As Occupy Wall Street enters its
eighth week, members of the movement
who continue to camp out in Zuccotti
Park are testing out a new way to
come together and make decisions. The
O.W.S.’s new, consensus-based model,
dubbed “Operational Spokes Council,”
is meant to address the logistical needs
of the park’s inhabitants that members
say are being neglected by the nightly
General Assembly meetings.
The Spokes Council, intended to
be “non-hierarchical” and “directly
democratic,” is supposed to facili-
tate discussions solely among “opera-
tional” working groups, or groups
directly involved with the encamp-
ment at Zuccotti Park, according to a
written proposal of the model posted
on O.W.S.’s website.
A talking point of several recent
O.W.S. meetings, the model was ini-
tially proposed in mid-October, after
the nightly G.A. became too large and
diffuse to meet day-to-day operational
demands of the park.
On Friday, Oct. 28, the Spokes
Council was voted into implementation
by the G.A.
Gregory Schwedock, a member of
Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Veteran folk rockers visit Zuccotti
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, David Crosby (above) and Graham Nash brought their voices and musical talents to Zuccotti
Park to support and promote the Occupy Wall Street encampment, now entering its eighth week.
Though Lower Manhattan
parents rejoiced about last
week’s announcement of the
Peck Slip elementary school
expansion, it is hardly prov-
ing to be a solution to school
overcrowding Downtown.
When Peck Slip opens
in 2015, the neighborhood’s
overall school capacity
will be four years behind
its demand, according to
Eric Greenleaf, a professor
of New York University’s
Stern School of Business
and an active member of
NYS Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver’s School
Overcrowding Task Force.
Not counting Peck Slip,
Community District Two
needs a total of approxi-
mately 1,200 new elemen-
tary school seats — the
equivalent of twice the
planned elementary capacity
of P.S. 276 plus the Spruce
Street School, according
to Greenleaf’s latest over-
crowding analysis.
Greenleaf presented his
startling calculations to
Community Board 1’s Youth
and Education Committee at
its Monday, Nov. 7 meeting.
“You can go and over-
crowd the schools in the
Village, Chinatown and
Chelsea, and it’s not going
to get you anywhere close to
1,200 seats,” said Greenleaf,
in light of a recent itera-
tion of the city’s proposal to
rezone School District Two.
“What we’re seeing is
the fastest growing part of
Manhattan,” said Greenleaf.
“What’s needed is more
Greenleaf factored the
district’s overall birth rate
numbers into his enrollment
projections, which accord-
ing to his reports, rose by
27.6 percent between 2006
and 2009, and are likely to
go up by 35 percent from
2006 to 2010. (The city-
issued report on birth rates
for last year, he noted, is
due for release in the com-
ing weeks).
Greenleaf’s presentation
seemed to test the nerves
of Lorraine Grillo, the
Department of Education’s
School Construction
Authority President, who
attended the committee
Peck Slip School
expansion insufficient,
says residents
O.W.S. adopts new decision-making model
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Mixed forecast for One W.T.C., says leasing exec
Tara Stacom, vice chairperson of the
global commercial real estate firm Cushman
& Wakefield, and a member of the firm’s
global advisory board, has taken on one of
Lower Manhattan’s most eminent office leas-
ing projects: 1 World Trade Center, formerly
dubbed the “Freedom Tower.” In a Nov. 2
interview, Stacom remarked on the build-
ing’s current and prospective tenants in light
of the economic downturn, the building’s
distinguishing characteristics and day-to-day
activity at the site.
DE: What is so appealing about 1 W.T.C.,
from the perspective of an office tenant?
It’s truly a chance for a company to get
on a global stage. The tower is a global
icon — it’s going to be the largest, tall-
est building in the Western Hemisphere.
It’s only up to 86 stories in steel, yet it
makes an extraordinary impression. For
many companies I’ve represented, from
the smallest to the largest, the letter-
head address is very significant in assist-
ing to transform their identity around
the world. When Rockefeller Center was
built, and tenants put on their letterhead,
“Rockafeller Plaza,” they got instant recog-
nition. The W.T.C. site will do that in a far
greater way, because it’s more iconic, it’s
more discussed and talked about, and it’s
architecturally renowned.
DE: Talk about the tenants you’ve secured
thus far.

The first tenant which signed is Vantone,
for about 190,000 square feet on floors 64
to 69. The second is Conde Nast, which took
just over one million feet on floors 20 to 41.
DE: What kind of company is Vantone?
It’s actually a division of Vantone called
China Center New York, a Chinese entity
that houses companies from China coming
to the U.S. to do business. It’s going to be a
terrific asset for the bluilding. It’s owned by
a renowned individual in China who hired a
renowned architect to construct an extraor-
dinary premises that the other tenants will
benefit from, including a conference space
and a club facility.
DE: How do you think Conde Nast’s
lease-signing is continuing to influence the
office market in 1 W.T.C. and Downtown
in general?
Conde Nast is a global brand with cache.
For many tenants in New York City, it shined
a light on a Downtown that was thought to
be solely for financial services and investment
banking, which it has been for quite some time.
Everyone jokes and smiles when saying how the
young Goldman Sachs guys will wonderfully
mix with the Conde Nast employees.
DE: In sealing new leases, are you target-
ing specific types of business or industries?
Yes, in that we’re looking at getting a very
diverse roster within the building — not just
from a size perspective but from an industry
category perspective, and from a geographic
perspective. We are [searching] for further
international presence as we get closer to
renting. We’re also looking for diversity [in
size] and are ready to lease smaller spaces
than your million-square-foot tenants — like
one-to-two floors — so that we have a truly
diverse, global building in every respect. We
do have serious prospects currently from
the Downtown community, and we want to
attract other Midtown tenants, of course.
DE: Are there any other office tenants
you’ve lined up that we don’t know about yet?
Conde was unusually out of the box early!
There are more than a dozen that we’re track-
ing, including a creative firm and a law firm.
Their brokers would prefer that I not men-
tion their names. There are millions of feet
of potential there — we have been touring
actively and are having active dialogue with
very large users as well as two-floor users.
DE: Describe these tours to prospective
tenants. How long do they typically take?
We can tour anywhere from four to six
prospects in a week. What’s interesting in
touring 1 W.T.C. is that, unlike a normal build-
ing, where a tour will last 35-to-45 minutes, a
tour can last easily three hours; because it’s a
sixteen acre site with so much to understand,
whether it’s the Calatrava train station, the
Photo courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield
Tara Stacom, chief leasing agent for 1
Continued on page 19
In an attempt to address quality-of-life issues in and
around Zuccotti Park, which for the last two weeks have
been the focal point of the debate over Occupy Wall
Street, the protesters on Friday, Nov. 4 announced they
found space for off-site, 24-hour bathroom use.
In a statement released by Congressman Jerrold
Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator
Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin,
the elected officials announced that O.W.S. secured
space on a loading dock connected to 52 Broadway to
install three portable bathrooms. The statement also said
there would be a trained security guard at the location
“We reiterate our call on the City to take a ‘zero-
tolerance’ approach to public urination and other such
behavior, and to enforce laws prohibiting excessive
noise,” said the statement. “The fact that both the city
and O.W.S. are making progress in addressing serious
quality-of-life issues signals that there is a path for
solving these and other emerging concerns. We strongly
encourage the parties to continue to communicate and
we ask that the park remain open and accessible for
emergency personnel.”
The building at 52 Broadway is the headquarters for
the United Federation of Teachers. The U.F.T. has been
providing the demonstrators with storage space in their
building for the last month.
The Occupy Wall Street website states that the three
port-a-potties will be “maintained by a professional
service” and that O.W.S. volunteers are “blanketing”
Zuccotti Park, distributing fliers that direct people to
the facilities.
— John Bayles
O.W.S. finds space for bathroom facilities
Downtown Express photo by Cynthia Magnus
The three portable toilets placed on a loading dock connected to the United Federation of Teachers’ headquarters
at 52 Broadway are being monitored by a trained security guard on a 24-hour basis.
downtown express November 9 - 15, 2011 3
Members of NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s
School Overcrowding Task Force have requested a tour of
the Tweed Courthouse’s six ground-floor classrooms.
Specifically, task force member Paul Hovitz asked the
NYC Department of Education’s Portfolio Planning director,
Elizabeth Rose, to facilitate a tour of Innovate Manhattan,
a charter school that is temporarily sited at Tweed this year
until the school finds a permanent home elsewhere; as well
as a tour of the rest of the four-story building that houses
D.O.E.’s headquarters.
“I’d be happy to arrange for the executive director to
meet with folks,” said Rose in response. “I’m sure the execu-
tive director of Innovate would be delighted to have guests
At the task force meeting, Rose also relayed details about
the Peck Slip School expansion. The elementary school will
incubate at Tweed next year, at two classes per grade, and
have four classes per grade when it moves into One Peck
Slip in 2015.
When asked whether there is additional classroom space
for the Peck Slip students at Tweed, Rose said, ‘No.’
“The seventh room on the ground floor is now used as
the Chancellor’s conference room, and receives pretty heavy
rotation,” said Rose.
Even if the conference room was converted into a class-
room, she noted, Tweed would run out of space for incoming
students by the year 2014, and a grade of the school would
have to be located elsewhere.
“It wouldn’t even add enough space for truly expanding
the sections per grade in the course of the incubation,” said
Rose. “We know sending children to two different schools
[has the] real potential to have complexity for families.”
A new public interest law firm representing 9/11 victims
commemorated 11 community leaders on Friday, Nov. 4 at
Albert Shanker Hall, at 52 Broadway.
The fall awards reception marked the firm’s first fund-
raising event, whose guests included NYC Comptroller
John Liu, NYS Assemblymembers William Colton and Joan
Millman and Councilmember Robert Jackson.
Awards for courageous advocacy on behalf of local com-
munities were granted to John Feal, founder and president of
the FealGood Foundation; Community Board 1 Chairperson
Julie Menin; Occupy Wall Street members; union presidents
Anthony Wells and Santos Crespo, Jr., and local commu-
nity residents, among others. Recognition was also given to
the Lin Sing Association and WE ACT for Environmental
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C.B. 1
A schedule of this week’s upcoming Community
Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-
wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the
board office, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room
709 at 6 p.m.
ON WED., NOV. 9: The State Liquor Authority
process review task force will convene at 5 p.m.
After, at 6 p.m., the Tribeca Committee meeting will
ON THURS., NOV. 10: The Landmarks
Committee meeting will meet.
ON MON., NOV. 14: The World Trade Center
Redevelopment Committee will meet.
ON TUES., NOV. 15: The Seaport-Civic Center
Committee will meet.

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Good Samaritan victimized
A woman having lunch at Au Bon Pain
at 80 Pine St. left her bag at her table for
a few minutes when she went to help an
elderly man who collapsed near her at 1 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 1. After she returned to work,
she received a phone call from her bank
that $834 had been charged on one of her
credit cards. She discovered that her wallet
and been stolen from her bag and $3,096 in
more unauthorized charges had been made
on her credit cards at various locations.

Assault and battery
Police stopped a man identified as John
Doe at 12:20 a.m. Tues., Nov.1 who was
butting his head against a door of a build-
ing at the northeast corner of Cedar St.
and Trinity Pl. He was charged with disor-
derly conduct after he spit at and shoved the
arresting officer.
Auto violations
A Washington D.C. visitor who parked
his 2005 Hundai on John and South Sts.
at 11 p.m. Fri., Nov. 4 discovered when he
returned to it at 6:30 p.m. the next day that
it had been stolen.
A man parked his car in front of 50
White St. between Church St. and Broadway
at 1:20a.m. Sat. Nov., 5 and returned a half
hour later to find the front passenger side
window broken and his jacket, a knee brace
valued at $2,000 and his GPS charger had
been stolen.
Occupier arrests
Of the 20 people arrested in connection
with Occupy Wall St. demonstrations last
week, two were New York City school teach-
ers, police said. David Suker, 43, of Sayville,
L.I. was arrested in Soho at Thompson and
Prince Sts at 4:40 p.m. Wed., Nov. 2 and
charged with blocking traffic with a shop-
ping cart and knocking a police officer to
the ground by pushing the cart against the
officer’s motor scooter.
At Centre and Pearl Sts. in Foley Sq.,
Joshua Wiles, 27, was arrested for disorderly
conduct around 3:30p.m. Sat. Nov. 5, after a
march up from Zuccotti Park, police said.
Gunpoint robber
A man holding what the victim believed was
a handgun inside a white plastic bag walked
into Lex and Jades boutique at 193 Prince St.
around 4:10p.m. Tues., Nov. 1, demanded
money and told the employee to hurry up. He
fled east on Prince St. on foot with $120.
Mugging couple
A man and a woman robbed a victim
who was talking on her cell phone around 6
p.m. Fri., Nov. 4 on the southwest corner of
Howard St. and Broadway. The male suspect
pushed the victim; the woman grabbed her cell
phone and the two thieves fled into the subway
station on Canal St. at Broadway.
Shoppers ripped off
A woman visiting from Sweden was
shopping in a department store on Spring
St, and Broadway around 5 p.m. Fri., Nov.
4 when she felt someone jostle her. She
discovered that her wallet had been picked
from her bag.
A woman, 55, visiting from Hawaii, was
trying on shoes at the David Z boutique,
561 Broadway near Prince St. around 4
p.m. Sat., Oct. 29 when she discovered
that her bag, which she had placed on the
floor beside her, was gone along with the
$500 in cash, jewelry valued at $600 and
her iPhone.
A man and a woman who walked into
the TSE boutique at 120 Wooster St.
around 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 30 managed
to take a cashmere cape from a display
manikin and walk out without paying for
it. The shop manager noticed three days
later that the item was missing and called
police after viewing the surveillance tape
that recorded the theft.
Credit card fakes
Police arrested two suspects on Thompson
and W. Houston Sts. around 7:30 p.m. Sat.,
Nov. 5 and charged them with using fake
credit cards to pay $2,344 for a car. Johnson
Mosquito, 22, and Michael Johnson, 21,
were charged with larceny.
Untended handbags
A Brooklyn woman, 21,left her bag on
the back of her chair with her jacket over it
in Greenhouse, the club at 150 Varick St.,
around 3 a.m. Sun., Oct. 30 and went to
the powder room. She returned five minutes
later to find that a thief had made off with
the bag but left her jacket.
A Queens woman, 19, left her handbag
unattended at her table at Diva, the club at
331 W. Broadway at Grand St., around 1
a.m., Sat., Nov. 5 and returned a few min-
utes later to find it had been stolen.
A woman patron of Tolani, the club at
144 Franklin St., left her bag unattended for
five minutes while she went to the ladies’
room at 1 a.m. Sat., Nov. 5. She returned to
find it had been stolen.
Forgot his wallet
A Brooklyn man left his wallet on the
counter of the Dunkin Donuts at 100
Chambers St. after he paid for his order at
noon on Sun., Nov. 6 and returned a short
time later but it was gone.
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Squadron’s town hall occupied by O.W.S.
New York State Senator Daniel
Squadron came into the community room at
Southbridge Towers on Monday night, took
off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves.
“It’s like getting ready for a fight,” joked
Squadron. “But I’m sure that’s not what
we’re doing tonight.”
It was Squadron’s annual community
meeting, at which he invites his constituents
to ask questions about practically anything
concerning life in the 25th Senate District.
Approximately 100 people were in atten-
dance and Squadron fielded questions on
everything from rat control in local parks
to school rezoning to helicopter noise. But
it was Occupy Wall Street that garnered the
most questions and took up much of the
Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chair of
Community Board 1, brought up the quality-
of-life issues that have been at the center of
the O.W.S. debate over the last few weeks.
Squadron, in turn, asked the audience if
they thought the noise and sanitation issues
concerning the encampment at Zuccoti Park
had improved, noting the removal of some of
the barricades along Wall Street and the fact
that the demonstrators had found space for
three portable bathrooms.
The audience responded with a resound-
ing “no.”
Linda Gerstman said she believed public
support and support from elected officials
such as Squadron was “encouraging” the
demonstrators to “push the boundaries” in
terms of the park’s “rules.” As for the First
Amendment right to protest, Gerstman said
it does give the demonstrators the right to
be there, but “it does not allow for breaking
the rules.”
“You have to start advocating for us and
not for out-of-towners,” said Gerstman.
Squadron then began to explain how
he and other elected officials had been
both advocating for the demonstrators as
well as the community, citing a letter he,
with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and
NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin sent
to Mayor Bloomberg last week specifically
asking for such issues to be addressed and
“Neither issue is a small issue,” said
Another audience member piped in and
accused Squadron of not directly answer-
ing the question about the rules of the
park, specifically pertaining to tents. Before
Squadron could offer an explanation, he was
again interrupted as other members of the
audience brought up his involvement with
stopping the planned “cleaning” of the park
by its owners, Brookfield Properties, some
four weeks ago.
The intervention occurred, said Squadron,
“Because that event in that moment would
have turned and gotten very ugly, very
As for the question about the park rules,
Squadron said, “If those rules came out after
the protests started, then the burden is very
On Tuesday, Squadron said, “There are
different standards applied to rules that
are promulgated in direct response to First
Amendment speech. That’s one of the
Squadron said the other issue is the city’s
role in enforcement.
“The city’s role is to enforce the issues that
we’re pushing them on,” said the Senator.
Squadron noted that he has asked the city
to publicly acknowledge whether or not they
are indeed enforcing rules concerning noise
resulting from drumming and other issues
like sanitation.
As of press time, the city did not return
calls for comment on enforcement of such
“I certainly knew [O.W.S. would come up]
and I wanted everyone to have the opportu-
nity to raise that issue,” said Squadron after
the meeting.
Other issues were addressed at the meet-
ing, such as the “Millionaire’s Tax.”
Squadron said the NY State Senate
Democrats, on Monday, released an analysis
of the state’s projected expenses and rev-
enues. Squadron said the analysis showed “a
$200 million deficit for the rest of this fiscal
year and a $2 billion deficit for the follow-
ing year.”
The Senator plans to support legisla-
tion, along with Speaker Silver, which come
January when sessions in Albany resume,
would extend the tax cuts to people making
between $250,000 and $1 million per year.
Anyone making over $1 million would not
benefit from a tax cut come 2012.
“When you have a $2 billion deficit,
it’s not a great time for tax cuts, especially
for those who can most afford it,” said
At the end of the meeting, which lasted
almost two hours, Squadron said, “This
was a classic town hall. A lot of community
frustrations came out. Please keep coming
back, keep complaining. It really does make
a difference.”
“When you have a $2
billion deficit, it’s not a
great time for tax cuts,
especially for those who
can most afford it,”
— Daniel Squadron
With winter approaching Occupy Wall
Street camp organizers are working to ensure
an adequate supply of needed materials as
well as viable means to keep the movement
going as weather becomes an issue.
The Occupy Wall Street “shipping, inven-
tory, and storage” group started out of the
back of a U-Haul on Oct. 4 when volunteer
Saum Eskandani with two others saw a need
to unpack and organize the donations that
had begun to flow into Camp Zuccotti from
all over the country. Within 48 hours they
acquired their space at 52 Broadway through
a connection with the United Federation of
The space now holds a surplus of some
items that the group would like to send to
other “occupy” groups to share the wealth
and promote “inter-occupation” communi-
Occupiers prepare for the cold
Downtown Express photo by Cynthia Magnus
An Occupy Wall Street activist shows off some the items that have been pouring in
via donations to make sure the demonstrators stay warm during the winter.
Continued on page 20
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It’s full steam ahead for Seaport Museum’s new director
The banner outside the museum at 12
Fulton St. still says “Seaport Museum New
York,” but it is no longer accurate. On Nov.
2, the name of the museum reverted to the
“South Street Seaport Museum” — the name
by which it had been known for most of the
40 years since it was founded. The museum’s
old logo depicting a sailing ship and the early
19th-century buildings of Schermerhorn
Row was also resurrected.
“The name was legally changed by my
predecessors but it was a very short-lived
passage and everybody that we run into
feels that the earlier name — South Street
Seaport Museum — has the greater meaning
and connection with the buildings and the
ships and the mission that they know from
before,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay
Menschel Director of the Museum of the
City of New York and for the last month,
also the director of the South Street Seaport
In an agreement signed in two parts
— the first on Sept. 29 and the second on
Oct. 6 with the New York City Economic
Development Corp., the Museum of the City
of New York agreed to take on the man-
agement of the foundering museum at the
Seaport for up to 18 months.
The Lower Manhattan Development
Corporation has allocated $2 million to the
museum to help fund the first year. Jones
said that additional funding for the next six
months of the provisional period was “yet to
be discussed.”
“We’ve done a lot in a month,” Jones
said. “We’ve reopened Bowne & Co. [at
211 Water St.], we’ve hired two archivists
to reorganize the library, which they will do
with the assistance of Norman Brower [for-
mer curator and historian at the museum],
and we’ve hired a waterfront director. He is
the first step to getting the public back on
the boats and getting them repaired.”
Jonathan Boulware, the newly hired
director of ships, comes to the South Street
Seaport Museum from Sound Waters, a
maritime non-profit organization based in
Stamford, Conn., that specializes in envi-
ronmental education and marine studies.
He will be responsible, in part, for getting
the South Street Seaport Museum’s working
vessels — the Pioneer, the W.O. Decker and
the Lettie G. Howard — in condition so that
they can once again carry passengers begin-
ning in April, 2012. They were sidelined this
past season because of the museum’s man-
agement and financial difficulties.
Boulware joins a staff at the Seaport that
now numbers 15 people, some of them, also
employed at the Museum of the City of New
“We’ve committed in the first year over
a million dollars in donated staff services
including me and lots of other people,” said
Jones, who splits her time between the two
Franny Kent is also among those with
responsibilities at both museums. At the
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Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New
York, is now also director of the South Street Seaport Museum, which has reverted
to its original name after having briefly been called Seaport Museum New York.
Continued on page 17
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Tower 7 reaches capacity; artists to vacate by 2012
For years, real estate developer Larry
Silverstein has allowed artists to paint, draw
and photograph on the 48th floor of 7 World
Trade Center free of charge — a tradition
dating back the Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council’s artists-in-residence program in the
former Twin Towers.
The time has come, however, for the art-
ists to vacate their beloved studio space due
to the recent acquisition by global investment
firm M.S.C.I., which signed a 20-year lease
in September for floors 47 to 49 of 7 W.T.C.
With the the M.S.C.I. lease, Silverstein’s
state-of-the-art tower has reached full occu-
pancy. The six artists that have set up shop in
the makeshift studio can remain there until
the new year when M.S.C.I. will begin laying
out its offices starting in January. The firm
expects to move into the space by mid-2012,
according to Dara McQuillan, senior vice
president of marketing and communications
at Silverstein Properties.
“We did have a lot of success with the
program — not just with artists but with
photographers documenting the [W.T.C.]
site for many, many years,” said McQuillan
at last month’s Community Board 1 World
Trade Center Redevelopment Committee
Since the building opened in 2006, the
48th floor has been used for C.B. 1 meetings,
P.S. 89’s “Rafflemania” and other communi-
ty fundaisers, as well as photo, television and
film shoots — some of which will continue
to take place on the 10th floor, Silverstein’s
marketing center.
“If we’re approached by the right organi-
zation,” said McQuillan, “we’ll happily work
with them to make whatever event they want
to do there a success.”
Meanwhile, McQuillan is hoping to help
the artists find another temporary studio at
the site or elsewhere in the neighborhood,
since “we risk having this interruption in
the way the projects are being documented,”
he said.
Silverstein said of the forthcoming trans-
formation of the 48th floor, “Art played a
hugely important role in the city’s catharsis
after 9/11…I was thrilled to be able to
provide space at the top of 7 W.T.C. to
[all of the artists]. They have each done an
incredible job documenting not only the
skyline of New York, but the new skyline of
a rebuilt World Trade Center.”
Representational artist Todd Stone, for
one, is racing against the clock to complete
three of his large oil paintings — two that
illustrate 1 W.T.C.’s glass curtain wall and
its kaleidoscopic reflections; and one that
depicts ant-sized visitors strolling around
the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza from
the vantage point of the the 7 W.T.C. studio,
which rises 650 feet into the air.
“It’s been an unbelievable opportunity to
be there as the 9/11 Memorial took shape in
the rush to the 10th anniversary of 9/11,”
said Stone.
While at the studio, Stone also completed
his series, “Witness / Downtown Rising,” a
collection of 20 watercolor paintings that
chronicle Lower Manhattan’s shifting skyline
since 9/11.
Stone, who painted the events of Sept.
11 from his fifth floor walk-up apartment on
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downtown express
The Department of City Planning heard
from the public last week on Trinity Real
Estate’s proposal for a Special Hudson Square
District intended to encourage mixed-use,
residential and commercial development.
The proposal would cover an 18-block
manufacturing district, roughly between
Canal and W. Houston Sts. and between
Greenwich St. and Sixth Ave., in an area
where changes are running far ahead of
land-use rules.
Current regulations prohibit new resi-
dential, school and most cultural uses, and
impose no height restrictions in the area,
which includes the square-block entrance to
the Holland Tunnel.
In addition to complications related to
the tunnel entrance, the sizes of blocks in the
district vary greatly.
The rezoning would set height limits
on new buildings, allow new residential
construction and some conversion of com-
mercial buildings.
At the same time, the proposal attempts
to protect current commercial uses and light
Business and residential neighbors at the
Oct. 27 scoping session on the environmen-
tal impact statement (E.I.S.) for the new
zoning welcomed the proposal and said that
new rules were vital for the fast-changing
But the devil is in the details and some
owners, along with Community Board 2,
called for the E.I.S. to consider revisions
or alternatives regarding height limits, resi-
dential conversions, open space and other
On the positive side, Ellen Baer, director
of Hudson Square Connection, the recently
organized business improvement district,
supported the rezoning, stating, “The lack
of existing residential density has inhibited
the market for the retail needed for a vibrant
business district.”
Jacques Torres, owner of a chain of
chocolate shops who has a manufacturing
and retail location at 350 Hudson St. in the
district, agreed.
“On weekends nobody comes here
because almost nobody lives here, while a
few blocks north, the Village is packed,” he
said. “We have a five-day business week until
five or six o’clock and then there’s nobody
on the street. The change is going to come
sooner or later, like it did in Tribeca. We
have a chance to get together here to see that
it happens the right way,” Torres said.
Intended to encourage affordable hous-
ing through the city’s voluntary Inclusionary
Housing Program, the district would also
require ground-floor retail uses to enliven
the streetscape.
At the now-vacant lot that Trinity owns
in the southeast corner of the district with
frontages on three wide thoroughfares,
Varick and Canal Sts. and Sixth Ave., the
zoning would permit a 430-foot-tall, residen-
tial building, the district’s tallest, with space
for a 420-seat public elementary school on
the lower floors.
The zoning would allow as-of-right, resi-
dential conversion of buildings up to 50,000
square feet, but several groups and residents
wanted residential conversions allowed for
larger buildings in the district — of 70,000
square feet or more.
The performing arts space HERE has
been at 145 Sixth Ave. at Dominick St. since

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Hearing it on Hudson Sq.;
It’s all in the heights
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Chocolatier Jacques Torres enthusiastically supports the Trinity Real Estate rezoning
Continued on page 18
downtown express November 9 - 15, 2011 9
A busy weekend of traffic tribulations begins Friday with
Veterans Day and a visit from Vice President Joe Biden. Mr.
Biden is hitting the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden
mid to late afternoon Friday to attend the unveiling of the
“Horse Soldier” Statue that was created to honor our special
forces. As the V.P. is likely to be escorted down FDR Drive
from LaGuardia Airport and around to West St., Downtown
drivers can expect security delays and heavy turbulence into
the afternoon rush hour.
Major construction begins at the Battery Tunnel this
weekend with one tube fully closed from 10 p.m. Friday
night to 5 a.m. Monday morning. Two-way traffic will be
maintained in the other tube, leaving only one lane open in
each direction. Several full weekend closures of one of the
Battery Tunnel tubes will occur through the end of 2012,
including the weekends of November 18th and December
2nd of this year.
From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
I frequently use the Bleecker Street 6 Train Station near
SoHo, NoHo and the West Village. For the past several
weeks, I’ve noticed that a portion of the northbound uptown
platform near the entrance is constantly dripping and cov-
ered with water. If you need to head to the front of the train
once you enter the station or make your way from the front
of the train if you get off at Bleecker, there’s a good chance
you’ll get wet since the water is in a very narrow location
along the platform. I tried avoiding it by walking on the edge
of the platform, and I almost slipped onto the tracks. I hope
the MTA fixes this as soon as possible. What’s going on?
Trent, East Village
Dear Trent,
My spanking new suit got soaked coming back from a
meeting because of the partially flooded platform. It’s slip-
pery and dangerous. The MTA is currently reconstructing
the station to provide a direct connection between the north-
bound 6 train and the B, D, F and M trains. As part of their
construction, they’re replacing the sidewalk above, which is
the source of the flooding. When they demolished the side-
walk, they also removed the waterproofing materials under-
neath it. This allowed rain to seep onto the platform along
with the water that was used to wet the concrete when the
sidewalk was being removed. Since you wrote me, the MTA
finished removing the sidewalk (no more water from wetting
the concrete). In addition after hearing from Transit Sam,
the MTA told me they have since put back the waterproofing
that was in place before the sidewalk construction (in case
of inclement weather). I checked the platform the other day
and noticed it was much better. I’ve asked the MTA to finish
the clean up tout-de-suite.
Transit Sam
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The northbound platform at the Bleecker Street 6 Train
Station near SoHo, NoHo and the West Village floods
on a regular basis.
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O.W.S. pros outweigh cons
To the Editor:
Last Thursday night I went down to an
off-site sustainability meeting for Occupy
Wall Street. Our community garden needs
compost and they have it. It’s a win-win.
As I walked to the bus I passed young
adults in my neighborhood partying in a
bar and at a well-heeled gallery opening.
When I got to the meeting area there was
an atrium full of young adults — and peo-
ple of other ages — gathered in clusters
strategizing about media, sustainability,
sanitation, facilitation, education, etc. on
behalf of O.W.S.
Did you know that after their genera-
tors were taken they hooked up bikes to
batteries to power their electricity? Did
you know they are looking into solar
power and building a model wind genera-
tor? They are creating power-generation
models that we might all need to know
how to build someday. They are figuring
out recycling. (City parks are not required
to recycle.) They are composting, they
have a gray water reclamation model.
They are building possibilities for sustain-
ability that as community gardeners we’ve
been working toward for more than 30
years now.
On the Lower East Side, we still have
a vibrant neighborhood: diverse, interest-
ing and rich in culture and uniqueness. I
wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else.
But in my neighborhood another teen-
ager was murdered a few weeks ago,
despite the courageous attempts by his
parents to organize against youth vio-
lence. One of the few remaining low-
income senior homes was sold for luxury
condos. Those longtime residents were
scattered away from friends and families.
More unemployed workers and fewer
housing options for this community’s
elderly resulted. I wish we had thought to
“Occupy Bialystoker.”
As a parent, I know it’s hard to live
next to noise and crowds. We’ve been
subjected to an unending barrage of lux-
ury construction on the Lower East Side
and a high-end bar scene that has gener-
ated noise, murders and not a few wasted
evenings spent trying to rein this scene in.
We have seen a burgeoning of mindless
wealth accumulation and the required
mind-numbing activity that accompanies
it. We have seen the despair in our
low- and middle-income youth over the
realization that they will never be a part
of the American Dream while witnessing
the relentless economic decline of their
parents. Over-the-top wealth inequity is
not news here.
If I had a choice between living with
the (loud) sounds and inconveniences of
youth organizing for a better world, try-
ing to take charge of their futures, as well
as the future of all of us, or living with
the status quo — I know what my choice
would be.
They are welcome next door to me.
Bring it all. Drums too. Because I think it
may be past time to end our silent consent
to the travesties going on around us.
K Webster
Chin and the one percent
To the Editor:
Re. “‘Occupy’ Movement signal to D.C.”
(guest editorial, by Margaret Chin, Oct.
For The Downtown Express to designate
Margaret Chin as a speaker for Occupy Wall
Street is like awarding Donald Rumsfeld the
Nobel Peace Prize. The councilmember’s
land-use policies in Soho, on the Bowery and
in Chinatown completely favor the 1 percent.
Yes, the “anger is palpable” — everyone in
Soho detests Chin’s support for the business
improvement district that is being forced
down our throats by the 1 percent.
Chin continues that O.W.S., “however
hazily defined, demands more transparency.”
She must be talking about the Chinatown
BID vote that claims 97 percent of the prop-
erty owners voted for this private govern-
ment, even though 600 small property own-
ers registered their official opposition with
the City Clerk. Even Gaddafi or the ayatol-
lahs of Iran never dared to claim 97 percent
of the vote in their dummy elections.
Ultimately, Chin calls for “responsible
banking.” She must be talking about the
1 percent at First American International
Bank, the foreign-owned bank she gener-
ously helped by overturning the landmark
designation of 135 Bowery.
Yes, the anger of the 99 percent is pal-
pable and Madame Chin will taste it in the
2013 election. You betcha!
Carl Rosensteins
The Doors — think about it
To the Editor,
Re. “Uncivil and dangerous” (letter, by
Bill Weinberg, Nov. 2):
Mr. Weinberg provides an extreme
example of hostile selfishness. Actually, two
I could match that with the callous
indifference manifested by an exiting
motorist who flung his car door open and
caused me to crash into his door violently.
I suffered multiple fractures in my wrist
and forearm.
But I wonder if what really hurts America
the most is the absence of small gestures of
courtesy and goodwill in ordinary, daily
Some 45 years ago I recall a man hold-
ing open a door for a woman in a bustling
Grand Central Station. That kind of a small
act of courtesy, alas, seems largely gone in
today’s “every man for himself, dog-eat-dog”
P.S.: I don’t believe dogs eat other dogs.
Michael Gottlieb
Soho BID needs work
In general, we support business improvement dis-
tricts. But, at this point, we can’t support the effort to
create a BID along Soho’s Broadway corridor.
In short, the steering committee of major property own-
ers that has pushed for the creation of a Broadway Soho
BID hasn’t won sufficient community support. Unlike the
Chinatown and Hudson Square BIDs, which had strong
support from Community Board 2, this BID was over-
whelmingly rejected by C.B. 2. And it has generated fierce
and widespread opposition in the Soho community.
There are also issues with the property owners’
vote that raise questions about whether it accurately
represented community sentiment. For example, all 40
condo owners at the luxury building at 40 Mercer St.
were counted as “yes” votes based on the signature of
a single sponsor of the condo. These 40 votes were an
important percentage of the total votes in support of the
BID. The city’s Department of Small Business Services
tells us that’s considered kosher — but it doesn’t pass
our smell test. Many of these condo owners are report-
edly absentee.
Meanwhile, longtime, full-time residents who have
seen Soho “malled” over the years — turned from a
world-renowned artists’ enclave into a shopping mall —
have recoiled from the BID plan.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick recently withdrew
her support for the BID. Citing the 40 Mercer St. resi-
dents who aren’t here full time, she called their contribu-
tion to the community “questionable,” especially when
compared to the far higher number of permanent Soho
residents who oppose the BID.
If there is a formal vote to authorize or deny the BID,
however, it will be in the City Council. Margaret Chin,
who represents Soho in the Council, wrote a talking
point that appeared in this paper in February, in which
she stated: “I have said from the beginning that I will not
support a Broadway Soho BID unless I see substantial
support from residents in the proposed BID catchment
area, including from Community Board 2.”
Clearly, that “substantial support” just isn’t there.
Admittedly, the Broadway Soho BID Steering
Committee, with Chin’s help, worked to scale back the
BID’s scope and budget to try to meet the community’s
wishes. A complicated reimbursement formula was
scrapped in favor of a flat $1 annual fee for residential
condo and co-op owners. Yet, in the end, most Soho
residents remain unconvinced this BID is in the neigh-
borhood’s best interests.
Nevertheless, what the BID is offering are basically
benign things, like snow and trash removal and improve-
ments in pedestrian safety. ACE, which had been providing
supplemental sanitation services, was having trouble raising
funds from local property owners and merchants to con-
tinue its operations, which resulted in the BID proposal.
If the BID isn’t approved, then the ball would be
back in the court of the BID’s opponents. Without a
BID, where will the money come from to fund ACE’s
efforts to clean Broadway? The reality is that Broadway
is hammered by droves of shoppers and tourists every
day. It could use the help that ACE provided or a BID
would provide.
But the proposed BID’s time has not yet come. The
best solution is for the BID backers and community
groups to take a step back and, together, go back to the
drawing board and try to find a solution with broader
support. The Hudson Square BID failed in its first itera-
tion years ago, and came back with a model that now
enjoys strong community support.
One thing is for certain, though — a BID without the
community’s backing simply won’t fly.
downtown express November 9 - 15, 2011 11
Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
Hello from my current location. I’ve seen what happened
to some of my colleagues so I am not going to tell you too
many details. I will have to tell you who I am because no one
seems to remember me, even if I’m the dictator who started it
all, thank you very much! It’s Ben Ali of Tunisia. Remember,
it was my cruelty that started this whole Arab Spring fling.
Tunisia in case you’re wondering is like Saudi Arabia but
with a French touch, though some of us are a little more
touched than others. Hey I even allowed a Club Med, bring-
ing topless French women to our beaches, so I don’t know
why my people think they had anything to complain about.
But all I can say is, if you do suppress your people, and I am
not saying I actually did, don’t go too hard on your sidewalk
vendors. They have more power than you think. I don’t care
if they sell pretzels, hot dogs, or coffee, whatever. And what
is this I keep reading on about luxury food
trucks? Only in New York, right? Maybe people whine for
no reason where you are. Just keep them away from gasoline
and matches and public squares.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, formerly of Tunisia.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
Hello from Tehran! It’s beautiful here, you should come
visit. There’s great hiking in the mountains nearby and I
promise not to lock you up for several years. But I digress
as I often do. This isn’t the United Nations or Columbia
University I am addressing, it’s the mayor of New York! As
you know Mike, few rulers in the Middle East know more
about suppressing movements and getting away with it than I
do, so I hope you’ll listen to me. I think the number one thing
is making sure people really know you mean business by
taking a very beautiful girl who is more or less a bystander,
have one of your security people shoot her in the head, and
make sure there are plenty of camera phones around to video
her. Make it go viral, so that she becomes the symbol of your
oppression. Look, your Republican Guards are already great
at pepper spraying beautiful women protestors who show
too much skin anyway and don’t have veils to protect their
faces, so shooting them in the head is only the logical next
step. Then these Wall Street Occupiers will know you are
Your partner in oppression,
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(think, “I’m a Dinner Jacket,” to pronounce it, just trying to
be helpful again!)
Dear Mayor Bloomingdales:
Hey Mikey, that’s my beautiful wife’s nickname for you,
because she just loves shopping so much when we’re there!
And we both know, you’re like no other Mayor in the world.
Especially now. Anyway, it’s me, Old Blue Eyes, but I hope
that won’t make you think it’s Frank Sinatra writing to you,
‘cause he’s dead, and I don’t think he is doing too much sing-
ing anymore. Still, I always agreed with him New York, New
York, is one hell of a town, so you have a grave responsibility
to the world to make sure it stays exactly as it is. If there’s
anything I’ve learned from my father, it’s how to crush reb-
els and the places where they live. Drive tanks over them,
destroy where they are protesting. It’s working in Damascus,
it’s worked in Homs and Google Hama and you’ll really
know how successful my Dad was with that. Teach these
Occupy Wall Street people a lesson they will never forget
and their children’s children will never forget! Drive tanks
through Zuccotti Park and bulldoze everything. It’s so close
to Ground Zero which is still a disaster area anyway that I
think no one will notice if a few more blocks of buildings
go up in smoke. Trust me on that. Remember without 9-11,
you wouldn’t be Mayor, so use the Ground Zero location to
your advantage.
President for LIFE, and I mean it!!!
Bashar al-Assad
Damascus, Syria
Dear Michael Bloomberg:
People will never be happy, no matter how benevolent you
are to them, no matter how fatherly you have been to them!
‘Just say no’ to BID isn’t a workable alternative
How to suppress a movement: Dictators write to Bloomberg
The residents and business owners who
serve on the BID Steering Committee (www. and the other supporters of
a business improvement district for Soho’s
Broadway are very disturbed and disap-
pointed with The Villager’s editorial “Soho
BID needs work” in your last week’s issue.
The editorial calls on BID supporters to
gather more support. In the specific BID
service area — Broadway between Canal
and Houston Sts. — the majority of property
owners (residential and commercial) support
the BID. Under New York’s BID law, created
by our elected representatives, that’s what it
takes to form a BID. Denying the people who
live and work on Broadway the BID they
want because of opposition outside the BID
area flies in the face of the law and democrat-
ic principles. It cannot simply be a case where
those who yell the loudest are right.
If BID advocates must win support of
their neighbors outside the BID area, where
do you draw the line?
The editorial recognizes the urgent need
to implement solutions along Broadway,
solutions that seek to manage the “success”
of this major retailing destination; mitigate
its negative impacts and bring to the fore-
front what makes historic Soho special.
The editorial acknowledges that a BID is
the workable alternative that provides the
democratic decision-making structure and
the necessary funding to bring focused, per-
sistent attention to the challenges faced by
Soho’s Broadway.
The BID Steering Committee has appre-
ciated the reporting by The Villager and
its sister paper Downtown Express on this
important neighborhood planning issue since
its public presentation in April 2010.
The initiative taken by Mr. Henry Buhl,
resident of Soho and founder of ACE, was
the start of the formation process of the pro-
posed BID and it is still underway as the leg-
islation awaits approval by the City Council.
The BID Steering Committee, Community
Board 2, the Department of City Planning
and City Council all have followed the BID
Law, and we look forward to the completion
of this democratic, legislative process.
Yes, the clumsy, outdated legal name,
“business improvement district” is mislead-
ing and does not define the intentions of this
specific BID for Soho’s Broadway. This may
be why so many wrongly assume that the
BID plan intends to “promote only business,
attracting more crowds, tourism, etc.”
The role of the BID Steering Committee
as an initial planning group has succeeded
in crafting a BID plan with services and
improvements that reflect the areas of con-
cern expressed by the many constituent
groups served by the BID. The BID plan
speaks of the same issues that: 1) the
“Broadway Residents Coalition” has brought
to the attention of city officials; 2) the BID
area’s 800 businesses and 12,000 employees
talk about; and 3) are experienced by resi-
dents and commercial property owners each
and every day. The BID plan does not “need
work.” It is at the best it can be, and will be
better if given a chance to prove itself.
At every turn, the BID Steering
Committee has made a genuine effort to
address community concerns, and to recon-
cile Community Board 2’s resolution with
the merits of the BID district plan. As
demonstrated by the BID plan’s mission
statement and by the commitment of BID
area residents participating in BID commit-
tee meetings and by the encouragement of
Councilmember Margaret Chin, it is clear
that working together to improve the quality
of life of a neighborhood “under siege” while
seeking to strike a balance between resident
and commercial interest is indeed possible.
The BID Steering Committee remains com-
mitted to working with everyone, supporters
and opponents alike.
You cite the case of 40 Mercer St. where
five members of the condo board voted
unanimously to commit all 40 condo units
in support of the BID. That board vote is
accepted common practice of condo boards
everywhere and of the BID formation pro-
cess. That vote happened more than a year
ago and so far no condo owner in 40 Mercer
St. has objected; and, in fact, the board will
reaffirm its support along with other property
owners who voted for the BID. Moreover, the
total number of residential condo units at 40
Mercer St. is not significant enough to change
results, since there remains an overwhelming
majority of respondents in support of the
BID. That being said, even if you removed
40 Mercer St. from the tally, 72 percent of
property-owner respondents support the BID
(versus 80 percent with 40 Mercer St.).
We regret that this doesn’t pass The
Villager’s “smell test,” but those are the
rules. We respectfully suggest you check the
facts and take another sniff.
The BID structure provides certainty
of annual funding, flexibility to respond to
neighborhood issues, and a private-public
partnership that succeeds because it reflects
active, informed participants. The response
of “just say no” is not a workable alternative
to the special needs of Soho’s Broadway.
Steinwurtzel is chairperson, Broadway
Soho Business Improvement District Steering
Continued on page 12
November 9 - 15, 2011
downtown express
How to suppress a movement: Dictators write to Bloomberg
It’s true, give them something, and they will
always want something else. Next thing you
know, these Occupy Wall Street people will
want subway tokens brought back again,
just to feel the jingle of something in their
pocket since they don’t have any money.
But you can never look back! New York is
the Cairo of the Century 21 and you must
always look ahead! Keep reminding them
who’s Pharaoh, it’s your third term and they
should understand that by now, and always
have your white shirt generals at the ready.
Zuccotti Park, Tahrir Square, nonsense.
However, if you ever do charge on them and
the Hudson River opens up an escape route,
don’t fall for the trap.
(Formerly,) President Hosni Mu-Barack
Cairo, Egypt
Dear Mr. Bloomberg News:
Hi it’s me Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Kaddafi.
We’re all the same person. I know you prob-
ably don’t want to listen to me because I am
dead, and so my advice might not seem so
useful. But praise Allah and my Ukrainian
nurse for making it possible for me to write
to you from the grave. You should have a
Ukrainian nurse, Michael. In the words of
another dictator, Mussolini, who once ruled
Libya from a distance the way you like to
rule New York, Va Va Va Voom, what a
woman! Anyway, just as an aside, I love your
Brooks Brothers outfits. It’s always great to
be smartly dressed as a ruler, but you need
to do more, like own the media! Oh you do
already. Well then fight all the protestors
like a mad dog! Ok maybe that didn’t work
so well for me. Don’t listen to advice from a
dead man.
The Late President Muammar Gaddafi,
Qaddafi, Kaddafi
Meatlocker in Tripoli, Libya
Dear Michael,
Hey, it’s Bibi here. Let me make this
simple. I’m not a dictator but I sure like
to look like one on TV. Look if anybody
knows about occupation it’s me, so listen
up. After all, you Americans are used to me
dictating policy for you. Nu, this Zuccotti
Park. Since it looks like a refugee camp
anyway, it’s the perfect place to build a
settlement. Move some bankers into there.
You want an occupation? We’ll show you
what an occupation really is! You can build
the banker settlement on the hilly part of
Zuccotti Park, close to Broadway so every-
one can see it and marvel from afar, and
know you’re the one dominating, the one
in control. And walls, that’s another thing
I know something about. Make Wall Street
live up to its name again and build a wall
and then another. With lots of checkpoints.
Extend it into the Bowling Green Line. All
your problems will be solved. Until they
aren’t. Sometimes the things you think are
in your best interest aren’t, but you just
have to keep believing. You don’t want to
end up on the wrong side of history, do
you, Michael?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Jerusalem, Israel
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He recently won the Grand Prize in Travel
Journalism from the North American Travel
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work in the Middle East, including within
countries currently undergoing the Arab
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In salute and support
of Manhattan Youth
Bob Townley founded Manhattan Youth
in 1986. On Thursday, Nov. 3 the nonprofit
held a gala at the Bogardus Mansion on
Murray Street to celebrate its silver anni-
versary and to encourage the community to
continue supporting the organization, which
has played a pivotal role in the growth and
transformation of Lower Manhattan over
the years.
In attendance were numerous elected
officials, such as NY State Senator Daniel
Squadron, NYC Councilmember Margaret
Chin and Community Board 1 Chair Julie
Former youth that benefited from the orga-
nization’s after school programs, parents, edu-
cators and supporters all enjoyed the food,
atmosphere and entertainment.
Downtown Express Photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
In attendance were local school principals (from left to right) Terry Ruyter of P.S.
276, Maggie Siena of P.S. 150, Lisa Ripperger of P.S. 234 and Anna Swtizer, for-
mer principal of P.S. 234
Nicole Bartelme with Chef David Bouley who catered the event.
The night honored not only Manhattan Youth founder Bob Townley, but also the
founding board, administrators and staff.
Paul Goldstein (left), district office director for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,
presented Bob Townley with a proclamation in honor of Manhattan Youth’s dedication
and service to the Lower Manhattan community.
The George Gee Orchestra provided the musical entertainment for Manhattan
Youth’s 25
Anniversary Gala.
November 9 - 15, 2011
downtown express
Tiny gallery at Poets House features huge exhibit
The exhibition gallery at Poets House in
Battery Park City isn’t large, but the letters
and poems of Emily Dickinson currently on
display there are monumental.
Jen Bervin, a poet, artist and teacher, who
curated the exhibit said of Dickinson, “She
was a force, an absolute force. There’s a vast-
ness to her work that is comparable to how
you might feel in an extraordinary landscape.
It makes you feel very small and very humble
in relation to it.”
Dickinson, who was born in Amherst,
Mass. on Dec. 10, 1830 and who died there
on May 15, 1886 never strayed far from
home, never married and became increasingly
reclusive in the last years of her life but her
correspondence was voluminous and she left
behind almost 1,800 poems that were discov-
ered by her younger sister, Lavinia, after the
poet’s death. Fewer than 12 of Dickinson’s
poems were published in her lifetime.
“With Dickinson, it’s quite a blurred line
between a letter and a poem,” said Bervin.
“A lot of her letters – and you’ll see this in
the show – read just like poems. I think she
never stopped thinking in poetry.”
The primary collections of Dickinson’s
work are at Harvard and at Amherst College
(which was founded by one of Dickinson’s
grandfathers.) Donald and Patricia Oresman
have one of the larger holdings of privately
owned Dickinson manuscripts. They have
lent their entire collection to Poets House,
where many of the manuscripts are on public
view for the first time. They will be there
through Jan. 28, 2012.
“It’s very meaningful to me that people
get to see these manuscripts in person,” said
Bervin. “That’s really rare. I can’t overstate
how rare that is. If you go to the archives
where they have the bulk of the manuscripts,
you rarely see more than this number of
manuscripts. They’re not on display. You
have to go as a researcher and have a very
good reason to see them in any quantity and
to see this many together in a public setting
is really unusual.”
Dickinson’s poetry was also unusual,
so much so that it would have been a rare
reader among her contemporaries who could
have grasped her syntaxes and the ways in
which she placed letters, words and lines on
a page. After her death, her first editors “cor-
rected” her punctuation and her rhymes. It
wasn’t until 1955, that versions of her poems
were published that were close to what she
intended, but even there, said Bervin, “In the
[Thomas H.] Johnson and [Ralph] Franklin
editions of her poems, all of her line breaks
are changed.”
Bervin said that Dickinson’s visual sense
would have made setting her poems in print
difficult before the advent of modern technol-
ogy. She worked throughout her life “with a
very strong sense of visual composition,” Bervin
said, “but in the late fragments [from 1870 to
1886], it’s absolutely stunning. The text is multi-
directional. She’s composing on envelopes that
are then sometimes shaped in particular ways.
I don’t know of anything like them. The texts
on those envelopes are pretty mind-blowing.
Sometimes you see them in letters. Sometimes
you see them in poems. Sometimes they exist
only in that fragmentary form, but they’re just
extraordinarily beautiful.”
Bervin explained that Dickinson would
place “crosses” in her poems that correlated
to words or phrases grouped at the end that
could be substituted within the poem to
create different meanings. Bervin compared
Dickinson’s methods to hypertext.
“She chose not to publish,” Bervin said.
“Her readers were very carefully chosen.
She sent her poems in letters to specific
recipients and she would send out differ-
ent choices for different recipients and
then in her own private draft, she might
have even more choices. So it’s a very
complex system. Our idea of a poem is that
it’s one thing but her idea of a poem was
that it seemed to be many things. She used
words according to who was listening. I
think it’s utterly fascinating that one of our
major American poets chose to compose in
this particular way.”
Bervin was inspired to make quilts
depicting Dickinson’s unusual compositional
method. Three of them are on exhibit at
Poets House.
The late fragments, which are among
the most radical of Dickinson’s writings,
have been published in a book called “Open
Folios” by Marta Werner, who will be giv-
ing a talk at Poets House called “Like the
Wheels of Birds: Emily Dickinson’s Itinerary
of Escape” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. It will be
about Dickinson’s fragments, including can-
celed writings, pinned texts and envelope
poems. Poets House is at 10 River Terrace
in Battery Park City. It is open Tuesdays
through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Downtown Express photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
A letter from Emily Dickinson written in
her distinctive handwriting are among
the rare documents by and about Emily
Dickinson on display at Poets House
through Jan. 28, 2012.
O.W.S.’s alternate banking working group,
compared the Zuccotti Park encampment to
“a town that seems to be overflowing.”
“The General Assembly is a great body,
but it’s not conducive to getting logistics
handled at the speed that they need to,” said
The Spokes Council is poised to solve
that problem by becoming “an extremely
effective body to get work done,” according
to Nicole Carty, a member of the structure
and facilitation working groups.
Carty stressed that the council is not
a forum of discussion for the movement’s
overall vision or ideals, which are handled
by O.W.S.’s “movement” groups.
“It only has to do with , ‘wWho’s going to
clean the park,? wWho’s going to make the
tents…? tThings like that,” she said Carty.
According to the proposal, the Spokes
Council.C. will also address issues brought
up by caucus groups, or groups of O.W.S.
members that feel mutually marginalized
with respect to race, gender, sexuality, age
or ability.
Democratic movements dating back to
the1936 Spanish Revolution have benefited
from the S.C. model to streamline the pro-
cess insurgencies, as have more modern
groups including the aAnti-nNuclear move-
ment of the 1970s and ‘80s, and the gGlobal
jJustice movement of the ‘90s and 2000s,
according to the proposal.
“The reason why we did this, is so we’re
not micromanaging operational groups,”
said Ryan Hoffman, who wrote O.W.S.’s
initial declaration that spread to dozens of
countries worldwide.
The food working group, for example,
shouldn’t have to report to the G.A. every
time members seek to raise their budget;
while the medical working group shouldn’t
require G.A. approval to solicit additional
funds, according to Hoffman..
“This ‘100 percent consensus, everybody
in a giant room’ approach, especially when
you can’t use any microphones or P.A. sys-
tems or bullhorns, is becoming just patently
absurd,” echoed Lucius Ringwald, a member
of O.W.S.’s mental health and safety work-
ing groups.
“We need to actually have some level of
delegation, some level of people being iden-
tified as a point person, with the consent of
those they’re representing.”
Approximately 150 O.W.S. members
convened for an Spokes Council orientation
meeting last Friday, Nov. 4 in the public
atrium of 60 Wall St. to brainstorm ideas
for discussion topics for future councilS.C.
meetings. Carty and a couple other lead
working group members led the meeting.
Demonstrators spouted out ideas that
they believe warrant ongoing dialogue, such
as the use of park space, Internet access,
safety, supplies and food.
Next came the “mock proposals” ses-
sion, when participants jokingly proposed to
abandon Zuccotti Park for an indoor space,
and spoke sardonically about Mayor Michael
Bloomberg supplying sleeping bags tagged
with the message, “Corporations are People”
to the occupiers.
Spokes Councils are organizationally
structured like the spokes of a wheel, in that
each operational working group is supposed
to select a “spoke,” or an individual that
represents the groups’ wishes, according
to the proposal. While the “spokes” are the
only individuals that are supposed to speak
during the cCouncil meetings, they rotate,
can be recalled by their group at any time,
and do not make decisions or voice opinions
without a consensus ofin their respective
Typically, “spokes” will bring forth pro-
posals to the council only if 90 percent
of members within the respective working
groupcaucus support it. Working groups and
caucuses may block or table proposals intro-
duced at the council meetings if the groupsa
consensus is not reached among the groups
— unlike in the G.A., where individuals can
block proposals.
“It’s called ‘modified consensus’ — we
aim for consensus first, which is 100 per-
cent,” said Carty.
While all decisions made by the Spokes
Council will be discussed during the G.A.
meetings, they don’t require G.A. ratifica-
tion, noted Carty.
Occupy Wall Street held its first official
Spokes Council meeting Monday, Nov. 7
in the school cafeteria of Murry Bergtraum
High School at (411 Pearl St.), where an
estimated 60 working groups requested to
become a part of the council.
Of the 60, about a dozen working groups
were chosen. However, Carty and other rep-
resentatives were only able to get through
less than one-third of the proposals.
“We literally had pieces of paper for
each group to register, and we spent most
of the time putting these groups in different
stacks,” said Carty.
“The ‘no discussion’ stack were groups
that were pretty clearly operational groups
[that would automatically accepted into
the council],” explained Carty. “Movement
groups warranted more discussion if they
had operational needs.”
Carty reported a handful of disruptive
moments during the meeting, such as when
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More work needed to fight school overcrowding
meeting but had to step out early because of
another appointment.
Just before leaving, Grillo interrupted
Greenleaf halfway during his presentation to
point out a fundamental difference between his
analysis and the S.C.A.’s. She said the D.O.E.
doesn’t measure school seat projections based
on Community Districts, but rather by the city’s
established school districts.
Manhattan’s District Two, which includes
Downtown, for example, also encompasses
portions of Midtown-West and the Upper East
“I don’t want these folks to walk away from
this thinking that our methodology is wrong,”
said Grillo.
Addressing Greenleaf directly, Grillo said,
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for your num-
bers, if we were judging apples to apples —
[but] we’re not, and you know that.”
“Please understand the situation right now,”
Grillo said to the committee. “Just like the
rest of the country, we have a certain, limited
amount of space. Come to [School] District 24
[in Queens], and you’ll understand their serious
overcrowding today.”
Grillo’s words were hardly reassuring to
Jeffrey Mihok and other committee members.
“I’m kind of livid right now… We’re in a
school crisis because of the [D.O.E.] numbers,”
said Mihok. “You’re working on a model where
our kids would go further [away] to elementary
Committee co-chair Anne DeFalco empha-
sized the D.O.E.’s need to reallocate funds
toward the creation of new neighborhood
“We can’t put the priorities of youth at risk
by putting them in other neighborhoods,” said
“I hear you,” replied Grillo. “And, if I had
all money in the world, I’d love to do that for
The D.O.E. is exploring alternate meth-
ods besides new school capacity to address
elementary school overcrowding — particularly
district-wide rezoning, according to Grillo.
“It’s not just new seats all the time,” said
Grillo. “There are other opportunities to deal
with the need.”
But this explanation only added fuel to the
committee’s fire.
P.S. 234 parent Tricia Joyce, for one, con-
tended that neither rezoning nor throwing
money the D.O.E.’s way is going to solve the
area’s more basic dilemma of the shortage of
school seats.
“We understand the budget issues, but… no
matter how you re-slice the pie, we have hit the
wall,” said Joyce.
“We could have a pile of money up to the
ceiling, and it wouldn’t get us the site,” said
committee member Peter Braus. “I work with
developers all the time — you need a 200-by-
200 [square] ft. lot. I don’t think you see too
many of those around.”
School sites are indeed becoming “very
difficult” to find, according to Greenleaf, who
added, “It took almost a year to find the Peck
Slip site.”
Joyce vouched for a modification of the
city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure
(U.L.U.R.P.), so that residential real estate
developers would be forced to take into account
the need for sufficient school seats.
Braus seemed to agree.
“I think we should ask [City Planning
Commission Chair Amanda] Burden to come to
our next meeting, if [the City Council members]
are willing to originate something,” said Braus.
The committee subsequently voted in favor
of drafting of a resolution urging the city to
require an adequate amount of public amenities
such as schools and other basic infrastructure
before a residential real estate development
receives the green light.
The resolution will also purportedly suggest
a revision of the tactics the D.O.E. currently
uses to project student enrollment, according
to committee co-chair Paul Hovitz, who along
with Greenleaf objects to the department’s cur-
rent enrollment methods.
“I am not blaming Lorraine. She is follow-
ing orders from the Mayor, the Chancellor and
the higher-ups at Tweed to follow procedures
in this fashion.” said Hovitz. “All of this stems
from the fact that their planning… is flawed and
doesn’t accurately project [enrollment] for years
down the road.”
The D.O.E. has hired two “respected” con-
sulting firms, Grier Partnership and Statistical
Forecasting, to make enrollment forecasts,
explained Greenleaf. Both firms utilize the
“cohort survival” method, a widely-used strate-
gy to calculate enrollments based on anticipated
population growth and birth rates.
The problem, Greenleaf pointed out, is that
the D.O.E.’s forecasting is done on a borough-
wide level — which assumes that all Manhattan
neighborhoods are growing at the same average
rate and that the survival rates themselves are
the same.
Neither assumption, however, is true,
Greenleaf said. Whereas Manhattan’s popula-
tion increased by 8.2 percent between 2000
and 2010, Downtown’s overall population rose
by 100 percent over the decade; and there is
a difference of more than 20 percent between
District Two’s overall cohort survival rate, on
the one hand, and Downtown’s cohort survival
rate, on the other.
The D.O.E.’s method also assumes that
fertility rates are the same for all of Manhattan,
Greenleaf said.
“We hope these differences can be resolved
— and very soon,” he said.
Questioned about his reaction to Grillo’s
comments after the meeting, Greenleaf said,
“I remain optimistic but realistic.”
Thomas Street in Tribeca, feels privileged to
have had what he calls a “God’s-eye” view
of the site while working in Tower 7 since
As a longtime Downtown resident hav-
ing endured 9/11, painting in the “jewel”
of studio space, Stone said, proved to be an
especially cathartic experience.
“I never thought I’d feel anything but sad
walking Downtown,” said Stone. “When I
walk up to the 48th floor, it makes me feel
good. I’ve reconnected here with the great
strength and resilience of the city.”
And, even though he hasn’t yet secured a
new work studio for the new year, Stone is
resigned to vacate the place he has worked
so intensively in for the last six months.
“The day was always coming,” he said of
leaving Tower 7. “I’m being blown out of
there, and there’s nothing I can do about it,
but I’ll land on my feet.”
Former Downtown financiers Robert and
Victoria Zoellner purchased Stone’s pieces
from “Witness / Downtown Rising” with the
intention of putting the art series on public
display, according to Stone.
“My goal is for it to be a traveling exhibit
hosted by the [National Sept. 11] Memorial,
so the story could be told around the coun-
try,” said Stone.
Prior to working in the 48th floor stu-
dio beginning in 2006, Marcus Robinson,
an urban-focused painter, videographer and
photographer, documented on canvas and
camera the construction of Tower 7.
Little did Robinson know that his subject
would become the artist’s full-time work-
place a few short years later.
Robinson’s W.TC. film, “Rebuilding,”
brings the Ground Zero construction zone
to life with a slideshow of animated draw-
ings and time-lapse footage of workers in
“The film essentially wants to champion
the spirit of the working people — some-
thing quintessential in all of us,” mused
Robinson. “It’s like an ancient tale about
the amazing spirit overcoming adversity, and
setting it against the backdrop of something
like the Great Depression.”
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum com-
missioned Robinson to do a film installation,
“Tribute in Light,” for its permanent collec-
tion — which will be on view at the museum
following its opening next fall.
Robinson hopes to find homes for
“Benediction” and his other large-scale
paintings in lobbies of Lower Manhattan
buildings, but hasn’t yet reached out to inter-
ested parties to realize his wish.
“Part of the excitement is not totally
thinking of the end result, but just enjoying
the process of drawing and painting,” said
Robinson, who lives in an apartment
that overlooks the W.T.C. site, has his eyes
on a ground-floor, live-work apartment on
Washington Street. Asked what he felt of
parting ways with space in 7 W.T.C., Robinson
replied, “I’m quite a nostalgic person, but I
think it’s good to be in the flow of life.”
However no conventional artist studio,
Robinson admitted, could create the same,
visceral effect as does the raw, unadulterated
concrete walls of his current studio space.
“Marks like this inspire me for the paint-
ing,” said Robinson as he glided his fingers
along a surveyor’s mark etched into the con-
crete wall of the 48th floor. “This space is,
beyond any shadow of doubt, I think, one of
the most amazing spaces in the world.”
Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds
Views like the one above have made the 48th floor at 7 W.T.C. an ideal studio space
for artists over the years.
Tower 7 full; artists to vacate by January
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BUDGET:’ “Every once in a while you get
to report a good news budget,” Battery Park
City Authority president Gayle Horwitz
said at the B.P.C.A.’s last Board of Directors
meeting on Oct. 25. “Essentially, our rev-
enues are up, our expenses are down. Our
excess revenue for 2011 is going to be over
budget as well. We’re sending the City more
money than we anticipated.”
The Authority’s Chief Financial Officer,
Robert Serpico, filled in the details. The
fiscal year for the B.P.C.A. ends on Oct. 31,
so his numbers were based on 11 months
of activity. “Overall revenues are up $1.6
million over budgeted revenues based on
a budget of $217 million,” he said. “The
reason for the overages is that the sublease
revenues had a net increase of $2.4 million.”
He said that commercial revenues, which
represent about 49 percent of the overall
revenues for the Authority, were $811,000
more than budgeted.
Serpico said that on the residential side,
“we had some ups and downs, as we usually
do.” Sites 23 and 24, where the Milstein
organization has built Liberty Luxe and
Liberty Green, had a 421A tax abatement
that had not been considered when drawing
up the 2011 budget and had to be factored
in, But, said Serpico, “non-recurring and
contingent revenues on the sublease side
were up $2.4 million. Again, net net, the
sublease revenues went up $1.2 million.”
Operating expenses had been budgeted
at $28.4 million for fiscal year 2011. “We’re
coming in just a smidge over $27 million – a
favorable variance of $1.4 million,” Serpico
said. He added that the B.P.C.A. would be
sending the City $12.5 million more than
Looking toward the 2012 budget,
Serpico said that there would be increased
revenues of $10 million coming from
Goldman Sachs, which had a tax credit
that just ended. On the expense side, he
anticipated $603,000 less in expenses than
in fiscal year 2011.

TING AN OVERHAUL: Motorists who use
the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on the eastern
border of Battery Park City should take
note of the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority’s plans for the next five months
or so. The tunnel, which opened on May
25, 1950, is getting an overhaul. The
M.T.A. is spending $43.5 million to replace
electrical switches and feeder cables that
are now more than 60 years old. The work
will require one of the two tubes of the
tunnel to be closed for 21 weekends begin-
ning on the weekend of Nov. 11-Nov. 14.
The M.T.A. says to “expect delays” and to
use alternate routes if possible.
The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel has been
a fixture of Lower Manhattan for so long
that most people probably don’t give it a
second thought, but maybe they should.
For one thing, at 9,117 feet long, it is the
longest continuous underwater vehicular
tunnel in North America. For another
thing, it almost didn’t get built. Robert
Moses, the chairman of the Triborough
Bridge Authority, who remade New York
City’s landscape, wanted to build a bridge
between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
It would have destroyed Battery Park
and altered the majestic vistas of Lower
Manhattan as seen by those who approach
it from the ocean. The bridge would have
been built had President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt not intervened. He had the
War Department declare that a bridge in
that location, seaward of the Brooklyn
Navy Yard, would have been vulnerable
to attack, so Moses had to settle for a
tunnel. It was designed by a Norwegian-
born engineer, Ole Singstad, who also
worked on the Holland Tunnel and who
designed the Lincoln Tunnel and the
Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Roosevelt was
present at the groundbreaking in October
1940. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel was
supposed to be finished by 1943, but work
on it stopped because of World War II and
was not resumed until late in 1945. It took
more than one million pounds of dynamite
to bore through the rock and earth under
New York harbor.
An estimated 60,000 cars a day go
through the tunnel, however, some people
will undoubtedly be more impressed with
a different factoid. The tunnel’s Manhattan
ventilation station on Battery Place fig-
ured in the 1997 film, “Men in Black” as
the location of a secret alien immigration

In late spring, Community Board 1 mem-
ber Jeff Mihok started talking to C.B. 1’s
Battery Park City Committee about his
concern that the Rector Place bridge span-
ning West Street was not safe. “That bridge
allows anyone on foot to come and go to
and from the neighborhood very rapidly,”
he said. “A year ago, a Battery Park City
teen got beaten with a pipe on Rector Place
by some other teenagers. I don’t know how
those people got away but I can’t imagine
any better escape route than over that
Mihok would like to see monitored secu-
rity cameras installed on the bridge, and the
Battery Park City Committee concurred.
However, the committee has not been able
to figure out how to make that happen. Julie
Nadel, a representative of the New York
State Department of Transportation told the
committee at its most recent meeting that
the D.O.T. is not able to install and moni-
tor cameras. The next step, the committee
decided, would be to appeal to the New York
Police Department’s First Precinct.
“I find it a little creepy to walk across
that bridge,” Mihok said, “even when it’s
not dark out. I have a 12-year-old kid. My
12 year old moves around the city on her
own, as any 12 year old would do. I tell her
never to take that bridge, but if there were
a camera, I might reconsider.”

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try to use alternate routes during the weekend closures.
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Changes ahead for South Street Seaport Museum
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Street Seaport Museum, she is organizing
programs for school groups and for the pub-
lic. The first of the school groups will arrive
on Nov. 21. “We have 40 booked for the next
few months,” Kent said. A program called
“Mini-Mates” for children aged 18 months
to three years will start on Nov. 17 and meet
on Thursday mornings.
Kent said that the school programs will
utilize the Seaport museum’s collections
including “objects that students can touch to
teach them about New Amsterdam history
in addition to the kinds of jobs and respon-
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of the large ships just outside the windows.
Right now our plan is to show them the
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Jones said that the galleries at the South
Street Seaport Museum will reopen at the
end of January, 2012 with “an open house
of activities.” She said that details will be
forthcoming in about a month.
The museum’s collections, she said, “are
in good shape” as are the Schermerhorn Row
buildings that the museum occupies. The
museum’s ships are a “challenge,” however.
“There are too many vessels out there for
Pier 16, which is the only pier that we have
jurisdiction over,” she said. “The Wavertree
is in the worst shape and that’s an impor-
tant boat that we need to preserve. It has a
history with New York. That is definitely a
priority. The City had appropriated $3.3 mil-
lion for the Wavertree. It won’t be anywhere
near sufficient. I think we need about $20
million total to get it back into shape and
maintain the historic character of the ship
Jones said that the Peking, which was
one hundred years old this year, is another
matter. “The Peking doesn’t have any history
with this port.,” she said “The Peking is a
real issue. There’s no question about that.
That’s the largest challenge and it has to be
addressed in the next seven months or so.”
On Nov. 2, Jones and several members of
her South Street Seaport Museum manage-
ment team met with the grassroots group,
Save Our Seaport, which has been working
since May to bring public awareness to con-
ditions at the museum and its ships and to
lobby for management changes and public
“We recognize that it may be necessary
[for Peking to leave the Seaport],” said Capt.
Mike Cohen, a member of the group and a
part-time captain for the working ships at
the museum.
In general, Cohen said, the Save Our
Seaport group responded enthusiastically
to Jones’ presentation. “It really was a very
good meeting,” he said. “We feel that we’re
on the right track.”
“We’ve made great strides uptown,” said
Jones, reflecting on conditions at the Museum
of the City of New York and what she has
taken on at the South Street Seaport Museum,
“and that gives us some small window to think
about other responsibilities, but we never
would have sought this opportunity. It came to
us. It’s another history museum. Our missions
are fairly concentric and we wanted to see
the Seaport Museum be part of New York’s
cultural scene. We want it to thrive. We don’t
want it to disappear.”
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the museum’s new director.
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Hearing it on Hudson Square; It’s all in the heights
1993 when the neighborhood to the west of
Sixth Ave. was a no-man’s land after 5 p.m.
Amanda Cooper, HERE’s general manager,
is a strong supporter of the project.
“For an organization like ours, it’s
really important to have an attendance
base and supporters right in the neigh-
borhood, particularly in tough economic
times,” she said.
Cooper joined others at the hearing,
including Community Board 2, in urging that
the E.I.S. consider a limit of up to 70,000
square feet for residential conversions.
Russell Roberts, a condo owner in a
nearby 70,000-square-foot building with
photo, filmmaker, artist and designer stu-
dios, also said he wanted a larger limit on
residential conversions.
“We’ve already created the kind of
community that the zoning has as its
goal,” Roberts said. “Because of the
nature of our work — artisans and design-
ers who work long hours — the dividing
line between work and living space has
become blurred, and we’ve become a live-
work community.”
Indeed, the Hudson Square Connections
BID suggested an as-of-right residential
conversion limit of 80,000 square feet,
Baer said.
“The E.I.S, should study this change
because it will further the mixed-use
nature of the district without undermin-
ing its central character as a creative busi-
ness center,” she said.
Community Board 2 and the BID both
called for the E.I.S. to include the pos-
sibility of development bulk waivers in
blocks that do not conform to the city
The proposal calls for downzoning
short residential blocks on Watts, Broome
and Dominick Sts. near the entrance to
the Holland Tunnel, but David Reck,
who presented the Community Board 2
submission last week, said residential
property owners on those blocks say the
downzoning is unwarranted.
“The neighborhood character already
is dominated by traffic conditions related
to the tunnel,” the board resolution says.
C.B. 2 suggested that Watts, Broome
and Dominick Sts. be eliminated from
a proposed subdistrict for buildings of
reduced bulk and be treated the same as
the rest of the special district. The board
added that preservation of individual
buildings with architectural or historic
significance on the three streets should be
left to possible landmark designation.
The proposed district does not ban
hotels but includes a requirement for a
special permit for hotels with 100 or more
However, the large-hotel special permit
provision would expire when the district
achieves its goal of 75 percent residential.
The community board wants the hotel
special permit to be a permanent feature
of the new district with no expiration. The
board also wants the E.I.S. to consider
eliminating dormitories and fraternity and
sorority houses from the district.
Except for the 430-foot limit at the
southeast corner of the district, the zon-
ing calls for a height limit of 320 feet on
the wide streets of Canal, Greenwich,
Hudson and Varick Sts. and Sixth Ave.
On the narrow streets, the height cap
would be 185 feet.
Edison Properties owns two Manhattan
Mini Storage loft buildings in the district,
one at 157 Varick St. and the other at 260
Spring St., with a total of 485,000 square
feet, plus a 16,250-square-foot parking
lot between Spring and Dominick Sts.
Anthony Borelli, Edison vice president
for real estate, said the 185-foot height
limit on narrow streets would inhibit
residential growth on several sites and
would leave little incentive for affordable
housing under the Inclusionary Zoning
Borelli said the E.I.S. should consider
an alternative of buildings with open
space in the midblock to increase open
space in the district.
The Greenwich Village Society for
Historic Preservation said the 320-foot
height limit on wide streets in the district
is too high, even though it’s lower than
the no-limit present zoning. G.V.S.H.P.
wants the E.I.S. to consider a 185-foot
height limit for wide streets and strongly
advised that the 430-foot cap for the
southeast corner of the district should be
cut back.
The society also said it was against the
higher height limits that owners want on
Watts, Dominick and Broome Sts.
G.V.S.H.P. was very concerned that the
zoning intended to expand development
potential in Hudson Square would have a
big impact on the low-rise South Village
area east of Sixth Ave.
The society has been vainly seeking
historic district designation from the
Landmarks Preservation Commission to
preserve the South Village’s southern
The society’s resolution states, “We
therefore believe that the E.I.S. must
study the impact of increased develop-
ment pressure on the South Village to
the widest scope possible — at least a
radius of 1,000 feet from the boundaries
of the proposed rezoning — and recom-
mend mitigation to protect the historic
resources of this neighborhood.”
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Mixed forecast for 1 W.T.C.
9/11 Memorial Museum, the Vehicle Security
Center, the other buildings being constructed
on the site, and retail and connectivity down
below. People really want to understand how
it all relates to one another. They’re not just
leasing in one building, they’re leasing into a
new environment that’s all connected.
DE: So, what asking rent have you set
for 1 W.T.C.?
It’s now at $75 per [square] foot — up
to the 64th floor Sky Lobby, a double-height
floor with a large atrium, where you’ll be able
to transfer to two elevator banks that service
floors 65 to 90, the highest floor. We’ve only
priced an asking rent below the Sky Lobby.
When you deliver a building, you’ll deliver it
from the bottom up — therefore the leasing
prospects will follow in that way.
DE: How is Tower 1 faring at the moment,
in terms of leasing activity?
The 9/11 Memorial opening created a
very interesting dynamic of [newly interested
companies] considering 1 W.T.C. The tower
is new, and obviously green and attractive,
financially, which is driving their interest —
because companies today want to change
their culture. With a new environment at 1
W.T.C., companies who are challenged today
with their balance sheet and trying to find
ways to increase revenue and reduce expens-
es, [can] occupy space much more efficiently
than in any of the older [building] stock.
DE: But, how ready and willing are the
companies to shake hands and sign a lease?
Now, with the economic uncertainties and
with what’s happening in Europe, people are
not as quick to make decisions. In times like
this, obviously, the dialogue can potentially
be longer than we would have had in the
earlier part of this year, since times were
more certain earlier this year.
DE: Does that make your job tougher?
Yes, I suppose. But we don’t feel it the
same way the older [building] stock does.
Selling this building is easier than selling
some of the city’s older buildings I represent,
because [prospective tenants] realize there’s
very little of this product and this supply in
the time frame many of these companies are
currently seeking space in. Presently, there is
400 million square feet worth of office space
in Manhattan and, in 2014-15, only three
new office buildings [are scheduled to come
on line], including 1 W.T.C. and 4 W.T.C.
DE: Do you fret a potential double-dip
recession will make prospective tenants hesi-
tate even more?
Yes, it concerns me. But because of
its unique attributes, 1 W.T.C. will fare
far better than much of the older stock in
Manhattan. The last time we dipped out of
a recession, we came back very quickly and
very strong. I expect the same will happen —
because again, the lack of supply, really, will
create the speed with which this market will
recover when we come out.
DE: When do you expect to set a price for
the top half of the building?
That’s a good question. I was on the phone
this morning with [tenant] prospects inter-
ested in space above the Sky Lobby. When
queried, we said, ‘we don’t have an asking
rent, but we’re going to line up the tours.’ If
someone insists on us considering their rent-
ing above those floors, we’ll negotiate, obvi-
ously. But right now, unless calls come into
us, we’re focusing on the floors down below.
DE: What is your projected time frame of
the leasing of Tower 1?
We’re hopeful we’ll be announcing,
maybe by the first quarter next year — a
good three years before we open — that
we’ll be 50 percent rented. Nobody would
have believed me if I had said that three or
four years ago. It would obviously be quite a
feat and quite an accomplishment, since it is
a very large building.
DE: How much of One W.T.C., if any,
will be used for community and cultural
purposes, do you think?
It’s a little too early in the leasing stage, I
think, for that dialogue to occur. Those enti-
ties would take smaller amounts of space,
and that leasing would take place in 2015.
The Durst Organization, the tower’s devel-
oper and co-leasing and marketing agent,
is very involved in arts organizations and
cultural aspects of New York City — having
been a very big, early supporter of The High
Line. I could easily see Durst considering
utilizing vacant floors that aren’t rented [for
that purpose].

DE: From a personal standpoint, what’s it
like to work on such a nationally and inter-
nationally recognized project?
When I took this project on in 2007, I
believed in it. I was very, very bullish. I’m
charged and energized and renewed anytime
I go down there.
DE: Describe a recent day at the site.
It’s humbling to talk with the construc-
tion workers. Two days ago, I was in an ele-
vator with a steel worker who is leading the
Irish group, and talked to him about his job.
In some way, I’m standing next to him and
[it occurred to me that] I’m leasing it, but
he’s building it — which is so much more
meaningful, in many respects. The workers
ares all so proud, as am, I to be associated
with this building. There’s nothing more
magnificent than I’ve ever been involved in,
or probably ever will be, as this asset is to
this city and this country.
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Donations to O.W.S. pile up
cations. The S.I.S. group recently received
a $5,000 export budget from the O.W.S.
General Assembly for this purpose.
Eskandani estimates that the group
receives over 100 boxes daily, with a steep
increase accompanying the cold weather. He
said the camp’s “comfort” station was over-
whelmed during the Oct. 29 nor’easter when
donors brought hundreds of cold-weather
items to the park. He also proposed to the
O.W.S. general assembly that the group
share surplus items with the wider New York
City community, “in solidarity with the15
million unemployed workers” in America.
The distribution will be handled by the out-
reach working group, and would alleviate
some of the storage space shortage, as well
as make room for needed items.
Among the items in short supply, accord-
ing to S.I.S. co-coordinator Justin Strekal, are
boots, non-cotton thermals, tarps, cold weather
sleeping bags, and non-perishable food.
“We appreciate everything they’re sending,
but some items being received are more appro-
priate for other climates,” said Strekal.
S.I.S. volunteer Nick Thommen added, “We
have a lot of stuff. People are sending us stuff
when they should be supporting their local
Eskandani said, “We have been given a
great deal of wealth. Let’s show Wall Street
how we handle our stock.”
In addition to the 6800 sq. ft. storage space
at 52 Broadway that O.W.S. rents for $1 per
month, an anonymous donor recently came
forward with an offer to pay for office space
at the U.F.T. building at 50 Broadway. The
2500 sq. ft. space that O.W.S. began using this
month will be used by official O.W.S. working
groups and comes with heat, electricity, and
internet access, and costs “about $5,000 a
month,” according to a U.F.T. spokesman.
The space also has phone service, which
O.W.S. is responsible for paying, and they are
using desks and tables left by a former tenant,
said the spokesman. The lease is held by a non-
profit that handles the rent payment on behalf
of the anonymous donor.
Some members of O.W.S. are concerned
about other “occupy” groups coming to rely
too heavily on Occupy Wall Street, which
is seen as the flagship group. Several recent
general assemblies have featured requests for
funds from other occupations, such as Occupy
Oakland, which recently received a $20,000
allocation from O.W.S. and various groups in
the city who identify with the movement but
are not officially part of it.
Pete Dutro with the O.W.S. finance working
group said, “Winter will become expensive.”
Instead of having funding requests from
outside groups coming through the G.A.,
Dutro said the finance group would welcome
representatives coming down to Zuccotti Park
to discuss their needs so that O.W.S. could
make referrals to financing tools.
Among other winter-related concerns is the
layout of the camp, and the clutter of small
tents and personal items that inhibit movement
within the park. Last week camp planners
began to install large army tents, which can
accommodate more people and promote safer
spaces. A challenge to establishing the large
tent set-up is that some occupiers are resistant
to giving up their personal tents.
These tents have been a problem because
they can block egress from the park in
emergencies. Several power generators have
been brought back into the park following
last month’s confiscation by the FDNY of
six generators and several containers of fuel.
Incentives to get people to give up their “real
estate” and allow the installation of large
group tents is the promise of a space, which
would be better insulated, include cots and
provide better security for people and their
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BY JOHN BAYLES If there’s one booth at the Feast of San Gennaro that needs no name, no sign on the front, no marketing material whatsoever, it’s the booth on the south- east corner of Spring and Mulberry Streets. What it sells and what graces its display counter is enough to make any passerby stop on a dime: fresh baked cannoli. The booth has been at the same loca- tion for 32 years. It’s one of the oldest booths that still takes part in the feast and was started by the Rimesso family. It continues to remain “in the family” to this day, run by Nancy Rimesso and Rob Diaz. While much has changed since the feast started 85 years ago,
there is at least one constant. “This is the original cannoli,” said Diaz on Monday evening. “It’s still the feast’s best seller. They’ll invent a new one, but they can’t reinvent the original.”
Across the street from the Rimesso’s booth is Chachi’s Hot Sausages. Like the Rimesso operation, the Chachi booth has remained, since 1975, at the same location and is still “all in the family.” Before it became known as Chachi’s, it was simply known as the best sausage the feast had to offer. Joe Lacorazza is currently running the booth. But, like his neighbor across the street, he never really had a choice; it was a family duty. The name came
as a result of Joe’s older brother’s striking resemblance to Scott Baio, who played Chachi in the old sitcom “Happy Days.” Joe’s father lived above Rocky’s on the corner of Spring and Mulberry and his mother lived one block north at 278 Mulberry. The way Joe’s mother, Louise, tells it, the Monsignor from the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry Street came to her father and uncle one day, back when the church still allowed gam- bling and when beer and wine were sold at almost every booth. At that time, the block in front of old St. Patrick’s had no streetlights, and they needed some
Rob Diaz, who has been serving up cannoli at the Feast of San Gennaro for 32 years, serves another pastry and
puts another smile on a customer’s face.
BY ALINE REYNOLDS Cancer is still not cov- ered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, per a decision by the law’s health program administrator, Dr. John Howard. In July Dr. Howard determined there was insufficient evidence linking the disease to expo- sure to Ground Zero toxins. City politicians are now urging Dr. Howard to recon- sider his decision based on a recent scientific study that suggests such a link indeed exists.
On Mon., Sept. 19, the City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor voted unanimously in favor of a resolution call- ing on Dr. Howard and
his team to review a 9/11 cancer study published in the Sept. 3 edition of The Lancet medical journal as soon as possible rather than wait a year as planned. The resolution, which follows a Congressional petition also requesting Dr. Howard’s immediate review of the data in the Lancet study, is scheduled to go before the full City Council on Wed., Sept. 21.
“New persuasive evidence has been compiled [indi- cating that] first respond- ers who were at ground zero are getting cancer at a much higher rate than ones who weren’t,” said Council Member and Committee Chair James Sanders, Jr. Scientific data reveals
City Council wants
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Two booths at San Gennaro
serve food, with a side of history
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Folk singer Tom Chapin headlines “Harmony on the Hudson.” Turn to page 16
OCTOBER 19 - 25, 2011
As Occupy Wall Street enters its
second month, and demonstrators con-
tinue to reside in Zuccotti Park, elected
offi cials, community stakeholders and
the protestors are attempting to fi nd
ways to coexist.
“This is a neighborhood of work-
ing class people, the same people you
represent,” said Pat Moore, chair of
Community Board 1’s Quality of Life
Committee, at the Occupy Wall Street
General Assembly in Zuccotti Park on
Oct. 15.
The topic of discussion was a reduc-
tion in the noise caused by the drum
circle, which has disturbed area resi-
dents for up to twelve hours daily for
almost a month. Moore told the assem-
bly that she supports their movement,
as do many of her neighbors.
Moore, however, added, “But please
give us some relief.”
City Councilmember Margaret Chin
said, “The single biggest issue is the drum-
ming. So far, O.W.S. has been unable to
limit the drumming. I know the drum-
mers are a source of stress for the com-
munity and for people within O.W.S.”
Chin said O.W.S. has agreed to
limits on the drumming, and they have
to follow through and enforce those
C.B. 1 Chair Julie Menin worked
with Manhattan Borough President
Scott Stringer, NYS Sen. Daniel
Squadron and Chin, as well as other
representatives and stakeholders, to
develop a “good neighbor policy” with
One of the challenges, according
to Menin, was that the person initially
responsible for relaying the concerns of
the community board back to O.W.S.
was not doing so — a problem that she
said has now been resolved.
“We are addressing proactively
concerns as they are brought to us,”
said Menin.
Occupying the center of the world
Over 6,000 people invaded Times Square on Saturday as part of a worldwide call to action initiated by Occupy
Wall Street. The movement is now in its second month.
A criminal investiga-
tion is underway to trace
the cause of the mysterious
death of 19-year-old U.S.
Army Private Danny Chen,
whose body was found on
Oct. 3 in a guard tower
in Kandahar, Afghanistan
with a gunshot wound to
the head.
The fatality was not
combat related, accord-
ing to U.S. Army Criminal
Investigation Command
Spokesperson Christopher
Grey. Speculations are there-
fore swirling that Chen, who
was born and raised on the
Lower East Side, was either
shot by a fellow offi cer or
that he committed suicide.
Grey refused to comment on
either speculation.
“We’re conducting a
very thorough and in-depth
investigation into Private
Chen’s death,” Grey said.
“It would be premature to
discuss anything that hap-
pened, [in order] to protect
the case.”
Local elected offi cials
and community organiza-
tions are now demanding a
timely and comprehensive
study of Chen’s death, which
they believe might correlate
with racial harassment the
private purportedly experi-
enced while overseas.
“We want to know the
truth of what happened to
Danny Chen. No lies, no
cover-ups, just the truth,”
said Elizabeth OuYang,
president of the New York
branch of the Organization
After a soldier’s death;
community wants full
A month in, O.W.S. protestors
and community trying to coexist
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Why they occupy
Wall Street “occupiers” come from varied back-
grounds and with many stories. Page 12
PG. 2
Pristine white walls splashed with
photographs of playful children now
make up the 4,500-square-foot remod-
eled space at the future site of the
proposed Islamic community center
known as Park51.
The art exhibit, entitled
“NYChildren,” features a series of
169 photographs of first-generation or
immigrant youths ages 12 and under
that now live in New York City. The
youngest child is a 34-day-old toddler
from Ethiopia, who is shown sleeping
peacefully on her parents’ bed in their
New York home.
The exhibit has been showcased
at a dozen other locations domesti-
cally and in Denmark, according to the
photographer, Danny Goldfield, who
has 24 children left to photograph to
complete his project. When finished,
there will be one child from every
country in the world. The inspira-
tion behind Goldfield’s project was
Rana Sodhi, brother of Balbir Sodhi,
a Sikh in Arizona who was shot and
killed in front of his family-owned gas
station four days after 9/11. Sodhi’s
death was one of the first post-9/11
hate-crime murders in the country,
Goldfield noted.
It was Sodhi brothers’ innovative
and good-hearted spirit that inspired
Goldfield to take on the daunting proj-
ect, the photographer said in a speech
he made at the exhibit’s opening at
45-51 Park Place on Wednesday, Sept.
26. Goldfield described Balbir as a gen-
erous individual who gave away candy
to customers and their families and,
hours before he was murdered, emp-
tied his pockets at a local fundraising
drive for 9/11 victims’ families.
Goldfield admired Balbir’s brother,
Rana, who despite his loss, had a desire
to open his heart to others.
“He had this simple prescription
of making the world better by meet-
Running in a hero’s footsteps
On Sunday, Sept. 25, over 30,000 runners took part in the annual Tunnel to Towers Race in honor of Stephen
Siller, the fallen firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in full-gear on 9/11 to get to the World
Trade Center site. Turn to page 16.
After a highly conten-
tious debate among com-
munity members, the City
Council unanimously voted
in favor of the Chinatown
Business Improvement
District at its meeting on
Wednesday, Sept. 21. Mayor
Michael Bloomberg’s signed
the legislation on Tuesday
More than three-quarters
of the B.I.D.’s first-year
budget, which totals $1.3
million, will be allocated
to supplemental sanitation
services, while the remain-
ing funds will finance holi-
day lighting, maintenance of
street lampposts and furni-
ture and other area services.
Assessment fees range from
$1 for condominium owners
to up to $5,000 for large
property owners, the major-
ity of whom will pay $700
annually. Approximately
three-quarters of the dis-
trict’s 2,300 property lots
will owe $1,000 or less per
With respect to trash, the
Council advised the future
B.I.D. to increase garbage
collection prior to 8 a.m.
based on concerns raised by
local business and property
owners. “The B.I.D. will
enhance and retain business
in Chinatown by supplying
very significant sanitation
services within the B.I.D.’s
boundary,” said Council
Speaker Christine Quinn at
a Sept. 21 press conference
announcing the City Council
Chinatown B.I.D.
opponents vow
to keep fighting
Photo exhibit at future site of Park51
showcases children of the world
Continued on page 15
Continued on page 12
Frightening prospects for Downtown Halloween
happenings. See page 23.
Continued from page 5
the Direct Democracy working group sought
to disband the Spokes Council altogether.
Members of this working group weren’t
immediately available to comment.
Hoffman attributed the conten-
tion that arose at Monday’s meeting to
“growing pains.” “Everyone is nervous
of [the Spokes Council.C. being] some-
thing resembling a power structure,” said
“It’s just a sorting-out of the egos.
Next time, it’ll be a lot easier.”
Depending on the model’s success,
the Spokes CCouncil might multiply into
several cCouncils.
“It’s a tool for developing conversa-
tion,” said Carty. “Any group that feels
like they’ve grown too big to have an eas-
ily-facilitated meeting can have a Spokes
Hoffman, however, cautioned that
multiple S.C.scouncils could create the
same inefficiency problems the G.A. has
been grappling with.
“It would create sectarianism and over-
lap — and that’s exactly what the Spokes
[Council] was created to prevent,” said
Meanwhile, Carty and fellow structure
and facilitation working group represen-
tatives are already planning the S.C.’s
Wed., Nov. 9next Spokes Council meeting
in hopes that it will run smoothly.
“We’re going to give five minutes for
each group,” said Carty. “If we can’t
come to a consensus at the end of five
minutes, we’ll drop them down to the
next round.”
At some point, Carty said, “We have to
draw a line as to when we’re going to just
start doing work.”
O.W.S.’s new rules
Continued from page 14
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mit the Frog and Bert and Ernie at an exhibit dedicated to creative
genius Jim Henson — creator of The Muppet Show, Fraggle
Rock and Sesame Street. Puppets, drawings, storyboards, props
and many other Henson artifacts are on display. Even more fan-
tastic is the program of events. At the Museum of the Moving
Image (36-01 35th Ave., Astoria). Until Jan. 16, 2012. Museum
hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10:30am-5pm. Fri., 10:30am-8pm. Sat./Sun.,
10:30am-7pm. Admission: $10 adults, $7.50 college students
and seniors, $5 children under 18 (free for members and children
under three). Free admission for all on Fri., 4-8pm. For info and
a full schedule of events, visit or call 718-777-
& SONGS This multi-week program of participatory music and
stories is for young children accompanied by an adult. By intro-
ducing musical performance and creative storytelling to children,
“Stories & Songs” develops active listening, socializing and cul-
tural literacy in a joyous, warm environment. Space is limited and
advanced registration is required. To pre-register, call 212-267-
9700 ext. 366 or visit BPCPC’s office at 75 Battery Place. Payment
can be made by check to BPCPC, or by Visa or Master Card. Bat-
tery Park City Parks Conservancy offers 20 percent discounts to
siblings enrolled in “Stories & Songs.” Mondays, through Dec. 12
or Wednesdays, through Dec. 7. Located at 6 River Terrace (South
end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial).
lights of the 2011-2012 family season includes family favorites
such as “Clifford, The Big Red Dog” (celebrating its 50th Anniver-
sary), “The Magic Schoolbus” (celebrating its 25th Anniversary)
and will continue its partnership with Theatreworks USA with
four productions (including “The Yellow Brick Road” on Sun.,
Nov. 20, at 3pm). Single tickets are $25 (10Club members enjoy
$14 tickets). A 10Club Membership enables you to purchase 10
admissions for $140 (parents save more than 40 percent off the
cost of each ticket). To purchase a 10Club membership, call 212-
220-1460 or visit Ticketing Services (Tues.-Sat., 12-6pm; located
in the lobby of the Borough of Manhattan Community College,
199 Chambers St.). Visit for single tickets.
STORE Every Saturday at 3pm, Scholastic’s in-store activities
are designed to get kids reading, thinking, talking, creating and
moving. At 557 Broadway (btw. Prince and Spring Sts.). Store
hours are Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm and Sun., 11am-6pm. For info,
call 212-343-6166 or visit
POETS HOUSE The Poets House Children’s Room gives chil-
dren and their parents a gateway to enter the world of rhyme
— through readings, group activities and interactive perfor-
mances. For children ages 1-3, the Children’s Room offers “Tiny
Poets Time” readings on Thursdays at 10am; for those ages 4-10,
“Weekly Poetry Readings” on Saturdays at 11am. Filled with
poetry books, old-fashioned typewriters and a card catalogue
packed with poetic objects to trigger inspiration, the Children’s
Room is open Thurs.-Sat., 11am-5pm. On Sat., Nov. 12, 11am,
Richard Lewis and the Touchstone Center Ensemble presents a
program based on Lewis’ new book, displaying various aspects of
a river, bringing it to life through dance and song. After the perfor-
mance, children make their own “river books.” Free admissions.
On Sat., Dec. 3, 11am, join Homer-in-residence Mike Romanos
for a retelling of this epic tale, complete with all the angry gods,
flailing monsters and cunning heroes of the original. Free admis-
sions. (at 10 River Terrace and Murray St.). Call 212-431-7920 or
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS Explore painting, col-
lage and sculpture through self-guided arts projects at this muse-
um dedicated to inspiring the artist within. Open art stations are
ongoing throughout the afternoon — giving children the opportu-
nity to experiment with materials such as paint, clay, fabric, paper
and found objects. Drop in with wee-ones (ages 10 months to 3½
years) for the museum’s “Wee-Arts” program every Mon. and Fri.,
9:15-10:30am; Wed., 4-5:15pm; Wed.-Thurs., 10-11am, through
Dec.23. Start the morning with Playdough, paints, glue and draw-
ing — in an intimate and stimulating environment where experi-
mentation, exploration and creative thinking are encouraged.
Each session ($22 per family of three) ends with music and story
time. Museum hours: Mon. and Wed., 12-5pm; Thurs. and Fri.,
12-6pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm. Admission: $10; Pay as you wish
on Thurs., 4-6pm. At 103 Charlston St. (btw. Hudson and Green-
wich Sts.). Call 212-274-0986 or visit For group tours,
call 212-274-0986, ext. 31.
NEW YORK CITY FIRE MUSEUM Kids will learn about fire
prevention and safety through group tours, led by former NYC
firefighters. The program — which lasts approximately 75 min-
utes — includes classroom training and a simulated event in a
mock apartment, where a firefighter shows how fires can start
in different rooms in the home. Finally, students are guided on a
tour of the museum’s first floor. Tours (for groups of 20 or more)
are offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30am, 11:30am and
12:30pm. Tickets are $3 for children and $5 per adult — but for
every 10 kids, admission is free for one adult. The museum offers
a $700 Junior Firefighter Birthday Party package, for children
3-6 years old. The birthday child and 15 of their guests will be
treated to story time, show and tell, a coloring activity, a scav-
enger hunt and the opportunity to speak to a real firefighter (the
museum provides a fire-themed birthday cake, juice boxes and
other favors and decorations). The NYC Fire Museum is located
at 278 Spring St. (btw. Varick and Hudson). For info and reserva-
tions, call 212-691-1303.
tive Day,” kids will use Crime Scene Investigation techniques,
observation experiments and fingerprinting to solve a mystery.
This event is great for families with children ages 5-14. Sat., Nov.
19, 11am-2pm. Admission is free. Ongoing, the Junior Officers
Discovery Zone is an exhibit designed for ages 3-10. It’s divided
into four areas (Police Academy, Park and Precinct, Emergency
Services Unit and a Multi-Purpose Area), each with interac-
tive and imaginary play experiences for children to understand
the role of police officers in our community — by, among other
things, driving and taking care of a police car. For older children,
there’s a crime scene observation activity that will challenge
them to remember relevant parts of city street scenes, a physi-
cal challenge similar to those at the Police Academy and a model
Emergency Services Unit 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 (btw. Front and South Sts.). For info,
call 212-480-3100 or visit Hours: Mon. through Sat.,
10am-5pm and Sun., 12-5pm. Admission: $8 ($5 for students,
seniors and children; free for children under 2).
DOWNTOWN EXPRESS? Send information to scott@chel- Please provide the date, time, location, price and
a description of the event. Information may also be mailed to 515
Canal Street, Unit 1C, New York City, NY 10013. Requests must
be received at least three weeks before the event. Questions?
Call 646-452-2497.
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Walk inside the giant body of a 60-foot-long, 11-foot-tall Mamenchisaurus at this exhibit about some of the biggest creatures to
ever roam the planet. Long-necked and long-tailed sauropods could grow to be 150 feet — but what made them so huge? “The Largest
Dinosaurs” explores this question with up-close views of how the extinct giants moved, ate and breathed — and offers insight into why
these functions are linked to the creatures’ size. At the end of the exhibit, learn how dinosaur fossils are discovered in an interactive
replication of a dig site. Through Jan. 2, 2012. At the American Museum of Natural History (79th St. and Central Park West). Museum
hours: 10am-5:45pm, daily. For museum and dino-exhibit admission: $25 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, $14.50 for children
ages 2-12. Call 212-769-5100 or visit
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Could there be a better time to revive
“Man and Boy,” Terence Rattigan’s obscure
amorality tale from 1963 about an inter-
national businessman in the final spasms
of brinksmanship as his empire collapses?
Probably not. Could there be a better actor
than Frank Langella to embody the ruthless-
ness, desperation and strategizing all with an
impeccable sang-froid? Decidedly not.
Under the precise and thoughtful direc-
tion of Maria Aitken, Rattigan’s play — a
combination of thriller, family drama and
social commentary — is vibrantly alive
and wonderfully understated. It is a well-
made play in a well-mounted production,
but beyond that, it’s also entertaining and
The play is set in 1934, and Langella
plays Gregor Antonescu, a wildly successful
businessman credited with saving Europe
after World War I. If his means are shady,
the ends have justified them –– at least until
the opening of the play, when it seems the
health of the global markets rides on his abil-
ity to forge an unlikely merger.
Gregor seeks refuge from the media and
arranges a meeting with the man he must
come to terms with, Mark Herries, at the
down-at-the-heels Greenwich Village base-
ment apartment of one Basil Anthony. This
seemingly incongruous meeting place makes
sense when we learn that Basil is actually
Vasily Antonescu, Gregor’s estranged son.
There is no happy reunion in this story,
Basil abhors the actions that allowed his
father to grow rich while others suffered,
and yet he allows him to meet there. Gregor
repays the filial favor by attempting —
there’s no delicate way to put this — to pimp
Basil out to Herries, a closeted homosexual,
as the strategy for closing the deal.
Conventional thinking would find this
shocking, but Gregor is anything but conven-
tional. In fact, he’s a sociopath (one who has
made people a great deal of money). No one
wants to look too closely at his actions, and
what might in other circumstances be seen as
depravity is here considered a quirk.
Gregor cares about nothing but winning,
and the people in his life find him at once
irresistible and repellant. They are unable
to disentangle themselves from him, but he
engages with them only when they are use-
ful to him. Rattigan’s investigation of the
bargains people make and the games they
play is fascinating.
Langella is at the height of his game in
this role. He is perfectly in control, and
every moment is rich in detail –– from the
way he holds his hand in his jacket pocket
to his gesture flicking a folder to the floor
to the subtlety of Gregor’s unfolding plan.
He’s so charming and persuasive it’s easy to
see how an entire continent could fall under
Gregor’s spell, blind to his pathological
The supporting cast is very good as well.
Zach Grenier is fascinating as Herries, a
man who has the upper hand until Gergor
finds his fatal flaw. Adam Driver is compel-
ling as Basil, maintaining a strong sense
of morality despite his seeming weakness.
Michael Siberry, as usual, turns in an accom-
plished performance as Sven, Gregor’s right
hand man, and Brian Hutchinson is appeal-
ing as Herrie’s accountant, David Beeston,
Gergor’s first victim as the game unfolds.
It’s tempting to see this play through the
lens of our own time, and it certainly reso-
nates. Still, it’s more chilling to realize that
while the trappings may change, the desire
to win — at the expense of others — is as old
as civilization. It is in our DNA, this drive
to survive. We may be shocked at Gregor’s
actions, but we can’t really be surprised.
And against all odds, part of us wants him
to win.
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Frank Langella, as Gregor Antonescu; Adam Driver, as Basil Anthony…or is he?
Written by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Maria Aitken
Presented by Roundabout Theatre Company
Through Nov. 27
At American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St.)
Tues.-Sat. at 8pm; Wed., Sat., Sun. at 2pm
For tickets ($67-$117), visit roundaboutthe- or call 212-719-1300
It’s tempting to see this
play through the lens
of our own time, and it
certainly resonates. Still,
it’s more chilling to realize
that while the trappings
may change, the desire
to win — at the expense
of others — is as old as
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Drama of an Orchard St. cantor’s son returns
Metropolitan’s ‘Jazz Singer’ first NYC production since 1925
On April 25, 1917, a college student
named Samson Raphaelson went to see a
show called “Robinson Crusoe” at a theater
in Champaign, Illinois.
Nineteen days earlier, the United States
had entered World War I — but what more
immediately stunned young Raphaelson (a Jew
from the Lower East Side of New York) was,
as he would later recall, the astonishingly pas-
sionate “velocity” and “fluidity” of an unknown
performer also from the Lower East Side of
New York. It was as if a cantor in a synagogue
had put on blackface to dig into the soul of a
congregation during the High Holy Days.
The unknown actor/singer was Asa Yoselson,
born in Russia on or about (by his own later
guesstimate), May 25, 1886 — brought at age
6, along with mama and the three other surviv-
ing kids, to that same Lower East Side (where
papa served as a cantor and occasional rabbi).
Asa Yoselson grew up to be Al Jolson. And
since the show that Raphaelson saw in
Champaign, Illinois, had been “Robinson
Crusoe” — and Jolson had appeared in it
in blackface — one hazards that the role was
that of “Friday,” the dark-skinned native who
becomes castaway Crusoe’s savior, protector
and manservant.
This is not irrelevant.
In 1922, five years after seeing “Robinson
Crusoe,” Sam Raphaelson wrote a short story
about an up-and-coming young Lower Eastsider
named Jakie Rabinowitz who as “Jack Robins”
is on his way toward stardom on the musical-
comedy stage — much to the fury of his father,
an aging and ailing Orchard Street cantor who
would have his son abandon such low class junk
and follow in papa’s footsteps. After the story
appeared in a national magazine, Raphaelson
was encouraged to turn it into a play called
“The Jazz Singer,” in which the climax has Jack/
Jakie torn between his make-or-break opening
night on Broadway and his father’s simultane-
ous deathbed.
It is this all but forgotten 1925 play that
became the 1927 Warner Bros. talking (and
singing) motion picture that — making a world-
wide star of Al Jolson — put to rest the
silent-film era. It is this same stage play that
is now back in being at the Lower East Side’s
Metropolitan Playhouse.
It is also this city’s first professional produc-
tion since the 1920s of Raphaelson’s original
The prime mover at Metropolitan Playhouse
is founder, lead producer, artistic director, “and
everything else” Alex Roe — a Harvard gradu-
ate who from time to time had seen fragments
of the Warner Bros. movie but had never heard
of Raphaelson’s play until a friend told him
about it last summer.
Laura Livingston, who had done some acting
as well as directing at Metropolitan Playhouse,
had never heard of this play either, much less
the short story that had preceded it.
It is not every script that has a Jew putting
on blackface to sing “Mammy” songs that
deeply stir an audience’s mixed emotions.
One imperiled minority doubling as
And not easy to cast.
Ms. Livingston: “I had some people say to
me: ‘I can’t audition for that. It’s too distaste-
ful.’ ”
Mr. Roe: “I had people saying the same thing
when I did ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ last year. So I
had a little trepidation this year.”
It might be noticed, says this noticer, that
some white actors have been putting on black-
face for upwards of five hundred years. To play
Neither Roe nor Laura Livingston are, if that
matters, Jewish.
There are three moments in the play when,
with the actors’ backs to the audience, we hear
the offstage voice of Jack Robin (Justin Flagg)
raised in wrenching song — the movie’s big pro-
duction numbers. (If we hadn’t seen Jolson and
Co. doing those numbers, Hollywood would
still be in the silent era.)
What’s in the short story but not in the
play is, in Ms. Livingston’s words, that “Jakie’s
father has thrown him out of the house when
Jakie reveals his engagement to a shiksa.” Jack
Robin’s relationship with his costar, Mary Dale
(Christine Claiborne Bullen) is a good bit more
tentative than that.
“The story, the play and the movie are
three different things,” says director Livingston,
whose “day job,” as she puts it, is improvisa-
tional theater.
A native of Oak Park, Illinois, she was waiting
tables at Second City, Chicago, when her admis-
sion to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School came
through and whisked her off to England, leaving
the unknown awestruck Second City improvisers
(Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, et al.)
gaping in astonishment.
“Went to England, studied at the Bristol Old
Vic, came back, turned on the television — and
there they all were.”
Nowadays, she lives on the Upper West
Side of Manhattan with her husband, Michael
Durkin, the actor who plays Jack Robin’s no-non-
sense Broadway producer in the Metropolitan’s
“The Jazz Singer.” Jakie Rabinowitz’s mama
and cantor papa are played by Nona Pipes and
Charles Gerber,
Al Jolson left us in 1950, but his excitement
carries on. One incidental:
When young Judy Garland wanted to break
away from Louis B. Mayer and strike out on her
own as a singer, she went to her beloved Oscar
Levant and asked him what should she sing.
The acerbic Oscar uttered two words: “Sing
Jolson.” And that’s just what she did.
Oh Judy. Oh Swanee. Oh Mammy. Oy, oy.
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Written by Samson Raphaelson
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Nov. 12-Dec. 11
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Just Do Art!
When dad dies, mom goes on a “grief pilgrimage” and
leaves Chinese adoptees Greta and Han in the quasi-capable
hands of their ex-rock star uncle and his considerably young-
er girlfriend…and that’s just the beginning of Carla Ching’s
new play. Shipped off to the wilds of New York, Greta and
Han do mom one better in the grief-stricken soul-searching
department — when Greta runs afoul of the law and Han
runs away to become a street musician. Live music, and a live
Twitter feed, put a very contemporary spin on the familiar
rites of passage that come from growing up fast and finding
yourself. Presented by the always ambitious, Ma-Yi Theater
Company — a Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning collec-
tive that consistently delivers challenging, entertaining new
works by Asian American playwrights.
Through Sun, Dec. 4; Tues.-Fri. at 7:30pm; Sat. at
2pm/7:30pm; Sun. at 3pm. At The Connelly Theater (220 E.
4th St., btw. Aves. A & B). For tickets ($25), call 212-352-
3101 or visit
Halloween has come and gone. But before you succumb
to visions of sugarplums and holiday merriment, spend a
little more time contemplating mortality — 19th century
style. “Chant Macabre: Songs of Death and Enchantment”
is the latest from the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society
(BSESS), a talented ensemble with a (vocal) flair for the dra-
matic. As the arts group-in-residence of the possibly/prob-
ably haunted Merchant’s House Museum, BSESS concerts
have been known to attract the attention of the museum’s
deceased Tredwell family members, servants and caretak-
ers. Why? The 19th century, BSESS tells us, “is replete with
gothic stories and melancholic poetry. This heritage, rich
with beautiful lamentations, gothic ghouls and otherworldly
tales touches the heart to its core with either compassion or
dread.” So come mourn your cares away, as the BSESS pour
their voices into harrowing musical tales and expressions
of sympathy for the dearly departed. Then, and only then,
should you begin penning that letter to Santa.
Fri., Nov. 18, 7pm. At the Merchant’s House Museum (29
E. 4th St., btw. Lafayette and Bowery). Admission: $25 gen-
eral, $15 for museum members. Proceeds benefit Merchant’s
House (a non-profit). For info, call 212-777-1089 or visit
Filmmaker and wrestler Charles Fairbanks will be there
in person — when Anthology Film Archives screens a few
of his popular short films. From his home base in Mexico,
Fairbanks wrestles (with a camera built into his mask) as
“El Gato Tuerto” (“The One-Eyed Cat”). Fairbanks promises
to show up with 2009’s “Pioneers,” a self-portrait that finds
the director returning to his roots in Lexington, Nebraska.
“The Men,” from 2010, is a three-minute video offering the
fighter’s perspective in submission wrestling (“an immersive
experience between intimacy and violence,” according to
its creator). “Wrestling with my Father,” also from 2010,
needs no further explanation — and the 2010 video “Irma”
reveals the strength, humor, feminine charms and masculine
strength of Irma Gonzalez — the former women’s profes-
sional wrestling world champion. Finally, 2010’s 23-minute
“Flexing Muscles” delivers some of Fairbanks’ cats-eye-view
footage from his own Luca Libre wrestling matches.
Thurs., Nov. 17, 7:30pm. At Anthology Film Archives (32
Second Ave., at Second St.). Tickets: $9 general; $8 Essential
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Photo by Web Begole
Ali Ahn (left) and Christopher Larkin. See “Sugar House.”
Photo courtesy of Charles Fairbanks
Irma Gonzalez displays strength, charm and muscles. See “Tender Muscles.”
Photo by Margaret Fox
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society. Left to
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‘Line’ occupies same philosophical space as O.W.S.
John Doe concerns are timeless, contemporary
Exploitation. Dissatisfaction. Revolution.
These underlying themes of the Occupy
Wall Street (O.W.S.) movement are also the
central concerns of “On the Line” — play-
wright Joe Roland’s intriguing tale of three
lifelong buddies who become embroiled in
a months-long strike against a company that
all but destroys their hometown.
We never find out the name the town (or
even the region) the story takes place in —
nor are we told the time period or which
industry the characters work in.
That “John Doe” gesture, says the play-
wright, is meant to cement the notion that
the discontent we’re seeing at Zuccotti
Park, and on the stage of the Canal Park
Playhouse, “can take place anywhere,”
explained Roland.
Despite this lack of critical information,
“On the Line” successfully exposes the grim
realities of men and women victimized by
large industries — and, specifically, by the
merciless corporate heads who hoard the
That phenomenon, of course, predates
the current protests at Zuccotti Park and
elsewhere. Roland, who wrote the play in
2003, deems the play’s correlations with
O.W.S. a “happy accident.”
“When I wrote the play, I was prob-
ably as pissed off as the people down at
O.W.S. are now about the pressure on
working people,” said Roland (referenc-
ing President Bush’s slashing of veterans’
benefits around that time). Diverging from
O.W.S., the play underscores the fragility
of communities that are wholly dependent
on the success of their signature indus-
“[The company in the play] really is
the beating heart of the town, financial-
ly and in many other ways,” said direc-
tor Michael Tisdale. In recent decades, he
noted, Americans have witnessed these types
of meltdowns in cities like Cleveland and
When the company’s owner, Dolan,
breaks the good faith negotiations with the
union that represents his workers, the work-
ers go on strike — presenting a fork in the
road for Jimmy, Mikey and Dev that ulti-
mately tests their longstanding friendship.
“These guys are trying to hold down
jobs and make a living wage to provide a
living for their families, and they’re being
threatened on some level by management,”
said Tisdale. “Once they can’t escape into
that ‘remember the good old days’ mode
anymore, because things are so different in
the present reality, it pulls their relationship
apart at the seams.”
The demands of adult and family life
particularly wear on the friendship between
Dev and Mickey, after Mickey accepts a job
in the company’s corporate division (which
Dev and others in the town consider to be
an unforgivable betrayal of trust).
Tisdale interweaves the disparate work
and bar scenes in seamless fashion. He and
Roland also succeed at compensating for the
theater’s diminutive stage space. Their use
of lockers, stools, video projection and a bar
table allows the audience to clearly visualize
the diverse settings.
While actor Matt Citron (“Jimmy”) is a
good storyteller, his colleague, Jacob Knoll,
does a phenomenal job playing Dev. Though
his emotions often get the best of him,
the character’s rebellious tendencies are
channeled into stalwart activism during the
A combination of history, life experience
and family inspired Roland’s play — which
references Reagan’s supplanting of air traf-
fic controllers in the early 1980s following
a union strike that was deemed illegal. A
decade later, Roland found himself amid an
employee’s strike while working for upscale
east side hotel (part of a citywide strike that
threatened the tourist industry).
Both the playwright’s grandfathers were
blue-collar men — one a teamster, and the
other, a security guard at the Brooklyn Navy
Tisdale, raised in Lorain, Ohio, is also
from a blue-collar family, and recently spent
three years interviewing working-class peo-
ple whose loved ones perished during com-
bat in Iraq.
“There must be something in my brain
that keeps putting me in contact with blue-
collar stories,” said Tisdale wryly.
Little did Tisdale know that he would
embark this summer on a show that touches
on such a seminal, class-related movement in
our nation’s history.
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Ongoing, upcoming, closing soon
Essential shows to see
This year’s presentation of Bread and
Puppet Theater is sponsored by the number
“40.” Appropriate, considering this is the
40th year that Peter Schumann’s nonprofit,
self-supporting, puppet-centric theatrical
company has made the pilgrimage from
their Vermont home base to the Lower
East Side’s Theater for the New City. Also
of interest to their sponsoring number: One
of their upcoming performances (“Attica”)
is a revival of a piece created 40 years ago
as a response to that infamous prison mas-
sacre (and first performed in Bread and
Puppet’s Coney Island theater). Over the
course of a little over two weeks, B&P will
present works for both adult and all-ages
audiences — including the family-friendly
“Man = Carrot Circus” and the just-for-
grownups “Man of Flesh and Cardboard”
(about PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier
incarcerated for supplying restricted mate-
rial to WikiLeaks). As for “Carrot Circus,”
it’s based on the revelation (or theory, or
tall tale) that an upright man rooted in
dirt was created in the image of the upright
carrot rooted in dirt.
Dec. 1-18. At Theater for the New City
(155 First Ave., at E. 10th St.). For tickets
(12; $6 for children 12 and under), call 212-
254-1109 or visit
(where you can also find a complete sched-
ule of performances). Also visit breadandp-
Thanks to an extension of its run
through November 20, the world-premiere
production of Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons”
(his seventh play at The Vineyard Theatre)
continues to surpass the box office record
it broke for the venue. That means you
still have a brief window of opportunity
to see the show and secure bragging rights
(“I remember when I saw….”) for years to
come. Mark Brokaw directs. Linda Lavin
and Dick Latessa star as parents who
finally bond with their children on the sad
occasion of dad’s impending death. As the
fractured family gathers to say goodbye,
they make one last (well, first) attempt
to forge a real human connection before
death removes that procrastinator’s task
from the table.
Through Nov. 20. Tues. at 7pm; Wed.-
Sat. at 8pm; Sat./Sun. at 3pm. At the
Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15th St., btw. Park
and Irving). For tickets ($70; premium seats,
$100), call 212-353-0303 vineyardtheatre.

Talk about your forced transitions.
Her only child just left for college. Her
divorce is looming. Suddenly, Kennedy
“Monette” faces an empty nest, an empty
bed and an uncertain future. Jasmine
Eileen Coles plays the title character,
and more than ten others — includ-
ing Monette’s smooth African-American
father, her folklore-obsessed Caribbean
mother and her high-strung best friend.
Together, the combined forces of these
eccentrics might give Monette the attitude
adjustment she needs in order to laugh in
the face of despair.
Through Nov. 27. Thurs.-Sat. at
8pm; Sat./Sun. at 3pm; Sun. at 7pm. At
Walkerspace (46 Walker St., btw. Church St.
and Broadway). For tickets ($30), call 212-
868-4444 or visit Also visit
The Irish Repertory Theatre’s 24th sea-
son continues, with this 20th Anniversary
production of Brian Friel’s “Dancing at
Lughnasa” (which opened on Broadway
in October 1991 and won the 1992 Tony
Award for Best Play). Set in a modest
cottage in Donegal as the autumn of
1936 approaches, the play finds five
unmarried sisters entwined with the fate
of eight-year-old love child, Michael, and
the Mundy brother priest, Uncle Jack
(recently returned from 25 years in a
leper colony in Uganda). Ancient tribal
customs and Christian beliefs clash, as
the sisters dance in a wild, final celebra-
tion of their way of life before it changes
Through Dec. 11. Wed-Sat., 8pm;
matinees on Wed., Sat., Sun. at 3pm.
At the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 W.
22nd St., btw. 6th & 7th Aves.). For
tickets ($65, $55), call the Irish Rep box
office at 212-727-2737 or visit irishrep.
Charades: No other game in history (with
the possible exception of Monopoly) has
inspired more frustration, power plays
and bitter grudges. But in the capable
hands of gifted actors, charades can be a
thing of beauty — and should it turn ugly,
at least the proceeds go to a good cause.
Labyrinth Theater Company’s annual
signature benefit event (“Celebrity
Charades 2011: Down and Derby”) has
four celebrity teams miming their way to
the Winner’s Circle in a speed charades
competition to support Labyrinth’s
2011/12 season. At press time, the ami-
able players (and, perhaps, future bitter
enemies) included Bob Balaban, Bobby
Cannavale, Philip Seymour Hoffman,
John Ortiz, Chris Rock, Cynthia Rowley
and Kristen Wiig.
Mon., Nov. 14, at the Highline Ballroom
(431 W. 16th St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.).
The VIP reception starts 6:30pm; event
begins at 8pm. For info on tickets and
tables, visit, call 212-513-
Photo by Greg Cook
Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Man = Carrot Circus” (from a performance in Glover, VT).
Photo by Carol Rosegg
Daddy’s dying: Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa as Ben and Rita Lyons, in “The Lyons.”
Photo courtesy of KMJ Productions
Jasmine Eileen Coles as Kennedy “Monette.”
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