreographer and performance artist Maureen Fleming is an American master of Butoh (an avantgarde movement developed in post-war Japan). This gallery installation/performance celebrates her 25 years as a NYC artist with a retrospective of her photography, video and live work. By the time you exit, Fleming hopes you’ll have reconsidered the notion of home as the crossroads between place of origin and that ultimate dimension beyond death which we’ve all got an appointment with. Plus, the dancing is nice. On view daily from August 22 through September 4 (with live installation presentations Saturday through Monday, August 22 – 24, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.). At La MaMa La Galleria (6 East 1st Street, between Bowery & 2nd Avenue). Admission is free; donations encouraged. For more information, visit maureenfleming.com.
Poised to satirize contemporary songs
OUR HIT PARADE
Inspired by the 1935-1959 radio and TV musical sketch show “Your Hit Parade,” this new version is designed for a very different generation. Structured as a satirical live top-ten countdown show, “Our” reimagining of that solid comedic premise sees downtown stars performing their own original renditions of current popular songs. Kennny Mellman (of Kiki & Herb fame) and Neal Medlyn are two of the brains behind the curtain. Special guests include Myles Kane, Molly Pope, Kalup Linzy and the alwayspopular “many others.” August 26, 9:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St.). For reservations and information, call 212-539-8777 or visit joespub.com.
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“System Patterns in Housing” by the Institute without Boundaries
Curious about things to come in the world of 21st century urban infrastructure? “Global Polis: Interactive Infrastructures” looks at approaching city planning as a complex social, political, and ecological matrix. Policy wanks will drool over the exhibition’s series of workshops and public programs — and the general public will swoon over the forward-thinking drawings and diagrams. Free. Through August 29 at The Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets). For exhibit information and CFA hours, call 212-683-0023 or visit cfa.aiany.org.
12 FLUTE SOLOS
Lower East Side Performing Arts, which creates free cultural programs in neighborhood libraries and community spaces, presents “Where are the Women? 12 Flute Solos by Women Composers.” Renowned Photo by Milton Fletcher flutist Andrew Bolotowsky Andrew Bolotowsky, in will perform the works of, a 2008 concert among others, Jennifer Post, Joyce Hope Suskind, Tui St. George Tucker, Beth Anderson, Elodie Lauten, Lynn Wilson and Judith Sainte Croix. Not familiar with their work? Ten minutes on Google will leave you appropriately impressed. August 22, 2 p.m., at the Hamilton Fish Park Branch of the New York Public Library (415 Houston Street, near Ave D). Free. For information, visit lesperformingarts.org.
MANDALA: THE PERFECT CIRCLE
Buddhist Cosmic Diagrams come to life in this exhibit which thoroughly transports the viewer from the 8th to the 21st century — by displaying some of the oldest known mandalas (large paintings found in the Dunhuang caves in northwestern China) alongside virtual, computer-generated varieties. This exhibition is the first of three in “The Cosmologies Series” — RMA’s continuing investigation of how different cultures visually represented the universe. Come for the mandalas and your own search for meaning; stay for the wide array of Himalayan art! Through January 2010; at The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). $10 admission (special rates for students, seniors, artists, neighbors). Call 212-620-5000 or visit rmanyc.org.
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The Enlightened One, Jewel Born (Tibet; 14th century; pigments on cloth)
August 19 - 25, 2009
ROCK HOUSE GROUP LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/1/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP, Attn. Charles Klein, Esq. 605 Third Avenue 34TH Floor New York, NY 10158. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 ONE DAY PARTNERS, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/12/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Corporation Service Company 80 State Street Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Corporation Service Company 80 State Street Albany, NY 12207. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 ARC SOLUTIONS LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/13/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Andreas Ryll And Lisa Gottesman 201 East 77TH Street Suite 20B New York, NY 10075. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PHIPPS CG III, LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/29/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 902 Broadway, 13th Fl., NY, NY 10010. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. ofﬁce. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JOHN F. KRUSE, DDS, PLLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/04/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 630 5th Ave., Ste. 1818, New York, NY 10111. Purpose: profession of dentistry. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CCB STRATEGIES, LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 04/24/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1057 2nd Ave., Apt. 4B, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HFP INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 06/04/09. LLC Formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/17/08. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 685 5th Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARTISAN INVESTMENTS GP LLC Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 6/30/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 875 E. Wisconsin Ave, Ste. 800, Milwaukee, WI 53202. LLC formed in DE on 3/26/09. NY Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF EAST RIVER RETAIL SYSTEMS LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/22/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 450 7th Avenue, Ste. 1401, NY, NY 10123. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 NAME OF LLC: STRYJ, LLC Art. of Org. ﬁled Dept. of State of NY on April 14, 2008. NY county off. loc.: New York Cty. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Sec. of State shall mail a copy of process to: Olshan Grundman, Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP, 65 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022, Attn: Samuel P. Ross, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/15-8/19/09 A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: Notice of Formation of A Professional Service Limited Liability Company (PLLC)Name: Metropolitan Urology, PLLC Article of Organization ﬁled by the Department of State of New York on 5/6/2009 ofﬁce location: County of New York. Purpose: Medicine. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 242 East 72nd Street, Suite 1B New York, NY 10021. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 FOUR G 23RD STREET REALTY LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/13/2008. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Kimberly D Justice Suite 4G 620 West 171 Street New York, NY 10032. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 MANHATTAN COVERS LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/23/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 1583 First Ave APT 4D NY, NY 10028. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Zbigniew Jakowiak 1583 First Ave, APT. 4D NY, NY 10028. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 FLORAWORKS LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/4/2004. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 366 Amsterdam Ave, #132 NY, NY 10024. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Alon Hacohen 366 Amsterdam Ave, #132 NY, NY 10024. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BAM CAPITAL HOLDINGS, L.P . Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/18/2009. Ofﬁce location: NY Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/12/2008. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Bam Asset Management L.P. 135 E 57th Street, 27th Fl. NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF COMPASS FINANCIAL ADVISORY, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/29/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/23/09. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 825 Third Ave., Ste. 203, NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. ofﬁce. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF WAVERLY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/08/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/23/09. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 90 W. Houston St., Apt. 3B, NY, NY 10012. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. ofﬁce of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with State of DE, Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CITY FUELS LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/27/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 4353 Broadway, NY, NY 10033. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BEDFORD 61ST STREET ASSOCIATES, LLC Art. of Org. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/9/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Nat. Reg. Agents, 875 Ave of the Americas, Ste. 501, NY, NY 10001, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MC GREENPORT, LLC Art. of Org. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/1/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Metropolitan Council, 80 Maiden Lane, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE WEDDING DIRECTOR, LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 4/24/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LU NING ARCHITECTURE, PLLC Articles of Organization ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/30/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the PLLC is to: The PLLC, 55 E 87th St, 7M, New York, NY 10128. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: USA AUTO TRADERS LLC Articles of Organization were ﬁled with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/19/09. Ofﬁce location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o The Law Ofﬁces of Spar & Berstein, P.C., 225 Broadway, Suite 512, New York, New York 10007. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PHILMEDIA, LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/16/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Cliff Sloan c/o PhilMedia, LLC, 95 Morton St., NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF M AND B PARKING LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/29/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 50-25 Barnett Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil 7/22-8/26/09 ALPARI SECURITIES, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/30/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 14 Wall Street, Suite 5H New York, NY 10005. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PUPS TO GO, LLC AMENDED TO PUP TO GO, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/21/2009. Ofﬁce location: NY Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/18/2009. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Meena Mansharamani 524 E. 72nd St #29C NY, NY 10021. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4 Dover, DE 19901. Registered Agent is Meena Mansharamani 524 E. 72nd St #29C NY, NY 10021 Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF FLY ON THE WALL FILMS LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/10/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Altman, Greenﬁeld & Selvaggi, 200 Park Ave. South, 8th Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BROADSWITCH MOBILE LLC Articles of Organization were ﬁled with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/16/09. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2060. Ofﬁce location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Blueswitch, 61 Broadway, Suite 2710, New York, New York 10006. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BARBARA L PORTMAN, LLC Article of Organization ﬁled with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/26/09 Ofﬁce location NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Ofﬁce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is C/O the LLC 7014 13th Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. Street address of Principal Business location is: 860 Fifth Avenue. New York, NY 10065. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF POLYMODAL LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/19/09. Ofﬁce location: NY Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 875 Avenue of the Americas, Ste. 501, NY, NY 10001, also registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF E-PLAY, LLC Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 6/12/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in OH on 6/15/04. NY Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. OH and principal business addr.: 1177 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43212. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with OH Sec. of State, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43266. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES, LLC Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 2/26/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 450 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203. LLC formed in DE on 1/15/69. NY Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF HARVEST PARTNERS, LP Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 7/14/09. NYS ﬁct. name: New Harvest Partners, L.P. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LP formed in DE on 3/3/06. NY Sec. of State designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: Harvest Partners, LP, 280 Park Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. DE addr. of LP: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Name/addr. of genl. ptr. available from NY Sec. of State. Cert. of LP ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HIGHLAND PROJECT CAPITAL GROUP LLC , Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/14/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TRAINING CONCEPTS CONSULTING, LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on June 2, 2009. Ofﬁce location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Shira Bordoloi, 126 East 57th Street, #3B, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KY 270 BROADWAY LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/7/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Fox Rothschild LLP, 100 Park Ave., Ste. 1500, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 23NYC FIDI LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/08. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Filippo Cinotti, 50 Broad Street, Ste. 1911, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 7/29-9/2/09 BEAUTY EMPOWERMENT, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/17/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Arnie Herz, Esq. 14 Vanderventer Ave., STE 255 Port Washington, NY 11050. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 JUNKO Y. CUSICK CONSULTANTS, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/3/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 425 Fifth Avenue #19D New York, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 THE ROMERO FIRM LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/27/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Custodio Anibal Romero 271 W 47TH Street Suite 44B New York, NY 10036. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 WORKLAB CONSULTING, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/9/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 21 East 10TH Street, APT. 11C New York, NY 10003. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 FAIRWAY FUND VIII LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/31/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Kriss & Feuerstein LLP C/O Kenneth P. Horowitz 360 Lexington Avenue 12TH FL New York, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 FIXITSOLIFE LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/7/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 34 West 12TH ST APT 3R New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 MODOLOGY, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/19/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Ohanes Garabedian 204 West 14 Street, #3D New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 WARCOMM, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/20/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Wayne A. Ross 158 West 144TH Street, Suite 5B New York, NY 10030. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09
August 19 - 25, 2009
SLR LEASING LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/6/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Scott Roth 800 6TH Avenue, APT 27E New York, NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF JUN GROUP PRODUCTIONS, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/30/2009. Ofﬁce location: NY Co. LLC formed in Connecticut (CT) on 12/13/2005. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to THE LLC 21 West 39TH Street, Suite 4A NY, NY 10018. Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with CT Secy. of State, 30 Trinity Street Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF LRZ STRUCTURED CAPITAL, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/05/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/04/09. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: c/o Enterprise Asset Management, Inc., Attn: General Counsel, 521 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1804, NY, NY 10175. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. ofﬁce. DE addr. of LLC: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, Cnty. of Kent, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SC STUDIO NEW YORK LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/21/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: Moses & Singer LLP, Attn: Ross J. Charap, 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. ofﬁce. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NEWRO PROPERTY LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/22/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 19 W. 34th St., NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. ofﬁce. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BELLAFARE LLC Articles of Organization ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 7/20/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Bellafare LLC, 261 W 28th St, #3A, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF VIP SPECIAL SERVICES, LLC Application of Authority ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/13/09. N.Y. Ofﬁce Location: NY County. LLC formed in New Jersey, on 04/12/05. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon to the LLC: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 875 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 501, New York, NY 10001. The Principal Business Address of the LLC: 583 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. Purpose of LLC: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF INDIGO SHOWROOM LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 06/03/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 545 8th Ave., Ste. 14NC, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BREAD AND BUTTER MARKETING, LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 04/30/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Philip F. McGovern, Jr., Esq. Connoll Foley LLP, Harborside Financial Center, 2510 Plaza 5, Jersey City, NJ 07311. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KIMMERICH, LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 07/15/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Herve N. Linder, Ernst & Linder LLC, 17 Battery Pl., Ste. 1307, New York, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF M-K SOUTH BROADWAY ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 01/11/02. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Kenart Realties Inc, 10 W 47th St., NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ISABEL SCHARENBERG CREATIVE MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 06/04/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marie-Isabel Scharenberg, 417 E. 6th St., #2, NY, NY 10009. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GRAMERCY PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/06/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 205 E. 16th St., Apt. 1A, NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LEWIS JACOBSEN ARCHITECT LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/20/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP, 250 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10177. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF OR BOOKS LLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 07/06/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Colin Robinson, 213 W. 21st St., #3B, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SHAHIN GHARIB MD, PLLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/06/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Corporation Service Comp., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: profession of medicine. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GOTHAM WELLNESS ACUPUNCTURE, PLLC Arts. Of Org. ﬁled with Sec. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 07/01/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 96 Craftsland Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Purpose: profession of acupuncture. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ESV SAILING LLC Authority ﬁled with the SSNY on 05/07/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 05/13/2008. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O the LLC, 225 Broadway, Ste 3407 , NY, NY 10007. Address required to be maintained in DE: 108 West 13th St. Wilimington, DE 19801. Cert of Formation ﬁled with DE Div of Corps, 401 Federal St - Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 867 MADISON, LLC Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 7/1/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 867 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10021. LLC formed in DE on 4/4/05. NY Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NAME OF FOREIGN LLC: NIELSEN MOBILE, LLC App. for Auth. ﬁled NY Dept. of State: 5/8/09. Jurisd. and date of org.: DE 6/10/98. County off. loc.: New York Cty. Sec. of State designated as agent of foreign LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Sec. of State shall mail copy of process to: Nielsen Mobile, c/o The Nielsen Company, 770 Broadway, NY, NY 10003, Attn: Tax Dept. Addr. of foreign LLC in DE is: 615 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Auth. ofﬁcer in DE where Cert. of Form. ﬁled: DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MTI SHOWSPACE GP LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/30/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Music Theater International, 421 W. 54th St., NY, NY 10019, Attn: Drew Cohen. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MTI SHOWSPACE L.P . Certiﬁcate ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/1/2009. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LP, c/o Music Theater International, 421 W. 54th St., NY, NY 10019, Attn: Drew Cohen. Name/ address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Term: until 12/31/2108. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF GENESIS PARTNERS REAL PROPERTY HARLEM, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on June 12, 2009. Ofﬁce location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on May 15, 2009. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o GENESIS CORNERSTONE PARTNERS, LLC, 594 Broadway, Suite 1107, New York, NY 10012. DE address of LLC: c/o Karim Hutson, 55 Cascade Lane, Suite A, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CHAMPION PARKING 77 LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/10/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 655 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NAME OF FOREIGN LLC: STYX SPV-1, LLC App. for Auth. ﬁled NY Dept. of State: 6/23/09. Jurisd. and date of org.: DE 6/19/09. County off. loc.: NY Cty. Sec. of State designated as agent of foreign LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Sec. of State shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 299 Park Ave., NY, NY 10171. Addr. of foreign LLC in DE is: c/o National Corporate Research, Ltd., 615 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Auth. ofﬁcer in DE where Cert. of Form. ﬁled: DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/5-9/9/09 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a restaurant wine license has been applied for by the undersigned to sell same in restaurant / pizzeria under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 133 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 for onpremises consumption. Pizzanini, Inc. Vil 8/12/09 & 8/19/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RENEWABLE COMMUNITIES, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/2009. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Renewable Communities, LLC c/o Law Ofﬁces of Howard Goldman 475 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10016. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil 8/12 – 9/16/09 PIG & OX PICTURES, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/7/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 201 East 30TH ST. APT. 37 NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Robert Demarco 201 East 30TH ST. APT. 37 NY, NY 10016. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 ADVANCE YOUR IMAGINATION LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/22/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Mirlet Auguste C/O Ayi-First Taste NYC 208 W. 29TH ST., Suite 406 New York, NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 MIMI & ME LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/7/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 320 West 86 Street #5C New York, NY 10024. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Name: ONY Protection, LLC. Articles of Organization ﬁled with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 7/15/09. N.Y. ofﬁce location: New York County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to ONY Protection, LLC, c/o Omni New York LLC, 885 Second Avenue, 31st Fl., Suite C, NY, NY 10017. Name/address of each member available from SSNY. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EXCELERATE DISCOVERY, LLC Application for Authority was ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on July 30, 2009. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Principal business address: Piedmont Center North, 3575 Piedmont Road, N.E., Building 15, Suite 900, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. LLC formed in Georgia (GA) on August 25, 2008. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Avenue, Suite 100, Albany, New York 12205. GA address of LLC: Piedmont Center North, 3575 Piedmont Road, N.E., Building 15, Suite 900, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Articles of Organization ﬁled with GA Secretary of State, Corporations Division, 315 West Tower, #2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Atlanta, Georgia 30334-1530. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BLUE SPRING SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED App. for Auth. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/19/09. Ofﬁce loc.: NY County. LLC org. in Gibraltar 7/3/08. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to c/o CTC, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. Gibraltar ofﬁce addr.: Helen Bonavia, 10 Blackwood Tower, Brympton, S. Barrack Rd., Gibraltar. Art. of Org. on ﬁle: Registrar of Companies, Companies House Gibraltar, 1st Fl., The Arcade, 30-38 Main St., Gibraltar. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ORIZZONTE CONSTRUCTION INTERNATIONAL LLC Articles of Organization ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/30/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him is C/O the LLC 55 Broad Street 15E, New York, N.Y., 10004. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 ROLLER RINK 515 LLC a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) ﬁled with the Sec of State of NY on 6/25/09. NY Ofﬁce location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/ her to The LLC, 515 W. 18th St., NY, NY 10011 General purposes Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ARCHER SPE OFFSHORE I, L.L.C. Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/24/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/23/09. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 570 Lexington Ave., 40th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Joshua Lobel at the princ. ofﬁce of the LLC, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 Articles NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CROSSBORDERS, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/03/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/29/03. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 207 W. 25th St., Ste. 507, NY, NY 10001. NYS ﬁctitious name: CROSSBORDERS OF NEW YORK, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. ofﬁce. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Corp. Dept., Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Production services. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF KOTP INVESTORS I LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/27/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. Princ. ofﬁce of LLC: 135 W. 18th St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to James A. Pappas at the princ. ofﬁce of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF THE LAW OFFICE OF FIONA OLIPHANT, ESQ., LLC of Organization
ﬁled with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/16/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: PO Box 250166 New York, NY 10025. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil 8/12-9/16/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CLARITY SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/25/09. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 298 Mulberry St., Apt. 7H, NY, NY 10012. Address of the principal ofﬁce: 665 Broadway, Ste. 503, NY, NY 10012. Address to be maintained in DE: 615 South DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste 4., Dover, DE 19901 . Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 8/12-9/16/09
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and leadership that we won our fight against the city, the Parks Department and Mayor Giuliani. We went up against the city’s 600 lawyers, the Corporation Counsel, and won decisions in six courts. Robert’s extensive knowledge of the vending laws and the First Amendment made that possible. We can now sell and display our work on the streets and in the parks of New York City without a permit. Whereas Larry White’s position on street artists is one of exclusiveness, wanting to form a special forum or panel to pass judgment on what is or is not art, Robert’s is one of inclusiveness — all speech, art, is protected and need not pass a test to qualify as free speech. If we exclude some artists for failing to pass our “test,” then their speech is dependent on how well they do on the test, which amounts to prior restraint on that speech. Jack Nesbitt by Sheryl Canter, Aug. 12): I was happy to see you printed my letter until I read it through and noticed you added something that made it inaccurate and totally changed the point. You wrote (I did not write!) that Nicola would not let me sit down “without ordering.” Wrong! She would not let me sit down, period. Her policy is that everyone in a party must be seated at once, and no one can come along later, even if they order. I had every intention of ordering, but she would not let me sit down in the empty chair across from my mother. Sheryl Canter
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and she filled in the author/activist about the judicial bash that had occurred the night before. Lopez talked extensively with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sotomayor at the Supreme soiree. “Ruth Bader Ginsberg loved her — she told her that she was beautiful,” Rosen reported. “Margarita said Ginsberg was very elegant, dressed in gloves.” Mendez said Lopez, now a top-ranking official at the New York City Housing Authority, went as a representative of Mayor Bloomberg and of NYCHA, whose housing in the Bronx Sotomayor is a product of. There was apparently no ill will expressed over the fact that Lopez is currently working in a Republican administration. N.Y.U. HELPED BIG TIME: The Villager would like to thank all those at New York University who helped make our Council District Three debate last week become a reality, and ensured that it went off without a hitch. Alicia Hurley, N.Y.U. vice president of government and community engagement, deserves the biggest thanks, as well as Marie Spears, event coordinator; Amanda McEntire, Lisa Kail and Marcia Maxwell, line guards (they let in Bob Ortiz); Jack Brefﬂe, timekeeper (he used his iPod); Christopher James and the N.Y.U. audiovisual shop, and Gary Parker. CORRECTIONS: Contrary to the claims of Scoopy, who gave her a surprise promotion last week, Bethany Jankunis will not be provost, but assistant to the provost of Polytech University of New York University. Also, as opposed to what was stated in an article in last week’s issue on the bulging-bricks emergency at 2 Fifth Ave., former Mayor Ed Koch didn’t reside there when he was mayor. “I lived at 14 Washington Place before I was sworn in as mayor,” Koch told us. “Then, I lived at Gracie Mansion for 12 years. On Jan. 1, 1990, I moved to 2 Fifth Ave.” Additionally, the photo caption on last week’s talking point page misidentiﬁed one of the individuals as Robert Hammond, when it was his Friends of the High Line co-founder, Joshua David.
High Line’s high costs
To The Editor: Re “High Line plan is too taxing, neighbors cry” (news article, Aug. 12): The High Line stood for about 25 years with little or no maintenance. In this state it became a treasure that had to be preserved. Now it takes $3.5 million to $4.5 million a year to maintain? Find a way to make the High Line less costly or tear it down, but don’t raise taxes. Charlie Walker
Didn’t sit well with writer
To The Editor: Re “They showed no sympathy” (letter,
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JUNOON NYC LLC. Articles of Organization Filed with Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 6/11/09. Ofﬁce located in NY county. SSNY has designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC: Rajesh Bhardwaj, 56 Trautwein Cresent, Closter, NJ 07624. Vil 8/19 – 9/23/09 DREAMS ANIMATION LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 8/3/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 590 Madison Avenue, 21ST Floor Manhattan, NY 10022. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 D & C MCKEEGAN LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/6/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC Mckeegan & Shearer PC 192 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 MHT VISIONS LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/19/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O Mona Temchin 509 East 81ST Street Apt 16 New York, NY 10028. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 BOMBSHELL TAXI LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/20/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 313 Tenth Avenue NY, NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent: Evgeny A. Freidman 313 Tenth Avenue NY, NY 10001. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 EXPERT NETWORK GROUP LLC , Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/17/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC Attn Mark S Wolkstein 201 East 15TH ST APT 4C New York, NY 10003. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 FANTASTIC PAW, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/28/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Michael Gregory 360 West 21ST Street 2K New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 MS. TEASE DANCE STUDIO, LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/27/2009. Ofﬁce in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC 129-08 7TH Ave, 1ST Floor College Point, NY 11356. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SECOND BUTTON LLC Art. of Org ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/27/09. Ofﬁce location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, 1350 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, Attn: Thomas G. Huszar, Esq.. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF C/S 12TH AVENUE LLC Authority ﬁled with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/2/02. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 7/31/02. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Peter Sharp & Co., Inc., 545 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that license number 1229697 has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a hotel under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 128 West 29th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001-5301 for on-premises consumption. BRISAM WEST 29 LLC d/b/a DOUBLETREE HOTEL MANHATTAN-CHELSEA Vil 8/19/09 & 8/26/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF DEAN FOODS OF WISCONSIN, LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/27/09. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/27/09. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, registered agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil 8/19-9/23/09 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MAN INVESTMENTS (USA) LLC Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/4/09. Ofﬁce location: NY County. LLC formed in Illinois (IL) on 3/14/98. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the IL address of LLC: The LLC, 123 N. Wacker Drive, Ste. 2800, Chicago, IL 60606. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with IL Secy. of State, 501 South Second St., Springﬁeld, IL 62756. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil 8/19-9/23/09
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT COURT OF PROBATE, DISTRICT OF NEW HAVEN REGIONAL CHILDREN’S PROBATE COURT
NOTICE TO Lindon Lewis, whose last known residence was in the town of , NY. Pursuant to an order of Hon. Salvatore L. Diglio, Judge, a hearing will be held at New Haven Regional Children’s Court, 873 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511 on September 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM on an application for Removal and Appoint Guardian concerning a certain minor child born on May 7, 2000. The Court’s decision will affect your interest, if any, as in said application on ﬁle more fully appears. RIGHT TO COUNSEL: If the above-named person wishes to have an attorney, but is unable to pay for one, the Court will provide an attorney upon proof of inability to pay. Any such request should be made immediately by contacting the court ofﬁce where the hearing is to be held. By Order of the Court Frank J. Forgione, Judge
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My brother Frank: The teacher who walked beside me
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by the side of the bed,” Malachy answers. I look for it, without success, and I continue to search, while Malachy insists. In the end, I get down on my hands and knees. Malachy, with his busted leg encased in the big black boot, begins the search on his side of the bed. Neither of us can ﬁnd the device. I have a ﬂeeting vision of Malachy, Mike and myself, all of us under the bed searching for the device, and the nurse arriving in. “Where is everybody?” she would ask Frank. “Where have your brothers gone?” “Damned if I know,” would be his response. “The behavior of my brothers has always been a mystery to me.” And he would sink back on his pillow, resigned, as always, to our vagaries. That was my imagining. In the event, Malachy’s wife, Diana, had gone to summon the nurses. Frank never had been overweight and now there is not an ounce of excess. His spirit, whatever that is; his dreamer, his inspiration, the ﬁne tuner of all his lives and of his brilliant articulation, all are pulling away. He tosses and turns from side to side. No matter how he has been positioned in the bed, his feet always seem to ﬁnd purchase against the rail at the foot. Now he moves his legs up and down, as if practicing for takeoff. A distillation is taking place, a fever without fever, as his spirit gains its complete ascendancy. And a smelting, as his body, reduced to its essentials, takes on a sheen and an extraordinary beauty. Years ago Frank told me that he was strongly attracted to the writings of J. Krishnamurti, to the idea that we should abandon all the grandiose notions and practices of established religion, that we should look with wonder at whatever is before us, and that, toward everyone and everything, we should behave in a just, loving and compassionate manner. He didn’t say this in so many words, but that was the message. Be guided by justice and love. That’s the most practical approach. I hadn’t seen or sensed any angels at Frank’s bedside. No secular spirit-guidesfor-hire, either. I doubt that he would want them. Instead, I believe, he had been getting himself into ﬁghting trim, accepting change as it came, as he always did, shedding all excess baggage and preparing for the trip. Then the nurses come. With care and tenderness, they move him up in the bed, adjust and plump up his pillows and settle him. Soon he is asleep, and he will continue in sleep. There is talk of seizure, of complications. I think I know better. On his left side, now, and with his left palm under his chin and his chin slightly raised, in the thinker’s classic pose, peacefully he sleeps. Only days later, on Sunday afternoon, family and friends were present at the hospice. I was not. Having stayed with him all night, I was at home when the call came. At a little after 3 p.m. Frank had stopped breathing. His body had ﬁnally wound down. It is very sad. The knowledge of his absence is sometimes overwhelming. The memory of that earlier day, that day of exaltation, offers some consolation. A few years ago he said to me: “We are all we have, the brothers, the women and the children.” Now, of course, we are one less. But maybe, after a nice rest, and God knows he deserves it, in another 66 years, or however long it takes to reach retirement age, Frank will break away from the mass of the great vibration and, once again, lend his voice to the shunned and the excluded.
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trash-talking during a game back in 2003, on the part of the Demons, she added. A player on the Rehabs then found some “pornographic pictures” on the Web, Demon players in sundry positions, and the Rehabs printed the pictures and stuck them on the backs of their jerseys for the next game. From there, the rivalry has reached seemingly historic proportions. “We’ve never met in the championship,” said Moore. “Last season we lost to them in the quarter-ﬁnals, but we pelted them with water balloons anyway.” The Demons and the Rehabs are two of the 18 teams, all with equally interesting names, that make up the Blacktop Street Hockey League (B.T.S.H.) and who play their games in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday afternoons from March to October. Most of the names have stories to go along with them. The Mexican Standoffs are named after a drink at a bar frequented by the team manager. And then you have the Filthy Gorgeous, named after a Scissor Sisters song, and Cobra Kai of “The Karate Kid” fame. Hang out at the Tompkins blacktop and you’ll hear people yelling, “Go Math!” (There’s a team named the Mathematics) and “Come on Filthy!” But funny names aside, B.T.S.H. has become a stalwart among the recreational beer leagues that inﬁltrate the city’s park ball ﬁelds and blacktops during the summer. It’s nearing its tenth anniversary, and since its inception in 2000, it has expanded from six teams to 18 and expects to once again expand to 20 or 22 teams next year. There’s even a free-agent pool with players hoping to get picked up in the off season. The skill level ranges from nonexistent, someone who has never held a hockey stick in his or her life, to advanced, players who’ve spent years playing minor league ice hockey. Bob W. has been the league manager since 2002 and can always be found at the blacktop in Tompkins Square on Sundays,
Villager photos by John Bayles
Some recent Blacktop Street Hockey League action from Tompkins Square Park, above, celebrating a goal; below, stick-handling the ball.
‘Obviously, some of the women play very aggressively. But keeping women in the mix reminds the men not to be jerks.’
answering people’s questions, picking up trash and generally keeping a watchful eye over all things B.T.S.H. Of his seven-year tenure as league manager, Bob W. said, “It’s a culture. It’s a lifestyle and it, you know, becomes your social focal point. You create so many friends and associations doing this job, and it’s really rewarding and everyone is very community minded and appreciative. Not a weekend goes by on a Sunday when I’m not thanked 25 times. And not a weekend goes by when people aren’t offering to help out in any way they can.” B.T.S.H. is one part of the soon to be incorporated nonproﬁt Urban Hockey Association. Once the umbrella organization ﬁnishes the necessary paperwork to become a legitimate 501(c) (3), B.T.S.H. and its sister league, MOFO Hockey (mofohockey. org) — which plays in a rink, Moffo Rink, instead of on a blacktop, at Tanahey Park near the South Street Seaport — will be joined by a youth league that Bob W. promises will be less, er, beer oriented. “What we’re trying to do is to start a program that we hope to grow throughout the city — an introductory youth street hockey program, free of charge,” Bob W. explained. “It will involve basic instruction, skills and strategy. Physical ﬁtness obviously will be part of it, and we hope to teach the kids goods sportsmanship and teamwork as well.”
He said it will be a mix of skills training and scrimmaging and will be totally separate from B.T.S.H. Bob W. said the tentative the youth league’s starting date will be sometime in the fall. B.T.S.H., and MOFO too, is hockey in sneakers, not rollerblades or in-line skates. There’s a ball instead of a puck and there is no body checking. B.T.S.H. has other rules, such as always having at least two girls playing on the blacktop for each team. And the female factor is essential to B.T.S.H. The league was actually founded by two women; one has since moved to Los Angeles and the other stepped back to raise a child. In Bob W.’s eyes, having the girls involved is one way of making sure the machismo is kept to minimum. “It forces the teams to incorporate the women in a meaningful way,” he said. “And it lessens the aggression. Obviously, some of the women play very aggressively. But keeping women in the mix reminds the men not to be jerks.” Because of the two-women rule, currently it’s easier to get into the league if you’re a female. Ashley McMass is one example, currently playing in her ﬁrst B.T.S.H. season. She played Division I ﬁeld hockey for Columbia, just graduated and is now looking for a job. She plays on Filthy Gorgeous. Haanwa is another female and is on the Mexican Standoff. She’s been playing since 2002. “It’s great hanging out with all these wonderful people,” McMass said. “And it’s nice exercise. It’s not like I can afford a gym membership.” That seems to the combination that lures most of the players into B.T.S.H.: It’s an easy way to meet people from different backgrounds — there are freelance artists, engineers, physicists, musicians and doctors — and it’s a fun way to stay in somewhat decent shape. Eli Kazin, works in advertising and plays on the Mathematics; when the team was formed, one of the founders was in grad school for physics. Their team jerseys are gray T-shits and their logo is the variable “X” under the square-root sign. Kazin also manages the B.T.S.H. Web site (BTSH.org). His only hockey experience prior to B.T.S.H. was gym ﬂoor hockey in high school. “It’s the only outdoor, athletic thing I do,” he noted. Kazin said it’s a fun way to ﬁll the weekends; athletic activity and beer drinking when there are no football games to watch on television. But Kazin, along with Bob W., also mentioned the competiveness of the league. While it’s all fun
and games, some teams certainly want to be in the championship when all is said and done. “Any time someone is keeping score, there is competition and nobody wants to be on the lower side of that score. That’s just a fact of life,” said Bob W. Kazin said there’s the occasional suspension and players get tossed out of the games for breaking the rules or for just being stupid. When it comes to wanting to win, he echoed Bob W.’s remarks. “It’s just an aspect of human nature. When you’re competing and keeping score, people are going to be competitive. No one wants to show up and lose every week.” For more info on B.T.S.H., like how to join a team, visit the Web site BTSH.org .
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