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“The Fighter” — p. 19


General Theological
Seminary Holds
Open House to
Discuss Sale
BY WINNIE M C CROY with the Seminary only four
More than 50 com- months. “We turned first to
munity members gath- [other seminaries], but no
ered at Chelsea’s General one was willing to write a
Theological Seminary $41 million check. And our
(G.T.S.) on the evening of $1 million in philanthropic
December 7 to learn more giving was not enough.”
about the sale of several of Lowrey said the G.T.S.
the Seminary’s real estate signed contracts with the
holdings to the Brodsky Brodsky Organization on
Organization, a luxury November 29, subject to
housing development group. New York City approvals
While the G.T.S. bemoaned and that of the Landmarks
the $41 million in debt that Commission, New York
necessitated the sale and State Attorney General, the
Winners All: The Chelsea Greyhounds, at the AAU Cross Country National Championship. assured the community that Episcopal Diocese of Long
the impact on the neigh- Island and the bank that
borhood would be minimal, holds the Seminary’s loans.
Running with the Greyhounds: some attendees were con-
cerned about similar prom-
ises made in the past.
The Seminary said they
would retain a “buy-back
option” on all of the sales,

Chelsea’s Driven Track Team “The bottom line is the

Seminary is broke, broken
and bankrupt,” said G.T.S.
hoping to one day be able to
afford to buy back the prop-
erty for G.T.S. use.
BY BONNIE ROSENSTOCK have been considered a little chilly honors — mostly first, second and third Interim President Rev. Lang
Before the weather turned frigid, out there, but for Greyhounds coach place. At their first-ever nationals (the Lowrey — who has been Continued on page 3
if you happened by W. 27th/28th Ron Guialdo, “the different terrain of award-winning: Chelsea Greyhounds,
Streets and 9th/10th Avenues on any the street and the cold weather were at the AAU Cross Country National
given Monday, Wednesday and Friday perfect, and one go-round is about 663 Championship in Kissimmee, Florida,
around 3:45pm and didn’t blink, you meters,” he calculated. on December 4), half the team quali- EDITORIAL,
might have caught a glimpse of the In its one-and-a-half-year existence, fied, and all five (one girl was sick and LETTERS
Greyhounds. the Chelsea Greyhounds has become a couldn’t go) medaled. PAGE 8
No, not those sleek dogs or the bus formidable competitive team, winning “It was a challenge, but really fun
line, but the Chelsea Greyhounds — a a combined total of over 100 medals, and exciting, and we worked hard for
track team of 8-to-14-year olds who thanks to the hard work and dedication it,” said Grant Nickson, who ran the CHRISTMAS AT
were flying by as fast as their feet and of Guialdo and his fleet-footed charges. 3,000-meter event and finished 37 out BIRDLAND
determination would carry them along At every local meet they participated in PAGE 15
these two streets and avenues. It might last summer, the Greyhounds took top Continued on page 5

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Future Mapped out at G.T.S. Meeting

Continued from page 1

“We treasure our mission of preparing leaders for the

world, and we want to save Chelsea Square. But we need a
balanced budget,” said Lowrey. “We had to turn to a trusted
partner…and that person was Dan Brodsky.”
Lowrey was joined by a panel consisting of Bishop Peter
Lee, interim dean; Maureen Burnley, executive vice-president
for operations and development; and interim C.F.O. Sandra
Representatives of elected officials attended the meeting,
including those from the offices of State Senator Thomas
Duane, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and City
Council Speaker Christine Quinn. In a statement to Chelsea
Now, Duane expressed his disappointment at the sale.
“It is regrettable that the General Theological Seminary is
in such dire financial straits that it is now selling many of its
properties in the heart of the Chelsea Historic District,” said
Duane. “One would have hoped that after the Seminary sold
what is now the Chelsea Enclave and converted its Desmond
Tutu Center to a tourist hotel, it would have the resources to
both fulfill its mission and retain its remaining historic build-
ings. I am further dismayed that Seminary leadership neither
consulted with the community before announcing the prop- Photo by Winnie McCroy
erties’ sale as a fait accompli, nor did sufficient outreach for Foreground: G.T.S. Interim President Rev. Lang Lowrey. Background, l to r: Bishop Peter Lee, interim dean;
its December 7 public meeting regarding the sale.” Maureen Burnley, executive vice-president for operations and development; and interim C.F.O. Sandra Johnson.
“However, the Seminary is an important Chelsea institu-
tion,” he added. “I and many others who care deeply about planned renovations of the West Building would likely save allow the Seminary to reach a balanced budget by 2013, said
our community will do all we can to help the Seminary find the decrepit, aging structure from collapse. Lowrey.
The plan calls for students (80 of whom are currently Lowrey concluded his presentation with a list of pros
housed in other buildings) to be moved into other buildings and cons, citing among pros the balanced budget, increased
to be renovated, and administrative and faculty offices to be endowment, elimination of debt and ensuring of operating
“We can’t sacrifice our mission just moved from the West Building to the Seabury Building. The costs. Cons included no room for growth, disruptions over
funds will also allow the G.T.S. to build a new library. the next 18 months, selling real estate in a very low market
to become a successful financial In his presentation, Lowrey outlined the timeline for at a discounted package rate and the risks inherent in a plan
building. In the winter and spring of 2011, Dehon and with many moving parts.
institution,” said Lowrey. “Some Pintard Hall will undergo renovations, while building on the But Lowrey seemed pleased at the opportunity to get
library will begin. In the summer of 2011, Lorillard, White, G.T.S. on more firm footing, saying, “Churches don’t always
people thought we borrowed that and Edson Hall will be renovated, the library and offices run great businesses, but we do other things very well.”
will be relocated and a temporary entrance may be built in Some attendees expressed their concerns about how the
money from God…but in reality, we the basement of one of the buildings. Renovations will be G.T.S. has run the Bishop Desmond Tutu Center. Chelsea
completed in April 2011, and by November 2011, the West resident Sandy Rosin questioned whether the Center was for
borrowed it from a bank.” Building will be vacated. education, or was primarily a hotel, noting, “You have not
The G.T.S. hopes the move will eliminate debt with a been too forthcoming in the past, so when I hear you say you
single-stop solution, enhance campus security, reduce the are transparent now, I find it hard to believe.”
deferred maintenance fees to $15 million (they are currently Lowrey insisted that the G.T.S. marketed the Center
a path toward financial solvency so it may survive in our $100 million), reduce facility costs and upgrade IT. “Half to conferences or friends and family of the Episcopal
historic neighborhood for many years to come.” our problems are solved when we sell this property,” said Church. (Burnley recounted that the Center had hosted 30
Gottfried was decidedly more sanguine, saying, “The Lowrey. conferences this year to groups, including the Michael J.
community seems pretty comfortable with what G.T.S. feels The second half of the plan calls for the sale of a stake Fox Foundation, Columbia Business School, the American
they need to do. I think it’s important that what they’re doing in the Desmond Tutu Center to the Episcopal Church, with
will preserve the architectural integrity of the property, and $20 million to go to the endowment. Restructuring will also Continued on page 12
if this will help solidify G.T.S. financially without in any way
undermining the historic character of the area, that’s what’s
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PERRY N. HALKITIS, Ph.D. seroconversion if taken within 72 hours after
The New England Journal of Medicine an HIV exposure.
recently reported on the efficacy of an HIV For years, the HIV prevention field has
antiretroviral drug for use as a pre-exposure understood the potential for PREP to help
prophylaxis (PREP) — supporting what contain the HIV epidemic, particularly in
many of us in HIV prevention have long light of programs solely targeting behav-
believed provides the single best opportunity ior change that have simply fallen short.
to curtail the HIV epidemic in the absence of Ultimately, our success in eradicating HIV
an effective vaccine or cure. may be realized by coupling PREP with
Scientists, including Robert M. Grant, effective behavioral interventions. Over the
have demonstrated that the HIV antiretro- last decade, our collaborators at Harlem
viral drug Truvada (currently used to treat United and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (www.
HIV) can be used daily by HIV-positive have developed innovative pro-
gay men and may effectively reduce the grams geared toward helping individuals
potential for HIV infection between 44% reduce their behavioral risk. These pro-
and 95%. grams often focus on providing individuals
Grant and his team recruited 2499 HIV- with a combination of knowledge and skill
negative men and male-to-female trans- to make sexual decisions that reflect their
gender women who have sex with men desire to prevent infection or transmission.
from Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa, Fortunately, these agencies have had the
Thailand and the United States. Participants foresight to recognize that any approach to
were randomly selected to be in either the safer sex must move beyond overly simplis-
control group (those individuals receiving a tic models of “rational” decision-making.
sugar pill placebo) or the experimental group While PREP provides us an innovative
which received a daily dose of Truvada. The and powerful strategy for curtailing HIV
participants did not know whether they were in gay men, we believe that PREP will
receiving the placebo or Truvada. At 12 only be effective if coupled with behavioral
weeks, there was no difference between the approaches that pay attention to emotions
groups in terms of those that knew and did and desire and that speak to aging as well as
not know which group they were in. new generations of gay men.
Once enrolled, the participants would
return to the research sites every four weeks
with the pill bottles and report on their Photo courtesy of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (
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HIV testing was conducted, as well as evidence that using
confirmatory testing for those individuals
who tested HIV-positive. Grant notes that Truvada on a daily basis
of the 100 people who tested HIV-positive
during the study, 64% were in the pla- may help many individuals
cebo group and 36% were in the Truvada
group. These findings indicate a 44% reduc- at risk for an HIV infection
tion of HIV infection among the group
receiving Truvada. avoid seroconverting.
We now have scientific evidence that
using Truvada on a daily basis may help
many individuals at risk for an HIV infec-
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as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibi- Mental Hygiene — in a study named “Project
tors (NRTIs). While Gillead has not yet Desire” — allowed us to better understand
sought FDA approval to market Truvada as the prevention needs of a new generation
a pre-exposure prophylaxis, Grant’s study of gay men. In the study, we surveyed 580
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Go Greyhounds! there are high schools or university gyms to

Continued from page 1 practice in. The Armory on W. 168th Street
is a good venue, but it’s always booked and
of a field of 200 competitors. The 11-year- very far away for our children to practice after
old long distance runner has only been train- school. Pratt Institute in Brooklyn [where
ing for six months. “Running has become a the Women’s Colgate Games are held in mid-
big part of my life,” he said. December and January] said they were too
The Greyhounds began organically, said young. Ideally, we would love to practice at
Ann O’Dell of the serendipitous August the quarter-mile regulation-size track in the
2009 encounter that set things in motion. adult membership only facility at Chelsea
Guialdo was training his two sons, Zuma Piers, but they told us it isn’t kid friendly. Last
(now 10) and Raiden (now 9) and their winter, the fitness club members were up in
friend in cross county running in Chelsea arms when we were there,” she asserted.
Park — which snakes around 27th and “It doesn’t matter, responded Guialdo. “I
28th Streets and 9th to 10th Avenues. “My can train on the stairs or an indoor basket-
husband, who plays soccer in a league for Photo courtesy of the Chelsea Greyhounds
ball court.” And so for the time being, the
adults, was goofing around running sprints Greyhounds are training three days a week
Off to the races: Greyhounds in training.
with our daughter, Elena, now 11. When by running up and down the stairway in
Ron saw her, he said, ‘wow, she’s fast.’ We Bianca Nickson, Grant’s mother, added, Group, an architectural and design firm on O’Dell’s building — followed by 30 minutes
struck up a conversation. It turned out we “Ron works them very hard. He wants them W. 29th Street; Greenwich Village Plumbing of crunches, isometrics and stretching on the
live a block from each other, so the kids to build up their endurance, work for them- Supply of Chelsea on W. 28th Street; Ridge floor of her apartment. “The people on the
began going to the track together, running selves and be disciplined. It’s such a great Electric, which is not in Chelsea; and The Color 16th floor have twin babies and have com-
sprints and doing strength training and gift that he’s giving to those kids. It’s not of Magic, the Guialdos’ small event design plained. I really hope we are able to sustain
stretching. Little by little, the neighborhood just running. I can see that in how Grant business at 221 W. 28th Street btw. 7th and training here until April when they can go
kids on the field started asking, ‘what are approaches school, for example. Being 11 8th Avenues, donated from a dollar to $500, back outside,” O’Dell said.
you doing?’ and it evolved from there. The and just starting middle school, which is a for a total of almost $2,500. “Who could resist Chelsea Park, where they used to train, is
hard transition, he’s quite comfortable with the flyer with pictures of the kids — boys, girls, under construction. It is slated to reopen in
himself.” black, white, Asian, Hispanic, really representa- summer with a new three-or four-lane track,
Guialdo, 40, comes from a legendary tive of New York City,” said Kristine. which the Greyhounds are looking forward
One of Guialdo’s aims is Trinidadian track and field family. His moth- In addition to money hurdles is the lack to using. “We’re a big family, always together
er, Paulina Guialdo, was the 1959-60 West of adequate training facilities in Manhattan, helping and encouraging each other with
to obtain scholarships for Indian Women’s 80-meter hurdles cham- said O’Dell, who pointed out that the Chelsea form and little details how we can do better,”
pion. When the family moved to the Bronx Greyhounds are the only track team repre- said Grant. “This is the only sport I love.”
every child on the team, in the early 1970s (he was six), she taught sented in the borough. “There are several For more information:
her children how to run hurdles over chairs track clubs in the four other boroughs, and com/chelseagreyhounds/about-us-2.
“and we fully intend to and a broomstick in the basement and high
jumping skills on a pile of old mattresses
instill in them a life-long in the backyard. Guialdo, whose specialty
was hurdles, and his four siblings — ranked
love of running, plus teach in this country’s top ten highest-achieving
families in field and track — entered college
the power of achieving on scholarships.
One of Guialdo’s aims is to obtain schol-
one’s goals through hard arships for every child on the team, “and we
fully intend to instill in them a life-long love
work and dedication,” he of running, plus teach the power of achieving
one’s goals through hard work and dedica-
declared. tion,” he declared.
Even though track and field — the
Greyhounds train in long jumps, hurdles,
sprint and long distance — are seemingly low-
Greyhounds now have a core group of nine cost activities, “we are just hobbling along,”
youngsters, mostly 4th and 5th graders (ages said O’Dell. Monthly expenses for a dozen
nine and ten), with several more who might kids run around $3,200, which pays for meet
participate for various lengths of time. registration fees, local transportation, water
“I had no idea what I was getting into,” and snacks and coach and assistant coach
laughed Guialdo. “Nothing in my life has stipends. Yearly expenses amount to another
exploded as quickly as this — the response $350 per child (or $4,200) for Amateur
and dedication of the parents, children and Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Track &
myself. I couldn’t turn any child away who Field (USATF) dues, uniforms, spike shoes,
is willing to come and do the hard work. It’s website and incidentals. The organization
my pleasure to be a part of anyone’s perfec- is in the process of applying for 50lC3 non-
tion within themselves.” profit status and looking for sponsors. “Until
Guialdo’s wife Kristine remembered her we get stable sponsorship, which is tied to
response when he said he wanted to start a getting formal non-profit status, we’re asking
track team. “I said you already have a track $25 a month from the parents,” said O’Dell.
team — our four sons! [The other boys are For the Florida meet, Kristine spearheaded
two and three.] The last thing we needed an intensive fundraising drive for the airfare
was more kids,” she laughed. “They started and overnight hotel for the athletes, Guialdo,
on Sundays at 11 a.m., and before you knew assistant coach Jeff Barna, who is the physical
it, there were 15 kids. They worked hard, education director of Chelsea Prep Elementary
three to four days a week, no one crying, School, and a chaperone. Fifty-seven people,
complaining. It has completely changed their including local Chelsea businesses Mustang
lives. I’m really proud of all of them.” Sally’s on 7th Avenue and 28th Street; BB
6 December 15 - 28, 2010

Top Cops Collar Awards from Chamber of Commerce

BY ALBERT AMATEAU stopping him. They found the suspect in Nimo, who has 324 career arrests to
The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber possession of burglary tools and a laptop his credit, received his third Cop of the
of Commerce on December 8 honored eight computer. Jackson learned that Crumbs Year award for the Thirteeth Precinct. On
police officers in four precincts covering Bake Shop on University Place had been February 22 of this year, Nimo observed a
Greenwich Village, the East Village, Chelsea broken into earlier and a laptop was stolen. suspect stealing items from several stores
and the Flatiron District with its 2010 Cops The suspect, Charles Carrillo, was indicted, and fencing them to another merchant. He
of the Year Awards. and 26 burglary cases over nine precincts, arrested the thief and the fence. On April
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance including six in the Village, were closed. 15, he apprehended a man he recognized
Jr. presented the awards at the seventh Thompson and Sivori, assigned to a from a wanted poster in the precinct station
annual Safe City Safe Streets event, spon- Ninth Precinct plainclothes detail working and arrested him for robbery. On May 20, he
sored this year by Capital One Bank at the on a series of nighttime commercial bur- arrested a suspicious couple trying to make a
Manhattan Penthouse at 80 Fifth Ave. glaries in the East Village, spotted a suspect purchase with a stolen credit card.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick paid checking the doors of businesses that were On June 8, Nimo followed a suspect
tribute to the sacrifice that police officers Photos by Albert Amateau obviously closed. The officers came upon the who had run from him several days earlier
and their families make to protect the District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., above suspect without being noticed, stopped and and arrested the man entering a residential
public. right, presented G.V.C.C.C.’s Cop of questioned him and found he was carrying a building. Nimo recovered lock picks and a
The 2010 Cop of the Year in the Sixth the Year Award to the Tenth Precinct’s loaded .22 Smith & Wesson semiautomatic stolen laptop, camera and jewelry from the
Precinct, covering Greenwich Village, is Community Policing/Conditions Team, with one round in the chamber and eight suspect. On June 10, Nimo arrested a man
Officer Robert Jackson, who has served which is led by Sergeant Robert more in the magazine. The suspect was also who was concealing merchandise in a hand-
in the precinct for all of his 17 years as a Delaney, at the line’s right end, and carrying another loaded magazine, a silencer bag. Nimo found the suspect in possession of
policeman and is credited with more that includes Officers Kevin Darzinski, and eight daggers. After an interview with a laptop that he had stolen from a woman in
1,000 career arrests. Robert Turbiak and Michael Miller. the suspect, Thompson and Sivori obtained the Ninth Precinct several weeks earlier. On
In the Ninth Precinct, covering the East a search warrant for a storage facility he June 12, Nimo recognized a man sleeping on
Village, Cop of the Year went to Officers In the Thirteenth Precinct, which cov- rented and found a 9-millimeter Glock semi- a park bench as matching the description of
Edward Thompson and John Sivori, who ers the Flatiron District, Officer Leonardo automatic, two silencers, a Taser and more a suspect wanted for a residential burglary.
both have done tours of duty in Iraq as Nimo, a member of the Anticrime Unit ammunition. Nimo arrested the suspect, who confessed
Marines. who made over 100 arrests, is the 2010 The Tenth Precinct Community Policing/ to the burglary and was found in possession
In the Tenth Precinct, covering Chelsea, Cop of the Year. Conditions Team made more than 150 of a stolen laptop. On October 18, Nimo
members of the precinct’s Community Jackson was credited with helping solve arrests this year, plus 50 arrested individuals responded to a robbery a minute earlier in
Policing/Conditions Team shared the Cop a citywide series of commercial burglaries wanted on outstanding warrants. Delaney, which two suspects simulated a gun, stole
of the Year Award. Led by Sergeant Robert that began in December 2009, when he and sergeant of the team, has been a police offi- money from a victim and then fled. Nimo
Delaney, the team includes Officers Kevin Sergeant Broderick recognized a wanted cer for 21 years and sergeant of the precinct ran after them into a subway station, saw
Darzinski, Robert Turbiak and Michael burglary suspect on University Place on Conditions Team for eight years. The team’s them on the opposite platform, crossed the
Miller. The team concentrates on Tenth May 7. They followed the suspect for a other three members have been N.Y.P.D. tracks and arrested them, recovering the
Precinct quality of life issues. few blocks into an adjacent precinct before officers since 2005. stolen money.

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in a building in the Peter Cooper Village com- in the face and grabbed her phone, police stranger approached, bashed his face with
Cold case arrest plex nearby on Nov. 22. Earlier last month, the said. The victim chased the suspect down a bottle and fled. The victim said he was
Michael Mele, of Wallkill, N.Y., was charged same suspect robbed three victims in the Co-op 10th Ave. but lost sight of him when he unable to describe the assailant.
in Orange County with the Dec. 3, 2008 mur- City complex in the Bronx, according to a New turned east into 27th St., police said.
der of a woman with whom he last had been York Post item. A Brooklyn man got into an argument on
seen leaving Marquee, the club at 289 10th Eighth Ave. at W. 14th St. around 3:45am
Ave. Mele, who was on probation for a sex Bag snatcher Thurs., Nov. 25 with two suspects, who
offense at the time, is charged with murdering Seventh Ave. burglary Police arrested Shawn Williams, 26, punched him, knocked him to the sidewalk
Laura Garza at his Wallkill home. Although he A woman left her apartment on Seventh around 11:15pm Sat., Dec. 11 and charged and kicked him, police said. The two assail-
was a subject of police interest because he and Ave. between 14th and 15th Sts. at 8:45pm him with snatching a bag from a woman ants got into separate cars parked nearby
Garza were on a tape at Marquee, the case went Fri., Dec. 10 to get a snack and returned at who was walking on 10th Ave. and listen- and drove off.
cold because there was no trace of the victim 9:30pm to find that someone had entered her ing to her iPod. The victim screamed and
until her skeleton was found in Pennsylvania apartment by breaking a kitchen window and a passerby stopped the suspect in front of
in April of this year. Garza, 25, originally had stolen an Apple laptop computer, an MP3 the General Theological Seminary Desmond Bogus credit card
from Texas, was a dancer who had moved to player and two digital cameras, police said. Tutu Center at 180 10th Ave. Police arrest- The manager of Barneys New York, 234
Brooklyn shortly before her disappearance. A ed the suspect, Shawn Williams, 26, and W. 18th St., called 911 around 3pm Sun.,
Daily News item quotes investigators as saying charged him with larceny. Dec. 5 when he saw a man trying to pay for
Mele dumped Garza’s body and also disposed “Get out of my face” merchandise with a fraudulent credit card.
of a carpet from his home and a mat from his A man walked into Rainbow Station, the When police arrived, the manager pointed
car in order to destroy evidence of the killing. adult video store at 207 Eighth Ave., around Assaults out Damon Adams, 41, who was still at the
noon on Sat., Dec. 11 and after he had been Two men visiting from Newburg, N.Y. cashier’s desk trying to use the card and tried
looking at videos for some time an employee were walking on W. 19th St. between to flee when he saw police approaching.
Stuy Town mugger told to leave the store. “Get out of my face. My Seventh and Eighth Aves. around 3am Sat.,
John Martinez, 39, who was arrested last family is gonna come over here and kill you,” Dec. 4 when a stranger came up, punched
week in New Jersey for a New York parole vio- the man said. He then punched the employee them both in the face and fled, police said. Feels a tug
lation, was charged with a series of muggings in and hit him over the head with “a metal A woman leaving a club on Ninth Ave.
Stuyvesant Town over the past two months. On object,” police said. Robert Thompson, 30, was A cab driver dropped a man at the north- and 15th St. at 9:30pm Sun., Dec. 4 walked
Thurs., Dec. 2 he followed a woman victim into arrested and charged with felony assault. west corner of 10th Ave. and W. 28th St. east on 15th St. to Seventh Ave., where she
an elevator at 525 E. 14th St. and robbed her around 12:40am Sun., Dec. 5. The passenger, felt a tug on her backpack and turned to see
while threatening her with an ice pick, accord- Dennis Hallisey, 27, refused to pay the $25 fare a man hurrying away. She discovered later
ing to charges filed with Manhattan District Cell phone snatch and punched the driver in the face, police said. that her backpack was open and her wallet
Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. About 10 minutes A woman was talking on her cell phone with her passport, California driver’s license
later Martinez held up another woman at 17 in front of her residence at 508 W. 29th St. A Staten Island resident told police that and credit cards were gone.
Stuyvesant Oval, according to court papers. He around 9:47pm on Tues., Dec. 7 — when a he was in Amnesia, the club at 609 W. 29th
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Save C.A.S. programs Investigation is needed especially among teens and young adults. Research indicates
smoking kills more L.G.B.T. people each year than hate
The Children’s Aid Society’s recent announcement that crimes, suicide and AIDS combined, and more lesbians
it is considering selling its Sullivan St. buildings came as To The Editor: die of lung cancer than breast cancer. Fifty-nine percent
a tremendous shock to families for whom the society and Re “Correcting some misperceptions post-St. Vincent’s” of self-identified L.G.B.T. teenagers report using tobacco,
its programs are vitally important parts of their lives. The (Talking Point, by Christine Quinn, Jerrold Nadler, Tom compared to 35 percent of self-identified straight teens. And
society’s board of directors is expected to vote today on Duane and Richard Gottfried, Nov. 25): finally, recent studies in New York State found that 70 per-
whether to move forward with the plan to sell. I agree with all you say, Christine, but what’s needed is a cent of people living with H.I.V. are smokers.
The Children’s Aid Society has, in fact, been an inte- post-facto investigation on how St. Vincent’s Hospital came As more is learned about the dangerous effects of the toxins
gral part of Greenwich Village for more than 100 years. to be $1 billion in debt over such a long period of time. and carcinogens in secondhand smoke, New York should heed
Although the neighborhood’s demographics and income From all that I read, it had an antiquated billing system, the declaration of the surgeon general that there is no safe level
levels have changed over the years, the society and its and often did not even bother to bill. It was top-heavy in of exposure to secondhand smoke.
programs are no less treasured today than they were 50 or high-paid management and had become a revolving door The proposal to make New York City parks and beaches
100 years ago. for C.E.O.’s who left with overgenerous packages. smoke-free impacts us all and is an important public health
But the society says its work is more desperately needed A lot of money was just thrown away as St. Vincent’s measure that’s already been adopted in Chicago, Los Angeles
in other neighborhoods where children are at greater dis- cash flow was cut. It didn’t help, too, that the Catholic and dozens of other counties in New York State. Fresh air
advantage. The Village has become affluent and the soci- Diocese prohibited any birth-control counseling or abor- is a valuable commodity in a big city, and whether you’re
ety’s buildings are prime assets, they say, the sale of which tions. The people who could afford or desired those pro- enjoying Hudson River Park or Tompkins Square Park, you
could fetch an estimated $20 - $30 million to help more cedures simply went elsewhere. And there were the real should be able to do so without having to breathe in some-
needy kids elsewhere. estate developers perpetually circling like vultures over any one else’s smoke.
Yes, the Village has become more upscale. But not all vulnerable piece of real estate. I believe that St. Vincent’s
the 1,500 children C.A.S. serves annually at Sullivan St. property became more important financially than from a Adam Steiner
come from well-off homes: That the Philip Coltoff Center medical standpoint. Once again, the people were screwed
gives out an annual $300,000 in financial aid attests to by financial interests.
that. Lastly, our lovely mayor stood by and watched all this
Above all, these buildings and these programs are happen without raising a finger, as did the governor in E-mail letters, not longer than 250 words in length, to
greatly needed here. The C.A.S. early-childhood center Albany. Though, at that point, the financial condition was or fax to 212-229-2790 or mail to
and nursery school comprise the largest such facility in terminal like a metasticized cancer. So it goes. Keep up the Chelsea Now, Letters to the Editor, 145 Sixth Ave., ground
Downtown Manhattan. The Sullivan St. offerings also good work in any case, Christine. It is appreciated by all. floor, NY, NY 10013. Please include phone number for con-
include a vaunted after-school arts program and a perform- I was born in St. Vinny’s in 1938, and my father in firmation purposes. Chelsea Now reserves the right to edit
ing arts program, as well as camps and youth athletics. 1912, not to mention the list of other family members who letters for space, grammar, clarity and libel.
Local parents absolutely rely on the center’s program- crossed the hospital’s various entrances.
ming — and are especially grateful for the affordable pric-
es, which, in many cases, are thousands of dollars below Jerry Mazza
that of comparable programs. It’s no secret that there aren’t
enough pre-K seats in the Village’s public schools, so in
that regard, the Coltoff Center is also providing a critical
Basically, all that the center’s parents are asking is
Smoking’s L.G.B.T. impact
Find it in
that Children’s Aid Society give them a chance to work
out a way to keep these wonderful programs running.
Thankfully, the society’s board has agreed to allow the
To The Editor:
I am the coordinator of the SmokeFree Project Social
Action Group at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
the archives
programs to keep going until June 2012. Community Center in the West Village. The Social Action
Because these properties aren’t residential, and because Group is part of the L.G.B.T. SmokeFree Project, which
the Landmarks Preservation Commission, unfortunately, helps individuals who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes.
still hasn’t designated the entire proposed South Village Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in New
Historic District, the risk is that an extremely large, non- York City. Smoking is also a problem for my community —
contextual, high-rise tower could be developed on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) people.
C.A.S. property, four lots in total, north of Bleecker St. We have a particular problem throughout Manhattan,
This would be a terrible legacy for the society to leave the
community that has nurtured it for more than a century,
just as C.A.S. has, in turn, enriched our community and
our lives. IRA BLUTREICH
In short, there’s ample opportunity for profit — but if
expectations are lowered a bit, it could be a win-win for
both C.A.S. and the community. For example, it’s no secret
that Little Red Schoolhouse is interested in the society’s
Sullivan St. buildings. Another local school is also said to
be interested.
The Village’s diversity has been eroding for years, and
if C.A.S. and its programs are lost, it will only hasten the
homogenization. To parents, C.A.S. on Sullivan St. is “like
family.” It’s a unique place, and helps make the Village the
Village. The loss of its programs would be immeasurable.
C.A.S.’s mission is to help children and communities,
which it has done superbly here on Sullivan St. for so long.
If the society decides it must leave — then at least give
the families a chance to keep alive the programs that have
made such a difference in their lives.
Also, Landmarks should designate the rest of the South
Village Historic District now — as it said it would do last
year — so that mega-development doesn’t irreparably alter
and damage our historic, low-rise community. Once again, Bloomberg denies that he’s eyeing the presidency.
December 15 - 28, 2010 9

West Chelsea Rezoning: Five Years Later

BY BROCK EMMETSBERGER (FIRST VP OF SALES, now approved for residential use. This would bring about A possible byproduct of the 2005 rezoning and ensu-
MASSEY KNAKAL REALTY SERVICES) a host of novel developments, including the Metal Shutter ing redevelopment was the formation of the West Chelsea
It has been over five years since the City Council adopted Houses at 524 West 19th Street, the Annabelle Selldorf- Historical District. Portions of C-zoned and M-zoned blocks
the West Chelsea Special District — and it appears the designed 520 West 19th Street and Related Development’s from West 25th Street to West 28th Street were designated
results have turned out as planned. In addition to spurring Caledonia at 450 West 17th Street. Lining the west side for preservation on July 15, 2008, making façade altera-
mixed-use development, the implementation of the special of the district, Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue and tion and additions to properties located within the Historic
district has preserved the integrity of West Chelsea’s com- Manhattan’s first private en-suite sky garage at 200 Eleventh District subject to Landmark Preservation Commission’s
mercially zoned properties while fostering the growth of Avenue — both capitalizing on Hudson River views once review.
the area’s various galleries. As outlined in City Planning’s unavailable to West Chelsea residences. Prior to the fall of With phase two of the High Line (from West 20th to
“Zoning Handbook,” the rezoning was to: “…[provide] a Lehman Brother in September 2008, land values soared to West 30th Street) scheduled to open next year, the new
regulatory framework for the continued development of a over $500 per buildable square foot. Property sales volume section could be ushered in by some additional develop-
dynamic mixed residential and commercial area centered in 2009 slowed to a crawl, with 114 Tenth Avenue and 534 ments. Construction is moving along at 500 West 23rd
around the public open space to be created by the reuse of West 28th Street being the only fee-simple interests to trade Street — a mixed-use development of over 100,000 square
the High Line....” hands. Despite the subsequent struggles of the economy, new feet being built on a long-term ground lease purchased by
On December 20, 2004, the Special District received residential developments within the West Chelsea Special Equity Residential. Future development is also expected at
certification from the Department of City Planning. Without District have been resilient. 559 West 23rd Street, a vacant lot that can support 18,500
delay, developers and speculators began to negotiate and sign In 2010, condominium sellouts of developments located square feet of mixed-use development (which Massey Knakal
purchase agreements for property located within its bound- within the district remain strong, averaging over $1,700 sold to a local developer in September).
aries. Land sales volume in West Chelsea soon increased per square foot. Residential development continues to be As 2011 quickly approaches, it is evident that the West
substantially, with 15 properties selling in 2005 alone. The restricted in sections of West Chelsea’s mid-blocks that Chelsea Special District has transformed a landscape once
City Council’s adoption of the Special District finally came remain M1-5 zoned. This allows pockets of streets between filled with low-rise warehouse properties into a popular des-
on June 30, 2005 — and by the end of 2006, a total of 20 West 20th Street and West 27th Street to maintain their dis- tination for native New Yorkers and visitors alike. With the
transactions had already taken place in the Special District. tinct commercial character, while continuing to let many of success of the Meat Packing District to the south, coupled
Thirteen of these sales would lead to future condominium New York City’s most famous art galleries flourish. Gallery with the long-awaited development of Hudson Yards and
developments, all of which would bank on the High Line being owners such as Barbara Gladstone, David Zwirner and The the extension of the 7 train to the north, West Chelsea will
a success. Blocks between West 16th Street and West 20th Pace Gallery have all joined the property sales boom by pur- continue to blossom into one of Manhattan’s most intriguing
Street and corridors along Tenth and Eleventh Avenues were chasing land for their own use. and sought-after neighborhoods.

Photos by Milo Hess

“If These Walls Could Talk”

A new mural (above left, by Kenny Scharf) went up on the “graffiti wall” at East Houston St. and the Bowery last week. The man pictured is an assistant, not Scharf. The
juxtaposition of a heap of garbage and the Monopoly game’s Rich Uncle Pennybags character (right) at Cleveland Place in Nolita could certainly be viewed as an ironic com-
mentary on our current economy.

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Truvada: A Game Changer for HIV? who tell us they do not have a substance account for complex psychological pro- of more sophisticated, nuanced and inte-
Continued from page 4 use problem, yet also tell us that because cesses when developing HIV prevention grated HIV behavioral programming,
of their drug use they are on the verge of programs. PREP will be left to stand alone to com-
“not thinking.” losing their jobs and may soon find them- Current behavioral interventions have bat the HIV epidemic in gay men — a
Not surprisingly, we have found that selves evicted from their apartments. tended to focus on what are referred to situation which in the end is fraught with
individuals’ decisions regarding sexual as rational decision-making paradigms its own shortcomings.
behavior are incredibly complicated — (which posit that if an individual has the PREP is not 100% effective in prevent-
specifically, the ability to both know and necessary information and skills to avoid ing HIV infection — and, when consid-
not know something at the same time Not surprisingly, we have an HIV infection and have the desire to ering the challenges of HIV medication
and the innate ability of people to psy- remain negative, they will make sexual adherence, the efficacy of PREP is signifi-
chologically disassociate or disconnect found that individuals’ decisions that reflect their knowledge, cantly reduced. In Grant’s study, Truvada
from what they know, then later recon- skills and motivation). Yet these models did reduce the incidence of HIV. However,
nect. In our interviews, we almost always decisions regarding sexual fail to account for the role of emotions in many individuals taking PREP still con-
heard in the beginning of the interview decision-making. Even in our colloquial tracted HIV. PREP is not a vaccine or a
the sheer volume of what these men behavior are incredibly language, we frequently refer to emotions cure for HIV. It is, at best, another tool in
knew about HIV transmission. Later, as a barrier to effective decision-making, the arsenal to combat HIV.
when asked to describe a recent sexual complicated — specifically, “don’t make any rash decisions…don’t It is our hope that behavioral research-
experience, we would often hear these let your emotions get the best of you… ers will free themselves from the biases
men talk about having unprotected sex, the innate ability of make a clear non-emotional decision.” and antiquated models that have long
literally not thinking or talking about This split between thought and emotion directed HIV prevention and work with
protection — and then, almost instantly people to psychologically is completely artificial and scientifically those most affected by HIV and their
upon experiencing an orgasm, feeling untrue. People are literally hard wired to advocates like GMHC and Harlem United
incredibly guilty and scared that they disassociate or disconnect utilize emotions in virtually every com- to create behavioral interventions that
might have contracted HIV from this ponent of daily living. are meaningful and true to the lives of
sexual encounter. A close read of the from what they know, then Unfortunately, the most acclaimed gay men. And for some individuals, this
interviews has shown us how these men behavioral intervention programs (even may mean utilizing PREP as we work to
literally disassociate from their fear of later reconnect. those that the CDC deems effective; the contain a disease that has devastated our
HIV, engage in behaviors that begin to so-called DEBIs) neglect the complexity community for the last 30 years.
tap into their sexual desire and then of emotions and rely more on rational Robert W. Moeller, Ed.M. is a
reconnect with the fear. decision-making and knowledge build- Doctoral Candidate and Project Director
The fields of trauma research and These men both know, and don’t know, ing. This is why behavioral change has at CHIBPS — and Perry N. Halkitis,
substance abuse research are filled with of their problem with substances. Herein failed so miserably. What might work Ph.D., is Professor of Applied Psychology
examples of disassociations. In our own is the most troubling issues for HIV well in a research setting and research and Public Health, at the Steinhardt
work with methamphetamine-using gay prevention and one of the most interest- study does not necessarily translate to School of Culture, Education, and Human
and bisexual men, we meet individuals ing psychological phenomena: how to real life. Unfortunately, in the absence Development, New York University.

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General Weekends, 1:00pm–3:50pm
All to Candlelight Carol Service
Ice Skating Visit for an extended holiday schedule. Chelsea Community Church will host their 36th Annual Candlelight Carol Service —
featuring a reading of Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by actor Anthony
Newfield (a Chelsea resident since 1976). That’s particularly appropriate, since their
Skating New classes begin every week.
host space, St. Peter’s Church, stands on land that was part of Moore’s estate. The ser-
vice will also feature a choral program under the direction of Music Director Jeff Cubeta
(offering a broad range of music styles — from the French traditional carol “Bring a
New York’s coolest party place. Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s dynamic “Magnificat.” ‘
Parties Founded in 1975, Chelsea Community Church welcomes people of all faiths and
uncertain faith to its regular service held every Sunday at 11:45 AM at St. Peter’s
Church. For more information, call 212-886-5463 or visit www.chelseachurch.
Sky Rink at org. As for the Candlelight Service, it takes place Sunday, December 19, 6pm,
Pier 61 • 23rd St. & Hudson River Park 212.336.6100 • in historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (346 W. 20th St. btw. Eighth and Ninth
Aves.). There is no charge for the event (an offering will be accepted).
December 15 - 28, 2010 11

Community Contacts & Activities

THE 10TH PRECINCT was established to protect the residential Day Center is located at 527 W. 22nd St., 1st showings, discounted theater tickets, parties
Deputy Inspector Elisa Cokkinos / Located character of Chelsea and the quality of floor. Call 212-206-0574. and subsidized trips. The center is open to area
at 230 W. 20th St. / Call 212-741-8211. For life for all residents of the neighborhood. residents age 55 and older, although they wel-
Community Affairs, 212-741-8226. For Crime To help them preserve the integrity of THE CARTER BURDEN CENTER FOR come those who live anywhere in NYC.
Prevention, 212-741-8226. For Domestic Violence Chelsea’s Historic Districts and buildings THE AGING For the John Lovejoy Elliott Center (441 W.
matters, 212-741-8216. For the Youth Officer, and maintain as varied a mix as possible of This organization promotes the well- 26th St.), call 212-760-9800. For the Children’s
212-741-8211. For the Auxiliary Coordinator, economic, social and generational popula- being of individuals 60 and older through Center (459 W. 26th St.), call 212-760-9830.
212-741-8210. For the Detective Squad, 212- tions in our neighborhood, contact them at a direct social services and volunteer pro- For the Education Center (447 W. 25th St.),
741-8245. grams oriented to individual, family and call 212-760-9843. For the Fulton Center for
On the last Wed. of every month, at 7:00 pm, community needs. Their central office is Adult Services (119 9th Ave.), call 212-924-
the Community Council Meeting (open to the THE GREENWICH VILLAGE-CHELSEA located at Central Office 1484 First Ave. 6710. For the Beacon Office (333 W. 17th St.),
public) gives you the opportunity to express qual- CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (212-879-7400), and their Luncheon Club call 212-243-7574. For general inquiries, email
ity of life concerns. Call 212-741-8226 for info on For general info, call 212-337-5912 or & Senior Program is at 351 E. 74th St. (212- them at The 1:30pm
the location, which may change from month to visit 535-5235). Visit Monday afternoon Film Series offers a free
month. There is no Dec. meeting, and the regular The CDCA’s Gallery 307, which showcases screening, with lunch.
schedule resumes on Jan. 26, 2011. THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT the work of older artists, presents “Works
INITIATIVE on Walls II” — a group mixed media show PENN SOUTH
THE 13TH PRECINCT Visit or featuring the work of 20 artists. Through Visit The Penn
Deputy Inspector Ted Bernsted / Located call 212-633-0185. Dec. 30, at Gallery 307 (307 Seventh Ave.). South Program for Seniors provides recre-
at 230 E. 21st St. / Call 212-477-7411. For info, call 646-400-5254. ation, education and social services — and
For Community Affairs, 212-477-7427. THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL welcomes volunteers. For info, call 212-243-
For Crime Prevention, 212-477-7427. For & TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY GAY MEN’S HEALTH CRISIS (GMHC) 3670.
Domestic Violence matters, 212-477-3863. CENTER At 119 W. 24th St. btw. 7th and 8th
For the Youth Officer, 212-477-7411. For the At 208 W. 13th St. btw. 7th and 8th Aves. Visit Call 212-367- FULTON YOUTH OF THE FUTURE
Auxiliary Coordinator, 212-477-4380. For the Aves. Visit or call 212- 1000 or 1-800-243-7692. Email them at or
Detective Squad, 212-477-7444. 620-7310. contact Miguel Acevedo, 646-671-0310.
STREETS BLOCK ASSOCIATION Visit them at Founded in 1895 and touching the lives of Visit or call 212-757-
Contact them at 300westblockassoc@ Their mission is to help homeless LGBT more than 14,000 area residents annually, the 0981. youth be safe and become independent as Hudson Guild’s kitchen staff prepares breakfast
they move from adolescence to adulthood. and lunch each weekday—and offers friendly HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST
SAVE CHELSEA Main headquarters: 224 W. 35th St., Suite visiting, social services and a range of 40 activi- Visit or call
This community-based organization 1102. Call 212-222-3427. The Ali Forney ties. There is a computer lab, weekly movie 212-627-2020.


– Men who are from 18-45 years old and HIV-negative
can take action by volunteering for an HIV vaccine study.

– You can’t get HIV from the vaccine.

– Volunteers will receive risk reduction counseling

and will be reimbursed for their time and travel.


Columbia University Medical Center: Project ACHIEVE (Union Square):
212-305-2201 212-388-0008
(part of the national campaign
12 December 15 - 28, 2010

St. Peter’s Food Pantry Forced to Cut Back

As many of us enjoy holiday parties and festive feasts, On a recent Wednesday, as the pantry’s doorbell chimed over
those in need have one less weekly source of nourishment. and over, it was clear that services like the ones provided here
Starting this month, the food pantry at St. Peter’s Episcopal are much needed. Clients of all ages were welcomed into the
Church (346 W. 20th St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves.) is no longer warm rectory, to sign in with volunteers and receive a neatly tied
open on Thursdays. The food bank did not have enough food, “I Love NY” grocery bag — each one filled with nonperishable
or volunteers, to continue providing groceries for the needy on milk, store-brand cereal, canned food and dried carbohydrates
four afternoons a week. — and the supply of bags in the front room ran out within the
“It was better to cut back on the days than to turn people first hour. Mahn, who made his way to the pantry’s supply room
away on Saturdays,” explained Alice Blount-Fenney, the pan- to gather more, noticed that day’s traffic was particularly heavy.
try’s acting director. “Right now our rate on turning people So, even while St Peter’s is posting and distributing flyers about
away is zero, and we want to keep it that way.” the new opening times, the pantry’s managers hold out hope that
Although other neighborhood services for the hungry may something will change (whether it’s the economy or neighbor-
be better known (the much larger Holy Apostles soup kitchen, hood awareness of the need for help), and that the Thursday
for example), the St. Peter’s pantry is no slouch. It provides up food pantry will reopen someday soon.
to 1,500 parcels of groceries each month — with the bulk of But they’re not just hoping. Blount-Fenney said last week
visitors stopping by during the Saturday half-hour during which that Rev. Dennis had begun recruiting seminary students to
no referral is needed. The food comes from the Food Bank for help. “They’ll provide some coverage at the pantry on Fridays in
New York City (, charities, corporate Antony Mahn, a neighborhood resident who volunteers January,” she said, “until we get ourselves restructured.”
food drives and private donations. To package, haul, log and at the pantry. If that restructuring helps the St. Peter’s pantry get back to
distribute the bags, the pantry depends largely on locals. Neither its former capacity, or to continue on its current path, those
food, nor weekday volunteers, are easy to come by. end of the day,” he said. in need won’t be the only ones who benefit. Mahn, who
Things could be worse. The Reverend Canon Alan Dennis “We’ve not had to close entirely,” he added, “and that’s the has been volunteering since he was laid off earlier this year
— the church’s new parish priest — believes the decision to cut good news.” from a job in television news, says the pantry also provides
back to just Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays is a good one. There’s more evidence that the St. Peter’s pantry has been a service for those on the other side. “It gives me a reason to
With demand for food far exceeding the pantry’s staffing and lucky: City agencies provide a guide to food assistance for each get up in the morning and a place to go,” he said. “They’re
funding capabilities, fewer days may translate to greater benefits neighborhood, and this year’s Chelsea booklet contains 18 pages good people here.”
for those in need. “We can provide more and stock our pantry worth of resources. Antony Mahn, a neighborhood resident who For more information, visit or
better, so we think we’ll be able to offer a better service at the volunteers at the pantry, said that last year’s booklet identified call 212-929-2390.

Community Concerned over G.T.S. Sale to Brodsky

Continued from page 3

Cancer Society and the John F. Kennedy

Memorial Foundation.
“This is not true,” countered Steve Shore,
a founding member of Save the Gansevoort
Historic District. “That was in the original
deed, but the restrictions were eliminated
to make it okay to use it as a commercial
“We are marketing it to not-for-profit
organizations,” Lowrey insisted. “It was not
our intention to do anything other than cre-
ate a conference center.” Lowrey then sug-
gested members look up the Center online.
Several minutes later, a community member
said that an online search for the Tutu Center
revealed that the first entry that popped up
was under Lowrey main-
tained that G.T.S.’s marketing for the Center,
which was managed by another company,
did not emphasize the transient housing ele-
ment of the property.
Although much ado was made over
the transient housing aspect of the Center,
Fulton Houses President Miguel Acevedo
noted that when G.T.S. built it, they honored
a handshake agreement with him to employ
many residents of the low-income housing
at a pay scale that was well above market
rates, plus insurance. (Burnley added that,
although the hospitality industry is known
for high employee turnover, 75 percent of
these employees had continued to work at
the Center over the past three years.) Image courtesy of the General Theological Seminary

This drawing, shown at the Dec. 7 neighborhood meeting, represents GTS plans that are a work in progress (not to scale and
Continued on page 23 subject to change).
December 15 - 28, 2010 13


Area Booksellers on Novel Choices for Holiday Reading
Local Authors, NYC-Centric Tomes Worth Your Time
COMPILED BY SCOTT STIFFLER 192 BOOKS centric clientele is “Michael Cunningham’s the Kindle, this particular bookstore is
Whether it’s a time-killing mind-ex- Patrick Knifley, manager of 192 Books, new book “By Nightfall.” Knifley says it’s doing well — in no small part because
pander on that long plane, train or auto- points to two titles, which open windows the author’s best effort since winning the they were invited. The building they’re in
mobile ride en route to see loved ones of a different kind into the NYC art scene. Pulitzer Prize for “The Hours.” But unlike “has over one million square feet of office
— or an excuse to remove yourself from That subject matter, he says, is especially Martin’s character study of a fast-rising new- space above what we think of as Chelsea
unwanted conversation with distant rela- near and dear to the hearts of 192 Book’s bie, Knifley points out that Cunningham’s Market. The tenants above expressed a
tives you only see once a year — there’s regulars: “Steve Martin’s new book, ‘An novel “is about people who are already need, a desire for a bookstore.”
nothing quite like a book (the printed Object of Beauty,’ is a fascinating view of the established…It’s a little more about the Apart from its captive audience clien-
page kind) to make the holidays bright. art market and the contemporary art world. world.” tele, Posman offers two specialty items
Chelsea Now recently spoke with repre- It resonates with our customers because As for works that are far from local but that appeal to a nearby tourist destina-
sentatives from a few local bookstores we’re right in the middle of the Gallery still compelling, Knifley strongly recommends tion and the dearth of foodstuff stores in
to get their recommendations for worthy District, and a lot of our customers are inter- the work of another Pulitzer Prize-winner — the Market. Fader says, “We have a rela-
gifts and compelling works written by ested in that whole world.” Stacy Schiff. She snagged that honor for her tionship with the High Line, and carry
local authors or set in our area. Also of likely interest to the store’s art- book on Benjamin Franklin (“Franklin in ‘Designing the High Line.’ It’s a book
Paris”). Her non-fiction book on Cleopatra that Friends of the High Line publishes
(“Cleopatra: A Life”) is described by Knifley — fascinating in every sense. It has lots
as “an historical biography that reads like a of architectural drawings and rendering.
novel.” It’s great for anybody interested in the
If you don’t mind one more dose of whole process of reclaiming the High
contentious debate during the holiday sea- Line.”
son, Knifley says “The Slap” (by Christos Posman Books also has, says Fader,
Tsiolkas) is sure to inspire strong opinions. “one of the best cookbook selections in
“It’s a contemporary Australian novel which the city.” Anyone who’s ever drooled over
looks at this very small incident among this the high-quality sugar-centric creations
group of people in suburban Melbourne. at Chelsea Market’s Sarabeth’s Bakery
There’s a backyard barbeque. A child is mis- will be drawn into a hypnotic trance by
behaving and someone, who’s not the parent, “Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to
slaps the child. That one little incident tears Yours.” Fader praises the “beautifully
apart the fabric of the whole community.” photographed” confections, noting that
192 Books (192 Tenth Ave, btw. 21st it’s also well stocked with photos of bak-
and 22nd Sts.). Call 212-255-4022 or visit ing techniques as opposed to just showing the end product.

Posman Books at Chelsea Market is

POSMAN BOOKS located at 75 Ninth Ave. Call 212-627-
Robert Fader, the buyer for Posman 0304 or visit
Book’s Chelsea Market store, says that
despite options such as and Continued on page 14

Image courtesy of Friends of the High Line (

“Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street”

14 December 15 - 28, 2010

Pension Shortfall Give a Hoot…Read a Book!

is the preservation of children’s litera-

is Wall Street’s Doing Continued from page 13 ture and the art that goes into children’s
literature (the back of the store houses
antique books, posters, prints, graphics
BOOKS OF WONDER and original artwork from the 19th and
By Michael Mulgrew Peter Glassman, owner & founder of 20th centuries.
Books of Wonder, says they settled into As for current offerings, Glassman
their current 18th Street store after four enthusiastically recommends (for ages
New York’s professional hand- previous locations (in, among other plac- 3-7), “Children Make Terrible Pets” by
wringers are leading the public fight es, the space now occupied by legendary Peter Brown. He describes it as “A hilari-
against union pensions and benefits, Village lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson). ous book about a little girl bear who finds
calling them major causes of the city’s These days, Books of Wonders selection of a little boy and decides he’d make a great
children’s literature goes very well indeed pet.” There’s also “The Odious Ogre,”
fiscal distress. Tabloid editorialists with the building’s subtenant Cupcake by Jules Feiffer, illustrated by Norton
belabor worker pension “abuse” and Café (where the promise of a sugar rush Juster. “They’re the team who created
conservative think tanks beat the has, we suspect, lured and then hooked ‘The Phantom Toolbooth’ 49 years ago,”
drums for reducing worker benefits. more than one reluctant reader). notes Glassman, “and this is their first
“Our job is to promote a love of reading collaboration since then. It’s an original
The facts about the pension in young people, so they will grow up with fairy tale about a mean, rotten ogre who
system tell a different story. First, the tools to discover anything their hearts terrifies everyone and then runs into a
city pension benefits are generally desire,” says Glassman — who asserts maiden who’s polite and friendly. It totally
modest; second, the reason the city’s adds, “Our second goal is to develop the drives the ogre crazy that she isn’t afraid
contributions to pension funds have imagination.” As with any good literary of him.”
trilogy, there’s a third goal that brings a “My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love
risen has everything to do with the satisfying sense of closure to their mission
global economic crisis that cost state statement. That goal, Glassman notes, Continued on page 15
and city pension funds more than
$100 billion in lost value. they were permitted to sue the Wall
Let’s start with the myth Street firms whose trading mistakes
that city workers’ pensions are and criminal actions caused the
unsustainably generous. The average massive losses. The Legislature
pension for a member of the city’s should modify the Martin Act — the
Teachers Retirement Fund in 2009 law that allows the state to pursue
— and this includes the pensions wrongdoing on Wall Street–to let
of many principals and upper-level pension funds bring such suits.
administrators who started out as Taxpayers, particularly those in
teachers-- was $42,235 per year. higher brackets, should also be part of
Retirees from the city’s other large the solution. During America’s great
civilian union, District Council 37, expansion from 1950 to 1980, the
collect average pensions of only wealthiest 1% of Americans collected
$18,000 a year. about 10% of total income. As of now,
Like many employers, the city the nationwide percentage is 23.5% and
makes contributions to the pension in New York City, the top 1% of earners
funds of its employees, most of whom take in nearly half–an astounding
make required contributions from 46% — of all income. Yet a large piece
their salaries. (In addition, many — $4 billion annually — of the huge
employees also make voluntary deficit New York State is facing is due
contributions to 401K-style to the planned expiration of income tax
supplementary plans.) The amount surcharges on the highest earners.
the city contributes varies by year, but The attack on city employee
in the past has been as low as 4.3% pensions is just the opening salvo in a
of payroll for the teachers’ system. campaign to “balance” the budget by
Annual contributions have climbed to reducing the services important to the
30% to make up for investment losses, great majority of the people who live
but as the stock market recovers in and work in this city, from schools to
future years, that level will diminish. sanitation and health care. Working
In order to help the city meet its and middle class New Yorkers who
obligations, the United Federation of make this city their home can’t afford
Teachers stepped forward last year to let this attack succeed.
and negotiated a change in pensions
that the city said would save it $100 Michael Mulgrew is President of
million a year. the United Federation of Teachers. This
The city’s pension funds could article first appeared in Crain’s New Image courtesy of Rizzoli New York
recoup millions of dollars more if York Business. It’s not just for Chelsea Market anymore: “Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to
Yours” lets you make your own sweet stuff, Sarabeth style.
December 15 - 28, 2010 15

Local Booksellers Pick Top Tomes

the authors of “Nick and Nora’s Infinite
Continued from page 14 Playlist”). In this tale, says Glassman, “Dash
and Lily are both teenagers who hang out in
Story” is that increasingly rare bird — a the same bookstore. Lily hopes to meet the
children’s book written by a celebrity who right guy by creating a notebook where she
can actually write. With words by Jamie leaves clues and hints. The two of them start
Lee Curtis and illustrations by Laura going back and forth in the notebook, not
Cornell, Glassman says this story about a knowing who the other is.”
little boy talking about his mother and all Richard Peck’s “Three Quarters Dead”
the amazing things she does stands on its seems like a solid entry in the supernatural
own merits as literature. “Jamie Lee Curtis genre. The Newbery Medal winner’s latest
is a very good writer,” praises Glassman. work has a unique plot that speaks to the
“She’s someone who takes her writing seri- eternal quest for fitting in — and involves
ously and approaches it as a craft.” a girl who speaks to the dead. Glassman
For ages 8-12, “Archvillian” by Barry Lyga explains, “It’s about a young girl, a high
is especially strong. “It’s about Kyle, a sixth school sophomore, who feels friendless and
grader who is the smartest, most popular kid invisible — until the three most popular
in school,” says Glassman. Then, one day, “He girls in school choose to bring her into their
gets exposed to some space plasma and finds circle. The three girls get killed in a terrible
he has all kinds of special powers, including car accident. At first, she doesn’t know how
super genius. He’s determined to keep his to cope with this. Then she gets a text mes-
powers a secret, but the same night he got his sage from the leader of the girls, and it turns
powers, a strange boy appeared in the plasma. out they’re back — and they need Kerry to
He’s convinced the boy is a threat. Kyle is make it possible for them to return to the
determined to expose him and everything he world of the living.”
does goes wrong. So who is the archvillian?
That’s up to the reader to decide.” Books of Wonder is located at 18 West
Teenagers (12, 13 and up) will like “Dash 18th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.). Call Image courtesy of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins
& Lily’s Book of Dares” by New Yorkers 212-989-3270 or visit www.booksofwon- “My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story” stands tall in a crowded field of celeb-
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (they’re penned children’s books.

Just Do Art!
COMPILED BY SCOTT STIFFLER Waltz,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,”
Kay Thompson’s “The Holiday Season”
A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS and “Sleigh Ride” (among other favor-
Our one complaint about the raucous ites). With Paul Gill on bass and Tony
Monday night Birdland jazz club desti- Tedesco on drums. If you’ve not had your
nation event that is “Jim Caruso’s Cast stocking’s fill of Caruso, would it kill you
Party” — a little too much cast, and not to visit By the way,
enough Caruso. As emcee of the caba- the CD “Jim Caruso: Live and In Person”
ret-themed open mic happening, Caruso features Billy Stritch on piano and makes
shamelessly plugs the work of others while a nice alternative to that plate of cookies
mugging between acts — but this event at you think Santa is so fond of. As for “A
least features a mere three others on the Swinging Birdland Christmas,” it’s Dec.
bill. And as “others” go, Caruso’s trio of 20 through 25, 6pm at Birdland (315 W.
pals are no slouches (Hilary Kole, Billy 44th St.). Cover: $30, with $10 food/
Stritch and Aaron Weinstein). In the tra- drink minimum. Call 212-581-3080 or
dition of beloved seasonal specials, these visit
four jazzy showstoppers will perform Photo Credit: Bill Westmoreland
swinging arrangements of “Christmas Continued on page 16 Ready to deck you in the halls: See “A Swinging Birdland Christmas.”

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If there’s such a thing as a ‘humorous
metaphor for the East German Experience,”
it’s to be found at Film Forum. That’s where
“Rabbit à la Berlin” is currently screening
(one of two films on a bill exploring the post-
war German experience).
“Rabbit” is a 50-minute documentary
short which recalls a very different take on
the unexpected consequences of The Berlin
Wall. Built in 1961, the “wall” was actually
two walls with a “death zone” in between.
A handful of rabbits were trapped in this
geographical, and political, wilderness. For
the next three decades, they multiplied like,
well, rabbits. Told in the style of a nature
documentary, the film shows us life from a
rabbit’s point of view — which becomes an
amusing but potent metaphor for the lives of
postwar East Germans.
The companion film — “Loss” — is a
much more sober examination of German
angst. It uses Sigmund Freud’s definition
Photo courtesy of Icarus Films
of mourning (which says loss of fatherland
and freedom is just as traumatic as the loss A rabbit negotiates the Berlin Wall’s death zone. “Rabbit à la Berlin”
of a loved one) to explore how 20th century
German history (and the loss of Germany’s 727-8110 or visit and mood, for. The World Financial Center postclassical string quartet “Ethel” is joined
Jewish population) has influenced its citi- has all the Yuletide bases covered with a by vocal legend Ron Kunene and his South
zens’ speech and thought patterns. HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE WORLD variety of events. Dec. 15, 17 & 22 from African choral group (“Themba”). Celebrate
Through Dec. 21, at Film Forum (209 FINANCIAL CENTER 12:30pm to 1:30pm — and Dec. 18 & 19 Kwanzaa with a performance illustrating The
W. Houston St., west of Sixth Ave.). For You’ll never be bored this December — if from 12-2pm — The Big Apple Chorus per- Seven Principles — presented by Forces of
screening times, call the box office at 212- it’s holiday activities you’re in the market, forms a cappella versions of holiday tunes. Nature Dance Theatre. It takes place Wed.,
On Thurs., Dec. 16 at 12:30pm, the Niall Dec. 29, at 12:30pm. All events are free and
O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe performs “Celtic can be found at the World Financial Center

St. Peter’s Chelsea Christmas.” Holly and mistletoe get the thistle-
and-shamrock interpretation, when O’Leary
and his dancers blend Irish and American
Winter Garden (200 Vesey St.). For info, call
212-417-7000 or visit www.worldfinancial-

Episcopal Church influences to create a unique take on holiday

songs and tunes. Tues. Dec. 21 at 7pm, the Continued on page 18

346 West 20th Street

(between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Christmas at St. Peter’s

Timothy Brumfield, Director of music /organist
David Ossenfort, renowned tenor
Laurel Masse, Manhattan Transfer's founding member
The Uptown Brass

DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve

10:00 PM Christmas music
10:30 PM Blessing of the Christmas
Crèche and Festival Choral Eucharist

DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day

10:00 AM Sung Eucharist

Sunday after Christmas
10:00 AM Sung Eucharist
Deck the (high) halls: At World Financial Center Winter Garden, it’s lights on.
December 15 - 28, 2010 17

Revolution Books: Conscience and Commitment

Seeing Red, Yes — But Not Angry
BY STEPHEN WOLF Cities” — which denounced the destruction
Before New York City became (briefly) of neighborhoods replaced with the ugly,
the capital of these newly United States crime-infested projects that removed our
of America, patriots convicted of treason citizens — mostly African-American — from
to a mad and distant King George III the life and flow of the streets.
were brutally and publicly tortured — then Yet however significant and consequential
executed for beliefs and actions identical to the store’s primary purpose is, it also has
those of George Washington, Ben Franklin a sense of play and humor. There’s a table
Thomas Jefferson and many others who of souvenirs, gifts and amusements: finger-
resisted tyranny and created the foundation puppets of Einstein, Pavlov’s dog, and one of
of America. Dorothy Parker (who loved the Hotel Chelsea
This essential revolutionary spirit is as — where she “could lay her hat and a few
fragile as democracy — and easily lost. friends”). There’s a T-shirt like those worn to
But for years now, it has been nurtured in play baseball, only this team is the “Atheists.”
a Chelsea bookstore dedicated to nothing There’s also a wonderful shelf of donated first
less than revolution (for our nation and the editions, both cloth and paperbacks (some
world). signed by the authors themselves, and all for
The revolution desired is not a social one. sale). Carefully, I held the first edition Signet
There are no books in the store on how to paperback of J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher
plan armed revolt or make a Molotov cock- in the Rye” — the same type of copy of the
tail, nor is there even a sneer of anger at any banned book I hid in my room and which
single person, country or political persua- I slipped inside the larger biology book so
sion. Instead, this bookstore is committed to I could keep reading in class, where I was
a making of a more just world. busted for laughing aloud when I read how
Revolution Books has been a crucial part “Edgar Marshalla laid this terrific fart.”
of our city since 1979 — for a while on W. Revolution Books is a “key repository
16th, then W. 19th — and now for a year of radical and revolutionary thought,” said
and a half just east of 7th Avenue at 146 W. Andy Zee — a tall, trim, white-haired man
26th. It is, as its publicity card mission state- with a youthful face and lively, penetrating
ment expresses, “alive with a defiant spirit eyes behind eyeglasses and who, along with
that refuses to accept that the horrors of Travis Morales, manage this not-for-profit
today’s world have to be. People come into store and, like all the store’s helpers, take no
Revolution Books from all over the world money for their efforts and dedication. There
is nothing pretentious, preachy or pressured
about him or the bookstore despite how lofty
is the dream: “At the core of Revolution
Books,” he said with a passionate calm, “is a
We need to nurture this center for building revolution in this country
and emancipation the world over.”
spirit of fair play, righteous But Revolution Books is not a store that
looks at the world through a single window.
anger and peaceful dissent Everybody and everything any literature-
Photo courtesy of Revolution Books loving reader wants is there. The Greeks,
— and Revolution Books Revolution Books: Taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas.” Shakespeare, shelves of the best poets and
anthologies, English novels, the American
needs us. All bookstores, floors are polished and smooth, with thick were promised them in the 1868 Treaty of masters, African-American fiction, Native
wooden bookshelves stocked with trea- Laramie provided they surrender everything American, Jewish-American and shelf after
especially the best of them, sures (more about this later). There are a else. The white man soon broke this treaty, shelf of Latino literature, much of it in
few small, simple round tables with chairs, too, and in time the mountain was carved Spanish. There are plays, children’s classics,
struggle to survive at a where we can sit and read “or discuss,” reads into the likeness of four presidents: the great religious studies, textbooks for classes held in
the store’s publicity, “the burning issues of Sioux chief Crazy Horse once said that the the neighborhood, and you can buy them at
time where the number of our time,” all the while listening to gentle white man made us many promises but kept Revolution Books every day from noon to 6.
music in the background. only one: he promised to take all our lands, “At Revolution Books,” the store prom-
us who love reading and Deeper in the store is a small raised plat- and he did. ises, “you can meet the movement that is
form with a podium and microphone for the There is the illuminating “A People’s changing our world.”
owning and giving books is constant, remarkable variety of events that History of the United States” by scholar and We need to nurture this spirit of fair play,
regularly occur here. There are open-mic civil rights activist Howard Zinn — a bom- righteous anger and peaceful dissent — and
diminishing. poetry readings, documentary film show- bardier in World War II who returned home Revolution Books needs us. All bookstores,
ings, lectures and panel discussions — all of to New York after his discharge and placed especially the best of them, struggle to sur-
them relating to the bookstore’s humanitar- his medals in an envelope on which he vive at a time when the number of us who
ian stand on sexism, racism, injustices of wrote, “Never Again.” Although, as Churchill love reading and owning and giving books
to find the books and the deep engagement all sorts, homophobia, imperialism and the declared, “History is written by the victors,” is diminishing. “Eighty percent of American
with each other about the possibility of a abuses of capitalism. Zinn tells the story of this nation from the families don’t buy books,” Zee said with
radically different way the world could be. Here is just a quick salmagundi of all the point of view of those not in power. genuine concern, creases appearing between
This is a bookstore at the center of building treasures — and consequential matters — to Books on New York’s crucial events and his eyes, for he fears that too many of us
a movement for revolution.” be lifted from these shelves. influential ideas (my favorite section after have “lost the experience of reading.” So
The storefront is beautifully designed. There’s Jesse Larner’s “Mount Rushmore: poetry) has its own section as well. There this holiday season, give books or a gift card
There’s a large picture window, well-lit and An Icon Reconsidered” — which provides are books on the great waves of immigration from this marvelous store — to spread the
inviting, and the space resembles an old another, deeper view of this national shrine a century ago, the Harlem Renaissance, the love of books, to help the neighborhood’s
railroad apartment — long and narrow yet chiseled into the Black Hills, the mountains rise of hip-hop, and Jane Jacob’s important small business and to keep alive our coun-
stylishly, tastefully renovated. The wooden most sacred to the Plains Indians who “The Death and Life of Great American try’s founding spirit of revolution.
18 December 15 - 28, 2010

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Continued from page 16


It’s not exactly a state secret: Kids, ever
mindful that Santa is watching, are on their
best behavior throughout December — or at
least up to bedtime on the 24th. But a lesson
on the value of being true to your self, and
sticking to the facts, never hurts. You’ll get
that, and more, at Axis Theatre Company ‘s
annual presentation of “Seven in One Blow,
or The Brave Little Kid.” Adapted from the
classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm,
this interactive winter play for kids blends
technology, music and live performance to
tell the tale set just before the holidays on
a snowy winter day. That’s when a kid who
killed seven flies with a single swat lets oth-
ers believe he’s a tough guy who’s felled
seven people — which leads them to assume
he’s up to the challenge of more difficult
tasks. In the end, after a surprise twist, the
Kid discovers that a parent’s love and care
has no limits. Running time: 50 minutes.
Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Fridays at
7pm, Sat./Sun. at 2pm. Through Dec. 19. At
Axis Theatre (One Sheridan Square, just off
Seventh Ave.). For tickets ($12 for adults,
$6 for kids), call 212-352-3101 or www.


Is Peridance Capezio Center up to the
challenge of delivering an original take on
that much-produced seasonal favorite?
It’s a good sign that their “Nutcracker”
is choreographed by Igal Perry. Peridance
promises this is the start of a new annual Photo by Dixie Sheridan
tradition — so get in on the ground L to R: Laurie Kilmartin as A Pea, Brian Barnhart as the Scarlet Pimpernell and Jim Sterling as an Ogre (See “Seven in One Blow”)
floor this first time around and you’ll
have December bragging rights for years good sign that their “Nutcracker” is choreo- performances Dec. 23-26). For tickets, call
to come. Sat., Dec. 18, 8:30pm, and A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES graphed by Igal Perry. Peridance promises 212-352-3101 or visit All
Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm. At AT THE IRISH REP this is the start of a new annual tradition Tues. performances are Pay-What-You-Can,
Peridance Capezio Center (126 E. 13th The Irish Repertory Theatre contin- — so get in on the ground floor this first subject to availability at the door (1 ticket
St.). For tickets ($40 to $20) and info, call ues its 23rd season with Dylan Thomas’s time around and you’ll have December brag- per person).
212-505-0886. holiday classic. Adapted and directed by ging rights for years to come. Sat., Dec. 18,
Charlotte Moore, this re-invention of Dylan 8:30pm, and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2:30pm & A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS Thomas’s iconic tale features both Irish 7:30pm. At Peridance Capezio Center (126 AT THE IRISH REP
Steven Banks, head writer of SpongeBob Repertory favorites and Broadway veter- E. 13th St.). For tickets ($40 to $20) and The Irish Repertory Theatre continues
SquarePants, is the creator of this holi- ans, and both traditional and contemporary info, call 212-505-0886. its 23rd season with Dylan Thomas’s
day-themed tale — but leave the kids at Christmas music interwoven within the clas- holiday classic. Adapted and directed
home, because its self-proclaimed “offbeat” sic story of that famous snowy day. Kerry by Charlotte Moore, this re-invention of
(Dirty? Dark? Sexy?) nature makes this Conte and Ashley Robinson star along with LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS Dylan Thomas’s iconic tale features both
one suitable only for those ages 15 and Broadway favorites Victoria Mallory, Martin Steven Banks, head writer of SpongeBob Irish Repertory favorites and Broadway
over. Set on Christmas Eve, “Looking at Vidnovic and Simon Jones. Musical direction SquarePants, is the creator of this holi- veterans, and both traditional and con-
Christmas” finds an unemployed writer and is by John Bell. Through Jan. 2 at The Irish day-themed tale — but leave the kids at temporary Christmas music interwoven
a struggling actress meeting while looking Repertory Theatre (132 W. 22nd St. btw. home, because its self-proclaimed “offbeat” within the classic story of that famous
at the famous holiday windows along Fifth Sixth & Seventh Aves.)Wed.-Sat., at 8pm; (Dirty? Dark? Sexy?) nature makes this snowy day. Kerry Conte and Ashley
Avenue. What they don’t realize is that the 3pm matinees on Wed., Sat. & Sun. (excep- one suitable only for those ages 15 and Robinson star along with Broadway favor-
windows are looking back. This produc- tions: added 8pm performances on Tues., over. Set on Christmas Eve, “Looking at ites Victoria Mallory, Martin Vidnovic
tion features The Bats (The Flea’s resident Dec. 21 and 28; 3pm matinee on Fri., Dec. Christmas” finds an unemployed writer and and Simon Jones. Musical direction is
company of actors). Through Dec. 30 at 24; no 8pm on Christmas Eve; no December a struggling actress meeting while looking by John Bell. Through Jan. 2 at The Irish
The Flea Theater (41 White St. btw. Church 25; no 3pm on Sat., Jan. 1). For tickets ($55 at the famous holiday windows along Fifth Repertory Theatre (132 W. 22nd St.
& Broadway, three blocks south of Canal). and $65), call 212-727-2737 or online at Avenue. What they don’t realize is that the btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.)Wed.-Sat., at
Tues.–Sun. at 7pm, Sat/Sun at 3pm, Fri. windows are looking back. This produc- 8pm; 3pm matinees on Wed., Sat. & Sun.
at 10pm (added show Dec. 27, 7pm; No tion features The Bats (The Flea’s resident (exceptions: added 8pm performances on
performances Dec. 23-26). For tickets, call THE NUTCRACKER, AT PERIDANCE company of actors). Through Dec. 30 at Tues., Dec. 21 and 28; 3pm matinee on
212-352-3101 or visit All CAPEZIO CENTER The Flea Theater (41 White St. btw. Church Fri., Dec. 24; no 8pm on Christmas Eve;
Tues. performances are Pay-What-You-Can, Is Peridance Capezio Center up to the & Broadway, three blocks south of Canal). no December 25; no 3pm on Sat., Jan. 1).
subject to availability at the door (1 ticket challenge of delivering an original take on Tues.–Sun. at 7pm, Sat/Sun at 3pm, Fri. For tickets ($55 and $65), call 212-727-
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December 15 - 28, 2010 19

Hamer & Trainer Weigh in on “The Fighter”

Feel-Good Film Has Merit, but Can’t Go the Distance
It’s 1993 — and there’s nothing pretty, or
particularly hopeful, about the newly paved
downscale streets of Lowell, Massachusetts.
That’s where we first set eyes on mus-
cular, sweaty, soft-spoken Micky Ward — a
road crew worker pushing a broom while
big brother Dicky Eklund eggs him on with
a series of playful punches that come flying
from off-camera and skillfully whizz past
his ear.
Natural born spotlight hog Dicky (the
onetime “Pride of Lowell”) is showboating
for an HBO crew making what he thinks
is a comeback story — but is actually a
documentary on the downward spiral of a
former boxer whose only unbeatable oppo-
nent these days is a smoky homemade crack
pipe. Literally running on fumes, Dicky’s
life has become a sad cycle of ditching drug
houses by way of second-story windows,
arriving late for training sessions with his
little bro, and constantly invoking the “fact”
that although he lost to Sugar Ray Leonard,
he did manage to knock the guy off his feet
(though some say Leonard slipped).

Hamer, currently promoted Photo by Lucas Noonan

Please Hamer, hurt him: Tor’s long jab makes short order of his opponent.
by DiBella Entertainment,
fast left hook you’re powerless to avoid. ring what he learns in training.
says of the film: “Look, FILM But like any decent underdog tale, knowing
how it turns out doesn’t necessarily ruin the
Hamer, currently promoted by DiBella
Entertainment, says of the film, “Look,
without getting too experience. It just means that by the time the without getting too technical, because it
final bell rings, you feel like you’ve gone all is a movie and he is an actor, Wahlberg’s
technical, because it is a THE FIGHTER ten rounds only to lose on a split decision. not trying to be a fighter. To his credit, he’s
Rated R Before the ref stops this review for invok- portraying a guy who was not very skillful,
movie and he is an actor, Run time: 115 minutes ing another hackneyed boxing metaphor, more of a brawler. But his punches, they just
let’s just hand it over to the experts. At least were not believable.” That disclaimer aside,
Wahlberg’s not trying to Directed by David O. Russell they’ve earned the right. Hamer’s eye for truth and detail won’t let
Written by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and “I’m not tryin’ to cut the movie up or put him give the filmmakers a free pass — espe-
be a fighter. To his credit, Eric Johnson
a punch in the face to Mark Wahlberg — but cially when it comes to the scenes in the ring,
here’s a man who’s been around been train- which he says lack the intensity and preci-
he’s portraying a guy Visit, and ing with Freddie Roach, been in his gym…I sion of films like “Raging Bull” and “Million would think he’d be a little more astute in Dollar Baby.”
who was not very skillful; his boxing, especially since he’s been training “Two hours and there’s not one jab,” says
for years just for this role…his balance was Hamer, shocked at the lack of that essential
more of a brawler. But his who’s forever disengaging from conflict with terrible. But he did get the patented hook to boxing maneuver meant to distract. “If you
doe-eyed sideways glances that bloom into the body correct, because that’s what Micky can make kung fu movies that have guys
punches, they just were not distant stares. Far more fun to watch is Ward was known for throwing.” flying, dancing off of trees, breaking down
Dicky Eklund — fully inhabited by the That’s the assessment of Wahlberg as walls, you mean to tell me you can’t put four
believable.” raspy-voiced, raccoon-eyed, Oscar-baiting Ward, as observed by Shawn Raysor — a punches together that look interesting, with
Christian Bale. Melissa Leo as the boozy, former sports writer and current trainer decent camera work? It’s ridiculous. That’s
opportunistic matriarch and Amy Adams as to Tor Hamer (whom Raysor describes as something that really bothered me. But the
Ward’s formidable girlfriend Charlene give “America’s hopeful for a heavyweight world acting was good. Christian Bale killed it.”
Sober in every sense of the word, Micky more than just able support to this tale of title”). That rosy prediction is no mere One aspect of the film’s narrative that
is a heavy puncher who’s got the goods to sibling rivalry. Their scenes of verbal spar- boast. New York City native Raysor’s got kills every bit as much as Bale’s much-hyped
be champ. He just might get there, too — if ring are more brutal and compelling than an impressive track record as both a partici- performance, is the contentious relationship
he doesn’t fold under the pressure of emerg- the largely bloodless fight scenes (which pant and an observer. His amateur record is Ward has with his family — everybody, it
ing from Dicky’s shadow, pleasing a distant lack punch because they depict Ward’s style 53-7 — and as a primary trainer, he guided seems, has their own take on the best advice
mother/manager, doing right by his daughter of taking a beating until his opponent is featherweight Angel “Gee-Roc” Torres to a for his personal life and career. Micky’s
after a messy divorce and keeping seven gos- exhausted). 14-2 record with 10 straight wins. Later, he often a befuddled victim of these competing
sipy but proactive sisters from wailing on his With all this backstage drama going on, was with Super Middleweight Scott “The agendas, but does manage to draw the line
new love interest. how does a man who’s the meal ticket for so Sandman” Pemberton when he won the eventually when he realizes that too many
As broadly drawn characters go, these many others do what it takes to win — and North American Boxing Federation Fighter hangers-on will drag him down and cause
half-brothers and their holy mess of an can he, once he finally decides he wants it as of the Year title. Raysor says he’s working him to lose that shot at the big time (though,
extended family sure know how to come badly as those in his crowded corner? with Hamer because of the hungry fighter’s ironically, it’s self-serving big bro Dicky
out swinging. Mark Wahlberg underplays From the first frame of “The Fighter,” you star-making charisma, exceptional work
Ward as an eager-to-please middleman see the answer coming at you like a lighting- ethic and ability to swiftly execute in the Continued on page 21
20 December 15 - 28, 2010

Offbeat and Jolly

Holiday Shows for that Queer Yuletide Yen
BY WINNIE M C CROY by her godfather, Heir Drosselmeyer, Marie-
In the upcoming month, for every precious Claire is transported into the Kingdom of the
staging of “The Nutcracker” and each perfect Sweets, a sensual world where scantily clad
kick of a Rockette’s heel, there is an offbeat, confections show her the ropes in pursuit of
wacky holiday show made with the cheeky, winning her Nutcracker Prince’s love. The
campy feel the gay community has come to love show is at once sumptuously classical and
–– probably because it largely created it. decadently dangerous, complete with gender-
From the tradition of downtown emcee bending, erotic choreography, and barely-
Murray Hill’s “A Murray Little Christmas” to there costumes.”
a naked “Nutcracker” benefit for homeless Called “inventive and brainy, a high-en-
LGBT youth services, New York performers tertainment mix of music-hall, cabaret, the-
come together this holiday season to stuff our ater, and dance” by the New York Times,
stockings and jingle our bells in a way only McCormick’s work garners widespread criti-
they can do. cal acclaim.
Fans of the bizarre and burlesque shouldn’t From their home in a converted tow truck
miss the annual holiday extravaganza that is “A warehouse at 303 Bond Street in Boerum
Murray Little Christmas.” Downtown nightlife Hill, the Company XIV ensemble of Marisol
impresario Hill brings the charm of the Borsch COREY TATARCZUK Cabrera, Laura Careless, Sean Gannon, Yeva
Belt to Le Poisson Rouge on December 18 for Laura Careless in Company XIV’s world premiere of “Nutcracker Rouge” in Boerum Glover, Michael Hodge, Mina Lawton, David
his annual Yuletide celebration. Hill, Brooklyn. Martinez, Delphina Parenti, Marla Phelan,
This year’s event features all of the nuts, and Jeff Takacs will bring “The Nutcracker”
fruitcakes, showgirls, and hi-balls for which my showbiz pals are going to do everything they enjoy improve. to life in a way that Balanchine could never
Gotham is renowned, including performances we can to get folks into the holiday spirit. As is his tradition, Hill will sing his ren- have imagined. The extravaganza includes an
by Dirty Martini, Bridget Everett, Moisty the Rudolph is also making a surprise appearance dition of “Have Yourself a Murray Little eclectic blend of music, from Tchaikovsky to
Snowman (Bradford Scobie), Sebastian the to teach the kids an important lesson about Christmas,” as well as debuting an original Vivaldi to Duke Ellington, and text inspired
Elf (Carmine Covelli), the Brian Newman being different!” song –– this year, “Love You, Kids,” accom- by Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation of E.T.A.
Trio, the Lesbian Overtones, and many more. The famed reindeer’s performance is made panied by pianist Paul Leschen. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker” as well as
“I’m very excited to bring the show to the in tandem with Hill’s creation of an “It Gets And of course, Santa Claus will make an Charles Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood.”
main room at Le Poisson Rouge,” said Hill. Better” video, to communicate to LGBT appearance. Company XIV will donate 50 percent
“Booze will be flowing all night! I’m debuting youth thinking of taking their own lives that “A Murray Little Christmas” is present- of all profits to the Ali Forney Center (ali-
a brand new opening number, ‘Back Door it’s worth hanging in there for the opportuni- ed on December 18 at 7 and 9:15pm at, which provides safe and
Santa,’ with the Brian Newman Trio. Me and ties to see their prospects and the support Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street at decent housing as well as social services to
Thompson Street. Tickets are $25 at mister- homeless LGBT youth across New York. “Nutcracker Rouge” runs December
Brooklyn gets bare this winter when 17-19, and 31; and January 1-2 and 7-9 at
the neo-Baroque dance-theater group 303 Bond Street, between Union and Sackett
Company XIV presents the world premiere Streets. Tickets are $25-$40 at CompanyXIV.
of “Nutcracker Rouge,” an erotic, sensuous com or 800-838-3006. No one under 16 years
re-imagining of the beloved “Nutcracker” old will be admitted.
tale. Choreographed and conceived by artis- Finally, for musical thrills without the frills,
tic director Austin McCormick, with a script join in a community concert at Phil Kline’s
adapted and written by Jeff Takacs, the show “Unsilent Night.” At 7pm on December 18,
contains partial nudity and fully opulent beginning in Washington Square Park, a pro-
flair. cession of boom box-wielding participants will
“I conceptualized the show with a respect- wend their way through Greenwich Village to
ful nod to the ‘Nutcracker’ ballet while infusing Tompkins Square Park, playing cassettes and
it with a style I am calling Baroque Burlesque, CDs of holiday songs provided by Kline. Think
a synthesis of iconic striptease and the 17th of it as caroling for the modern set. For infor-
century noble style,” said McCormick. “Led mation, visit


The inimitable Murray Hill returns with his annual Christimas show on December 18.
December 15 - 28, 2010 21

Boxing Biopic Delivers Feel-Good Vibe

Continued from page 19
Sure, winning is good
whose advice from behind prison walls
secures a crucial victory for Ward). for business. But is “The
Hamer says the film nails this aspect
by venturing into rarely-seen territory. Fighter” good for boxing?
“I think they captured the relationships
of Micky Ward’s life, which usually isn’t Both men note that while
done in film. Most boxers have these tug
and pull relationships — how to balance they’ve got their share of
your work and social life.” Like the first
“Rocky” film, Ward is a prisoner of his technical quibbles, those
environment. “He had to live in Lowell.
That’s where his kid and his family were. who aren’t hardcore box-
His crazy ex-wife, he had to deal with her
because there was no other option. And ing enthusiasts won’t be
that created a certain kind of individual.”
But if a boxer is tethered to the per- disappointed.
sonal and familiar obligations of those
in his corner, he’s also afforded a type of
freedom that’s rare in the world of profes-
sional sports. “There’s a distinct contrast
between team athletes and fighters,” says hardcore boxing enthusiasts won’t be dis-
Hamer. “We’re allowed to be individuals. appointed.
We’re encouraged to have eccentricities, Raysor says that while it glossed over or
to be colorful and speak out in interviews completely ignored some crucial details of
— because we don’t have a franchise. the Micky Ward story (such as his dynamic Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Whatever we do is good for business as fights with Arturo Gatti), the film delivers Mark Wahlberg (left) as “Irish” Micky Ward and Christian Bale (right) as Dicky
long as we’re winning fights.” everything we’ve come to expect in terms Eklund.
Sure, winning is good for business. But of the biopic’s dramatic arc. “It did the
is “The Fighter” good for boxing? Both job. It portrayed a guy who was behind, goal.” For Hamer, “It’s an uplifting, under- happy. You’re going to want to go, you
men note that while they’ve got their share then turned it around in the later rounds, dog story…a feel-good holiday movie. know, hit somebody.” Only in the ring, of
of technical quibbles, those who aren’t then got a dramatic victory. It satisfied that You’re going to walk out of that film course, and only in three-minute intervals.

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Seminary, Community Share Plans & Concerns

that these tenants would be among those people who are going out to do this
Continued from page 12 relocating to the new buildings. work.”
“We’re not a fort,” said Lowrey. “We can’t sacrifice our mission just
“The meeting was supposed to give the “In the list of cons you “We’re open to the world. That’s our to become a successful financial institu-
community the opportunity to see what mission. That said, the West Building tion,” said Lowrey. “Some people thought
was going to happen, but to continue to noticed the disruption will not open onto the Close. And this we borrowed that money from God…but
hear people coming back again and again time, we want a little more teeth in the in reality, we borrowed it from a bank.”
to the Tutu Center was disappointing,” to the Seminary and agreement.” Bishop Lee added that during a recent
said Acevedo. “They legally have the per- According to G.T.S. representative faculty meeting, they had reviewed the
mits to rent rooms out as a hotel, so they neighborhood over the Bruce Parker, the new Sacred Space agree- Seminary’s mission and had begun to
are not doing anything illegal. Mistakes ment could contain specific penalties for look at which vacancies to fill first.
were made in the past, but for people to next 18 months. We violations, including fines, and/or suspen- Further details were discussed at a fac-
continue to return to that is just going to sion of privileges for repeat offenses. ulty meeting last Friday.
take us backwards.” would like you to give Several current tenants of 422 West In closing the evening, Lowrey noted
“It is important to acknowledge that 20th Street — who have been operating that he had extended a lunch invitation
this deep distrust continues to linger,” your word that you will on month-to-month leases — expressed to leaders of neighborhood group Save
said attendee Corey Johnson, Community concerns about being evicted. Lowrey Chelsea, who were among those in the
Board 4’s 1st vice-chair and co-chair of facilitate that Brodsky said that this would be the case, noting audience.
its quality of life committee. “In the list that, “We are exiting being a landlord. Several days after the open house,
of cons you noticed the disruption to the does construction in the Brodsky will deal with that.” the organization’s co-leader Justin Hoy
seminary and neighborhood over the next Bob Trentlyon, past president of Save said, “Save Chelsea has been concerned
18 months. We would like you to give least disruptive way.” Chelsea and current president of the about the health of the Seminary, an
your word that you will facilitate that Chelsea Waterside Park Association, important Chelsea institution, for sever-
Brodsky does construction in the least — Corey Johnson, CB4 questioned how the renovations would al years. So we were favorably impressed
disruptive way.” affect the faculty and curriculum of with the presentation by Lang Lowrey. We
Noting that the G.T.S. had informed the Seminary, which Lowrey noted had hope that the Plan announced at Seabury
the community of the sale via their web declined significantly throughout the Hall by Rev. Lowrey is indeed the strong
site for months in advance, and had his concerns about non-seminarians course of the past 10 years. action that should have been taken by the
called this meeting to further transpar- changing the integrity of the Close, “I have excused the administration’s Seminary some years ago. We appreciate
ency, Lowrey said, “We are a seller in a Lowrey cited the current Sacred Space decisions because of the work of the Rev. Lowrey’s decisive moves to save
distress situation. I will ask them to meet agreement signed by those currently liv- priests and their urban mission,” said what can be saved of this historic institu-
with you, but I cannot assure you that ing on the Close — which restricts access Trentlyon. “But my concern is as you tion. All of us in Chelsea look forward to
Dan will do that.” to the Close and prohibits activities such keep scaling back, what’s happening to a new era of stability and eventual pros-
When attendee Lee Compton shared as playing loud music. Lowrey hoped the faculty and curriculum…to the great perity for our oldest neighbor.”

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