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City playing
prevent defense
on school gym?
BY JULIE SHAPIRO “In a tight year when the
The $2.25 million ear- city is cutting back projects,
marked for Millennium High it’s pretty tough to justify
School’s gym could disap- keeping this money on hold
pear unless the city finds a indefinitely, which is why
place for the gym soon. there needs to be a light at
The $2.25 million accumu- the end of the tunnel…. This
lated slowly, over several bud- should be done this year.”
get cycles, as local politicians Gerson, who is leav-
advocated for Millennium to ing office at the end of the
get a gym. But once the fund- year, expects to speak with
ing fell into place last year, the School Construction
thanks to allocations from Authority later this week
Assembly Speaker Sheldon and hopes the city commits
Silver, Councilmember Alan to a site before the end of
Gerson and the city, progress December.
on the gym halted as the city Millennium Principal
said none of the proposed Robert Rhodes has been
sites would work. fighting for a gym since his
“I find it inconceivable school opened in a Broad
and totally unacceptable St. office building in 2003,
that after all the money was only to find a new obstacle
allocated many months ago, at every turn.
they could not have come The initial plan was to
up with a site,” Gerson said. build the gym on the 34th

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Downtown Express photo by J.B. Nicholas

With about 15,000 people crossing Church and Vesey Sts. during a peak hour, the intersection is believed to be

Woman crushed the busiest pedestrian crossing in the country. One pedestrian manager, a former Corrections officer, says it was
easier to manage inmates than the crowds near the World Trade Center site.

by truck in bike lane A cross to bear on Church
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Hospital. But as of Tuesday,
In a gruesome accident, there seemed to be growing BY JULIE SHAPIRO During a peak weekday hour, 14,800 fly as people rush to their offices in the
an elderly actress from hope that she would pull The pulsing intersection of Church people cross Church St. at Vesey St. morning and the PATH trains in the
Westbeth was partially run through after her stomach and Vesey Sts. in Lower Manhattan Schwartz predicts the number will afternoon.
over by a Parks Department surgery. is a sea of buses, trucks, taxis, con- soon climb above 15,000, as Goldman But whether they realize it or not,
garbage truck while riding In an e-mail to Downtown struction vehicles — and, most of all, Sachs opens its new headquarters a the thousands of pedestrians are actu-
her motorized scooter in Express on Tuesday, Miriam pedestrians. couple blocks away in Battery Park ally part of a carefully choreographed
what is supposed to be a Chaikin wrote, “My beloved More people traverse this block at City. dance, where each step is timed down
protected bicycle lane last sister is seriously damaged. rush hour than any other curb in New For the floods of commuters, resi- to the second using computer models.
Thursday morning. She passed one crisis yester- York City, the country, and perhaps the dents and tourists who pass through The goal of the chains and whistles is
Initially, Shami (pro- day and has more to go. But world. this intersection at the northeast cor- to keep traffic flowing and to keep the
nounced Shah-mee) Chaikin, she holds on against great “There is no street that has a higher ner of the World Trade Center site, it pedestrians safe.
78, was listed in critical odds — and we pray.” density, including Times Square,” said often feels like barely organized chaos Not everyone appreciates the effort.
condition at St. Vincent’s Toni Dalton, a friend of Sam Schwartz, a traffic consultant as pedestrian managers hold yellow Of several dozen people who spoke to
whose engineering company helps chains to stop people from crossing
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ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-26 ting C.B. 1’s approval, especially because the addition is
POSH SQUASH PENTHOUSE set back over 20 feet and will not be visible from Pine St.
CLASSIFIEDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The most exclusive penthouse in Lower Manhattan Landmarks chairperson Roger Byrom, who toured
could soon be coming to 60 Pine St. the club with other C.B. 1 members last week, was also
That’s the location of the Down Town Association, a pleased that the owners are removing modern additions
C.B. 1 Meetings private club for businessmen (and more recently women)
founded in 1859. The club is planning a three-story addi-
like a fire escape from the building and are adding his-
toric features.
The upcoming week’s schedule of Community tion to the landmark six-story building, including squash The Down Town Association was Lower Manhattan’s
Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other- courts and bedrooms for members. first social club and boasted such notable members as
wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the “We’re a social club,” said Mark Altherr, a financial Franklin Roosevelt. Members have access to club ser-
board office, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 analyst and president of the club. “And social clubs these vices including daily meals, humidity-controlled cigar
at 6 p.m. days need bedrooms and athletic facilities.” storage, a barbershop that gives facials and pound-for-
The squash courts will be the only ones in Lower pound, one of the largest men’s rooms anywhere.
ON MON., NOV. 16: The Waterfront Committee Manhattan, Altherr said. The bedrooms will be conve-
will meet. nient for members who live out of town, or local mem-
bers can use them to put up visiting relatives. GAY HEAT
ON TUES., NOV. 17: The School Rezoning Altherr said the club has been considering the expan- The goo goos have never gone ga ga for former
Task Force will meet at 5:15 p.m., and the Youth & sion for about 15 years, but they just started seeking Republican State Sen. Majority Leader Joe Bruno, but
Education Committee will meet at 6 p.m. approvals now. He will be presenting the designs, by dare we say that politics can make for some strange
Page Ayres Cowley Architects, to Community Board 1’s bedfellows — we would of course only be speaking
ON WEDS., NOV. 18: The Tribeca Committee Landmarks Committee this Thurs., Nov. 12. After the metaphorically.
will meet at 6:00 p.m., and the Battery Park City board issues an advisory resolution, the city Landmarks The goos or good government groups often saw Bruno
Committee will meet at the B.P.C.A. at 1 World Preservation Commission will weigh in. as one of the chief roadblocks to Albany reform, but on
Financial Center, 24th Fl., at 6:00 p.m. Altherr hopes to open the addition to the club’s nearly Tuesday, Dick Dadey, leader of Citizens Union, urged
700 members in the beginning of 2012. Senate Democrats to follow the example of Bruno who
ON THURS., NOV. 19: An information session on It looks like the association has a good chance of get- “courageously” let a gay rights bill reach the floor for
helicopters will take place at the board office at 4:30 debate in 2000 even though Bruno knew it couldn’t pass
p.m. and the Quality of Life Commitee will meet at 6 without Democratic support. Dadey, also the former
p.m. head of the Empire State Pride Agenda, is urging the
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Dems to allow an open debate and vote on gay marriage
even though a few Democrats oppose the measure.
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M.T.A. promises faster M15 buses by next September
BY LESLIE PICKER increased. Through the new program, city officials hope both
“Faster and more reliable.” That was the catchphrase the the subway system and the bus system can have the reputa-
city Department of Transportation and M.T.A. officials used tion for fast, reliable and comfortable transit.
to describe their newest innovation for a more efficient bus The first phase of the program was instituted along
system during a presentation to the Community Board 1’s Fordham Road in the Bronx about one year ago. Officials said
Seaport/Civic Center Committee on Tuesday night. it increased ridership by 10 percent, and decreased the aver-
The joint project is called Selective Bus Service, and it will age bus rider’s travel time by 20 percent.
run 8.5 miles on the M15 route along First/Second Aves., “If we could decrease travel time from 125th St. to South
Allen St., Madison St., St. James Pl., Pearl St. and Water St. Ferry, I don’t see how anyone could be against that,” said
The city’s target date for implementation is Sept. 5, 2010. The Robert Marino, M.T.A. deputy director of government and
goal is to create a speedier travel experience for bus commut- community relations.
ers on the eastern side of Manhattan. But several members of the Seaport/Civic Center
“Buses in New York City are very slow. They’re the slow- Committee had their reservations. Committee member Joe
est in the country among large cities,” said Joseph Barr, the Lerner said that bus lanes might cause even greater delays if
director for transit development in the D.O.T.’s Division of people park their cars there.
Planning and Sustainability. “When you have police officers on every third block on
S.B.S. will be speedier than the M15 due to several new First Ave., and they start ticketing cars, you’ll see how fast
features, said D.O.T. and Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses can go,” said Lerner.
officials. It will mandate that customers pay for their ride ahead Some of the committee members were concerned about
of time at outdoor machines instead of holding up the bus swip- the bus lanes causing greater congestion among commercial
ing MetroCards inside. There will also be a bus signal priority, and car traffic. Others said that buses do not always stay in
a special type of technology, which holds green lights for buses. their lanes when an obstacle like a parked car is standing in
Bus lane hours will be expanded and enforced to ensure freer their way. Cars in the regular lane often need to “stop short”
space for bus travel, said the D.O.T. and M.T.A. to let buses in, said committee member Ann DeFalco.
The new bus program will replace the M15 limited stop In response, the D.O.T. officials said that they were mid-
line and will have a few less stops. There are three bus stops in way through a traffic analysis of the plan, but believed there
the C.B. 1 district that will be affected by the new bus system: to be extra capacity along the route to host bus lanes.
South Ferry, Wall and Water Sts. and Fulton and Pearl Sts. Other members were concerned about fare evasion due to
The stops just to the north will be Madison and Catherine Sts., the outdoor paying machines and the potential for lost rev-
Grand and Allen, and Houston and Allen. enue. But to deter free riders, inspectors would walk through
During their presentation, D.O.T. and M.T.A. officials the buses to make sure that everyone has paid, according to
included a study indicating that the current buses were the M.T.A.’s Marino.
only in motion for half of an average rider’s commute. Due “If you get caught without a receipt on the buses, you get Selected Bus Service on the M15 route will have
to slow bus speeds, bus ridership has remained stagnant a $100 ticket,” he said. “It’s the same fee as if you jump the express stops where riders will pay before the bus
throughout the past 15 years while subway ridership has turnstiles at the subway station.” comes.

Downtown housing votes
One week after Mayor Mike Bloomberg on the East Side, particularly in city-subsidized
won reelection over challenger Bill Thompson, housing. His best showing was at the N.Y.C.
the detailed results show that Bloomberg per- Housing Authority’s Vladeck Houses between
formed solidly across most of Downtown. He Madison and Water Sts., where he received 209
took major housing complexes on both the votes to Bloomberg’s 43. One of Bloomberg’s
East and West Sides, including Battery Park most solid wins was in northern B.P.C., where
City’s Gateway Plaza, where he got 380 votes he took 207 votes compared to Thompson’s 35.
to Thompson’s 111, and Confucius Plaza in The data was compiled by Downtown Express
Chinatown, where he received 486 votes to from a New York Times breakdown of unof-
Thompson’s 157. Overall, Thompson did better ficial results by election district.

Bloomberg votes Thompson votes
(percentage)** (percentage) **
Gateway Plaza 380 (77 percent) 111 (23 percent)

Independence Plaza North* 505 (57 percent) 386 (43 percent)
Downtown Express photo by Julie Shapiro
Southbridge Towers * 178 (73 percent) 66 (27 percent)

Cortlandt’s finishing touches Confucius Plaza 486 (76 percent) 157 (24 percent)
The refurbished entrances to the Cortlandt St. R/W station on Church St. got
a fresh coat of paint last week in preparation for their opening sometime in Knickerbocker Village* 262 (64 percent) 146 (36 percent)
December. Only the northbound platform of the station will be accessible next
month; the southbound platform won’t open for about two more years. The Chatham Towers* 141 (59 percent) 97 (41 percent)
whole station has been closed since 2005, and until recently the northbound
entrances were covered in blue plywood. Local residents hope the northbound *Results are drawn predominantly from the complexes listed, but they may include some adjacent residential
platform will reopen in time for the Christmas shopping season, benefiting buildings or omit one building in the housing community.
Century 21 and other Downtown businesses near the World Trade Center site.
** Percentages refer only to those who voted for Bloomberg or Thompson, not those who picked other mayoral
4 November 13 - 19, 2009 downtown express

Transit Sam
The Answer man
BY SAM SCHWARTZ rule. Talking on a cell phone is not a defense ticket? Pedestrian ramps are confusing and tion. Also include a map of the area with a north
for parking in a No Standing zone. the street was not marked where I parked. arrow. Your summons should be dismissed.
Dear Transit Sam, In the future, either use a hands free All that being said, I don’t condone block-
I was driving Downtown and was recently device or find a legal parking spot or a “No John, Pearl St. ing of pedestrian ramps. I did look up 183rd
cited for talking on my cell phone during the Parking” zone instead of a “No Standing” and Arthur on Google Street View (what a
police department’s most recent crackdown. zone. You may plead “guilty with an expla- Dear John, great tool for these questions) and I believe you
Here’s the scenario: I was driving and pulled into nation” and hope for a reduced fine. I don’t parked adjacent to St. Barnabas Hospital. I
a “No Standing” zone to field a call. I happened think a judge will find you not guilty. Pedestrian ramps, I agree, are confusing, did see an “unmarked” ramp which is about 50
to pick up my phone before I was completely and are not always easily defined. I have feet south of a marked crosswalk. So I could
stopped, though I was in the process of pulling Transit Sam asked the Dept. of Transportation to better see how someone would miss the ramp because
off to the side. Do I have a leg to stand on? highlight these crosswalks through signs or there is a nearby crosswalk. I am also asking
markings or both. the D.O.T. to review the intersection design to
Kelly, Tribeca Dear Transit Sam, But, John don’t worry about the ticket. make the pedestrian ramp more visible.
On a recent trip to the Bronx, I received There are so many things wrong with it, it’s
Dear Kelly, a ticket for blocking a pedestrian ramp. The an embarrassment to the N.Y.P.D.: Transit Sam
You literally spoke a moment too soon. ticket describes the vehicle as a “BUIC” Incorrect car make is grounds for an
Unfortunately, the officer observed you talk- and “4Dr,” while my vehicle is a two-door automatic dismissal. (“4 Dr” vs. 2 door will Sam Schwartz, a former first deputy com-
ing on your “mobile device” with the car in Toyota. The ticket states that I was parked not result in a dismissal). missioner of city transportation, is president
motion. Even if you were in the No Standing on the SS Arthur Ave 60ft E of E 183 St. I Arthur Ave. runs north-south so the “SS and C.E.O. of Sam Schwartz Engineering,
zone, if your engine was on, the officer may consulted a map (I found the ticket in the Arthur Ave.” is meaningless. “60 feet east a traffic engineering consulting firm to
cite you (although some judges would dis- windshield wiper well after I arrived home of 183rd St.” is also meaningless since 183rd private and public entities including the
miss such a ticket, being very literal about to Lower Manhattan) and it looks like I was St. runs east-west. Port Authority at the World Trade Center
“vehicle in motion.”). You also could have parked on the north side of Arthur Ave. Plead Not Guilty, explain the errors as I’ve site. Email your questions to TransitSam@
been cited for violating the “No Standing” about 60 feet from E. 183 St. Can I beat the listed above, and send in a copy of your registra-

on Oct. 30 and charged him with threat-
Teen burglary bust
POLICE BLOTTER Police arrested Sylvia Daly, 18, and her
boyfriend, Jeremy Roman, 17, on Sun., Nov.
15 and charged them with the Sept. 20 bur-
ening the host of a party near Essex and
Delancey Sts. with a box-cutter after a
Friday night argument with the 44-year-
old victim. Senquiz was freed pending a
glary of the Sohotel at 341 Broome St. at Dec. 7 court appearance on charges of
Canal accident Yank fans jam ferry Bowery. The suspects stole laptop computers menacing and criminal possession of a
A truck jumped the curb at Canal St. The crush of Staten Islanders at the and a cell phone from the hotel, police said. weapon.
and the Bowery early Wednesday afternoon Yankee ticker-tape parade on Fri., Nov. 6
and plowed into a building on Canal St. caused a near-riot at the Whitehall and St.
Eight people were transported to Bellevue George ferry terminals, but there were no Market theft
Hospital, all with non life-threatening inju- arrests, police said. An employee of Jubilee Market, 447 Soho boutique entry
ries, an F.D.N.Y. spokesperson said. Two Two men who were injured at Whitehall Broadway, left his office at 1:34 p.m. Thurs., A burglar who entered the Michael Kors
of the patients were in serious but stable when some travelers tried to force open Oct. 22 and returned at 3 p.m. to discover boutique at 101 Prince St. around 6 a.m.
condition late Wednesday afternoon, and the the sliding doors to the ferry slip were that $1,700 had been taken from a cabinet, Oct. 23 walked out with several handbags
others had been released, the spokesperson taken to Downtown Hospital with minor police said. A surveillance camera recorded a with a total value of $12,000, police said.
said. In addition to the truck, four other injuries, and one passenger sustained a stranger, a white man, in his 20s, 6’2” and 190 An employee who came to work at 8 a.m.
vehicles were involved in the accident. Local minor leg injury at the St. George termi- pounds, entering the office through an open found the front door unlocked, but it was
politicians including Borough President Scott nal. Police cleared the terminal near South door after the employee left, police said. not known whether it had not been locked
Stringer and State Sen. Daniel Squadron have Ferry and service was suspended shortly the night before or if the burglar had forced
said this intersection near the Manhattan before 2 p.m. and resumed after 3 p.m. it open, police said.
Bridge needs to be made safer and they both when extra ferries were provided to serve Menacing on Essex St.
renewed these calls late Wednesday. the crowds. Police arrested Matthew Senquiz, 16, — Alber t Amateau

Chabad Lubavitch Torah Education Services Inc. at 845 Eastern
Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11213, a nonprofit organization, is seeking
quotes for equipment and materials under the Bureau of Justice Funding.

Work includes: design and installation of closed circuit television equipment,
electronic security systems, and access control.
and provide primary contact, telephone, fax and email address.
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Disabled woman badly injured after truck accident
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Chaikin’s at Westbeth Artists Housing, wrote in an e-mail
Monday that “Fay just called me. And they put a feeding tube
inside her stomach and they think the bleeding mostly came
from her shoulder. The doctors feel positive now that SHAMI
is going to make it... It’s looking good. HOORAY!!”
The accident occurred on Hudson St., by Abingdon
Square Park, just north of Bleecker St., right across from
where the Doughboy statue stands. The bike lane is pro-
tected from moving traffic by a row of parked cars, but the
truck was using it.
Chaikin has arthritis and a bad back, which is why she rides
the motorized scooter. At the time of the accident, she reportedly
was on her way to the McBurney YMCA, where she goes daily
for her exercises. Apparently, she was riding on the bike lane’s
right edge, when she got pinned under the truck’s front right
Chaikin suffered massive trauma to her shoulder, broken ribs
and a punctured lung — but luckily her head wasn’t under the
wheel — according to neighbor Nancy Matthews, who went to
St. Vincent’s Thursday evening to check on Chaikin after the
shocking accident. Downtown Express photo by Lincoln Anderson
Matthews, a Westbeth resident, was gardening at the scene
Westbeth resident Margie Rubin of Disabled in Action, right, gathered with others at the blood-stained spot where
Thursday morning around 9:30 when the events unfolded. She
her neighbor, Shami Chaikin, below, was hit by a truck last week.
ran to help Chaikin, though — incredibly — didn’t even realize
until later who it was because the injured woman’s head had
been turned away from her. directed by Joseph, who ran The Open Theater. Another sister
Matthews spoke about the accident a few hours later, taking lives in California.
a break from digging tulip holes in Abingdon Square Park. She “I told Miriam I was holding her hand,” Matthews said. “She
recalled how she had been moving a sprinkler when she noticed said, ‘I’m glad Nancy. I’m glad it was you.’”
the green Parks Department garbage vehicle coming north up the Assemblymember Deborah Glick was furious that Chaikin
Hudson St. bike lane, one worker driving, another going around was struck by a garbage truck in a protected bicycle lane that is
to collect the trash from Abingdon Square Park’s garbage cans. supposed to be off limits to motor vehicles.
“He was moving forward slowly,” Matthews said of the truck. “Inexplicably, the New York City Parks Department had a
“I was working in the triangle — and I saw the Parks guy’s part- garbage truck in the protected bike lane,” Glick fumed, “and
ner say, ‘Oh, no!’ He was raising his hands, he looked hysterical. someone in a scooter, a disabled or elderly person, tried to
I went, and the driver came out and he said, ‘My God! I didn’t pass it or get by it because it was obstructing the bike lane
see her! I swear I didn’t see her!’” — where you have a presumption you’ll be safe from motor
Matthews rushed over and reached out to Chaikin. vehicles. The workers were just picking up the garbage, I’m
“I squeezed her hand and I said, ‘I’m here.’ She squeezed my sure. Just too lazy to be parked on the corner and walk the
hand back. She was a little bit under the wheel,” Matthews said, garbage.”
“and so she couldn’t really move, and I saw her back [rising and Vickie Karp, a Parks spokesperson, said she couldn’t discuss
falling] breathing regularly. But as more time passed, I could see the logistics of how the accident occurred, since litigation may
her breathing wasn’t as strong, and that scared me. It just seemed be pending.
like it was so long [until help arrived].” “I can’t comment at this time,” she said. “The woman who
She clung to Chaikin’s hand for what she figures was seven was involved in the incident has filed a notice of claim, and may
minutes, until police came and told her to back off. She was file a lawsuit.” Downtown Express photo by Toni Dalton

reluctant to leave Chaikin there by herself without support, but Karp confirmed the vehicle was a Parks Department “pack-
she said she understands the officers were just doing their job. er,” or garbage truck. Asked if it’s typical for these trucks to ply are obliged to obey the same laws as all other motor vehicles on
“I said, ‘I can’t let go of her,’” Matthews said, recalling her the city’s protected bike lanes — of if it’s even legal for them to the streets.”
thoughts at the time. “I’m not a trained fireman or policeman — do so — Karp said, “It’s a good question. I can’t answer it. It’s a Norvell said the protected bicycle lanes on Eighth and Ninth
but they have their procedures for a reason. police matter.” Aves. are seeing similar problems with Department of Sanitation
“The police kept saying, ‘I want to hear from you,’” she said The response from the Police Department, though, made vehicles between 14th and 23rd Sts., where the drivers use the
of how one officer talked to Chaikin. “They cut her clothes off, it clear that it is not legal for city vehicles to drive in bike lanes “either to park their vehicles, or get a cup of coffee in the
because they have to see what part is injured.” lanes: A police spokesperson said the driver of the Parks morning, or pick up garbage.”
Within another 10 minutes, she said, they had loaded the truck was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle “It’s distressing that these are the city’s vehicles that are caus-
stricken woman into an ambulance headed for St. Vincent’s. in a bike lane — which rates as a violation. The spokesper- ing these problems,” he said.
Shami Chaikin is an original tenant of Westbeth Artists son also said that, as is done in any accident where there is Norvell added that the bike lanes are popular with motorized-
Housing, which opened 39 years ago at West and Bethune Sts. a fatality, possible fatality or serious injury, the driver was scooter users since they can bypass sidewalk congestion, as well
in the former Bell Labs complex. Home to more than 300 artists given a breathalyzer test. as avoid going up and down curb cuts, which aren’t always in
and their families, Westbeth proclaims itself “the world’s largest “He blew zeroes — negative for any booze,” he said. In gen- good condition.
artists community.” eral, it’s highly unlikely for a city employee to be driving drunk Regarding safety in the bike lanes, the T.A. spokesperson said
“She just did a performance last week at Westbeth, with while on duty, he added. that, for bicyclists at least, using them is much safer than riding
Karen Ludwig,” noted fellow Westbeth artist Gina Shamus, who As for testing for drugs, that can only done by a blood test, in traffic. He cited a report by the city’s Department of Health on
stopped by the accident scene last Thursday. “They were doing he said; but apparently officers at the scene didn’t feel the driver serious bicycle injuries and fatalities from 1996 to 2005, which
a performance of Miriam’s haiku — and the tanka — I don’t looked under the influence. found only one cyclist fatality in a bike lane caused by a collision
even know what that is.” (Tanka, like haiku, is a classic Japanese Transportation Alternatives, the nonprofit pro-cycling and with a motor vehicle during the 10-year period.
poetry form.) pedestrian group, has championed the Bloomberg administra- In December 2006, Eric Ng, a 22-year-old teacher, was killed
Shami’s brother, Joseph Chaikin, a renowned avant-garde tion’s installation of 200 miles of new bike lanes. Regarding a while cycling near Houston St. on the Hudson River Park pro-
theater director, also lived at Westbeth, where there is a memo- municipal garbage truck having struck Chaikin in the protected tected bike path by a drunk driver barreling down the bikeway
rial to him in the courtyard. Shami often worked in productions bike lane, Wiley Norvell, a T.A. spokesperson, said, “City vehicles from an event at Chelsea Piers.
6 November 13 - 19, 2009 downtown express

Stogies stay up when the market goes down
BY LESLIE PICKER number of smokers in America increases during a recession.
A dense haze billows above a dozen gentlemen seated in When consumers are spending less in virtually every other
the cigar lounge at Barclay-Rex at 75 Broad St. industry, they are spending more on tobacco.
It was no caricature of middle-aged men in three-piece American financial advisers consider commodities like
suits, delicately holding their smoldering stogies. The scene, tobacco and alcohol to be “defensive,” or safe investments
since the financial crisis struck, looked a little different. during tumultuous economic times. Many consumers will
White-collar professionals lit up their $30 cigars next to make cutbacks on other products so that they can afford
the unemployed. Regardless of paychecks or salary cuts, tobacco.
Barclay-Rex customers have found cigars comforting during “I don’t think anybody has stopped smoking. A lot of our
the economic downturn. regulars are still coming every day,” said Patrick Gargano,
The store has become one of the few recession-proof manager of Barclay-Rex.
spots in the Financial District. According to owner Vince But the recession is not the only hurdle Barclay-Rex has
Nastri, whose grandfather started the business exactly faced recently. Aside from the economic downturn, the shop
100 years ago, sales increased by more than 20 percent has weathered a maelstrom of tax hikes on all levels. The
this past summer and have remained positive ever since. U.S. Congress passed the State Children’s Health Insurance
The reason? Many New Yorkers — from investment bank- Program back in April, increasing taxes by 35 cents per cigar
ers to waiters — have found the cigar lounge a haven for at Barclay-Rex. The state of New York also passed a 9 per-
stress relief. cent increase on tobacco taxes.
“I think no matter what business you’re involved in, The taxes are intended to dissuade New Yorkers from
there’s a certain degree of pressure,” said customer Peter smoking, but the Barclay-Rex owner is not convinced the
Weiler, who is the executive vice president of Abel Noser, a state has been successful.
brokerage firm on Wall St. “It’s part of the territory, so we “I think that by raising taxes, it drives people out of New
need to unwind.” York,” said Nastri. “People who use the product will just go
Brian Murphy, who was laid off from JPMorgan Chase, elsewhere, but I don’t think that it stops them from smoking.”
visits Barclay-Rex anywhere from one to three times per In the past several months, the store has had to raise the
week to network. price of each cigar by $1.10 to offset the new taxes. Both The Barclay-Rex cigar lounge and store near Wall
“The reason I come here is to socialize with people. I try the manager and owner said that increasing prices has cut St. reports an uptick in business since the economic
to find a new job, but this is a relaxing place,” said Murphy into their profits slightly. But ever since New York City downturn.
during an interview in September. passed the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002 — which prohibited
Murphy is one of millions of Americans who smoke smoking in restaurants and bars — Barclay-Rex’s business “Today you can’t smoke anywhere. You can’t walk into a
cigars, pipes or cigarettes to escape their financial fears. The has improved. The cigar lounge as a tobacconist was exempt bar or restaurant and smoke,” said Nastri. “So the lounge is
newest edition of the Tobacco Atlas, a study coordinated by from the smoking laws and is one of only several establish- a place where [customers] can come, relax, meet people, and
Georgia State’s Institute of Public Health, found the total ments where people can smoke indoors. smoke their cigar.”


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“We really need to make a big noise” about getting a gym, said Nichole Thompson-
Adams, center, a Millennium High School parent.

Full court press for gym
is only available at odd hours so the athletes
New York Downtown Hospital is a center of excellence for Continued from page 1 have to wake up as early as 5 a.m. The
school has only 40 percent male students, a
Wellness and Prevention, inpatient and ambulatory care, and floor of Millennium’s building, but last ratio that’s unlikely to change until the ath-
aleader in the field of emergency preparedness. year the Fire Dept. decided the space was letics programs expand, Rhodes said.
unsafe because it is too high off the ground. Aaron Silverman, the school’s athletic
You will find an efficient and effective health care experience In response, Rhodes began working with director, said, “Getting kids excited about
local realtors to find another space, and treadmill running is hard. The impact on the
at New York Downtown Hospital and will have the best of both he gave a list of possibilities to the School physical education department has been a
worlds: the support of your own private physician along with the Construction Authority last spring. Rhodes lack of enthusiasm and the continued frus-
latest developments in preventive care and specialty services. said the S.C.A. never replied and is no lon- tration of the teachers.”
ger returning his calls or e-mails. Millennium’s parents are getting frustrated,
“I feel like I should be getting paid by the too. At a parent association meeting Tuesday
Our Wellness and Prevention Team provides a broad range of S.C.A.,” Rhodes told Downtown Express. night, they pledged to kick the campaign for
services including a Women’s Health Program, dedicated to the “It’s been two or three years since the money a gym into high gear, with phone calls, rallies,
prevention and treatment of medical conditions that are common started coming in and we have nothing to videos, T-shirts and a petition.
show for it. That to me is unreasonable. “We really need to make a big noise,”
to women; digital mammography; comprehensive non-invasive Being upset is a healthy reaction.” said Nichole Thompson-Adams, mother of
cardiovascular assessment; and cancer screening and detection After the city said the 34th-floor space a ninth grader.
through Downtown Hospital’s affiliate, the Strang Cancer wouldn’t work, Gerson also wrote to the About 30 parents attended the meeting and
S.C.A. with a list of alternatives, including the signed up for committees that will attack the
Prevention Center. former Crunch gym space at 25 Broadway, the issue from different angles, trying to prod the
former Sports Museum of America space at city’s bureaucracy into action. Several parents
Bringing the latest medical research,most up-to-date screening 26 Broadway, and 140 William St., the former worried that the city was stalling so they wouldn’t
techniques,and the newest technological advancements to home of the American Numismatic Society have to spend money on the gym at all.
theheart of Lower Manhattan, our Wellness and Prevention Team and Gerson’s personal favorite because the When parent coordinator Angela Benfield
entire building is empty. The S.C.A. replied pointed out that the money will be gone
will advise you on how to preserve your single most important to Gerson last week saying none of the spaces unless the city acts now, another parent
asset… your good health! This is our commitment to you. would work without giving specific reasons added, “Maybe that’s the point.”
for the individual locations. Rhodes said the economic downturn makes
“We’ve looked into a number of potential this the perfect time to lease and construct the
sites for a gym for Millennium High School, gym space, because costs are down. Rhodes
and for either financial or other feasibility rea- added that since the gym is fully funded, it is
sons, none of the sites were appropriate,” said the definition of a shovel-ready project that can
Will Havemann, spokesperson for the Dept. of bring jobs Downtown.
Education, in an e-mail to Downtown Express. “I’d like to think of it as Millennium’s own
“We’ll continue to work with Millennium to stimulus contribution to the city,” Rhodes said
find a feasible location for a gymnasium. Given at Tuesday’s meeting.
the city’s difficult fiscal circumstances, cost- Building a gym would also free up the mul-
efficiency must remain an important criterion tipurpose room for classroom space in the over-
A community hospital committed to meeting the for determining an appropriate space.” crowded school. Millennium has 620 students
Other spaces Gerson and Rhodes suggested this year, well over its capacity of 525. Rhodes
healthcare needs of people who visit, live, and earlier this year include 123 William St., 150 said the city’s budget cuts forced him to accept
work in Lower Manhattan. William St., 156 William St., 45-51 Park Place, extra students so he could receive enough fund-
335 Broadway, 353 Broadway, 20 Exchange ing to maintain his programs.
Pl., 201 Pearl St., 40 Rector St., 40 Wall St. Deborah Saat, co-president of Millennium’s
and the roof of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel parent association, concluded Tuesday’s meet-
parking garage. ing by reminding the parents that they are ask-
Millennium now holds gym classes in a ing for a necessity, not an amenity.
small weight room and an L-shaped multi- “The school’s not finished,” Saat said. “They
&!5]ZRAb`SSb<SeG]`Y<G!& purpose room, neither of which can accom- need to finish what they started.”
  ! #jeeeR]e\b]e\V]a^WbOZ]`U modate team sports. The basketball team
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Low turnout for hearing on school move
BY ALBERT AMATEAU staff members who conducted the Nov. 4 years that the 100-year-old school on Hudson ing. P.S. 11 parents want more middle school
A second and final hearing last week on hearing that hearings on matters like school and Grove Sts., where G.V.M.S. is located venues and welcomed both the options at 26
the Department of Education’s plan to relo- utilization are required by law to be con- on the fifth floor and P.S. 3 occupies the rest Broadway and 75 Morton St., Sewell said.
cate Greenwich Village Middle School from ducted jointly by D.O.E. and the appropriate of the building, is severely overcrowded. The middle school space at 26 Broadway
its crowded Village school building to a new district C.E.C. D.O.E. has said the sixth and seventh floors has 14 classrooms compared to nine that
Financial District home attracted even fewer “The C.E.C. should be up front in of 26 Broadway would be ready to receive G.V.M.S. currently occupies at 490 Hudson
people than the first sparsely attended hear- the hearings, not just invited to testify,” G.V.M.S. students in September 2010, St. There are 215 middle school students in
ing the previous week. Cleveland told Downtown Express. the Village building, and 240 are expected at
Only three people signed up to testify Matt Borden, chief of staff for 26 Broadway next autumn. The Downtown
at the 6 p.m. Tues., Nov. 4, hearing on the Assemblymember Deborah Glick, submitted location is also where the Urban Assembly
unpopular relocation plan. At the Oct. 29 a letter signed by Glick and Congressmember ‘It’s bizarre that the High School of Business for Young Women
hearing, six people testified. Jerrold Nadler expressing concern that the opened on the fourth and fifth floors this
Elected officials and neighborhood advo- moving of G.V.M.S. to the old Standard Greenwich Village Middle year. In the future, 26 Broadway will have
cates said they were outraged at moving the Oil building at 26 Broadway was planned the capacity to accommodate 361 middle
middle school out of the Village. They also despite assurances that D.O.E. was “seri- School will not be in school students. Although the new middle
contended they did not receive adequate ous about exploring 75 Morton St. site for school venue has a fitness room, it does not
notice of the two hearings. acquisition.” Greenwich Village.’ have a gym for team sports.
“It’s bizarre that the Greenwich Village The letter, similar to one Glick submitted Tricia Joyce, an advocate for Tribeca
Middle School will not be in Greenwich at the Oct. 29 hearing, said D.O.E. could schools who arrived at the Nov. 4 hearing
Village,” Keen Berger, a Village Democratic acquire the Morton St. site permanently for after its speakers list was closed, said later
district leader and Community Board 2 mem- $78 million, whereas the lease on the 26 allowing P.S. 3 to expand within its exist- that 26 Broadway and 75 Morton St. were
ber, told the Nov. 4 hearing. Testifying for Broadway location would cost the city $250 ing building. D.O.E. has also been saying separate issues. More middle school seats will
C.B. 2, Berger said the board had unani- million for 30 years and the property would it is still pursuing acquisition of 75 Morton be needed to satisfy the demand in the next
mously resolved that 75 Morton St., a nearly revert to the owner at the end of the period. St. but that the building could not be made few years throughout District 2, she said.
vacant state-owned building, was the ideal Camille Guigliano, parent of a student at ready for students before 2011. Joyce said the Bloomberg administration
location for the neighborhood middle school. P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village, said she only Overcrowding is also a concern in the misjudged the overcrowding issue because
“We need a middle school in our com- learned about the hearing 36 hours earlier. District 2 neighborhoods of Tribeca, Chelsea the city’s consultants, the Grier Partnership
munity, and we strongly object to moving She added that C.B. 2 should have been con- and the Upper East Side, as well as the of Bethesda, Md., had predicted student
our only middle school to 26 Broadway,” sulted on the proposed move. At the Oct. 29 Village. growth in 10 years that has occurred in one
Berger said. hearing, Kate Seely-Kirk, an aide to Council Christine Sewell, a parent of P.S. 11 on year. Even though the Grier Partnership is
Moreover, T. Elzora Cleveland, president Speaker Christine Quinn, said Quinn’s office 21st St. in Chelsea, told the Nov. 4 hearing no longer engaged by the city, the adminis-
of the District 2 Community Education was “dismayed” that they not been notified that parents in Chelsea need a new home for tration is still underestimating the number of
Council, cast doubt on the legality of the about the hearing. the Clinton School of Writers and Artists, a middle school children seeking admission to
hearing. She told Department of Education It has been apparent for at least three middle school that shares the P.S. 11 build- public schools, Joyce said.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Elk may get touch of the Irish
U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, And Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic become a senior partner at his uncle’s law
Center Committee unanimously approved firm, O’Dwyer and Bernstein where he
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo an advisory resolution on Tuesday night to earned a reputation as a zealous civil rights
add the name Frank Durkan Way to Elk St. attorney. The firm moved to 52 Duane St.
Frank Durkan was a lawyer best known for in the 1980s in order to be closer to the
defending Irish Americans who were entan- Supreme Court and U.S. District Court. He
gled in the conflict in Northern Ireland. died in 2006 at the age of 76.
Invite you to attend: “I think what we often overlook is the A few committee members raised con-

Senior Fraud Workshop number of heroes who live among us, ordi-
nary citizens who display tremendous moral
cerns because some of his Durkan’s clients
were accused of smuggling weapons, but
courage in their lives” said Durkan’s friend, they decided to support the co-naming any-
Hosted by: United Jewish Council James Cullen, an attorney, who spoke in front way. If approved by the City Council, the
of the committee about the co-naming. “And Frank Durkan Way sign will be located on
Frank Durkan was one of those people.” the southwest corner of Reade and Elk Sts.
United Jewish Council Adult Luncheon Club Durkan immigrated to New York City
from Ireland in 1930, and later rose to — Leslie Picker
15 Bialystoker Place – (Between Broome and Grand Streets)

Monday, December 7, 2009
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Cycling jump Downtown
More commuters are arrivinzg at work on Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan and
two wheels, the city Dept. of Transportation cyclists crossing 50th St. at the Hudson River
announced this week. Greenway. The D.O.T. first measured bicycle
A D.O.T. survey found 26 percent more volumes at many of these locations in 1980 and
bicycle commuters this year compared to has measured all of them since 2001.
last year, and 66 percent more than there This year, the D.O.T. counted an average
were two years ago. The D.O.T. attributed of 15,495 cyclists at those locations on week-
*FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC* the increase to the new bike lanes rolled out days between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Last year, the
over the same period D.O.T. counted 12,328 cyclists using the same
Please RSVP to Assemblyman Shelly Silver at While the D.O.T. does not count every method. This year the highest count came
(212) 312-1420 or cyclist in the city, they use a handful of locations from the Hudson River Greenway, with an
GOLD?ENROLLMENTPDF!- as a measuring stick for citywide trends: the average of 4,289 cyclists a day. The Brooklyn
four East River bridges, the Staten Island Ferry’s Bridge saw an average of 2,294 cyclists a day.
downtown express November 13 - 19, 2009 11

‘Kill the drill’ and protect the water, protesters say
BY ALBERT AMATEAU public health risk. “We have asked the state quality green jobs in the Southern Tier and mental group, Riverkeeper. “They have not
A hostile crowd of about 800 people, Department of Health to comment on the throughout the state,” Aubrey McClendon, looked at the long term costs of deforesta-
including city officials, filled the Stuyvesant health implications of the proposal,” Skyler Chesapeake’s C.E.O., said in the statement. tion and water degradation in the area.”
High School auditorium on Tuesday night at said, adding that in view of the potential cost “Though Chesapeake believes it can drill Environmental advocates and elected offi-
a hearing on New York State’s plan to per- of repairing damage to the city’s water sup- safely in any watershed…as confirmed by cials noted that the city’s Catskill-Delaware
mit gas drilling in the state’s Southern Tier, ply by drilling accidents it would be prudent New York’s Department of Environmental watershed is only one of five in the nation
including the six counties of the New York to ban drilling in the watershed. Conservation’s supplemental Generic exempted from the federal requirement to
City watershed. The state’s environmental department Environmental Impact Statement, we have filter drinking water. That exemption, which
The crowd demanded that the state pro- has submitted the application and says the chosen to focus our efforts on more promis- comes up for renewal in seven years, could
hibit natural gas drilling in the watershed, drilling will be safe to the water supply. ing areas for gas development in the state.” be cancelled because of the dangers of hydro
which provides 90 percent of the city’s An hour before the hearing, Manhattan But Joe Levine, an official of NYH20, a fracking. The cancellation would a force the
drinking water. Many demanded a complete Borough President Scott Stringer led a rally pure water advocate, said that Chesapeake city to spend $10 to $20 billion for a filtra-
ban on natural gas drilling in all 27 counties of environmentalists and elected officials. officials at a State Senate environmental tion system and hundreds of thousands of
of the state’s southern tier where the gas- “A great environmental crisis is facing committee hearing in Albany on Nov. 10 dollars to operate annually.
bearing Marcellus Shale formation lies 3,000 all of us,” Stringer said. “The safety of the refused to sign a statement that the company The city has spent $2 billion on a filtra-
to 6,000 feet under the surface. watershed must never be taken for granted. would permanently give up natural gas drill- tion system for the Croton watershed, which
The Nov. 10 official Department of The state says ‘Don’t worry we have protec- ing in the watershed. provides 10 percent of the city’s drinking
Environmental Conservation hearing, the tion in place.’ We say, ‘kill the drill,’” said The hydro fracture drilling under review water.
only one scheduled in New York City, had Stringer, leading the rally in a “kill the drill” requires millions of gallons of water laced Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chairper-
160 speakers signed up and not all of them chant. with a cocktail of toxic drilling chemicals son of Community Board 1 which covers
had time to speak before the five-hour ses- Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, and to be injected into the shale formation to Lower Manhattan, submitted testimony that
sion closed at 11 p.m. Councilmembers James Gennaro, Daniel fracture it and release the gas confined in the board last month passed a unanimous
One man leaped on stage at the beginning Garodnick and Jessica Lappin also demand- the rock. resolution calling on a ban on hydraulic
of the hearing to interrupt the testimony of ed a ban on watershed drilling at the rally Environmentalists say the state’s pro- fracturing in the watershed. Assembly Bill
Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler and shouted, and at the hearing later. Elected officials, posed drilling standards do not regulate AO8748 would prohibit drilling for natural
“We want a statewide ban on gas drilling. including Comptroller William Thompson, where the fracking water would come from gas within the New York City watershed or
We don’t need any more public hearings.” Assemblymember Deborah Glick and and how it would be transported to the well- anywhere within five miles of its boundar-
Sympathizers in the audience stood, waved Councilmember-elect Margaret Chin also heads. The rules about storing the returned ies.
“State Wide Ban” signs and cheered, but a called for a ban on watershed drilling. chemical laden water and disposing it, are The C.B. 1 submission also notes that
State Trooper escorted the man out. Chesapeake Energy, a leading gas driller, also inadequate, say opponents of the drill- there are only about 17 inspectors in the
Speaking for the Bloomberg adminis- announced last week that that it would not ing plan. Department of Environmental Conservation’s
tration, Skyler said the proposal to allow drill in the watershed. “All the state is concerned about is Division of Mineral Resources.
horizontal hydraulic fracture drilling for “We can safely and effectively develop the short term economic gain,” said Craig D.E.C. has extended the public comment
natural gas in the city watershed posed a the natural gas reserves … and create high- Michaels, an executive with the environ- period from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.

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Chains and whistles to manage the Church St. crowds
Continued from page 1

Downtown Express during recent rush hours, about half said
the chains were inconvenient or even insulting.
“I don’t like it at all,” said Gillian Shapiro, 36, who was on
her way from the PATH trains to Wall St. Tuesday morning. “It
makes me feel like cattle. Sometimes I go around the block the
long way just to avoid it.”
Others called the heavily manned intersection — seven
agents plus a supervisor — a waste of money. The Port pays
$225,000 a month for pedestrian managers there and one block
south at Church and Liberty Sts., which has four agents. The
Port pays another $70,000 per month for separate workers who
direct vehicle traffic.
“I don’t see no reason for it,” said Gabriel Moran, 29, who
was selling roasted nuts at the corner on a recent afternoon.
Moran said people should know how to cross the street on
their own.
But many commuters said they understood the need for
extra supervision.
“Sometimes people have other things on their mind and they
just bolt,” said Jennifer Carty, 43, who works in 7 W.T.C. “The
chains keep us safe.”
“I haven’t seen anyone get run over yet,” added Brian
Goodrich, 25, who commutes from Midtown to Jersey City, “so
that’s probably a good sign.”
If success is measured by the lack of pedestrian injuries, Dowtown Express photo by J.B. Nicholas
then the program is working. Since the pedestrian manage- Pedestrian managers keep communters at bay with chains at Church and Vesey Sts., the busiest intersection in
ment program started early last year, no one has been injured the city.
at Church and Vesey Sts., the Port Authority said. One agent
called that fact “a miracle.” easier to corral than the thousands of bankers and consultants got people texting and on cell phones, not paying attention and
Church St. has been jammed with pedestrians since before he deals with every day. walking straight out. It’s amazing.”
9/11, but the congestion became more concentrated and “[The inmates] had to listen to what we said, basically,” The idea of using a chain to block pedestrian traffic first
Francis said. “Pedestrians, in the beginning they didn’t want to came from construction contractors at the W.T.C. site, who
listen to us.” were using much shorter chains to keep people safe when large
John Thomas Apel Jr., a retired Port Authority police officer, vehicles moved in and out of the site.
‘It’s like Pavlovian dogs. You blow said the difficulty of managing pedestrians changes from day to “You can use your hands and flags and all that, but the most
day, hour to hour. effective is really a chain,” said Carl Passeri, a Port program
the whistle and they get like it’s the “A lot of it depends on the weather and the mood of the manager. “It’s a physical impediment you see very easily.”
people,” Apel said. “Some days, everyone is nice and wonder- Brathwaite said the Port initially considered installing auto-
starting gate, just running out.’ ful. Some days, everyone’s in a bad mood.” mated arms like the ones at parking garage exits, but that could
One of the most unpredictable groups is the tourists, who, be dangerous if a vehicle lost control and hit it.
under normal circumstances, would probably be more inclined The agents also use whistles to tell people when to stop
to obey traffic signals than most New Yorkers. If the streets and go.
noticeable when the Port Authority moved the PATH entrance were filled with tourists alone, Apel said he would have no “People get used to the sound of the whistle,” Apel said.
to Vesey and Greenwich Sts. in the spring of 2008 and closed problems. But once the tourists mix with New Yorkers who “It’s like Pavlovian dogs. You blow the whistle and they get
off the west side of Church St. for construction. Those changes ignore the lights, the tourists also walk out into traffic, but like it’s the starting gate, just running out.”
funneled most PATH commuters along a narrow block of Vesey without the savvy and experience of the locals. The current configuration of Church and Vesey Sts., with
St., where they squeeze shoulder to shoulder between the Trade During every light cycle, a handful of pedestrians buck the the chains, pedestrian managers and attendant monthly costs,
Center construction fence and the post office building. system, ducking under the chains or around them and dart- could be in place for years. At some point, the block of Vesey
“This block here is the worst thing ever,” said Donna Ross, ing in front of the express buses that barrel down Church St. St. along the W.T.C. site will have to close for construction at
33, an accountant who reverse-commutes from Brooklyn to Sometimes they get caught on the wrong side of the chain and the Tower 2 site, diverting pedestrians around the post office
Hoboken, struggling against the crowd. “There are too many are inadvertently swept into traffic rather than away from it. and dispersing them a bit more. For now, though, Tower 2 is
people. If God forbid something happened, it would be a That’s what happened to Mike Nieves, 41, last week after on hold while developer Silverstein Properties waits for the
nightmare.” the Yankees parade. Wearing an Alex Rodriguez jersey, Nieves outcome of an arbitration process with the Port Authority.
Ross and others had a plethora of suggestions: Relocate the dodged the chain on the east side of Church St. but didn’t have The real solution will not come until the final Santiago
PATH entrance, build a pedestrian bridge over Church St. or enough time to cross before traffic started pouring through the Calatrava-designed PATH hub opens, which is at least five
separate eastbound and westbound pedestrians. Schwartz, a intersection. years away. With far more exits and belowground connec-
Port Authority consultant who also writes Downtown Express’s “What are you doing, A-Rod?” the nearby pedestrian man- tions, the station is designed to spread pedestrians more
Transit Sam column, and Quentin Brathwaite, director of the ager called out, as Nieves scurried between vehicles. “You’re evenly around the site and to their destinations beyond.
Port’s Office of Program Logistics, said they looked at all those going to get hit by a car.” But Schwartz said the throngs of pedestrians are not
ideas and more, and they arrived at the current plan through a Once he made it safely to the other side, about 10 seconds new on the W.T.C. site and they will never be dispersed
process of trial and error. faster than if he’d waited for the light, Nieves said he didn’t entirely. When Schwartz was traffic commissioner in the
“We welcome suggestions,” Schwartz said, “because frankly, think the chains were a bad idea, but there should be a better 1980s, Church St. near the World Trade Center “was one
the science of pedestrian control is being written at the corner way of managing traffic without inconveniencing people. of my worst locations,” he said. “We couldn’t put any traffic
of Vesey and Church.” While the pedestrian managers are doing serious work that through that location during morning rush hour.”
Many of the ideas came from the pedestrian managers who requires constant attention, they maintain a necessary sense Even once all the transportation infrastructure planned
spend all day every day directing the flow. Schwartz handpicked of humor, often pausing to greet regulars or help tourists with for the W.T.C. opens, the battle between cars and people
agents with law enforcement backgrounds and at least 15 years directions. Apel said some of the most difficult commuters, the won’t be completely resolved, Schwartz said.
of experience dealing with crowds, because keeping harried ones who “fight us tooth and nail,” often come into line after “This will still be a location where walking is dominant,”
commuters in line is not an easy job. having a close call. he said.
In fact, Shawn Francis, who spent 20 years as a Corrections “We change a lot of attitudes,” Apel said.
officer before taking up the chain at Vesey St., said inmates are “We save a lot of lives, too,” added Francis, “because you’ve
downtown express November 13 - 19, 2009 13

Port may consider early ban
on W.T.C. tour buses Pace is

the place
WTC BRIEFS Also at Monday night’s C.B. 1 meet-
ing, board members got an update on November 17, 7-8 pm FREE
BY JULIE SHAPIRO the long-delayed W.T.C. performing arts
When the World Trade Center site wel- center. How Wall Street Greed and
comes millions of visitors starting as soon as The city, which is now leading the Government Mismanagement
2011, they might arrive not by tour bus but by planning effort, has said the PAC could
PATH train. not begin construction until at least 2014
Destroyed the Global
Routing tour buses through New Jersey and would not open until at least 2017. Financial System:
rather than Lower Manhattan is one idea the On Monday, Andrew Winters, director An interview with Charles Gasparino
Port Authority is considering, Joe Daniels, presi- of the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects,
dent of the National September 11 Memorial & said even those far-off dates could be too RSVP through
Museum, said this week. optimistic.
“Underlying it is the idea of aggregating peo-
ple elsewhere and getting them down [to the November 17, 7 p.m.
W.T.C.] through a means other than just relying
on buses,” Daniels said. He said he strongly
‘There is not a more
supports the idea, to improve the experience of
Inside the Actors Studio Taping
both residents and memorial goers.
complicated building James Lipton interviews Kate Hudson
“There always will be bus traffic,” Daniels Buy tickets at or call
said, “and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad
type in the world than a
thing, but it has to be limited…. You can’t turn (212) 868-4444.
Lower Manhattan into a big parking lot.”
performing arts facility. ’
Daniels spoke at Community Board 1’s
W.T.C. Redevelopment Committee Monday November 18 FREE
night. The committee members have repeatedly “There is not a more complicated
requested that the expected influx of tour buses building type in the world than a perform-
on and after the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 ing arts facility,” Winters said. “They’re
Selected Black & White Photography
from the Nathan and Rosalyn Perlmutter Collection: Jerome
not come all the way to Lower Manhattan. But more expensive than you want them to Liebling, Sally Gall, Jill Mathis, and Caleb Cain Marcus
Daniels’ comments were the first indication be, they take a longer time than you want
that the community’s idea is gaining traction them to and the design goals are very
5–6 p.m. Wine and cheese reception
with the Port.
When the W.T.C.’s vehicle security center
high. When they finally happen, everyone
celebrates and no one remembers it was a
Poets @ Pace: An Evening of Frank
opens, possibly in 2012, some of the buses will very long process to get there.” O’Hara 6–8 p.m.
be able to fit there. The plan Daniels discussed Winters also gave new details on the
was primarily for the interim period after the PAC design, which will have a 1,000-seat
memorial opens but before the V.S.C. is fin- dance theater; a cafe spilling out onto
ished. 1 W.T.C.’s plaza; a secondary theater or
Daniels declined to elaborate on the pro- banquet hall; and an outdoor amphithe-
posal, saying the Port Authority was leading the ater on the roof overlooking the memori-
discussions, which also include the city Dept. of al. Preliminary designs by architect Frank
Transportation. Gehry include trees planted on surfaces
Port spokesperson Steve Coleman said only, all the way up the building, continuing the
“We are working with our stakeholders on the visual theme of the memorial.
best way to accommodate bus traffic until the
V.S.C. opens.” Continued on page 17

Reports of Deutsche demo December 18-21

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is visiting

were exaggerated from London for two weeks only!
Tickets for their performance of
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Demolition work still has not begun at Trade Center site was damaged on 9/11 now on sale.
the former Deutsche Bank building. and has been beset with many obstacles Visit for more details.
A spokesperson for the Lower since then, including numerous safety
Manhattan Development Corp., which violations and a fire in August 2007 that
owns the building, said last Wednesday killed two firefighters.
that crews had started knocking down the The latest accident came on Tuesday,
26th floor. This week, the spokesperson, when a wrench fell from the 26th floor
John De Libero, said the start of work was of the building, hit a loading dock and
delayed because the equipment mobiliza- bounced up to strike a worker on the knee,
tion took longer than expected and the according to the L.M.D.C. and the D.O.B.
scissor crane operators had to go through The worker was treated at the scene for
city Dept. of Buildings training. De Libero minor injuries and then was taken to the
said the training is now complete and hospital as a precaution, the L.M.D.C.
work should begin later this week. said. The D.O.B. issued violations but did
The skyscraper across from the World not stop work on the project.
14 November 13 - 19, 2009 downtown express

B.P.C. field space gets smaller on some Saturdays
BY JULIE SHAPIRO fields are not in use for most of the day.
Construction of two residential towers Brian Fingeret, who manages the D.S.L.’s
next to the Battery Park City ballfields is 7-year-old division, said it is not good policy
forcing children off part of the field. to take away public space to benefit a private
The ballfields already shrunk by 20 per- developer.
cent to accommodate Milstein Properties’ “It seems like greed is governing these
towers at Sites 23 and 24, leaving the decisions instead of the quality of life of the
Downtown Soccer League and other teams neighborhood,” Fingeret said.
with less space. Then, several times this fall, Maria Rosenfeld, a development adviser
an additional chunk of the available field for Milstein, said the company has no choice
space — about 25 percent — closed for the but to do the heavy work on weekends. The
day to accommodate Milstein’s work. hoist and scaffold jumps require Warren
“They should be working around us,” St. to close, and the city Buildings Dept.
D.S.L. President Bill Bialosky said. “We does not allow street closures on weekdays,
shouldn’t be playing around them.” Rosenfeld said.
When Milstein’s work forces part of the “These are not normal activities,”
ballfields to close, as it did last Saturday, Rosenfeld said. “Our site safety plan some-
fewer children can play at the same time, times requires Saturday work, but otherwise
meaning that many sit out on the sidelines. we try to refrain from any other work on
Ian Sorkin, who runs the soccer division for Saturdays.”
6-year-olds, said the field space is already Rosenfeld said the Battery Park City
small and overcrowded. Rotating children Parks Conservancy is the one that decides
into games and making sure everyone gets when to close parts of the field, not Milstein.
enough playing time can result in unhappy Leticia Remauro, spokesperson for the B.P.C.
parents and children, Sorkin said. Authority and Conservancy, said the partial
Downtown Express file photo by Elisabeth Robert
There was some consideration about closures should not be surprising.
closing the fields again this weekend, but “Everybody knew there would be times The construction barrier at the far end of the Battery Park City ballfields has been
Milstein said late Wednesday that it would the ballfields would be reduced,” Remauro moved in even more on some Saturdays for certain construction maneuvers.
not be necessary. said. “It’s done with everyone’s input.” two weekends of the soccer season. Roseland Milstein plans to open its residential tow-
Soccer league parents do not question the Bialosky, though, said that since the said Wednesday that there would be no work ers on N. End Ave. in 2011. The buildings will
need for safety on the fields, especially after B.P.C.A. is the property owner, the authority on Saturday that would require the field to also have a community center run by Asphalt
several accidents at the nearby Goldman could choose to protect the league’s interests close at all. But Bialosky said the B.P.C. Parks Green. At that time, the grass ballfields will
Sachs construction, including a steel plate over Milstein’s. Conservancy told him on Tuesday that the fields be restored to their former size with artificial
that landed in the middle of a baseball game “We don’t think the community should would likely have to be partially closed. turf. But until then, the authority said the
last year (no one was injured). But parents have to suffer for their added economic Bialosky is also trying to get the Buildings construction would continue to periodically
said Milstein should restrict the heavy work gain,” Bialosky said. Dept. to revoke Milstein’s Saturday work curtail the use of the fields.
that requires field closures, like hoist and Bialosky is trying to get Milstein and the permit for the next two weeks. The D.O.B.
scaffold jumping, to weekdays when the authority to keep the field fully open for the last did not comment.

Downtown Express photos by J. B. Nicholas

Is greed still good?
Actor Michael Douglas, right photo, gave some fatherly advice in Battery Park Tuesday
to Shia LaBeouf, who plays Gordon Gekko’s son in “Wall Street 2.” Director Oliver
Stone, above, has been filming all over the Financial District with Douglas, who is
reprising one of his most famous roles.
downtown express November 13 - 19, 2009 15

Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess

More pinstripes for Wall St.
Yankee fans by the hundreds of thousands descended upon Lower Manhattan’s famed
Canyon of Heroes Friday to celebrate the team’s 27th World Series win. The Rev. Dr.
James Cooper, rector of Trinity Church, blessed the procession as it went by, bottom
left. The parade did not seem like old hat to closer and Canyon vet Mariano Rivera,
bottom, perhaps the most pivotal player in the Yanks’ last five championships. Top
right, Alex Rodriguez enjoyed his first title parade. Many of the old Yankee greats
including Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio never got to feel the Canyon thrill after a series
win. The Yanks’ first Canyon parade was in 1978 and it was only the sixth one in
their history, according to research done by the city in conjunction with the Downtown
Alliance, which marks the date of each parade on the Broadway sidewalk. It may be
the only accomplishment that the Mets, who first paraded in 1969, achieved before
the Bronx Bombers.
16 November 13 - 19, 2009 downtown express

and Broome Sts. (from $481 at midyear

to $483 in the third quarter). However,
the current figures show a decrease from
the end of last year, with rents in the
Financial District falling by 7.26 percent
from the fourth quarter of 2008 (from
$251 per square foot to $234) and Soho

…find youtopia. BY PATRICK HEDLUND dipping by 5.59 percent over the past
three quarters (from $510 to $483).
By comparison, retail rents on Fifth
WOOLWORTH’S ITALIAN ACCENT Ave. between 14th and 23rd Sts., came
An Italian investment group is work- in at $269 in the third quarter — a 6.03
ing to acquire a majority stake of another percent drop from the previous quarter
Downtown icon, the Woolworth Building, and a 2.60 percent drop from the fourth
after doing the same with the historic quarter of 2008.
Kaleb, Apt. 4102 Flatiron Building earlier this year.
Has more vintage records
The Rome-based Sorgente Group — ZOË’S FAREWELL
in his spacious closets which closed on more than half of the Soho standby Zoë, the airy American
than he does clothing. $190 million Flatiron Building in January, restaurant that’s been on Prince St. for
with plans to convert it for hotel use — is nearly two decades, plans to shutter by
currently in talks to purchase a 51 per- week’s end.
Liam, Apt. 3404 cent stake in the neo-Gothic Broadway Owners Stephen and Thalia Loffredo
skyscraper, according to the New York confirmed to The New York Times that
Loves the spectacular Post. The 57-story building, at the cor- they would not renew their lease after 18
views of Manhattan. ner of Barclay St. across from City Hall, years in the space near Mercer St. due in
stood as the world’s tallest high-rise for part to changes in the neighborhood.
more than 15 years after it was built in “It’s no longer a bastion of the art
1913. The building was owned by the world the way it was,” Stephen Loffredo
Fiona, Apt. 3201 Woolworth company for 85 years before told the Times’ Diner’s Journal blog. “We
being sold to the Witkoff Group for $155 can only tweak the concept so far.”
Scoots out of the park- million in 1998. For Sean Sweeney, director of the
ing garage and onto the New York City’s plunging real estate Soho Alliance, Zoë’s passing signifies the
streets of Brooklyn.
prices have attracted investors from continuing death of the area’s indepen-
across the world, with office properties dent restaurants and shops.
falling 62 percent in the first nine months “Soho as a neighborhood for individu-
of 2009, the Post reported. ally owned restaurants is disappearing,”
Noah, Apt. 2715 he said, citing the closures of former
favorites like Jerry’s and the Vesuvio bak-
Spends hours in his
gourmet kitchen. RETAIL RENTS STABILIZING ery, both on Prince St. “I do kind of hate
Retail rents along Broadway from Soho to see [Zoë] go. How many lipstick stores
to the Financial District edged up during and lingerie stores can Soho support?”
the third quarter but are still off the mark Prior to Zoë, the space used to house
compared to the end of last year. a Puerto Rican diner that catered to
Niki, Apt. 2301 According to third-quarter retail report the area’s construction workers, Sweeney
Shops the local bou- by CB Richard Ellis, retail rents shot up explained.
tiques with Coco, who‘s by 10.87 percent on Broadway between “That felt like the passing of an era,”
always by her side. Chambers St. and Battery Park (from he noted. “You could get a coffee for 50
$209 per square foot at midyear to $234 cents.”
in the third quarter), and rose by 0.41
percent on the stretch between Houston

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New developments at the World Trade Center
anniversary of the attacks, the construction has been
Continued from page 13 going round the clock. Gateway Plaza resident Bill
Love said the high-pitched beeping of swiveling cranes
While the city is focusing on building the PAC frequently wakes him around 3 a.m. Daniels said he
at Greenwich and Vesey Sts., the Lower Manhattan would look into the work schedule and potential noise
Development Corp., which committed $60 million to mitigation.
the project, is studying moving the PAC farther south
to the 130 Liberty site, where its construction could W.T.C. MILESTONES
begin earlier. Sayar Lonial, director of planning for the Also this week, the Port Authority released its
L.M.D.C., said he would have an answer on whether third-quarter W.T.C. milestone report, showing that it
such a move is feasible by the C.B. 1 committee’s next met 21 of its 24 goals from July through September.
meeting Dec. 14. Accomplishments include installing 750 tons of steel for
the memorial museum, erecting 12 jumbo steel columns
MEMORIAL BESTSELLER for 1 W.T.C. and pouring 1,500 cubic yards of concrete
When the foundation building the 9/11 memorial and for the vehicle security center.
museum opened a preview site on Vesey St. at the end of But the Port did not finish installing the arches on
August, one of their goals was to cut into the business of the east-west connector and did not bid the structural
vendors around the World Trade Center site who peddle steel package for the W.T.C. transportation hub. The
disaster-themed flipbooks. Port Authority said it would mitigate the impact of these
So far, the preview site appears to be succeeding. Its shortfalls so as not to delay the overall timetable of the
top-selling item so far is a booklet, called “Remembering projects.
9/11,” which was designed to compete with the street The final missed milestone, the demolition of 130
vendors. More than 4,000 copies have sold for $8.95 Liberty St., lies in the purview of the Lower Manhattan
apiece, and the foundation is now reprinting them in Development Corp., not the Port Authority.
English, Spanish and French, foundation president Joe Image courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP The Port also set new milestones for the fourth quarter
Daniels said. A look of what the World Trade Center performing of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, marking the first
In all, the preview site has attracted more than arts center being designed by Frank Gehry may look time the Port has announced its specific construction
230,000 visitors who bought nearly $400,000 of mer- like. It will be at least eight years before it opens. goals nearly six months in advance. Milestones for the
chandise. The profits, about 60 percent of the revenue, first quarter of 2010 include bringing steel for 1 W.T.C.
will go toward building the memorial and museum. cover the $50 million annual operating cost of the memo- up to the 20th floor level and extending the Liberty St.
Daniels said Monday that he has not decided whether rial and museum, but Daniels plans to seek private dona- bridge south to make room for more work on the site.
the museum will have to charge admission when it opens tions and government support first.
as soon as 2013. Ticket revenue may be necessary to In the rush to get the memorial open for the 10-year


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PUBLISHER & EDITOR torted values adopted by our fellow citizens.
John W. Sutter Liberty for New York? Tribeca Scrooge? This is the real cancer.
Josh Rogers New Yorkers who value freedom, civil rights advo- To The Editor: Michael Gottlieb
cates, gays and lesbians got some good news Tuesday Re “Merry Gift?” (UnderCover, Oct. 30
Scott Stiffler night: gays may not have to sit on the back of the bus too – Nov. 6):
much longer, at least in terms of same sex marriage. The I have been a resident of Tribeca for over
REPORTERS Democratically-controlled State Senate finally committed 30 years. I have been on both sides of the Wild for wildlife
Albert Amateau
Lincoln Anderson to bringing the marriage equality bill to a vote before the fence... on the receiving and giving end. I can’t
Patrick Hedlund end of the year. If it passes, the bill will become law since believe that someone wants to do something To The Editor:
Julie Shapiro the Assembly has passed this measure twice already. for the community for free, for the benefit of The saga of the BlackBerries has been
SR. V.P. OF SALES AND Gov. David Paterson deserves enormous credit for underprivileged children and C.B. 1 is denying wonderful to follow. On the one hand, here
MARKETING not letting the Democratic Senate leaders dawdle too that. It is simply unacceptable. Why wouldn’t were all these people willing to step out of
Francesco Regini much longer by insisting they commit to a vote. Since a anyone want to do whatever they could to their own interested perspectives and see
full debate is likely to take only a few hours, we would benefit children? Is it because Mr. Strazzullo their own character as human beings defined
Jason Sherwood have strongly preferred a schedule commitment within isn’t asking for any assistance, but is denied by understanding and addressing the real
a week, but the difference between one or seven weeks because they feel that this is “self-promotion?” happiness of this mother cat and her kit-
ADVERTISING SALES will not matter much in the long run. Our bigger concern I am beginning to think it is all about “forget tens (“Orphan kittens get homes. Goldman
Allison Greaker
Robert Lucarelli is that with wide disagreement on how to close an ever- about Christmas” in Tribeca. Most corpora- ‘BlackBerries’ adopted,” news article, Nov.
Julio Tumbaco increasing state budget deficit, and given the Senate’s tions that do “something” for the community 6 - 12). This is the sort of thing that gives
Danielle Zupanovich year of stalemate, futility and a domestic violence convic- do it for self-promotion. If that is the case, one a sense there is hope for our most inva-
RETAIL AD MANAGER tion of a gay marriage-supporting senator, the promise what is the problem as long as the outcome is sive and quite often senselessly destructive
Colin Gregory could be broken. An unresolved budget deficit will be an benefiting those who need it? I don’t even like of species.
easy excuse to delay the vote yet again. the sentence, “Salvatore Strazzullo thought he There really are good people out there.
David Jaffe (Incidentally, as we and others have pointed out was giving his neighborhood a gift it wouldn’t The story also points to an interesting
before, legalizing gay marriage would help the budget refuse,” which, to me as an Italian American, change: Urban wildlife is increasing — feral
ART / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR situation as it would serve as a modest, short-term eco- is derogatory towards our ethnicity. dogs and cats, but also pigeons (brought
Troy Masters
nomic stimulus to the many communities throughout the Does the community board want everyone here to be eaten; escaped to survive against
ART DIRECTOR state with beautiful wedding venues.) to think that all Tribeca residents are financially all odds) and hawks (driven to extinction,
Mark Hasselberger The prospects for passage appear promising, although “fit?” The truth is, probably most of Tribeca now finding a way back); starlings and spar-
GRAPHIC DESIGNER no one knows for sure. Even a defeated bill would at residents could benefit from some assistance rows and a whole host of native wildlife —
Jamie Paakkonen least put everyone on record. We think it would ulti- and even if the proceeds aren’t directed towards squirrels and raccoons and bears and even
DISTRIBUTION & CIRCULATION mately doom many of the opponents since polls continue Tribeca, it doesn’t matter, children in need will coyotes.
Cheryl Williamson to show strong support for marriage rights among the be the recipient of something good. This increase is a mark of our success:
CONTRIBUTORS young. Come on C.B. 1, do the right thing. We keep pushing our “bedroom communi-
Frank R. Angelino The real reason to pass this is to give equal rights (at ties” outward from the city core, changing
Wickham Boyle least under state law) to consenting adult couples who Annette Milano the old habitat to something more suited to
Tim Lavin love each other. It’s to let the thousands of children grow- our needs.
David Stanke ing up with gay parents know that New York no longer This increase is also a mark of the ani-
Jerry Tallmer
thinks their dads and moms are second class. It’s to help mals’ success: They have figured out how to
PHOTOGRAPHERS the next Edie Windsor. She recently lost her partner in Blame us all for greed live with us. This may be a greater success.
Lorenzo Ciniglio life and now owes nearly a million dollars in inheritance Part of the measure of the increase can
Milo Hess
Corky Lee taxes because government ignores the commitment she To The Editor: be found in the way we react to animals.
Elisabeth Robert made to her loved one, Thea Spirer. Re “Let us apologize for Goldman Sachs” There was Simcha Felder’s chopped off city
Jefferson Siegel How many more weeks and years will these injusticies (editorial, Oct. 23-29): comptroller race; he took on pigeons, and it
be sanctioned by the government? I’d like to apologize to the readers of turned out more people liked pigeons than
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was riding her motorized scooter in the protected The decisions, attitudes and actions of ally take little persuasion to see how charm-
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The Parks workers were collecting garbage and large degree, by the values and conscious- add. As to the hard-core: There are people
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along all lanes’ traffic-side edges to make it clear that social conscience manifested by Downtown time. And that is really neat, well worth
cars must keep out. We need to look to other cities, Express. But you need to understand that watching, and even better, well worth being
Member of the
New York Press like Amsterdam, to learn how to make our bicycle pointing a finger at Goldman Sachs is bark- part of.
Association infrastructure safer. ing up the wrong tree. If Downtown Express
Member of the Again, no cyclist or motorized-scooter rider should wants to elevate society, readdress wrongs, Donald Jenner
National ever be struck by a vehicle in a bike lane, or ever have then it needs to diagnose “the patient” cor- Self-described Secretary/Treasurer of Wildlife
to encounter one blocking the lane — except in an rectly. in Tribeca
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Continued from page 18 in the City of New York. to help would have been the same. I was
Speaker Silver’s action has preserved “touting” my friend and her abilities, not ON DOWNTOWNEXPRESS.COM
Battery Park City’s viability for now, and we making a statement about the importance
Silver saved us coin look forward to working with him and the of the job she was seeking. “Downtowners help mayor squeak by,
B.P.C.A. to ensure our community remains a Ms. Grillo’s characterization of my let- voting for Dems in other races” (news
To The Editor: vitally important part of our great city. ters as “hate notes” is puzzling. My letters article, posted Nov. 5)
As Battery Park City homeowners, we want on this particular matter have essentially
to commend Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Gene Glazer, Jim Hopkins, Anthony been analytical in nature. I was stunned and disheartened to see the
for his decisive action in opposing the great Notaro, Jr. and Pat Smith Finally, I want to respond to the letter from reasons people voted for Bloomberg in this
raid on the Battery Park City Authority (“Gov Members of the Battery Park City Jeanne Wilcke, which characterizes me as a article. Michael Grossman said it best when
shifts some on B.P.C. $$$, Silver says,” news Homeowners Coalition “political appointee of Alan Gerson” (Letter he spoke of the blatant violation of democracy
article, Nov.6 - 12). This was the ill-conceived Nov. 6 – 12, “Club vote”). That remark represented in Bloomberg’s overturning of term
plan hatched in Albany to direct the authority refers to the fact that Councilmember Gerson limits. ... Is this the message we want to give our
to borrow $200 million and turn that money appointed me as a member of Community children? If you do a decent job of keeping things
over to the state to help plug the budget gap. Admirable but minor Board 1, another unpaid volunteer position clean and tidy, and do your math homework and
That additional B.P.C.A. debt would that requires hours of work each month on then pay people to be on your team you don’t
have been paid by the residents and busi- To The Editor: important community issues which I am have to obey the law? I was deeply disappointed
nesses of Battery Park City. Speaker Silver Jean Grillo’s characteristically self- very happy to have had the opportunity to in our downtown communities. Especially the
saw the plan for what it was, an unfair tax promotional response claims that I “belit- do. But anyone who is familiar with my people who have children attending our schools.
on the people who live and work in Battery tle” people who are district leaders by work on C.B. 1 knows that my views on ... Perhaps the small group of us that have been
Park City, and he stopped it. pointing out that it is a minor unpaid matters that come before that body, as well protecting their children by getting them school
Battery Park City homeowners already Democratic party position (Letter, Nov. as on other community issues, are ones that seats at the last minute when this mayor could
pay among the highest taxes per square 6 – 12, “Leaders lead”). To the contrary, I have formed independently, regardless of not care less have done too good a job. I hope
foot, both directly and indirectly, of any I think it is admirable that some people whether or not those views are shared by for their sake they don’t have toddlers as when
condo or coop owners in Manhattan. We are willing to devote time and energy to Councilmember Gerson. I call things as I this group is gone all bets are off for the younger
pay real estate taxes through the B.P.C.A. such minor volunteer positions in support see them without giving a second thought children in the neighborhood.
as a PILOT. Residents and businesses of their political party. I have personally as to whether taking a particular position
also pay ground rents which underwrite worked (always as a volunteer) for numer- on an issue might jeopardize or enhance my Tricia Joyce
an additional payment to the City of New ous political causes and non-profit groups prospects for reappointment to C.B. 1, and
York, more than $100 million per year, over the years. Still, that does not blind that will continue to be the case.
which is supposed to be used for afford- me to the reality that working in such a “9/11 health bill”(news article, posted
able housing. Finally, we pay fees to the volunteer post cannot begin to compare Bill Love Nov. 5)
B.P.C.A., which are used to create a very in importance to being a councilmember,
beautiful place which is open for all to assemblymember or state senator. Editor’s Notes: All community board The sick first responders have waited so long,
enjoy, no matter where they may live. The fact that I supported a candidate members are appointed by the borough now this crap. [We] should have just had a bill
The speaker understands this and he is in a district leader race has nothing to president, who must consider the local coun- for the responders that worked at the W.T.C. So
working to make sure that Battery Park City do with my objective assessment of that cilmember’s recommendations for half of the let the others start their own bill. Everyone now
remains affordable for current and future position. I was simply asked by a friend slots. Jean Grillo, author of the “Leaders wants to be included, which is wrong. Start a law
residents. Huge increases in the ground rent to assist in a political campaign in which lead” letter published last week, contacted suit for your own group, lady. Sorry but that’s
threaten the viability of Battery Park City, she had decided to become a candidate. us to clarify that the work she described as how many are seeing you — as a trouble maker.
both as a community and as a reliable source If the position my friend was seeking had a poll site monitor is for pay and is distinct
of funding earmarked for affordable housing been dogcatcher instead, my willingness from her unpaid work as a district leader.

“The man washing pictures of him washing his own windows
at home.
Camej emigrated from Albania to the

windows outside U.S. with his pregnant wife in 1969, and
she had their baby girl the next day. When
he started working at the W.T.C., he told

the 110th floor” his wife he worked inside so she wouldn’t
worry about him, but his cover was blown
when he appeared on Channel 7 and in the
The majority of the windows at the
Downtown Express W.T.C. were cleaned by automatic window
washing machines that traveled on stainless
November 8-21, 1994 steel tracks, which took 20 minutes to travel
down a floor and another 10 minutes to
Roko Camej, 53, had been washing travel back up. Two men traveled with the
windows at the World Trade Center for machine to make sure it functioned properly.
20 years, and had a nice tan to show for The windows at Windows On the World, the
it when Downtown Express profiled him restaurant on the 107th floor, had to be hand
15 years ago. “I like my job. I don’t bother washed because the panes were too narrow
anyone and no one bothers me,” he said for the machines.
while smiling. “Except when you people “To me, this is normal,” he said while anything. A penny dropped from here would “There were so many people in the stairs,
come.” pointing to the round domes atop the World kill someone.” I thought they’d find us all like roaches the
Camej began fielding press inquiries Financial Center. “When I started working Before the 1993 W.T.C. bombing, Camej next day,” he said.
about his job in 1975. Some journalists here, there was nothing. Now it’s a beautiful was on the 107th floor and it took him four
from Germany even asked if they could take small city. We have to be careful not to drop hours to get out of the building. Prepared by Helaina N. Hovitz
20 November 13 - 19, 2009 downtown express

Downtown Soccer League highlights
DC UNITED VS RED BULLS RANGERS VS. DUNDEE (MINOR 9) BORDEAUX VS. NICE (MAJOR 11) In the second half, Dario scored first
(MAJOR 12-13) The game between the Rangers and Substitute coach Ashley Marable goal with a quick poke. Jared Beh contin-
DC United ran into a buzz-saw yesterday Dundee Oct. 31 was a real thriller. Dundee stepped in for John Griffin as their team, uously opened the field with his insightful
on a muddy track that stalled out much of scored early off a squeaker into the corner Bordeaux, faced off against Bob Potter’s passing, with Athena Karavasilis, Vidal
their own fleet-footed attack two weeks ago. of the goal and then slammed the door on Nice. Griffin’s son Elias was missing Carrion and Lumia Nocito all playing
From the start the Red Bulls showed why a Ranger attack, which showed promise for from the lineup as well, Sara Salitan was stingy defense, holding Nice back from
they are the only unbeaten team this year in the future. After the initial blow, the Rangers out with a sprained ankle; and with Luke scoring. Nice, including players, tried
the 12-13 Major Division. defense stiffened as Noah Goodman, James Marable under the weather, Bordeaux had to even the score at one. But Bordeaux’s
The Bulls’ potent forecourt of Dash Turner and Chris Gushee withstood every- only 10 players at full strength. Anthony Miguez came up with the second
Liebermann, Lucas Deysine and Theo Munger thing Dundee‘s offense could throw at James Carney was in goal for Bordeaux goal and teammate Issei the third, both
put the screws to United in a 4-1 victory, fed them. Rangers goalies Jack McCabe and in the first half, masterfully handling a low opening their scoring accounts for the
continuously by a stingy defense and active Jacob Cohen made some brilliant diving shot from the left about 12 yards outside of year.
midfield led by standout Alex Scheman. The saves to keep the game close, but the Dundee the penalty box. Carney stretched out and Other Nice players made nice passes
continuous attacks by Winger Max Wissmann shield would also remain unbroken as Olivia tipped the ball around the goal post for a and worked hard on defense for their team,
fed the centers Jake Rosenberg and Jason O‘Toole, Julian Memmo and Amber Pongrass nice save, giving up a corner kick in the including Maisie Fisher, Alex Monticciolo,
Polychronakos with dangerous crosses while fought hard for the Black & Gold. process. Both Max Kong and Mateo Flores Mia Potter, Lulu Priddy, Auri Ribes, Kyra
Defender Joshua Lorberblatt, together with Perhaps spurred by coach Jake Turner‘s half- played well in midfield, Anthony Miguez Russo, Julia Udell and Anna Van Patten,
second half goalie Noam Saul denied United time pep talk the Rangers were a different team played right fullback, Lumia Nocito played but Nice could not catch up to Bordeaux’s
promising chances. in the second half. Mid-ielders, Brooke Kirwin, left fullback, and Matt played fullback. 3-0 lead against a recovered Marable in
DC United’s front court of Louis Moreschi, Kendall Chapman and Jack O‘Halloran went Their traditional diamond defense helped goal. Then James Carney made up for an
Brian Alvarado and Nigel Epps had a num- toe-to-toe with Dundee, continually feed- keep Nice, including plays by the formi- earlier open goal miss, by lashing in the
ber of good chances in the second half with ing their strikers for repeated attacks. dable offense of Balthazar Merrin, Gavin fourth goal for Bordeaux, further frus-
some timely feeds and solid set-ups from With time winding down Dundee with- Zinzell, Truman Dunn, Graham Nelson trating a team which has built a winning
middie captain Aidan Rogers and Henry stood a withering array of breakouts and and Will Pangburn, scoreless. reputation in the past few years.
Lilien. Moreschi and Alvarado combined chances by the Rangers. Ranger center- With 10 minutes left in the first half, The final score was Bordeaux 4, Nice 0.
for several rushes of more than 50 yards, forward Noah Deguchteneere put on a clinic visiting player Tyler Rohan took one for
but Moreschi could only put one in the goal, repeatedly dribbling through the defense, his old team when Zinzell booted a mud- LYON VS. MARSEILLE (MAJOR 11)
with one called back for a very close off-side but wingers Chris Barker and Liam Doyle covered ball in his left eye by mistake. In earlier action, Liz Lamere’s Lyon
call. Middie Ava Anderson turned in her fin- just couldn‘t put the ball home as Dundee‘s Gavin was apologetic, but Rohan was out team beat Brad Bodwell’s Marseille team
est game of the season with numerous stops goalie made several fine saves to preserve for the rest of the game. The first half 1-0, which made for the first win for Coach
and fine outlet passes. Defenders Jasmine the 1-nil win. ended 0-0, thanks to Judah Lang in goal Lamere this season. Lucy Winokur scored
Campise and Scarlett Perry also turned in “What a game!” said referee Manny for Nice, despite several offensive rushes the winning goal for Lyon with a low
one of their best efforts. d‘Almeida. by Dario Flores for Bordeaux. strong arc. Way to persevere, Lyon!

Undefeated M.A.T. girls take
You make it
possible! city soccer title
The scene at Icahn Stadium last Saturday also a track and field champion, broke away
was one for the ages. Perfect fall weather, on the right side and beat the defense in front
Downtown United Soccer Club and Gotham Girls FC are big crowd, sun setting behind the field and of the goal and was tripped up. After a penalty
the best two middle school girls soccer teams kick ensued, which missed high, the M.A.T.
committed to the providing the opportunity for children of all
warming up for the city’s middle school cham- coaches called on defender/midfielder Akiele
ages and abilities to play recreation soccer. pionship. Manhattan Academy of Technology Lewis to guard Gianna one on one and stay
in Chinatown had been there before, last year with her the whole game. The result. She
We serve over 1,500 kids in our community. And we are as a matter of fact, losing a heartbreaker to touched the ball once from that point on.
committed to ensuring no child is ever denied the opportunity to Hunter. Anderson had not. And 3 minutes The Dragons also got some strong defensive
into the game, it showed. plays from Elizabeth Yang, Haille McKenzie,
play due to economic reasons.
“Our girls just came out of the gate with Lucero Smith, and Gigi Raskin, who never
a lot of confidence, a lot of heart and a lot of even allowed a shot in the semi finals and
Through a progressive training methodology and enthusiasm.” coach John Dematteo said. At finals. M.A.T.’s star goalie, Gabby Wallach,
comprehensive/diverse programs, DUSC & GGFC are now the 3:30 mark, Noah Azulai found right mid- wasn’t tested once.
widening their scope and increasing the opportunity to all ages, fielder Angelina Panken, who lofted a nifty The midfield combination of Eve Grassfield,
abilities and backgrounds. right-footed goal past the keeper to set the Noah Azulai, Eva Bonsignour made sure
tone of the game. After that, it was pretty that the star forward combination of Safiyah
much all M.A.T. Riddle, Angelina Panken and Amanda Inglesh
We could not provide these programs without the The Dragons won 3-0 and finished the got their shots and were able to work their
generous support of our volunteers, our family, corporate, season a perfect 12 – 0. magic.
and local business sponsors. Just before the end of the first half, M.A.T. The Dragons will celebrate their victory
struck again, on a great cross pass from on Dec. 11th at the school’s end of year fall
Safiyah Riddle, who found forward Amanda sports award ceremony, where Dematteo will
Next week, we will thank them publicly by displaying their logos. Inglesh wide open on the left side who drilled say goodbye to his eight graders, but also look
But this week, we want to offer a heartfelt THANK YOU to all in a no touch shot on the run. forward to the future with his new 6th and
the parents, players, volunteers, local politicians and business “That was one of the most beautiful goals 7th graders.
owners who make these programs possible. I’ve ever seen in middle school soccer, on any “I cannot replace the 8th grade girls I had
level,” coach Rob Mehan said. “We’re very this year,” he said. “They were everything you
proud of the way our girls played today and could ask for in student athletes and I know
they deserved to win.” they will go on to do great things not only in
Anderson, however, was not going down soccer and athletics, but as productive mem-
easy. Anderson forward Gianna Finz, who is bers of society as well.”
downtown express November 13 - 19, 2009 21

New Parent “Drop-In” gives new parents the chance to discuss

their concerns and ask questions. Topics include feeding, sleep-
ing, creating support networks. Punch card for 10 sessions is
$100. Summer Special: $90 punch card if purchased before Aug
31. Playdate Drop-Ins are Mon & Thurs, 10-11:30am and Tues

ACTIVITIES 3-4:30pm. New Parent Drop-Ins are Mon 1:30-3:30pm. Educa-
tional Alliance Downtown Parenting Center,197 East Broadway
(between Jefferson & Clinton St). Visit

LITERALLY ALIVE THEATER The Village-based children’s the- STORYTIME AT BABYLICIOUS Children ages 3 to 4 are wel-
ater company presents their family-friendly version of that holiday Pick of the Week come to participate in free storytime with songs, stories and lots
classic “A Christmas Carol” — sure to be more entertaining and of fun. Free. Every Tue, 9:30am. At Babylicious, 51 Hudson St
less disturbing than the Jim Carrey version currently haunting the STUDIO TOUR (between Duane and Jay St). Call 212-406-7440, or visit babyli-
movies. Sat, Nov 21 through Wed, Dec 30; at the Players Theatre The Little Airplane Studio Tour gives
(115 MacDougal St.). For a schedule, visit www.literallyalive. kids an insider’s look at how children’s
com. For tickets, visit or call television is made. Every aspect of pro- TODDLER PLAY GROUP Story time, play time and fun educa-
212-352-3101. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which duction — from writing to animation to tional activities are all part of the Community Toddler Play Group
opens 11am daily. Use the coupon code “Villager” to save 20%. voice-over recording — will be explained for parents with their children. Foster your toddler’s imagination
to families by the Little Airplane creative through history, science and maritime-themed activities using
LIMECAT FAMILY THEATER Their family-friendly production team. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 11am interactive materials and engaging book readings.$7 per child,
— “The Goldfish Twins Swim the Big Blue Sea” — is running and 3pm; at 207 Front Street (South free to family members, Every Wed, 1-2:30pm, South Street Sea-
through Nov 21, every Saturday, 11:30am at St. Luke’s Theatre Street Seaport). $10 per person; reser- port Museum, 12 Fulton Street. Call 212-748-8786 or visit south-
(308 W. 46th St; and through Jan 31, 2010 every Sun, Noon, at vations required. Call 212-965-8999 or
the Actors Temple; 339 W. 47th St). “The Tortoise and the Hare’s visit Photo courtesy of Little Airplane Productions
Holiday Hoopla” opens at St. Luke’s Theatre on Sat, Nov 28. For TEEN VOLLEYBALL All teens are welcome and no previous
a complete schedule, visit For tickets, visit kidsclub on the day of event (btw 9am and 2pm) at the Tribeca Park City. Call 212-537-0511 or visit experience necessary; referee/scorekeeper and ball provided. or call 212-239-6200. Cinemas Box Office, 54 Varick St. For info, call 212-941-2001. Presented by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Sat, 4:30-
KIDS STORYTIME Storyteller Yvonne Brooks leads a storytime 6:30pm. Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, 345
PENNY JONES & CO. PUPPETS The venerable children’s the- POETS HOUSE Their new home in Battery Park City has with arts and crafts for kids ages 3-7, every Sat at 12pm in the Chambers Street. Call 646-210-4292.
ater company presents a puppet ballet set to the rollicking music a 50,000-volume poetry library, children’s room, multimedia children’s section. Baby storytime with storyteller Stewart Dawes
of Kabalevsky’s symphonic suite, “The Circus & Sebastian” is the archive, programming hall and reading room (10 River Terrace at takes place on Fri at 4:00pm for ages younger than 2. McNally WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR EVENT IN THE DOWN-
story of Sebastian, a park attendant who yearns for a job with Murray St). Call 212-431-7920 or visit Sat, Jackson Booksellers, 52 Prince St, (between Lafayette and Mul- TOWN EXPRESS KIDS LISTINGS? Listings requests may be
the circus. Sun, Nov 15, 11am and 1 pm, at the Westbeth Com- Nov 14, 11am, Poets House presents “The Buzz with Naomi Shi- berry). Call 212-274-1160 or visit e-mailed to Please provide the date,
munity Center (55 Bethune St). Admission is free; no reservations hab Nye.” Part of their Poetry for Children series, this workshop time, location, price and a description of the event. Information
required. For information, call 212-924-0525 of reading, writing and discussing poems features Shihab Nye PLAYDATE AND NEW PARENT DROP IN The Playdate may also be mailed to 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York,
— author of the recent young-adult poetry collection “Honey- “Drop-In” is a great place to bring toddlers. While the children NY 10013-1548. Requests must be received two weeks before
MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE MCT’s latest produc- bee.” Free admission. play together, parents can socialize in the Parenting Center. The the event is to be published. Questions? Call 646-452-2507.
tion, “The Snow Queen,” is Kristin Walter’s original musical adap-
tation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Mischievous CHILDREN’S BASKETBALL Children can play with adjustable

trolls, magic mirrors, witches, reindeer and a frozen palace all height hoops, and participate in fun drills to improve their skills.
combine to tell the tale of young Gerda and Kay — who embark Free. Mon and Fri through Oct 30 (except holiday weekends),
on a quest to save their small European village (and themselves) 3:30-4:30pm for 5-6 year olds; 4:30-5:30pm for 7 & older. Nelson ■
from the chilling effects of the Snow Queen. Through Jan 3, A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City (access: Chambers Street).
2010, every Sat and Sun at Noon and 2pm; at Manhattan Chil- Call 212-267-9700, or visit
dren’s Theatre (52 White St, 2 blocks south of Canal Street
between Broadway & Church Streets). For tickets ($20), call 212- CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS (CMA) Explore paint-

352-3101 or visit ing, collage, and sculpture through self-guided art projects.
Open art stations are ongoing throughout the afternoon, giving
TRIBECA CINEMA KIDS CLUB This new series features
classic short and feature length films. “Tribeca Cinema Kids
children the opportunity to experiment with materials such as
paint, clay, fabric, paper, and found objects. Admission $10. Wed-
Club” screens flicks appropriate for all ages — augmented by Sun, 12-5pm; Thurs, 12-6pm. Children’s Museum of the Arts, 182
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Post-minimalism humor, vintage porn and subtle sculpture
Three art exhibits worth your time, effort
Through November 29, at Invisible-Exports (14A Orchard
St., btw. Hester and Canal St.). Call 212-226-5447 or visit

Stephen Irwin transforms vintage pornography — which
dates back to the time of his own adolescence — into images
of mystified erotica. The Kentucky based artist does this
in an almost Romantic fashion while honoring the “less is
more” principle.
In his hands, formerly explicit magazine spreads become
obscured, be it through undoing their once lusty plastic polish,
by rubbing out parts of the image or veiling them in layers of
neutral paint. It is a process that adds mystique by taking away
information; but as much as Irwin disguises the original porn,
he also zooms in on some specific details.
In one work, a finger recedes into a nest of hair. It is the
only recognizable image left and it becomes further crystal-
lized as Irwin surrounds it with marble-esque layers of white
paint. The attention is driven towards the anatomy of the
finger, single hairs, and the skin, which has the complexion
favored in Leonardo da Vinci’s portraits. The obscured image
becomes isolated and even iconographic. It is a good example
of how Irwin denies us access but also keeps us focused. It is
this divide, which reveals the artist’s witty sense of humor and
playfulness that makes Irwin’s work especially enchanting.
Irwin’s images are canny and his transformations of some-
thing blunt into something ethereal and poetic are skillfully
realized. In addition, his work expresses a gentleness that seems
to hint at physical fragility. Singled out body parts, no matter
from which part of the body they have been taken and no
matter in what kind of act they might be engaged, can appear
vulnerable and Irwin treats his subjects almost tenderly. His
images manifest as glimpses of deeply personal fantasies, but
they are also highly associative.
When surveying the compositions on display, viewers will
repeatedly find themselves pondering what exactly has been
omitted. What fleshy details or what kind of person are hid-
ing underneath Irwin’s veils? Occasionally, faint images can
be traced through thinner layers of paint, but the works that
are the least clear and most suggestive are the ones that are
the most engaging. They succeed in opening up a vast erotic Photo courtesy of the artists and LMAK projects
landscape for us to explore.
“Jurassic Technology” by Harold Ancart (collaborating w/Olivier Babin)
WORLD.” Through December 18, at The Drawing Center made for an unusual mélange and Morton was one of the first exhibit a treat for those who know Morton’s work well and those
(35 Wooster St., below Broome St.). Call 212-219-2166 or to employ a minimal vocabulary for deeply personal statements. who just encounter her for the first time.
visit According to the press release, it was Morton’s wish to be “light
It is astonishing to learn that the late American artist Ree and ironic on serious subjects without frivolity.” In Morton’s “HAROLD ANCART: WITHIN LIMITS.” Through December
Morton (1936–1977) produced her versatile body of work in body of work, Americana, kitsch, cartoonish illustrations, formal 6, at LMAK projects LES (139 Eldridge St., at Delancey St.).
just a single decade. Her career began in her thirties — after she abstraction and language are fused into a harmonious jumble. Call 212-255-9707 or visit
already attended nursing school, married, and had three children. Morton was considered part of the feminist movement and A thrillingly modest yet elegant installation of two sculp-
She later completed her BFA at the University of Rhode Island in her loss, not unlike that of Eva Hesse — who died while in her tures and a drawing mark Harold Ancart’s first New York
1968 and her MFA at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1970. thirties in 1970 and who also had only worked for a decade — solo exhibition. The examination of space and its inherent
Just before her 41st birthday, her life was tragically cut short by was a major loss for the community. limitations are key concerns for this Belgian artist.
a fatal car accident. A career suddenly cut short always leaves a void and the ques- Ancart favors simplicity, minimal gestures, and clarity
This drawing-based show, which further includes a selection tion of how this artist might have progressed. Morton’s work is over visual noise and convolution. The most elaborate work
of notebook sketches and major drawing-based sculptural works, sensitive, elegant and has an air of post-modern classicism. It is in this installation is made of nearly invisible nylon wire.
reveals the profundity of Morton’s perception and the unique a shame that despite two posthumous exhibitions — a retrospec- The different wires, spanning walls and ceiling, are orga-
spirit that drove her work. The exhibition title was taken from a tive at The New Museum in 1980 and a 1985 solo exhibition nized geometrically, enveloping the space in-between the
T.S. Eliot poem, which Morton kept above her studio desk. It is a at the Guggenheim Museum in New York — her work has all architectural confines. While this method of drawing “into”
gesture that leads to the impression that we are meant to discover but vanished from the public eye and left her oeuvre largely space might be seen as an obvious homage to the oeuvre of
the artist here as much as the person, who worked ceaselessly to unrecognized. the formidable Minimalist sculptor Fred Sandback, Ancart
create a voice that would be heard. The Drawing Center, under the curation of João Ribas, has set offers his own take by adding a notion of painterly gesture.
Post-minimalism had a strong impact on Morton’s oeuvre, sails against this unjust drift towards oblivion. Some of the works
which was further infused with a keen sense of humor. This on display have never before been shown publicly, making this Continued on page 23
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He has altered some parts of the nylon wire
by painting it with layers of polymer and
raw black pigment. As a result, the sculpture
upon close inspection disproves the illusion
of homogeneousness. Certain parts of the
wires receive more attention than others,
vary in density and hence, offer establish an
overall sense of individualism.
Ancart’s preference for subtlety mani-
fests in another sculpture — a steel multiple
structure with cross-like shapes at the ends
— which derives its meaning through the
simple interplay of light and shadow. It is
the gallery’s wall on which the sculpture
is installed, that captures the shadow and
because of that becomes an integral part of
the work. There is no doubt that Ancart’s
sculptural works aim to draw as much atten-
tion to the architectural characteristics of
their temporary settings, as to themselves.
Though Ancart’s work is well thought out
and requires careful planning, it contains a
certain sketch-like quality. This is partially
due to the restrained nature of the artist’s
gesture, but also to the fact that each work
embodies a clear set of concepts. It seems
fitting that the only two-dimensional work in
this exhibition features the word “IDEA.”
It is Ancart’s challenge of course to trans-
late his ideas into three-dimensional form and
to transform these three-dimensional works
into a spatial experience. His ambition to let
each space’s physical limitations provide him
Photo courtesy of Stephen Iriwn and Invisible-Exports
with a set of parameters leaves no doubt that
there is plenty of room for exploration. Stephen Irwin’s “Rubbed” (2009, Altered vintage pornography, 11 x 17 inches)

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Flower, on hero’s journey, seeks revenge
Mixed-stagecraft extravaganza boasts cast of 45 — plus you!
GROOM LOVE: There are no options.
THEATER (He slaps her to take her out of her craze.)
It’s just you and me. (Slap) Look at me.
(Slap) Just you and me. Forever.
THE LILY’S REVENGE BRIDE LOVE (horrified): Ahhhhhhhh.
Written by Taylor Mac, directed by Mac and
others SUBPRIME LOVE: What do we do?
Through November 22
BRIDE LOVE: Burn the apartment
At HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue (between Spring down.
and Broome)
Call 212-352-3101 Girls are ancient crones a la the witches of
“Macbeth”]: Burn mother fucker burn!
Taylor Mac, who wrote it and now over- BRIDE LOVE: I’ve got the lighter
sees it, doesn’t know how many roles there fluid.
are, all told, in “The Lily’s Revenge” — his
mixed-stagecraft extravaganza at HERE, GROOM LOVE: What if you get
in SoHo. caught?
With a laugh he says: “Maybe 45?”
Performed, he specifi es, by 36 “living BRIDE LOVE: You do it.
actors” plus others on video. But then, the
audience is also part of the show, so the GROOM LOVE: Ladies first.
total performers should be 45-plus-??? on
any given night. BRIDE LOVE: Why ladies first?
Just a sampling from the three-page
Cast of Characters: GROOM LOVE: Etiquette.

Mary Prime Deity BRIDE LOVE: Blame.
Mary Subprime Deity
Time (also plays Wind and GROOM LOVE: Chivalry.
An Audience Member (any age or gen- BRIDE LOVE: Cowardice.
The Great Longing (a talking curtain) Photo by Ves Pitts Jungian? It’s positively Beckettian.
Bride Puppet Lily is one fey flower you don’t want to mix it up with. Taylor Mac, who has a list of credits and
Bride Deity awards as long as your arm — not least, an
Baby’s Breath their 70s. I hear over and over again: ‘We of the world. My family wears our pajamas Edward Albee Foundation Residency —
Daisy #1 weren’t planning to stay, but…’ ” to the wedding and everyone agrees it is a lives “with my lover” in the Gramercy Park
Daisy #2 There are five acts, six directors — perfect day.” area. He has been affiliated with HERE for
Tulip Paul Zimet, Rachel Chavkin, Fay Driscoll, A little farther on: 14 years now. His day jobs have included
Poppy Aaron Rhyne, Kristin Marting, David “I become aware of AIDS on the same that of “cater waiter” at other people’s
Forget-Me-Not (the audience) Drake (with Mac himself available “to day puberty enters my life. AIDS awareness functions and parties.
give it a certain common vision”) — and happens in the form of the Pope preaching He chose to make the hero of this work
…and, of course, Lily, a five-petaled a whole congerie of theatrical modes (Noh abstinence to fight AIDS. Puberty comes in a Lily in part because, like “pansy,” the
flower. play, verse play, puppet play, dance, audi- a dream that consists of two boys humping word is a derogation for homosexuality
And yes, the application of the name ence participation) within a sort of overall each other while Maggie Smith, in Greek — “but the real reason I chose ‘Lily,’ ” he
“Mary” is just what you think — in Taylor Jungian mythic spookiness. toga, astride a Pegasus, reads their wed- says, “comes from Greek mythology. Juno
Mac’s words, “a term of opprobrium for “I like Jung,” says Taylor Mac. “And it ding vows. After this dream I am afraid to is the goddess of marriage, and wherever
gay men.” is a Jungian play. masturbate because I think, since I am gay, a drop of her breast milk hits the ground,
He sees “The Lily’s Revenge” as “a “It’s really only about three and a half I will give myself AIDS.”, there a lily grows.”
hero’s journey” toward full manhood, hours,” he says of the play’s running time. Taylor Mac (the first two of his three A closing retrospective from his mono-
whatever one’s particular orientation. “The rest is intermissions.” real names) was born August 24, 1973, logues:
No doubt, dear reader, you can figure But the show goes on during intermis- in Laguna Beach, California, but grew “In 2004 George W. Bush is elected
out who plays Lily. sions, too, all through the HERE prem- up in Stockton, California — “kind of President once more, primarily because
So, Mr. Mac, who or what is Lily taking ises, upstairs and down, just as Judith a poor suburbia” — near the capitol at people don’t want gays to marry. I attend
revenge on? Malina had the cast of Jack Gelber’s “The Sacramento my first lesbian wedding in my home state
“The antagonist.” Playwright-director- Connection” do at the Living Theater “My father worked for the National of California. The wedding is typical:
actor lets it go at that, not wanting to give exactly 50 years ago. Forest. He died when I was 4. My mother grandma dances disco…The femme wears
away the ending. Which comes five and a Here at HERE, even in the bathrooms became an art teacher. Yeah, that stuff is a dress and Dawn, the butch, a tuxedo…
half hours after the start. you can listen, during intermissions, to an all basically true,” he says of those inter- “This is also the year Ronald Reagan
“It kind of goes by very quickly.,” he admirably straightforward series of auto- mission monologues. “To show why I cre- dies and, inspired by Princess Diana’s
says. “We’ve cut some repetitions. The biographical monologues telling how the ated this piece.” funeral a few years before. Thousands of
environment is always changing. By the “Lily” author got to be that author. Here, just for flavor, is a wedding-cake people descend on Washington to throw
time you take it all in, it’s gone. Which is It begins: slice of “The Lily’s Revenge”: flowers [for those dead of AIDS] on the
what I wanted. “Eight years old and I attend my first White House lawn. Fear of weakness is
“We’re engaging with the audience wedding. Princess Diana rides in a bullet- BRIDE LOVE: There are too many dif- often confused with bravery.”
every minute, and get a lot of people in proof glass pumpkin across the TV screens ferent kinds of tomato soup. Have no fear, Taylor Mac is at HERE.
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This is an extraordinary story with an
exceptional cast. The painful life burdens
of the movie’s main character, a teenager Hirshel Kahn, MD | Shoshana Landow, MD
named Precious, will cause you to weep.
In the beginning of the film, an extremely
Robin Borkowsky, MD | Terri Raymond, PA-C
obese teenager, Precious (Gabourey Sidibe),
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Gabourey Sidibe stars as Claireece
Mary, who stood by and allowed the
‘Precious’ Jones in ‘Precious’
raping of her child, has ill will approaching
hatred toward her daughter. One of the which I like very much because of its stadium
most poignant and dramatic scenes depicts seating. The audience was made up largely
a meeting at the office of a social worker, of young black women. This film concerns
Ms. Weiss (Maria Carey), where the mother problems affecting both blacks and whites and
states why she resents her daughter. I was should be seen by every racial group in our
pained by the plight of both mother and country. It took enormous courage to make
daughter and wept for both of them. and participate in this film. Those who did
Precious is shown in a classroom with should be rewarded with the honors of the
a half-dozen other girls who become her industry and the applause of the nation.
substitute family. Without the positive inter- According to The National Center for
action of her social worker, Ms. Weiss, her Victims of Crime: “Incest has been cited as the
teacher, Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), and her most common form of child abuse. Studies
classmates, I have no doubt she would have conclude that 43 percent of the children who
been living on the streets. are abused are abused by family members, 33
The performances of Sidibe and Mo’Nique percent are abused by someone they know, and
are extraordinary and spellbinding. In fact, the the remaining 24 percent are sexually abused
entire cast, including Lenny Kravitz in the role by strangers (Hayes, 1990). Other research
of Nurse John, does a wonderful job. indicates that over 10 million Americans
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ARD ROSENFELD: WIRE AND CAN alludes to otherworldly, ephemeral phe-
GALLERIES PIECES 1981-1991.” T hese works
fuse elements of painting, sculpture,
nomena. Through Dec. 20 (34 Orchard
St., at Hester St.). Call 212-680-0564 or
Pick of the Week
& EXHIBITS tribal and outsider art. Through Nov. visit
14 (83 Leonard St., btw. Church St. and
“FACES” Letty Nowak’s exhibition Broadway). Call 212-966-1997. Visit LMAK PROJECTS LES: “HAROLD This exhibition commemorates the Nov. 9,
of new paintings focuses on faces, or www.leon- ANCART: WITHIN LIMITS.” This 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall on with a 32
but are not “portraits” in the classi- exhibition features two sculptures x 12 foot image of the 1990 sculpture
cal sense. Through December, at Hal and a drawing that explore the limita-
Bromm Gallery (90 West Broadway at SALON 94 FREEMANS: “BARRY X tions of space. Through Nov. 29 (139
“Breakthrough” (1990) — a work Edwina
Chambers St). Call 212-732-6196 or BALL: MASTERPIECES.” The artist Eldridge St., at Delancey St.). Call 212- Sandys created from 8 Berlin Wall panels.
visit creates sculptures that investigate the 255-9707 or visit www.lmakprojects. The exhibition also incorporates prints that
bizarre. Through Dec. 12 (1 Freeman com. present the history of the work, film docu-
BEAUTY SURROUNDS US Visi- Alley, at Rivington St.). Call 212-529-
mentaries, and audio excerpts from Edwina
tors can see a unique display includ- 7400 or visit LUDLOW 38: “FRIEDL KUBELKA,
ing an elaborate Quechua girl’s dance GERARD BYRNE, RICARDO BAS- Sandys’ grandfather Winston Churchill’s
outfit, a Northwest Coast chief’s staff THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM: BAUM.” Three artists explore por- historic “Iron Curtain” speech. Through Dec.
with carved animal figures and crests, “ C H I N A P R O P H E C Y: S H A N G - traiture as a means of capturing a 5; in The Project Room for New Media at The
Seminole turtle shell dance leggings, HAI.” This multi-media exhibition moment in time. Through Dec. 13 (38
Chelsea Art Museum (556 West 22nd St., at
a conch shell trumpet from pre-Colum- examines Shanghai’s evolving identity Ludlow St., btw. Hester and Grand
bian Mexico, and an Inupiak (Eskimo) as a skyscraper metropolis. Through St.). Call 212-228-6848 or visit www. 11th Ave.). Tue. Through Sat., 11 a.m. to 6
ivory cribbage board. Two interactive Mar. 2010 (39 Battery Pl.). Call 212- p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Call 212-
media stations show visitors in-depth 945-6324 or visit 255-0719 or visit www.chelseaartmuseum.
descriptions of each object. Ongoing MUSEUM 52: “JULIA GOLDMAN:
through March, 2010, at the National GIRLS.” This exhibition features
Museum of the American Indian (One VILLAGE/ abstracted portraits. Through Nov. 14
Bowling Green). Call 212-514-3700, or (4 E 2nd St., at Bowery). Call 347-789-
visit LES/SOHO 7072 or visit
Edwina Sandys and Gorby, 1991
Photo by Rich Sugg, Kansas Starr

DISCOVERING ABSENCE.” This UNCLE BIG.” This exhibition fea- TUNG.” This exhibition features and new mothers to voice your thoughts Brazilian author Clarice Lispector ($10,
group exhibition aims to map the cul- tures ornate abstract paintings. the video, The Ascent of Man (2009), CLASSES and feelings and find support and encour- $7 for students/seniors). Wed, Nov 18,
tural history of twentieth century New Through Nov. 15 (55 Chrystie St., above which the artist adapted from the agement. $25 per group. Every Thurs, 7pm: Cecilia Vicuña — Chilean poet,
York. Through Dec. 19 (291 Church St., Canal St.). Call 212-925-4631 or visit 1973 BBC documentary of the same INTRODUCTORY ART WORK- 10-11am. Tribeca Pediatrics, 46 Warren artist and co-editor of the new Oxford
below Walker St.). Call 212-431-5270 name. Through Dec. 23 (133 Orchard SHOPS Are you thinking about taking Street. Call 212-219-9984. Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilin-
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ANTHROPOLOGIES.” This exhibi- TONGUE.” This exhibition of paint- SUNDAY L.E.S.: “BRYAN ZANIS- course. Class subjects include pottery, seniors). At Poets House (10 River Ter-
tion includes projects by Guy Benfield, ings fuses figurative and architectural NIK: DRY BONES CAN HARM NO cartooning, drawing and photographs. SENIOR AEROBICS AND race at Murray St). Call 212-431-7920 or
Shana Moulton, and Rancourt/Yatsuk. elements. Through Nov. 15 (195 Bow- MAN.” A selection of photographs $15 per workshop. The Educational Alli- SWIM Seniors 65 and up who live visit
Through Jan. 9, 2010 (79 Walker St., ery, at Spring St.). Call 212-741-9955 or that depict constructed tableaus. ance Art School, 197 East Broadway. Call downtown can swim free in the Down-
btw. Bowery and Lafayette St.) Call visit Through Nov. 15 (237 Eldridge St., 212-780-2300, x428; or, visit edalliance. town Community Center’s very warm, TRIBECA CINEMA KIDS CLUB This
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features monumental silhouettes of 15, (11 Rivington St., btw. Bowery and TURNING WORLD.” This exhibition New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway (at 53 Downtown Community Center, 120 silent films with Buster Keaton shorts
iconic sculptures. Through May 2010 Chrystie St.). Call 212-982-1930 or visit features drawings from the 60s and Chambers St) 2nd Floor. Call 212-279- Warren Street. For more information, as well as his feature, “The General.”
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scape paintings evoke the rich and Hester St.). Call 212-253-0451. Visit VERGANO: JUST FOR YOU.” This meets for one hour of gentle yoga while POETS HOUSE Their new home in to Please
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