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School rezoning
distresses Downtown
BY ALINE REYNOLDS vice president of capital plan
Some Downtown young- management, presented
sters may soon have lengthy the data to NYS Assembly
bus rides to get to school Speaker Sheldon Silver’s
each day if the city goes School Overcrowding Task
ahead with its plan to rezone Force on Thurs., April 14.
the area south of 14th St. The April amendment to
The School Construction the 2010-14 Capital Plan
Authority, a branch of funds 1,301 new seats for
the NYC Department of Tribeca, the Village and
Education, announced Lower Manhattan West —
last week that it would be greater than the 725 addi-
funding new school seats tional seats needed in these
Downtown Express photo by John Bayles based on newly designated neighborhoods by 2014,
sub-districts, rather than according to the DOE. The
Spring is the season for hoops districts, for the first time.
This system would divide
SCA overprotected the
capacity needs of District
Drew Mihalik and Dave Monnat, both seniors at Pace University, took advantage of the weather last Thursday and Lower Manhattan into east Two, Bergin explained,
during a break between classes found their way to the basketball courts at West Thames Park. and west at Broadway. To because the area’s housing
the community’s angst, the sector is not growing as
new plan groups “Lower quickly as previously antici-

Pols: Stop tour bus invasion Manhattan West” and

Tribeca with the Village; and
“Lower Manhattan East”
pated. (The Department did
not immediately identify
where they would secure the
BY ALINE REYNOLDS Sheldon Silver. The memorial, which is expected with Chinatown. additional 225 needed seats
Residents near Ground Zero fear Silver, along with other local to draw five to seven million people The Department’s new in Chinatown and Lower
the worst as they anticipate height- elected officials, met with members of annually, will receive between six and and existing resources for Manhattan East.)
ened congestion when the National Community Boards 1 and 3, the New eight busloads of visitors per hour. The the two Downtown subdis- Bergin assured that
September 11th Memorial and Museum York City Department of Transportation resulting traffic congestion and air pol- tricts are projected to be there are enough seats for
opens in September. and the New York Police Department lution could pose everyday hassles and sufficient for the area’s seat Downtown youngsters in
Approximately 1,500 people an last Friday, April 15, to discuss new safety risks for local residents if not capacity needs, according to the pipeline — 518 seats, for
hour are expected to visit the memo- parking regulations, enforcement for properly dealt with, according to New the DOE’s latest projections. example, at the Foundling
rial, 20 percent of whom are likely to the tour buses and alternative means of York State Assemblywoman Deborah Liz Bergin, the department’s Hospital (P.S. 340), which
arrive at the site by tour bus, according transportation for World Trade Center
to New York State Assembly Speaker visitors. Continued on page 8 Continued on page 6

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Nurturing a green thumb,

one mistake at a time
Phyllis Goldberg was tending her tiny plot in Liberty Gardens in Battery Park City last
Thursday. Goldberg admits that her thumb might not be the greenest when it comes
to some of the other gardeners who use the plots to grow everything from vegetables
to flowers. But for Goldberg gardening is a hobby and she appreciates the chance to
pick up tips from others who use the space.
FA M I LY F E STIVA L STR E E T FA I R “I’m basically uprooting a mistake,” Goldberg said as she tried to rip out one of old
Presented by American Express® plants. “When I put this one in last year, I thought it was a perennial. But when I came
Greenwich Street (North of Chambers Street) out here today, it was dead as a doornail.”

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eatery’s live music hopes
A Tribeca restaurant’s petition to enliven staying open later,” said Lisa Schiller, anoth-
TR I B E CA /E S P N S PO RT S DAY its nightlife atmosphere was shot down at
a Community Board 1 meeting on Wed.,
er resident of 99 Reade St. who also gets
irritated by the noise.
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April 13. The restaurant is already in violation of
N. Moore Street (Between Greenwich and West Streets) In an advisory role, C.B. 1’s Tribeca State law, according to Sewell’s husband,
ATTENTION SPORTS FANS! Kids of all ages can try their hand at a vast array of Committee voted unanimously to deny the Charlie Sewell. He said he regularly sees the
sports activities, games, and challenges at the 2011 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day. Favorite owner of Sazon additional forms of night- restaurant’s windows open after 7 p.m. — a
New York athletes, mascots, and sports personalities will be on-site to engage kids in time entertainment. “Live music is essential breach of the restaurant’s liquor license
one-of-a-kind athletic fun. Shoot hoops, perfect your puck skills, or learn how to throw
to a Puerto Rican restaurant,” and will have — and hears loud music streaming from
the perfect pitch.... we’re taking sports to the street in Tribeca!
a make-or-break impact on the business, inside.
according to its attorney, Martin Mehler. “Y ou basically operated a discotheque
Live music, however, is prohibited by downstairs on a nightly basis,” Sewell said.
stipulations in the restaurant’s state-regu- Sazon’s owner, J.R. Morales, said in reply
lated liquor license, according to committee that he had hired a D.J. a few nights a week
member Jeff Ehrlich. to play oldies music on the bottom floor of
Several nearby residents cringed at the the venue.
mere thought of the proposals. The eaterie, concluded Peter Braus, chair
Amy Sewell, who lives at 99 Reade St., of the Tribeca Committee, would “have a
said she is often disturbed at night by rowdy bunch of work to do” before considering
patrons loitering on the street after they submitting an application with the owner’s
leave the restaurant. desired changes.
“We know you have intentions of being “I can’t see this committee considering
good neighbors, but it hasn’t worked,” she any additional dispensation of the restau-
said. “Even if you’re [only] open until 1 or 2 rant,” said Braus. “I don’t think we’d be
a.m., people stay on the street partying until acting in the best interest of the neighbor-
3 or 4 a.m. It’s a problem.” hood.”
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Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour
countries as one Islamic state. After spending four years in
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The annual TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST) prison as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience,
allows residents and interested parties to take a behind- he reversed his ideology and now promotes counter-extrem- CLASSIFIEDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27
the-scenes look at the work of some of Tribeca’s most ist views. He also seeks to challenge the popular opinion that
talented artists. Visitors will be take self-guided tours the West is out to destroy Islam.
through the artists’ studios, where they will have the During his appearance on Thurs., April 28 at the 9/11
C.B. 1
opportunity to speak directly to and purchase pieces from
the artists.
The four-day event will take place from Fri., April 29 to
Mon., May 2, in 36 different locations across Tribeca.
“We’re excited to offer a true glimpse behind the cur-
Memorial preview site (located at 20 Vesey St.), ut-Tahrir
will discuss his experience with the radicalization process
and the necessity for free societies to challenge erroneous
narratives and promote pluralism.
RSVP at to reserve a seat.
The upcoming week’s schedule of Community
tain that exposes where neighborhood artists create, what Otherwise, seats are available at the door on a first-come Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless other-
inspires them and how they do what they do,” said Ruth first-serve basis. wise noted, all committee meetings are held at the
McLaughlin, treasurer of TOAST and a participating artist. board office, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room
“This is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in an open 709 at 6 p.m.
artistic atmosphere of discussion and enlightenment.” Rotary Club campaigns to end Polio
Now in its 15th year, the tour is at its largest since its The Rotary Club of Wall Street New York invites the ON WED., APRIL 20: C.B. 1’s Waterfront
creation, with close to 100 artists participating this season. public to listen to Paul Katz, founder and CEO of entertain- Committee will meet.
For information on the event, and to view previews of ment and social awareness company Commit Media, who
the participating artists and download a tour map, visit will speak about the End Polio Now campaign. The Rotary ON THURS., APRIL 21: C.B. 1’s Quality of Life Club is one of more than 30,000 clubs established globally to Committee will meet.
impact social change on a local and international level. The
event is part of a larger campaign by Rotary International to ON MON., APRIL 25: C.B. 1’s SLA Process
Confronting Islamist propaganda eradicate polio across the world. Review Task Force will meet.
A reformed ex-member of the Islamic group Hizb ut- “Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99
Tahrir will speak in Tribeca at an percent worldwide,” according to the organization’s website. ON TUE., APRIL 26: C.B. 1 will host its monthly
event called “The Front Lines of Counter Terrorism: “Thanks to Rotary, Polio remains endemic in just four coun- full board meeting at Claremont Preparatory School,
Confronting Islamist Extremist Propaganda.” tries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.” located at 41 Broad St.
Maajid Nawaz is a former high-ranking member of the Katz will speak at the Down Town Association, located
global political organization, which seeks to unite all Muslim at 60 Pine St.

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A Full Service Salon Making Our Seek sexual predator An employee of Stella, 138 W. Broadway between
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and driver’s license, a camera, her hotel card key and $150
in U.S. currency.

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It Should be………………………. a.m. a.m. Sat., April 16, and returned at 1:45 p.m. after finishing
his work day to discover the car, valued at $25,000, had
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Gillette fusion cartridges valued at $66 from the Rite Aid Three-card monte
Prestigious & Elegant Events at 495 Broadway near Broome Street on Friday morning, An employee at J & R Music at 23 Park Row stopped
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the shaving products. charged with ID theft, told police he found the cards.

GRAND OPENING! Shoplifters

Two men walked into American Apparel, 121 Spring St.,
at 6 p.m. Mon., April 11, and walked out with 18 men’s
Teen robberies
Police arrested Devante Scott, 17, and charged him with
robbing seven teenage male victims between the ages of 15 and
Sabor de Mexico shirts with a total value of $1,068, police said. At closing 18 in Manhattan subways in the East Village, Lower Manhattan,
Mexican Grill time, employees discovered that 17 sweaters and 13 flannel Harlem and on the Upper West Side in the past eight weeks.
shirts had also been stolen that day. Scott confronted the victims with a knife or a handgun before
Employees at Glory Chen boutique at 121 Greene St. told stealing their cellphones and iPods, police said.
police that an unknown suspect walked off without paying
for four handbags valued at $2,813 sometime before 4:30 — Alber t Amateau

Fighting to keep Seaport museum from sinking

Free Fast Delivery BY ALINE REYNOLDS been in dire shape. A museum spokesperson issued a written
95 Trinity Place, NYC Tourists hoping to catch an exhibit at the Seaport statement, saying, “The Seaport Museum [NY] continues to
T: 212-227-6192 F: 212-227-6193 Museum are in for a disappointment, at least for the next work to resolve its current fiscal challenges and place itself
month, and perhaps for good. on a path to long-term sustainability.”
The museum at 12 Fulton St., which has been struggling Several sources once or currently affiliated with the
88 Fulton Street to keep its doors open in recent months, seems to be unof- museum, however, don’t believe that to be true.
(Corner of 33 Gold St.) ficially closed. “It seems to me the museum is trying to somehow man-
Due to “a variety of scheduling and other issues,” the age to shut down,” said Michael Abegg, former chief mate
New York, NY 10038
museum will not open its next exhibit until mid-May, at of the museum’s schooner, the Lettie G. Howard, who was
212.587.8930 the earliest, according to a receptionist at the museum who fired last week for violating a media policy.
212.587.8935 wouldn’t disclose their name. A clear indicator of this, Abegg said, is the museum’s
Free Delivery! Details about the forthcoming exhibit haven’t yet been decision to no longer advertise programming on its boats.
released. “They’re working on it right now and are hoping to “The current regime doesn’t really see the importance of the
Min. $10
have more information soon,” said the receptionist. boat or the education program,” he said.
The only exhibits that are currently open to the public are Only two staff members remain in the museum’s educa-
on the Ambrose lightship and Peking four-masted barque, tion department, according to Abegg, and they’re not cur-
two of the museum’s eight historic ships. rently booking trips on its sailing vessels.
The Peking, which reportedly is up for sale, has deterio- The captain of the Pioneer schooner, who ran a very suc-
rated substantially over the years, with restoration costs esti- cessful volunteer program, was let go on Feb. 2 amid other
mated at around $28 million, according to marine surveyor recent layoffs and furloughs that have led to a loss of more
and consultant Joseph Lombardi. than half the museum’s staff, according to sources.
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Mary Ellen Pelzer, the museum’s president, declined to
& Vegetarian comment about the museum’s finances, which have recently Continued on page 28
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One year in, B.P.C. library fosters community spirit

BY ALINE REYNOLDS in Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Financial District resident Grace Tate Design, which Parrott expects to receive in
considers her local public library to be her the next year.
home office. The lights on the facility’s second floor
Tate, who runs a paralegal outsourcing dim automatically when it gets bright out-
boutique, sets up shop at the same computer side. Its carpeting is made of recycled truck
every day, six days a week, on the first floor tires and its wood is composed of discarded
of the Battery Park City library, a branch of pieces of manufactured window frames.
the New York Public Library, where she per- The environmentally friendly design of
forms legal research, composes legal briefs, the building, Parrott said, has a particu-
listens to music and watches movies. larly healthy influence on the youngsters
Tate will treat herself to a gyro sandwich that use the library. “The idea is to get the
from a vendor stationed in front of the kids started young… and having a space like
nearby Whole Foods Market when she gets this shows [that] you don’t have to make
in a good day’s work. compromises from a visual and design stand-
“The library has been indispensable” point,” he said.
since May of last year, Tate said, when she The library is celebrating Earth Day
began coming regularly. the week of April 18 with an environmen-
“At home, you can have all kinds of dis- tally themed session of its weekly activity,
tractions,” she said. “Here, I lose myself in “Picture Book Time” and a special session
what I’m doing. I like my routine.” called “Earth Day Craft!”
The B.P.C. library, which celebrated its On Monday, April 18, Anne Barreca, the
one-year anniversary in March, welcomed children’s librarian that handles “Picture
more than 173,200 patrons in its first year, Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds
Book Time,” read aloud “Let’s Save the
and offered a whopping 375 programs for Animals,” “On Meadoview Street,” and
Battery Park City resident Tracey-Ann Spencer (middle) spends some quality reading
children, adults and seniors. other environmental kids’ books to a group
time with her son Decklan (left) and daughter Bronwyn (right).
Its busiest month was last July, when it of wide-eyed children, ages two to eight.
served more than 17,000 patrons, according workers and youths, Parrott said, the library p.m. to 5 p.m., teens from Stuyvesant High “There is more of a sense of community”
to the library’s manager, Billy Parrott. is bustling all day long. Nannies and parents School, located a few blocks north of the at the Battery Park City library, Barreca said,
“All you have to do is open the doors and flock to the facility in the morning and leave library, come and hang out after their school than at the Seward Park Library, where she
people come,” said Parrott, an employee of by lunchtime. Workers from the World day is finished. formerly worked. “There are more regulars
the New York Public Library system since Financial Center swing by during their lunch The library is the New York Public and toddlers here. I like getting to know
2004. breaks, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., to borrow Library’s first “green” branch in Manhattan
Between the influx of neighborhood a book or read a newspaper. And, from 3 and is aiming for gold certification Continued on page 30

Competing visions for South St. Seaport

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER But the Howard Hughes Corp., which
The weather cooperated — predicted has a long-term lease on the South Street
rain did not materialize. It was neither too Seaport from Piers 16 and 17 to Water
hot nor too cold on April 9 as around 900 Street and from John Street to Beekman may
people crowded into a parking lot on South have other ideas.
Street between Beekman and Fulton Streets When General Growth, the previous
for what was billed as an Oyster Saloon to leaseholder of the area, filed bankruptcy in
benefit the New Amsterdam Market. 2008, it spun off 34 assets that were not
They sampled delicacies such as pan- central to its operations. Shareholders of
roasted oysters from renowned chef April General Growth became shareholders of the
Bloomfield of The John Dory Bar, oys- Howard Hughes Corp., which was created
ters Rockefeller from Great Performances, on Nov. 9, 2010 as an independent, publicly
grilled oysters from Luke’s Lobster, wild traded real estate company with assets span-
oysters from the deep waters of Long Island ning 18 states from New York to Hawaii.
Sound, and farmed oysters from up and One of those assets was the South Street
down the East Coast. They drank draught Seaport.
beer and freshly brewed coffee and snacked According to Howard Hughes Corp.’s
on moist, spicy gingerbread for dessert. The Chief Executive Officer David R. Weinreb
event raised around $30,000 for the New in a letter to shareholders dated April 7,
Amsterdam Market, a farmers’ market sell- 2011, Ward Centers, a 60-acre property
ing regional produce and products that is in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the South Street
scheduled to open for the season on May 1 Seaport “represent substantial redevelop-
Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
with Sunday markets weekly in front of the ment opportunities.”
closed stalls of the old Fulton Fish Market. Weinreb notes that “South Street Seaport Around 900 people attended the Oyster Saloon fundraiser for the New Amsterdam
Robert La Valva, founder of the New is one of the top five most visited sites in Market, which was held on April 9 on South St. in front of the old Fulton Fish
Amsterdam Market, was happy with the New York City.” He goes on to say that, Market.
response to the Oyster Saloon. He said that “When the U.S. economy recovers, those it generated more than $5 million in cash prepared the property for a major redevel-
it showed that people knew about the New assets that are best located will be primed net operating income,” he said in a letter to opment. Even using the $5 million N.O.I.
Amsterdam Market and were eager to sup- for development.” shareholders, “and this number meaning- number, one can get to values approaching
port it. He would like to make it a permanent William A. Ackman, chairman of Howard fully understates the future cash-generating $100 million using cap rates appropriate for
fixture in and around the historic Fulton Fish Hughes Corp., said that at $3.1 million — potential of this property as G.G.P. [General New York City retail assets, and we would
Market buildings, where, he said, there have the book value of the South Street Seaport Growth Properties] generally discontinued
been markets for centuries. — the property is undervalued. “Last year, granting long-term leases to tenants as it Continued on page 30
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 P.S. 234 parent Tricia Joyce (right) challenges the Dept. of Education’s rezoning plan
and enrollment projections for Downtown.
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Downtown community
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at One Peck Slip; and 307 seats in I.S. 868. Department doesn’t consider community
SDWLHQWXVLQJDGYDQFHG05,WHFKQRORJ\ “We recognize the need for seats [and] board districts to be the boundary lines that
 we’re trying to get them here as quickly as separate school zones.
we possibly can,” Bergin told the task force. Shino Tanikawa, a member of District
2IFRXUVHQRWDOOGHJHQHUDWLYHFRQGLWLRQVRIWKHNQHH The data compiled by Community Board Two’s Community Education Council,
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Bergin said. But while CB 1’s analysis looks “bogus.”
SUREOHPVWKDWZLOOEHQHILWIURPVXUJHU\PD\EHWUHDWHG at the total number of births in the board’s “There is no room north of Canal St. --
DUWKURVFRSLFDOO\7KHVHRSHUDWLRQVDUHSHUIRUPHGE\ district, the DOE’s analysis is based on P.S. 3 is full, and P.S. 41 has a wait list,” she
'U%U\NXVLQJDGYDQFHGGLJLWDOFDPHUDVPRQLWRUVDQG total number of births by ethnicity group said. “What they’re trying to do is fix over-
within various districts, she noted. And, crowding by rezoning, but rezoning does not
FXWWLQJHGJHPLFURVXUJLFDOWRROV6XUJHU\LVDFFRPSOLVKHG unlike CB1’s projections, which sets bound- create seats.”
WKURXJKWLQ\LQFLVLRQVOHVVWKDQPPLQOHQJWKDQG aries by the community board’s district, The task force was equally opposed
CB 1 overlaps the new subdistricts in the to the DOE’s enrollment numbers. The
SDWLHQWVFDQXVXDOO\ZDONRXWRIWKHKRVSLWDORQWKHVDPH Department’s analysis. Department, Greenleaf said, is contradicting
GD\ Task force members, however, find the itself by claiming to have enough space for
DOE’s rezoning plan to be illogical, and con- Downtown students when, at the same time,
 siders its enrollment projections unfounded. it is putting twice as many school children
)RUDQDSSRLQWPHQWZLWK'U%U\N&KDLUPDQRIWKH Eric Greenleaf, a professor at the New into Spruce St. next fall, for example, than it
'HSDUWPHQWRI2UWKRSDHGLF6XUJHU\FDOO   York University Stern School who has come has capacity for.
 up with his own overcrowding data for “You’ve underprojected, not overproject-
Downtown, objects to the way that the DOE ed… I’m not clear where you see all this
2IIHULQJWKH)XOO6SHFWUXPRI2UWKRSDHGLF6HUYLFHV is splitting Lower Manhattan down the mid- space,” echoed Leonie Haimson, executive
 dle. “It makes no sense at all,” he said, “espe- director of Class Size Matters, who found
 cially given what’s happened Downtown in Bergin’s presentation difficult to understand.
 the last 10 years.” Task force members are particularly
 “9/11, if nothing else, drove the point concerned that the fate of Spruce St.’s
 home to our parents that they want their middle school might be doomed due to a

kids close to home,” echoed Paul Hovitz, co- forthcoming seat shortage. The Beekman

chair of CB 1’s youth and education commit- Tower, Spruce’s permanent home, Task force

tee. “To have youngsters sitting on a school member Tricia Joyce noted, only has eigh-

bus in traffic, and spending what could be teen available classrooms.
learning time in a school, is unacceptable.”
The Village, Hovitz noted, “is not in our Continued on page 7
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School rezoning distresses

rooms right now,” said Joyce. “That’s not a
Continued from page 6 good strategy, and it’s going to be disastrous
for our schools.”
“With four classes per grade, by the time The task force also discussed the pos-
[the students] are in fourth grade, they will sibility of expanding the Peck Slip school
have filled the entire school meant as a K-to- to fit more than the Department’s currently
8,” said Joyce. “Clearly, you can see you’re planned count of 476 students. “If you have
borrowing rooms from your school, and the space that has a greater capacity,” Silver sug-
day will come when you fill the school well gested, “rather than to have to find another
before that school was meant to be filled. space that takes us years, I’d suggest we
This is not a logical approach to planning.” build out to the maximum that we can.”
Hovitz also had qualms with the DOE’s The Department, Rose assured, would
ethnicity-based approach toward its enroll- occupy the entirety of the Peck Slip space
ment projections. “The fact that they listed that the DOE will acquire, which could pos-
[ethnicity] as the key source as to how they sibly translate into more seats. The SCA, she
project what groups stay and go, was very, said, is proceeding with exclusive negotia-
very disconcerting to me,” he said, claiming tions with the U.S. Postal Service to finalize
the method to be “borderline bigoted.” the acquisition of the space.
During the task force meeting, Rose The school is still scheduled to open in
boasted Downtown’s slim waitlists, which Fall 2015.
she said are substantially lower this spring In other news, Silver praised Mayor
— at 34 students — than around the same Bloomberg’s choice to replace NYC Schools
time last spring — at 62 students. Chancellor Cathie Black with Dennis
The smaller waitlists, the task force mem- Walcott, the city’s former deputy mayor for
bers countered, is misleading, since some of Education and Community Development.
the Downtown schools added extra sections “I expect a significant change in terms of
just to be able to take in additional students the approach and attitude to parents,” said
next fall. P.S. 276 and P.S. 89, for instance, Silver. He said he hopes to see overcrowding
will both have four kindergarten sections, in Lower Manhattan rise “to the top of the
with capacity for only three. agenda, and that we get some real answers.”
“It puts pressure on our principals to Walcott told Silver he would attend the
keep accommodating all these extra kids just Speaker’s next task force meeting, which is
because they have extra elementary class- scheduled for Thursday, May 19.

Fighting to make
Lower Manhattan
the greatest place
to live, work, and
raise a family.

Assemblyman Shelly Silver

If you need assistance, please contact my office at
(212) 312-1420 or email
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Curtailing the tour bus invasion

“We don’t just want them to come into the of buses that arrive in Lower Manhattan.”
Continued from page 1 memorial, leave, and go back to wherever they Nearby residents, however, are skeptical
came from,” said Silver. “We want them in the that the city will be able to mitigate the negative
Glick. “We want to ensure that this very, restaurants and the shops… and to spend some impact of the large influx of tourists.
very significant increase in our daily visitors money in Lower Manhattan.” “It’s just going to be a bigger nightmare
is handled in a way that’s good for people To address the tour buses that will be shut- than ever,” said Esther Regelson, who has
who live here,” she said. tling visitors to Downtown, the stakeholders lived two blocks south of the W.T.C. site, on
“The goal here is to have as many visitors in agreed on establishing a permit system and Washington St. for nearly three decades. “We
Lower Manhattan as we can handle… without designating specific drop-off and pick-up really have become a dumping ground for [traf-
new tour buses,” said State Senator Daniel sites in the neighborhood. The D.O.T. will be fic and tourists.]”
Squadron, adding that the City “needs to be implementing the city’s first metered parking Regelson, a biker, said she is fed up with
ahead of the curve” in planning. program with maximum time limits for the the number of streets near the W.T.C. that
The senator, along with C.B. 1 Chair Julie buses, and is collaborating with the 9/11 are blocked off for construction, and with the
Menin, stressed the importance of encour- memorial to devise a timed reservation sys- amount of dust in her apartment.
aging alternative transportation methods to tem for its visitors. “I don’t think these streets are equipped
the W.T.C. Rather than clutter the streets and Luis Sanchez, the D.O.T.’s Lower Manhattan to handle [tour buses],” she said. “We have to
increase air pollution around Ground Zero, the Borough Commissioner, said the Department is encourage alternate means of transportation,
tour buses, Menin advised, should park across considering Trinity Place and Church Street as and discourage any vehicles larger than a taxi
the river in New Jersey, and visitors should use drop-off and pick-up locations for buses during coming through.”
the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train off-peak hours and Barclay and West Streets as Jason Perkal, who lives on Greenwich St.,
Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds
to get to the memorial. layover and parking places. is concerned about both the bus and pedestrian
The D.O.T., NYC and Company (the City’s The stakeholders also asked that 100 per- NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver traffic the memorial’s opening will bring to the
tourism arm) and the Downtown Alliance, cent of the revenue derived from the tour buses (at podium) was joined by local officials area.
plan to offer incentive packages for tour buses finance traffic regulation enforcement and the last Friday to discuss the upcoming “I’m not looking forward to seeing huge
to encourage remote parking. The memorial, upkeep of the memorial park. opening of the 9/11 Memorial. buses getting stuck on my street just because
meanwhile, intends to partner with bus compa- “We’re opening on the memorial a park that they can’t make the turns properly, and then
nies and ferry operators to promote tourists’ use is larger than Bryant Park; we need to make said he hopes the stakeholders will locate some standing and idling all over,” he said. Perkal
of mass transit. sure it is maintained for the five million people funding sources by their next monthly meeting also fears noise pollution from the buses
Public transportation use, the stakehold- who are going to come into our community,” on May 19. and envisions having to squeeze through
ers said, could also help nurture Downtown’s said Menin. “The process is far from finished, but large crowds congregating on the streets on
economy, since visitors traveling via subway The N.Y.P.D. indicated at the stakeholders we’re certainly off to a positive start,” said a daily basis.
or ferry would be more likely to explore the meeting that it would be enforcing the new Silver. “We’ve established a basis for future “It’s all not pleasing,” he said. “It’s a resi-
neighborhood before or after their visit to the parking laws, though finances for the added discussions on how to develop and imple- dential neighborhood and we’re trying to keep
memorial. services have yet to be identified. Squadron ment an effective plan that limits the number it that way.”



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Pace’s Actors Studio stages repertory season

The scripts are interesting, the acting is compelling, the
theater is well equipped and intimate, the sets, lighting and
costumes are professional, and the cost is free. This describes
the annual spring repertory season of the Actors Studio
Drama School at Pace University during which the actors,
directors and playwrights of the Master of Fine Arts graduat-
ing class show what they have learned. Each week through
May 14 brings a new set of three plays, which are staged in
Dance New Amsterdam’s theater at 53 Chambers St.
The famed Actors Studio founded in 1947, whose
members have included many of America’s finest actors and
directors, created the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace
University. The Actors Studio itself was established as a
place where professional actors could continue to hone their
skills. The Drama School, founded in 1994, was created in
order to bring the Actors Studio methods, which are based
on the work of Konstantin Stanislavksi, his disciple, Eugene
Vakhtangov and the Group Theatre, to actors, directors and
playwrights in fledgling stages of their careers.
In 2006, the Actors Studio Drama School affiliated with
Pace University to offer a three-year Master of Fine Arts
“This degree gives a very deep theater education,” said
Andreas Manolikakis, chair of the Actors Studio Drama
School and a board member of the Actors Studio. All of Photo courtesy of Scott Wynn

the students train as actors, he said, “and after they leave The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is in the second week of its five-week MFA repertory season
here, can do all kinds of different things.” They go on to during which this year’s graduating class performs plays and excerpts from plays in order to earn their degrees.
work in theater, film and television with credits that include
Broadway and off-Broadway, regional theater, long-running Actors Studio Drama School in 2000 to star in his first fea- Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway. Another is a
television programs, big-budget Hollywood films and nation- ture film. His newest films are “The Hangover Part II” and Fulbright scholar from Ecuador. A Grammy award winner
al commercials. Some become teachers. “Limitless.” is in the class as are a woman with a chemistry degree, a
The most famous recent graduate is probably Bradley This year’s graduating class has 27 members. They have
Cooper, who had to skip his graduation ceremony from the interesting and diverse backgrounds. One played Young Continued on page 30

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John W. Sutter Countdown Read Huxley Is this the best health option? From
what I’ve heard at public meetings, the
John Bayles getting louder To the Editor:
full-service ERs at nearby Beth Israel,
Bellevue and New York Downtown assim-
ARTS EDITOR We are only a few months away from the tenth anni- Re: “Renaming Southern Manhattan” ilated the St. Vincent’s emergency patients
Scott Stiffler versary of the terrorist attacks that changed how we live (Downtown Digest, April 13) and still have capacity.
and how we look at the world. At the granular level of SoMa? A nickname to reflect a “vibrant North Shore/LIJ has said publicly
REPORTERS our neighborhood, we now have to closely examine and and ever-changing neighborhood,” that is that it expects that 1,700 patients will
Aline Reynolds forecast how we will deal with the dynamics such as Southern Manhattan? have to be admitted to the hospital
Albert Amateau traffic, tour bus parking, and in general coping with the Perhaps a little literary enlightenment from among those who come to their
Lincoln Anderson influx of tourists and residents alike that will be flocking is in order. Back in the last century, “ER.” Where would they be taken? It
SR. V.P. OF SALES to the W.T.C. site in the coming months and the coming Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New certainly seems likely they’d be taken to
AND MARKETING years. World” was required reading for high the Upper East Side, where North Shore/
Francesco Regini We applaud the Dept. of Transportation for finally school studies of dystopian literature, LIJ owns the long financially strapped
including community members in their working group along with Orwell’s “1984.” Perhaps it Lenox Hill Hospital – rather far from
SR. MARKETING CONSULTANT that had been meeting monthly, and now thanks to the should be reintroduced to the curriculum, Downtown West Side communities for
Jason Sherwood
pressure applied by our community representatives, are and fast. the patients and their loved ones. With
ADVERTISING SALES meeting weekly to consider all of the above and how our In Huxley’s dystopia, the populace St. Vincent’s inpatients having been
Allison Greaker neighborhood will be affected. is encouraged to take, and is largely readily absorbed by Beth Israel, Bellevue
Michael Slagle We commend the Community Board 1 W.T.C. addicted to, a lovely little drug without and New York Downtown, the resources
Julio Tumbaco
Redevelopment Committee for unanimously passing a hangovers, without guilt, and without we need already exist right in our own
RETAIL AD MANAGER resolution to promote mass transit. Our transit system side effects that keeps everyone in line, community.
Colin Gregory is more than capable of accommodating the visitors complacent, and obedient to the pow- Downtown West residents deserve the
expected to flock to Lower Manhattan. This solution ers that be: Soma. A muscle relaxant, best health option, but your proposal
BUSINESS MANAGER / CONTROLLER needs to be heavily promoted throughout the hospitality Cardisoprodol, is also marketed as Soma. seems more like a marketing plan than
Vera Musa
industry, particularly in this early phase when the vehicle So I think SoMa is out of the running. good medicine.
ART / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR security center is not operative. Within the mass transit May I suggest CoMa (Corporate
Troy Masters system, planning needs to step on all of the issues dealing Manhattan), a nickname to help keep Jude V. Goldin
with moving more people downtown from the numerous the big financial corporations here? How
ART DIRECTOR nodes. about LoMan (Lower Manhattan) — but
Mark Hasselberger
We also commend C.B. 3’s Transportation Committee with a long A — to show solidarity with
GRAPHIC DESIGNER for passing a resolution supporting a metered parking Chinatown? My mistake
Jamie Paakkonen scenario, advanced by D.O.T., that could play a major Or maybe BatMan, to indicate our his-
role in policing the tour buses and identifying appropri- torical association with the Battery? To the Editor:
CONTRIBUTORS ate parking areas for them. We would like to see what Could TriBeCaMan offer our com- As one important part of its rezon-
Terese Loeb Kreuzer • David
areas are proposed for these metered spaces and how munity the opportunity to establish a ing plan for Hudson Square, Trinity has
Stanke • Jerry Tallmer
many buses they can handle. The N.Y.P.D. has said they new superhero franchise? Perhaps the proposed to build, at its cost, a K-5
PHOTOGRAPHERS plan to enforce the metered parking, but we wonder to proceeds from blockbuster movies could public school containing 420 seats in a
J. B. Nicholas • Milo Hess • what extent that is truly possible. Anyone can park in fund our schools and reintroduce stu- new development at Duarte Square. In
Jefferson Siegel • Terese Loeb front of a metered parking space, turn on their hazard dents to novels like “Brave New World.” response to a question from a Downtown
Kreuzer lights and when a police officer approaches them, simply Express reporter, I erroneously estimated
INTERNS move on to another space or street without incurring a Jim Hopkins that the physical size of the school would
Jhaneel Lockhart fine. These compliance problems need to be resolved. be approximately 100,000 sq.ft. The fact
Of utmost importance in terms of making sure things is, I had not concentrated on the exact
go smoothly in the face of the inevitable influx of people physical size of the space, because we were
Published by and buses is the need for the public and private sectors Wrong solution always focused on how many students we
COMMUNITY MEDIA, LLC to work together. The D.O.T., M.T.A. and other agencies could serve — which has consistently been
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Phone: (212) 229-1890 with the tourism industry to create maps to assist those Re: “The best health option” (editorial, grade-school-aged children generated by
Fax: (212) 229-2790 who will be traveling from all over the world to come April 13) the proposed rezoning, and then some.
On-line: see this memorial that has been ten years in the making. It is understandable that Villagers are The capacity of the Duarte Square
E-mail: Social media should be utilized, advertisements should eager for a hospital in their neighbor- school has not shrunk. The physical size
play a role and the tourism and hospitality industries hood. Who wouldn’t be, especially in an of the school has not shrunk. The only
Gay City

need to become part of the dialogue and solutions. emergency? However, the solution you thing that has shrunk was my own origi-
These issues will affect all of us living and working endorse seems worse than no solution nal faulty estimate of the physical size.
downtown, and the millions who visit. The countdown at all.
Downtown Express is published every week by is getting louder. E.M.T.s and paramedics will be asked Carl Weisbrod
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Facebook opens a window onto a lush, lost Egypt
NYONS, France — Growing up, I knew my father had 21
first cousins we’d never met. This would have meant I’d also
have numerous second cousins. For reasons too complicated for
this space, anyone named Fieldsteel has to be descended from
one of the younger seven siblings and mother of my paternal
grandfather. The father and six older siblings had a different,
long-forgotten, last name. So when I joined Facebook, I began
a Fieldsteel search.
First I found Adam, a mathematician and son of Ira, the judge
who presided over the John Lennon pot trial. We exchanged
e-mails, trying to fill in the blanks. After Ira died, Adam’s mom,
a psychoanalyst, located Ira’s late brother Harold’s two adult
children. (There’d been a feud, no one knows why, and none of
the original siblings and their offspring spoke.) Adam said Laura
(Fieldsteel) Behar was a gifted artist and exceptional human
being, as was her husband Ray.
Next I found her. We began a daily correspondence more
than two years ago. We’re the same age, have much in common
and grew up 12 miles apart, never knowing of each other’s exis-
Photo by Q. Sakamaki
tence. Ray Behar, Laura’s husband, was born in Cairo and lived
there until he was 10, when Nasser forced the family to flee to Egyptian boys passing the ruins of a house in a run-down section of Cairo in February shortly after Mubarak had
Paris and then Brooklyn. Ray and I and the other Behars became stepped down from Egypt’s presidency.
FB “friends,” with an occasional note back and forth. Laura had medames, the national dish of Egypt — slow-cooked fava beans less isolated and more cosmopolitan than many European and
mentioned how much she’d enjoyed hearing her late in-laws’ mashed with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and scallions, served other Middle Eastern Jews who remained within their own
recollections of Egypt. She’d talk about Ray’s family, their luxu- with hard-boiled eggs and pickled turnips. Men with large silver communities and were subject to persecution, pogroms and the
riant former life and brutal forced departure with Egypt’s other urns would pour tamarind juice, and Ray’s all-time favorite, Holocaust. Egypt remained a haven.
75,000 to 80,000 Jews. sugar-cane juice. Lunch and dinner could be kobeba (cracked Ray’s father was in the printing business. He learned the
Then the Egyptian “Facebook Revolution” began. I followed wheat mixed with beef); moussaka; shakshuka (eggs in tomato trade from a German engineer who blindfolded him, making
it avidly and naturally thought of my cousin-in-law Ray. He sauce with yellow sheep’s milk kashaval cheese); or Ray’s favor- him disassemble and reassemble the machines until he knew
began sending me e-mails titled “Fractured Memories” about ite, spaghetti with kofta. For dessert there were delicate pastries: them perfectly. An uncle worked for a large pharmaceutical
his childhood. Like many Egyptian Jews, Ray’s family were melt-in-your mouth ghorayebah, a butter cookie that goes back company, and other family members were in the cotton and
Sephardim, forced to flee Spain during the Inquisition. His thousands of years, or maybe loukoumades, deep-fried honey- paper industries.
mother, also Sephardic, was born in Lebanon. Ray, his siblings, cinnamon dough balls. And in the background, as the family ate, If there was anti-Semitism, as a child Ray wasn’t aware of
father and grandparents were born in Egypt. His paternal great- the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages and ever-present scent of it. The family mingled freely with Arab friends, sharing holidays
great-grandfather came from Turkey, where many expelled jasmine that “sweetened everything.” and special occasions. Ray spoke, read and wrote fluent Arabic.
Spanish Jews also settled. The family spoke French among Weekends, the Behars would go to the legendary Mena The hate that came later, Ray says in retrospect, was “a political
themselves, Arabic to the servants and knew basic biblical (syna- House (now a luxurious hotel) in Giza overlooking the pyra- weapon used by Nasser to galvanize power.” One day his father
gogue) Hebrew. Ray’s father spoke Italian, English, Spanish and mids. Originally built in 1869 when the Suez Canal opened, it came home and sat in one of the living-room chairs, his hand
a little Greek as well. Ray went to the Lycée Français in Cairo was a Khedive hunting lodge, later converted to a magnificent across his face. Ray found out later his business partner, who
until their final year, when he attended Hebrew school. His hotel. The Mena House catered to royalty, the international “jet was Egyptian, had forced him out of the company, seizing his
descriptions of his Egyptian childhood are dreamlike and lush. set,” writers, movie stars and world leaders, such as Roosevelt, father’s share. His dad was powerless to do anything because he
“There is a reason why Egypt is called the ‘land of the eter- Montgomery, Chiang-Kai-shek, Carter, Begin and Sadat. In 1890, was Jewish. Suddenly, he was broke.
nal smile,’ ” he said. “I didn’t know that growing up, but I felt it opened the first hotel swimming pool in Egypt. Ray loved to It was 1956. All Jews with assets were forced to leave the
it. Egypt for me was a magical place where time stood still. I swim there and explore while his parents were with their friends. country overnight. Ray’s family had a little more time because
remember waking to the sound of the call to prayer ‘Allahu He would walk over to the pyramids — there were no restric- they had no money. Nasser’s government used the Sinai cam-
Akbar’ from the nearby mosque, and looking out of our balcony tions then. paign as an excuse to expel 25,000 Egyptian Jews, forcing
to a clear blue sky with eagles gliding in the rising heat.” “There was hardly anyone there,” he recalled. “I would play them to sign over all their property as a “donation” to the state.
The family lived in an apartment building that also housed among the stones and once I climbed all the way to the top [of Another 1,000 were sent to detention camps or prison. In
non-Egyptians from France, Greece, Italy, Great Britain and the Great Pyramid of Cheops]. There was a rebar someone had November, the Minister of Religious Affairs signed a proclama-
Germany. His grandmother ran the family with an “iron fist,” put there, and I remember holding on to it as I looked over the tion to be read aloud in all mosques declaring all Jews to be
supervising the three servants, going to market and cooking. horizon, feeling this incredible rush as the wind, rising along the enemies of the state and evil Zionists.
Mornings were cool and crisp; the apartment brimming with the sides, seemed to lift me upwards.” The process of eliminating Egypt’s 80,000 Jews that had
aromas of toast, eggs and the Turkish coffee — “strong enough Summers he and his sister would spend with his aunt and begun with the creation of the Jewish state in 1948 accelerated.
to take the enamel off a car” — that she boiled in a copper pot. cousins at their small beach house on stilts in Alexandria. Jews were each permitted one suitcase with clothing and items
Ray and his nanny would stroll together along the banks of “I had great freedom for a little guy, exploring the beaches, of no monetary value, plus a small amount of cash: Thirty-four
the Nile, with its immaculately tended gardens, trees and privet rock caves and stone piers on my own,” he said. “During the thousand left for Israel; the rest scattered mainly to America,
mazes where he would play. 1956 [Suez Canal] War we had to paper our windows and make Canada, France and Brazil. Ray, his siblings and parents boarded
“I was also aware of the throngs of people riding the trams, sure the lights were out during air raids.” a Greek ship to Marseilles, taking a train to Paris, where most
the hustle and bustle of people going to work, smoking hookahs The Behars, except for Ray’s Aunt Vicky who kept kosher, of the family had fled.
in the cafes and playing backgammon,” he recalled. Old Cairo weren’t particularly observant except for Passover and Yom “We were given a temporary home lent to us by a Jewish
was an overflowing bazaar of nationalities and religions; exotic Kippur. Ray accompanied her often to the Great Synagogue of woman, a kind soul, who let us live in her studio,” he told me.
spices, foods, flowers and plants; colors, patterns and sounds all Cairo, HaShamayim (the Heavens). Built in the 19th century, “She was an artist and the studio was quite large. We eventually
weaving an opulent tapestry with threads stretching back to one the synagogue’s origins go back to Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon moved to a hotel with two rooms [in a working-class neighbor-
of the most ancient, sophisticated civilizations on earth. (Maimonides), the world-renowned 12th century scholar, physi- hood]. What to me was a marvelous adventure was for my
The family’s home cuisine — Egyptian, Spanish, Italian, cian, healer and leader of the Egyptian Jewish community, which parents a tragedy.”
Sephardic, Turkish and Greek — reflected the richness of Egypt dates back to approximately 1,800 B.C., making it the world’s In Paris, his dad, who had owned a company and had always
before Nasser and his ilk expelled the country’s “foreign unde- oldest outside Israel.
sirables.” At lunchtime, vendors with coal-filled carts prepared The climate was one of tolerance and acceptance. Jews Continued on page 13
grilled durra, a type of sorghum known as Egyptian corn, and ful mingled with the other cultures, often intermarrying, and were
12 April 20 - 26, 2011 downtown express

BY JANEL BLADOW female bartender at Meade’s (Peck Slip & is free, Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 pm, at BMCC participate in the event, contact Sarah
Crowds are back on weekends enjoying Water St.), was back behind the bar Monday Theater II, 199 Chambers St. Sheahan,
a stroll around the neighborhood, like the night wearing a “stylish” piece of footwear.
rest of us, undoubtedly looking forward Week before last some knucklehead speared WOOF AND (ALMOST) READY… After SLURPING SUCCESS… The first South
to the warmer, sunnier weather to come. her foot with a bar stool late one night at testing by several local four-footed experts, St. Oyster Saloon fundraiser sold out well
But some couldn’t wait. A mere glimpse of Keg 229 and smashed her big toe so badly The East River Waterfront dog run has gone ahead of the party last Saturday night. The
sunshine and blue skies and the outdoor she lost the nail. Yuck! She told SR that back to the drawing board for some tweak- hot ticket event raised more than $25,000.
tables at Acqua are filled with chilly fresh even though she’s still hobbling, she’s glad ing. Seems the hills designed for dogs to That means with the 2011 season opener on
air enthusiasts. to be back. Big Foot Bootie and all. Feel climb proved too slippery a slope. The Parks Sunday, May 1, the weekly New Amsterdam
better Katie. Department has been anticipating opening Market on South St. will continue through
SPOTLIGHT… The Celebrity Apprentice the park since January. But now build- December. Stop by South St. between Fulton
segment that taped in the Seaport aired last OUR CHORUS GIRL… Ellen McDonald ers expect to have the puppy playground and Peck Slip and tell the vendors SR sent ya!
week. The “box” built on Pier 17 by the guys of Southbridge Towers tells SR that she’s between Maiden Lane and Wall St. open by
for Australian Gold sunscreen played well with thrilled to be a member of the Downtown May 31. Part of the $150 million renovation SMOKIN’… Cigar Landing relocated to
tourists and fans, and the Peking was prominent Chorus. “I’m having a blast,” she says. of the waterfront from Battery Park to the a new storefront last week. Stop by 150
in the background. But viewers really couldn’t “I’ve learned how to be part of an ensemble Lower East Side, the run is a 4,300-square- Beekman St. for a stogie and some hot talk.
tell that the winning women’s team was at the and get my voice to blend.” Singing with foot oval with a doghouse, a sculpted tree
Seaport. What a shame. the group has opened this retired teacher trunk and, in warmer months, a water fea- DO WE, REALLY?... Last week’s
to all kinds of new experiences, including ture for furry fun. Downtown Express detailed how entrepre-
SPRING SALES… Floral prints and lace one only a few can say: “I never thought neur Sundeep Bhan wants to “nickname”
and pastels on the shelves — a sure sign I would sing in Carnegie Hall. But there I FLEET FOOTED… Come out and sup- downtown “SoMa” for Southern Manhattan.
spring is in the stores. The Gap has peach am in the photo!” See Ellen and the rest port thousands of walkers from nearly Really? Do we really need another cutesy
sweaters and soft scarves, Ann Taylor is cel- of the group at the Borough of Manhattan 80 communities around the country as slang name for the Financial District (FiDi)?
ebrating the dress and the racks at Kara are Community College Spring concert, “Simple they walk to raise money and awareness Has our need for acronyms for everything
full of sexy, lacy sheer tops. Gifts.” They’ll perform Shaker-style choral about mental illness. The 5K NAMIWalks gotten out of hand? SoMa? Really? It
pieces by Mack Wilberg, musical director of NYC event kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday, sounds like a sleeping pill from a Woody
OUCH!... Kathleen Joyce, our favorite the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The concert May 7, on Piers 16 & 17. If you want to Allen movie.

Photo by Milo Hess

Getting a kick out of pedestrians passing a mural

Showing that timing is everything, the photographer had fun with people passing by a mural on Prince St. in Soho last week.
downtown express April 20 - 26, 2011 13

Facebook and Egypt

came through. They landed in Brooklyn and
Continued from page 11 stayed with relatives until his dad found a job.
They rented the top floor of a two-family
had servants, became a mechanic working only house in a mixed neighborhood. Ray felt right
for tips. His mother, “who had never washed at home, even though he didn’t speak a word of
her own hair, cooked a meal or taken care of English. Between TV, comics, cereal boxes and
her children without help, was suddenly in a the need to fit in, he picked it up quickly. His
cramped space and trying to learn how to take dad’s job and ability with languages led him to
care of herself and her children at the age of 37. travel the world troubleshooting and teaching
There was only a toilet and sink at our hotel; we engineers to assemble the enormous printing
had to shower in a public place. This was humili- machines his company made. He returned to
ating for my parents and sister. My mother was Egypt once after 20 years absence, but what he
ashamed we were on Jewish relief and made me saw left him sad and disappointed. Ray has no
go for the checks. She started to work, making desire to return.
dresses for people who used to be her friends.” “I have such beautiful memories of Egypt
His older sister should have been preparing that I don’t want to disturb that part of me,”
to enter college but had to work to help the he explained.
family instead. Ray’s younger brother didn’t Today the world, even Obama, seems to
have sufficient food and nutrition and remained
tiny until the family had settled in America.
have forgotten the Jews of Egypt, despite an out-
cry against the persecution of Coptic Christians.
Holy Week
Ray continued at the Lycée Français in Paris.
His favorite pastime was to take the métro for
There are fewer than 50 Jews left; all are elderly.
Soon there will be none. Egypt less than flour-
& Easter
several stops and “pop up from underground ished under Nasser and Mubarak. Any society trinity church
to discover a new world.” He also began to that expels, represses or tries to exterminate
understand anti-Semitism. There was another groups of people because of their gender, reli-
st. paul’s chapel
Jewish family in their hotel, and the mother, a gion, race, sexuality, ethnic or national origins
concentration camp survivor, was very secre- has to suffer: Those very same “undesirables” of
tive about her Jewishness. He often played at the moment are also any country’s present and
the home of a school friend, not knowing he, future, its talent and richness. Egypt overthrew
too, was Jewish. One day when they were look- Mubarak, a miracle in itself, but like the Jews tenebrae easter eve
ing for his dad’s stamp collection, Ray saw a wandering in the desert for 40 years before they wednesday, april 20 saturday, april 23
mezuzah hidden in a drawer. reached the Promised Land, Egypt has a long
After a year and a half, American visas way to go. Trinity Church, 6pm The Great Vigil of Easter
with Holy Baptism
maundy thursday St. Paul’s Chapel, 8pm
thursday, april 21
Holy Eucharist easter day
Trinity Church, 6pm
sunday, april 24
Festive Eucharist
All-Night Vigil Before St. Paul’s Chapel, 8am and 10am
the Blessed Sacrament Trinity Church, 9am and 11:15am
All Saints’ Chapel in Trinity Church
Thursday, April 21, 8pm to Easter Fun Fest
Friday, April 22, Noon Trinity churchyard, 12:30-3pm
Easter egg and scavenger hunts,
good friday a visit from the Easter bunny, and
lots of other family fun. Free and
friday, april 22 all are welcome.
Liturgy of Good Friday
and Veneration of the Cross Compline
Trinity Church, Noon-3pm St. Paul’s Chapel, 8pm

A Liturgy of Good Friday

for Children and Families Watch live webcast at

Trinity Church, 4:30pm

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Broadway at Wall Street

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER Association, the B.P.C. Dog Association,

B.P.C. Seniors, the TriBattery Pops and the
CHERRY TREES: Every year, around P.T.A. from P.S./I.S. 276.
the second week in April, Battery Park City’s
cherry trees on the oval lawn south of 2 BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS
World Financial Center burst into bloom. CONSERVANCY PROGRAMS: From May
The canopy of white blossoms seems to cast 1 to the end of October, the Battery Park Downtown Express photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer
a spell: people sit quietly on park benches, City Parks Conservancy offers programs for Battery Park City’s cherry trees have been blooming every April for more than two
taking in the spectacle, mothers hold their people of all ages, most of them free. There decades on the periphery of the oval lawn at the World Financial Center.
toddlers aloft to get closer to the blooms, will be art classes, sports, story telling, fish-
lovers lie close to each other on the lawn, ing bird watching, concerts, garden tours, bacon and Parmesan cheese ($16) and miso says he met Mike around seven years ago
strewn with petals. community dances and more, all taking broiled salmon with wasabi mashed pota- at a food show and liked both the man and
These trees are the Yoshino species place in Battery Park City’s beautiful parks toes and baby bok choy ($18.25). Mahi his pies. Merchants River House is on the
(Prunus yedoensis), according to James and gardens. However, a few of the B.P.C. mahi tamales are new at SouthWest NY. Battery Park City esplanade between Albany
Morrisey, general manager of the World Parks Conservancy’s programs do require They’re made with brown rice, ginger, cilan- and Liberty Streets and SouthWest NY is
Financial Center complex, which is owned pre-registration and incur a fee. Here’s a tro and coconut milk wrapped in a banana at 2 World Financial Center. Both are open
by Brookfield Properties. He said the trees brief rundown on the fee-based programs leaf and steamed ($20). The new dessert daily and both deliver. For more informa-
are around 24 to 26 years old, and will for young people: at Merchants River House is a chocolate tion, go to
decline after 30 to 35 years. Trees of this Green Adventure is for students enter- mousse pie ($5.25) made by Mike Martin, and to
kind “rarely remain healthy for more than ing sixth to eighth grades who are inter- who opened Mike’s Pies in Tampa, Fla. after
40 years,” he said. ested in nature and environmental stew- he finished playing football for the Bears To comment on Battery Park City Beat or
He said that when the time comes, ardship. The group visits parks, gardens, and the Patriots. Wade Burch, executive chef to suggest article ideas, email TereseLoeb@
Brookfield would replace the trees with organic farms and farmers’ markets and for the Merchants Hospitality restaurants,
mature specimens that would approximate fishes, sails and rows under the leader-
the current luxuriant display. ship of Ellen McCarthy, the former chil-
Yoshino cherry trees are hybrids that dren’s garden manager at the New York
occur naturally in Japan and have been Botanical Garden. Mon.-Fri., July 11-July
exported to many parts of the world. They 29; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $575. Gardening Club
were introduced to Europe and the United for children in first through fifth grades.
States in 1902. Most of the trees surround- Ellen McCarthy and Doug van Horn teach
ing the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. are gardening skills in the Children’s Garden
Yoshino cherries, a gift to the United States in Rockefeller Park. Tuesdays from May
from Japan. The first Tidal Basin trees were 3 to Oct. 25; 4 p.m.-5 p.m. $80 per two-
planted a century ago; additional trees have month cycle. Explorers’ Club is for first,
been planted in Washington since then, most second and third graders, who learn about
recently between 1986 and 1988. plants, animals and the environment as
Washington, D.C.’s famed Cherry they explore B.P.C.’s parks with Doug van
Blossom Festival is over for this year, but Horn. Mondays, May 2 to June 20 (except
Battery Park’s City’s cherry tree display May 30); 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. $84. For
should last a little longer, depending on the more information about these programs or
wind and weather. to register, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 348
The trees will have finished their bloom- or visit the B.P.C. Conservancy office at 75
ing by April 30 when the Battery Park Battery Place.
City Community Network is sponsoring a
benefit at SouthWest NY to raise money SPRING AND SUMMER MENUS:
for charitable aid to Japan. The event will Spring in Battery Park City is marked not
take place between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on just by a profusion of flowers but by menu
SouthWest NY’s outdoor dining area, at 2 changes at Merchants River House, which
World Financial Center, facing North Cove has two outdoor plazas overlooking the
Marina. A $20 admission fee will cover food Hudson River and at SouthWest NY, with
and a donation. Margaritas will be half price. seating under a shady canopy of London
Additional money will be raised via a raffle. plane trees facing North Cove Marina. Both
The Battery Park City Community are favorite places to enjoy warm spring
Network comprises Battery Park City Cares, and summer evenings. At Merchants River
the Community Emergency Response Team House, look for chicken Alfredo pasta, made Cavatapi Chicken Alfredo Pasta with portabella mushrooms, grilled chicken, peas,
(C.E.R.T.) and its affiliate, Animal Search with cavatapi (corkscrew-shaped pasta), bacon and Parmesan cheese is on the spring/summer menu at Merchants River
and Rescue, TimeBank, the Gateway Tenants portabella mushrooms, grilled chicken, peas, House.
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Tribeca Film Festival: A Decade of Downtown Film

P. 16 P. 17 P. 20
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On screen and in the streets, TFF focuses on the family

Tribeca Film Institute nurtures young filmmakers
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN The TFF narrative film, “Janie Jones” (one
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival dedi- of 93 features) sheds light on family dynam-
cates much energy to family entertainment, ics and psychology. A talented but strug-
films focusing on family concerns and forums gling musician learns that he has a 13-year-
for teenage filmmakers. Events range from one old daughter. Instantly, his rock-and-roll life-
of New York’s largest and most unique street style (which in part involves a much younger
festivals to screenings of independent films girlfriend) is turned upside down and then
exploring complex family matters. Crucial around. The daughter, Janie, turns out to
space has also been allotted to projects by local be an aspiring musician herself — and they
students — whose efforts have been supported bond on a road trip during which both father
by the Tribeca Film Institute (www.tribecafilm- and daughter grow as artists. The feature documentary “The Wild and
Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” describes
and Craig Hatkoff, TFI empowers profession- the sobering reality of the White family of
al filmmakers through grants, and its education-
al programming enables underserved New York
City public middle and high school students to
express themselves in film. Since its launching I do want to continue my
in 2006, the Institute’s education program has
grown from serving 30 to 12,000 students — career in filmmaking, and
providing them with the opportunity to create
their own documentaries based on the theme it is just a great experience.
of change and progress. Each year, the Institute
selects 20 teenagers, who receive an all-access I never thought I would
look at the film industry through a series
of workshops, creative filmmaking exercises, be chosen to show my
screenings, panels and mentoring by Tribeca
Film Festival film directors. film at the Tribeca Film
Students create short films that tackle
local concerns. The results are screened as Festival. It made me want
part of the TFF’s annual “Our City, My Story”
event — which celebrates the vision, excel- to continue to create films.
lence and diversity of New York City youth-
made media. When asked about how last — Ashley Turizo (director,
year’s participation in “Our City, My Story”
affected them, José Velez (“Little Dominica “The Image of My Perception”)
NYC”) said, “It changed my life complete-
ly,” and Ashley Turizo (“The Image of My
Perception”) stated, “It has definitely had a
great impact. It opened up my eyes to all the Boone County, West Virginia. Far from a tradi-
possibilities of my future — I do want to con- tional family unit, the Whites are as legendary
tinue my career in filmmaking, and it is just a for their criminal ways as they are for their
great experience. I never thought I would be most famous member, Jesco White, star of the
chosen to show my film at the Tribeca Film documentary “Dancing Outlaw.” Staying true
Festival. The experience speaks for itself! It to the spirit of executive producers Johnny
made me want to continue to create films.” Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine (of TV’s infamous
In “Violence in the Lower East Side” “Jackass”), the film is a shocking, highly eccen-
(by Cecilia Bonilla, David Evans, Aaron tric, humorous and sometimes moving account
Farooqi, Samantha King, Kiralie Mogollon, of a year in the Whites’ life. Shoot-outs, rob-
Tristan Reginato and Jeremy Santana), for beries, gas huffing, drug dealing and consum- Photo courtesy of the Tribeca Film Institute

example, the audience encounters Bonilla’s ing (and especially tap-dancing) are only some Ashley Turizo (The Image of My Perception).
conflicted view of her neighborhood and life of the everyday activities at hand. This film
in general — which has been shaped by the provides a fascinating portrait of a family Chambers Streets). In contrast to last year, ing The Fuzzy Lemons and Hot Peas N’
acts of violence she has witnessed in her envi- existing on the other side of the law, while when road repairs forced organizers to modify Butter). Local restaurants and merchants will
ronment. The documentary “Growing Food addressing some of the corruption, poverty, the overall set up last, this edition will truly be offer samples of their fare, ranging from gour-
Justice in Brooklyn” (by Stevenson Catul, and environmental devastation found in the back on the street. met treats to simple refreshments.
Christian Filus, Alfonso Francois Gonzalez, coal mining culture of West Virginia. The Street Fair is produced by Peter As the Festival also serves as a fundrais-
Jerry Joseph and Luishka Roberts), makes a For the first time, the TFF will Downing — whose time spent on Broadway as er, various local schools will organize activi-
case for the necessary creation of new healthy debut NYFEST, on April 23. The city’s first an actor and stage manager has allowed him to, ties, such as Taekwondo lessons or hairspray
food options in some Brooklyn communities, Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament as he acknowledges, “build relationships over painting, to help the cause. “This Festival was
where obesity rates are high and fast food pre- will allow New York youth to interact with the years with theatrical press and marketing founded as a response to the tragic events of
dominates. In a film that could serve as an celebrities and industry professionals from the reps who recognize the great opportunity that 9/11,” explained Downing. “The key to the
interesting companion piece to the acclaimed worlds of film, music, sports and entertain- the Family Festival provides for exposure and mission of our founders was to support the
“Waiting for Superman,” “Isa’s Final Draft” ment. Soccer legend Pelé will kick off the promotion for family-friendly shows.” local community and help drive people back
(by Jesus Villalba, Kadiatou Diallo, Nataly game with a coin toss. For info, visit www. This year, stages will highlight special seg- Downtown. Nothing serves this objective bet-
Garzon and Rayhan Islam), follows the path ments from Broadway shows and emerging ter than to offer free public events in and for
of Isabella — a promising student who dreams On April 30, the Tribeca Family Festival talents from the neighborhood. The New the neighborhood.”
of attending college. When her guidance coun- Street Fair puts on “the ultimate street fair York Philharmonic’s Credit Suisse Very Young
selor discovers that she is an undocumented and family celebration” by showcasing a vari- Composers will present original works cre- For more info on family-friendly films,
resident, Isabella and her family are forced ety of activities and performances (10am- ated by young musicians. Popular family- events and activities, visit www.tribecafilm.
to face unimaginable challenges. 6pm, Greenwich Street from Hubert to friendly bands will also perform (includ- com.
downtown express April 20 - 26, 2011 17

Early reviews, final verdicts: Troll, trip, terrorists

Three out of three ain’t bad
Written & Directed by André Ovredal.
103 minutes.
In Norwegian, with English subtitles.

Tues., Apr. 26, 11:30pm at AMC Loews

Village 7 (66 Third Ave. at 11th St.).
Thurs., Apr. 28, 9pm & Sat., Apr. 30,
11:59pm at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea
(260 W. 23rd St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves).
For tickets ($16 evenings/weekends;
$8 matinees), purchase at the Box Office
or call 646-502-5296 or visit www.tribe-


The final credits of “Trollhunter”
announce, “No trolls were harmed during
the making of this movie.” By the end of
this fanciful mockumentary, I was ready
to believe in their existence. Norwegians,
with troll folklore part of their DNA,
were in on the joke from the beginning.
For those on this side of the pond, whose
only experience with the critters involves
the garden-variety lawn statues and elec-
tric socket-haired big-eyed rubber baby
gnomes (both scary in their own right),
the movie is fun as adventure — with a
bit of stalking and slaying combined with
lovely landscape.
The story begins with reports of strange
goings on in the mountains and forests of
Norway. A trio of local students from
Volda College decide to investigate for
their school project. With serious doubts Photo courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival
that a bear did the damage (as the Wildlife
Three students earn college credit the hard (and deadly) way, in “Trollhunter.”
Board claims), they doggedly pursue a
poacher named Hans. In their first foray
into the woods, they find a massive, lum- commercials, is making his feature film REVIEW BY RANIA RICHARDSON superiority.
bering three-headed “Tosserlad” — which debut. He wisely cast three well-known Michael Winterbottom’s uproarious In “The Trip,” Coogan plays a pomp-
Hans turns into stone with the flash of Norwegian comedians — Jespersen, Hans British highbrow comedy “The Trip” ous movie actor who accepts a newspaper
a bright light. Other troll facts: They Morten Hansen (as Finn, the govern- follows comics Steve Coogan and Rob assignment to review a few fancy restau-
explode in sunlight due to their lack of ment’s director of the TSS) and Robert rants that serve (sometimes bizarre) cut-
Vitamin D and have the ability to smell Stoltenberg (as a doltish Polish thief ting-edge cuisine. His hope is to impress
the blood of practicing Christians. who delivers Russian bears to the crime his American girlfriend with a paid vaca-
From then on, it’s Road Trip of Trolling scenes) — and three relative newcom- Elite dining and literary tion dining in the beautiful English coun-
for Trolls (many kinds) — with Hans, ers, who all expertly improvise the entire tryside. When she dumps him, he recruits
now revealed as the head of Norway’s film with deadpan seriousness and droll references inform the his friend, Rob Brydon (a happily mar-
TSS (Troll Security Service), and the (troll?) humor. The gigantic, repulsive ried television personality), to journey
three eager students recording the entire trolls, playing themselves, were convinc- humor in the six-episode from one Bed and Breakfast to the next,
gory venture. Hans, who has an impres- ingly constructed digitally. critiquing the gourmet eateries along
sive scar running down his left cheek, is a As the trollhunter says, “Fairy tales British television series the way. The two embark on a midlife
Norwegian in the finest Western cowboy don’t always match reality.” Oh, my. male bonding road trip, like “Sideways”
anti-hero tradition. He is an outsider and that has been edited into on English Lit. They eat, drink, discuss
loner — a man of few words and swift movies, music, Lord Byron and his ilk
action who plays country and western THE TRIP a feature film. — but their mission is to outdo each
music in his RV. He is burnt out and fed Directed by Michael Winterbottom. other with over-the-top impressions of
up with all the duplicity and bureaucracy 100 minutes. Michael Caine, Woody Allen, Michael
(filling out an extensive “Slayed Troll Not rated. Sheen and many others. Along the way,
Form,” for example), which is why he is Brydon on a culinary tour of northern each man defends his lifestyle — Coogan
ready to tell all. Screening: Thurs., April 21, 6pm at England. Elite dining and literary refer- as a self-involved womanizer with lofty
While the opening scene is shaky, à la Clearview Cinemas Chelsea. Sat., April ences inform the humor in the six-episode career aspirations, and Brydon as a warm-
“The Blair Witch Project,” the movie quick- 23, 12pm, at AMC Loews Village-7. Tues., British television series that has been edit- hearted and stable family man.
ly transforms into smooth, professional April 26, 6pm and Sat., April 30, 1:30pm ed into a feature film. The two men play I have to admit that because I’m not
handheld camerawork, as seen through at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea. semi-fictionalized versions of themselves familiar with Coogan and Brydon’s televi-
the lens of the ill-fated Kalle (remember For tickets ($16 evenings/weekends; $8 in a continuation of their performances sion work, and because “The Trip” is an
that Christian thing?). With this engag- matinees), purchase at the Box Office or call in Winterbottom’s “Tristram Shandy: A English production, I probably missed
ing tongue-in-cheek tale, Ovredal, one 646-502-5296 or visit Cock and Bull Story” (2005) — where
of Norway’s most successful directors of they joked, bickered and jockeyed for Continued on page 18
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Reviews: Troll, trip, terrorists

Continued from page 17

some of the country-specific humor and

references. But it didn’t matter. I was
doubled over laughing the entire time.


Screenplay by Simon Moutaïrou
Directed by Julien Leclercq.
95 minutes.
In French and some Arabic, with English

Thurs., Apr. 21, 9pm & Sat., Apr. 23,

10pm at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (260
W. 23rd St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves). Sun., Apr.
24, 8:30pm & Thurs., Apr. 28, 3om at AMC
Loews Village 7 (66 Third Ave. at 11th St.).
For tickets ($16 evenings/weekends; $8
matinees), purchase at the Box Office or call
646-502-5296 or visit


With the Middle East and North Africa in
turmoil — and the tenth anniversary of 9/11
looming — this harrowing retelling of the
1994 hijacking of an Air France airplane in Photo courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival
Algiers, is timely (and was prescient). “The Assault” director Julien Leclercq.
On Christmas Eve of that year, four Islamic
fundamentalists, members of the GIA (Armed for the West’s support of the military-backed
Islamic Group) boarded the Paris-bound plane president.
with 227 passengers on board, and demanded Director Julien Leclercq explains that his
the release of two of their jailed comrades. narrative is “liberally inspired” by the three-
They also wanted the pilots to fly the plane to day hostage standoff. The dramatic rescue in
Paris. But to what end? Marseilles, where the plane landed to refuel,
was broadcast live on TV and viewed by over
21 million people — and the filmmaker makes
use of the chilling you-are-there footage.
The hijacking and suicide The action shifts seamlessly back and forth
from each group of major players. Inside the
mission in “The Assault” airplane, filmed with tight, claustrophobic
shots, the increasingly desperate and out of
was meant as payback for control leader (Aymen Saidi) rants, threatens,
praises Allah and kills three hostages. As the
the West’s support of the French ministers in Paris rationally discuss
alternatives like ransom money, rescue and
military-backed president. body count, a convoy truck is offloaded with
30 empty wooden coffins (the estimated body
count from a rescue attempt). The precision
training of the GIGN (National Gendarmerie
Algeria is a vague geographical blip in the Intervention Group), France’s special ops and
States. An essential introduction to its history counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit, is
would be Gillo Pontecorvo’s seminal “Battle especially gripping. Thierry (Vincent Elbaz,
of Algiers” (1966), a brilliantly reconstructed with his expressive, world-weary eyes), a tough
account of urban guerilla events during the unit member, comes to represent and human-
brutal war of independence against French ize this well-oiled killing machine. He is por-
rule (1954-62). While documentary in style, trayed as a loving husband and father, despite
no archival stock was used. his deadly and deadening profession. His
Since independence, the beleaguered North wife’s emotional rollercoaster embodies the
African country, nestled between Morocco fear that gripped the nation.
and Libya, has been ruled by a series of des- I toast this well-crafted edge-of-the-seat
pots. (I traveled through the country’s back- saga with a bottle of French wine. Santé.
water villages and the Sahara in a nine-seat Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t known until after
van in spring 1986 during a time of relative the rescue that the hijackers had a cache of
quiet — except for Ronald Reagan’s bombing explosives aboard — they told passengers
of nearby Tripoli.) A devastating civil war in they were planning to crash the plane into
1992 — when the Algerian army cancelled the Eiffel Tower. While they did not succeed,
an election that the Islamist party was win- a few months later, terrorists did bomb a
ning — lasted until 1998 (although clashes Paris metro station. Photo courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival
are ongoing). The hijacking and suicide mis- Two Brits go for an extended taste test, in “The Trip.” See page 17.
sion in “The Assault” was meant as payback Continued on page 22
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Online, bringing the TFF experience to wider audiences

Free screenings — but with limited (cyber) seating
BY RANIA RICHARDSON effort, Tribeca Film Festival Virtual, which was it hard?” he asked her, and made modifi- has made four selections from the official
This year, everything is free at the newly cost $45 for an entry pass. “We’re still in the cations accordingly. festival lineup available nationwide via televi-
named Tribeca Online Film Festival, where experimental phase of this new frontier,” said As an adjunct to the online festival, sion and web on-demand services, from the
you can follow the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Patricof. “I’m focused, along with Geoff, to start of the festival on April 20. According
from the comfort of home. Jon Patricof, chief continue to innovate and make this as strong to Patricof, filmmakers received a “minimum
operating officer of the festival, spearheaded a platform as it can be. This is how festivals guarantee” or advance from Tribeca Film,
the multi-faceted digital strategy. The initia- are evolving now, to gain broader audiences. I The Tribeca Online which acquired all rights. The cost to watch
tive includes online streaming of films, web hope we get it close to right.” a film on-demand is determined by the price
access to events, Q&As with key players, an Like last year, a Live From… section allows Film Festival website structure of the platform, such as cable VOD,
industry blog and live social media updates by web viewers inside invitation-only and ticketed Netflix Watch Instantly and iTunes, he said.
filmmakers. events. On tap are opening night festivities, is so visually striking, On Time Warner Cable in Manhattan, the
Easily located on the main website, the red carpet premieres, panel discussions and films are available on channel 1000.
the awards show. the designer deserves One highlight in the group is “The Bang
Similar to the “Quora” or “Yahoo! Bang Club,” a drama based on the true story
Answers” models, Tribeca Q&A offers online applause. Patricof used of four risk-taking photojournalists in South
There is a limit visitors the opportunity to ask questions to Africa — starring Ryan Phillippe and Taylor
a selection of filmmakers and festival brass. his mother’s experience Kitsch — who capture the turmoil in the
of 500 attendees per According to Patricof, “Some respond in real final days of apartheid from 1990-1994. The
time, others in 24 hours, still others respond to gauge its navigability. Canadian-South African co-production is writ-
online screening in one swoop.” Gilmore and festival juror ten and directed by Steven Silver, based on the
Whoopi Goldberg have answered queries via “Was it easy or was it memoir of two of the photojournalists.
to control the release video clip. Another pick is “Last Night,” a U.S. produc-
Writer/directors Rider and Shiloh Strong hard?” he asked her, tion directed by Iranian-born Massy Tadjedin
of these films, which are have responded to a number of questions, that stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington
such as “Is writing/directing/photography and made modifications and Eva Mendes, in a New York story about
available to be acquired full-time jobs for each of you? Do you do marriage and sexual temptation. As part of the
other things to make ends meet between proj- accordingly. distribution plan, films in this program will
commercially. Tribeca ects?” Shiloh answered, “Full-time job for screen in theaters across the country after the
me is the endless mission to get a job in act- film festival. Beginning in June, Tribeca Film
is just the exhibitor, not ing/writing/directing or photography. I guess Tribeca Film, the comprehensive distribution will begin releasing films year-round, concur-
my ‘day job’ is photography. I get some gigs label under the Tribeca Enterprises umbrella, rently in theaters and on-demand.
the distributor here, said shooting events, or portraits at my studio here
and there. I also assist and digital tech (work
Patricof. the computer) on some high-end commercial
photography jobs to pay the bills. Somehow
it seems to work itself out every month, but I
Festival Streaming Room presents six features never know what is coming next. The life of
and nine shorts from the official film lineup. the freelancer.”
Viewers can register to “reserve a seat” for one A customized page on Filmmaker Feed
of the 24-hour online screening windows that lets directors promote their work with state-
commence with the first live theater screen- ments, bios, links, videos, and Facebook and
ing. Twitter updates. In addition to social media
“I’m excited about ‘Donor Unknown’ feeds, European-born David Dusa, direc-
because it’s about technology and how the web tor of “Flowers of Evil,” included a link to
allows families to connect,” Patricof said, in a his YouTube channel and to the Sciapode
discussion of the films available for streaming. production company — founded in 2003
Directed by Jerry Rothwell, the documentary to produce European films — as well as an
explores the definition of family as it follows embedded trailer for his film, in which a
a young woman conceived in the first genera- young girl moves to Paris from Tehran during
tion of “test-tube babies” who searches for her political unrest.
siblings and prolific sperm donor father. There is a notably high ratio of blogger
A stand-out short on the streaming list is responses to comments left on entries in
“The Dungeon Master,” written and directed the Future of Film blog (written by experts
by brothers Rider and Shiloh Strong, who in film, media and technology). Topping the
are recognizable from their many television list of comments is “Movie Theaters Should
acting credits. The film takes on Dungeons Think Like Netflix” — a plan of action to
& Dragons, a game often favored by geeky save the movie-going experience by digital
obsessives, in a tale of friends revisiting the media consultant Chris Dorr. He asks, “What
role-playing pastime of their youth. if we could create a new model for going
There is a limit of 500 attendees per online to the movies at your local theater that is
screening to control the release of these films, as consumer-friendly as Netflix? Could this
which are available to be acquired commer- dramatically increase attendance?” More than
cially. Tribeca is just the exhibitor, not the 80 comments to date have been followed by
distributor here, said Patricof. Audience mem- quick responses by Dorr. Among the other
bers can vote for the best online feature, which bloggers are Peter Guber, CEO of Mandalay
will be awarded $25,000, and the best online Entertainment, and Brad Wechsler, Chairman
short, which will receive $5,000. Statistics of IMAX.
on audience size and viewing trends will be The Tribeca Online Film Festival website
shared with the filmmakers. is so visually striking, the designer deserves
Tribeca’s chief creative officer, Geoff applause. Patricof used his mother’s experi-
Gilmore, launched last year’s pilot online ence to gauge its navigability. “Was it easy or
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Crafting a ‘more concise and approachable’ festival

As digital reach expands, a vow to retain brick and mortar appeal
Originally designed to revive a neighbor-
hood traumatized by 9/11, the Tribeca Film 9/11 in particular,
Festival has become a global phenomenon
that draws film lovers from around the Terranova maintained,
world — and now reaches countless others
on the web. is still an integral part
Founded in 2002, the festival started out
as a five-day local affair with less than 150 of the festival’s identity.
screenings. “It was just a celebration to get
people down here, and to bring new life “New York Says Thank
[to Downtown],” said Genna Terranova (a
senior programmer who joined the curato- You,” for example, tracks
rial team in 2008).
“People didn’t know what Tribeca was the journey of New York
about,” recalled David Kwok, the festival’s
director of programming and one of its origi- firefighters and volunteers
nal full-time staff members. “[The festival]
is something that, through a lot of relation- helping communities
ships and just general growth and exposure,
began gaining its own reputation.” nationwide revive from
disasters. And the short
The festival’s future, Kwok “Current (Reprise)”
explained, is unpredictable, documents New York City’s
since it is inextricably tied first ticker-tape parade
to technological advances. following the World Trade
“Who knows what’ll Center attacks.
happen in two years — not
just in terms of us, but in Photo courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival

TFF programmer David Kwok: Ready to roll with the unpredictable punches of brick
mers said, and illustrate the power of social
media. (“Flowers of Evil,” for example,
terms of how we’ll watch and mortal festivals in an increasingly digital age.
demonstrates how citizens can coordinate
“It’s a good way for us to kind of come of human nature,” she said. social uprisings — and staying tuned to them
movies,” he said. back in our 10th year and remind everybody Terranova was previously a film buyer remotely — via YouTube and Twitter.)
that this is where we started,” said Kwok. for The Weinstein Company and Miramax. The festival’s new distribution division,
In order to streamline the line-up, the “As a programmer, you have to use more of the programmers assured, is not solely a
programmers decided to consolidate the a fine-tooth comb in the process — you have profit-making venture. “I think it comes
In its 10th season, the festival will pres- films into fewer sections this year, accord- first eyes on it, and no one already validated more from filmmakers [who wish] to give
ent more than 500 screenings of feature ing to type — Spotlight, Viewpoints, it for you,” she said of her new position. other filmmakers another platform,” said
films, documentaries and shorts. Last year, World Documentary Feature Competition, Curating the festival, she added, has refined Terranova. “As a purely financial model,
the festival stretched its tentacles into the World Narrative Feature Competition and her palette and deepened her appreciation of who knows if it’ll survive.”
digital realm by introducing a selection of Cinemania. “We really want to celebrate the global cinema. “We wanted to figure out how we could
films to cable and Internet viewers who can’t films and filmmaking and didn’t want to put The programmers don’t have a set agenda extend this outside of 12 days, to expand
attend a live screening or who simply prefer [as many] lines between them,” explained when choosing the films for the festival the idea of what a festival can do,” Kwok
watching movies at home. Kwok. — rather, they notice recurring themes fol- explained.
But will the festival’s manifold expan- The festival booklet was significantly pared lowing the decisions. This year, the team The digital venture, he noted, is still a
sions spoil the local, neighborhood vibe it down in 2008, when the curators slashed the discovered that many of the movies are work in progress. “We want to see how
once championed? Has the initial aim of title count from nearly 200 to less than 100 about subordinates contending with insti- people react to it,” said Kwok, “and see
helping out a shattered community been movies in an effort to make the program tutions (“Semper Fi: Always Faithful” what works and what doesn’t.” As they do
forgotten? more manageable for both the staff and the recounts individual marines’ struggle for each year, the programmers will convene at
“The community is first and foremost one viewers. “I think it makes the program more justice against the Marine Corps; and “Black the end of the festival to discuss how things
of the most important things of the festival,” concise and approachable,” said Terranova. Butterflies” tells the story of South African went.
said Terranova. “As you grow, there are other But it makes the programmers’ job more chal- poet Ingrid Jonker, who bravely protests Irrespective of the distribution service’s
aspects that are important. But [9/11] is still lenging, forcing the team to be more selective against Apartheid in her personal, expres- success, Kwok and his team are intent on
a part of who we are. I don’t think that’ll ever when judging the more-than 5,600 submis- sive verse). Several other films feature musi- keeping the brick and mortar festival not
change.” In an effort to serve Downtown sions this year in just six months. cal icons, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Harry only alive but developing and thriving.
residents, Terranova and her team are kick- “The program has to be molded in such Belafonte and the Kings of Leon. “I don’t think demand of the festival itself
starting the 10th season with a free public a way that we’re picking the strongest mov- The festival is offering four films on vid- will change,” he said. “There’s nothing you
screening, at the World Financial Center, of ies possible available to us at this time. eo-on-demand this year, and 24 others with can really do to replicate the experience of
Cameron Crowe’s documentary “The Union” It’s tough to make those decisions,” said timed virtual screenings on the Internet. going to the cinema with festival-goers.”
— about the collaboration of legendary musi- Terranova, acknowledging — and perhaps The movies chosen for cable TV and the “If there were an unlimited amount of
cians Elton John and Leon Russell in produc- comforted by – the imperfect nature of the Internet target a different audience than do
ing the 2010 album of that name. task. “Sometimes, you miss things. It’s part those shown at the venues, the program- Continued on page 23
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TO ORDER TICKETS: Downtown Manhattan residents (Ticket Outlet locations, or call 646-502-5296. only). Service charges and fulfillment fees may apply. For
more ticketing information, visit
The Presale Ticket Outlets are: Venues #1, 2 and 5.
TICKET PACKAGES are sold online and by phone only.
1 Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (CCC), 260 W. 23rd St. Opening Weekend Ticket Package is $100. Two general
(btw. 7th & 8th Aves.) screening tickets each to one film on Fri., April 22, two
films on Sat., April 23, and one film on Sun., April 24.
2 AMC Loews Village 7 (AV7), 66 Third Ave. (at 11th
St.). CHELSEA TICKET PACKAGE is $75 for six general
screening tickets to films showing at SVA Theater and
3 SVA Theater (SVA), 333 W. 23rd St. (btw. 8th & Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (two per screening).
9th Aves.).
4 BMCC Tribeca PAC (BMCC), 199 Chambers St. general screening tickets (two per screening).
(btw. Greenwich & West Sts.).
12 Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, 353 West St. (Houston LATE NIGHT FILMS TICKET PACKAGE is $39 for six
5 Tribeca Cinemas (TC), 54 Varick St. (at Laight St.). at West Side Highway). late night screening tickets (two per screening) and two
invitations to the Cinemaniac party (Sun., April 24, at
6 Apple Store, SoHo, 103 Prince St. (at Greene St.). SINGLE TICKETS: Tribeca Cinemas).
As of April 17, single tickets on sale to Downtown
7 Chanel Art Awards Gallery at NYAA, 111 Franklin residents (Ticket Outlets only, with proof of zip code MATINEE FILMS TICKET PACKAGE is $39 for six mati-
St. below Canal St.). As of April 18, single tickets are on nee screening tickets (two per screening).
sale to general public.
8 Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St. Evening & Weekend screenings (after 6pm Mon.-Fri. RUSH TICKETS: Screenings and panels that have no
and Sat./Sun. prior to 11pm) are $16. more advance tickets available will be listed as Rush
9 Tribeca Film Center (TFC), 375 Greenwich St. (2nd Matinee/Late Night screenings (prior to 6pm Mon.- Tickets. Rush ticket lines will form approximately 45
floor, btw. N. Moore & Franklin Sts.). Fri. or after 11pm daily) are $8. minutes prior to scheduled event times at the venue.
Admission will begin approximately 15 minutes before
10 Tribeca Drive-In, at the World Financial Center A HUDSON PASS costs $1,200 and includes access program start time based on availability. Rush tickets are
Plaza, West St. (btw. Vesey & Liberty Sts.). for one to all evening, weekend and matinee/late night priced as noted above, except at the BMCC Tribeca PAC
priced screenings, Tribeca Talks and Filmmaker/Industry Theater, where all Rush tickets will be $8. No discounts
11 Apple Store, 401 West 14th St. (at 9th Ave.). Lounge. apply and admission is not guaranteed.
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55 Broad Street (Between Exchange Place & Beaver Street) tepid homo boxing flick “My Last Round.”

sistent rainfall.
Continued from page 18 Steeped in decay and seemingly cursed by
The meeting is open to the public and all an endless stretch of overcast days and stormy
registered members are eligible to vote nights, director Julio Jorquera’s Chile is an ugly/
MY LAST ROUND beautiful world where everything from the
87 minutes. sputtering cars to the peeling wallpaper to the
120 Broadway, Suite 3340 Screenwriter and Director: Julio Jorquera. scuffed-up mirrors are on their last legs. Add to
New York, NY 10271 In Spanish, with English subtitles. that list two very damaged people.
Middle-aged Octavio is a closeted boxing
(212) 566-6700 Sun., Apr. 24, 5:30pm & Tues., Apr. 26, champ who has the admiration of those in 10:30pm, at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea his small town. Young, sad-eyed and recently
(260 W. 23rd St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves). Fri., unemployed dishwasher Hugo throws some
Apr. 29, 6pm, at AMC Loews Village 7 (66 subtle flirtations Octavio’s way — but when the
Third Ave. at 11th St.). pudgy pugilist acts on them while the two take
For tickets ($16 evenings/weekends; $8 a wizz during a rainswept camping trip, Hugo
matinees), purchase at the Box Office or call rebuffs the advances he seemingly invited.
646-502-5296 or visit Eventually, the two get together and take
the bus to the capital city of Santiago — with
REVIEW BY SCOTT STIFFLER Octavio working as a barber and (literally)
As even the most casual observer will tell directionless Hugo finding employment driv-
you, there’s nothing remotely sexy, or sexual, or ing the delivery truck for a pet shop. It’s not
homosexy, about boxing. Two muscular, sweaty long before Octavio succumbs to the siren
brutes wailing on each other while a man in a call of the boxing ring once more. Also hap-
white shirt and a bow tie periodically separates pening in short order is Hugo’s naïve flirta-
)L]T\)LWTM[KMV\IVL8MLQI\ZQK7XP\PITUWTWOa them when the holding becomes too prolonged
and intense? No, sir, admirers of the male form
tions with a clueless girl at work who thinks
the clumsy kiss he pulled back from on
4I[MZ>Q[QWV+WZZMK\QWV +I\IZIK\;]ZOMZa_Q\P8ZMUQ]U1UXTIV\[ will find nothing to lick their lips over within the Lookout Point means they’re going steady.
state-sanctioned confines of a boxing ring. Newsflash, Jenny: That double bed he shares
+WV\IK\4MV[M[ +WUXZMPMV[Q^M-aM+IZM Too much polite restraint regarding the sexy with Octavio in their cramped apartment?
gay elephant in the room is what makes the It’s not just a space-saving strategy.
competent but tepid queer boxing flick “My Well, if you can’t see where this one is
Last Round” such a letdown. It’s like the shock going, you’ll probably think those seizures
and hurt you experience when you’ve shelled Octavio hides from all concerned are just
Board Certified Ophthalmologist out half your paycheck for dining, dancing, going to level off. Savvy queer moviegoers
Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Mt. Sinai Hospital popcorn and a movie only to be rebuffed by a will soon tire of the predictable plot and thor-
complete and total lack of delivery on certain oughly unempowering narrative arc. That’s too
implied promises. It’s not fair. bad; because there are things to admire here,
Although there’s some skin on display, very mostly found in the moody cinematography
Board Certified Ophthalmologist few are likely to get all hot — but many will and the economy of scale employed by both
surely be bothered — by the sheer magnitude lead actors. Nothing except perceived betrayal
Clinical Instructor, Mt. Sinai Hosptial
of lost potential and roads not taken (nar- seems to justify reactions that surpass the rais-
ratively speaking). What should have been a ing of eyebrows. But that stoicism in the face of
queer “Rocky” worth cheering for turns out to an increasingly hopeless love story has an odd
!5]ZZIa;\ZMM\ be a polite stab at merging the classic narrative cumulative effect. As the film lurches towards
6M_AWZS6A of a boxer in search of one last victory with
an equally classic tale of forbidden love that
its utterly predictable ending, the feelings
you’re hooked on are too little, too late — but
___\ZQJMKIMaMKIZMKWUŒ! triumphs over adversity. they nevertheless catch you on the chin like a
So move over, Ang “Brokeback Mountain” cruel and unexpected southpaw punch. Spoiler
Lee. There’s a new director whose melo- Alert, boxing fans: Ring scenes are few and far
%RRNDQDSSRLQWPHQWRQOLQH )UHH$OO/DVHU/$6,.6FUHHQLQJV dramatic tale of doomed gay romance and between and bereft of any erotic appeal. The
homophobic violence and peace achieved only first truly great queer boxer’s love story has
0RVWLQVXUDQFHSODQVDFFHSWHG on the other side of the grave is set to take yet to be made — at least on film. Swishy
America by storm — or at the very least, per- Spielbergs, are you listening?
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Crafting a concise festival

his crew have not lost sight of its roots and
Continued from page 20 its faithful neighborhood viewers.
“We’re very conscious of films that are
people watching the movies [from home], set in New York or Downtown,” said Kwok,
that might be cause for concern,” echoed such as “Limelight” — a documentary about
Terranova, pointing out the limited options the New York club scene; and “Newlyweds,”
of the digital services. “We’re careful to which was shot entirely in Tribeca.
want to preserve the event of being inside 9/11 in particular, Terranova maintained,

Junior & Teen

a cinema with a group of people. It’s one of is still an integral part of the festival’s
the reasons why festivals continue to exist, identity. “New York Says Thank You,” for
because people want the communal experi- example, tracks the journey of New York
ence.” firefighters and volunteers helping commu-
And this “communal” appeal has
undoubtedly contributed to its success and
fame. However, the festival still doesn’t have
nities nationwide revive from disasters. And
the short “Current (Reprise)” documents
New York City’s first ticker-tape parade fol-
Sailing Camps
a place to call home. It lacks a central hub lowing the World Trade Center attacks. The
for its screenings and operations — some- festival is also showing a free screening of These week-long programs inspire kids
thing, Kwok said, that the staff has wanted “The Second Day,” a documentary highlight-
from the get-go. “We wish we could have ing interviews with teachers and students
and develop self-confidence.
a whole complex for ourselves, where you from Lower Manhattan schools about their Each week includes lots of fresh air,
have 20-25 screens, plus a place for our harrowing experiences on 9/11. sunshine and healthy activity.
premieres and hospitality. That would be The festival’s future, Kwok explained, is
amazing,” said Kwok. unpredictable, since it is inextricably tied
Instead, it hosts screenings in ven- to technological advances. “Who knows Ages 8 to 18
ues scattered around Lower Manhattan. what’ll happen in two years — not just Tuition ranges from $390 to $690 per week
Spreading outside of the triangular-shaped in terms of us, but in terms of how we’ll
area below Canal Street was something the watch movies,” he said.
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The current programmers, however, see the festival will survive these changes. “The
an advantage in stretching north. “It helps great thing about being a young festival,”
different neighborhoods to sort of have he said, “is that we can adapt very easily.”
the benefit of having the festival nearby,” The festival occurs from April 20
said Terranova, in what she referred to as
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stars. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets, who
come to New York City to launch their Broadway musical, “Man-
hattan Melodies,” but soon realize it’s not as easy as they thought.
Cleverly directed by Frank Oz — and featuring Dabney Coleman,
Joan Rivers, Elliott Gould, Liza Minnelli, and Gregory Hines —
EASTER FUN FEST AT TRINITY CHURCH Hop down to “The Muppets Take Manhattan” is brimming with cuteness and
Historic Trinity Church on Easter Sunday for (pardon the pun) an THE ASSASSINS fun for all ages! Stop by before the show to participate in activi-
egg-citing afternoon of egg hunts and other family fun at Trinity CHASE PINOCCHIO ties like face-painting, Muppet-themed trivia, sing-alongs, and
Church. Expect candy-filled eggs, prizes, and a photo opportunity This modern, multimedia adaptation of fuzzy surprise guests. Sat., April 23. Tribeca Drive-in opens at 6pm;
with the Easter Bunny, along with games, crafts, a puppet parade Carlo Collodi’s classic tale “The Adventures pre-show activities begin at 6:30pm; and film screenings begin at
and music. Older children can test their detective skills in a super of Pinocchio” features video projections, 8:15pm. At World Financial Center Plaza (220 Vesey St.). Admis-
scavenger hunt that goes on throughout afternoon. Sun., April confetti cannons, falling snow, long-nosed sion: Free.
24, 12:30pm-3pm at Trinity Church (Broadway & Wall St.). The masks, surround sound and psychedelic
egg hunt, for children under 6 years old, begins at 12:30pm in the original music. Presented by Immediate DOWNTOWN GIANTS YOUTH PROGRAM The Downtown
South Churchyard. Sign up for the hunt near the Root sculpture in Medium and the Clemente Soto Velez Giants Youth Football Program has opened registration for their
front of the church. In the North Churchyard, from 12:30pm, there Cultural Center, “The Assassins Chase summer camps and fall tackle football season. The program
will be events for kids 6 years and older (among then, that afore- Pinocchio” turns the Disney’s version of includes divisions for all ages; peanut division (5-9), junior pee
mentioned scavenger hunt and bunny photo op). FREE. For more the tale on its head by revisiting original Photo by Maki Takenouchi wee (10 and 11), junior midget (12 and under, max weight) and
info, call 212-602-0800 or visit story details such as a mischievous young Liz Vacco as the Beautiful Blue Fairy midget division (14 and under). A cheerleading program is also
Pinocchio, an asthmatic shark and other with the Blue Hair. available. To register, visit
MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATER MCT is upping the ante elements unknown to modern audiences.
in their presentation of “The Completed Works of the Brothers Performances run from April 29-May 14. Thurs./Fri., 8pm; Sat., 3pm & 7pm and Suns, SNOW WHITE This modern adaptation of the classic tale is
Grimm (Abridged).” When four actors attempt to tell every single 3pm. At the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk St.). Tickets ($20 for presented by a cast of professional actors and up-and-coming
story from the expansive collection of classic tales in only one adults; $10 for kids) are half price for Sunday matinees. To purchase, visit theatermania. performers trained at the New Acting Company. Fris., 7pm, Sats.,
hour, you’ll literally get more for than you bargained for — with com and 3pm and 7pm (no 3pm matinee on May 7), and Suns, 1pm and
inventive presentations of favorites like “Sleeping Beauty,” “Tom 5pm. April 15 through May 15. At the Phillip Coltoff Center (219
Thumb,” “Snow White” and “Cinderella.” April 23–May 30. Sat./ Sullivan St.) For tickets ($18, $20 at the door), call 212-868-4444
Sun., 12pm and 2pm. At Manhattan’s Children Theater (52 White songwriter and author of the “Fire Truck!” song (a YouTube hit for At the Metropolitan Playhouse Theater (220 E. 4th St., btw. Aves. or visit Recommended for children ages 4 and up
St. btw. Broadway & Church). For tickets ($20, $50 for premium quite some time now). Good friend Leah Wells will join Ulz, for an A and B). For reservations ($12, $10 for children 12 and under), call (infants will not be admitted).
seats), call 212-352-3101 or visit intimate family music program that will be the perfect start to your 212-995-5302 or visit For more info,
weekend. Every seat is front and center, and there’s plenty of room visit KARMA KIDS YOGA Karma Kids Yoga Studio offers classes
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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION The Battery Park City Library helps babies of 6 weeks to teens). Their fun exercises promote physi-
celebrate Earth Day with a workshop that will help your children cal strength and flexibility, and are especially helpful for children’s
bring out their inner tree hugger. Kids will create their very own developing bodies. Kids will build concentration and focus through
dream catcher using recycled materials such as plastic container breathing and visualization exercises. Parents can choose from a
tops, yarn and thread — all provided for free. Recommended for number of rates (including drop-in prices and special bundle pack-
children ages 4-10. At 3:30pm, Fri., April 22. At the Battery Park ages). At 104 W. 14th St. (btw. 6th and 7th Aves.). For rates and
City Library (175 North End Ave.) schedule, call 646-638-1444 or visit

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this street fair, you and your kids won’t miss out on the fun. This by children’s bands and entertainers. Recommended for ages 6
free event features tons of activities and special performances. and under. At 92YTribeca (200 Hudson St.) For tickets ($15, free for
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spray painting; create life-size bubbles in the Bubble Garden; and
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6pm. For those looking for some big screen action, there are two SHOPS As concerns about global warming and the environ-
free film screenings. “The Second Day” (a documentary about ment continue to mount, Earth Celebrations is hoping to use art
9/11 through a child’s eyes) at 2:30pm; and “NKO” (a lively anima- to address some of these issues. In several workshops, both teens
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At the “Junior Police Academy Spring Recess Drop-Off Program,” children will learn
what it takes to be a police officer — whose daily activities combine arts, science and history.
At 1-3pm, April 18-22. Recommended for ages 6-12. Registration is required as space is
limited ($15; free for members). Call 212-480-3100 ext. 116. “The Junior Officers Discovery
Zone” is an exhibit designed for ages 2-10. It’s divided into four areas (Police Academy; the
Park and Precinct; Emergency Services Unit; and a Multi-Purpose Area), each with interac-
tive and imaginary play experiences designed to help children understand the role of police
officers in our community (by, among other things, driving and taking care of a police car).
For older children, there’s a crime scene observation activity that will challenge them to
remember relevant parts of city street scenes; a physical challenge similar to those at the
Police Academy; and a model Emergency Services Unit vehicle where children can climb in,
use the steering wheel and lights, hear radio calls with police codes and see some of the actual
equipment carried by The Emergency Services Unit. At 100 Old Slip. For info, call 212-
480-3100 or visit Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., noon-5pm.
Admission: $8 ($5 for students, seniors and children. Free for children under 2).

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are designed to get kids reading, thinking, talking, creating and
moving. The Scholastic Store is located at 557 Broadway (btw. Sunday, April 24, 12:30-3pm
Prince & Spring). Store hours are Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm, and Sun.,
and adults will draw inspiration from the diverse marine species 11am-6pm. For info about store events, call 212-343-6166. Visit
Trinity Churchyard, Broadway at Wall Street
and habitats of the Hudson River to create costumes and giant
puppets for the upcoming Hudson River Pageant. Costume work-
shops with artist Soule Golden: Weds., 6-9pm. Puppet workshops POETS HOUSE The Poets House “Tiny Poets Time” program
Come celebrate Easter with egg and
with artist Lucrecia Novoa: Sats., 12-4pm. Admission: Free. At the offers children ages 1-3 and their parents a chance to enter the
Church Street School for Music and Art (74 Warren St.), through world of rhyme — through readings, group activities and interac-
scavenger hunts, a puppet parade, a visit
May 18. The Hudson River Pageant takes place May 21. tive performances. Thursdays at 10am (at 10 River Terrace and
Murray St.). Call 212-431-7920 or visit
from the easter bunny
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS Explore painting, col-
lage and sculpture through self-guided arts projects. Open art FAMILY HOUR EVENT AT STRAND Every Thursday at 3:30pm, lots of other family fun.
stations are ongoing throughout the afternoon — giving children the Strand Book Store hosts family hour — where staff members
the opportunity to experiment with materials such as paint, clay, read their favorite books and lead kids and their caregivers in
fabric, paper and found objects. “Art Within Reach: from the WPA themed activities. The Strand Book Store is located at 828 Broad-
to the Present” — on display through June 5 — is an intergenera- way (near 12th St). Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 9:30am-10:30pm, and
tional exhibit connecting the artistic and intellectual dots between Sun., 11am-10:30pm. For info, call 212-473-1452 or visit strand-
those who grew up in NYC during the Great Depression and those
who are growing up in the city today. Museum hours: Wed.-Sun.,
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For Aussie author, second act victories are sweet

Breakthrough bio chronicles the best of women’s boxing
So hot off the press that the ink is barely
dry, Aussie artist/journalist (and Australian BOOKS
national women’s boxing champion) Mischa
Merz’s odyssey through the scuffed looking
glass of America’s best boxing gyms is
already one for the history books. BOXER’S MEMOIR
Written as a humble, keenly observed By Mischa Merz
and utterly obsessive chronicle of women’s
Release date: April 30, 2011
boxing (from the post-“Million Dollar Baby”
boom to the present), “The Sweetest Thing: $18.95
A Boxer’s Memoir” wryly time stamps this
unique moment when the sport is poised to
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make its debut in the 2012 Olympics. Visit, and
So determined is Merz to tell that story,
she often jettisons her own formidable
late in life redemption tale to the back
burner — in favor of standing in awe when ing gyms in California, Georgia, Florida
witnessing (often during sparring sessions) and NYC left indelible marks, impressions,
the skill and determination of others. The scrapes and scars.
result is an autobiography full of character Photo courtesy of the author
Makes you want to meet her, right?
sketches that crackles and sparks with the Well, you already missed the April 12 book
Caught in a trance: Mischa Merz, in closed eyes and sweet reflection mode.
ring of truth. launch at Brooklyn’s famed Gleason’s Gym
Of the contemporary pioneers who will their courage and their commitment.” As for what that “it” is: Merz rose to ( But Merz will be back
never see Olympic gold hanging from Referencing her own career trajectory, the top of the Australian boxing ladder, there — to train, advise and fight — at
their necks, Merz fires off a preemptive Merz nails the personal greed and univer- then found herself at age 45 deciding to their Women’s Boxing Clinic (April 28-30).
challenge to 2012’s first female boxing sal glory that could very well represent give it one last go in the USA. Much of She’ll also be appearing at Bluestockings
champion: “These amazing women should the distilled essence of anyone’s path to the attention she lavishes on female box- Bookstore (172 Allen St., NYC) at 7pm on
never be forgotten or allowed to slip self-discovery: “Maybe that’s what I like ers comes from her time spent observing, Wednesday, April 27. Merz will read from
under history’s rug as the sport gathers most about the culture of this particular participating, learning and building on her book and, in the process (forgive the
pace and grows. I feel honored to have sport. It is all about me, baby, that’s for her already impressive skills. The best of pun) knock you out. For info on that free
met them, to have been in the presence of sure. But no one does it alone.” the best (and some of the rest) in box- event, visit


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Fundraisers for friends in need


The WOW Café Theatre presents this
visionary all-female version of playwright
Christopher Marlowe’s equally unconven-
tional “Edward II” — a historical fictional
account of King Edward II’s fall from grace
(caused in no small part by his failure to
court popular support by butching it up
and otherwise playing down his sexual
preferences). Masks, interpretive dance and
heightened theatricality are used to take
you on a journey of power, privilege and
forbidden desires. Your journey to into
Edward II’s heart of darkness will help oth-
ers provide a light at the end of the tunnel
for queer and homeless youth. The proceeds
will benefit Chelsea Now’s favorite cause:
The Ali Forney Center(see page 19 for
more info on AFC). Visit aliforneycenter.
org, and wowcafe.
org. April 21-23 and April 28-30, at 8pm.
At WOW Café Theatre (59-61 E. 4th St.). Photo courtesy of Anthology Film Archives
Tickets ($20) available at the door ($15 Anthology Film Archives founder Jonas Mekas, circa 1984.
pre-sale online at fabnyc.orb). Student and
senior discounts available at the door. custom-made “Anthology Film Archives” mances continue. For tickets ($40 general
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES 2011 wines and DVD sales of the Maysles film admission; table seats with light dinner &
EARTH DAY BENEFIT: BROADWAY FILM PRESERVATION HONORS “The Gates” happens. At 9pm, perfor- wine, $200), visit
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fills? What kind of monster (or investor; or publish the name of your event in caps and
producer) would throw out a perfectly good bold print. Proceeds from this benefit will
song? Earth Day gets the musical theatre support Anthology’s operations, film pres-
muffin treatment, in this imaginative fund- ervation work and capital improvements.
raising concert comprised of songs cut from If you admire the Anthologies mission
musicals that shouldn’t go to waste. Proceeds (preserve, study and exhibition film and
from the event go to benefit the nonprofit At video, with a particular focus on indepen-
Hand Theater Company. Their mission, to dent, experimental and avant-garde cin-
produce original work using environmental- ema), then you’ll also have a soft spot for
ly conscious means, is the perfect cause for the night’s honorees. Performances, music
Earth Day (and the other 364). Concertgoers and tributes will cast a deserving (although,
can expect to hear songs cut from old growth we suppose, not harsh) klieg light on film-
classics like “Hair” and “Chicago,” plus maker Albert Maysles; Vlada Petric (found-
more obscure musicals such as “Betty Boop” ing director of the Harvard Film Archive);
and “Working.” The free range and fresh film scholar Tony Pipolo; Technicolor; and
cast includes Sean Bradford (“The Lion the Library of Congress (for creating the Gates & Welding Repair – Revolving & Automatic Doors
King”), Gideon Glick (“Spiderman: Turn National Film Registry). Featured perform- Hollow Metal & Kalamein Doors - Cement Door Frames
Off The Dark”) and Kate Pazakis (“South ers and speakers include Harmony Korine,
Rixon Floor Closers - Architectural Hardware - Magnetic Locks
Pacific”). Mon., April 25, 7pm & 9:30pm. At Marina Abramovic, Richard Barone and
Joe’s Pub (located in The Public Theater at Transgendered Jesus.
Key pads - Card Access Systems - Electric Strikes
425 Lafayette St. at Astor Place). Tickets are April 27, at City Winery (155 Varick Dead Bolts – Master Keying Systems
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availability. A limited number of $60 tickets, for an event, even in NYC, Anthology
which include preferred table seating and a says the schedule will be as follows:
poster autographed by the cast, are avail- Doors open at 7pm. Performances start
able. To purchase, call 212-967-7555 or visit at 7:30pm. At 8pm,the Presentation of
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Fighting to keep Seaport

Jill Simon, Greenroom • Xtreme Events • Jennifer Gilbert, SAVE THE DATE • Alasdair Nichol •
Baluchi’s • Barbarini Alimentari • Duane Park Patisserie • Farinella Italian Bakery • Figaro • Gee
Whiz Diner • Max • Table Tales • The Amish Market • The Lobster Place • Tribeca Treats • ROC •
museum from sinking
Ruben’s Empanadas • Sarabeth’s Kitchen • Whole Foods • Chambers Street Wines • Frankly Wines the museum should do the exact opposite
• Hudson Wine & Spirits • Jason Salgado • Puffy’s • Robert Fraley • South’s • WAT-AAH! • Broadway
Party Rentals • Print Facility • Downtown Express. Underwriting Donors – Alan Knoll & Joy Gallup
Continued from page 4 — restore them and expand programming
• Alvaro & Valerie Perez • Ashley Marable • Carmit Gall’s Class • Christie & Britt Ewen • CinDee & on them, according to the advocates. “The
Jody Thompson • Clare & Michael Bacon • Debbie & Chuba Loyim • Dorothy O’Connell Class • The museum is thinking about doing away strategy of the museum is entirely backward
Ed Schulz’s Class • Elissa & Douglas Tiesi • Erica Davis’ Class • Janine Shelffo & Steve McGrath • with its entire fleet, according to Abegg and — instead of going out and using the ships
Jennifer Gilbert • Johannes Jacobs • John & Cristina Dimen • John Miles • Jocelyn & Bill Zuckerman other museum advocates. Three of the ships — as appropriate vehicles to encourage public
• Julie Brown’s Class • Mara Sambrotto’s Class • Marya Cohn • Patrice Altongy • Patrick Shea’s
Class • Pauline Leung & Matthew Fritz • Rachel & Gregg Moskowitz • Robert & Kristen Starling • the Pioneer, the Lettie G. Howard schooner and support, they’re seen as liabilities,” said
Robert Fraley • Ronald & Ronald Rolfe • Rose & John Franco • Sarah Zeroth’s Class • Stacey Duffy the W.O. Decker tugboat – have been leased at Ferraro.
• Stephanie & Andrew Douglass • Suzana Peric • Winsome Brown & Claude Arpels • Yumiko Higaki no cost for a year, according to Abegg. “They’re not liabilities — they’re its very
& Mary Ellen Bizarri’s Class • Zarah Malik. Donors – 3.1 Phillip Lim • Adeline Adeline • Agnes & Jon The museum’s spokesperson wouldn’t con- heart and soul. It’s got to use those great assets
Chapski • Alexander Ross • Alvaro & Valerie Perez • Amar Lalvani • Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue
• Aminah et les Amis • Amy & John Bonomi • Amy Astley/Teen Vogue • Amy Davidson • Anastasia
firm, this, however, and only said, “Seaport as a way to support itself.”
Vasilakis • Andrew Levy • Andy Ostroy • April Uchitel • Atelier Cologne • Ayesha Patel-Rogers • Ayrin Museum [NY] is exploring various options The proposal calls for the museum to “bring
Widjaja & Alex Behrens • BABESTA • Balloon Saloon • Basmat Levin • beckiemartina, re-stylists • regarding the maintenance of its historic ves- our ships to life, with sail-handling and sailorly
Bikram Yoga NYC • Bill Sullivan Works • BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center • Boomerang Toys sels.” arts used in crew training” and “with visitors
• Bowery & Vine • Brandy Library • Bravo Life Coaching • Brooklyn Botanical Garden • Brooks
helping to handle line, telling their own stories
Brothers Retailer • Bubby’s Pie Co. • Biscuits And Bath • Callamari Fine Art • Canis Minor Tribeca •
Carla & Sean Chadwick • Catherine Levesque & Philipp Warnery • Ceasar Cabral Fine Carpentry and advancing a cultural heritage vital to the
• Centro Raccontami • Century 21 Department Store • Chambers Street Orthodontics • Chef Kurt city’s story.”
Gutenbrunner • Children’s Museum of the Arts • Chris Benz • Christa Skinner • Christina Lehr
• Christine Wong • Christopher Lynch • Church Street School for Music and Art • City Sounds
“It would be a tremendous To succeed, Stanford said, the museum
must also rely wholeheartedly on its volunteers,
of NY • City Winery • Coco Masuda Studio • Cosmopolitan Hotel • crewcuts • Cristina Dimen •
Crystal-Smith • Cynthia Sexton • Daisy Dog Studio • Damon Liss • Dana Yaxa • Dani Finkel • loss to the memory and “pick the rhythms of what people are interested
Daniellaviva Yoga • Danielle & Tony Reilly • Daphna & Harvey Keitel • Deborah Weinswig • Debra in” and “campaign aggressively to get people
Meyer & Stephen Gordon • Delida Torres • dell’anima • Dimitri Gorbounov • Dingaling Studio Inc • the cultural fabric involved” in fundraising.
Disrespectacles • DKNY • Do Yoga Do Pilates • Downtown Bookworks • Downtown Dance Factory “I don’t think the basic New Yorker has
• Dr. Gabrielle Francis • Dr. Reena Clarkson • Drs. Gottlieb & Santore, Tribeca Dental Center • Dunkin
Donuts/Sal’s Enterprise • E. Gluck Corp. • Eclat Salon & Boutique • Education Francaise a New
of New York.” changed that much,” Stanford said of the recent
York • Edward’s Restaurant • Eisner Design LLC • Elan Flowers • Elizabeth Gillett Ltd • Elyse Kroll decline in philanthropy. “They just haven’t been
Interiors, Inc. • Equinox Tribeca • Eric Colby • Euphoria Spa • F. Illi Ponte • Fatima & Donald Roland Walter Rybka invited in an open, generous way.”
• Five Points Academy • Frances Janisch • Francine Cornelius • French Connection • Furthurdesign Stanford is faulting Pelzer, in particular, for
• G TECTS • Gabay-Rafiy & Bowler LLP • Gauge NYC • Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design • GILL &
failing to engage donors and visitors. He is call-
LAGODICH GALLERY • Gramercy Tavern • Grasshopper Pilates Downtown • Greenwich Grill •
ing for her resignation and for an interim direc-
Gregoire Ganter Photography • Gregory Barrett • Gryson Inc • Guillaume & Astrid Herbette •
H Company LLC • Hampton Jitney • Hands On! A Musical Experience • Hartshorn Portraiture • But the mere thought of the ships leaving the tor to be appointed and guided by the leaders of
Heide Valero • Helmut Lang • Hey Joe Guitar • Hook & Ladder Eight • Hospitality Quotient • Ifat harbor distresses many Seaport museum lovers. the Erie Maritime Museum, the Mystic Seaport,
Knaan-Kostman • Il Buco • Imagine Swimming • iPlaza • J. Christopher Capital • Jacques Torres “The [Economic Development Corporation] and other successful maritime museums around
Chocolates • Jamie & Andrea Barker • Jamie & Peter Hort • Jay Ackerman Photography • Jazz is telling the museum to cut costs, get rid of the country.
at Lincoln Center • Jeffrey Donnelly • Jennifer & Hal Shaftel • Jennifer Fisher Jewelry • Jessica
& David Saslow • Jim Juvonen • Joanne Silver • John Allan’s • Jonathan Eklund • JoomiNYC • anything they can, and basically hunker down “Mary should have never held this job…
Josh Bach Limited • Ju-Ai Designs by Lynne Eidelman • Juicy Couture • Julie Ronning • Juraci until they can somehow restructure the place,” she didn’t have enough experience, nor the
Da Silva • Karma Kids Yoga • Karpov Orthodontics • Keith & Cathy Abell • Ken Chu DDS • Kerry said Robert Ferraro, the first president of the generosity of spirit or willingness to learn,” said
Noel Barile • Kevin Corrigan • Kevin J Grant DDS, P.C. • Kevin L Reymond • Khushi Spa • Kiehl’s Friends of the South Street Seaport Museum, a Stanford.
since 1851 • Kirsten R Clausen • Knitty City • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue • La Maison du Chocolat
• Lance Lappin Salon • Late Show with David Letterman • Laura Levine • Lauren Eskelin • Lea &
volunteer group that helped get the museum up Abegg said Pelzer’s announcement of the
Stephan Freid • Leah Singer & Lee Ranaldo • LearningRx - Brain Training Center • Leshem Loft and running in its first years of existence. museum’s troubles to its staff seemed “inau-
LLC • Lesley & Brian Sondey • Liana Farnham • LimoLand • Linda Marini • Lindsay Lee • Lisa & The city, the museum’s landlord, declined thentic,” and attributed the institution’s finan-
James Metcalfe • Lisa Ripperger • LittleMissMatched • Liza Park • Loren Shlaes • Loretta Lester, to comment. cial meltdown to her “autocratic” ruling style.
party poopers/partySWANK! • Lotus Salon • Lucky Wang • Macao Trading Co • Made Fresh Daily Ferraro, along with other advocates, has The advocates group has scheduled a phone
• Makeda Brathwaite • Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center • Marcia Kline & Gerri
DiBenedetto • Marianne Kuhn • Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora • Marilena Anastassiadou & John Judge joined forces with the museum’s founder, first conference for Thursday to continue the dia-
• Mark Shulman & Kara Pranikoff • Marlene Crawford • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia • Martin president and volunteer staff consultant, Peter logue and to figure out a way to reach Mayor
& Marilyn Diamond • Mary Jaeger • Maslow 6 • Mathew Murray • Max Restaurant • MaxDelivery. Stanford, to devise a plan to salvage the muse- Michael Bloomberg with its messages. The City,
com • Melissa Goldstein • Meryl Katz • Mia Westerlund Roosen • Michelle & Doug Monticciolo • um. They held their first meeting with Pier 16 they argue, should be responsible for supplying
Mie Yim • Mind Over Matter NYC • Mitch Klein • Mixology NYC • Monica Forestall & Kerry Schuss
• Moomah • Mordecai-Mark Mac Low • Myoptics • Mysterious Bookshop • Nan Molofsky & Arthur
volunteers two Saturdays ago and are working the funds to keep the museum alive.
Skelskie • Nancy Diamond • Nanny Traveler • Nanoosh • Nelle and John Fortenberry • New Georges on a written proposal asking that the museum “A hidden factor in all this is that the Mayor,
• New Jersey Devils • New York Jets • New York Sports Clubs • New York Vintners • Nicky & take certain immediate steps to resuscitate in ways we don’t know, is really calling the shots
Leonard Ellis • Nicolas Michael & Carolina Buzzetti • NYC Elite Gymnastics • Olivia Harris • One itself. around here,” said Stanford. “I’d like the City to
More Story, Inc. • Oona Stern & Alex Manuele • Otte • Pam & Michael Kirkbride • Pamela Casper • “The whole purpose is to get the City, or rebuild and restructure the museum, and stop
Patti Aronofsky • Patti Clark • Paulette Goto • Photo Coach • Physique 57 • Physique Swimming •
Playgarden Associates • Playing Mantis • Projekt New York LLC • R 20th Century • Ray Sell • Reade whoever it is that’s running the museum, to the nonsense.”
Street Animal Hospital • Robert @ MAD Museum • Robert A. Ripps • Robert Danes at The Danes take a look at what we’re suggesting,” said Abegg is co-leading a group of about 150
Inc. • Robert Fraley • Ronald Rolfe & Sara Darehshors • Rose & John Franco/NY Mets • Roughan Ferraro. “We just want to be heard, ’cause we Pier 16 volunteers that has launched saveo-
Interior Design • Sabrina Love Handbags • Sara Fikree DDS • Sari & David Rafiy • Savoy Restaurant think we have something important and valu- to get the word out about the
• Scott Smith • • Shark Suit • Shoofly • Smyth-Thompson Hotel & Tribeca
able to say.” museum’s troubles and solicit aid.
Associates, LLC • • SOULCYCLE • Soundwaves • South’s Restaurant • Square
Diner • Stacher & Stacher Inc. • StemSave Inc. • Stephen Gordon • Story Pirates • Stuzzicheria The museum used to be a thriving institu- The museum is an irreplaceable aspect of the
• Super Soccer Stars • Suteishi • Sweet Lily • T Kang Taekwondo • TADA! Youth Theater • Tane tion, Ferraro, added, and there is no reason why history of New York City, according to Walter
Organics • Taste Buds • Teen Vogue • Terroir Tribeca • Thalassa Restaurant • The Greenwich Hotel it can’t prosper once again. Rybka, president of the Council of American
• The Myriad Restaurant Group • The Odeon • The Palm Tribeca • The Quad Manhattan • The
First, the proposal advises the museum’s Maritime Museums, a collegial association of
Skin Institute • Theory • Torly Kids • Tortola Salon • Tory Burch • Tracy Reese • tracywatts Inc. •
Tribeca Beauty Spa • Tribeca Dental Studio • Tribeca FasTracKids/E.nopi • Tribeca Film Festival •
staff to rededicate itself to the public through a maritime museums of which Seaport Museum
Tribeca Hardware • Tribeca Pediatrics & Tribeca Parenting • tribeca pet services • Tribeca Pizza • comprehensive program of meetings, newslet- New York is a member.
Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers • Trump Soho Hotel • Valerie Carmet Gallery • Valerie Pasquiou ters and public events centered on the history of “It would be a tremendous loss to the
Interiors • Valery Joseph Salon • Vera Wang Bridal House LLC • Victor & Sascha Forte • Vinny New York City and the South Street Seaport. memory and the cultural fabric of New York to
Barile • violaine etienne • VIP Nails • Virgina Smith & Patrick Robinson • Virginia Smith • Walker’s
It also recommends that the staff organize have that close,” said Rybka.
Restaurant • Walt Disneyworld • WAT-AAH ! • Wendy Mink Jewelry • White and Warren • WiNK •
YANSI FUGEL • Younghee Salon • Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish public demonstrations of its ship operations and The museum he said, “lets people come
redevelop an active membership group and an and just experience the closest thing they can
accountable, elected board of trustees. to the environment of the early- and mid-19th
Rather than sell off or give away its boats, century.”
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Seaport market moving Pace program surprises

recommendation,” he said. “We’re working would make,” she said. “I left a job where I
Continued from page 5 closely with the City to come to a resolu- Continued from page 9 was getting paid every two weeks and I had
tion that will reenergize the South Street amazing medical coverage but I didn’t want
likely leave a lot of money on the table if we Seaport and once we do that, everybody will former Fortune 500 banker and a musician to have any regrets. I’m the happiest I’ve
sold it for this price.” be pleased.” with a double Platinum album. Students ever been in my life.”
He said that if the South Street Seaport The plan that General Growth Properties have ranged in age from their early twenties Wilson went on to say that, “the most
were sold, the sale could generate “large had floated, which included putting up a to their late sixties. amazing thing about being an artist is that
amounts of income” because the book value 495-foot-tall hotel and apartment building, “We have all kinds of ages, all kinds of you feel everything and everything that
demolishing the mall on Pier 17, moving the backgrounds,” said Manolikakis, “and this you’ve experienced, you turn into your art.
Tin Building to that site and erecting a low- is the beauty of it, because one learns from Things that could have broken you down,
rise, boutique hotel is still on the table. the other.” you use to feed your art, and it’s amazing.”
“It’s important just to “That’s one of the options,” said Herlitz, “It’s been a life-changing experience,”
“but it’s not the only option.” said another student, Desiree Elle from
keep the market going He said that he was aware that many Montreal. “Being in New York and sur-
in the Lower Manhattan community had “I’ve always performed but rounded by so many different people, so
because it’s its own best opposed the G.G.P. plan. “Once we come many different cultures, so many different
up with the options that we think are most didn’t realize I could make artists.”
spokesperson.” viable, we will absolutely try to get as much “I’ve always performed but didn’t real-
community support as we can get,” he said. a career out of it.” ize I could make a career out of it,” said
— Robert La Valva “After all, the Seaport has to serve the com- Shareen Macklin, who has an undergradu-
munity so it wouldn’t do us any good to try — Shareen Macklin ate degree in chemistry from North Carolina
to serve a community that is opposed.” A & T State University. She will be going to
is so much less than market value, but He said that Howard Hughes Corp. hopes Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Montana this
such a sale “might be destroying long-term to release a plan for the Seaport later in The curriculum was designed by Actors summer to do “Hairspray,” “Chicago” and
shareholder value…particularly if we believe 2011. Meanwhile, Robert La Valva is round- Studio leaders, including Ellen Burstyn, “Big River” and to teach in a performing
materially more value can be created through ing up 40 to 50 vendors for each of his Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. In weekly arts camp. ““I get to create my own class!
redeveloping and releasing these assets over weekly markets. “It’s important just to keep workshops, students learn about script anal- Hopefully that will establish me as a teach-
time.” the market going because it’s its own best ysis, design, stage combat, directing and ing artist when I come back here,” she said.
Grant Herlitz, president of Howard spokesperson as the market,” La Valva said, auditioning for plays, musicals, film and The Actors Studio Drama School is
Hughes Corp. said that the company is “and the more we do it….” He did not com- television. A new workshop this year covers still accepting audition applications for next
“assessing and reassessing” what should plete the sentence. But he said the market writing for film and television. The students year’s incoming class. For information, go
become of the South Street Seaport. “We’re will definitely open on May 1, “and we’ll be take weekly dance classes at the Alvin Ailey to
not yet a point where we’re ready to make a putting up a Maypole!” Dance Theater. departments-and-programs/asds
The program costs $33,000 a year. Some
students are supported by their families. For reservations to see the plays in this
Others like Shariffa Wilson, who has a year’s repertory season call (212) 346-1665
bachelor’s degree in political science from or email The free per-
Howard University and was planning to go formances are Wednesdays through Fridays
to law school, have taken out loans to attend. at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8
“Coming into this I knew the sacrifice that I p.m.

Library bolsters community

crafts activities.
Continued from page 5 Decklan devours several books in a few
days’ time and says he is always itching to
everyone,” she said. return to the library to replenish his stock.
The B.P.C. patrons, Barreca added, are Often, Barreca or another librarian has a list
especially well-versed in children’s literature. of suggested reads prepared for him when

She visits the Battery Park City Day he comes in.
Nursery, P.S. 276, I.S. 89 and other local “It’s really fun coming here,” Decklan
schools on a regular basis to conduct “story said. “I really like how Anne [tells] the
Experience... time” sessions and talk to the youngsters stories.”
about the library. The librarians, Tracey-Ann said, seem to
Thursday Late Night In the 13 months they’ve been living in
New York, the library “has become an exten-
have a passion for what they do. “They really
get to know the people who come into the
Exclusive service, wine & light fare, complimentary sion of our family,” said Tracey-Ann Spencer, branch and are always willing to help.”
mother of eight-year-old Decklan and five- “It’s a real team effort,” she continued.
conditioning treatments, visit our “refuge room” year-old Bronwyn, who attended the April “It is a wonderful thing for a community
Appointments Recommended 18 “Picture Book Time” session. to have such a friendly, fun place in their
The Spencer family moved from southern neighborhood.”
Australia to South End Avenue in Battery Park In anticipation of the 10th anniversary
HAIRCUTS U COLOR U TREATMENTS U STYLING City on March 13, 2010 — two days, coinci- of 9/11, the library will be holding origami-
dentally, before the library’s grand opening. making classes as part of a peace crane
CHILDREN’S CUTS U EXTENTIONS U JAPANESE STRAIGHTENING Decklan and Bronwyn borrow books, play project. Staff will collect the patron-crafted
computer games and frequent story time at trinkets throughout the spring and summer
7%34"2/!$7!9s the library at least three times a week. (The to create an installation that they’ll put on
library offers four “story time” classes, total, display at the branch by September.
for different age groups.) The siblings also The purpose of the project, Parrott
MON 10-7; TUE, WED, FRI 8-7; THUR 8-9; SAT 9-6; SUN 11-6 attend the library’s puppet shows and live explained, is “to get everybody in the com-
animal displays, and partake in its arts and munity involved.”
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Photos by William Alatriste / NYC Council

Mr. Met, Ms. Quinn, kids open Little League season

With much fanfare and fun, Greenwich Village Little League held its opening day ceremony at Pier 40, at West Houston St., on Sat. April 9. The young players, Mr. Met and
Brooklyn Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull marched around the pier’s sprawling courtyard field, above and below right. Council Speaker Christine Quinn fired in the sea-
son’s first pitch, below left. Was that a camera or a speed gun the guy at right was holding?
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