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Hudson Square is a neighborhood
still striving to raise its profile. And
if Occupy Wall Street protesters had
gotten their wish, that certainly would
have happened in a big way, as the
upcoming neighborhood would have
been thrust into the glare of the inter-
national media spotlight that is fol-
lowing the determined fight of the “99
percent” for economic justice.
However, an effort to turn a pri-
vately owned open space at Duarte
Square into Occupy Wall Street’s fall-
back encampment on Tuesday morning
ran into a stiff blue wall of opposition.
Earlier Tuesday, a massive force
of police officers had descended on
Zuccotti Park at 1 a.m. They spent the
next four hours systematically clearing
the tent-filled park.
After O.W.S. was evicted from
its home base, protesters marched
around Lower Manhattan or camped
out nearby, then, shortly after dawn,
regrouped at Duarte Square, at Sixth
Ave. and Canal St. Holding a General
Assembly meeting, they resolved to
enter the adjacent walled open space
that has been used for LentSpace, a
public sculpture park run by the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council. Some of
them then hopped over the wall, while
two other individuals produced a bolt
cutter, which they used to clip a gap-
ing hole in the chain-link fence on the
space’s southern side, allowing protest-
ers to walk right in.
However, police moved quickly to
block a new epicenter for O.W.S. — a
“Zuccotti II” — from taking root in the
gated space, making about 20 to 25
arrests and forcing the protesters out
of the enclosure.
Garrett Perkins, 29, said the idea
was to use the LentSpace site as a new
camp-out area, partly because it was
privately owned, but also because it
has walls around it, which would have
made it ideal. Perkins said he had actu-
ally managed to pitch his tent in the
LentSpace area when the police moved
in to clear out the protesters, at which
point, he promptly threw his gear over
the fence and hopped out.
As he spoke early Tuesday after-
noon, he pulled out of his pocket a
small silver metal disk from an artwork
on LentSpace’s eastern wall — a souve-
nir from an almost occupation.
A metal worker from Chugiak,
Occupy’s try to pitch its tent
in Hudson Square is blocked
Photo by Jason B. Nicholas
Angry Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets on Tuesday after they were evicted from their home base
earlier in the morning.
Continued on page 10
This time there was no
warning, no advance notice
and no time to organize;
the clearing of Occupy Wall
Street demonstrators from
Zuccotti Park, in the wee
hours of the morning on
Tuesday took everyone by
About 1 a.m. police offi-
cers surrounded the park.
Mayor Bloomberg, at a press
conference later Tuesday
morning said the park’s
owners, Brookfield Office
Properties, had reached out
to him and asked for help in
enforcing park rules relating
to health and safety.
“In our view, it would
have been irresponsible to
not request that the city take
action,” Brookfield said in a
statement. “Further, we have
a legal obligation to the city
and to this neighborhood
to keep the park accessible
to all who wish to enjoy it,
which had become impos-
Krush Groove: High-
tech trash cans offer
hope in war on rats
A high-tech garbage col-
lection method has been
introduced in Chinatown
and Tompkins Square Park
— which definitely can use
it, since they’re located in
one of Manhattan’s most
rodent-infested districts.
The Chi natown
Partnershi p Local
Development Corporation,
sponsor of the neighbor-
hood’s forthcoming busi-
ness improvement district,
has partnered with Direct
Environmental Corp. (DEC
Green) to install a solar-
powered, digitalized trash
compactor at the southeast
corner of Canal and Mott
Community leaders
along with Councilmember
Margaret Chin and others
gathered at the Chinatown
intersection on Wed., Nov.
9, to unveil the pilot com-
pactor, dubbed, “BigBelly,”
which holds five times the
O.W.S. had its two
months, Mike says,
as park is cleared
Continued on page 4
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Members of the Granny Peace Brigade were getting ready for Thursday’s day of
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SCARLETT LIKES SCOTT: So far, Borough President
Scott Stringer might not have raised the most money of
potential mayoral candidates, though it’s still early. But he
has the support of one of Hollywood’s most beautiful leading
ladies, Scarlett Johansson. The native Greenwich Villager
and P.S. 41 alum met Stringer for lunch over the summer and
he made his pitch for her endorsement and won her over. It
didn’t hurt that ScarJo’s grandma, Dorothy Sloan, has fond
memories of campaigning as a tenant activist with Stringer
on the Upper West Side in the 1980s or that Scarlett’s twin
brother, Hunter Johannson a.k.a. HuJo worked as the B.P.’s
Community Board 2 liaison a few years ago. Last month,
Scarlett added her star power to two Stringer fundraisers
at the Plaza Hotel and an after-party at the Jane Ballroom.
According to the New York Post, Johansson is pro-bike
lanes, affordable housing and urban agriculture. “I hope to
get the Broadway community involved in this campaign,”
Johansson told the Post’s Page Six. “Scott has always been
an advocate for the arts and culture.” Hunter was at the
parties, though hobbling around on crutches, recovering
from knee surgery. Here’s to a speedy recovery. Other guests
included Lady Gaga’s parents, Joe and Cindy Germanotta.
Talk about “The Edge of Glory” — can Gaga’s endorsement
be far behind?
COMMITTEE GONE WILD: The Democratic State
Committee is generally expected to support the governor
as the state’s top Democratic elected official, but it sounds
like things have gone too far — to the point where com-
mittee members are being denied the chance to vote on
vitally important issues like hydrofracking and the “mil-
lionaire’s tax.” Rachel Lavine, the Village’s Democratic
State Committee woman, filled us in on the sorry state of
affairs. Basically, this time around, the state committee sent
out meeting notices so late that it’s now arguing it’s too late
to have a vote on Lavine’s resolution banning hydrofrack-
ing. “The current chairperson, Jay Jacobs, has played very
fast and loose with the rules,” Lavine noted disapprovingly.
Plus, she said, it just so happens that Jacobs has land on the
New York/Pennsylvania border that he’s leasing out to a gas
company for drilling, which he didn’t disclose to committee
members. “He has a lot of day camps and this is one he’s
leasing out,” she noted. As for the millionaire’s tax, which
Governor Andrew Cuomo is intent on letting expire, Jacobs
again is twiddling his thumbs — this time with the help,
Lavine tells us, of Charlie King, the committee’s executive
director. Jacobs and King have decided to exclude discus-
sion of the millionaire’s tax from the agenda of next week’s
key meeting, she said. Lavine said she’ll work hard with
the committee’s Reform Caucus and Rural Caucus, plus the
Young Democrats, to try to finally bring these issues to the
floor for a vote.
Scarlett Johansson and Scott Stringer at the borough president’s fundraiser at The Jane Hotel, in what may be the
only extant photo where Stringer is in focus and Johansson out of focus.
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O.W.S. must now occupy with their ideas, mayor says
At the press conference, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly,
who personally oversaw the evacuation, said the protesters
were given until 3:30 a.m. to collect their personal belong-
ings and leave.
Though Brookfield solicited Bloomberg’s help in tempo-
rarily evacuating the park, the mayor took full responsibility
for the action.
“Make no mistake — the final decision to act was mine,
and mine alone,” Bloomberg said. “I don’t feel bad, because
they can come right back in,” he said of the protesters.
While First Amendment rights are “number one on our
minds,” Bloomberg continued, “It doesn’t give anyone the
right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclu-
sion of others. ... We also have a similar, just as important
obligation to protect the health and safety of the people in
the park.”
Following the initial displacement from Zuccotti, pro-
testers dispersed to the surrounding blocks. Demonstrator
Liesbeth Rapp said later that at one point protesters blocked
a sanitation truck from driving to the park, assuming it was
on its way to collect occupants’ items.
O.W.S. medical team members Luc Baillargeon and
Angeline Richards watched from a bench across Church St.
as the camp was dismantled around 2 a.m. Baillargeon said
they were able to salvage from the medic tent only what they
could carry: two portable first-aid kits.
Asked why he chose to vacate the park in the early-morn-
ing hours, Kelly replied, “We think it was appropriate to do
it when the smallest number of people were in the park,”
noting that the regular visitors to O.W.S. typically gather in
the park during daytime hours.
“Operationally, it went extremely well, and the officers
conducted themselves with great professionalism,” Kelly
said. “There was an awful lot of taunting and people getting
in police officers’ faces, and the officers showed an awful lot
of restraint.”
The National Lawyers Guild has been representing O.W.S.
arrestees in court since the occupation began. At 6:30 a.m.
Tuesday morning N.L.G. filed a temporary restraining order
against the city, enjoining it from evicting protesters from
the park “exclusive of lawful arrests for criminal offenses,”
according to Martin Stolar, an N.L.G. defense attorney.
The injunction was temporarily granted until around
11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, when State Supreme Court
Judge Michael Stallman rendered a decision denying the
T.R.O. and approving Brookfield’s implementation of the
park rules.
Sheryl Neufeld, a lawyer for the city, said of Stallman’s
lifting the T.R.O. — which had been issued earlier by Judge
Lucy Billings — that the decision recognized the rights of
both O.W.S. and the general public.
Douglas Flaum, Brookfield’s counsel, said outside the
courthouse that he was “gratified that Stallman recognized
that the rules Brookfield has put in place are ones that are
necessary to ensure a clean, safe and publicly accessible
Zuccotti Park for all, and that any regulation we have would
be fully consonant with the First Amendment restrictions.”
David Bookstaver, a court spokesperson, explained that a
judge who “signs a T.R.O. in the middle of the night” is not
necessarily the same one that will preside over the hearing
the following day.
“There are lots of conspiracy theories, which are always
amusing, but there is no conspiracy here,” Bookstaver said.
While O.W.S. protesters were eventually allowed back
into Zuccotti Park around 5 p.m. Tuesday, people were
and will be denied entry if they are carrying tents, camping
gear or other equipment conducive to sleeping in the park.
Roughly 75 protesters remained in the park overnight on
Tuesday, many reportedly wearing ponchos in the drizzle.
Brookfield’s regulations governing Zuccotti Park bars
people from lying down in the park, as well as erecting tarps
and tents and using sleeping bags.
Kelly stated earlier that the department would enforce
rules prohibiting lying down on the park’s ground or
benches. A Brookfield lawyer said, however, that O.W.S.
would be welcome to use the park furniture. The issue may
turn, in the coming days, on the definition of what is deemed
If park users violate the rules, the police commissioner
said, they would be asked to leave the premises immediately,
adding, “And if they don’t leave, they’ll be arrested.”
At around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Stolar reported a total
of 218 arrests, many of which involved disorderly conduct,
resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
About three-quarters of the arrests occurred inside
Zuccotti Park during the eviction, according to Kelly.
Twenty-seven others were made at the intersection of
Broadway and Cortlandt St. The rest occurred elsewhere in
the park’s vicinity.
“I don’t think any of these arrests are serious today,” said
Daniel Alterman, a civil rights lawyer and Tribeca resident.
The Guild’s former president, he will be representing some
of the arrestees in court.
“I haven’t heard of any felonies being charged,” he said.
Like Stolar, Alterman found flaws in Bloomberg’s strategy
with respect to the eviction.
“I think the mayor should have left it alone and let it
take its course, and the community would have policed
itself,” said Alterman. “First Amendment trumps the incon-
veniences [of the local community] when the health, safety
and quality of life issues are not great.”
Nevertheless, the mayor remained firm in his message to
the park’s occupiers.
“Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with
tents and sleeping bags,” he said. “Now, they will have to
occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”
Unlike the planned clearing out of O.W.S. a month ago,
due to the secretiveness of Tuesday’s operation, elected
officials on did not have an opportunity to negotiate with
Brookfield or the city prior to the clearing of the park.
Most of them learned of the eviction just moments after it
In a joint statement, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler and
state Senator Daniel Squadron said, “We agree that Zuccotti
Park must be open and accessible to everyone — O.W.S., the
public, law enforcement and first responders — and that it
is critical to protect the health and safety of protesters and
the community. We have also been urging the city to have a
zero tolerance policy on noise and sanitation violations, and
to make the results of its enforcement public. But we must
balance the core First Amendment rights of protesters and
the other legitimate issues that have been raised.
“The city’s actions to shut down O.W.S. last night raise
a number of serious civil liberties questions that must be
answered,” the statement continued. “Moving forward, how
will the city respect the protesters’ rights to speech and assem-
bly? Why was press access limited, and why were some report-
ers’ credentials confiscated? How will reported incidents of
excessive force used by the police be addressed? On the issue
of Brookfield’s rules, we are very concerned that they were
promulgated after the protesters arrived; the specific legal ques-
tions on this topic are being addressed where it is appropriate
— in the courts.”
Borough President Scott Stringer alluded to numerous
Continued from page 1
Photo by Milo Hess
Police wearing riot helmets stood guard outside Zuccotti Park Tuesday. Eventually, protesters were allowed back
in, but without any tents, tarps or sleeping gear.
Continued on page 8
‘I think the mayor should have left
it alone and the community would
have policed itself.’
Daniel Alterman
November 17 - 23, 2011 5
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member of a larger group,
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our starting point for Lower School is emotional safety, because
only when students feel safe do they welcome new ideas and
new people into their lives.
This is the time when our children begin to shift from living in
the protective bubble of their parents to a
growing awareness of the world outside.
Introducing Lower School students to the world.
“The World Course is the soul of our school,”
explains Libby Hixson, head of Lower School at
Avenues. “At the very start, we will pick up the
threads that spiral up through-out the years at
Avenues. We will connect social studies, science,
art, math, music and literature to a child’s growing
awareness of the world.”
Gaining proficiency and cultural sensitivity. “As a world school,
Avenues places an emphasis on gaining proficiency in a second
language and on an appreciation for other cultures,” says Hixson.
“Immersion in a second language begins in the earliest grades.
This isn’t merely language instruction; it’s learning subject matter
like science, math or art, in Chinese or Spanish.
This type of curriculum gives students the best
foundation for succeeding in higher grades and
Building on human values. Our Lower School
students will first look inward to learn about
themselves, then look outward to better understand
the world around them. We’re here to build a
community where children can look at each other
with respect and affection.
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Fight to save church goes to state’s highest court
Lithuanian-American parishioners of Our Lady of Vilnius,
the Roman Catholic Church near the entrance to the Holland
Tunnel, took their fight to Albany on Tuesday to save their
parish and the 101-year-old building.
Their lawyer, Harry Kresky, and lawyers for the Catholic
Archdiocese of New York argued the case before the seven
judges of the State Court of Appeals, the highest court of
New York State.
A group of parishioners have been holding Sunday prayer
vigils on the shuttered church’s steps since February 26,
2007, after the archdiocese dissolved the parish and locked
the church doors.
The doors were locked while a parish administrator was at
a meeting with Edward Cardinal Egan, then archbishop of New
York, on the fate of the parish and the proposal to demolish the
church building at 570 Broome St. completed in 1910.
Since then, the Save our Lady of Vilnius Committee and
members of the Lithuanian-American community have gone
to the state courts to save the church, but the lower courts
turned them down.
However, a year ago, the Court of Appeals agreed to hear
the case.
Christina Nakraseive, vice chairperson of the committee
to save the parish, said that about 10 members made the trip
to Albany this week to hear the arguments.
Among them was Stasia Aleliunas, whose husband,
George, died last year at the age of 90, and her daughter.
“It was really moving to see that Mrs. Aleliunas made
the trip to Albany with her daughter,” Nakraseive said.
“The judges asked Kresky and the lawyers for the arch-
diocese a lot of questions; they seemed to want to get to
the crux of the matter.”
Mindaugas Blaudziunas, known as “Gus,” the parishio-
ner who filed the state action against the archdiocese, also
attended the Albany hearing. He said a favorable decision
could affect many local parishes that have closed in recent
years and others scheduled to be closed.
Kresky said later that the Our Lady of Vilnius issue was
similar to one six years ago involving St. Brigid’s Church in
the East Village on Avenue B at E. Eighth St.
But the St. Brigid’s issue was never decided because the case
became moot when an anonymous “angel” donated $20 mil-
lion to restore the badly deteriorated church and support area
Catholic schools. The archdiocese agreed to reactivate St. Brigid’s
parish and repair the 1849 building, so the case was dropped.
Kresky said he argued at the Court of Appeals that a
section of the state’s Religious Corporation Law and the
bylaws of Our Lady of Vilnius made clear that the members
of the corporation are the parishioners and as such they must
approve the demolition of the church because it would result
in a diversion of the corporation’s main asset.
Lawyers for the archdiocese have been arguing, based
on the First Amendment, that the State of New York and
its courts have no business being involved in affairs of the
Roman Catholic Church and what it does with its property.
Kresky would not guess how long the court would take
to decide. The complex issue has never been settled in state
courts and a decision would need at least four of the seven
judges concurring, he added.
Nakraseive recalled that two years before the parish was
dissolved, the archdiocese erected a scaffold in the sanctuary
to monitor leaks in the roof. As a result, Masses, wedding
and funerals were shifted to the basement. The shift subse-
quently caused attendance at Masses and religious functions
to decline. Moreover, the neighborhood changed radically
beginning in the 1920s when the Holland Tunnel was being
built, impacting the local Lithuanian community, most of
whom moved to the suburbs.
Nevertheless, Nakraseive said, there were about 100
active Lithuanian-American parish members and some of
them always showed up for Mass at the church.
One parishioner, Joe Zaccaria, drew up petitions to the
Curia in the Vatican pleading for Our Lady of Vilnius Church.
“We received a letter in Latin which just said the Curia
agreed with Cardinal Egan’s decision to close the church,”
Nakraseive said.
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Stuy Town ice-pick mugger
John Martinez, 40, pleaded guilty on
Thurs., Nov. 10, to robbing three women at
the point of an ice pick and a knife in and
around the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper
Village complex in November and December
of last year.
Martinez cornered his first victim on Nov.
22, 2010, in the elevator of her Peter Cooper
Village building, pulled a knife, took about
$700 from her and fled, according to the
Manhattan district attorney.
He pulled an ice pick on another woman
and her 3-year-old son in the elevator of a
Stuyvesant Town building on Dec. 2 and
made the mother turn over $80, jewelry
and credit cards. He then threatened to stab
the child if the victim did not take him to
her apartment. But the woman and her son
managed to get into the apartment and shut
Martinez out, according to court papers.
Later on the same day, Williams entered
an elevator with a woman and her two small
children in a different E. 14th St. building,
pulled the ice pick and forced her to give him
her wallet and a ring.
A half hour before the first Dec. 2 rob-
bery, Martinez followed another woman
into a different building on E. 14th St., but
she refused to step into the elevator after
him and he fled, according to the district
Martinez pleaded guilty to second-degree
burglary and three counts of attempted first-
degree robbery.
Rape-attempt arrest
Police arrested Imre Meszesan, 35, on Tues.,
Nov. 15, for the attempted rape of an East
Village woman around 3 a.m. Sun., Nov.13, as
she entered her First Ave. building. The victim,
27, turned and fought off her attacker, who
reportedly grabbed her from behind and lifted
her skirt on a stairway. The victim could not
identify her attacker from an array of police
photos but a surveillance camera at her build-
ing recorded his image. Meszesan, of Bedford
Stuyvesant, faces attempted rape and burglary
charges. A police officer reportedly ID’d him
from the video.
Parking-punch mistrial
A mistrial was declared on Mon., Nov.
14, in the February 2011 assault case against
Oscar Fuller, who was charged with punching
a woman who was holding an E. 14th St. curb-
side parking space for her boyfriend, causing
her to fall into a coma. A sole holdout juror
was reportedly the cause of the mistrial.
Fuller was freed on bail until Jan. 5 when
a new trial will be scheduled.
The 4-foot-11-inch victim was standing at
a curbside space between Avenues A and B
saving it for her friend when Fuller drove up.
They argued and Fuller threw a punch that
knocked the victim to the pavement where
she hit her head, after which she fell into a
coma for nine days.
Bobst Library theft
A woman in New York University’s Bobst
Library on Washington Square South saw a
man pick up her wallet, which was on the
table beside her, around 10 a.m. Tues., Nov.
8. The suspect fled but N.Y.U. security guards
stopped Lamarr Gaskin, 19, on W. Third St.
at LaGuardia Place and charged him with
larceny after the victim identified him.
Gaskin was also charged with pos-
session of stolen property, including the
victim’s wallet with $80, credit cards and
a California driver’s license. He was also
linked to the theft of a laptop, electronic
tablets, headphones and a wallet from
other victims in the library and theft from
students in another N.Y.U. building.
Faulty taillight was signal
Police stopped a car with a faulty taillight at
the corner of Jane and Washington Sts. around
7:15 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11, and discovered the
car had been stolen and the driver, Devron
Monroe, 25, was wanted on a Virginia war-
rant. The cops also smelled something funny,
discovered an undisclosed quantity of mari-
juana in the car and charged Monroe and his
two women passengers, Eteidra Edwards, 19,
and Ashley Forbes, 21, with possession.
But graffiti is art, right?
Police arrested two suspects for mak-
ing graffiti on a wall at 155 Bank St. in the
Westbeth artists’ residence complex at 2:15
a.m. Sun., Nov. 13. Michael Humphrey and
Evan Gilbert, both 20, had five spray-paint
cans in their possession and had sprayed
their tags, “OPPS” and “MRH,” on a wall,
police said.
Gansevoort larceny
A patron of the wine bar in front of the
Gansevoort Hotel, 24 Ninth Ave., spotted a
man going through her bag at her table and
called security, who arrested Zion Stayberg,
18, and charged him with larceny for steal-
ing wallets from two victims and a cell
phone from another.
W. 4th A.T.M. robbery
A man was withdrawing cash from an
automated teller machine in front of 204 W.
Fourth St. at Sheridan Square around 1:15
a.m. Thurs., Nov. 10, when someone grabbed
him from behind, swung him around violently
and grabbed a $20 bill from his hand and
fled, police said. Michael Joyner, 44, was soon
arrested and charged with larceny.
Chipotle flimflam
A female employee of the new Chipotle
branch at 510 Sixth Ave. was charged with
stealing $1,500 from the restaurant between
Sept. 1 and Nov. 10, police said. She would
ring up purchases on the register, then void
them and pocket the money. A store audit
discovered the theft and Natali Espinoza, 19,
was charged with larceny.
Alber t Amateau
reports of members of the press being kept
away from the park during the eviction and
even arrested.
“Last night, the administration acted
to end the occupation of Zuccotti Park by
forcible eviction, and I am greatly troubled
by reports of unnecessary force against pro-
testers and members of the media, including
the use of ‘chokeholds’ and pepper spray,”
said Stringer. “I am also troubled by reports
of media being forcibly kept away at a dis-
tance from these events. American foreign
correspondents routinely put themselves in
harm’s way to do their jobs, in some of the
most brutal dictatorships in the world. And
their New York City colleagues deserve the
freedom to make the same choice. Zuccotti
Park is not Tiananmen Square. I call for a
full explanation of police behavior in this
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
echoed the B.P’s statement concerning the
treatment of the media.
“Today’s actions include reports of exces-
sive force by the N.Y.P.D., and reports of
infringement of the rights of the press,”
said Quinn. “If these reports are true, these
actions are unacceptable.”
Asked why members of the media were
denied access to the park’s immediate sur-
roundings during the evacuation, Bloomberg
replied, “The Police Department routinely
keeps members of the press off to the side
when they’re in the middle of a police
action, to prevent a situation from getting
worse and to protect the members of the
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expected to be just a few days’ renovation
job at the Ear Inn on Spring St. wound up
stretching into a full two weeks. Martin
Sheridan, the historic Hudson Square water-
ing hole’s owner, tells us his regulars are
“angry” and clamoring for the place to
reopen. “They say, ‘Why didn’t you put
on the Web site that it was closed?!’ ” he
said. Anyway, the Ear Inn faithful’s fervent
prayers will soon be answered. Sheridan said
the bar should be back doing business again
by this Thursday and the kitchen by the fol-
lowing Monday. Initially, he had just wanted
to put in some new tiles in the kitchen and
bathroom. But when the kitchen floor was
pulled up, some cracked beams — some of
them 150 to 200 years old — were revealed.
Workers “sistered” these suspect supports
by putting new wooden beams alongside
them. Wooden-peg construction was used
in sections, adhering to the historic methods
with which the landmarked building was
constructed. The interior structure can’t be
changed, since the building is an interior as
well as exterior designated New York City
landmark. Sheridan’s nephew Liam, who
specializes in these type of delicate build-
ing renovations, is heading the job and his
other nephew Gary, who tends bar at the
Ear, has also been rolling up his sleeves and
helping with the work, as are other staffers.
The place is now structurally “stronger than
ever,” the tavern owner assured. In the end,
the job’s price tag comes to about $100,000,
Sheridan said. That’s a lot of Guinnesses!
… In other Hudson Square happenings, we
asked Sheridan if he’d heard anything about
the former Don Hill’s club space across
the street, on the corner of Greenwich and
Spring Sts. Sheridan’s good friend Hill died
this March, and the landlords, the Pontes,
recently repossessed the property. Sheridan
said local scuttlebutt has always been that
the Pontes want to build a hotel there — as
if, at this point, the neighborhood really
needed another one!
victory celebration for St. Mark’s Bookshop
will not take place on Tues., Nov. 29, as report-
ed last week, but will be held on Thurs., Dec.
1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the book-
store, at the southeast corner of Third Ave.
and Ninth St. Members of the Cooper Square
Committee, which led the community effort
to get landlord The Cooper Union to reduce
the store’s rent, will lead a discussion about
the committee’s 52-year history of activism on
behalf of local tenants and small businesses.
Frances Goldin, a founder of the Cooper
Square Committee, said that that discussion
will be relatively brief. Store owners Bob
Contant and Terry McCoy will be on hand to
enjoy the festivities. There will be wine, crack-
ers, cheese and fruit.
CONGRATS! Reporter Lesley Sussman
will soon be adding another credit to his
name. A flurry of reports on Web sites,
including the Hollywood Reporter, recently
came out with the news that George Tillman
Jr. has been hired to direct the Miles Davis
movie based on “Dark Magus: The Jekyll and
Hyde Life of Miles Davis,” the book Sussman
wrote on the jazz great with Miles’s son
Gregory Davis. So far, though, only Gregory
Davis is getting mentions in the media, which
is well and fine with Les. “My name is on the
cover of the book as co-writer, but I don’t
mind Gregory getting all the credit because
it’s more important that readers know Miles’
son is the source,” Sussman told us. As for
how he ended up writing the tome, Sussman
said, “I don’t particularly care for jazz. I’m
an old ’60s folkie. I prefer acoustic guitar
and lyrics to some horn. I knocked on my
next-door neighbor’s door to complain about
someone playing the horn late at night, and
she told me it was her boyfriend, who hap-
pened to be Miles Davis’s oldest son. I said,
‘Ask him if he wants to write a book about his
father’ and the rest is history.”
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Effort by Occupy Wall Street to create a ‘Zuccotti II’
Alaska, he’d been camping at Zuccotti for
the past three weeks. With his belongings
in big bags strapped to his back and over
his stomach, plus a waffle-style air mattress
folded up on his back as well, he was standing
amid hundreds of protesters outside Zuccotti
Park around 1:30 p.m., as they demanded to
be let back in. A judge had granted a tempo-
rary restraining order on the eviction, but by
2 p.m. another judge had tossed it out.
“I have a lot of cold-weather gear, enough
for four people,” Perkins noted of his bulky
“Workers and students shut the city
down!” some protesters were chanting near-
by. A major day of protest was planned for
Thursday, including a “Shut Down Wall St.”
action, which, no doubt, prompted the city
to act on Zuccotti.
Perkins said he had almost fallen asleep in
his tent in the northwest section of Zuccotti
on Tuesday morning when the police action
started about 1 a.m. After about five minutes
of initial disarray, protesters put their pre-
planned emergency response into action.
“We all stayed around our kitchen, which
is the heart of our movement,” he said. Four
to six people in the center locked themselves
together with “U” locks around their necks,
he said. Meanwhile, he was in a group that
hooked themselves into their backpacks and
luggage and then tied themselves together
via their luggage.
Eventually, at 3:50 a.m., police walked
him out of the park with another protester he
was linked to by their luggage. Perkins said
that while he had been doing civil disobedi-
ence in the park, a police officer had punched
him in the face, but he wasn’t sporting any
visible bruises or cuts on Tuesday afternoon.
A print reporter who was able to get
into Zuccotti before the police action, said
that, despite police’s orders to reporters and
photographers to clear the park during the
eviction, he stayed. He somehow managed to
discretely hang around the O.W.S. kitchen,
and ultimately ended up watching the evic-
tion for the full four hours.
“We just sort of stayed in the center,” he
said. “It was sort of like being in the eye of
the storm.”
Right before it ended, he walked out of
the park, avoiding arrest.
Asked how police had conducted the evic-
tion, the reporter said, “Methodical, relent-
less. They were depending on overwhelming
force, which is what they had.” The veteran
reporter said he had never seen a massing of
so many police officers in one location.
Freelance photographer Leah Kozak
rushed down from her Sullivan St. apart-
ment when she heard Zuccotti was being
“When I got here I was a block away
from the park,” she said Tuesday around
2:15 a.m. “Police were pushing people away.
They were rough. You could smell pepper
spray in the air. People’s eyes were watery
and tearing up. It was scary.”
Duarte Square — a brick-lined plaza with
benches and a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte,
the father of the Dominican Republic — is
owned by the city. The adjacent, dirt-covered
Trinity-owned space was formerly home to
an office building that was razed, and Trinity
hopes to build a new residential tower there
with a New York City public school in its
base — provided a residential rezoning for
Hudson Square is granted.
Brookfield Office Properties, which owns
Zuccotti Park, supported the efforts to clear
Zuccotti of the tent city that had sprung up
there in the past several weeks, and in fact,
back in October, had supported efforts to
keep people from sleeping there in sleeping
bags even before the tents started going up.
However, the mayor and police had “blink-
ed” on Oct. 14 after having said the park
would be temporarily cleared for cleaning,
and allowed the protesters to stay.
The Trinity-owned lot at Sixth Ave. and
Canal St. is similarly privately owned. A
temporary project, the LentSpace sculpture
space was opened with a ribbon-cutting in
September 2009. No doubt, it appealed to
O.W.S. precisely because it is privately owned
and thus not subject to city park curfews.
Trinity Wall Street church has supported
the protesters. However, the church said the
Hudson Square open space was not open for
occupation, and gave police the green light
to make arrests.
Trinity issued the following statement:
“Duarte Square...is comprised of both pub-
lic and private land. Duarte Park, on the
eastern edge, is city-owned public land. The
larger, enclosed portion of the square is
private space owned by Trinity Wall Street
and currently licensed for use to the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council for a temporary
art installation known as ‘Lent Space’ that is
closed for the season. Neither Trinity Wall
Street nor the L.M.C.C. has given permis-
sion for members of Occupy Wall Street to
enter the private area.
“Trinity respects the rights of citizens to
protest peacefully and supports the vigorous
engagement of the concerns of the protest-
ers. Trinity continues to provide gathering
and meeting spaces for Occupy Wall Street
in its neighborhood center and facilities in
and around Wall St.”
Following the police action at Zuccotti,
a group of O.W.S. protesters about 100 or
200 strong marched past City Hall and then
up to Foley Square — where some of them
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Photos by Tequila Minsky
An O.W.S. protester sitting on the LentSpace wall at Duarte Square during the
General Assembly on Tuesday morning.
November 17 - 23, 2011 11
jumped atop the “Triumph of the Human
Spirit” statue in the fountain as the group
decided where to go next — then wended
their way up Lafayette St. and Broadway to
about Washington Place, then back over to
Lafayette St. and finally back down to Foley
“We have all night to march around!” one
man assured the group at one point. “Go
home!” some of them yelled at the police.
They were accompanied for most of the
way by a strong contingent of officers, many
wearing riot helmets and holding clubs,
who ran along next to them in the street.
Overhead, a police helicopter slowly circled
low in the sky, shining down a searchlight,
tracking the protesters’ movements.
Efforts by the group to head to Union
Square and Washington Square — “There’s
a place at Washington Square,” it was
announced at one “mic check,” apparently
referring to Judson Memorial Church —
were largely thwarted by police. At various
points, police blocked the marchers as they
walked on the sidewalk, and took every
opportunity to split the march into succes-
sively smaller and smaller groups.
At times sprinting in formation, like
a well-drilled football team executing a
designed play, the police would rush in to
block the marchers’ path. On one such occa-
sion, they surrounded a group of marchers
who were all on the sidewalk just north of
the Crunch gym on Lafayette St., giving the
sense that arrests were imminent. But, after
a tense few moments, the officers opened up
the semicircle’s southern side, allowing the
marchers to head back Downtown.
At the corner of Fourth St. and Broadway,
police had a man seated and handcuffed in
the street near the curb.
“What’s your name?” protesters called
out to him.
“Randy Credico!” he called back before
being stuffed into a police S.U.V.
A standup comic turned antidrug activist,
Credico ran against Senator Chuck Schumer
in 2010 on the Libertarian line, winning 0.5
percent of the vote.
“The guy said I had been on the street
too long a block earlier,” Credico said of the
arresting officer. “I was yelling ‘Attica!’ at
them,” he said, though adding, “I was always
on the sidewalk.”
Credico said it could actually be better
for O.W.S. that Zuccotti was cleared of its
tent city.
“We shook off some of the riffraff of the
park,” he said, “and now it’s going to be
serious. There were people down there that
were just loafing around and not participat-
ing in marches and rallies.”
Cosmo Baker, marching along with the
group up Broadway on Tuesday around 4
a.m., said he wasn’t an Occupier but was
showing support.
“I was in Greenpoint at home when
I started getting noise via Twitter and
Facebook — it’s sort of the Bat Signal situa-
tion,” said Baker, a DJ.
“This is about a show of solidarity,” he
stated. “I’m not even into Occupy Wall
Street, necessarily. But when police have a
chance to exert their force unnecessarily,
citizens need to stand up.”
Outside Zuccotti Park on Thursday
shortly after noon, Reverend Billy was telling
everyone to prepare for mass arrests.
His blond pompadour shaking excitedly
above the crowd’s heads, he shouted out,
“Mic check!... We may go to jail very soon.
What happens tonight sets off Thursday.
We need to have Thursday be as big a ‘Shut
Down Wall St.’ as ever happened in his-
However, Joan Pleune, a member of the
Granny Peace Brigade, said the idea was
not to try to get arrested, but to get a mes-
sage across. A psychiatrist on the Upper
West Side, she said she had to get set for
Thursday’s day of action.
“I have clients in the morning — I have to
reschedule,” she said.
Thursday’s planned events include the
declared “Shut Down Wall St.” action in the
morning, followed by gatherings in parks in
the afternoon that will reportedly converge
at Foley Square. The evening could report-
edly see some sort of event on the Brooklyn
Perkins said the bridge action will, in
fact, include film projectors and screens and
boats with video. Thursday marks the move-
ment’s two-month anniversary. Money from
unions and O.W.S. are funding the costs of
the elaborate bridge action, he said.
“We’re hoping to have a birthday party,”
Perkins said with a smile.
Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho
Alliance, said he was awakened early
Tuesday morning by the racket of the police
helicopter hovering overhead, and turned on
the news to see Julie Menin, chairperson of
Community Board 1, criticizing the clearing
of Zuccotti Park. Board 1 had made strides
getting the protesters to work better with the
community, Menin said, but the city never
even sent anyone to their meetings.
Sweeney walked over to Duarte Square
to check out was going on.
“The crowd was quite peaceful at Duarte,”
he said, “so the arrests on Trinity’s lot were
a surprise. The crowd itself seemed like
transplants from a gathering of the Rainbow
Family, that band of itinerant hippies.
“I question what authority the N.Y.P.D.
had to arrest people in Trinity’s property,”
Sweeney continued. “I assume the charge
was for trespassing. What else could it be?
Disorderly conduct? For standing inside an
empty lot?
“I also thought that unless there are signs
expressly prohibiting trespass, or else if the
property owner presses charges directly,
that the police have no right to arrest for
Sweeney noted Paul Newell, a Democratic
district leader out of the D.I.D. club, was
also arrested at Zucotti Park, but was let
out relatively quickly by 5 a.m. with a desk-
appearance ticket.
“He must have been the only one arrested
who was wearing a jacket and tie,” Sweeney
encampment in Hudson Square is thwarted by police
O.W.S. protesters perched on the wall during the General Assembly. Some had
already started to enter the Trinity-owned space.
12 November 17 - 23, 2011
Artist is firmly planted under the O.W.S. umbrella
She came for the art and stayed for the
Evelyn Talarico, a 67-year-old Puerto
Rican artist from Brooklyn, became a daily
protester at Occupy Wall Street a week
after it began on Sept. 17. She had only
intended to drop by, learn what the com-
motion was about, and snap a few photos.
But after talking to some artists and sharing
her love of painting with them, she knew
she’d found her new home for the next two
“I wanted to come and paint and the
artists made me feel so comfortable,” she
recalled. “The guys, they protected me. They
told me how important I was to them.”
After Tuesday’s early-morning surprise
eviction by the police, only a small frac-
tion of the original protesters persist in
Zuccotti Park. Barricades remain in place
around the park’s perimeter to discourage
an influx of protesters from pitching camp
again and new silver sign plaques declare
the square as a “privately owned space that
is designed and intended for use and enjoy-
ment by the general public for passive
recreation”: No tents, no sleeping bags, no
personal property.
“No, I’m not leaving,” said Talarico on
Wednesday. “I’m staying right here.” Despite
the fact that Zuccotti Park now lacks the
commodities and services it had begun to
accumulate under O.W.S. — like a library,
Red Cross and food tents — she plans to
keep painting signs and banners for the
“When the police said to take the food
out, it really bothered me because there’s
a lot of hungry people,” she said. “But a
lot of people took advantage of the situa-
tion. Mentally ill people, some of them with
drugs, and it turned into a money machine.
There were people asking for money and
“I was saying to myself, ‘I should quit,’”
Talarico added. “But then this happened
and I think it’s much, much better now.
Before, the majority of the people were
staying in their tents all day long while I
was out with my sign talking to people.”
As a young girl, Talarico’s politically
active parents would drag her along to
protests, sometimes waking her up at four
in the morning. She moved to Brooklyn 50
years ago and Occupy Wall Street is the first
time she’s ever been involved herself in a
political movement.
“I hated it, I always thought those
people who protest were crazy,” she said.
“And with O.W.S., I thought, ‘You can’t
fight the American government!’ But this
country is ready for a change.” Through her
two months of protesting, her mentality has
evolved and she’s started to doubt the integ-
rity of the government and media.
“I’m willing to die for this cause, I feel
like I should do something for the children,”
she said. “We’re still slaves to the govern-
ment and the rich. The ‘1 percent’ controls
us.” All of her kids attended universities in
the city and though they know she’s been
protesting and aren’t exactly comfortable
with it, nothing will stop Talarico from
showing up at Zuccotti Park with her
painted umbrella.
“I don’t want nobody to tell me what to
do,” she said. “I’m so proud of myself for
what I’m doing and I feel good about it. I’m
not stepping out.”
Photo by Khiara Ortiz
Evelyn Talarico with her painted umbrella at Zuccotti Park on Wednesday.
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Krush Groove: New solar trash cans also rat-proof
amount of garbage as a traditional trash
receptacle and can reduce trash collection by
80 percent. The Chinatown BigBelly will join
the two dozen or so others dispersed around
“The aim is to explore its potential use-
fulness for the Chinatown BID area,” said
Wellington Chen, executive director of the
Chinatown Partnership. The BID’s sanitation
committee, which will be formed in the new
year, will determine which other intersections
would benefit from the compactor.
“Certain locations require traditional gar-
bage cans for traffic and a variety of other
reasons,” said Chen. “We’re going to be very
selective if we do implement it by first testing
it out.”
Containing a computer and a smartphone,
the compactor connects wirelessly to the
company BigBelly Solar’s headquarters in
Massachusetts. The Web-based system is set
up so that the BigBelly automatically tracks
its own garbage load in real time.
“It will report to a Web-based program
and let you know when it’s full and needs to
be changed,” said Franklin Cruz, chairperson
of the Bronx-based D.E.C. Green, which is
responsible for manufacturing New York
State’s BigBellies.
By applying 1,250 pounds of pressure,
Cruz explained, the BigBelly crushes accumu-
lating litter, clearing the way for more trash to
be added to the container.
“Toward the top of the internal bin is a
laser, which sends an impulse to the computer
notifying it of any obstructions,” he added.
While celebrating the BigBelly’s instal-
lation at the corner of Canal and Mott last
week, Chin proudly labeled the compactor
the “garbage can of the future.”
“I’m so glad that Chinatown is taking this
major step in collecting garbage and keeping
our community clean,” said the councilmem-
ber, who remarked on the compact size of the
BigBelly — comparing it to an earlier, larger
version she had seen in Flushing, Queens.
“I can’t believe I’m so excited about a
garbage can!” said Susan Stetzer, Community
Board 3’s district manager, who led off the
press conference. “This is a perfect example
of why you need the BID. Who else is going
to sponsor this?” she said of the Chinatown
Indeed, BigBelly solar cans were placed in
Union Square Park two and a half years ago
by the Union Square Partnership BID.
While the mechized cans are a pricey $4,000
a piece, they can result in hefty overall savings
for municipalities, according to Cruz. Now out-
fitted with about 1,000 BigBellies, Philadelphia,
for example, has pared down its trash collection
from 17 times a week to twice a week, leading
to ciytwide cost reductions in sanitation of
nearly $1 million, according to Cruz.
Apart from economic waste, premature
trash collection and landfill dumping have
an adverse impact on the environment, Cruz
“This will delay the need for garbage
pickups, save on car fuel and wear and tear
on the roads, and dramatically reduce carbon
emissions,” he said, adding, “The point of col-
lection is where you can make a difference.”
The relatively new trash collection tech-
nology doesn’t have to result in layoffs of
sanitation workers, either, Cruz assured: In
Philadelphia’s case, sanitation personnel were
transferred to the city’s recycling program,
which was enhanced following the BigBelly
The BigBellies have proven virtually inde-
structible. They weigh more than 300 pounds
and are made of recycled car bumpers and
polycarbonate — making them resistant to
extreme temperatures and any kind of weath-
er. One BigBelly was even unharmed after
being submerged in water in Port Jefferson,
Long Island, during Hurricane Irene, accord-
ing to Cruz.
“I’ve been a distributor and assembler of
the product since 2007, and I can count on
the fingers of one hand how many service
calls I’ve gotten,” he saids.
Nonetheless, Cruz recommends the com-
pactors be fastened to the ground for safety
“It’s possible that you could have people
who just for fun want to see if they could
knock it over into the street,” he noted.
And, while they’re not so big so as to lend
themselves to being used for dumping pets
or other living things, Cruz admitted that
such destructive behavior is, unfortunately,
“I can’t speak for the public,” he said. “If
somebody wanted to put something in there,
I guess they could.”
Chinatown community members wel-
comed the futuristic wastebasket into their
“A lot of people think we’re a futile soci-
ety and do it the old way with a broomstick,”
said Chen. “This is a more innovative way to
say there are greener, possible hybrid solu-
tions to what we’re trying to tackle here.”
“And more importantly, Ratatouille can-
not get inside!” said Chen, referring to
Remy, the fictional rat in the 2007 computer-
animated film, “Ratatouille.”
Studies have indeed shown that the
BigBellies are impervious to rodents and
help to curb rodent infestations, Cruz
said. Following a pilot program in which
three BigBellies supplanted traditional
wastebaskets in Thomas Paine Park —
north of Foley Square — from April to
October this year, urban rodentologist
Robert Corrigan, a city Health Department
employee, reported a migration of the rats
away from the park.
An endless supply of litter that accumu-
lates in public trash bins allows the rats to
“flourish,” according to Cruz.
“Corrigan’s theory is that, the reason why
the rat population is so difficult to control,
particularly in New York, is because it’s
very difficult for sanitation to keep up with
emptying trash baskets,” said Cruz. “So, if
we could eliminate the food source and con-
tinue to bait, there might be some progress
made in the fight against the rats in New
York City.”
Corrigan could not be reached for com-
ment by press time.
C.B. 3, a strong supporter of rat-proof gar-
bage cans, has the second-worst rat problem
of all of Manhattan’s 12 community boards,
topped only by Washington Heights, accord-
ing to Stetzer, who helped secure three pilot
BigBellies for Tompkins Square Park. The
high-tech receptacles were installed in the
East Village park early last month, Cruz said,
and will stay there for at least a year.
Asked why it took so long for C.B. 3 to
adopt the BigBelly program, Stetzer replied,
“It’s a culture thing. It’s really hard to get
change in New York City.”
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After unwrapping the new BigBelly can, Councilmember Margaret Chin dropped a
piece of the ribbon into the compactor, as C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer
gave an assist by holding the can open.
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Photos by Milo Hess
Day of the Dead enlivens St. Mark’s Church in Bowery
With traditional dances and costumes and lots of delicious Mexican eats, the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was celebrated at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery earlier
this month. Observed in Mexico — where it’s a national holiday — and other Latin American countries, the occasion focuses on gatherings of family and friends who pray for and
remember late loved ones. Favorite foods of the departed are left out for them. The holiday coincides with the Catholic holidays All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
November 17 - 23, 2011 17
Port Authority’s rede-
velopment of the World
Trade Center is renowned
architect Santiago Cala-
trava’s World Trade Cen-
ter Transportation Hub.
The WTC Transportation
Hub is a multibillion-
dollar transit project that
will restore and enhance
the levels of service that
existed at the site before
September 11, 2001. In
addition to a new sta-
tion entrance to the Port Authority
Trans Hudson (PATH) rail line through
a PATH Hall approximately the size of
three football fields, this massive proj-
ect also includes climate-controlled,
underground connections between
multiple New York City Transit Subway
lines and the World Financial Center in
Battery Park City. The new transporta-
tion hub will also house a range of re-
tail services throughout.
Much of this underground infrastruc-
ture for the WTC Transportation Hub
project is already well under way, al-
though not yet visible to
passersby on the streets
of Lower Manhattan. All
of that will soon change
as the structure that will
become the street level
entrance to the Transpor-
tation Hub—called the
“Oculus”—begins to take
shape as slabs and foun-
dations are installed on
the east side of the World
Trade Center site.
Over the coming months,
the Grand Hall of the Oculus—approxi-
mately one and a half times the size
of Grand Central Terminal and located
approximately 60 feet below the sur-
face—will begin to rise to street level.
Starting next summer, enormous piec-
es of the above grade, glass- and steel-
ribbed Oculus will be installed. The
commencement of construction on
this iconic Oculus structure, designed
to represent the wings of a bird taking
flight, is both exciting and representa-
tive of the Port Authority’s goals to re-
member, rebuild, and renew the World
Trade Center. v
Street-level rendering of the WTC Transportation Hub Oculus.
Foundations and slabs for the WTC Transportation Hub Oculus begin to take shape on the east side
of the site.
Santiago Calatrava sketch of
the inspiration for the WTC
Transportation Hub design.
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w o r l d t r a d e c e n t e r n e w s a n d u p d a t e s
Hub’s Iconic
Oculus Begins
to Take Shape
Photos by Tequila Minsky
Honoring those who served
Seniors at the Village’s Caring Community observed Veterans Day with help from
veterans of the American Legion Lieutenant B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post
Mic check!
Read The Villager and East Villager!
18 November 17 - 23, 2011
Photos by Jason B. Nicholas
Protesters braced for eviction but couldn’t stop it
Clockwise from above: As police were moving into Occupy Wall Street’s encampment early Tuesday, protesters sat and interlocked arms around the camp’s kitchen; police
flooded into the park and started removing the tents; making an obscene gesture at the officers, a woman readied for the eviction by donning a gas mask.
November 17 - 23, 2011 19
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Dr. Francis Ottaviano, who lived and practiced medi-
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age of 85.
One of his sons, Dr. Lorenzo Ottaviano, ran his own
practice from the same Sheridan Square medical office as
his father until two years ago.
Dr. Francis Ottaviano, like his own father before him,
was renowned as a member of a Greenwich Village medi-
cal dynasty. In addition to his son Lorenzo, another son,
Paul, is also a physician.
Francis Ottaviano practiced medicine in the same
location until his health began to decline two years ago,
said his daughter, Helena Stuart.
“He was always ready with a joke,” recalled his
daughter. “At his funeral, people came up and told us
about the jokes he told them and how he saved their
lives,” she said.
Fly-fishing for trout was his lifelong avocation.
“It was his passion,” his daughter recalled. “He used
to get up at midnight and drive for an hour or two and
sleep in the car so that he could be the first at his favorite
spot — on the Housatonic, I think.”
In later years, he would take his sons and a grandson
to fish in Alaska for two weeks.
“He was a big man and it was hard for him to move
around, but he made the trip several times,” his daughter
He was born on Feb. 16, 1926, in Rutland, Vermont,
where his mother was raised. His father, Dr. Francis
Ottaviano, was a surgeon and his mother, Maida Heimz
Ottaviano, was a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Francis Jr., one of five brothers and two sisters, went
to Our Lady of Pompeii elementary school in Greenwich
Village and Xavier High School on W. 16th St.
At the age of 17 in the middle of World War II, he
enlisted in the Army. As an Army medic he served in the
South Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart.
“He had a finger missing and joked about it, but he
told a brother that it happened when he tossed a hand
grenade out of a foxhole,” his daughter said.
After he was discharged, he worked for a while at
the Daily News and attended St. Peter’s College in New
Jersey. He met his wife, Helena Petracca, in New York on
New Year’s Eve 1950 and they married two weeks later.
With their 4-month-old daughter they left for Italy in
1951 where he studied medicine in Turin and Padua.
“He had to learn to speak Italian before his medical
studies,” his daughter said. “His favorite poem was ‘If’
by Rudyard Kipling,” she said.
In addition to his daughter Helena and sons Drs.
Lorenzo and. Paul Ottaviano, his wife, Helena, two
other daughters, Carol and Jean, and three other sons,
Francis, Robert and Richard, also survive. Two sisters,
Beatrice Breitenbach Lennon of Atlanta, Ga., and Carol
Sperandeo of Long Island, also survive.
Perazzo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The funeral was at Our Lady of Pompei Church and
burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Queens.
Dr. Francis Ottaviano, who loved fly-fishing, with a
trout he hooked.
20 November 17 - 23, 2011
Nadler: Focus on the jobs crisis, not the deficit
As a standing-room-only crowd of close to
100 people listened raptly, Congressmember
Jerrold Nadler looked up from his prepared
script and said, “I hope that Supercommittee
Nadler was referring to the congres-
sional committee of 12 that is on deadline
to decide what drastic budget cuts are
to be implemented, and the word is out
that the Supercommittee is bent on cutting
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and
other fundamental entitlements.
After a moment of silence the crowd
spontaneously responded with cheers.
Democrats — at least this crowd — want
no cuts to the benefit programs, the safety
net of programs that serve the middle class
and the needy. And they want to be sure
Washington hears it.
This was one of the highlights of last
Thursday evening’s Village Independent
Democrats’ sponsored forum entitled,
“The U.S. Economic Crisis.” The forum
featured Nadler and author and columnist
Jeff Madrick and was moderated by former
District Leader Tony Hoffmann, a V.I.D.
club member.
The forum led off with Madrick, who
maintained that the root cause of the U.S.
economic crisis is greed run rampant.
Madrick stated that Washington has been
manipulated in a shift of attitude toward
government, one that didn’t begin with
President Bush or President Obama, but
originated with deregulation in the 1970s.
Madrick went on to trace the series of
economic crises that the U.S. has endured
over the past 40 years as the deregulation
craze has gripped both parties in Congress.
Referring to the present Wall St. debacles,
Madrick stated emphatically that, “Without
prosecutions, Americans will never under-
stand what happened. Was it just some
well-intentioned Wall St. people making big
mistakes or was it corruption and unethical
activity? I think the latter.”
He concluded his remarks with a con-
demnation of both Wall St. and Congress.
“We are not reregulating adequately,” he
said. “Wall St. did not perform its functions
adequately for nearly 40 years. Over that
time, wages have declined or stagnated. We
haven’t built our infrastructure, education,
energy technologies, etc…and some far-
from-progressive people think it was a net
drag on growth.”
Congressmember Nadler agreed with
Madrick that years of deregulation have
allowed our financial institutions to
become too large to fail and take tremen-
dous risks. He emphasized that we need
to reregulate these institutions and that
we’ve clearly forgotten the lessons of the
Great Depression. One lesson is that cut-
backs during times of job loss only lead to
the loss of more jobs.
Calling out Congress’s single-minded
focus on budget cutting, Nadler said, “We
don’t have a deficit crisis, we have a jobs
crisis. We have to get people back to work.
Deficit spending is essential to deal with
today’s crisis. Get employment up first and
then fix the deficit.”
Nadler advocates for New Deal types
of programs, such as infrastructure spend-
ing, unemployment insurance and W.P.A.-
type make-work projects that will increase
employment and aggregate demand.
Amplifying Madrick’s remarks, Nadler
expressed his dismay over the growth of
income inequality in the U.S. during the past
four decades, and how the top 1 percent
of income earners have garnered all of the
country’s income growth. Middle-income
wage earners have received none of the
increases, and low-income people have lost
ground, he said.
Nadler was particularly disturbed that,
contrary to Republican claims, corporations
are not contributing their fair share toward
government revenues. Both their “real” rate
of taxation, which is only 17 percent, and
their contribution to total U.S. tax revenues,
about 7 percent, have fallen precipitously
over the past 30 years.
Representative Nadler went on to praise
the Occupy Wall Street movement and had
particular words of esteem for state Attorney
General Eric Schneiderman. Nadler said that
before O.W.S. there was little public notice
of the lack of jobs. O.W.S. has shined a light
on it. Nadler also stated that Schneiderman,
along with a very few other attorneys gen-
eral, has led the way toward standing up to
the banks and refusing to go along with a
brokered deal that would basically let the
banks off the hook for the subprime mort-
gage debacle.
The forum concluded with a half hour of
incisive questions from the audience and in-
depth responses from the panelists.
According to Jonathan Geballe, V.I.D.
president, this was the fourth in a series of
public forums that the V.I.D. has presented
in the past six months. The first one was on
the complex love-hate relationship between
New Yorkers and bicycle riders. The second
focused on how to increase voter participa-
tion, and the third forum featured renowned
AIDS physician Dr. Paul Bellman speaking
on issues related to the AIDS epidemic.

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In a repeat performance, the Bleecker
Area Merchants’ and Residents’ Association
(BAMRA) and Le Souk are throwing the Second
Annual Neighborhood Thanksgiving Dinner.
The complimentary meal is intended for
those who will be alone on Thanksgiving or
who are unable to afford a hearty holiday
“Nobody should be lonely or hungry on
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November 17 - 23, 2011 21
Bowery, Bialystoker, bikes, buses top town hall list
A new grassroots organization that is try-
ing to gain landmark status for the historic
Bialystoker Nursing Home building, at 228 East
Broadway, has won the support of state Senator
Daniel Squadron, who said that he favors such
a designation.
Squadron made his remarks at a “Community
Convention” follow-up meeting on Tuesday
evening at the Bowery Residents’ Committee
Senior Center, at 30 Delancey St., in Sara
Delano Roosevelt Park.
The meeting was attended by about 100
residents from the East Village, Lower East Side
and Chinatown, many of whom had attended
a Community Convention last March that was
sponsored by the state senator. This week’s
meeting was designed to give Squadron an
opportunity to address many of the concerns
that were raised by local residents at the prior
Squadron heard from Mitchell Grubler, a
member of the Friends of the Bialystoker Home
and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN),
who told the state senator that the new grass-
roots group wants to preserve the historic
former nursing home, which was built in the
Depression era.
The financially struggling nursing home is no
longer operational, and the Bialystoker Home’s
board of directors hopes to transform the build-
ing into a residential apartment complex.
Grubler described the nine-story art deco
brick institutional building, which dates back to
1929, as an “architectural treasure that deserves
landmark protection.”
He said a “request for evaluation” had
already been filed with the city’s Landmarks
Preservation Committee by Linda Jones, a
Lower East Side preservation activist and
Community Board 3 member, who is one of
the founding members of the Friends of the
Bialystoker Home.
Squadron said the nursing home’s closing
was a “terrible loss and not a solution” to the
problems the owners of the facility were fac-
“Losing the building would compound this
issue,” Squadron said. “We’re looking very
closely at the situation to see if we can make
a case for landmarking the building. I’ve also
urged the state attorney general to look very
closely at this.”
On another issue, Grubler told Squadron,
“We’re losing the Bowery” to hotel and high-rise
developers. He said BAN has called for height
restrictions for any new hotel or other building
constructed on the east side of the Bowery.
Grubler explained that the gritty boulevard’s
west side below Houston St. is protected from
high-rise development because it is part of the
Little Italy Special Purpose District, while above
Houston St. much of the Bowery is located
within the Noho Historic District Extension.
Squadron told the community activist that
he, too, was concerned about what was hap-
pening along the Bowery, “but I haven’t yet
looked at your new proposal.”
After the meeting, Grubler said, “We already
see a 23-story hotel at Cooper Square, an
18-story hotel that just went up on the corner of
Hester St. and a threatened 30-story hotel just
north of Delancey St. Can you imagine that?”
Squadron responded to a potpourri of
other concerns that were raised at the two-
hour meeting, ranging from reckless cyclists
who endanger pedestrians, to poor bus service
on the Lower East Side and the threatened
reduction of funds for programs geared to the
elderly and childcare in Chinatown and the
Lower East Side.
Michael O’Connor, a resident of Seventh
St. and Avenue B, told Squadron, “I’ve been
hit by bikes three times and a bicyclist ran over
my dog’s tail on the sidewalk.”
O’Connor said that over a six-month
period, “I’ve counted seven bicyclists fly-
ing through red lights.” He added, “The
Department of Transportation says bikes
have made the streets safer. I say they have
made them more dangerous.”
He also said that traffic enforcement offi-
cers have told him they have orders not to
ticket cyclists.
“That’s crazy to hear that traffic enforce-
ment cops can’t write tickets for bikers,”
Squadron responded. “We need to have an
increase in enforcement and we also need to
have a culture of people who follow the rules
of the road.
“I’ve been pushing for a while for a culture
of compliancy,” Squadron continued, “and
I’ve also been pushing the Police Department
for stricter and better enforcement. Cyclists
should not be speeding down the sidewalks or
racing through red lights.”
Squadron also heard from local resident
Marilyn Cooper, who told the state senator
that bus service on the Lower East Side “was
getting worse and worse.”
“It’s not fair for the city to have reduced
bus service in a neighborhood where there are
many senior citizens,” she said. “We have the
worse service in the entire city.”
Cooper further complained that buses often
arrive in bunches or after a long wait.
“There’s either bunched buses or no buses,”
she said.
Squadron told her and other residents to
note down the numbers on those buses they
observe arriving in bunches and to forward the
information to his office.
“We’re gathering a big dossier and push-
ing the M.T.A. wherever we’re getting a lot
of complaints,” he told Cooper. “The M.T.A.
planners don’t understand that this is an area
not served well by subways.”
Squadron described the M.T.A. as a “prob-
lem child.”
“We have to give them extra attention and
love,” he said of the authority. “The truth of
the matter is that the state government has not
funded the M.T.A. adequately. We have to do
a better job of funding the M.T.A.”
Po-Ling Ng, director of the Project Open
Door Senior Center, 168 Grand St., stood
up to laud Squadron for all his efforts to
preserve senior citizen and childcare services
in Chinatown and elsewhere on the Lower
East Side.
“Please continue to do your wonderful job
and keep these senior and childcare centers
open,” she said. “Don’t let them cut senior
programs, youth programs and childcare pro-
grams. We feel that Chinatown and the Lower
East Side are being ignored and that services
will be cut here.”
Squadron replied, “That I take it as a chal-
lenge to continue all these programs. We’re
going to have to fight cuts that are being pro-
posed in all these areas.”
State Senator Daniel Squadron led a town hall meeting on Delancey St. for the sur-
rounding neighborhoods on Tuesday night.
‘The M.T.A. doesn’t
understand that this area
is not served well by
Daniel Squadron
www. ma n a t u s n y c . c o m Our 30th Year!
22 November 16 - 22, 2011
Promises! Promises! Another campaign continues!
Saving Cooper Union
The past president and trustees of The Cooper
Union say they were always transparent about the
school’s financial situation, and that the college’s annu-
al reports have always been open to the public. But the
full extent of the school’s economic woes only seems
to have registered last month when Jamshed Bharucha,
Cooper Union’s new president, went public in the press
about the predicament.
Sending a shockwave through Cooper Union’s
900-member student body, its faculty and its alumni,
Bharucha raised the possibility that tuition might have
to be charged at the famously tuition-free elite school
in order to help it make ends meet and survive.
The school must find new revenue of $28 million
per year by 2018, Bharucha explained.
He said charging tuition would only be “a last
resort,” but must be put on the table as an option.
The new president stressed that low-income stu-
dents would continue to have a free education, as
would many middle-class students, and that no current
students would have to pay tuition.
The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by wealthy
industrialist Peter Cooper with the goal of making a
free education obtainable for all. However, in fact,
the college wasn’t completely tuition free in its first
few decades. Back then, those who could afford to
pay tuition did. Subsequent endowments by Andrew
Carnegie and Cooper’s family allowed the school to
become all tuition free in 1902.
Thanks to, among other things, owning the land under
the Chrysler Building — for which it gets about $10 mil-
lion in revenue annually — The Cooper Union’s institu-
tional model was sustainable until about 1990. However,
at that point, the school’s revenues started to fall short of
its expenditures, and the problem has persisted.
So, Cooper has been taking the risky step of dipping
into its endowment principle.
Amid this economic uncertainty, Cooper recently
built its new Thom Mayne-designed academic building
at 41 Cooper Square, at a cost of $166 million. While
an impressive edifice, one has to wonder how wise it
was to construct it at this point.
The school’s board of trustees has also pointed the
finger at alumni for their low rate of contributions,
around only 20 percent. But, let’s face it, many artists,
architects and even engineers wind up struggling, even
more so in the current economy.
The simple fact is that a not-insubstantial number
of Cooper’s students do come from well-to-do families.
It seems reasonable that these students should pay
some or full tuition, which would ensure that those
students who truly need it would continue to have their
educations fully funded.
Certainly, there would have to be firm parameters in
place so that Cooper maintains its mission of providing
top educations for working-class New York students: The
number of affluent students would have to be capped.
The Cooper Union is truly a special institution — to
both the East Village and New York City. Efforts must be
taken to ensure it survives this current financial hurdle
and to put it in good shape to flourish into the future.
While Bharucha’s comments caused a firestorm
of protest, he comes from a deep higher-education
background. His predecessors, George Campbell Jr.
and John Jay Iselin, while able, lacked Bharucha’s prior
experience as an academic administrator. It sounds like
Bharucha is the type of leader that Cooper Union needs
at this critical moment — not merely a fundraiser, but
someone who can steer this great academic institution
through the extremely troubled waters it currently
faces. The new transparency and openness to dialogue
is a promising starting point.
O.W.S., you’re no fun anymore!
To The Editor:
Re “Mic check: The whole world is watching, and think-
ing” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, Nov. 10):
The Page 1 caption under your photo of David Crosby
performing in Zuccotti Park tells it: To paraphrase the lyric,
“It’s getting to the point where it’s no fun anymore.” The
world watched. The world listened. The party’s over. Go
Debbi Levin-Ruiz
Revolution is in the air
To The Editor:
Of course the Oakland and San Francisco Occupational
forces are burning cars and fighting cops. People in those
areas were doing that long before I was born, and I’m 62
years old! And it’s only natural that Portland and the Pacific
Northwest are having edgy and confrontational demonstra-
tions. That is the part of the nation that gave birth to the
Wobblies. And around the country, there will be occasional
skirmishes and outbreaks of violence between the 1 percent
and the 99 percent. There is, after all, the feeling of revolu-
tion in the air. And the 1 percent are not going to be easily
removed from the stage of history.
But Occupy Wall Street has set the stage with nonvio-
lence and pacifism, and as long as we maintain those basic
principles that feeling of revolution can only grow!
We are the 99 percent.
Jerry The Peddler
A BID wolf in sheep’s clothing
To The Editor:
Re “Soho BID needs work” (editorial, Nov. 3):
Thank you for your well thought-out editorial in opposi-
tion to the proposed Broadway Soho Business Improvement
District. You are right.
This BID proposal does not pass the smell test. It doesn’t
pass it on so many levels.
You wrote of the 40 Mercer St. condo whose 40
votes were cast by a single person — the sponsor. Did you
know we’d need 40 co-operative buildings to equal the votes
from that single building. This disparity will follow into the
actual votes for the BID’s directors should the BID actually
form. Property owners, by law, must be represented by the
majority of directors.
Condo owners get to vote for those “majority” directors.
Co-op owner/residents, despite as large a financial stake and
historically greater ties to the neighborhood, do not. Is this
the kind of democracy we have a right to expect?
I disagree with you, though, in your statement that
the BID is offering basically benign things. Those are the
sheep’s clothing hiding the wolf within. The fact is, this is
a fight for the future direction of Soho. A fight for control.
In addition to taxing power, BIDs have enormous politi-
cal power. Their voting directors include people from the
Mayor’s Office, the Department of Finance, the local City
Councilmember and the borough president. Which means
these guys get the ears of decision makers much more eas-
ily than, say, a block association. Their initial budget has
$200,000 for “advocacy” — a.k.a. “lobbying.”
Soho can survive not having a BID. True, trash on the
sidewalk is bad on weekends without ACE. But the city
could put out some more trash cans so the litter won’t fall to
the ground. That’s a city responsibility; it can actively pro-
mote its “adopt a can” program. Store owners can individu-
ally contract with ACE.
The city can enforce rules applying to food trucks, which
add substantially to the sidewalk mess.
Lastly, there were numerous public and community meet-
ings held last year regarding the BID. Councilmember
Margaret Chin’s representatives were at every one. Chin
attended the largest. People rejected the BID — vehemently.
Chin received numerous letters in opposition from residents
and even commercial building owners. It was clear from the
beginning that there is no substantial support from the resi-
dents. It was clear that the balloting was flawed. Yet, Chin
keeps saying “show me.” What’s with that? We are start-
ing to ask who is her constituency, since it clearly isn’t the
Lora Tenenbaum
Board can vote for owners
To The Editor:
I am writing in response to your editorial “Soho BID
needs work” (Nov. 3) and its inaccurate portrayal of the par-
Continued on page 24
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John W. Sutter
Lincoln Anderson
Scott Stiffler
Albert Amateau
Vera Musa
Elizabeth Butson
Francesco Regini
Allison Greaker
Colin Gregory
Karen Kossman
Ellyn Rothstein
Julio Tumbaco
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Jerry Tallmer
For the first time since the 1999 Seattle protests, a
movement in the United States is in the vanguard of
global resistance to capital. But this time, the stakes are
much higher. Now, from Europe to the Arab world to
South America to Manhattan and Oakland, the planet
seems headed into a revolutionary situation. Occupy
Wall Street, which has brought the struggle to the very
nerve center of world capitalism, has responsibilities
on a world scale. There are some things that it is very
important that we get right.
Lots of criticism of the O.W.S. movement is of course
being made dismissively and dishonestly. It is not neces-
sary, as so many insist, that the movement immediately
adopt a discrete list of demands. It is probably healthier
if a set of demands emerges from an organic process,
after being hashed out on the ground. But it is important
that we debate ideas, and not allow suppression of seri-
ous differences in the name of unity. This has already
led to the movement’s message being garbled. The most
significant example is the unfortunate hedging on anti-
Some Occupiers have objected to the media calling
the movement “anti-capitalist.” A slogan has even been
heard in response to this moniker: “We aren’t against
capitalism, we’re against corporate greed.” The assump-
tion behind this response is that with enough public
oversight or (in the more reactionary versions) if Wall
St. brokers acted with greater patriotism, capitalism
could “work.”
This equivocation is leading to the proliferation of
some very bad ideas in the movement. Instead of class
analysis, we are getting more and more gold-standard
crankery, Federal Reserve fetishism and other right-wing,
pro-capitalist responses to the crisis. Partisans of Ron
Paul are a visible presence at O.W.S. They are plug-
ging a free-market Republican whose rhetoric targets
the Federal Reserve Bank for the wrong reasons — not
because a private institution has been granted a public
function, but because, in his words, it has a “loose mon-
etary policy” that favors “big-spending politicians.”
This has been standard Republican code since Reagan
for too much social spending and perceived coddling of
the working class. Even Murray Rothbard, ideological
guru of laissez-faire capitalism, has been put forth by
some at Liberty Plaza as providing the answers to the
current crisis. He actually provides a more extreme ver-
sion of precisely the policies that got us where we are
All the talk about returning to the gold standard is
particularly ironic. The U.S. went off the gold standard
under Franklin D. Roosevelt not because of some nefari-
ous scheme by bankers, but in response to a popular
groundswell — and in spite of the wishes of the bank-
ing elite! In 1896, when the populist candidate William
Jennings Bryan famously said before the Democratic
Convention in Chicago, “You shall not crucify mankind
on a cross of gold,” he was referring to exactly the big-
money interests that we are protesting today. Then,
it was understood that the gold standard and “tight
monetary policy” were good news for the bankers and
brokers — and bad news for the rest of us.
Obviously, the gold standard did nothing to prevent
the Great Depression, and F.D.R. abandoned it precisely
to bring some relief to the country’s working people
and unemployed. Since then, the population has greatly
expanded, far outstripping the gold supply — making the
gold standard even less tenable, and more of an inevi-
table mechanism for imposing austerity.
The proffering of such retrogressive pseudo-solutions
is worse than self-defeating — it threatens to undo the
all the progress O.W.S. has made in stealing the populist
fire from the Tea Party. No, the Ron Paul folks aren’t
nearly as toxic as the Teabaggers, but they both represent
a right-wing response to the crisis. Rather than wooing
Occupy Wall Street: Yes, we are anti-capitalist!
A protester held a judge’s tempo-
rary restraining order allowing Occupy
Wall Streeters to return to Zuccotti
Park with their tents and sleeping
bags as a helmeted officer stood guard
at the park Tuesday morning. The
T.R.O. was soon overturned, but
police allowed protesters back into the
park, though without tents or sleeping
gear. Attorney Arthur Schwartz, presi-
dent of Advocates for Justice, joined
National Lawyers Guild attorneys
Tuesday morning as they argued to
extend the T.R.O., but Judge Michael
Stallman rejected them. Schwartz and
the N.L.G.’s Gideon Oliver did most
of the talking on behalf of O.W.S. dur-
ing the hearing, which lasted an hour
and 15 minutes. The N.L.G.’s Yetta
Kurland spoke for about a minute at
the end, answering one of Stallman’s
questions. Schwartz said that, since
Stallman has shown his opinion, it’s
pointless to continue the case before
him in State Supreme Court, and that
a new First Amendment case should
instead be filed in federal court. “The
idea is that the tents facilitate the free
speech and therefore they are a part
of it,” Schwartz explained. “If you
want to demonstrate in the winter or
make it through the night, you need a
sleeping bag. Sleeping itself may not
be an expression — but it facilitates
free expression. And the camp itself
is a statement — having the camp and
tents and squatting facilitate it, and it
was a statement in and of itself.”
Lincoln Anderson
Tents are free speech, too, attorneys argue
The concept that the Earth and its
wealth belong to society must be
Continued on page 31
Photo by Jason B. Nicholas
24 November 17 - 23, 2011
ticipation of 40 Mercer St. in the formation
process of a BID for Soho’s Broadway.
I am currently the president of the condo
board at 40 Mercer St. and was a member
of the board in July 2010 when a board vote
was taken (unanimous in approval) in order to
complete the “ballot” provided by the Soho BID
Steering Committee. At that time, the condo
board of 40 Mercer St. consisted of individual
resident condo unit owners and the sponsor,
represented by Mr. Jerry Karr, who acted as
president and therefore signed the ballot. The
board was duly constituted and authorized the
vote on behalf of the residential owners — a
commonplace, democratic process.
While the sponsor and the owners had
numerous issues, there has never been any
question that all parties supported the BID,
and continue to support the BID.
Lastly, it is our hope that the legislative
process for the BID will be respected and
continue go forward.
Alan Ballinger
Simply, a really bad BID
To The Editor:
Re “Soho BID needs work” (editorial,
Nov. 3):
Soho residents and property owners have
never wanted the business improvement
district designation for what it brings to
the neighborhood: the increase in layers
of unnecessary administration, the divi-
sion between the voters and what is being
approved, information kiosks and booths,
more congestion in every way, as well as the
impossibility of removing them later.
We recently learned that underlying this
proposal which has so vigorously been pushed
on us, is that it appears to have been crafted
through fraudulent means. This should ren-
der all those who supported it to be suspect.
The Soho BID Steering Committee mem-
bership has never reflected the diverse neigh-
borhood where the BID would take hold.
Narrowly focused real estate interests have
been behind this scheme since the begin-
ning and they continue to push this bad plan.
As you know, Community Board 2 over-
whelmingly voted to reject this bad Soho
BID plan. Councilmember Margaret Chin’s
Office has been given BID documents show-
ing that those behind the BID are looking
for a “seat at the table” in City Hall and that
the BID proponents are making a concerted
effort to bypass our local community board.
This is a scheme to consolidate their power
and work their way around the voices of the
local community. Doesn’t this clue everyone
in to the undesirability of it?
Soho is unique. It is not a troubled retail
district. Those behind the BID are not
“small” businesses. What should be a small
issue of garbage collection — and has been
forcefully foisted on us by withdrawing ACE
— could easily be fixed by enforcing the
requirement for street vendors to maintain
trash receptacles of their own. The city also
should simply put out more trash cans, as
is the city’s responsibility, and for which we
already pay hefty taxes.
Lisa Bradshaw
I’m totally against it
To The Editor:
Re “Soho BID needs work” (editorial,
Nov. 3):
I agree 100 percent. Letting a BID in is
asking for long-term trouble. They do not
care what it’s like for residents. They only
want to make money. I do not want these
politicians running the show when they can’t
even follow the rules that are already in
place! They make it up as they go along and
do whatever they want.
They want $200,000 for lobbying? There
you go. It’s got nothing to do with anything
except what the politicos want.
I am totally against a Soho BID. Everyone
should clean up their own sidewalks. And
the food carts (that strangely are not allowed
yet are always there) should clean up their
trash, too. Why do the residents have to pay
for that?
Anne Snow
Families don’t need this
To The Editor:
Thank you for the recent editorial “Soho
BID needs work” (Nov. 3). The points made
reflect the sentiments of a great number of
us who live here and are trying to raise our
families here. Thank you so very much.
O. Jules Jr., M.D.
Keep an eye on that Parks
To The Editor:
Re “Park is needed more” (editorial, Nov.
Just keep an eye on the Parks Department
so they don’t take a “contribution” from a high
bidder (or “patron”), then put up a fence with
a locking gate in their name. After all, the
Parks Department has totally disregarded the
wishes of the community many times.
Lawrence White
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The momentary relief one gets laughing
at one-liners in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play
“Asuncion” are insufficient to compensate
for its fatal weaknesses.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which
moved into the Cherry Lane for this pro-
duction, is clearly trying to capitalize on
the celebrity Eisenberg earned from his
Oscar-nominated and affectless portrayal of
Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network.”
Unfortunately, his would-be comedy is char-
acterized by contorted plotting and weak
structure that ultimately undermine a sup-
posedly earnest attempt at social criticism.
For any comedy to work, there needs to be
a modicum of plausibility, even when situa-
tions are over-the-top.
Edgar is a would-be journalist, post-grad
slacker living with Vinny, a former college
teaching assistant of his that he idolizes, in
a dumpy apartment in upstate Binghamton.
Edgar’s older, financially successful brother,
Stuart, arrives and announces he’s married
to a Filipino woman named Asuncion whom
for reasons he can’t divulge must stay with
Edgar and Vinny.
In an irrational mental leap, Edgar imme-
diately decides his brother bought Asuncion
and is keeping her as a sex slave. Hoping to
make his name as a journalist, he sets about
to expose this nightmare, while Vinny and
Asuncion discover they like to party togeth-
er. Fearful of further “oppressing” Asuncion,
however, Edgar cannot bring himself to ask
her any direct questions and so flounders in
his mission. When the truth of Asuncion’s
situation emerges, he becomes even more
disengaged from those around him.
To give Eisenberg the benefit of the
doubt, he may be trying to make a comment
about how modern media culture blows
stories out of proportion based on emotion
rather than facts. The idea is hardly original
but could prove engaging if presented in a
novel way. But Eisenberg’s play is unfocused,
even sketchy, so Edgar comes across not as
tragically mistaken, but rather simply nuts.
Why can’t Asuncion stay at a hotel? Why
does Vinny put up with Edgar as a roommate
who sleeps on a beanbag chair? The answers
could provide the details that make comedy
work. Do we really need an LSD trip to get
characters to tell the truth? That’s really the
last refuge of a stuck playwright.
Worse, Eisenberg doesn’t even end the
play — it just stops. It’s never a good sign
that the audience knows to clap only when
the actors appear for the curtain call.
The rare pleasures of this production are
the performances by Justin Bartha as Vinny
and Camille Mana as Asuncion. They both
have charisma and energy that overcome the
weak script. Remy Auberjonois as Stuart is
fine in a one-dimensional part.
Eisenberg as Edgar gives a manic ver-
sion of his “Social Network” performance.
He shows courage in writing himself a
thoroughly unappealing character and offers
some glimmers of comic timing but can’t
overcome his flat line readings and inability
to connect with other actors.
Director Kip Fagan’s ability to keep all
this moving at a good clip provides some
relief, but not nearly enough.
Aside from John Cheever, no writer
knew the mid-20th century WASP like
A.R. Gurney. The 1970 play “Children”
brings the two together in Gurney’s
adaptation of Cheever’s story about
a family facing crisis. Like most of
Cheever, the story has a deceptive gen-
tleness, and the tensions and passions
that stir beneath the surface enliven the
After the death of a family’s patri-
arch, his wife considers remarrying,
but if she does the ancestral home will
go to her three children. One of them
wants to sell out, but that would be
a hardship for all of them. From this
simple plot, Gurney spins a tale about
morality, choices, and the costs and
traps they entail. A home on Martha’s
You Go, Girl!
Strong women at center of two Off-Broadway productions
Photo by Sandra Coudert
Jesse Eisenberg and Camille Mana in Eisenberg’s “Asuncion.”
Continued on page 26
TACT at the Beckett Theatre
410 W. 42nd St.
Through Nov. 20, Tue.-Thu. at 7:30pm, Fri.-Sat.
at 8pm, Sat., Sun. at 2pm
$56.25; telecharge.com or 212-239-6200
Rattlestick Theater at the Cherry Lane
38 Commerce St., btwn. Barrow & Bedford Sts.
Through Nov. 27, Wed.-Sat. at 8pm, Sat at
2pm; Sun. at 3pm
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26 November 17 - 23, 2011
Vineyard or Nantucket — we’re not sure which —
provides the metaphor, but the drama is far more
TACT, the Actors Company Theatre, is giving the
play its first major revival since 1974, and under the
direction of Scott Alan Evans it’s a fluid, finely nuanced,
and wonderfully observed snapshot of a family at risk.
Set designer Brett J. Banakis has created an evocative
summer cottage deck where the action takes place.
Gurney crafts the play so that only four of the
characters ever appear — siblings Randy and Barbara,
Mother and Randy’s wife Jane. Through them we see
the history of the family, its current tensions, and most
importantly the challenges created by the arrival of
black sheep brother Pokey and his family. The unaccus-
tomed upheaval brought on by their actions — every-
thing from serving children Coke with meals to wearing
non-preppy clothes and threatening to force the sale of
the house, all unseen — has a nearly seismic impact on
The cast is uniformly excellent. Richard Thieriot and
Margaret Nichols as Randy and Barbara are completely
believable as siblings, down to the subtle ways they
push each other’s buttons. Lynn Wright is charming
as Jane, prodded by Pokey’s wife to rethink her life.
Darrie Lawrence as Mother is superb, giving a rich and
detailed performance.
This is a warm production of a play without a lot
of bells and whistles, but don’t let that fool you. It’s
intensely human and the stakes are high, and that’s
what makes it so appealing as theater.
Photo by Stephen Kunken
Darrie Lawrence and Margaret Nichols in A. R. Gurney’s “Children.”
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When dad dies, mom goes on a “grief
pilgrimage” and leaves Chinese adoptees
Greta and Han in the quasi-capable hands
of their ex-rock star uncle and his consider-
ably younger girlfriend…and that’s just the
beginning of Carla Ching’s new play. Shipped
off to the wilds of New York, Greta and
Han do mom one better in the grief-stricken
soul-searching department — when Greta
runs afoul of the law and Han runs away to
become a street musician. Live music, and
a live Twitter feed, put a very contemporary
spin on the familiar rites of passage that come
from growing up fast and finding yourself.
Presented by the always ambitious, Ma-Yi
Theater Company — a Drama Desk and Obie
Award-winning collective that consistently
delivers challenging, entertaining new works
by Asian American playwrights.
Through Sun, Dec. 4; Tues.-Fri. at 7:30pm;
Sat. at 2pm/7:30pm; Sun. at 3pm. At The
Connelly Theater (220 E. 4th St., btw. Aves.
A & B). For tickets ($25), call 212-352-3101
or visit ma-yitheatre.org.
Halloween has come and gone. But before
you succumb to visions of sugarplums and
holiday merriment, spend a little more time
contemplating mortality — 19th century
style. “Chant Macabre: Songs of Death and
Enchantment” is the latest from the Bond
Street Euterpean Singing Society (BSESS),
a talented ensemble with a (vocal) flair for
the dramatic. As the arts group-in-residence
of the possibly/probably haunted Merchant’s
House Museum, BSESS concerts have been
known to attract the attention of the muse-
um’s deceased Tredwell family members, ser-
vants and caretakers. Why? The 19th century,
BSESS tells us, “is replete with gothic stories
and melancholic poetry. This heritage, rich
with beautiful lamentations, gothic ghouls
and otherworldly tales touches the heart to
its core with either compassion or dread.” So
come mourn your cares away, as the BSESS
pour their voices into harrowing musical
tales and expressions of sympathy for the
dearly departed. Then, and only then, should
you begin penning that letter to Santa.
Fri., Nov. 18, 7pm. At the Merchant’s
House Museum (29 E. 4th St., btw. Lafayette
and Bowery). Admission: $25 general, $15
for museum members. For info, call 212-777-
1089 or visit merchantshouse.org.
Only on YouTube — or ringside in Vegas
or possible at a charity event — will you
find a more impressively credentialed roster
of boxing legends in the same room. What
makes this event different is the fact that
the athletes in question happen to be on the
stage and working behind the scenes. “Kid
Shamrock” is playwright/sportswriter Bobby
Cassidy Jr.’s telling of middleweight con-
tender “Irish” Bobby Cassidy’s epic battles of
defeat and triumph — in the ring, and with
the bottle.
London-born, Queens-raised former
WBO world heavyweight champion Michael
Bentt (who turned in a dynamic performance
as Sonny Liston in the film “Ali”) makes his
directorial debut. Veteran actors Vinny Vella
(“Casino”) and Patrick Joseph Connolly
(“The Sopranos”) are joined by a cast of
accomplished boxers — including Olympic
gold medallist Mark Breland, Ireland’s John
Duddy, Wayne Kelly, Seamus McDonagh and
Bobby Cassidy himself. Actors and boxers
both train long and hard so they can tap into
that moment of charismatic excellence when
the bell rings or the curtain rises — so the
collective intensity on display here should
be well worth the time of theater geeks and
sports fans alike.
Fri., Nov. 25 through Mon., Dec. 4. At
the TADA Theater (15 W. 28th St., btw.
Broadway & Fifth Ave.; handicapped acces-
sible). For tickets ($40), visit bronwpaper-
tickets.com or call 800-838-3006. For more
info on the play, email kidshamrockplay@
gmail.com. For Twitter: @KidShamrockplay.
For Facebook: Facebook.com/KidShamrock.
George C Scott, Bill Murray, Susan Lucci
and dozens of others have put their spin
on the evergreen tale of a miser who finds
redemption thanks to a visit from three very
persuasive ghosts — but none of them sang
and danced and did it all live on stage in a
production fit for ages 5 and up. For that,
you’ll have to travel to the new location of
Manhattan Children’s Theatre (in the gal-
lery space at The Access Theatre). Once
there, you’ll be treated to the first main
stage production of their 2011-2012 season.
This adaptation of the Charles Dickens holi-
day classic (adapted and directed by MCT
Artistic Director Bruce Merrill) features
original music by Eric V. Hachikian.
Through Dec. 24. Sat./Sun., at 12pm
and 2pm; also on Fri., Dec. 23, at 12pm
and 2pm. At Manhattan Children’s Theatre
(380 Broadway, 4th floor; two blocks south
of Canal St., at Broadway & White).
Tickets are sold online for $18 (adults)
and $16 (children). At the door, $20. For
reservations and info, call 212-352-3101
or visit mctny.org.
Just Do Art!
Photo by Mark Osberger
Adam Kee as Scrooge and Liz Tancredi as Marley.
Photo by Chris Cassidy
Director Michael Bentt (third from left) and actors/boxers Richie Neves, Tommy
Rainone and Mike Brooks during a rehearsal at Gleason’s Gym.
Photo by Web Begole
Ali Ahn (left) and Christopher Larkin. See “Sugar House.”
Photo by Margaret Fox
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing
Society. Left to right: Anthony Bellov,
Jane Rady, Rosalind Gnatt and Dayle
Vander Sande.
28 November 17 - 23, 2011
Klingbiel’s abstract paintings and large-
scale woodblocks are characterized by vivid
gestural strokes that are densely layered.
Much of his aesthetic is rooted in the New
York School (Willem de Kooning being a
strong reference here) — but other sources
of inspiration include Mayan cartographic
pattern-making, Dutch tapestries, 18th cen-
tury British engravings, comic books and
computer models of the universe.
Despite these diverse and often historic
citations, Klingbiel’s overall contemplation
is determinedly contemporary. He employs
abstraction as a means to process the over-
whelming amount of information we face
on a daily basis. His compositions strive for
complexity. His forms are energetically inter-
woven — assembling, at times, into solid
clusters before breaking apart to let light
penetrate. They are rhythmic and confidently
fluent and devoid of any notion of stagnancy.
While things appear to be morphing con-
stantly, Klingbiel still succeeds in establish-
ing a sense of structure.
His visuals translate as elaborate networks,
serving as metaphors for various information
outlets. One gathers that Klingbiel is signifi-
cantly inspired by how the layering of news
channels and digital media co-exist and are
often co-dependent. Despite this implication,
his paintings are intuitive and spontaneous.
Klingbiel runs on instinct rather than calcu-
lation. He is not concerned with analyzing
contemporary existence, but rather to create
a language for an era that lacks clarity.
His ambition is to develop and follow a
steady stream of consciousness — a stark
contrast to a world that increasingly faces
fragmentation, quick shifts and a general
lack of depth. To achieve this goal, Klingbiel
ponders what the common denominator of a
shared language could look like. He states:
“I am after the idea of relationships, or the
ghosts of relationships as different histories
that veil and unveil themselves at points of
demarcation, points of transition that are
themselves in transit.”
At first glance, these energetic compo-
sitions produce much noise. Upon closer
inspection, they become increasingly calming
— and, at times, even meditative.
Through Dec. 17, at Masters & Pelavin
(13 Jay St., btw. Hudson & Greenwich Sts.).
Call 212-925-9424 or visit masterspelavin.
The diverse works featured in Northridge’s
first solo exhibition with this gallery navigate
between play and order. They range from
elaborate constructs and larger installations to
rather intimate works on paper. His archive of
magazines, maps, advertisements and every-
day packaging (as well as the inherent prac-
tices of collecting and cataloging), mark key
sources of inspiration.
When incorporating these materials into
his work, Northridge edits and rearranges
them to the extent that they become disas-
sociated from their original context. Whereas
they once provided glimpses of contemporary
culture, they now become part of a new land-
scape. In fact, Northridge’s works frequently
evoke architectural structures, models and
maps. Characterized by precision but without
lacking humor, Northridge is less interested
in improvisational freedom than clarity of
His process involves self-established rules
that are to be followed, which occasionally can
be altered. His works appear to be both com-
pleted thoughts and beginnings of larger ideas.
They are at once realization and inspiration.
Courtesy of Masters & Pelavin
From Karl Klingbiel: The Gates of Eden (2011; Oil and wax on panel; 48 × 48 in.
Signed by artist on reverse).
Klingbiel creates ‘language for an era that lacks clarity’
Northridge, Native Americans also resonate
Continued on page 29
One gathers that Klingbiel is significantly inspired by how
the layering of news channels and digital media co-exist
and are often co-dependent. Despite this implication, his
paintings are intuitive and spontaneous. Klingbiel runs
on instinct rather than calculation. He is not concerned
with analyzing contemporary existence, but rather to
create a language for an era that lacks clarity.
November 17 - 23, 2011 29
In the back gallery, an installation of an
ongoing series of collage works stands out.
Named after a popular 1950s reference book
published by Time Life, “The World We Live
In” was begun in 2006 and currently involves
over 165 pieces (each measuring 8 x 10 inch-
es). The project is sparked by Northridge’s
ambition to create a comprehensive account
of today’s world — a concept that involves
the natural and manmade. Employing found
imagery, collage, photography, text and draw-
ing, it translates as a thorough investigation
of the subject matter. But more importantly, it
translates as the inspired attempt to create a
map for contemporary reality.
Through Dec. 17, at Kansas Gallery (59
Franklin St., btw. Lafayette & Broadway). Call
646-559-1423 or visit kansasgallery.com.

Much has been written about the impact
of African sculptures and Japanese printmak-
ing on Western 19th century and 20th centu-
ry art. Meanwhile, American art of the period
is usually examined in relation to concurrent
European movements. In particular, the influ-
ence of Cubism and Surrealism on Abstract
Expressionism is a well-covered subject. But
as much as scholars have focused on far away
influences, they have overlooked the inspi-
rational potential this continent’s cultural
heritage has to offer.
“Kindred Spirits” is a rare and overdue
attempt to examine how Native American
cultures of the Southwest and the surround-
ing desert landscape have resonated with
Western (and especially American) artists
for decades.
The exhibition features works of indig-
enous peoples from the Southwest region of
the United States — including funerary ves-
sels, paintings, pottery, weavings and baskets
from 14 tribes (among them, the Apache,
Hopi, Mimbres, Navajo and Zuni).
Arranged in elegant display cases or
installed on the wall, these precious objects
are shown alongside modern and contempo-
rary works by artists such as Josef Albers, Max
Ernst, Helmut Federle, Agnes Martin, Bruce
Nauman and Charles Simonds.
Particular treasures include a Sioux par-
fleche box from circa 1900, two works on
paper by Jackson Pollock and a stunning can-
vas by Georgia O’Keeffe. The latter’s “Blue,
Black, and White Abstraction # 12” (1959)
— which translates as an abstraction of a
large black bird sweeping skyward — finds
a beautiful counterpart in a Navajo drawing
made in the early 20th century.
Meanwhile, a collection of iconic land-
scape and portrait photographs by Ansel
Adams, Edward Curtis, Sumner Matteson,
Paul Strand and Adam Clark Vroman estab-
lish an appropriate sense of grandeur. It is
when viewing the six-volume set of Henry
Rowe Schoolcraft’s legendary “Historical
and Statistical Information, Respecting the
History, Conditions and Prospects of the
Indian Tribes of the United States” (pub-
lished between 1847 and 1857) that one
gets to ponder how Western civilization has
viewed and analyzed Native American cul-
tures in the past.
In art, scientific analysis and the reliance
on statistics are void. Instead, while brows-
ing the examples of Western works assem-
bled here, we witness how personal and
diverse the emotional and aesthetic impact of
Native American art can be (and has been).
A different voice is offered through works by
the contemporary artist Nicolas Galanin (a
Tlingit Aleut who comes from a long line of
Northwest Coast artists). When entering the
gallery, one has to step over his “Indians” —
a sidewalk carving of the Cleveland Indians
baseball team logo. Aiming to balance his ori-
gins with his contemporary practice, Galanin
has noted: “In the business of this ‘Indian Art
World,’ I have become impatient with the
institutional prescription and its monolithic
attempt to define culture as it unfolds.”
Culture is unfolding constantly, but
“Kindred Spirits” is an avid reminder that
inspiration is without boundaries and there-
fore timeless.
Through Jan. 14, at Peter Blum SoHo (99
Wooster St., btw. Prince & Spring Sts.). Call
212-343-0441 or visit peterblumgallery.com.
Courtesy of Kansas Gallery, NY
Matthew Northridge’s “12 Ladders or How I Planned My Escape” (2009; Wood and
found image; 30 x 22 x 9 in / 76.2 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm).
Focus on indigenous artists ‘rare and overdue’
Continued from page 28
When incorporating these
materials into his work,
Northridge edits and rear-
ranges them to the extent
that they become disas-
sociated from their origi-
nal context. Whereas they
once provided glimpses
of contemporary culture,
they now become part of
a new landscape. In fact,
Northridge’s works frequent-
ly evoke architectural struc-
tures, models and maps.
Characterized by precision
but without lacking humor,
Northridge is less interested
in improvisational freedom
than clarity of thought.
Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Sioux (Lakota) Parfleche box (circa 1900; Cowhide, commercial paints; 9 x 10 x 14
1/2 inches (22.9 x 25.4 x 36.8 cm).
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Tea Party rank and file away from their
odious leadership, we run the risk of the
reverse happening — our own movement
being subject to a stealth takeover by our
worst enemies.
Inevitably, anti-Semitism emerges in
right-wing populist exploitation of rage
against financial elites — the Jews being
history’s special scapegoats in this context.
Activists have become confused on this
question because the pro-corporate right
(not to mention the pro-Israel right) por-
tray anti-Semitism as a phenomenon of
the left, and cynically use the charge to
delegitimize any challenge to the system.
But just because right-wing pundits use the
charge of anti-Semitism as a baseball bat to
beat O.W.S. with doesn’t mean (as the move-
ment’s defenders reflexively argue) that it is
free from any taint of anti-Semitism.
In fact, O.W.S. Web pages are posi-
tively infested with Jew-hating comments
— possibly left by mere Internet trolls
rather than actual activists, but still met
with little protest or repudiation. Many
protesters at Liberty Plaza have in fact
repudiated the persistent wingnut in their
ranks (seized upon by the pundits and
propagandists) with the sign reading,
“Google Jewish Billionaires.” The recent
case in Los Angeles in more disturbing
— a protester who proved to be a local
schoolteacher ranted into a TV mike
about how “the Zionist Jews who are
running these big banks and the Federal
Reserve...need to be run out of the coun-
try.” She was subsequently sacked from
her job, and local TV news reported that
Occupy L.A. activists held a rally at the
L.A. School District in her defense.
Defending her free speech rights would
be legitimate — if the protesters made clear
that they repudiated what she said. Adding
to the confusion, it was also reported that
Occupy L.A. activists had protested at
the School District over budget cuts and
teacher layoffs — raising the possibil-
ity that media accounts had conflated the
two issues. In any case, there has been
little and lukewarm repudiation of the ugly
comments from Occupy L.A., and nobody
has come forward to clarify the reports of
a protest held in the teacher’s defense.
On a far lesser but still irksome point,
the ubiquitous Guy Fawkes mask, popu-
larized by the movie “V for Vendetta,” is
a very poor symbol for the movement. By
using it, we are allowing Hollywood to
commodify and recuperate our dissent.
Worse, the movie was highly problematic,
glibly glorifying terrorism and adventur-
ism. Worse still, the actual Guy Fawkes
was even more problematic, not only a
(would-be) terrorist and adventurist, but
a reactionary Catholic militant who hoped
his plot would spark a Spanish invasion
of England. Finally, the proverbial 99
percent of the O.W.S. protesters probably
don’t even know who Guy Fawkes was.
It should also be noted that some ele-
ments attracted by the Occupy movement
who purport to be anti-capitalist are, in
their own way, just as problematic as
the right-wing populists — the various
sectarian Stalinist cults (the worst being
the Workers World Party) that inevitably
attach themselves like leeches to any
authentic popular upswell in the United
States and especially New York City. But
that’s another discussion.
The O.W.S. movement will become
truly dangerous to the global power struc-
ture if it can unite meaningfully with
the European econo-protests (especially
in Spain and Greece), the revolutionary
movements in the Arab world, the student
strikes in Chile and Colombia — and,
if it can overcome its equivocation on
the Palestinian question, the movement
protesting rising rents in Israel. The coor-
dinated global protests on Oct. 15 were a
powerful step in this direction.
The recent Egyptian march in solidar-
ity with the Oakland protests was anoth-
er significant sign of hope. Egyptians
marching from Tahrir Square to the U.S.
embassy carried hand-written signs read-
Washington and the West have been
doing everything they can to control the
political trajectory of the Arab Spring, to
impose an imperial agenda on the free-
dom movement by posing as its defend-
er, to downplay demands for economic
justice in favor of (narrowly defined)
“democracy,” and to conflate “freedom”
with “free markets.” If imperialism suc-
ceeds in imposing its agenda, the coming
contest in the Arab world could be one of
Western-backed technocrats versus fun-
damentalist jihadis.
Similarly, if right-wing populism holds
sway over the Occupation movement, the
emerging struggle in the United States
could be neutralized in the bud, narrow-
ing to one between populist and corpo-
rate exponents of the political right. In
short, all the potential of 2011’s amazing
advances for progressive forces on the
global stage could be squandered — and
those advances radically reversed.
Bad ideas don’t just go away. They
have to be opposed. Apart from the out-
right Jew-haters and other racists, nobody
should be purged from the Occupation
movement. But the purveyors of bogus
populism must be confronted and debated,
and their faulty formulas exposed and
rejected. Otherwise, all our efforts could
be derailed into a simulacrum of resistance
easily recuperated by the ruling elites.
The movement needs to start saying
it clearly: Yes, the problem is capital-
ism. “Greed” isn’t a moral failing, it is
the governing principle of society, sys-
tematically rewarded by our economic
institutions. Capitalism is predicated on
limitless acquisition, on exploitation of
human labor, on the maintenance of a
permanent underclass, on concentration
of wealth in the hands of the few and
pauperization of the many, and ultimately
on the destruction of the planet. Greater
public oversight of the financial sec-
tor and repealing corporate personhood
and even nationalizing the Fed are good
demands. But we must understand that
such public restraints on the workings of
capitalism are necessary because of the
system’s inherent rapaciousness. We must
dare to dream and to speak of its eventual
abolition — and to struggle for it.
Even the nebulous and anemic word
“liberal” has been effectively demonized
in U.S. political discourse since Reagan.
The fear of being seen as “socialist” is
deep-seated. It is time to get over it,
and reclaim the word, as gays did the
word “queer.” The concept that the Earth
and its wealth belong to society must be
redeemed. Everything, ultimately, is rid-
ing on it.
Occupy Wall Street: Yes, we are anti-capitalist!
Continued from page 23
A question to Donald Trump since he is presidential
material and does business in our part of New York
City. First, let’s agree that we differ in opinion about
Occupy Wall Street. (See my Oct. 27 piece in the East
Villager, “O.W.S. has many messages: Ignore them at
your own risk.”) And it is with our difference on O.W.S.
that I bring forward this question.
The question is related to jobs. And it is the base of
another reason why I don’t support these foreign wars
inspired by special-interest groups. Included in the ques-
tion is the idea of lost jobs, and who our military is fight-
ing for if the uniforms are made in China?
A part of war is protecting one’s own resources,
future and industrial complexes, like manufacturing and
factories. Much of the stability of a country and a com-
munity is related to jobs for the masses. Most people
are not lazy. They want an opportunity to work, have a
family, buy a home, and attain all that is attached to the
American Dream. But look on the Internet and see where
America’s lost manufacturing base has gone — China.
However, this latest example is an even more brutal
I was in Austria and I spoke to a man who owned an
army/navy-type store. He was having real problems get-
ting American military uniforms to sell because of the
“Made in China” label. Austrians do not want “Made in
China” American military wear. I believe he was having a
similar problem with Smith & Wesson knives.
Donald, as a Republican, how can you support the
making of U.S.A. military uniforms in China? Why aren’t
you vocal about this fact? Another reason for O.W.S. to
And by the way, we — you and I — did have an interac-
tion in 1989. On April Fools’ Day, April 1, the city of New
York came in, evicted, then, in the same day, tore down a
five-story tenement that was being squatted as their home
by Tia Scot and her family. Tia was devastated. You put
her up in the Chelsea Hotel for a month.
I came with Tia to your office in Midtown. I always
remember your generosity and help in that situation.
For Tia, an elegant lady, a shelter was the last, bottom-
end option. So, thanks for that emotional and men-
tally stabilizing help. Your care sheltered a devastated
A question for Donald Trump on losing our jobs base
Photo by Clayton Patterson
An American military-style uniform made in China on
sale in an army/navy store in Vienna, Austria.
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