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Volume 1, Number 21 FREE East and West Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Chinatown December 16 - 22, 2010

Vote postponed
on SPURA; Idea
is half market rate
BY LESLEY SUSSMAN Public & Private Housing
If the devil is, indeed, in Committee spent nearly four
the details, then a Commu- hours painstakingly review-
nity Board 3 committee that ing the details of the first
for nearly two years has been draft guidelines that were
trying to draft comprehen- presented to the committee
sive guidelines for the future last month, and arguing over
development of the Seward many of these details.
Park Urban Renewal Area Since last month’s pre-
along Delancey St., seemed sentation, some changes
this week to be in dire need to the guidelines had been
of an exorcist. considered following sug-
At a meeting on the eve- gestions by committee and
ning of Mon., Dec.13, at community members. Panel
the Henry Street Settlement, facilitator John Shapiro, an
301 Henry St., members of
C.B. 3’s Land Use, Zoning, Continued on page 17

Health study could

Photo by J.B. Nicholas

A photo from the Next HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in July at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Midtown,
at which the keynote speaker was to be Julian Assange. He canceled, though, because the U.S. government was
be done in as soon
hunting him for his role in releasing a classified gun-cam video, showing Iraqi civilians and journalists being mis-
takenly killed by an American helicopter gunship in 2007. as 3 to 4 months
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON sufficient studies already.

Anarchists, Koch, everyone’s A community health

needs assessment that could
be used to make the case for
About 50 people gath-
ered at the Robert Fulton
Houses Senior Center on

wired over WikiLeaks debate a new hospital or healthcare

facility to replace the for-
mer St. Vincent’s Hospital
Dec. 6 to hear members
of the Community Health
Assessment Steering Com-
BY MARY REINHOLZ has also questioned the charges. As of $20,000 toward his bail, according to could be completed by early mittee give an update on
After a London judge ordered him Wednesday, however, Assange was still news reports. The WikiLeaks leader spring. where the study stands and
released Tuesday from his London in custody, as a lawyer for Sweden was has many other donors with “with deep Meanwhile, at a recent answer questions.
jail cell on $314,000 bail, Julian challenging his release, arguing he was pockets,” said sources in New York. meeting in Chelsea on the Hunter College School
Assange, editor in chief of the whis- a flight risk. Assange, chief spokesman for needs assessment, members of Public Health and North
tle-blowing WikiLeaks Web site, gave Generally, Assange gets labeled his amorphous international group of the Coalition for a New Shore-Long Island Jewish
a thumbs up to his supporters in a in America as either a cyber terror- WikiLeaks, is also the subject of con- Village Hospital continued Health System are doing the
packed courtroom and said through ist or an idealistic freedom fight- flict and suspicion among some who, to ask why the study was
his lawyer he would fight to clear his er for WikiLeaks’ release of thou- upon first thought, might be assumed needed, saying there were Continued on page 18
“good name.” sands of secret documents to main- to be supporters, including East Village
Assange, a peripatetic, 39-year- stream media. The documents — clas- anarchists who only know him by
old Australian, was at first denied sified diplomatic cables and war logs accounts in the press.
bail Dec. 7 after his arrest on an — have left U.S. officials red-faced and Chris Flash, editor of The Shadow, EDITORIAL,
Interpol warrant stemming from allega- instigated calls for Assange’s indict- an underground East Village newspaper, LETTERS
tions of sexual assault by two women in ment for espionage — and even his said in a phone interview that he and PAGE 22
Sweden, who claim his crimes include assassination. his staff have not published anything so
sex without a condom, a form of rape But Assange, while vilified by right- far on Assange or the WikiLeaks scan-
in that country. Assange claims the sex wing talking heads like Sarah Palin dal. Flash said he wondered if the four-
was consensual and has called the alle- and Bill O’Reilly, has a multitude of year-old group now under such intense AT THE 92 Y TRI
gations “dirty tricks.” Women Against ardent supporters, among them film- PAGE 29
Rape, a group in the United Kingdom, maker Michael Moore, who offered Continued on page 15


2 December 16 - 22, 2010
December 16 - 22, 2010 3

the airport idea with friends two years ago, but that it was York State for the past 25 years and am looking forward to

SCOOPY’S just lighthearted. Koch has already driven through the for-
mer Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel since its being redubbed the
Hugh Carey Tunnel, which was done simultaneously with
entering into a new area. I’ve been observing other judges
already and am very excited about this change.” If she could
handle C.B. 2, she’ll be able to handle anything in court.

the bridge’s renaming for Koch. “I tell my driver, ‘Let’s take
the Hughey,’ ” Koch noted. “That’s what everyone called CABARET CONNECTION: At the World AIDS Day
him, Hughey.” However, he’s yet to relish the pleasure of event in Washington Square Park a few weeks ago, West
telling his driver, “Take the E.I.K.” Village activist Sharon Woolums reconnected with a distant
E.I.K. FEELIN’ GROOVY: Now that the 59th St. Bridge relative — Liza Minelli. Woolums passed a smiling Minelli a
has been renamed for Ed Koch, the questions are, first, is MOVIN’ ON UP: Lucy Cecere is sad that her boy letter explaining that Woolums’s mother’s great-grandfather
the name change actually going to take hold, and, next, what Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker may be leav- and Judy Garland’s great-grandfather were brothers, mak-
exactly will people call the stately East River span — i.e., the ing the Village soon, for good. “It was all over the news,” ing Woolums and Minelli distant cousins. The W. Eighth
“Ed Koch Bridge,” the “Koch Bridge” — maybe just “The she told us last week. “They bought a 14-room apartment up Streeter told the singer she had a family tree diagramming it
Koch” or simply “The Ed,” or even “The Eddie”? On the first in the 70’s.” The thespian couple have twins and a son, and all, and Minelli said she’d love to see it. We asked Woolums
point, Hizzoner tells us he thinks there’s a chance the new we’re guessing, may need the extra space. (Also, let’s face it, to give us a little “Cabaret” over the phone, and she didn’t
name could become common parlance. “We have no idea” paparazzi have them totally staked out in the Village.) Cecere need much prompting. We definitely heard a family resem-
of whether it will sink in, he admitted. “The reason there’s a said Broderick is responsible for the now-20-year-old, star- blance.
reasonable chance is it doesn’t have a distinct name: It’s the studded mailboxes operation at Something Special, the store
59th St. Bridge; it’s the Interboro Bridge.” (Actually, it’s the Cecere’s husband, Leonard, runs on MacDougal St. just IT WAS JUST MY EXAGGERATION...: What was John
Queensboro Bridge, or it was.) If traffic reports in the local off Houston St. Before, it was merely a postcard shop. “He Sexton thinking? In New York magazine’s article last month
news media refer to it as the Ed Koch Bridge, that will help started it. We started it with him,” she recalled of Broderick. on New York University’s expansion plans (“The School
the new name take root, he added. But Koch himself might “He just walked in. He had moved to California. He said he That Ate New York”), the N.Y.U. president made a com-
take a more active role. “I may even go out there and hand couldn’t stay in Hollywood. He said, ‘I’ll be your customer.’” ment that doubtless rankled many Village readers. As the
out literature asking people to call it the Ed Koch Bridge,” A-listers avail themselves of the mailboxes for privacy so article’s author Gabriel Sherman wrote: “Near the end of
he noted. He said he would hand fliers to pedestrians near people don’t bother them. Today, Something Special handles our interview, I ask Sexton what would happen if N.Y.U.
the Midtown connector’s entrances on both the Manhattan mail for the likes of Famke Jansen, Jane Krakowsi and Patti is thwarted in its campaign to build. Sexton told me that
and Queens sides, but not to motorists. “I don’t think I’d Smith. Cecere noted that Jansen just got a new bike from the N.Y.U. can build on land it owns nearby when a building
stop traffic — you could get killed,” he said. Actually, his Netherlands, with a basket on front for her dog, Licorice. restriction expires in ten years. ‘We can grow anyway! I
preferred appellation is “The E.I.K.,” standing for Edward But Broderick will forever be Cecere’s favorite. “Oh, I love mean, we grew for twenty years before. If that’s denied, we
I. Koch. “If they want to call it the E.I.K., that’s got a good him,” she gushed. “We used to have lunch together in the have an as-of-right building that will be five feet away. Which
ring,” he noted. “ ‘Let’s drive over the E.I.K.’ ” Staying open store every Saturday afternoon, until he met Sarah.” we’ll do! Maybe we’ll be forced to add seven stories to the
to other variations, though, he added, “If they want to say, Catholic Center.’” Yes, of course, everyone knows N.Y.U.
‘Take the Eddie,’ that’s O.K. by me.” One report last week JUDICIOUS WIN: Congratulations to Carol Feinman, now plans to build on the Morton Williams supermarket site
noted that Koch actually had hoped to have Newark Airport former Community Board 2 chairperson, on her election after the university recently ingloriously scrapped plans for a
named for him, but Hizzoner downplayed that as never seri- last month as a judge. “I was elected as judge to the Civil 400-foot tower in Silver Towers when the complex’s legendary
ous. “That was just joking. That’s reserved for presidents,” Court from the 1st Municipal Court District, which covers architect I.M. Pei protested. But adding seven stories atop the
he said of airport namings — though, he did point out that Greenwich Village and Downtown Manhattan,” Feinman
J.F.K. rhymes with E.I.K. He said he’d had some talks about wrote us. “I had been an administrative law judge for New Continued on page 31



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Mixed reviews at open house of renovated theater

BY ALBERT AMATEAU Quinn, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler,
The reviews ran the gamut last Saturday Assemblymember Deborah Glick, state
when New York University officially Senator Tom Duane and Borough President
opened its new version of the renowned Scott Stringer.
Provincetown Playhouse on MacDougal St., George Forbes, president of the Off-
where Eugene O’Neill presented his earliest Broadway League, said in a prepared state-
works more than 90 years ago. ment that the league was pleased by the
For theater folk, the interior of the preservation of the playhouse “at a time
vastly altered venue is a little, 88-seat gem, when small theaters are consistently in dan-
with space overhead for banks of lights, a ger of permanently closing.”
green room actors’ lounge and two dressing At Saturday’s open house, music festival
rooms tucked under the sharply raked seat- director Friedman said, “Now we’ve got a
ing area — a far cry from the former, awk- theater. We’ll see if N.Y. U. makes it avail-
ward, elevated stage with cramped dressing able to the community.”
rooms below and a ceiling barely high Joe Salvatore, who teaches educational
enough to hang lights. theater at the university’s Steinhardt School
“I’m a theater person. I’m not interested of Education, said he was glad to be back
in museum theaters,” said Peggy Friedman, at the playhouse this September after two
a performer and executive director of the years teaching acting and directing in swing
Washington Square Music Festival. “You space.
used to be able to smell the mold,” said “The class that I just finished teaching
Friedman about the old Provincetown Photos by Jefferson Siegel
here was the strongest that I can remember,
Playhouse. and I think it was directly related to this
A waiter from La Lanterna restaurant next door on MacDougal St. brought hot
But for members of the Greenwich new theater,” he said.
coffee and cookies to protesters outside the Provincetown Playhouse last Saturday.
Village Society for Historic Preservation Salvatore is directing a program that will
who demonstrated outside 133 MacDougal declared the playhouse renovation was building with apartments on the upper floors include “Fog,” an early O’Neill one-act play
St. on Dec. 11, the theater space is a histor- another example in a long list of broken and the 130-seat theater on the ground floor about seafarers, to be presented in the new
ic treasure despoiled by a renovation that promises by the university. and basement at its southern end. theater Feb. 25 to 27 and March 3 to 6.
demolished parts of the 170-year-old walls The original playhouse, named for the N.Y. U. acquired the building and play- Another open house visitor, Leslie Kipp,
and failed to reuse or restore promised his- theater in Provincetown, Mass., where house in the early 1980’s. In 2008 the a native Villager who still lives in the neigh-
toric elements of the theater. O’Neill’s works were first performed, was university rejected an N.Y.U. School of borhood and was involved in the successful
“N.Y.U. stop lying. Eugene O’Neill is cry- in one of a row of four adjacent houses that Law proposal to replace the building with community effort a few years back to block
ing,” chanted demonstrators led by Andrew were altered over the years, until in 1940, an eight-story academic annex. Instead, the a teen lounge proposed for the Jefferson
Berman, G.V.S.H.P. executive director, who it morphed into a single, four-story, brick university decided on a five-story building, Market Library, said about the new theater,
plus a setback penthouse, for use by the “I’m not so sure I like it. I like the old
Law School. The decision included preserv- stuff.”
ing the playhouse interior and its ground- Out on the sidewalk in front of the
floor facade with its characteristic round playhouse, Berman protested that there was
windows. The project, known as Wilf Hall, not much preservation in the project. The
is not as tall as allowed by existing zoning. decorative cast-metal ends of seating rows
However, in August 2009 during the that date back to 1940 were not replaced
reconstruction, a large part of the origi- along the aisle, but are set into the walls —
nal walls had to be replaced and the “entombed,” he said.
original 1916 stage area had to be altered. Berman also protested that there is noth-
Preservation advocates denounced the ing to prevent N.Y.U. from discontinuing
university’s failure to warn Community theater use in the future, or enlarging the
Board 2 and members of the Borough entire building at a later date to the maxi-
President’s Community Task Force on mum square footage allowed by zoning. In
N.Y.U. Development about the necessary an open letter to elected officials, Berman
alterations. asked that they seek a written commitment
But the new theater had won the from the university to maintain theater use
praise of Village elected officials, includ- and not to use its maximum buildable air
ing City Council Speaker Christine rights on the site.

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Pension Shortfall
is Wall Street’s Doing
By Michael Mulgrew

New York’s professional hand-

wringers are leading the public fight
against union pensions and benefits,
calling them major causes of the city’s
fiscal distress. Tabloid editorialists
belabor worker pension “abuse” and
conservative think tanks beat the
drums for reducing worker benefits.
The facts about the pension
system tell a different story. First,
city pension benefits are generally
modest; second, the reason the city’s
contributions to pension funds have
risen has everything to do with the
global economic crisis that cost state
and city pension funds more than
$100 billion in lost value. they were permitted to sue the Wall
Let’s start with the myth Street firms whose trading mistakes
that city workers’ pensions are and criminal actions caused the
unsustainably generous. The average massive losses. The Legislature
pension for a member of the city’s should modify the Martin Act — the
Teachers Retirement Fund in 2009 law that allows the state to pursue
— and this includes the pensions wrongdoing on Wall Street–to let
of many principals and upper-level pension funds bring such suits.
administrators who started out as Taxpayers, particularly those in
teachers-- was $42,235 per year. higher brackets, should also be part of
Retirees from the city’s other large the solution. During America’s great
civilian union, District Council 37, expansion from 1950 to 1980, the
collect average pensions of only wealthiest 1% of Americans collected
$18,000 a year. about 10% of total income. As of now,
Like many employers, the city the nationwide percentage is 23.5% and
makes contributions to the pension in New York City, the top 1% of earners
funds of its employees, most of whom take in nearly half–an astounding
make required contributions from 46% — of all income. Yet a large piece
their salaries. (In addition, many — $4 billion annually — of the huge
employees also make voluntary deficit New York State is facing is due
contributions to 401K-style to the planned expiration of income tax
A view from the rear of the reconstructed Provincetown Playhouse, looking down supplementary plans.) The amount surcharges on the highest earners.
over the raked seating and the stage.
the city contributes varies by year, but The attack on city employee
in the past has been as low as 4.3% pensions is just the opening salvo in a
of payroll for the teachers’ system. campaign to “balance” the budget by
Annual contributions have climbed to reducing the services important to the
30% to make up for investment losses, great majority of the people who live
but as the stock market recovers in and work in this city, from schools to
future years, that level will diminish. sanitation and health care. Working
In order to help the city meet its and middle class New Yorkers who
obligations, the United Federation of make this city their home can’t afford
Teachers stepped forward last year to let this attack succeed.
and negotiated a change in pensions
that the city said would save it $100 Michael Mulgrew is President of
million a year. the United Federation of Teachers. This
The city’s pension funds could article first appeared in Crain’s New
recoup millions of dollars more if York Business.
6 December 16 - 22, 2010

Parents group hopes to SAVE Children’s Aid programs

BY ALBERT AMATEAU ter open until June 2012, and that it sells the center, including some from schools. While
Village education advocates and parents center to an organization that will preserve he hoped that the properties would remain an
are looking for ways to save a desperately educational and community programs for educational resource, Buery said the society
needed resource that is threatened by the children. could not at this time assure the neighborhood
‘We are urging the
Children’s Aid Society’s announcement that about who might buy the properties.
it is considering the sale of its Sullivan St. Buery would not comment on estimates
commission to move
buildings. that sale of the properties could realize more
The society’s board of trustees meets today, ‘It’s never a good idea to than $20 million. Villagers have also heard
ahead with consideration
Thurs., Dec. 16, to decide whether to sell that Little Red Schoolhouse and another
its Philip Coltoff Center, at 219 Sullivan St., take education away from local school are interested in the Sullivan St.
of this area for landmark
where it has served the Village since 1892, properties.
and its Early Childhood Annex, at 175-177 any child, rich or poor.’ Andrew Berman, executive director of
Sullivan St. the Greenwich Village Society for Historic
Andrew Berman
The sale would mean that the society’s Keen Berger Preservation, noted that C.A.S.’s contiguous
after-school and early childhood programs buildings are located within the area that
in the Village would close after June 2012, G.V.S.H.P. originally proposed for the South
according to Richard R. Buery Jr., president Village Historic District. fairer for the Children’s Aid Society and for the
and C.E.O. of the society. SAVE is urgently calling on Villagers to After 14 months, the Landmarks buyer of the property to know about the land-
The Children’s Aid Society’s single mis- sign a petition on the SAVE Web site, http:// Preservation Commission last June designat- mark status of the property. We are urging the
sion since its founding has been to serve, which is to ed one-third of the proposed district as an commission to keep its long-overdue promise
New York City children living in poverty, be presented to the society’s trustees on Dec. extension of the Greenwich Village Historic and move ahead with consideration of this
Buery said. 16. District, but the Children’s Aid Society build- area for landmark designation right away.”
“While Greenwich Village shows a contin- Ann Kjellberg, a parent at Greenwich ings were not included. Keen Burger, chairperson of the Community
ued demand for quality and affordable early Village’s P.S. 41 and a SAVE member, said this Berman said on Tuesday that L.P.C. in Board 2 Social Services and Education
childhood and after-school programs,” Buery week that she was asking elected officials and June promised it would calendar a hearing Committee and Democratic district co-leader,
said, “the neighborhood has changed radically the city’s School Construction Authority for soon on the rest of the proposed district. In said she was disturbed by the prospect of los-
in the 119 years since the center opened, and help in achieving SAVE’s goals. a letter to L.P.C. Chairperson Robert Tierney, ing the society’s Sullivan St. center.
it is clear that the community no longer needs Buery said on Monday that he knows about Berman said, “The loss of the Children’s Aid “It’s never a good idea to take education
us in the way that higher poverty New York the petition and that he realizes the concern of Society would be tragic. If its buildings were away from any child, rich or poor,” she said.
neighborhoods do.” neighbors. The early notice, he said, was to to be sold prior to landmark designation, “Not every Village child is from a wealthy
In response to the imminent closing, par- give parents a better chance to come up with it would likely lead to their demolition and home. We desperately need more space for all
ents and education advocates have organized a solution. Although the properties are not replacement with either a condo or dormitory children to learn. I hope the society and the
Save A Village Education (SAVE) to ensure officially on the market yet, the society has high-rise.” community can structure a solution that will
that the Children’s Aid Society keeps the cen- already received several offers for the Village Berman told the East Villager, “It would be keep education uses.”

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Last call for Mars Bar? Will it take a final dive?

Hank Penza, owner of the classic dive
Mars Bar, at First St. and Second Ave.,
center at right, hanging out with Mars Bar
regulars, is facing a decision amid news
that the place will soon have to close for
two years while a 12-story residential
building is constructed on the site. Penza
has the option of reopening in a new space
once the project is done, but would have
to pay a higher rent. Said documentarian
Clayton Patterson, “I love Hank. He’s had
other bars on the Bowery. He tells great
stories. Hank sits out there a lot. He kind
of supervises that corner. [Filmmaker]
Jonas Mekas used to go over there and
have a white wine. It’s more of a bohe-
mian bar, not a dive bar. A lot of artists
would go there.” Two other legendary
Lower East Side nightspots on Ludlow St.,
Max Fish bar and Pink Pony restaurant,
are also facing closure at the end of next
month due to escalating rent. Patterson
said indignantly, “What are they trying to
build there? What’s the purpose? There’s
three unfinished buildings on that block,
two empty hotels. Lucien let a lot of artists
eat in there for free,” he said of the Pink
Pony’s owner.
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Pols call blocking of 9/11 bill a ‘moral outrage’

BY ALINE REYNOLDS The politicians said that in order for Zadroga to have
Members of the New York congressional delegation a chance of ever reaching President Obama’s desk, the
are desperately trying to secure the passage of the 9/11 Senate must take action immediately, before the new,
Health and Compensation Act before the new year, when Republican-dominated Congress convenes on Jan. 5.
the makeup of Congress will change and Republicans will Senators could theoretically vote on Zadroga through
gain a majority in the House. Their desperation is due to Jan. 4, the last day of the current Congress, with or with-
last week’s move by Republican senators who chose to out it being attached to the tax bill, according to Ilan
enact a filibuster until the Bush tax cuts were extended Kayatsky, a Nadler spokesperson.
across the board. “The only way we can pass this bill is to pass it in this
Named after New York Police Detective James R. Congress, and the only vehicle that we know is guaranteed
Zadroga, the bill is designed to provide continued annual to have Republican support to pass it is the tax bill,” said
funding to healthcare centers for sick 9/11 workers, as Maloney. The tax-cuts bill is legislation from the Bush
well as those who lived and worked in the contaminated administration that President Obama hopes to renew.
area for months after the attacks. The bill passed the Another option they’re exploring is attaching the bill to
House floor last September. Congress’s annual budget resolution.
Last Friday, reporters and 9/11 workers huddled “We’re tired [of fighting], but we’re not defeated, and
around a podium across from 7 World Trade Center to we haven’t given up,” said John Feal, founder and presi-
hear Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold dent of the FealGood Foundation, a nonprofit organiza-
Nadler, co-sponsors of the House version of the bill, speak tion that has amassed more than $300,000 to support
in support of its passage. Maloney and other Democrats some 800 9/11 first responders and their families.
perceive the Republicans’ opposition to the bill as a Passing Zadroga in conjunction with the tax cuts,
betrayal of those who sacrificed their lives and health on Photo by Aline Reynolds Feal said, would be a bittersweet victory for the 9/11
9/11. Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney survivors.
Bill Ferraro, 62, was among those at the press confer- at last Friday’s press conference on the Zadroga bill. “The Republican Party is extorting the rest of the fed-
ence. Prior to 9/11, he had a clean bill of health. On the eral government — help millionaires over heroes.”
day of the attacks, the union ironworker, who helped build individuals were exposed to airborne toxins in the days The bill originally prevailed in the House by a bipar-
the Twin Towers in the 1960’s, rushed to the site of the after the attacks. tisan vote of 268 to 160. If signed into law, it would
attacks to help. He has since been diagnosed with silicosis “Healthcare should not be held hostage to partisan reopen the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, which
and asbestosis, respiratory diseases caused by inhaling politics,” Maloney said. Blocking Zadroga’s passage, she would offer economic relief to sick 9/11 workers, students
silica dust and asbestos fibers. added, is a “moral outrage.” and area residents. The law would also secure continued
“This is my new friend,” said Ferraro, pulling an Nadler said last Thursday’s vote was a punch in the annual funding for medical monitoring of 9/11 workers
inhaler from his pocket. face to all the workers that saved lives on 9/11. and their treatment at New York health clinics. The law,
Ferraro still works, but his limited lung capacity ham- “They said to the heroes, ‘We don’t care about you, we which would be funded at $7.4 million, would be fully
pers him considerably. He and tens of thousands of other don’t recognize you,’ ” he said. subsidized through revenue offsets.



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Lower Manhattan headed to the post office, when a red-tailed hawk flew into a building
and dropped to the sidewalk in front of him. He picked up the bird and carried it to
Fire Department Engine Co. 6 on Beekman St. An animal rescue unit from the Battery
Park City CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) transported the bird to an
animal hospital. The hawk is expected to make a full recovery.
12 December 16 - 22, 2010

Jack Levine, 85, an artist who always kept it real

the South Atlantic in 1942 when “String ing prints.
OBITUARY Quartet” was acquired by the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, after being included in its
In 1979, a comprehensive retrospective
of his work that was organized by the Jewish
One of the most important American exhibition “Artists for Victory.” The image Museum traveled around the country. Levine
representational artists of the 20th century, was later reproduced and displayed in New continued to work steadily through the 1980’s
longtime Villager Jack Levine died on Nov. 8 York City subway cars. and 1990’s. In 1999, the Brooklyn Museum
after a short illness. After the war, Levine married artist Ruth held a retrospective exhibition of his etchings
Throughout his long career, Levine Gikow and moved to New York. Gikow died and lithographs.
remained committed to figurative art, disre- in 1982. Levine received many awards and hon-
garding trends in the art world that did not Earlier in the 1940’s, he had begun work- ors, including a John Simon Guggenheim
suit his purposes. This was particularly true ing on paintings with Old Testament themes, Memorial Fellowship in 1945 and a Fulbright
in the 1950’s, when abstraction was in ascen- resulting in a series of “Hebrew Kings and grant to study in Italy in 1950. He became a
dance and social content was deemed out of Sages” that revealed his more contemplative Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
fashion by leading writers and critics. nature. Sciences, Boston, in 1955, and was elected to
Levine developed a unique modernist At the same time, he continued creating the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
approach, an expressive mode of painting controversy with paintings like “Welcome New York, in 1973.
that he used to critique injustice and dishon- Home” (1946), a satirical take on a society Levine once said of himself, “I am primar-
esty in American society. banquet honoring a returning general, which ily concerned with the condition of man. The
Born Jan. 3, 1915, the youngest of eight was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum. Later satirical direction I have chosen is an indica-
children of Lithuanian immigrant parents, shown in a State Department exhibition of tion of my disappointment in man, which is
Levine grew up in Boston’s South End. From Jack Levine in a 1988 photo. American art that traveled to Moscow, this the opposite way of saying that I have high
1929, when he was 14 years old, until 1933, painting created an international controversy expectations for the human race.”
he studied painting with Denman Ross in political and police corruption, entered the with its wry look at patriotism and the military Art historian Milton Brown wrote of
Harvard University’s art department. He was collection of the Museum of Modern Art. hierarchy. Levine, along with several other Levine, “He is a history painter for our
then employed intermittently by the Works Another of his paintings, “String Quartet” artists, was subpoenaed to appear before the peculiar times, ultimately concerned with the
Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project (1934-’37), was included in the Whitney House Un-American Activities Committee, incongruous relationships, ludicrous events
from 1935 to 1940. Two of his W.P.A. paint- Museum of American Art Annual for the first though he ultimately did not appear since he and ironies of existence that somehow define
ings, “Card Game” (1933) and “Brain Trust” time that year. Confirming his rapid rise in the was traveling in Spain with his family. our political, social and cultural character.”
(1935), were included in an exhibition, “New art world, he joined Edith Halpert’s presti- Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Levine Levine is survived by his daughter, Susanna
Horizons in American Art,” at the Museum of gious Downtown Gallery in 1939, at age 24. continued to create some of his finest works, Fisher; his son-in-law, Leonard Fisher; two
Modern Art in New York in 1936. Levine’s burgeoning career was inter- including what is often regarded as his mas- grandchildren, Rachel and Ari Fisher; a neph-
The following year, he achieved national rupted by three and a half years in the Army terpiece, “Gangster Funeral” (1952-’53), ew, Robert Fishman; and two nieces, Myra
recognition when his painting, “The Feast of during World War II. Even so, he gained which was acquired by the Whitney Museum. Fishman and Elaine Weiner. A memorial
Pure Reason” (1937), a scathing critique of widespread public notice while serving in In the early 1960’s, Levine also began creat- service will be announced at a later date.

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Pit bull panic grips Tompkins Square Park dog run

The renovated Tompkins Square Park dog
run, which opened with fanfare and great
anticipation on the part of dog owners in July Some dog owners have
2008, has turned into a nightmare for many.
According to Garrett Rosso, currently a board reportedly started carrying
member of Friends of First Run, a volunteer
group that provides community support to knives into the park.
the East Village dog run, five dogs and three
people have needed medical attention because
of pit bull attacks in the last two months. Rosso leash areas. “Tompkins is an area where
said that the bills for these attacks amounted you have a lot of pit bulls. Dogs will tussle
to thousands of dollars and that the pit bull and owners get into arguments. With any
owners just walked away, in most cases, not to dog, you need to be in control. Many dogs
be seen again. are very strong-willed. A lot of people
Jack Morer, a musician and Lower East Side get dogs and don’t train them and neuter
resident, confirmed Rosso’s account. them. Pit bulls are great dogs but you have
“All of the pit bull attacks were witnessed to train them.”
by people I know,” he said. His own dog, an On Sat., Dec. 18, at 11 a.m., Drayton
English setter named Savannah, was attacked Michaels, who specializes in training pit
in the park by a pit bull in June 2009. “I’ve bulls, will give a talk and demonstration
gotten into three shouting matches in the last at the Tompkins Square dog run on how
year with people whose dogs went after my to handle the dogs. He will discuss dog
dog and who would not take responsibility or park etiquette, how to referee dogs in
This East Village pit bull looked pretty friendly. But fears of the breed are high in
take their dogs out of the run,” he said. Now, large groups, how to defuse potentially
Tompkins Square.
when Morer brings Savannah to the dog run, dangerous situations and how to break up
he said he makes sure that she stays beside him “Put behind the molars, it will break Patrol officers, including undercover units, dogfights. He will also discuss pit bull traits
at all times. the dog’s lock,” Rosso said, referring to pit have been patrolling the area.” and “why your dog may be too much for the
Other dog owners have reportedly taken to bulls’ dreaded clampdown bite. “Tompkins Square is probably the most other dogs.”
carrying knives into the park in case they have A Parks Department spokesperson said popular dog park in the city,” said Robert “Dogs sometimes get into situations they
to defend their dogs. Last week, Rosso hung of the Tompkins Square dog run, “Parks Marino, president of NYCdog, a privately can’t handle,” said Rosso, who is himself
what’s known as a pit bull break stick on the has met with the N.Y.P.D. and community funded organization working with the a dog trainer. “There’s little awareness
dog run fence — with instructions — for two groups about the issue. Since we received Parks Department to represent most of the among new dog owners about this. It’s a
days “so that people could see what it was. notice of these incidents, Parks Enforcement city’s official dog runs and designated off- hot-button issue.”

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Anarchists, Koch et al. weigh in on WikiLeaks flap

founder Julian Assange, especially given con-
Continued from page 1 cerns that they are meant to clear the way
for Mr. Assange to be extradited to the U.S.
scrutiny is a “legitimate effort to expose via Sweden.”
government gossip and secrets or an effort by Ratner said prosecuting Assange for espio-
the government to create a phony entity to be nage posed problems for the U.S. because the
perceived as a security threat so the govern- government would have do “something never
ment can shut down Web sites.” done before: indict a journalist who hasn’t sto-
The government and the military, Flash len material but had it passed on to him. He’s
observed, created the Internet, “and it’s a no different from The New York Times. How
double-edged sword,” he noted. “If they want do you think that would go after Julian and
to shut you off, they’re going to because they the other media that has printed these docu-
run it.” ments? The U.S. has a problem and they know
In a prepared statement for the East it. We have a First Amendment. We don’t have
Villager, Flash also noted: “On one hand, I an Official Secrets Act,” he added with some
feel like applauding Assange and his crew for irony. “People ought to know that we’re killing
shining a light on the darker side of govern- people in wars.”
ment intrigue. But on the other hand, I can’t The U.S. would have trouble if it tried
help but wonder if the WikiLeaks scandal to extradite Assange, added Ratner, not-
isn’t really a scam with which the govern- ing extradition “doesn’t happen overnight,
ment can further restrict the free flow of especially in the U.K. Extradition could take
information and Internet access in the name more than two years.”
of ‘national security.’” In the interim, New York Republican
Paul Garrin, an East Village Internet pio- Congressmembger Peter King, incoming
neer and media artist, said he believes that chairperson of the House Homeland Security
WikiLeaks provides vital sources for jour- Committee, has made it known that he will
nalists and a “wakeup call for governments attempt to designate WikiLeaks as a terrorist
to be more accountable.” But he considers organization.
the State Department “gossip” released by the Former three-term New York City
group to be minor and even a “smokescreen” Mayor Ed Koch, a once-liberal Democratic
to distract people from the government’s congressmember who recently had the
failure to protect its own cyber sources that Queensboro 59th St. Bridge named after
have been leaked as well — and WikiLeaks, him, told this reporter he regards Assange
he claimed, “had nothing to do with it.” as an enemy combatant who should be
Garrin recalled a C-SPAN story he saw subject to a C.I.A. assassination.
about “Pentagon people watching porn.” He “I believe that anyone who is in posses-
claims they brought in a thumb drive USB sion of stolen documents, doesn’t return
and plugged it into classified computer and them when asked and publishes them,
it spread a worm in the internal computer should be executed,” he said.
networks that comprise the bulk of classified Koch, 86, considers Assange as “no
information and bypassed the firewall. different” than American-born Anwar al-
“It was more than a Library of Congress Photo by J.B. Nicholas Awlaki, “the imam in Yemen” who alleg-
worth of data,” he continued, contending On Dec. 9, after an English court ordered Julian Assange’s detention, a “hacktivist” edly influenced the Fort Hood shooter
that, “Bottom line, the U.S. doesn’t have with the group Anonymous was at work in Brooklyn. An estimated 5,000 and was put on a C.I.A. hit list approved
any secrets anymore. They’re now out in the “hacktivists” launched Operation Payback against corporations that cut money flow to by President Obama.
open — nuclear germs, any type of informa- Assange’s WikiLeaks. Some call it the start of a “cyber war.” As for prosecuting newspapers like The
tion. Government is using [the WikiLeaks New York Times and The Guardian for
flap] to cover this up,” he charged. He said vated. vided WikiLeaks with secret videos of alleged publishing documents first obtained by
he believes that Assange is a “scapegoat” for That said, Penley went on to praise civilian killings in Afghanistan, as well as WikiLeaks, Koch said, “That question is for
the government’s own incompetence. Assange and WikiLeaks for “kicking off 260,000 classified State Department cables. the courts to decide on whether the press
“They’re pointing all these fingers when something that I would compare to the big- Manning, who was charged with has First Amendment rights here. I don’t
their own incompetence has undermined gest revolution since the Berlin Wall fell. the unauthorized use and disclosure of U.S. believe you should be able to violate the law
every national security secret we have,” They’ve got massive support and it’s being classified information, could spend 52 years with impunity. The State Department says
Garrin said. “It’s out on the open market.” spread over Facebook. Assange is up for in a military prison if convicted. [the WikiLeaks documents] have endan-
Meanwhile, Assange could be indicted by Time magazine Man of the Year and he’ll Penley worries that the now world- gered lives.”
a grand jury in the U.S. on espionage statutes probably get a Nobel Peace Prize. Capitalism famous Assange may be “overshadowing” Koch said he thought Daniel Ellsberg
dating back to World War I. Other statutes will sell you the rope to hang yourself with,” Manning, even though Manning, who is should have been prosecuted for leaking the
could be invoked, suggested U.S. Attorney the L.E.S. “Slacktivist” added, claiming that gay, is in a “lot more trouble and could be Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in
General Eric Holder, who has admitted the WikiLeaks is getting donations from rich charged with the death penalty.” 1971, even though Koch was “strenuous-
Justice Department is conducing a criminal folks and various organizations. As for Assange getting indicted by a ly” against the Vietnam War at the time.
investigation. “Quite a few groups are supporting him federal grand jury, Penley stated defiantly: Outgoing New School president Bob
John Penley, perennial East Village com- and Bradley Manning,” Penley went on, refer- “I say indict him. Then they’ll need to indict Kerrey, a former Nebraska senator and deco-
munity activist, anarchist and photographer, ring to the 23-year-old Army private and the other news organizations for putting out rated Navy SEAL for his service in Vietnam,
questioned Assange’s judgment for getting former intelligence analyst who had been sta- the documents, and everyone on Facebook. said he was “sympathetic to the anger
involved with the two women in Sweden tioned in Iraq. Manning is now imprisoned in My personal take is that they’re not in viola- toward Assange, because the initial damage
while he could get indicted for espionage in a U.S. Marine Corps brig in Virginia after his tion of the law.” was to the U.S. through his releases.” But
West Virginia. May arrest in Kuwait for allegedly passing on Attorney and author Michael Ratner, Kerrey, who served eight years on the Senate
“Assange fell for the oldest trick in the to WikiLeaks a classified 2007 video. Called president of the Center for Constitutional Select Committee on Intelligence and was
book by [involving himself] with women “Collateral Murder,” the video shows U.S. Rights on Broadway in Noho, made similar a member of the 9/11 Commission, said
who possibly work for an intelligence ser- military helicopter gunships killing Iraqis points after his human rights litigation group he didn’t think America “should overreact.
vice,” Penley said without offering substan- who were said to be civilians, among them issued a statement expressing alarm over If we overreact,” he said, “we damage our
tiation about Assange’s accusers, whose law- two Reuters news service reporters. Manning the “multiple examples of legal overreach security and [suggest] we can’t tolerate
yer has denied they were politically moti- reportedly told an informant that he also pro- and irregularities in the arrest of WikiLeaks openness.
16 December 16 - 22, 2010

Photos by J.B. Nicholas

Santacon comes to town
An annual bar crawl in Santa suits, Santacon took Manhattan by storm — or at least
by the beer mug handle — on Saturday. This year’s installment saw the horde of
St. Nick’s do some ho-ho-ho’ing in Central Park before coming Downtown to spread
their holiday cheer with Colin Huggins, “The Crazy Piano Guy,” in Washington Square

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December 16 - 22, 2010 17

Vote put off on SPURA 50 percent market-rate plan

Continued from page 1

urban planner and mediator, was hired by

C.B. 3 to guide the committee toward a
proposal that would be satisfactory to the
various factions on the committee, as well as
to various city agencies.
When all was said and done, the com-
mittee finally agreed on only one thing: to
put off any vote on the guidelines until next
month and, maybe, even later.
The development area, known as SPURA
for short, consists of 10 sites that have been
vacant for nearly 43 years after the whole-
sale razing of blocks of residential buildings
by the city for a never-completed urban
renewal plan.
The empty swath of open-air parking lots
on the south side of Delancey Street at the
foot of the Williamsburg Bridge is the larg-
est site of undeveloped city-owned land in
Manhattan south of 96th St.
At the marathon Monday night meeting,
which was attended by about 100 local resi-
dents — who by 10 p.m. had dwindled down
to just a handful — committee members
listened to a lineup of community members
who emotionally spoke out on how this city-
owned wasteland should be developed.
Speakers’ opinions ranged widely, from
Grand Street News editor Yori Yanover, who
said he opposed any housing on the site Photo by Jefferson Siegel
whatsoever, and, instead, wanted to see a rec- At a housing rally at the SPURA site last November, Councilmember Margaret Chin, at left, said, “Forty-two years... . I think it’s
reational area developed there, to representa- a moral question. Affordable housing has to be part of the equation. The opportunities are endless if we can come together and
tives of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), work together.”
an activist group advocating for mostly low-
income housing to be built there. keep delaying this and a new administration city agencies for their consideration. February,” Reyes said. “The holidays are
Adrienne Chevrestt, a member of St. comes in, we can lose everything.” In one positive sign of consensus, the coming up and this is a decision that after
Mary’s Parish, told committee members that McWater also urged an end to the bicker- panel informally agreed on what percent- 45 years needs to be carefully hashed out.
SPURA’s proposed development was “The ing between committee factions representing ages of types of housing should be built on Let’s discuss it next month and then come
last hope for people who are poor and who various area stakeholders. the proposed development site. The new back in February.”
want to live on the Lower East Side.” formula calls for 50 percent market-rate The touchy subject of how much low-
She was followed by Brett Leitmer, chair- housing, 10 percent middle-income hous- income housing should be developed on the
person of the Sustainable Housing And ing, 10 percent moderate-income housing, site came up at several points during the
Retail Expansion (SHARE) group, which ‘I think it’s insane to delay 20 percent low-income housing and 10 meeting. Reyes said she was deeply upset by
endorsed the current draft guidelines as a percent senior citizen housing. the remarks of some committee members
“Fair and evenhanded compromise that is this any further.’ Michael Tumminia and Linda Jones, that if the site was developed primarily for
radically moderate in its approach.” committee members who represent the poor people, it would increase crime in the
Afterward, committee members got David McWater interests of Seward Park Co-op mem- nearby Grand St. and Seward Park Co-ops.
down to the lengthy process of re-examining bers — a group that, along with residents “I don’t want to hear this,” she said.
their second draft guidelines section by sec- from the other Grand Street Co-ops and “I live across the street from these co-ops
tion. While there had been some expectation Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, has gen- and I don’t want to hear that they don’t
that the committee, after six previous meet- “To factionalize ourselves over this issue erally opposed low-income housing on the want more people like me living in this
ings, would vote this evening on a finalized is to defeat our chances of building homes site — said they found the new formula to neighborhood.”
draft that could be presented to the full com- for people,” he said. “It’s just not worth be O.K. Her sentiments were echoed by commit-
munity board and to the city before the end factionalizing ourselves.” “I think once we carefully explain the tee member Herman Hewitt, a real estate
of the year, a vote failed to materialize. Shapiro, meanwhile, said that he was plan to our members, they’ll also find it broker, who said, “I’m not sure what all
Instead, exhausted committee members, pleased with the progress being made, acceptable,” Tumminia said. this fear is about. People should stop this. It
under the advice of Shapiro, decided to but wanted more time before a vote was Jones, meanwhile, said, “While the sounds racist. Public housing will not affect
delay any formal vote on the guidelines until taken. mayor would like to keep the parking lots market-rate unit sales in the area.”
next month, a move that infuriated commit- “When we vote on this we need to be there forever, we don’t.” She added that, at Dominic Pisciotta, C.B. 3 chairperson,
tee chairperson Dave McWater. The chair- confident,” he said. “I don’t feel we have night, the poorly lit area around the sprawl- who earlier in the meeting said that he
person said such continued delays could put this confidence right now. One of the big- ing parking lots is dangerous for residents wanted to see a “balanced community”
the entire development project in jeopardy gest stumbling blocks is still the income of her development. on the site, said afterward that he was not
because the city might eventually lose inter- mix for the property. We have to have a full Also giving tentative approval to the disappointed by the month-long delay and
est in the project if there was no swift com- consensus before we vote on it.” formula was committee member Damaris wasn’t fearful that the entire deal with the
munity consensus. The facilitator said he also wanted more Reyes, executive director of GOLES. Reyes city would fall apart if delays continued.
“I think it’s insane to delay this any fur- time in order to engage in one-on-one emphasized, however, that while she was “I think there was progress,” he said. “I
ther,” McWater, who has been pushing for a meetings with various neighborhood stake- not initially opposed to the new housing- wasn’t expecting to vote tonight, so I guess
completed “statement of principles” by this holders on the committee to make certain mix formula, “There’s still a long ways to we’re not far from where we ought to be.
month, asserted. “Right now, we have a deal that there will be no “surprise ambushes” go before I can vote for it.” I’m hopeful that we can potentially have a
with the city where we have no losers. If we when the proposal is finally presented to “Let’s really iron this out and vote in vote in January.”
18 December 16 - 22, 2010

Healthy discussion continues about health survey;

Continued from page 1

assessment pro bono, under the guidance of healthcare pro-

fessionals, the area’s elected officials and community organi-
zations represented on the 45-member steering committee.
The Dec. 6 panel included steering committee mem-
bers Brad Hoylman of Community Board 2; Jesse Smith
Campoamor of Community Board 4; Dr. Neal Cohen, a
former commissioner of the New York City Department
of Health now on the Hunter College faculty; and Jeffrey
Kraut, senior vice president for strategy of North Shore-L.I.J.
Health System. State Senator Tom Duane, also a steering
committee member, sat in for the start of the meeting, and
expressed strong support, but left after about half an hour,
reportedly having to head back up to Albany.
Thus far, following the committee’s first meeting in
September, two reports were produced in October —
“Defining the Service Area” and “The Origin of St. Vincent’s
Patients” — and have been posted on Community Board 2’s
Web site.
According to the steering committee, the primary service
area for the former St. Vincent’s Hospital stretches from
W. 34th St. down to Soho and Hudson Square, east of
Photo by Lincoln Anderson
Fifth Ave. and the Bowery. Based on patient exit records,
about 45 percent of hospitalized residents in the 10011 and From left, L.I.J.’s Jeffrey Kraut, C.B. 2’s Brad Hoylman, C.B. 4’s Jesse Smith Campoamor and Dr. Neal Cohen of
10014 zip codes (Chelsea and Greenwich Village) were most Hunter College at the Dec. 6 meeting on the health needs assessment.
dependent on St. Vincent’s, while 55 percent sought inpa- munities, where it was ranked #1 based upon inpatient and L.I.J.’s Kraut said they will be looking at whether the key
tient care elsewhere. However, when it came to emergency emergency treat-and-release visit utilization.” issue is “availability of a hospital or the not close proximity
department use, the numbers were flipped, with 55 percent At the Dec. 6 meeting, Hunter College’s Cohen explained of emergency care” and also, “Where did all the doctors go?”
of residents in the primary service area seeking treatment at that the assessment will also include sit-downs with focus who were serving St. Vincent’s.
St. Vincent’s. groups and a survey with a “quantitative analysis.” He Yetta Kurland of the Coalition for a New Village Hospital
In general, the “Defining the Service Area” report notes, said the survey could be finished in the next three or four
“St. Vincent’s was the most preferred hospital for these com- months. Continued on page 19

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Politics injected at meeting

Court to have CB Richard Ellis market the
Continued from page 18 property.
Last week, St. Vincent’s auctioned off
asked the panel asked if the assessment will the hospital’s entire contents, from waiting-
conclude that a replacement hospital should room furniture and ambulances to the
be put at the former St. Vincent’s site at 12th backup generator.
St. and Seventh Ave., which is the position According to one health insider, getting
backed by the coalition. a new hospital anywhere in Downtown
“I don’t think there’s a secret in the Manhattan would be a years-long process,
resistance to this needs assessment,” she and is a daunting prospect in the current
stated. Referring to the report’s map of fiscal economy.
the St. Vincent’s primary service area and “We all want a hospital,” Campoamor
secondary service areas, she said, “As I responded to Kurland at the Fulton Houses
look at the map with the different colors meeting. “Who’s going to fund it?”
of green, we’re not specifically hearing that Many see politics deeply embedded at
the plan is to return health services to the the heart of the post-St. Vincent’s health-
site of St. Vincent’s. … We’re not hearing care debate. Kurland ran against Council
what the goal of the study is. Do we want Speaker Christine Quinn in the last Council
a full-service hospital in 10 years, or do election and came in a close second. The
we want a hospital immediately at the St. expectation is — with Quinn serving her
Vincent’s site?” final four years due to term limits — that
Hoylman responded, “We think you Kurland is readying for another run for the
need the data to make the case for a full- Council. Hoylman is also a former Council Christmas Eve, December 24
service hospital.” candidate and is also expected to vie for the 5:00 pm Family Service with Christmas Créche
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Madoff — who is serving a 150-year prison
Aves. The suspect was charged with dragging
a 20-year-old woman into a private bathroom
at the club at 1:45 a.m., where he slapped and
sentence for swindling billions of dollars raped her, according to reports.
from countless victims — hanged himself
second-degree strangulation in connection with a dog leash on Friday night Dec. 10.
Stuy Town suspect caught with the death of the successful 33-year- Police found his body on Saturday morning
old swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay. The in his apartment at 158 Mercer St. between She offers bribe
John Martinez, 39, who was arrested victim was found dead in her underwear West Houston and Prince Sts. The victim’s
last week in New Jersey for a New York with bruises on her neck in an overflow- 2-year-old son was sleeping in a bedroom of A woman who was arrested at 11:30 a.m.
parole violation, was charged with a series ing bathtub in SoHo House, an exclusive the apartment and was not hurt. The victim’s Tues., Dec. 7, for stealing a wallet from a
of muggings in Stuyvesant Town over the club hotel at 29 Ninth Ave. at W. 13th St. dog, a Labradoodle named Grouper, whose victim at the corner of Grand St. and Bowery
past two months. On Thurs., Dec. 2, he in the Meatpacking District. Brooks is the leash Madoff used to hang himself, was also and picking the pocket of another victim a
followed a woman victim into an elevator son of Joseph Brooks, 72, a Hollywood unharmed in the apartment. few minutes later at Hester and Elizabeth
at 525 E. 14th St. and robbed her while songwriter and director facing charges that No note was found on his body, clad in Sts., was also charged with offering a $1,000
threatening her with an ice pick, according he forced himself on 11 women he lured khaki pants, a blue pullover shirt and white bribe to the officer who arrested her a few
to charges filed with Manhattan District to his house in 2009 by promising them sox. But he had sent e-mails to his wife, minutes later, according to the Manhattan
Attorney Cy Vance Jr. About 10 minutes movie roles. Stephanie — who was at Disney World in D.A.’s Office. The suspect, Ha Vasko, told
later Martinez held up another woman at Brooks, who has lived for about a year Orlando with her 4-year-old daughter and the arresting officer, “I’ll give you all the
17 Stuyvesant Oval, according to court in the East Village apartment with three her mother — telling her he loved her and money in my wallet, which is over $1,000,
papers. He is also charged with victim- roommates, was questioned for an entire asking her to “send someone to take care of or I can write you a check if you let me go,”
izing a woman, 63, nearby in a building in day at Greenwich Village’s Sixth Precinct Nick,” their son. according to the charges. Vasko was being
the Peter Cooper Village complex on Nov. before he was charged with attempted Mark and his brother Andrew were the first held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending a Jan.
22. Earlier last month, the same suspect murder because Cachay’s cause of death to tell officials about their father’s scheme and 11 court appearance.
robbed three victims in The Bronx’s Co-op has not been determined. His picture on insisted they told officials about the situation
City complex, according to a New York his Facebook page shows him puffing on as soon as they learned about it. Nevertheless,
Post item. a pipe commonly used in smoking mari- Mark and his family have remained under fed-
juana. The victim lived on W. 10th St. near eral investigation for more than two years and Phony police
Hudson St. She went to SoHo House with they are the target of several lawsuits. Police
Brooks after a small fire in her loft, accord- were seeking a subpoena for Mark Madoff’s Two men with fake police shields around
Death at SoHo House ing to reports. Cachay had recently told computer and cell phone, according to a New their necks burst into a store at 67 Eldridge
Brooks she was ending their relationship, York Post article. St. at Hester St. at 3:45 p.m. Mon., Dec.
Police arrested Nicholas Brooks, 24, according to articles in the daily press. A 6, ran behind a counter and grabbed about
of 60 Second Ave., on Fri., Dec. 10, and grand jury was scheduled to hear Brooks’s $1,000 from the cash box and fled, police
charged him with attempted murder and case on Thursday. said. Police soon arrested David Oquendo,
$2 swipe and hit one of the suspects, but his accomplice was
not apprehended,
Two women were patronizing a sidewalk
food vendor in the Village around 2:50 a.m.
Thurs., Dec. 12, when one of them acciden-
tally dropped two dollar bills. A stranger Better to try a wall
picked up the money and when one of the
women demanded its return, he punched her Police arrested Melissa Justice, 39, around
in the face and fled. Police stopped the suspect, 5 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 9, on W. 10th St. near
Abdul Flynn, 46, of The Bronx, at the south- Sixth Ave. and charged her with criminal
east corner of W. Fourth St. and Seventh Ave. mischief after a witness reported that she
South and charged him with robbery. spray-painted, “Jesus is a pussy,” on the hood
of a car parked at the curb. The suspect was
in possession of the black aerosol spray can
when she was arrested, police said.
Clear teen in slay
A Manhattan jury on Tues. Dec. 14,
cleared Victor Fong of the November 2009 Cold-case arrest
stabbing death of Nelson Pena, 18, during
a melee in front of 100 Hester St. where Michael Mele, of Wallkill, N.Y. was
the Chinatown YMCA shares the building charged in Orange County last week with
with I.S. 131 and Pace High School. Fong the Dec. 3, 2008, murder of a woman
had admitted stabbing another victim who with whom he last had been seen leaving
survived, Vincent Rivera, 17, in self-defense Marquee, the club at 289 10th Ave. Mele,
but insisted he was not near Pena during who was on probation for a sex offense at
the melee. A video at the scene showed that the time, is charged with murdering Laura
Fong was across the street from the school Garza at his Wallkill home. Although he
when Pena was stabbed. Fong’s lawyer, was a subject of police interest because he
Robert Brown, also noted that the video and Garza were on a surveillance tape at
showed Rivera beating Fong with a pole just Marquee, the case went cold because there
before Pena was stabbed to death. was no trace of the victim until her skeleton
was found in Pennsylvania this April. Mele
was arrested shortly before being released
from prison for a parole violation. Garza,
Webster Hall rape 25, originally from Texas, was a dancer who
had moved to Brooklyn shortly before her
Police arrested Salim Muhammad, 20, at
about 2:45 a.m. Sat., Dec. 11, and charged him Continued on page 21
December 16 - 22, 2010 21

with a total value of $2,500. The victim, 54,

Continued from page 20 did not know the suspect’s name.

disappearance. A Daily News item quotes

investigators as saying Mele dumped Garza’s
body and also disposed of a carpet from his Trapped in train gap
home and a mat from his car in order to
destroy evidence of the killing. A 41-year-old actor was crushed and pinned
between a No. 4 train and a movable platform
extender at the Union Square subway station at
10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 10. Michael Dion had fallen
Bad second date in the gap between the train and the extender
and was trapped at his waist and screaming for
A resident of 250 W. 16th St. told police about a half hour before transit workers were
on Sat., Dec. 11, that two weeks earlier he able to release the hydraulic system and rescue
invited a man he met on the Adam on Adam him. Firefighters removed the victim from the
Web site to his apartment for a night. The station and an Emergency Medical Services
resident said he ignored the guest’s e-mail team rushed him to Bellevue Hospital. He
request for another date but found him in his underwent surgery the following day and his
living room two weeks later as he was com- condition was described as serious.
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Save C.A.S. programs N.Y.U. can grow — in cyberspace Squash players: Game not over
The Children’s Aid Society’s recent announcement that
it is considering selling its Sullivan St. buildings came as To The Editor: To The Editor:
a tremendous shock to families for whom the society and Re “N.Y.U.’s towering blunder inspires us to fight on” The Printing House Fitness & Squash Club, located on
its programs are vitally important parts of their lives. The (talking point, by Miriam Kaplan, Nov. 25): Hudson and Leroy Sts. in the West Village, has been sold to
society’s board of directors is expected to vote today on Well-written and hits the important reasons that we must Equinox, a chain of gyms run by a large nationwide corpora-
whether to move forward with the plan to sell. all continue to oppose the N.Y.U. 2031 plans. Doesn’t New tion. Printing House was a privately owned health club that
The Children’s Aid Society has, in fact, been an inte- York University realize that by 2031 most of academic stud- was an enclave, an oasis and a home away from home for
gral part of Greenwich Village for more than 100 years. ies will be Internet based? Already many universities are pre- many New Yorkers. I know this because I was one of them.
Although the neighborhood’s demographics and income paring for that educational method, offering online courses It is important to know what is being lost. Printing
levels have changed over the years, the society and its toward degrees. For a so-called “progressive” university, House was once one of the best boutique health clubs in
programs are no less treasured today than they were 50 or N.Y.U. is way behind the times. New York City. Members often lasted there for years, if
100 years ago. not decades, and friendships that began in the classes or
But the society says its work is more desperately needed Sylvia Rackow on the gym floor often extended into the neighborhood.
in other neighborhoods where children are at greater dis- This was particularly true of the squash players at the
advantage. The Village has become affluent and the soci- club, of which I was one.
ety’s buildings are prime assets, they say, the sale of which The squash program at the Printing House was suc-
could fetch an estimated $20 million to $30 million to help How the Working Group works cessful for a few reasons: It had the most courts (five) of
more needy kids elsewhere. any public club in the city and yet was extremely afford-
Yes, the Village has become more upscale. But not all To The Editor: able relative to the other clubs. There was no waiting
the 1,500 children C.A.S. serves annually at Sullivan St. Re “In Chinatown, groups battle over a proposal for a list to get in, no dress code and no strict club rules. And
come from well-off homes: That the Philip Coltoff Center new BID” (news article, Dec. 2): the experience was addictive — being in a totally relaxed
gives out an annual $300,000 in financial aid attests to Rob Hollander is not a “member” of the Chinatown atmosphere, having a hard game of squash with a friend
that. Working Group. He is listed as a “Friend.” and enjoying the health benefits of a super-aerobic sport
Above all, these buildings and programs are greatly The Chinatown Partnership is a voting member. as an alternative to the other fitness options that are
needed here. The C.A.S. early-childhood center and nurs- Wellington Chen has been the co-chairperson of the available at many other clubs.
ery school comprise the largest such facility in Downtown Economic Development and Revitalization Working Team, The physical benefits aside, squash’s social aspect
Manhattan. The Sullivan St. offerings also include a and thus has been engaged in the efforts of the Chinatown was also a huge drawing card. The sport is extremely
vaunted after-school arts program and a performing-arts Working Group from early on. inclusive. There were regular round-robins where play-
program, as well as camps and youth athletics. The levels of endorsement are: ers of any level could sign up for two hours of vigorous
Local parents absolutely rely on the center’s program- competition on the court and then all go out for a drink
ming — and are especially grateful for the affordable • Voting Member: An organization that has endorsed afterward at a local watering hole. Playing in a Printing
prices, which, in many cases, are thousands of dollars less the Chinatown Working Group mission state- House round-robin was a complete experience.
than comparable programs. It’s no secret that there aren’t ment. The organization’s appointed representative Unfortunately, despite this vibrant community of more
enough pre-K seats in the Village’s public schools, so, in (including alternates appointed by the organization) than 250 players, the Printing House recently announced the
that regard, the Coltoff Center is also providing a critical will cast the organization’s vote at stated meetings. end of its squash program. Equinox does not offer squash as
service. part of its business model, and hence, the courts were sched-
Basically, all that the center’s parents are asking is • Friend: An individual not representing an organiza- uled to close permanently on Dec. 15 of this year.
that Children’s Aid Society give them a chance to work tion, or an organization/entity/firm that works with Some people may not be surprised by what has hap-
out a way to keep these wonderful programs running. the Chinatown Working Group or supplies ser- pened. They say squash is on the decline worldwide; that
Thankfully, the society’s board has agreed to allow the vices, such as consulting, meeting space, etc. squash clubs in London and Sydney and South Africa
programs to keep going until June 2012. that were once bastions of the sport are being left to die
Because these properties aren’t residential, and because • Supporter: An individual not representing an organiza- slow painful deaths, or are simply being converted for
the Landmarks Preservation Commission, unfortunately, tion, or an organization/entity/firm that may sign peti- other uses. I am afraid that this may actually be the sad
still hasn’t designated the entire proposed South Village tions, postcards, etc. advocating the mission or subse- truth. That trend, however, does not apply to the U.S.,
Historic District, the risk is that an extremely large, non- quent principles. where squash is growing rapidly. So what is happening to
contextual, high-rise tower could be developed on the the Printing House is not indicative of squash in New York or
C.A.S. property, four lots in total, north of Bleecker St. K Webster
This would be a terrible legacy for the society to leave the Continued on page 24
community that has nurtured it for more than a century,
just as C.A.S. has, in turn, enriched our community and
our families’ lives. IRA BLUTREICH
In short, there’s ample opportunity for profit — but if
expectations are lowered a bit, it could be a win-win for
both C.A.S. and the community. For example, it’s no secret
that Little Red Schoolhouse is interested in the society’s
Sullivan St. buildings. Another local school is also said to
be keen.
The Village’s diversity has been eroding for years, and
if C.A.S. and its programs are lost, it will only hasten the
homogenization. To parents, C.A.S. on Sullivan St. is “like
family.” It’s a unique place, and helps make the Village the
Village. The loss of its programs would be immeasurable.
C.A.S.’s mission is to help children and communities,
which it has done superbly here on Sullivan St. for so long.
If the society decides it must leave — then at least give
the families a chance to keep alive the programs that have
made such a difference in their lives.
Also, Landmarks should designate the rest of the South
Village Historic District now — as it said it would do last
year — so that mega-development doesn’t irreparably alter
and damage our historic, low-rise community. Once again, Bloomberg denies that he’s eyeing the presidency.
December 16 - 22, 2010 23

A streetcar named Pearl Harbor: Getting onboard

editorial and business offices of The Dartmouth, a kid came run-
NOTEBOOK ning out of — pouring out of — the building, I forget his name;
it may have been Jessup. He was what was called a “heeler” —
BY JERRY TALLMER an underclassman bucking to become a full-time staffer of that
On the last day of boyhood — not youth, but boyhood — newspaper.
their big guy, Endicott (“Chub”) Peabody of Massachusetts, “Jerry!” he was yelling. “Jerry, have you heard? The Japs have
unstoppable defensive lineman of the Harvard Crimson, bombed Pearl Harbor!”
had almost single-handedly taken apart the Big Green 11 And like almost every other jerk in this country at that
captained by our big guy, center Charles Milton (“Stubby”) moment, I said: “Where’s Pearl Harbor?”
Pearson of Minnesota. Forty-eight hours and three or four extra editions of The
Now, on the other side of the river, the Boston side, an hour Dartmouth later, Babe and I were sleeplessly downing harsh
or so after the end of the game on this aching Saturday after- black coffee in the Hanover Inn. Babe looked at me, took a swal-
noon, I was steering my overcrowded black 1940 convertible low, and said: “I guess we’d better go, don’t you?”
Ford Schpitfeuer straight into the mouth of a Mass Avenue And so we went, leaving the oldest college newspaper in
shortcut tunnel, only to discover that it wasn’t a shortcut at all America to the tender mercies of Joseph P. & Co.
unless you were a streetcar of “the T,” Boston’s equivalent of the Some six months later a postcard reached me at an anti-
M.T.A. One such monster, bell clanging furiously, was headed submarine airbase up the Demerera from Georgetown, British
at that very moment straight toward the nose of the Schpitfeuer Guiana. It was from George Hanna, Class of 1941, a star on the
Ford, not to mention toward myself and the six or seven or eight Dartmouth basketball team and someone I’d never met. It had
other guys — buddies, classmates, defeated invaders — who been mailed six months earlier. “So you went and did it,” it said.
were distributed elsewhere in or on the vehicle. File photo “Good for you.”
I was at the wheel because only a half-minute earlier, Al Jerry Tallmer George Hanna, a distinguished New Hampshire lawyer, died
Goldman, the corpulent, go-getting business manager of The only a couple of years ago. I never got to thank him for that
Dartmouth, who’d been serving as driver because he knew the — brought me a manifesto he had just written in the form of postcard.
terrain, suddenly, right there in the middle of downtown Boston an open letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Dear Mr. Charles Bolté left college, went to Canada, joined the King’s
traffic, had jammed on the brakes, looked around, jumped out, President,” it began, “Now we have waited long enough… .” It Royal Rifles, got a leg blown off at El Alamein, was a Rhodes
said: “I left my car somewhere around here,” and disappeared called on F.D.R. to quit stalling and at long last move against Scholar, married a beautiful girl named Mary Elwell, founded
forever into the crowd. Leaving me, the editor in chief, to, so to Hitler by force. and ran the American Veterans Committee, had a decent career
speak, take back the reins. I ran it on the next morning’s front page — and the whole in publishing, was a physical and vocal duplicate of Orson Welles
What did I do? I backed us out slowly, very, very slowly, with campus damn near blew up. What had been a 1,000 percent pac- as Charles Foster Kane, and is now also gone.
the streetcar moving voraciously forward by way of encourage- ifist college paper when yours truly (then also an ardent pacifist) Endicott Peabody won a Silver Star for gallant service on a
ment, inch by inch. ascended to the editor’s desk was now all that and more of an U.S. Navy submarine in the Pacific theater of war. He served
Why do I call that 1940 Ford a Schpitfeuer? Well, because interventionist college newspaper — the first such in this entire one two-year term (1963-’65) as Democratic governor of
all that spring of 1941, we of The Dartmouth, the oldest college country, I have always believed. Listening to Edward R. Murrow Massachusetts (and ally of John F. Kennedy), but was too racially
daily newspaper in America, went out every so often in a couple broadcast the summer before from the rooftops of burning and economically liberal — he refused, among other things, to
of cars to the Bema, a grassy place just off the campus, to play London had turned me 180 degrees around. That, and whatever send any human being to the electric chair — to ever again get
dogfight in the skies over Britain, in honor of those who were new barbarism the Nazis were executing every day. I don’t think elected to anything. He left us in 2009.
truly great. …“Achtung, Schpitfeuer!”… “I say, old boy, jolly I ever used the word “Jew” except between the lines. And Stubby Pearson? Big, amiable, earnest, decent, rough-
good show!” …as we hurtled and skidded our beer-drenched, The Japanese? Well, they had raped an entire city — China’s complectioned Charles Milton Pearson of Minnesota? I knew
overloaded autos this way and that way over the greensward. Nanking — back in 1937, but we would have to get around to him fairly well, as it happens, because he, too, believe it or not,
Babe and Craighead, DeSherb and Farb, Mitchbitch and Proc that someday in the distant future, when we had the time and in our freshman year had been a heeler, alongside me, though in
Page, even humorless old Joseph P., my second in command. the means to do it. his case for the sports pages of The Dartmouth. But instead of
Newspapermen! A fraternity more binding than any tradi- In the fall of the year before, 1940, on the night of the famous writing it, he ended up playing it — football and basketball, all-
tional Greek-letter animal house. “Fifth Down” football game against Cornell, coach Earl Blaik star captains of both.
Those Bema dogfight things were merely the letting-off of reminded us at a big emotional bonfire that Dartmouth men Stubby was also the Class of 1942 Phi Beta Kappa valedic-
steam, of course — release of nervous tension — because 1941 always exemplified the idea of “Rugged, see!” torian, though by that time I was not on the scene. (The war, in
was a very bad year indeed. During the course of it, Adolf Hitler O.K., I’m only a college boy, a citified college boy who can fact, was to save me from flunking out.)
continued to consume and destroy country after country, while neither skate nor ski — nor, God save us, play football. But so long I imagine that Charles Milton Pearson would have gone on to
we — in our faraway, isolated, protective little Hanover, New as I have this newspaper, I’ll keep writing anti-Nazi, go-to-war edi- become a Rhodes Scholar himself, a college president, a senator,
Hampshire, cocoon — were increasingly involved in several torials while Babe — associate editor and best friend Alex “Babe” governor, a United States president, anything. But in late March
mini-wars of our own: the pacifist isolationists; subclass (a) radi- Fanelli of Pelham Manor, New York — supplies the poetry. 1944, Stubby Pearson plunged his Navy dive bomber down
cal or (b) reactionary, along with a sprinkling of America Firsters, In Boston, around midafternoon Sunday, the day after that toward a Japanese destroyer in the waters off Palau, and died in
versus the ever more heated and alarmed stop-Hitler interven- disastrous Harvard-Dartmouth football game, I pointed the the attempt, taking his gunner, T.W. Watterston, with him.
tionists. The latter meaning me, in that newspaper. 1940 black Ford (a hand-me-down from my mother) north Does that do it, Mr. Blaik? Rugged, see! Give us the boy and
When the Germans, in April of that year, went from invading toward Hanover. we’ll give you the man.
Yugoslavia to invading Greece, Charles Guy Bolté, the golden Several hours later, as I drew up and parked in front of This bonfire is for all those boys, in the embers of
boy of the Class of 1941 — one year ahead of my Class of 1942 Robinson Hall, the ancient and honorable edifice that housed the December 7, 2010.

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Continued from page 22 build the new club. But if anyone can make this
happen, it is this group of people — from artists
in the U.S., generally. The closure of the last and writers to attorneys and accountants — all
remaining genuine squash club in Downtown of whom are passionate about this sport and
Manhattan is owing to factors external to the will do all they can to preserve it.
sport. We sincerely hope that a new squash club
Not surprisingly, the New York squash will be developed, one with the vision of com-
community is devastated. Several avid squash munity as its foundation.
players I know moved to the Village to be
near their beloved club. These same mem- Brett A. Erasmus
bers are not taking Equinox’s decision lying
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Revolution Books: Conscience and Commitment
Seeing Red, Yes — But Not Angry
BY STEPHEN WOLF finger-puppets of Einstein, Pavlov’s dog,
Before New York City became (briefly) and one of Dorothy Parker (who loved the
the capital of these newly United States Hotel Chelsea — where she “could lay her
of America, patriots convicted of treason hat and a few friends”). There’s a T-shirt
to a mad and distant King George III like those worn to play baseball, only
were brutally and publicly tortured — then this team is the “Atheists.” There’s also a
executed for beliefs and actions identical to wonderful shelf of donated first editions,
those of George Washington, Ben Franklin both cloth and paperbacks (some signed by
Thomas Jefferson and many others who the authors themselves, and all for sale).
resisted tyranny and created the foundation Carefully, I held the first edition Signet
of America. paperback of J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher
This essential revolutionary spirit is as in the Rye” — the same type of copy of the
fragile as democracy — and easily lost. banned book I hid in my room and which
But for years now, it has been nurtured in I slipped inside the larger biology book so
a Chelsea bookstore dedicated to nothing I could keep reading in class, where I was
less than revolution (for our nation and the busted for laughing aloud when I read how
world). “Edgar Marshalla laid this terrific fart.”
The revolution desired is not a social Revolution Books is a “key repository
one. There are no books in the store on how of radical and revolutionary thought,” said
to plan armed revolt or make a Molotov Andy Zee — a tall, trim, white-haired man
cocktail, nor is there even a sneer of anger with a youthful face and lively, penetrating
at any single person, country or political eyes behind eyeglasses and who, along with
persuasion. Instead, this bookstore is com- Travis Morales, manage this not-for-profit
mitted to a making of a more just world. store and, like all the store’s helpers, take
Revolution Books has been a crucial part no money for their efforts and dedica-
of our city since 1979 — for a while on W. tion. There is nothing pretentious, preachy
16th, then W. 19th — and now for a year or pressured about him or the bookstore
and a half just east of 7th Avenue at 146 W. despite how lofty is the dream: “At the
26th. It is, as its publicity card mission state- core of Revolution Books,” he said with a
ment expresses, “alive with a defiant spirit passionate calm, “is a center for building
that refuses to accept that the horrors of revolution in this country and emancipation
today’s world have to be. People come into the world over.”
Revolution Books from all over the world But Revolution Books is not a store that
to find the books and the deep engagement looks at the world through a single window.
with each other about the possibility of a Everybody and everything any literature-
radically different way the world could be. loving reader wants is there. The Greeks,
This is a bookstore at the center of building Shakespeare, shelves of the best poets and
a movement for revolution.” anthologies, English novels, the American
The storefront is beautifully designed. masters, African-American fiction, Native
There’s a large picture window, well-lit and American, Jewish-American and shelf after
inviting, and the space resembles an old shelf of Latino literature, much of it in
railroad apartment — long and narrow yet Spanish. There are plays, children’s classics,
stylishly, tastefully renovated. The wooden Photo courtesy of Revolution Books religious studies, textbooks for classes held in
floors are polished and smooth, with thick Revolution Books: Taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas.” the neighborhood, and you can buy them at
wooden bookshelves stocked with treasures Revolution Books every day from noon to 6.
(more about this later). There are a few An Icon Reconsidered” — which provides Churchill declared, “History is written by “At Revolution Books,” the store prom-
small, simple round tables with chairs, another, deeper view of this national shrine the victors,” Zinn tells the story of this ises, “you can meet the movement that is
where we can sit and read “or discuss,” chiseled into the Black Hills, the mountains nation from the point of view of those not changing our world.”
reads the store’s publicity, “the burning most sacred to the Plains Indians who in power. We need to nurture this spirit of fair
issues of our time,” all the while listening were promised them in the 1868 Treaty of Books on New York’s crucial events and play, righteous anger and peaceful dis-
to gentle music in the background. Laramie provided they surrender everything influential ideas (my favorite section after sent — and Revolution Books needs us.
Deeper in the store is a small raised plat- else. The white man soon broke this treaty, poetry) has its own section as well. There All bookstores, especially the best of them,
form with a podium and microphone for the too, and in time the mountain was carved are books on the great waves of immigra- struggle to survive at a time when the num-
constant, remarkable variety of events that into the likeness of four presidents: the tion a century ago, the Harlem Renaissance, ber of us who love reading and owning and
regularly occur here. There are open-mic great Sioux chief Crazy Horse once said the rise of hip-hop, and Jane Jacob’s impor- giving books is diminishing. “Eighty per-
poetry readings, documentary film show- that the white man made us many promises tant “The Death and Life of Great American cent of American families don’t buy books,”
ings, lectures and panel discussions — all but kept only one: he promised to take all Cities” — which denounced the destruction Zee said with genuine concern, creases
of them relating to the bookstore’s humani- our lands, and he did. of neighborhoods replaced with the ugly, appearing between his eyes, for he fears
tarian stand on sexism, racism, injustices of There is the illuminating “A People’s crime-infested projects that removed our that too many of us have “lost the experi-
all sorts, homophobia, imperialism and the History of the United States” by scholar citizens — mostly African-American — ence of reading.” So this holiday season,
abuses of capitalism. and civil rights activist Howard Zinn — a from the life and flow of the streets. give books or a gift card from this marvel-
Here is just a quick salmagundi of all the bombardier in World War II who returned Yet however significant and consequen- ous store — to spread the love of books, to
treasures — and consequential matters — home to New York after his discharge and tial the store’s primary purpose is, it also help the neighborhood’s small business and
to be lifted from these shelves. placed his medals in an envelope on which has a sense of play and humor. There’s a to keep alive our country’s founding spirit
There’s Jesse Larner’s “Mount Rushmore: he wrote, “Never Again.” Although, as table of souvenirs, gifts and amusements: of revolution.
26 December 16 - 22, 2010

Area Booksellers on Novel Choices for Holiday Reading

Local Authors, NYC-Centric Tomes Worth Your Time

Whether it’s a time-killing mind-expander on that long

plane, train or automobile ride en route to see loved ones
— or an excuse to remove yourself from unwanted conversa-
tion with distant relatives you only see once a year — there’s
Red Jade
nothing quite like a book (the printed page kind) to make the
holidays bright. Chelsea Now recently spoke with represen-
tatives from a few local bookstores to get their recommenda-
tions for worthy gifts and compelling works written by local
authors or set in our area.


This independent bookstore is devoted entirely to
mysteries. They feature a complete selection of new titles
as well as classics and out-of-print books. Some of the
genre’s most popular authors visit the store for readings
and signings — so keep checking the calendar section of
their website for updates (
Co-Owner Kizmin Reeves notes that if there’s a mys-
tery fan on your shopping list these days, “We often buy
a lot of singed books for the holidays. If it’s the newest A Detective Jack Yu Investigation
book by your favorite author, a lot of people really enjoy
Recently, the store hosted an event featuring three
Henry Chang
authors whose signed works are now available. Reeves
recalls: “We had James R. Benn (“Rag and Bone”), who
Image courtesy of Soho Crime
writes about a young Boston cop who does military
investigations during WW II. Henry Chang (“Red Jade”) Henry Chang’s “Red Jade” — When two bodies are dis-
writes about a cop in Chinatown. Stuart Neville’s ‘The covered in Chinatown, Detective Jack Yu is once again
Ghosts of Belfast’ is a sequel to one of our favorite books confronted with organized, international Chinese crime.
(“Collusion”).” POSMAN BOOKS
“The Ghosts of Belfast” examines the lingering and 192 BOOKS Robert Fader, the buyer for Posman Book’s Chelsea
dangerous effects of what Reeves calls “armed redemp- Patrick Knifley, manager of 192 Books, points to two Market store, says that despite options such as
tion…In each of the books, there’s someone who’s been titles, which open windows of a different kind into the and the Kindle, this particular bookstore is doing well — in
so strongly affected by things that happed during the NYC art scene. That subject matter, he says, is especially no small part because they were invited. The building they’re
active times of the IRA, that they take up arts to settle near and dear to the hearts of 192 Book’s regulars: “Steve in “has over one million square feet of office space above
some old scores.” Martin’s new book, ‘An Object of Beauty,’ is a fascinating what we think of as Chelsea Market. The tenants above
If you want to shop local, in every sense of the word, view of the art market and the contemporary art world. It expressed a need, a desire for a bookstore.”
S.J. Rozan’s “On the Line” will be of interest. The resonates with our customers because we’re right in the Apart from its captive audience clientele, Posman offers
author, a Village resident, has a series based on a unique middle of the Gallery District, and a lot of our customers two specialty items that appeal to a nearby tourist destina-
investigative partnership. Reeves: “Her Lydia Chin are interested in that whole world.” tion and the dearth of foodstuff stores in the Market. Fader
mysteries are some of the top customer favorites in the Also of likely interest to the store’s art-centric clien- says, “We have a relationship with the High Line, and carry
store. The books are told in alternating points of view tele is “Michael Cunningham’s new book “By Nightfall.” ‘Designing the High Line.’ It’s a book that Friends of the
per book, because the partnership is a young Chinese Knifley says it’s the author’s best effort since winning High Line publishes — fascinating in every sense. It has
woman from Chinatown and a middle-aged tough guy the Pulitzer Prize for “The Hours.” But unlike Martin’s lots of architectural drawings and rendering. It’s great for
from the Bronx.” Part of the author’s enduring appeal, character study of a fast-rising newbie, Knifley points anybody interested in the whole process of reclaiming the
Reeves says, comes from the fact that, well, you always out that Cunningham’s novel “is about people who are High Line.”
learn new facts: “Not that’s it’s educational per se, but already established…It’s a little more about the world.” Posman Books also has, says Fader, “one of the best cook-
a lot of knowledge gets brought in — whether it’s from As for works that are far from local but still compel- book selections in the city.” Anyone who’s ever drooled over
S.J.’s own architecture and construction background or ling, Knifley strongly recommends the work of another the high-quality sugar-centric creations at Chelsea Market’s
the history of an immigrant family. For more info, www. Pulitzer Prize-winner — Stacy Schiff. She snagged that Sarabeth’s Bakery will be drawn into a hypnotic trance by honor for her book on Benjamin Franklin (“Franklin in “Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours.” Fader praises
Also immensely popular among the store’s readers Paris”). Her non-fiction book on Cleopatra (“Cleopatra: the “beautifully photographed” confections, noting that
is the Gaslight Mystery series, by Victoria Thompson. A Life”) is described by Knifley as “an historical biogra- it’s also well stocked with photos of baking techniques as
“Her protagonists are a turn-of-the-century midwife and phy that reads like a novel.” opposed to just showing the end product.
a police detective,” explains Reeves. The mysteries are If you don’t mind one more dose of contentious debate
mainly set in Village locations and offer a lot of local during the holiday season, Knifley says “The Slap” (by Posman Books at Chelsea Market is located at 75
history. Reeves points out that although Thompson isn’t Christos Tsiolkas) is sure to inspire strong opinions. “It’s Ninth Ave. Call 212-627-0304 or visit www.posman-
afraid to delve into dark subject matter, her work isn’t a contemporary Australian novel which looks at this very
exactly blood-splattered: “The violence is a bit offstage small incident among this group of people in suburban
— but she does tackle social issues that tend to have Melbourne. There’s a backyard barbeque. A child is mis-
shadows into the future.” Curious? For more info, www. behaving and someone, who’s not the parent, slaps the BOOKS OF WONDER child. That one little incident tears apart the fabric of the Peter Glassman, owner & founder of Books of Wonder,
whole community.” says they settled into their current 18th Street store after
Partners & Crime Mystery Booksellers (44 Greenwich four previous locations (in, among other places, the space
Ave. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves. at the foot of Charles St.). 192 Books (192 Tenth Ave, btw. 21st and 22nd Sts.).
Visit or call 212-243-0440. Call 212-255-4022 or visit Continued on page 27
December 16 - 22, 2010 27

Top tomes for holiday reading

Curtis and illustrations by Laura Cornell, Glassman says
Continued from page 26 this story about a little boy talking about his mother and
all the amazing things she does stands on its own merits as
now occupied by legendary Village lesbian bar Henrietta literature. “Jamie Lee Curtis is a very good writer,” praises
Hudson). These days, Books of Wonders selection of chil- Glassman. “She’s someone who takes her writing seriously
dren’s literature goes very well indeed with the building’s and approaches it as a craft.”
subtenant Cupcake Café (where the promise of a sugar For ages 8-12, “Archvillian” by Barry Lyga is especially
rush has, we suspect, lured and then hooked more than strong. “It’s about Kyle, a sixth grader who is the smart-
one reluctant reader). est, most popular kid in school,” says Glassman. Then,
“Our job is to promote a love of reading in young people, one day, “He gets exposed to some space plasma and
so they will grow up with the tools to discover anything their finds he has all kinds of special powers, including super
hearts desire,” says Glassman — who asserts adds, “Our genius. He’s determined to keep his powers a secret, but
second goal is to develop the imagination.” As with any the same night he got his powers, a strange boy appeared
good literary trilogy, there’s a third goal that brings a satisfy- in the plasma. He’s convinced the boy is a threat. Kyle is
ing sense of closure to their mission statement. That goal, determined to expose him and everything he does goes
Glassman notes, is the preservation of children’s literature wrong. So who is the archvillian? That’s up to the reader
and the art that goes into children’s literature (the back of to decide.”
the store houses antique books, posters, prints, graphics and Teenagers (12, 13 and up) will like “Dash & Lily’s
original artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries. Book of Dares” by New Yorkers Rachel Cohn and David
As for current offerings, Glassman enthusiastically rec- Levithan (they’re the authors of “Nick and Nora’s Infinite
ommends (for ages 3-7), “Children Make Terrible Pets” by Playlist”). In this tale, says Glassman, “Dash and Lily Image courtesy of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins
Peter Brown. He describes it as “A hilarious book about a are both teenagers who hang out in the same bookstore. “My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story” stands tall
little girl bear who finds a little boy and decides he’d make Lily hopes to meet the right guy by creating a notebook in a crowded field of celeb-penned children’s books.
a great pet.” There’s also “The Odious Ogre,” by Jules where she leaves clues and hints. The two of them start
Feiffer, illustrated by Norton Juster. “They’re the team going back and forth in the notebook, not knowing who
who created ‘The Phantom Toolbooth’ 49 years ago,” the other is.” killed in a terrible car accident. At first, she doesn’t know
notes Glassman, “and this is their first collaboration since Richard Peck’s “Three Quarters Dead” seems like a how to cope with this. Then she gets a text message from
then. It’s an original fairy tale about a mean, rotten ogre solid entry in the supernatural genre. The Newbery Medal the leader of the girls, and it turns out they’re back — and
who terrifies everyone and then runs into a maiden who’s winner’s latest work has a unique plot that speaks to the they need Kerry to make it possible for them to return to
polite and friendly. It totally drives the ogre crazy that she eternal quest for fitting in — and involves a girl who the world of the living.”
isn’t afraid of him.” speaks to the dead. Glassman explains, “It’s about a young
“My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story” is that girl, a high school sophomore, who feels friendless and Books of Wonder is located at 18 West 18th St. (btw.
increasingly rare bird — a children’s book written by a invisible — until the three most popular girls in school Fifth & Sixth Aves.). Call 212-989-3270 or visit www.
celebrity who can actually write. With words by Jamie Lee choose to bring her into their circle. The three girls get

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28 December 16 - 22, 2010

Kids activities for idle hands

Shows and stuff to keep them busy, make them happy
COMPILED BY SCOTT STIFFLER ends with our sweetly sentimental and incredibly adorable (includes a $1 per ticket facility fee) and can be purchased
audience-enacted Shtetl wedding, where children take on the at, through Ticketmaster (800-982-2787) or
SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID roles of bride, groom and wedding guests. “Klez for Kids” at the box office (55 East 59th St., 212-355-6160).
It’s not exactly a state secret: Kids, ever mindful that Santa is part of the “Lost & Found” music series, which highlights
is watching, are on their best behavior throughout December musical legacies that are at risk of disappearing. Sun., Dec.
— or at least up to bedtime on the 24th. But a lesson on the 26, 12:30 2:00pm, at the Eldridge Street Synagogue (12 MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE
value of being true to yourself (and sticking to the facts) never Eldridge St. btw. Canal and Division Sts.). For tickets (12 for Imagination reigns supreme in the productions of this
hurts. You’ll get that, and more, at Axis Theatre Company adults, $8 for children, students, seniors), call 212-219-0888 theater company’s ninth season — which is dedicated to clas-
‘s annual presentation of “Seven in One Blow, or The Brave or visit sic stories and characters (with a twist!). Through Jan. 2, it’s
Little Kid.” Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers the world premiere of Chris Alonzo’s “Lula Belle in Search
Grimm, this interactive winter play for kids blends technology, of Santa.” Then, in 2011, the season continues with “Little
music and live performance to tell the tale set just before the THE NUTCRACKER Red Riding Hood,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and
holidays on a snowy winter day. That’s when a kid who killed This hour-long version of the classic holiday event is “The Complete Works of the Brothers Grimm (Abridged).”
seven flies with a single swat lets others believe he’s a tough made especially for the attention span of kids ages 2 through Performances are every Sat. and Sun., 12pm and 2pm. At
guy who’s felled seven people — which leads them to assume 12. Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker” is presented by New Manhattan Children’s Theatre (52 White St., btw. Broadway
he’s up to the challenge of more difficult tasks. In the end, York Theatre Ballet and promises to make its young audience & Church Sts. — 2 blocks south of Canal St.). For tickets
after a surprise twist, the kid discovers that a parent’s love and feel like they’re part of the show — from the moment Uncle ($20 general, $50 front row), call 212-352-3101 or visit
care has no limits. Running time: 50 minutes. Appropriate for Drosselmeyer steps on stage and greets them to the grand For school, group and birthday
ages 4 and up. Fridays at 7pm, Sat./Sun. at 2pm. Through finale (complete with professional baton twirler Diana Reed, party rate info, call 212-226-4085. Visit
Dec. 19. At Axis Theatre (One Sheridan Square, just off who keeps everyone on the edge of their seats). This pro-
Seventh Ave.). For tickets ($12 for adults, $6 for kids), call duction is the first ballet in NYTB’s “Once Upon A Ballet”
212-352-3101 or series — which continues in 2011 with “Cinderella” (Feb. 12 THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE MUSEUM
& 13), “Exquisite Little Ballets” featuring dances by Agnes The “Junior Officers Discovery Zone” is an exhibit
de Mille, Lotte Goslar and Antony Tudor (April 9 &10), designed for ages 3-10. It’s divided into four areas: the Police
KLEZ FOR KIDS and “Sleeping Beauty” (May 14 & 15). A subscription to all Academy; the Park and Precinct; the Emergency Services
Every year on Dec. 25, the Museum at Eldridge Street four performances is $112 per child, and $140 per adult. A Unit; and a Multi-Purpose Area for programming. Each area
presents “Klez for Kids” — a high-concept family concert subscription to any three ballets is $87 per child, $108 per has interactive and imaginary play experiences for children
where kids and families come together to sing, dance, learn adult. “The Nutcracker” will be performed through Dec. to understand the role of Police Officers in our community
Yiddish and re-enact a Shtetl wedding. Clarinetist Greg 19, at Florence Gould Hall (55 E. 59th St. btw. Madison & — by, among other things, driving and taking care of a Police
Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musi- Park Aves.). Sat., Dec. 18 and Sun., Dec. 19 at 11am, 1pm car. For older children, there’s a crime scene observation
cal tour of Eastern European Jewish culture. The program and 3:30pm. Tickets are $35 for children and $40 for adults activity that will challenge them to remember relevant parts
of city street scenes; a physical challenge similar to those at
COAL OVEN FOR YOUR PIZZA, NOT YOUR STOCKING! the Police Academy; and a model Emergency Services Unit
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS! vehicle where children can climb in, use the steering wheel
and lights, hear radio calls with Police codes and see some
of the actual equipment carried by The Emergency Services
Unit. At 100 Old Slip. For info, call 212-480-3100 or visit Hours: Mon. though Sat., 10am to 5pm
and Sun., 12pm to 5 pm. Admission: $8 ($5 for students,
seniors and children. Free for children under 2.


Explore painting, collage and sculpture through self-guid-
ed arts projects. Open art stations are ongoing throughout

the afternoon — giving children the opportunity to experi-

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COMPLETE DINNERS found objects. From Dec. 27-30, 10am-4pm, “Claymation
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If there’s such a thing as a ‘humorous metaphor for the
OH SKY WHITE TIGER NIGHT East German Experience,” it’s to be found at Film Forum.
Former Polyphonic Spree member Louis Schwadron trans- That’s where “Rabbit à la Berlin” is currently screening (one
forms 92YTribeca into a psych-rock winter wonderland for the of two films on a bill exploring the post-war German experi-
first annual “Oh Sky White Tiger Night.” The dreamy, experi- ence).
mental endeavor taps into Bushwick’s DIY circuit through video “Rabbit” is a 50-minute documentary short which recalls
artists, mumblecore films from Bushwick Film Festival director, a very different take on the unexpected consequences of The
Kweighbaye Kotee, holiday-themed installation artworks, an Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the “wall” was actually two walls
indie fashion show and performances from Behavior and Fancy with a “death zone” in between. A handful of rabbits were
Colors. Sat., Dec. 18, at 92YTribeca (200 Hudson St.). Advance trapped in this geographical, and political, wilderness. For
tickets are available for $10 with a cover charge of $12 the night the next three decades, they multiplied like, well, rabbits.
of the show. For reservations, call 212-601-1000. Told in the style of a nature documentary, the film shows
us life from a rabbit’s point of view — which becomes an
amusing but potent metaphor for the lives of postwar East
Help celebrate ten years of inflammatory (and inflam- The companion film — “Loss” — is a much more sober
mable?) theatre from the folks who make an annual habit of examination of German angst. It uses Sigmund Freud’s
pounding out plays within a 48-hour period. The “X-taneous definition of mourning (which says loss of fatherland and
Combustion” event (courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Source) freedom is just as traumatic as the loss of a loved one) to
features a favorite choice from each of the last ten years worth explore how 20th century German history (and the loss of
of “Spontaneous Combustion” events. FYI, for a little bit of Germany’s Jewish population) has influenced its citizens’
backstory intrigue: “Spontaneous Combustion” was one of speech and thought patterns.
NYC’s first speed-play slams, devised as a way of getting the Through Dec. 21, at Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.,
talented volunteers who run the space onto the stage, rather west of Sixth Ave.). For screening times, call the box office
Photo by Benny Kalb
than simply cleaning it. Writers are sent off into the night with at 212-727-8110 or visit
just a first line and topical reference for inspiration, passing Lead vocalist Louis Schwadron. See “Oh Sky White
the baton to the actors the next day (giving them 24-hours to Tiger Night.”
get the 4-8 minute pieces on their feet). At 7pm, Sun., Dec. 19 mere three others on the bill. And as “others” go, Caruso’s HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE WORLD FINANCIAL
through Tues., Dec. 21 (special night of Burlesque to celebrate trio of pals are no slouches (Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch and CENTER
after the Dec. 19 show). For tickets ($18), call 866-811-4111 Aaron Weinstein). In the tradition of beloved seasonal You’ll never be bored this December — if it’s holiday
or visit Tickets are available through www. specials, these four jazzy showstoppers will perform swing- activities you’re in the market, and mood, for. The World
At Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal St. btw. West ing arrangements of “Christmas Waltz,” “I’ll Be Home For Financial Center has all the Yuletide bases covered with a
8th and Waverly, north of Washington Square Park, round the Christmas,” Kay Thompson’s “The Holiday Season” and variety of events. Dec. 15, 17 & 22 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
corner from West 8th Street subway). “Sleigh Ride” (among other favorites). With Paul Gill on — and Dec. 18 & 19 from 12-2pm — The Big Apple Chorus
bass and Tony Tedesco on drums. If you’ve not had your performs a cappella versions of holiday tunes. On Thurs.,
stocking’s fill of Caruso, would it kill you to visit www. Dec. 16 at 12:30pm, the Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe
A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS By the way, the CD “Jim Caruso: Live and performs “Celtic Christmas.” Holly and mistletoe get the this-
Our one complaint about the raucous Monday night In Person” features Billy Stritch on piano and makes a nice tle-and-shamrock interpretation, when O’Leary and his danc-
Birdland jazz club destination event that is “Jim Caruso’s alternative to that plate of cookies you think Santa is so ers blend Irish and American influences to create a unique
Cast Party” — a little too much cast, and not enough fond of. As for “A Swinging Birdland Christmas,” it’s Dec. take on holiday songs and tunes. Tues. Dec. 21 at 7pm, the
Caruso. As emcee of the cabaret-themed open mic hap- 20 through 25, 6pm at Birdland (315 W. 44th St.). Cover: postclassical string quartet “Ethel” is joined by vocal legend
pening, Caruso shamelessly plugs the work of others while $30, with $10 food/drink minimum. Call 212-581-3080 or Ron Kunene and his South African choral group (“Themba”).
mugging between acts — but this event at least features a visit Celebrate Kwanzaa with a performance illustrating The Seven
Principles — presented by Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. It
takes place Wed., Dec. 29, at 12:30pm. All events are free and
can be found at the World Financial Center Winter Garden
(200 Vesey St.). For info, call 212-417-7000 or visit www.

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their own short films, using stop-motion animation. Regular
museum hours: Wed-Sun, 12-5pm; Thurs, 12-6pm (Pay as
You Wish, from 4-6pm). Admission: $10. At the Children’s
Museum of the Arts (182 Lafayette St. btw. Broome &
Grand). Call 212- 274-0986 or visit

The Poets House “Tiny Poets Time” program offers
children ages 1-3 and their parents a chance to enter the
world of rhyme — through readings, group activities and
interactive performances. Thursdays at 10am (at 10 River
Photo courtesy of Icarus Films
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A rabbit negotiates the Berlin Wall’s death zone. “Rabbit à la Berlin”
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former Catholic Center, a.k.a. N.Y.U.’s new

Center for Academic and Spiritual Life? In
a May 2007 interview with The Villager, as
N.Y.U. was negotiating to buy the site from
the Catholic Archdiocese, Sexton stated of
the park-fronting property, “I’ve committed
that if N.Y.U. were to take it over, we would
not build to the maximum F.A.R. on that
site. My objective would be to build some-
thing that maintained the blue sky above the
arch as one came down Fifth Ave.” (F.A.R.,
or floor area ratio, governs how large a
building can be.) In an August 2007 article
in The Villager, Sexton reiterated that the
university would keep any building it devel-
oped at the Washington Square South and
Thompson St. site significantly lower than
what’s allowed under zoning. “The overrid-
ing factor,” Sexton said then, “is the blue Photo by Scoopy
sky behind the arch.” To quote the article: Producer and DJ Mark Ronson, left, and Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, center, hosted East Village Radio on Friday evening.
“While zoning would allow up to a 12-to-14-
story building to be constructed on the site, was so busy bashing what she disparagingly bumped into performance artist Ben Israel on will be projected onto the abandoned school
Sexton said N.Y.U. would not ‘max out’ the calls “gray-haired activists and hipster gar- Sullivan St. a while back after Tuli Kupferberg’s building, once home of CHARAS/El Bohio
project, but instead would build only about deners, sons and daughters of privilege” and passing, and he recalled a humorous anecdote: cultural and community center. The action
half as tall as permitted under zoning. He “aging Yuppies,” that she forgot a simple fact. how when he and Tuli had showed up with will then continue at Kate’s Joint, at Fourth
didn’t want to put an exact figure on it...but Referring to the four buildings N.Y.U. envisions their sons on their first day at P.S. 3, they St. and Avenue B, where DJ Faith the Rogue
he said the N.Y.U. project would be ‘consid- adding to the superblocks, Peyser writes: “The were the only two dads wearing suit jackets, will spin for Makh’s birthday. Organizer John
erably smaller’ than what a private developer university wants, over the next two decades, “because we didn’t want to look like freaks!” Penley assures that this time the projection
would build on the site.” Asked to reconcile to develop a moneymaking and tax-generating Ben Israel also noted he inspired the title will happen, unlike on Halloween, when they
those statements with Sexton’s comment series of buildings.” F.Y.I., Andrea: Nonprofit of Jonathan Larson’s famed musical “Rent.” were unable to pull it off due to circumstances
in New York magazine, John Beckman, universities, like N.Y.U., for the most part, Larson was a waiter at the former Moondance outside their control.
N.Y.U.’s spokesperson, said, “At the end do not pay property taxes on their buildings. Diner, where Ben Israel would often eat, while
of a 45-minute interview that covered a lot The exception is if there is some commercial, arguing with Larson about various topics. The BACK ON THE AVE.: L.E.S. Jewels,
of terrain, John Sexton was exaggerating to for-profit use in a university building, such as playwright was having difficulty with the title, a.k.a. Joel Pakela, recently got out of Rikers,
make a point: that even when we construct a Morton Williams supermarket, for example, and Ben Israel mentioned some truism about after serving time for assault, and is back
a building that leaves F.A.R. on the table — which, in N.Y.U.’s case, would be a relatively rent issues that he had said on a radio show — on Avenue A. He’s actually improving his
and how many people in New York do that? small part of the project and thus a proportion- and so, “Rent” got its name. image, in that, he’s at least beating up more
— the dominating voices are critical ones. ally smaller tax. Got it? universally loathed victims this time around:
Even when we respond to community wishes THE SHOW WILL GO ON: A “Tompkins Jewels recently knocked out a fellow hellrais-
by producing a thoughtful strategy for how HUNGRY LIKE THE NEW WAVE WOLF: Square Everywhere / Save CHARAS er named Choice — and everyone approved
to grow over the next two-plus decades, the A crowd was gathered on the sidewalk Projection” / Christmas Party on Sat., Dec. 18, since Choice is an even-bigger annoyance
dominating response is ‘no growth.’ The outside East Village Radio on First Ave. will start at 10 p.m. at the old P.S. 64, on E. than Jewels. Rumor has it a cop slipped the
Morton Williams site isn’t five feet from last Friday night, pressed up against the Ninth St. near Avenue B. Classic L.E.S. images victorious Jewels $10 for the feat.
the tower we proposed. We’re not going window. No, it wasn’t the latest indie
to add floors to the Center for Academic recording artist inside, but none other than
and Spiritual Life; John specifically was the Duran Duran. Well, technically, it was
person who insisted that it be built lower about one-fifth of Duran Duran, singer
and smaller than it could have been under Simon Le Bon, and he was accompanied
zoning. I would hope that everyone would by Mark Ronson, who produced the band’s
recognize the tone of exaggerating for effect. new single, and who also produced Amy
Everyone should take it easy.” In fact, in a Winehouse, among others. Curious pass-
June 2009 Villager article, Andrew Berman, ersby would ask, “Who’s in there?” The
director of the Greenwich Village Society response, “Duran Duran,” drew comments
for Historic Preservation, called on N.Y.U. like, “How random”; “Oh right, they’re
to make a binding commitment to never use hungry like the wolf”; “He’s holding up
the unused F.A.R. from the Spiritual Center pretty well — he must be in his 50’s”; and
in the future, so “that they won’t come back “Not bad — I mean it’s somebody.”
in a few years to add stories” on top of the Photo by Scoopy

building. Plus, it would also prevent any THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Soho’s Steven Espying this bright blue rooftop on the Chase bank building at W. Fourth St. and Sixth
future, ahem, “exaggerations” by Sexton. Ben Israel makes a couple of appearances in Ave. we assumed it was a no-no in the Greenwich Village Historic District. Veteran
the new Wavy Gravy biopic playing at the IFC Community Board 2 member Doris Diether, who lives nearby, felt likewise, and
FACTUALLY CHALLENGED POSTIE: Center at Sixth Ave. and W. Fourth St. (Not- reported it to C.B. 2 District Manager Bob Gormley. But in fact, a blue-beacon roof
While we’re talking about N.Y.U., New York so-surprising factoid: Wavy Gravy — who got is perfectly O.K. in a landmarked district. Lisi de Bourbon, Landmarks Preservation
Post columnist Andrea Peyser, in her Dec. his start in the MacDougal St. coffeehouses Commission spokesperson, explained, “We don’t have jurisdiction over the wattage,
9 screed against the opponents of N.Y.U.’s as poet Hugh Romney — gets a free lifetime hue or brightness of lights. We only have a say over where the light fixtures are placed
takeover bid for the South Village superblocks supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream since he, at on a building. We’re about making sure the fixtures don’t crack or damage the facade.”
“strips,” made a major goof. It seems Peyser one point, had a flavor named after him.) We She said L.P.C. has not gotten any complaints about the roof.
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