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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
Fortiﬁed by a coalition of religious
leaders and veterans of the civil rights
movement, Occupy Wall Street is con-
tinuing to ﬁght to pitch its tents in
a privately owned lot belonging to
Trinity Real Estate at Canal St. and
Following the surprise, early-morn-
ing eviction by police of the O.W.S.
tent city from Zuccotti Park in the early
morning of Tues., Nov. 15, the occupi-
ers and their supporters regrouped
at Duarte Square later that morning
and attempted to occupy the adjacent,
fenced-in Trinity space. Police quickly
moved in and made about 20 arrests,
including of two journalists with Police
Department-issued press credentials.
Not to be deterred, O.W.S. demon-
strators were back at Duarte Square
ﬁve days later this past Sunday eve-
ning, holding a candlelight vigil dur-
ing which they appealed to Trinity to
let them use the space for their new
“home.” The Trinity space is ideal for
them, they say, and they badly want it.
“We have a long-term strategy to
take this space,” an O.W.S. member
announced to the group. “We want that
space. We’re gonna take that space.
This is the future home of the occupa-
tion — or one of them.
“Does everyone know that this
space is owned by Trinity Real Estate
and Trinity Church — the largest land-
owner in New York City?” he asked.
On Nov. 15, O.W.S. members had
used a bolt cutter to clip a human-sized
hole in the lot’s chain-link fence. They
succeeded in planting in the ground a
few yellow structures with “Occupy”
and “Liberate” written on them before
police cleared the property.
“We’re strong enough and militant
enough to take that space,” the speaker
said, referring to that short-lived occu-
pation. “We can cut the locks.”
This time, though, he said, they’re
Occupy is still preoccupied
with Trinity lot for its ‘home’
Photo by Q. Sakamaki
Police and protesters clash
An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator was arrested during the “Day of Action” last Thursday on Broadway near
Trinity Church. For more photos, see Page 4.
Continued on page 14
BY NADIA RENIDRAG
Thursday’s day of action
by Occupy Wall Street saw
plenty of action at Greenwich
Village’s The New School,
where some students walked
out of classes and an on-
campus occupation also
Things started off in
midafternoon when 50 stu-
dents gathered in the Vera
List courtyard between The
New School’s 11th and 12th
St. buildings. They chanted
“Walk out!” very loudly.
People who had classes
adjacent to the courtyard
came to the windows to see
what was happening. Some
closed their blinds. Only
about ﬁve actually joined
the walkout. Apparently,
many classes had already
been cancelled because pro-
fessors knew their students
wanted to join the protest.
Presumably a good number
of students were already at
One student played a
bongo drum, leading the
New School students
occupy study center
in 14th St. building
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
Community Board 2 last
week passed a nearly unani-
mous resolution in support
of Rudin Management’s cur-
rent design for a triangle
park across from the former
St. Vincent’s Hospital cam-
However, a friendly
amendment to the Nov. 17
resolution left the door open
to a possible redesign of the
park to include the under-
ground space beneath part
of the triangle for a com-
munity teaching space and
an AIDS memorial.
The design by MPFP,
Rudin’s landscape archi-
tects, is based on eliminat-
ing the underground space,
demolishing an existing
that served the former hos-
pital, and building a park at
sidewalk level on the west
side of Seventh Ave.
But more than 50 people,
including members of the
Board 2 backs park
plan; Gay activists
still want basement
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she supported the Occupy Wall Street movement, above. A woman was distraught,
below, after being arrested for brieﬂy stepping off the sidewalk into the street.
November 24 - 30, 2011 3
GLADLY GIVES ‘GAY RAGE’: Activist John Penley has
been busy organizing events for Occupy Wall Street, from the
Joan Baez concert down at Foley Square on Veterans Day to
the raucous drum circle up near Mayor Bloomberg’s house
on Sunday. But in a ﬂashback to his earlier career as a news
photographer, Penley said he recently got a call from people
making a new movie on Ed Koch, asking for permission to
use his photo of the former mayor striding through a sea of
angry Act Up protesters. The photo ran on the New York
Post’s front page under the headline “Gay Rage,” and is one
of Penley’s all-time favorite shots, so he was more than happy
to let them use it. Other than conﬁrming that there is indeed
a ﬁlm, Koch revealed few details. “Yes, there is a movie, to be
shown in January-February,” Hizzoner told us, adding, “I will
discuss it at that time.” The big question is will Koch review
this one, and will he give it a plus or a minus?
GAY RAGE MINUS THE ‘Y’ EQUALS — ‘GARAGE’:
East Village blog EV Grieve recently had an update on the
suspected garage at the Economakis “mass-eviction” man-
sion at 47 E. Third St. We ourselves had received a tip
earlier this year from a former tenant of the building who
told us a highly coveted curb cut had been approved for the
sidewalk in front; the former tenant — who, like the other
holdouts, eventually took a buyout to leave — noted it’s
very difﬁcult to get approval for a curb cut, yet somehow
the Economakises managed to wrangle one. Every time
we pass down the block, we’ve been checking to see if the
curb cut has been installed, but it still isn’t there. Anyway,
some months ago, we called Alistair Economakis to ask him
about the purported curb cut and garage that people have
been alleging he’s putting in. He said he couldn’t really talk
about it. So, we tried e-mailing him instead, and he sent back
the following response: “[Scoopy], Thank you for your e-mail
and for reaching out, I hope all is well. Regarding the ques-
tions from my neighbors, I have to say that I enjoy meeting
my neighbors and speaking to them in person. In fact, I have
done so on many an occasion. If my neighbors have questions
they are always free to introduce themselves and I would be
happy to speak with them in person. However, at this point in
time, I would prefer to move beyond discussing my home in
the media. Sincerely, Alistair.” So maybe — who knows? — if
someone just goes up to him and asks him if he’s putting in
the garage, all this confusion will ﬁnally be answered. We saw
Alistair on the sidewalk a few weeks ago, talking to a man in
a business suit. However, before we could go over and ask
about the garage, they both ducked inside the basement-level
space on the other side of the stoop. It basically looked like
Economakis was showing the space to a potential tenant. This
summer a meditation poster was pasted on the plywood fence
covering the alleged garage, and someone had written “Hare
Krsna” under the Economakises’ mailbox, which is also on
this plywood fence. So, at that point, we were wondering if
the “garage” was in fact a new Hare Krishna temple — or
maybe just a ginormous mailbox.
D.G.’S WORD TO Q.H.A.: Assemblymember Deborah
Glick tells us that leaders of the Queer History Alliance
recently met with her to talk about getting access to
the basement under the open-space triangle where Rudin
Management plans to build a park for the community, at
12th St. and Seventh Ave. Glick said she instead proposed
a new idea to Q.H.A.: that they try to use empty space in
the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building for their planned
learning center on the AIDS crisis and its heroes, like
St. Vincent’s Hospital. An AIDS memorial could still be
located in the new community park, Glick said, but “with an
entrance across from the park, the learning center would be
visible.” On the other hand, she said, “Underground space is
perhaps a little reminiscent of a burial.”
ONE-WOMAN WOW! We caught an amazing perfor-
mance by Heather Harpham in “Happiness” at Theatre 80
St. Mark’s on Friday evening. Her autobiographical piece
about caring for a daughter with bone cancer was part of
the “All for One” theater festival there, a weeklong series of
one-person shows that wrapped up last weekend. A former
East Villager, Harpham used to live at Fifth St. and Avenue
A. The performance continued afterward, as Theatre 80
impresario Lorcan Otway jauntily played ﬁrst his Irish ﬂute
and then drum while dispensing the Tallisker whiskey and
absinthe — the latter which apparently won’t actually rot
your brain and drive you crazy. (That was reportedly just the
misleading hype by the French wine lobby back in the days
of Rimbaud and “Le Bateau Ivre.”)
Photos by Scoopy
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A worker at the Economakis mansion gave a wary look as a photograph was taken of the garage, or whatever it
is, this summer.
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A day of action, and arrests, in Financial District
Vowing to “Shut down Wall St.,” O.W.S. protesters ﬂooded the Financial District’s streets Thursday morning, blocking both trafﬁc and people from going to work. Clockwise
from top left: Police pushed back an Occupy Wall Street protester, who couldn’t move back due to the crowd behind him; a demonstrator about to be collared indicated to
police he was peaceful; a photographer was knocked down in the chaos; O.W.S. protesters being arrested.
November 24 - 30, 2011 5
Queer History Alliance, packed the board’s
monthly meeting and demanded that the
space become a shrine to the thousands of
victims of AIDS and to the Sisters of Charity,
founders of St. Vincent’s, which led in caring
for people with AIDS/H.I.V.
While the resolution said the board
“intends to give full consideration” to pro-
posals to include the underground space in
the park, the board laid out other goals that
could trump an AIDS memorial and teach-
ing center under the park.
“The design should not create a ‘destina-
tion’ site, it should celebrate and accom-
modate the local community,” the resolution
The community board is also concerned
about how the underground space would
affect the park on the surface.
The resolution also notes “the property
owner [Rudin] has clearly stated that they
are not willing to deliver the [underground]
space to the public.”
Rudin has agreed to pay for building
the park in connection with the residential
conversion and redevelopment of the former
hospital property on the east side of Seventh
Ave. into 450 luxury apartments. The resi-
dential project and the park sites are part
of the same city uniform land use review
Rudin’s land-use lawyer, Melanie Meyers,
told the community board that the park
would be completed 30 months after the
project is approved. And the Community
Board 2 resolution said that completing the
park within that time frame was an impor-
A Rudin spokesperson said the
Department of City Planning had ruled
that the belowground space could not be
approved as part of the ULURP because
is was not part of the draft environmental
impact statement (E.I.S.) and its impact as a
“destination” was not assessed.
Including the below-grade space would
signiﬁcantly impact the park at sidewalk
level because of the need for elevators, stair
access and ventilation fans.
Nevertheless, a friendly amendment
added to the C.B. 2 resolution says the
board “requests that no efforts be taken
that would destroy the underground space
and make it unusable throughout the period
that this community board continues to vet
additional uses of the park, even though this
process may go beyond the ULURP process,
unless and until such time as C.B. 2 has
voted against the reuse of the underground
Tobi Bergman, chairperson of the C.B.
2 Parks Committee who crafted the amend-
ment with Steve Ashkinazi, said later that
the friendly amendment was to prevent
demolition of the space during the review
period and to make sure the board had a
ﬁnal voice in the matter.
Bergman agreed that there was a possibil-
ity that the underground space eventually
could be part of the park, but he pointed
out that the board has “set a high bar” for
C.B. 2 wants the triangle park to be
administered and maintained as a city
park, but ownership and legal issues
appear to prevent a straight transfer of
the property to the Department of Parks
and Recreation. Legally, the condo owners
of the residential development would own
the property but they could agree to be
part of a nonproﬁt entity that would run
The plea for including the underground
space in the park came from gay activists and
community leaders, including Charles King,
founder of Housing Works; Paul Kelterborn
and Christopher Tepper, founders of the
Queen History Alliance; Trudy Flynn, of the
PRIDE Agenda; Ken Lustbader, a historic
preservation consultant; and John Nalley, a
former member of ACT UP, New York, a gay
direct action group.
They declared that 108,000 New York
City residents have died of AIDS in the 40
years since the disease ﬁrst reached aware-
ness of the general public.
Continued from page 1
Board 2 backs plan for park;
Gay group wants basement
The community board
has ‘set a high bar’ for
the inclusion of the
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THE POLICE BLOTTER
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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
Donald MacPherson — publisher of the
Soho Journal who once mulled a run for
Community Board 2 chairperson — pleaded
guilty last Wednesday to 45 counts of grand
larceny, insurance fraud and other crimes in
an elaborate $82 million Hamptons mort-
gage fraud scam.
Prosecutors described it as the most mas-
sive mortgage fraud case in Suffolk County’s
history. Up to 60 homes were involved,
mostly on Long Island’s East End.
According to the Southampton Press,
MacPherson’s trial was set begin on Mon.,
Nov. 14, two days before he accepted his
In July, former Suffolk Legislator George
Guldi pleaded guilty to being part of the
ﬁve-person mortgage fraud along with
MacPherson. The ﬁve were charged in
March 2009 with stealing millions of dol-
lars from lenders between 2002 and 2007.
MacPherson, 68, lives on Varick St. near
the Holland Tunnel entrance and also has
a home in Westhampton, where he owns
According to Robert Clifford, a spokes-
person for the Suffolk district attorney,
MacPherson pleaded guilty to 23 counts of
grand larceny in the ﬁrst degree; 11 counts
of grand larceny in the second degree; one
count of scheme to defraud in the ﬁrst
degree; three counts of insurance fraud in
the third degree; and seven counts of crimi-
nal possession of a forged instrument in the
Clifford said, in return for MacPherson’s
plea, Judge James F.X. Doyle indicated that
MacPherson’s sentence would have a cap
of four to 12 years in jail. According to
Newsday, however, the D.A. was unhappy
with the sentence, feeling it was too light.
The Southampton Press reported that, in
September, MacPherson rejected a plea bar-
gain that would have resulted in him being
sentenced to between 28 months and seven
years in prison.
He rejected that plea bargain because he
maintained his innocence, Steven Wilutis,
MacPherson’s attorney, said at the time.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 25. Clifford
said MacPherson would likely be incar-
cerated until then, as is typical in such
cases, after which he would be transferred
to Downstate Correctional Facility — a
maximum-security prison in Hudson Valley
— for his jail term.
The judge will also determine whether
any restitution judgment orders will be ﬁled
against MacPherson, and if so, for what
Reached on his cell phone last Thursday
and asked for comment on his guilty plea,
MacPherson said, “I really can’t discuss any
of this. Thanks for calling,” then hung up.
MacPherson’s wife, Carrie Coakley, 41,
who was also implicated in the mortgage
fraud ring, has not entered a plea and
remains charged with ﬁrst-degree grand
larceny and scheme to defraud in the ﬁrst
degree, the spokesperson said. Her next
court date is Dec. 5.
Coakley — who is a dominatrix, accord-
ing to the D.A. — is accused of recruit-
ing straw buyers for the scheme at The
Dungeon, the Manhattan S&M club where
she was in charge. In the end, 17 individu-
als total were indicted in the scheme.
Newsday reported that it took almost
an hour and a half for MacPherson to
answer questions last Wednesday about
the various ways he swindled banks in
properties in Southampton.
He reportedly said he paid the straw
buyers a fee of $10,000, assuring them he
would make the mortgage payments on a
particular house. But he instead retained
the mortgage proceeds and allowed the
house to go into foreclosure.
Newsday said that MacPherson admit-
ted that he inﬂated his income and that
of his straw buyers, and that he falsely
reported that some of the buyers were
employed in high-level jobs in companies
Working with Guldi — who created
phony documents to obtain mortgages
on about 60 properties — and others,
MacPherson admitted he falsiﬁed title
reports and forged powers of attorney.
They engaged in what is known as “title
washing” and “mortgage stacking” to make
it appear that properties were free of out-
standing mortgages and clear of liens and
Guldi, 58, is serving four to 12 years for
insurance fraud and mortgage fraud. He
was convicted earlier this year of pocket-
ing $853,000 in insurance money after a
2008 ﬁre at his Westhampton Beach home,
for which he was sentenced to four to 12
years in prison. He was subsequently sen-
tenced to a one-to-three-year term in the
mortgage scam, to run concurrently with
the insurance fraud sentence.
Prosecutors were reportedly seeking a
sentence for Guldi of up to 25 years in the
“Mr. Guldi’s greed leaves a trail of
ﬁnancial ruin heretofore unseen in this
county,” said Thomas Spota, Suffolk D.A.
The defendants, prosecutors said, either
pocketed the proceeds or used the money
to acquire additional homes.
MacPherson was a member of
Greenwich Village’s Community Board 2
from 2001 to 2008. He seriously consid-
ered a run for board chairperson in 2006,
but conceded to Maria Passannante-Derr
when he saw he didn’t have enough sup-
port of the board’s 50 volunteer members
to win election.
During his aborted campaign, during
which he ran as a reformer, he said, “There
are several issues that I think have not been
addressed [by C.B. 2]: Air quality in Lower
Manhattan, pollution; billboards and the
proliferation of signs; the inability to cross
a street with a baby carriage without being
run over by a truck or an 18-wheeler; and
liquor licenses, being ignored by the State
Liquor Authority, the saturation of Soho.”
In April 2009, after the story broke
about MacPherson’s role in the multi-
million-dollar Hamptons S&M mortgage
swindle, people at his 80 Varick building
stood behind him.
Several residents and a staff member
interviewed at that time said MacPherson
was a model neighbor who cared about
the community and doted on his young
“For me, he’s very nice guy,” said
handyman Henrik Wyka, 55. He said
MacPherson was the building’s biggest tip-
per — having recently given him $100 for
doing a painting job after his work hours.
In halting English, Wyka, a Polish native,
indicated, with a shrug, and the words
“Madoff,” “$50 billion” and “banks,” that
he thought MacPherson’s ripping off what
was at the time thought to be $50 million
from banks was a triﬂe compared to Ponzi
scammer Bernie Madoff conning 1,000
times that much out of individuals and
One tenant said, “I know he’s been an
advocate for this neighborhood and this
building. He was always here for the ten-
ants. They’re just a nice family.”
Others, however, said they worried for
MacPherson’s young children, since both
he and his wife were facing jail time.
Soho Journal publisher guilty in S&M mortgage scam
In 2006, MacPherson
running for Community
Board 2 chairperson on
a reform platform, but
ultimately realized he
November 24 - 30, 2011 7
Supper club murder
Gunﬁre brought police to Juliette Supper
Club at 539 W. 21st St. around 2:22 a.m.
Tues., Nov. 15, where they found two vic-
tims. One of them, described only as a
black man, age 43, had a gunshot wound in
the chest and another in the back. He was
taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was
declared dead on arrival. The other victim,
a black man, 28, had a gunshot wound in
the arm, another in the back and a third
in the buttocks. He was taken to Bellevue
in stable condition. Police are investigating
but have made no arrests. The name of the
dead victim was withheld pending family
Sleepy cat burglar
The owner of a third-ﬂoor dance studio
at 55 Chrystie St. between Canal and Hester
Sts. found a stranger sleeping at her desk
around 5:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, and woke
him up, police said. The stranger tried to
ﬂee with a T-shirt and an empty camera
case, both belonging to the studio, according
to the complaint ﬁled with the Manhattan
When police apprehended the suspect,
Hafess Folajaiye, 27, he told them he got
into the place by a ﬁre escape because the
front door of the studio was locked, court
Police arrested Bruce Lopez, 48, and
charged him with stealing $128 and an
iPhone from an employees’ room in a
furniture store at 117 Mercer St. between
Prince and Spring Sts. on Oct. 10. On Nov.
6, the store manager, who had confronted
the suspect just before he ﬂed the furniture
store, spotted him on a train and trailed
him to the Apple Store at Mercer and
Prince Sts., according to reports. Lopez
stole an iPad from the Apple Store and
ﬂed, according to the complaint ﬁled with
the Manhattan D.A. Police arrested the
suspect at a nearby subway station and
recovered the iPad. Lopez was charged
with burglary, larceny and possession of
Eating evidence, dude
Police were watching a man suspected
of marijuana possession sitting against the
New York University Tisch Building at 283
Mercer St. at Waverly Place around 6:45
p.m. Thurs., Nov.17. They moved in and
arrested the suspect, Victor Grady, 19, when
he began eating the weed out of its folded
paper container. The charge was tampering
with physical evidence.
Passengers and passersby told Sixth
Precinct and Transit police ofﬁcers that
a man with a large knife was terrorizing
them around 3:32 a.m. Sat., Nov. 19, in
the IND subway station at Sixth Ave. at W.
Fourth St. Kirill Kirnos, 44, was arrested
and charged with weapons possession. A
large, black-handled knife was found in his
back pocket and a gray-handled knife and
two box cutters were found in the bag he
Private trademark investigators told
police that a vendor with a table on the
southeast corner of University Place and
E. 14th St. was displaying 400 samples of
cosmetics with counterfeit high-end brand
names around 6:10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18. Police
did not say what brands were involved in the
Police arrested Tatiana Awer, 19, in
front of 72 Christopher St. near W. Fourth
St. at 4:49 a.m. Mon., Nov. 21, when a
woman victim, 24, told them the suspect
punched her in the mouth. Police said
Awer “was loud and boisterous and caus-
ing public alarm.”
Meat Market rage
A man, 24, told police that a suspect
punched him and knocked him uncon-
scious in front of 37 Ninth Ave. at 14th
St. around 4:15 a.m. Sun., Nov. 20, and
then grabbed his head and slammed it on
the pavement. The victim was taken to
Bellevue for head lacerations and the sus-
pect, Arnold Okhanskey, 24, was charged
High-end bag theft
A man and two women walked into the
Louis Vuitton boutique at 116 Greene St.
near Prince St. around 5:50 p.m. Sat., Nov.
19, where the women took a Vuitton bag
valued at $3,050 and put it into a bigger bag
they brought with them while the man acted
as lookout. They walked out unobserved
without paying but a surveillance camera
taped them, police said.
Burglars broke into Souen, the mac-
robiotic organic food restaurant at 28 E.
13th St., on Monday night Nov. 14 and
ﬂed with an undetermined sum of cash,
Not her cell phone
A woman shopping in Mystique, 547
Broadway between Prince and Spring
Sts., on Wednesday afternoon felt what
she thought was her cell phone vibrating
around 4:15 p.m. When she went to check
the call she discovered that someone had
stolen her wallet from the bag, police
Subway phone snatch
A woman who got on an uptown A train
at Chambers St. at 8:20 p.m. Tues., Nov. 15,
took out her cell phone and lost it to a man
who snatched it and ﬂed the train at the
Canal St. stop at Sixth Ave.
A.T.M. hacking ring
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.
last week secured a new indictment against
three Canadians charged with skimming debit
card data from 11 bank branch A.T.M.’s within
a mile of Union Square and stealing more than
$285,000 from hundreds of victims.
Two of the suspects, Nikolai Ivanov, 31,
and Dimitar Stamatov, 28, Bulgarian immi-
grants to Canada, were arrested May 24 at
a bank branch on Broadway and E. 10th St.
retrieving skimmed data. A third suspect,
Jordan Ivanov, 24, Nikolai’s brother, had ﬂed
to Canada and is being sought in extradition
The 81-count indictment handed up on
Nov. 16 supersedes a three-count indictment
ﬁled in May.
The three are charged with using green
plastic lips that ﬁt over A.T.M. card slots
and skim data from users’ cards. In addition,
the defendants installed hidden pinhole lens
video cameras at the sides of A.T.M. keypads
to record PINs. The data was used to steal
money from accounts in Canada, Arizona and
Illinois, in addition to New York, according
During one ﬁve-day period in January of
this year, the defendants are accused of skim-
ming data from more than 1,100 A.T.M. cards.
Most of the money was wired to Bulgaria.
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group like a pied piper. As they walked
out to the street, New School President
David Van Zandt held the door open for
them and said, “You’re doing a good job,
guys.” He wore a navy sports coat and
khakis and had a Bluetooth earpiece in
The students toted signs, saying,
“Money for schools not for banks” and
“Political justice and education.”
They chanted: “Student strike!” and
“People united will never be defeated!”
and “They say cutbacks! We say fight
As the students marched toward Union
Square, car drivers honked their support.
People in delis waved and pumped their
When they passed the building with
all the graduate professors’ offices, they
were joined by political science profes-
sors Jim Miller and Andreas Kalyvas.
Students from other schools who
were already assembled in Union Square
cheered as The New School brigade
Speakers stood on the north steps of
the pavilion on the park’s north side as
the students gathered in the northern
Taylor Hand, 21, of The Cooper
Union, declared: “Education should be
as free as air and water.”
They used the now-familiar “people’s
mic” system, in which their words were
repeated in waves through the crowd. To
their side, a man stood coaching them on
when to speak so their words wouldn’t
overlap in the four or five waves of mes-
sages and cause confusion.
Christina Chaise, from Hunter College,
was protesting CUNY tuition hikes.
“CUNY is my home, my opportunity,”
she said. “Coming from the projects, it
was my only opportunity. And it scares
me that the children of New York City
may not have theirs.”
A fight briefly broke out as a man
with long red hair reportedly wanted to
jump the line of speakers and get to the
podium, but others tried to explain that
he had to wait.
Ahmed Maher, a co-founder of the
movement that overthrew Hosni Mubarak
in Egypt, addressed the crowd.
“We are all in Egypt,” he said. “We
support you. We are in solidarity with
you. I believe that we can change the
world. Don’t give up. Keep going.”
At 4 p.m., the rally left Union Square
and headed down Fifth Ave. A line of
police halted the march at 14th St. and
5th Ave. Roughly 100 protesters, mainly
students, rushed into The New School’s
study center on the second floor of
90 Fifth Ave., right above a TD Bank.
Police immediately barred others from
following by forming another line along
the entrance of the building. President
Van Zandt eventually told the officers to
allow others into the space.
The march moved on, but about 100
more people stayed at the intersection.
Police formed a moving wall and shoved
protesters down 14th St., away from the
Once inside, protesters reportedly
covered the security cameras and asked
everyone who worked in The New School
offices there to leave if they did not want
to participate in the protest.
At 5 p.m., Van Zandt and Provost Tim
Marshall visited the occupation. They
were concerned about the maximum
occupancy of the space (140 people) and
told the protesters not to exceed it.
At around 5:30 p.m., people started
bringing more provisions. Members of
the National Lawyers Guild arrived and
Protesters declined to speak to report-
ers that first day because they hadn’t
yet developed a press policy. Currently,
reporters are still barred from the occu-
The number of people inside kept
fluctuating because people come and go.
Many continue to study and go to class.
They call themselves the All-City
Student Occupation because they’re try-
ing to use The New School space as an
organizing point for a citywide student
movement similar to Occupy Wall Street.
Many of those inside are from other uni-
versities. The New School is permitting
those with valid ID to enter the space as
The New School doesn’t own the
building, but leases it, and the landlord
hasn’t yet made a move to evict the stu-
In a statement, Van Zandt said, in
part, of his discussion with the occupiers:
“While they were clear that this is not
an action against The New School, they
refused to give up the space. In a courte-
ous exchange, we reached an agreement
that The New School would not have the
protesters forcibly removed at this time.
In turn, they agreed that they would not
disrupt classes, interfere with other ten-
ants in the building, or violate its legal
“I reiterated my expectations that they
make theirs and others’ safety a priority,
that damage to our property would not
be tolerated, and that there should be no
disruption of other students’ access to any
of our educational programs (other than
studying in the Student Study Center).
The lines of communication between us
“While the university takes no position
in this or any movement, The New School
supports free expression and the right to
protest,” Van Zandt said. “Communities
around the world are responding in sym-
pathy to those who feel that their voice
has not been heard. While it is not
without cost, providing a space for those
voices is part of our unique mission.”
New School students rally, then occupy 90 Fifth Ave.
Photo by Jason B. Nicholas
New School students have occupied leased space inside 90 Fifth Ave., at the corner
of 14th St. and Fifth Ave.
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BY ALBERT AMATEAU
Elected ofﬁcials last week announced
that the Lower Manhattan Development
Corporation has agreed to release $14 mil-
lion to begin the redevelopment of Pier 42
as part of the East River waterfront revital-
Senator Charles Schumer and state
Senator Daniel Squadron made the Nov. 18
announcement with local ofﬁcials at the East
River pier currently being used for public
parking between Gouverneur and Jackson
The work, including a master planning
process and demolition of the abandoned
shed, will start this spring. A temporary
public park area could open by the fall,
Schumer and Squadron had called on
the L.M.D.C. in November of last year to
release what was left of the $20.4 billion that
Schumer secured for Lower Manhattan in
the wake of the World Trade Center attack.
The L.M.D.C., the Port Authority and the
Bloomberg administration agreed earlier this
month to free the funds to jumpstart the ﬁrst
phase of the project.
“The redevelopment of Pier 42 and com-
pletion of the East River waterfront park will
be a green ribbon that nicely wraps around
a booming and bustling Lower Manhattan
that has risen from the ashes of September
11,” said Schumer, who thanked Governor
Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and the L.M.D.C.
for making it happen.
Schumer and Squadron had called on the
L.M.D.C. to fund the East River waterfront
revitalization after the city ran short of funds
for the project last year.
A complete green connection around
Lower Manhattan between Hudson River
Park and East River Park would cost about
$40 million, which could come from what-
ever L.M.D.C. funds remain and from the
city in the future, Squadron said.
“This $14 million will allow creation of
open space and comprehensive planning to
move forward now,” Squadron said.
Judy Rapfogel, Assembly Speaker Sheldon
Silver’s chief aide, delivered Silver’s remarks
at the Nov. 18 event. “Our community has
been ﬁghting for years for better access to
the East River waterfront,” she said. “Today’s
announcement marks a critical milestone in
realizing a public open green space along
the river that will connect the east and west
sides of Lower Manhattan.”
City Councilmember Margaret Chin
hailed the funding for the revitalization of
“This is truly a victory for the Lower East
Side,” she said.
Susan Stetzer, district manager of
Community Board 3, noted that the board
voted in October to ask for funding to
remove the shed and to create public access
to the waterfront on Pier 42. Funding for the
project was at the top of the C.B. 3 capital
priorities for the district this year.
Another structure, Pier 36 south of Pier
42, has been leased by the city’s Economic
Development Corporation to Basketball City,
a commercial venture, which is installing
basketball and volleyball courts to be rented
by the hour to corporate teams.
The entire East River pier complex
between Clinton and Jackson Sts. used to
be known as the “Banana Pier” because
United Fruit Company ships unloaded
Last Friday, ofﬁcials gathered at Pier 42 on the Lower East Side waterfront to
announce funds for the pier’s redevelopment, including, from left, C.B. 3’s Susan
Stetzer, Senator Chuck Schumer and state Senator Daniel Squadron.
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BY CHRIS SHERMAN
I’m “doing” Thanksgiving this year for 14 people, seven
of whom I have never met. I fear I will never measure up to
the glossy photos in the November issue of Martha Stewart
Living magazine. Picture after picture of perfectly roasted
turkey and pumpkin pie only add to my feelings of culinary
inadequacy. (Last year, after much fuss and ﬂour, my pump-
kin pie baked up with a huge crack in it, which, to save face,
I called “the ﬁssure of authenticity.”)
With optimism rooted in fantasy, I set out once again to
gather supplies for the ultimate dinner for 14, seven of whom
I have never met. As I walk along to the market, I picture my
family, friends and the frequently aforementioned strangers
ooing and ahhing over my totally made-from-scratch dinner,
including pumpkin soup and crusty popovers served with
chive compound butter. There I stand, turkey platter in hand,
basking in the warmth of their accolades.
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Award, the sliding doors to the supermarket burst open, and
so do my lofty dreams of leisurely studying and agonizing
over each product and ingredient, so as to insure the most
perfect dinner. Village supermarkets are tight on a good day,
but on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, they’re a clog
of shopping carts and crying kids. The aisles are jammed
with the frightened expressions of frenzied shoppers who
have clearly never done this sort of thing before. Everyone
is talking to themselves, and this being New York City, some
are even hurling profanities at themselves. You see, as much
as the magazines and food networks illustrate, ad nauseam,
how to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, no one ever talks about
how to shop for the dinner. (I can imagine the early settlers’
magazines, like Better Puritan Homes and Gardens, running
features, such as, “Your Thanksgiving Turkey, from Forest
to Table” or “Your Freshest Turkey Ever — It’s Worth a
I wrestle for the last cart. I can feel the store’s frenetic
atmosphere. Everyone is grabbing at the last few pathetic
onions and rushing around with more than their arms can
carry. I soon realize I am in way over my head. I panic as I
begin to calculate the time and energy it will take to pull off
a dinner like Martha’s, for 14 people, SEVEN OF WHOM I
HAVE NEVER MET, without the full-time staff of chefs and
food stylists. And without a damn onion.
Tightness wells up in my throat as I remember it is not
just about the cooking. I have to clean the house, for strang-
ers, which is not the same at all as cleaning it for myself.
The china needs to go in the dishwasher, the silver needs
polishing and I have to hand wash the stemware. And the
bathrooms! I am now in a full-blown anxiety attack.
Fantasies of laboriously, yet lovingly made gravy and pie,
give way to the reality: canned gravy and Entenmann’s. Not
wishing to be totally thwarted, I toss a bag of cranberries
from the fresh produce aisle into my cart. How hard can
making fresh cranberry sauce be? Sugar, water, cranber-
ries…easy. But as I approach the canned cranberry aisle, I
shamefully place the bag of berries, sagging with defeat, on
a nearby shelf, opting for the convenience of the canned.
Another fantasy bubble bursts as I realize there is just no
way I will have time to make fresh cranberry sauce. There
is defeat and compromise around every corner, down every
aisle: the frozen string beans, the canned yams, the Stove
Top Stufﬁng. All I’ll need to cook this meal is a can opener
and a box cutter.
On the checkout line, which is starting to resemble
the line for Space Mountain at Disney World, I rethink
the whole thing. Would it be so terrible if I served the
butternut squash soup from the box, or used paper
plates, at least for dessert? Would Martha Stewart frown
upon Redi-wip or Pillsbury Poppin’ Fresh? Heck, I’ll
never see at least seven of my guests again, so why knock
My Thanksgiving magazine fantasies are smashed. I want
the glossy picture, but not the stress — and I don’t want to
have to feel badly about it. In fact, I bet Martha Stewart, whom
I cannot picture cleaning bathrooms, goes to somebody else’s
house for Thanksgiving. Or, even better, perhaps she lives out
my greatest Thanksgiving fantasy of all — going out to eat.
Smashing pumpkins: Rocked by Thanksgiving once again
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
Lynn Shapiro, a dancer, choreographer, writer and
longtime Soho resident, died Sat., Nov. 19, in Beth Israel
Hospital at the age of 54.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, she began writing
poetry in 1999 and won the Pushcart Prize with her poem
“Sloan Kettering” in 2008.
She organized and led the Lynn Shapiro Dance Company
in Soho. As a choreographer and dancer she won sev-
eral awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim
Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the New York
Foundation for the Arts.
“She gave up dance after her daughter was born in 1999
and in recent years she concentrated on writing,” said her
husband, Erik Friedlander, a cellist with whom she often col-
laborated. In addition to her prizewinning “Sloan Kettering”
poem, others appeared in the publications “Rattle” and
“Mudﬁsh.” Part of her memoir, “Savage Love at Beth
Israel,” was published last year in the literary journal “Fifth
Wednesday,” and was nominated by a board of editors for a
Lynn Mayson Shapiro was born in Washington, D.C., to
David and Jane Shapiro and was raised in Cambridge, Mass.
She attended Smith College and earned a bachelor’s degree
in ﬁne arts from New York University.
In addition to her husband, her daughter, Ava, and her
parents, of Cambridge, survive.
Greenwich Village Funeral Home was in charge of
Lynn Shapiro, award-winning dancer, poet, 54
November 24 - 30, 2011 13
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
Saying the East Village has been too long without its
community center, a group of about 20 activists and for-
mer squatters brainstormed last Friday evening on ideas
for how to get access to space in the vacant old P.S. 64
on E. Ninth St.
The decommissioned school building, just east of
Tompkins Square Park, was home to CHARAS/El Bohio
Cultural and Community Center until 2002, when it was
evicted by new owner Gregg Singer, who bought the prop-
erty for more than $3 million at a city auction in 1998. Yet,
13 years later, the old school building remains empty.
In March 2004, the developer unveiled plans for a
23-story university dormitory tower on the site, sparking
neighborhood outrage. Eight months later, he returned with
a plan for a 19-story tower that preserved the old school’s
E. Ninth St. facade, but the community opposition didn’t
In June 2006 the community and former Councilmember
Margarita Lopez succeeded in getting the city to landmark
the old school, of which Yip Harburg, who wrote the lyrics
to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” was one of a number of
alumni who made it big in show business.
But in August 2006, using a pre-existing permit, Singer
lopped off the building’s exterior architectural details as part
of a ruthless try to overturn the landmarking. His lawyer at
the time bluntly likened the exterior demolition to “scalping”
At the same time, Singer pledged to turn the old P.S. 64
into the “Christotora Treatment Center,” offering temporary
housing for the homeless and ex-convicts, supportive housing
for people with H.I.V./AIDS and services for the mentally ill,
substance abusers and “troubled youth,” as he put it.
Singer’s most recent plans have been to try to use the
existing building for university housing and facilities, but
again, there’s seemingly been no movement.
Former squatter Eric Rassi had the idea to convene the
meeting, which he said would be followed by a larger one in
a few weeks. Rassi offered what he called a rudimentary pro-
posal: Call Singer and ask that he give them use of the ﬁrst
two ﬂoors of the building, with the ground ﬂoor being used
for a democratically run community center and the second
ﬂoor for an assortment of 25 nonproﬁt tenants.
“Everybody in the community has an interest in that
building,” Rassi said. “A community needs a community
building that anyone can belong to.” Rassi said the commu-
nity center would be run by an elected board of directors.
The question of how much rent Singer would demand
Barbara Caporale, however, expressed frustration with
the direction of the discussion by the group, which Rassi
described as “the Lower East Side squatters and general
“Reinventing the wheel. I’m sorry, but I’ve been through
this before,” Caporale said before getting up to leave.
She said previous groups, like DAG 64 (Development
Advisory Group 64) and A.P.C.C. (Armando Perez
Community Center) had already done a lot of work on these
issues several years ago.
Mary Round, a 37-year East Village resident, said she had
expected something different at the meeting.
“The reason I came here was because I thought we were
going to occupy the building,” she said.
Asked later if she had been prepared to occupy the old
P.S. 64, she said, “I was considering it. I thought the meeting
was to discuss the possibility of seizing and occupying the
building with 300 people.”
Jim, who gave his last name as Anonymous, said the
community has to end its ﬁxation on getting back the old
“These are different times,” he said. “It’s not 20 or 30
years ago. It’s not the same community. Move on.”
In response, Rassi noted that, in fact, he’d also mentioned
the possibility of trying to ﬁnd other buildings in the area
for use as a community center. Someone mentioned the
idea of refocusing efforts on ﬁnding such a location in the
Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), south of the
Former squatter Frank Morales, who co-led the meeting
with Rassi, later said, “As for the plan for CHARAS, I don’t
have one set notion, other than the need to involve the local
community in the running of the place. As for Singer and
what he will or won’t accept, I still believe in the power of
the people organized effectively in creating new situations
and possible avenues of negotiation. The meetings are an
attempt to begin to galvanize that support.”
Singer did not respond to a call for comment by press
Activists want back community center at old P.S. 64
Photos by Lincoln Anderson
Frank Morales, above left, and Eric Rassi, second from right, co-led the brainstorming session. Below, C.B. 3
District Manager Susan Stetzer, left, and David Subren discussed a point, as Steve Sinclair, in fringed jacket, and
‘I thought the meeting was to discuss
the possibility of seizing and occupy-
ing the building with 300 people.’
14 November 24 - 30, 2011
asking for permission to use the space rather
than seizing it outright. Having occupiers
arrested and detained saps the movement of
its strength, he added later.
What’s your name? the speaker was
asked by the crowd.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said.
They resolved not to camp out overnight
at Duarte Square last Sunday evening — at
least not on this night.
“At 11:15, we’ll leave the space together,”
the man announced.
They were accompanied to Duarte
Square by members of Occupy Faith NYC,
a coalition of religious leaders who sup-
port the O.W.S. anti-greed movement, as
well as by members of a new group dubbed
the Council of Elders, veterans of the 20th-
century civil rights struggles.
Things had started off Sunday afternoon
with the Elders joining a worship service
down at Zuccotti Park. Occupiers then
marched up to Judson Memorial Church
on Washington Square South while the
Elders — who have scaled their marching
back a bit since the ’60s — cabbed it up to
the famously progressive church.
Michael Ellick, Judson’s minister, who
organized Sunday’s worship service and
has been the leader of Occupy Faith NYC,
said 300 people packed the church and
100 more were gathered outside.
Billed as a “conversation,” the Elders
shared their activist experience and wis-
dom with the young O.W.S. protesters.
One of the Elders noted that they
weren’t passing the torch per se to the
younger generation, but rather that “it’s a
The Internet-enabled Occupy Wall
Street movement has exploded rapidly
and phenomenally, the Elders noted, com-
paring it to their movements which were
grown slowly over years. They reassured
the O.W.S. members that there would be
rough weeks, but to hang in there.
A question-and-answer session with
the audience followed during which more
knowledge and encouragement were
POLICE AND POLES
Next, the intergenerational activ-
ists ﬂowed out into Washington Square
Park, in preparation for a march down to
Duarte Square. They carried small tents
on long poles, the tents bearing slogans
like, “Foreclose on banks not people” and
“You cannot evict an idea whose time has
However, police said the poles were too
long, posing a danger. After a “mic check,”
the protesters reached a consensus to cut
the poles to a shorter length, did so, and
the march then continued down to Duarte
At Duarte Square, they projected scenes
of Occupy Wall Street across Sixth Ave.
onto a wall of the James Hotel.
They plopped down small tents and
sat in them and lit candles in the disused
sliver of southbound Sixth Ave. between
Grand and Canal Sts. that separates the
city-owned Duarte Square park plaza from
the privately owned Trinity lot.
The religious leaders and Elders
appealed to Trinity’s directors to open
their hearts and let Occupy use the space.
Speaking afterward, Ellick said that,
in addition to Judson, Occupy Faith NYC
includes the likes of Middle Collegiate
Church in the East Village, the Church
of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich
Village, Riverside Church on the Upper
West Side and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
JUDSON SHELTERS OCCUPIERS
After the Zuccotti Park eviction, up to
100 O.W.S. members slept overnight at
Judson Church from Tues., Nov. 15, to Sat.,
Nov. 19. But Ellick said having to provide
the necessary security was taxing on Judson,
which is not a wealthy congregation. So the
church’s board of directors decided that
other Occupy Faith NYC houses of worship
should share the load. As a result, the occu-
piers were no longer sleeping at Judson as of
last Sunday night.
As for the movement’s new outdoor
encampment — the essence of Occupy —
Ellick said, “This is the space they want
next,” referring to the Trinity space.
Following the O.W.S. attempted Nov.
15 occupation of the space, Trinity issued
a statement saying that neither it, nor the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council — which
runs the seasonal “LentSpace” sculpture gar-
den in the lot — had given Occupy permis-
sion to use it for its new encampment.
“That’s why we’re asking them to change
their mind,” Ellick said of Trinity. “Hey,
you’ve got this space. It was going to be this
community-action space until the building
went up. Brad Hoylman supports it.”
Two years ago, Trinity announced it
intended to use the lot for community-mind-
ed amenities until a new project is developed
there. Trinity hopes to get a rezoning for
Hudson Square that would allow it to con-
O.W.S. is still focusing on Trinity’s vacant lot,
Continued from page 1
Photos by Tequila Minsky, except protesters in tent by Lincoln Anderson
Minister Michael Ellick, center, led a worship service at Zuccotti Park Sunday afternoon, along with members of Occupy Faith
NYC and the Council of Elders.
O.W.S. protesters marched from Judson Church down Sixth Ave. to Duarte Square
after being told to shorten their tent poles.
November 24 - 30, 2011 15
struct a residential tower there with a public
school in the bottom ﬂoors.
O.W.S. IN C.B. 2
Asked if he or Community Board 2, in
fact, supported O.W.S. occupying Trinity’s
Hudson Square lot, Hoylman, the chair-
person of C.B. 2, said, “C.B. 2 doesn’t
have an official position on this. But we
did pass a resolution last month urg-
ing restraint on the part of the N.Y.P.D.
toward the O.W.S. demonstrators. Also,
we’ve had informal conversations with
clergy affiliated with O.W.S. about the
possibility of O.W.S. establishing a pres-
ence in the C.B. 2 area. They reached out
to us — which we very much appreciated
— about ways they could assist seniors, at-
risk youth and other underserved people
in the C.B. 2 area should they come here.
It sounds like a creative way to harness a
lot of energy toward service projects on
behalf of local neighborhoods.”
Board 2 covers the area between 14th
and Canal Sts. east of the Bowery/Fourth
Ave. to the Hudson River.
‘PLEASE, GIVE IT TO US’
“We want Trinity to give it to us,”
the O.W.S. speaker said later on of the
Hudson Square lot. “We don’t want to
have to defend it,” he said, referring to a
Zuccotti-like occupation that would be at
constant risk of eviction.
“This is what we want,” he said of
the “LentSpace” space. “It’s close to
the Financial District. It’s larger than
Zuccotti. We need outdoor space for vis-
ibility,” he stressed of the Occupy move-
ment. “This is a crucial intersection at
Sixth and Canal.”
He said they’d put to use the lessons
they learned from Zuccotti if they got the
For starters, there would be “only com-
munal tents, no personal tents,” he stated,
saying it would be safer.
“We could use the fact that it’s gated,”
he added. “We could use a checkpoint
system similar to Tahrir Square. This way
it would be easier to remove people — as
opposed to surrounding troublemakers
and kicking them out” (the technique that
was used at Zuccotti).
The O.W.S. member noted that the
Bible is full of teachings about generosity
and sharing, and that Trinity, as a reli-
gious-based group, should do the same.
“We are political refugees,” he said.
“We’re seeking political asylum. And we
need a space as an organizing hub. We’re
going to create ideas that will create the
MINI-TENTS ARE COMING
During the event, the organizer had
also announced O.W.S.’s new “tenting”
campaign, which kicked off Sunday night.
In this campaign, the protesters will pitch
small, slogan-covered tents pretty much
anywhere and everywhere for however
long or brieﬂy they want to, further spread-
ing the Occupy message in this improvisa-
tional sort of way.
Wearing a blue knit cap and sport-
ing a thin black beard, the organizer had
a commanding voice and was clearly a
natural leader in the purportedly leader-
less movement. He said he was a member
of the O.W.S. Direct Action Working
Group, which coordinates civil disobedi-
ence, marches, events and the taking of
Pointing to the brainpower behind
O.W.S., he said he’d spent a year at
Columbia studying economics and phi-
losophy, then went on to University of
California Berkeley, where he studied edu-
cation, city and regional planning and soci-
ology. He didn’t want to say more about
himself than that.
TRINITY STICKS TO STATEMENT
For its part, Trinity this week said it was
sticking to its statement that it issued follow-
ing the brief Nov. 15 morning occupation of
the “LentSpace” lot.
For one, Trinity doesn’t feel the site is
safe for this type of use, since it’s a block
away from the Holland Tunnel’s entrance.
“It’s not appropriate, and it’s potentially
unsafe for large assemblies,” a Trinity public-
relations representative said. “O.W.S. does
not have permission to enter the enclosed,
private part of Duarte Square. It has no
facilities. It’s hardly a place to have large
Furthermore, although Trinity has stated
its desire to have community-friendly uses
on the site until it’s developed, the lot —
like Hudson Square itself — is technically
zoned for manufacturing, not community
use, Trinity noted.
Trinity is continuing to make some of its
indoor space available to O.W.S. during the
day, though not for sleeping at night.
Asked if Trinity might have an alternative
outdoor space for an O.W.S. encampment,
the representative referred back to Trinity’s
original statement that said Trinity had not
given permission for O.W.S. to use the
Duarte Square lot.
ATTORNEY QUESTIONS ARRESTS
Norman Siegel, the well-known civil-
rights attorney, has questioned whether the
20 arrests on Nov. 15 at the “LentSpace” lot
were legal, asking whether Trinity had, in
fact, requested that police bust the protest-
ers — as well as journalists — for trespass-
ing. If Trinity didn’t green-light the police
action, then the arrests weren’t legal, Siegel
maintained. Trinity referred questions to the
In response, police said, “Trinity informed
the police that [the protesters] were on
[their] property and [they] were arrested
after they were given multiple warnings to
leave the area.”
However, Siegel further charged that,
according to the Police Department’s Patrol
Guide Procedure 212-49, Trinity would had
to have given a special order for the journal-
ists, speciﬁcally, to be arrested. Siegel said
that particular section of the Patrol Guide
states: “When incidents spill over or occur
on private property, members of the media
will not be arrested for criminal trespass,
unless an owner or representative expressly
indicates that the press is not to be permitted
to enter or remain on the property.”
However, police said, when ofﬁcers
announce that everyone must leave a piece
of private property or face arrest, it applies
saying, ‘This is the future home of the occupation’
At Duarte Square, a 17-year-old Occupy supporter wrote that the movement is part
of her generation and that she was “proud and excited” to be there with the protest-
Protesters temporarily occupied mini-tents at Duarte Square on Sunday night, but
everyone left by 11:15 p.m.
16 November 24 - 30, 2011
BY KHIARA ORTIZ
The first thing you learn after walking into the Gold
Material Montessori School on Avenue B is that shoes
must be removed and that the room smells like a Glade
Then you’ll also quickly realize that it deserves its
reputation as one of New York City’s best early-educa-
Maksim Kondrukevich and Varvara Radimushkina, the
Russian couple in charge of Gold Material’s administra-
tion and teaching methods, started off with a branch of
the school in Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst neighborhood ﬁve
years ago. Their East Village location opened up on Oct.
12 and a third location opened in Gramercy on Nov. 18.
“We really emphasize connection and associa-
tion because children usually learn by association,”
Radimushkina said. “The parents are really happy with
what we’re doing. They believe we have the best school
While the Bensonhurst branch has a mostly Russian
demographic of children, who receive lessons in their
native language to promote a bilingual advantage, there are
also children from mixed-race families, among others.
The toddlers at these Montessori schools receive an
unparalleled learning experience that can start as early as
2 years old and run through age 6. The student-teacher
ratio is typically 8 to 1 and the Avenue B school hopes
to reach its capacity of 30 students.
Instead of stacks of spiral notebooks and file cabinets
lined up against the walls, wooden boxes of counting
cubes and alphabet letter cutouts are used for a tactile
approach to learning. A plastic tray filled with turquoise
sand is provided to let the children trace their letters.
Wooden boards with sandpaper stencils of every conso-
nant and vowel also aid in helping the children become
familiar with the contours of each character. Containers
of blue, red, green, and yellow wooden blocks in a
variety of shapes are used to introduce size and order
Before becoming fully enrolled, a child is required to
go through a trial period, which can last up to a week.
“We want to make sure we’ll be able to work with the
child and we gauge that by seeing if he responds to his
parent’s orders,” Kondrukevich explained.
Each day starts off with a 10-to-15 minute circle time
during which the kids are led by the teacher in a discus-
sion about what’s happening — what the weather’s like
that day, if anything unusual occurred on the children’s
way to school and so on.
“It’s a child-initiated process,” said Kondrukevich.
“The teacher doesn’t really decide anything and just pro-
vides the necessary materials for instruction.”
Montessori schools were not introduced to Russia
until 1995, when the methods started being incorporated
by German teachers. Maksim developed an interest in
child education from his mother, who has spent decades
in the field and was nominated in 2000 for a teaching
“Almost all of our students pass the gifted-and-
talented exams and can go on to any private school in
the city,” said Radimushkina. “Sometimes, they can skip
“It’s all about engaging the children,” added
Kondrukevich. “We assess the child’s level to give them a
challenging task, but nothing too hard that they become
During snack time, the teacher serves each child
the same snack to create an environment of equality
so that they learn to respect each other. Andrew, the
couple’s 3-year-old son, attends the Montessori school in
Brooklyn, where he’s made close friends with the other
toddlers. The young pupils even attend each other’s
When it comes to the type of education offered in
the city’s public schools, Maksim and Varvara aren’t
“The teachers are used to observing children but not
putting effort into the educational process,” Kondrukevich
said. “People perceive a school education as a safe envi-
ronment and nothing else.”
“We want to have a network of schools in New York
City,” Radimushkina stated.
For more information on Gold Material’s tuition and
year-round hours, parents can visit www.goldmaterial.
Educators say tactile style gets tangible results
A student at the East Village Gold Montessori School uses sandpaper-stencil letters, at left, to help practice draw-
ing a letter “A” in a tray of sand.
November 24 - 30, 2011 17
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
Fedora Dorato, whose name graces the
Village restaurant that was in her late hus-
band’s family for more than 80 years and
where she presided for 58 years, died Tues.,
Nov. 8, at age 91.
She continued working at the restaurant
at 239 W. Fourth St. until last year when she
sold the place to a local restaurateur who
carries on with her name in lights.
Her health had been declining during the
past year, said her daughter-in-law, Marilyn
Fedora doted on all her patrons, celebri-
ties, Village neighbors and tourists alike.
“She knew everyone’s name but she was
totally unaware of who they were in the
world,” her daughter-in-law said. “It didn’t
matter how famous or rich they were. She
treated everyone the same.”
Named for the opera by Umberto
Giordano, Fedora was born in Florence,
Italy, and came to New York with her par-
ents when she was 11 years old.
She met her husband-to-be, Henry
Dorato, in 1939 but their courtship was
interrupted when Henry went into the armed
forces in 1942, according to a July 29, 2010,
article by David McCabe in The Villager.
They were married after the war.
Henry’s father, Charles Dorato, had
opened the W. Fourth St. place as a speak-
easy in 1919 and when Prohibition was
repealed in 1933, Charles converted the
place to a restaurant, Charlie’s Garden.
When Fedora and Henry were married in
1945, the location was leased to two men,
Bill and Jerry, who ran the restaurant named
after themselves. After Bill and Jerry left,
Henry and Fedora took over in 1952, named
it Fedora and lived in the apartment above
Fedora Dorato supported the enterprise
while raising their son, Charles, named
for his grandfather. From the beginning,
the restaurant welcomed same-sex couples,
unlike other establishments, but was not
exclusively gay. Fedora told McCabe last year
that police used to come into the place and
ask Henry, who was the bartender, whether
or not he served homosexuals. Henry would
say, ”You want to ask them what they are,
you ask. I don’t ask.”
After Henry Dorato died in 1997, Fedora
took over the cooking and the operation of
In June of last year, the Greenwich Village
Society for Historic Preservation honored
Fedora as one of the people who gives the
Village its special character. She proudly
proclaimed her Greenwich Village roots,
noting that her son, Charles, went to St.
Joseph’s Academy on Washington Place and
that the restaurant continues to serve neigh-
borhood friends and grandchildren.
“Fedora Dorato was a Greenwich Village
institution as was her much-loved restaurant,
Fedora’s,” said Andrew Berman, G.V.S.H.P.
executive director. “That neon sign and the
food and hospitality are etched in the memo-
ries of generations of Villagers and visitors
to the Village. She left her mark and she will
certainly be missed,” Berman said.
In August of last year, Gabriel Stulman,
owner of Joseph Leonard, a restaurant on
Grove St., bought the W. Fourth St. place.
Fedora’s son, Charles, and his wife and
a granddaughter survive. Perazzo Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements. The
funeral was Sat., Nov. 12, at Our Lady of
Fedora Dorato, legendary restaurateur, dies at 91
William G. Spreitzer, a resident of the
Village and the bookkeeper for more than 40
years at Greenwich House, died at his home on
Sheridan Square on Sat., Oct. 15, at age 79.
“Bill was an amateur artist and freelance
writer who loved music and literature,”
said his friend Kathleen McGurk. For many
years he was a student of Reverend Bernard
Lonergan, a Jesuit philosopher and theo-
logian, and attended the annual Lonergan
Institute at Boston College.
The son of William G. and Laura Robinson
Spreitzer, he was raised in Wyckoff, N.J., and
served in the Army with distinction in Korea.
He moved to the Village in the mid-1960s,
kept the books of Greenwich House, the settle-
ment house on Barrow St., and was a member
of St. Joseph’s parish. He enjoyed spending time
in the city’s various museums, McGurk said.
“There are no direct family mem-
bers who survive except for his friends
and Village neighbors who miss him,”
Perazzo Funeral Home was in charge of
arrangements. Reverend John P. O’Brien,
pastor of St. Joseph’s, celebrated a Mass
of Christian burial at the church on Sixth
Ave. at Washington Place. Interment
was in Holy Cross Cemetery in North
William Spreitzer, 79, longtime
Greenwich House bookkeeper
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Why we’re thankful
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, we at
Community Media would like to offer reasons we are
We’re thankful for the First Amendment, which has
led to a vigorous debate in our ofﬁce, our neighbor-
hood and our country. As a result we’re thankful for
a courageous new spirit in America that so adamantly
seeks change for the better and offers a needed per-
spective into our everyday lives.
We’re also thankful for the really inept Republican
presidential ﬁeld, which has provided ample laughs
as a result of “Saturday Night Live” ’s parodies of the
Please, Herman Cain, don’t leave us too soon.
On a more serious note, we’re thankful for our jobs,
even the fact that we have them in this current econ-
omy. Beyond that, we’re thankful to have a job that
is always exciting and stimulating — covering stories
like Occupy Wall Street, for example, that “occupy”
both our minds and passions, and that entail cover-
ing a neighborhood as exciting and as important as
Lower Manhattan. We’re thankful that this community
newspaper reaches beyond the boundaries of Lower
Manhattan and ﬁnds its way into the living rooms of
people all over the country.
We’re thankful for our local politicians, who never
fail to carry our concerns and our worries to Albany, or
to Washington, D.C.
We’re thankful for the local representatives that
ﬁght every day for our welfare, for the issues that
deﬁne, disrupt and enhance our daily lives.
But within our ofﬁce, one notion prevails: family.
We are thankful for our families’ good health and we’re
thankful for the people that care about us and who we
care about. Because, all too often, our lives are inﬂu-
enced by forces that our colleagues, bosses, sources,
clients and politicians cannot control. Supportive
family members, friends and co-workers make all the
difference in our lives.
Some of us have friends and family that reside with-
in walking, commuting or driving distance, that we will
see this holiday. Others are left with only a phone call
home, an e-mail or Facebook to communicate the lone-
liness they feel when the holiday season sets in.
When family is far away, friends and co-workers can
help ﬁll the void.
One thing, however, is for certain, Downtown
Manhattan is a special community. We’re bound
together by the issues we all face today and have faced
in the past — like the tragedy of 9/11 and the rebirth
that has followed — and will be facing in the days,
weeks and years to come. Together, we will meet the
But now is a time for giving thanks — including
for that spirit of community that deﬁnes our lives and
So, to the best that we are each able — let’s occupy
ourselves with enjoying a great Thanksgiving and giv-
Read The Villager
and East Villager!
Terrorizing free speech
To The Editor:
Re “Occupy’s try to pitch its tent in Hudson Square is
blocked” (news article, Nov. 17):
There is nothing written in the First Amendment about
permits, curfews, place, manner, safety and health issues,
megaphones, drugs, tents, sleeping bags, generators, books,
teach-ins, being naked or saying mean things about the
gilded fascist elite. It doesn’t mention the number of people
required to be an assembly or even if they must be U.S.
The only requirement for a constitutionally lawful assem-
bly is being peaceful.
The kind of violence being committed by the police under
orders of their city administrators is domestic terrorism as
deﬁned by the U.S. Patriot Act.
Under the U.S.A. Patriot Act, Section 802 of HR 3162
deﬁnes domestic terrorism as activities that:
1.) “involve acts dangerous to human life”;
2.) “are a violation of the criminal laws of the United
3.) “appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civil-
ian population;” or “to inﬂuence the policy of a government
by intimidation or coercion.”
People should start pressing charges against these domes-
tic terrorists. Take their photos, get videos and ﬁnd witnesses
willing to testify. Then go to the D.A.’s Ofﬁce and demand
arrests! Next, go to the F.B.I., the C.I.A. or even to the U.S.
military and demand the criminals be designated as domestic
terrorists. The law is for everyone to use, so use it!
How are holiday tents O.K.?
To The Editor:
Mayor Bloomberg claims that tents are not allowed in
New York City parks. Ask him to explain the giant tents
being set up right now in Union Square Park and in Central
Park at Columbus Circle for the corporate-run holiday vend-
These tents are set up for more than a month straight, 24
hours a day. They completely displace pedestrians, residents
and park visitors for a fee of millions of dollars.
Mayor Bloomberg says generators are not allowed in
New York City parks. Yet the holiday markets operate huge
generators as do most of the Greenmarket vending stands
in Union Square Park. There is even a weekly Greenmarket
set up right outside the Mayor’s Ofﬁce with huge tents and
Instead of pretending that the mayor is a defender of
free speech, perhaps the media can ask him to explain these
totally inconsistent policies.
Lederman is president, ARTIST (Artists’ Response to Illegal
Woolums column was wonderful
To The Editor:
Re “Mic check: The whole world is watching, and think-
ing” (talking point, by Sharon Woolums, Nov. 10):
Excellent piece on O.W.S.! Sharon Woolums is right
on, that the whole world is watching...and also thinking.
It is precisely this cognitive aspect of O.W.S. that I ﬁnd
so stimulating, and transformative. A few weeks ago, one
of the mainstream news anchors, commenting on Zuccotti
Park, was upset and confused that people were “just stand-
ing around” in the park. “What are these people doing, just
standing around?!” she said, with an arrogant, shrill tone of
voice. Well, Ms. Woolums helped to answer that question
here: They where thinking. And talking to each other; since
conversation often goes along with thinking.
Here’s an idea to ponder: How can New York City, and
America, regain our democracy (and soul) that was “sold
out” by ﬁnancial gangsters and others in the elite 1 percent?
O.W.S., by its very miraculous existence, is beginning to
provide some answers.
Great O.W.S. coverage!
To The Editor:
The coverage of Occupy Wall Street in The East Villager
and Downtown Express is fantastic. Insightful in ways the
mainstream media can never be. Great photos too. Do I smell
another series of press association awards or is that pepper
Continued on page 20
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My impression from reading the newspapers last Friday
reporting on the efforts of Occupy Wall Street, as well as
seeing a number of television newscasts that Thursday night
depicting the activities of those protesters involved in seek-
ing to shut down Wall St., the adjacent subways and the
Brooklyn Bridge, I’ve concluded the N.Y.P.D. acted superbly
and made the people of the City of New York feel proud of
the police ofﬁcers’ professionalism under great provocation.
The news reports of the physical attacks upon police with
solid objects and unidentiﬁed liquids by some of the protest-
ers were horrifying. Imagine a police ofﬁcer being splashed
with a liquid which might be acid or some other disﬁguring
substance and not responding with anger and excessive
force. They showed their professionalism.
One particularly painful scene was that of a group of pro-
testers yelling at children on their way to school. The boys
and girls appeared to be 6 to 8 years of age. The protesters
appeared to be shouting at the students and frightening
them. My memory harkened back to the 1960s when black
children seeking to integrate a public school under court
orders and were hooted at and frightened by white protest-
ers. It was an awful feeling of déjà vu.
The public owes an enormous debt to Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for their
leadership at this difﬁcult moment in the city’s history. Of
course, the greatest thanks go to the hundreds of police
ofﬁcers who prevented the shutdown of any part of the city
and did it professionally, and I believe, carefully observing
the rights of protesters exercising their First Amendment
rights. Regrettably, among those engaged in protests over
the last two months against greed in our country and Wall
St. excesses, there were those present for different reasons,
including disruption, anarchy and criminality.
Those who engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience
and were arrested should understand that violating the law
means they are subject to an appropriate penalty, usually
involving a civil ﬁne, and should not protest the punishment
that goes with seeking to change the minds of the public by
appealing to conscience.
Those who engaged in violence of any kind should
be prosecuted criminally. If their guilt is established at
trial, in my opinion, they should suffer a penalty of jail
or prison, depending on the gravity of the crime. Under
no circumstances, in my opinion, should the Manhattan
district attorney grant amnesty, simply because of the
numbers involved. Thursday, about 250 people were
arrested for alleged illegal activity in the Occupy Wall
Street protest events.
Mayor Bloomberg should be congratulated and praised
by every New Yorker for exercising a steady hand in his
leadership of the city in dealing with the rights of all con-
cerned involved in Occupy Wall Street. The actions of
the mayor and the police officers of the N.Y.P.D. should
be seen as a model for other cities similarly situated.
Photo by Q. Sakamaki
A protester during last Thursday’s day of action wore a headband with a but-
ton of the Guy Fawkes mask from the movie “V for Vendetta,” a popular sym-
bol of Occupy Wall Street.
Police acted superbly, but not all protesters did
One particularly painful scene was
that of a group of protesters yelling
at young children on their way to
20 November 24 - 30, 2011
We don’t want ‘B.S. BID’
To The Editor:
Re “Board can vote for owners” (letter,
by Alan Ballinger, Nov. 17):
Mr. Alan Ballinger: Your name is not
found in the Department of Finance records
as an owner of any condo unit at 40 Mercer
St. Yet you claim to be a “Residential
Representative” on the Broadway Soho
Business Improvement District Steering
Committee. So why aren’t you meeting with
other residents of the area?
Come out of your condo and get to know
the neighborhood. What are you doing to
solve local issues other than trying to force
this unnecessary plan down the throats of
Soho residents and property owners who do
not want the B.S. BID?
And since you state you are “president
of the condo board” you must be aware that
half of the 41 condo units at 40 Mercer St.
are shown to be owned by non-New York
City residents per documentation found at
the Department of Finance.
You must also be aware that individual
owners at 40 Mercer are opposed to the
BID. And that the ﬁve commercial condo
units at 40 Mercer submitted ballots in
opposition to the BID — and those owners
are the ones that you want to tax to pay for
your bad B.S. BID plan.
And you must be aware that those
Broadway property owners who the BID
claims “voted” in support of the BID con-
stitute only one-third of all the property
owners within the BID boundary, hardly
the “substantial support” required by the
Since you’ve only lived here for a few
years, let’s get together and talk, so your
Soho neighbors can better understand what
you have planned for Broadway and Soho.
Meanwhile, please stop pushing your agen-
da of retail real estate interests only onto
Reject the bad B.S., and say no to the Soho
To The Editor:
Re “Board can vote for owners” (letter,
by Alan Ballinger, Nov. 17):
Thank you for your piece. I have to agree
and want to remind everyone that residents
are fully part of the Broadway Soho BID
process. There are several condo and co-op
owners on the BID Steering Committee and
they will be represented once a BID board of
directors is formed.
That is democracy.
A Broadway-speciﬁc BID
To The Editor:
Re “Board can vote for owners” (letter,
by Alan Ballinger, Nov. 17):
The business improvement district needs
to be created and funded to address speciﬁc
Broadway issues — issues that are different
than the rest of Soho. A volunteer organiza-
tion does not have the resources to deal with
the day-to-day issues and to maintain the
long-term continuity on Broadway in Soho.
The BID is restricted to the Broadway cor-
More untrue assertions
To The Editor:
Re “A BID wolf in sheep’s clothing” (let-
ter, by Lora Tenenbaum, Nov. 17):
The comments directed at the proposed
BID for Soho’s Broadway continue to
amplify many of the false statements and
inaccuracies put forth in many formats —
illegal stickers and posters, newsletters,
e-mail blasts and a Web site without any
stated membership or identity — by oppo-
Many of these comments come from
residents beyond the BID plan’s service area,
just like those here, along with more than 80
percent of all the letters to the editor in The
East Villager over the past year or so.
The “wolf” in “sheep’s clothing” are these
untrue assertions that deliberately mislead
and misinform and are a disservice to the
Learn about the facts of the BID plan
at www.sohobid.org . Recognize that a BID
for Soho’s Broadway has no intention of
“increasing trafﬁc, congestion, street vend-
ing, etc.” Understand that a volunteer, demo-
cratically elected board of directors requires
that all constituent groups are fairly repre-
sented regardless of the proﬁle mix of the
BID area’s properties. Ms. Tenenbaum’s
version of the yet-to-be-written bylaws is
There are many checks and balances
that will ensure transparency, fairness and a
working together for the beneﬁt of all.
Power to the parishioners!
To The Editor:
Re “Fight to save church goes to state’s
highest court” (news article, Nov. 17):
Parishioners paid for Our Lady of Vilnius
Church itself and its maintenance over the
years. The church belongs to them ﬁrst and
foremost. If they can maintain the church
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Classic drama from every epoch
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble favors ‘unencumbered, utterly organic’ style
BY MARTIN DENTON
It is no exaggeration to say that Craig
Smith and Elise Stone have dedicated
their lives to bringing the best of world
theater — both contemporary and classic,
going all the way back to the Greeks — to
New York audiences.
As actors at the sadly departed Jean
Cocteau Repertory, they sparkled bril-
liantly in plays as diverse as “Medea,”
“Hedda Gabler, “ “The Merchant of
Venice” and Lanford Wilson’s “Talley &
Son.” If you were any kind of theater fan
in the 1990s, then you knew about these
remarkable actors who labored — in true
repertory fashion — at the (also now
sadly departed) Bouwerie Lane Theatre in
the East Village. After Jean Cocteau Rep’s
demise, Craig and Elise decided to take
on new responsibilities, and this has very
much proven to be a true gift to theater
lovers in NYC.
In 2004, with three other Cocteau
alumni, they founded Phoenix Theatre
Ensemble — a company dedicated to pre-
senting much of the same kind of theater
to audiences as the Cocteau had when
it was run by founder Eve Adamson.
They define their mission succinctly:
to produce “plays new and old that tell
great stories revealing humanity and the
human condition in all its myriad forms.”
I’d like to expand on that just a bit:
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble gives audi-
ences the rare opportunity to experience
classic drama from every epoch of his-
tory in as authentic, unencumbered, and
utterly organic style as possible. When
you see a play at Phoenix, you are seeing
THE PLAY — not somebody’s offbeat
interpretation of it, but the work that the
In the seven years since its birth,
Phoenix’s repertoire has run the gamut,
just as fans of Craig and Elise expected.
They’ve presented new verse drama by
Glyn Maxwell; expert renditions of dif-
ficult 20th century plays by the likes
of Tom Stoppard, Bertolt Brecht, Eric
Overmyer and Eugene Ionesco; and clas-
sics by Ibsen, Shaw and Euripides.
One of the highlights was the
American premiere of “I Have Before Me
a Remarkable Document Given to Me by
a Young Lady from Rwanda” — Sonja
Linden’s extraordinary play about a survi-
vor of the Rwandan genocide who comes
to live in London (Elise made her directo-
rial debut with this piece). About a third
of the proceeds from that run benefited
various charities supporting Rwandan
refugees. This level of generosity and
community spirit is a mainstay of Phoenix
Theatre Ensemble’s vision.
As directed by co-artistic director Amy
Wagner, their most recent mainstage pro-
duction (“Iphigenia at Aulis”) exempli-
fied the company’s approach to classic
theater. Using a new, unfamiliar American
translation by W.S. Merwin and George E.
Dimock, Jr., they went right to the heart
of the play, showing us why a 2,500-
year-old work of art still matters. In my
review, I wrote, “Clytemnestra is fine with
sacrificing someone’s daughter to get the
winds blowing — just not hers.” I’d not
seen that nuance in other productions of
this fairly ubiquitous work. Leave it to
Phoenix to find such a humanizing ele-
ment in an ancient drama.
Wagner is one of the company’s seven
co-artistic directors, by the way — along
with Craig and Elise, the others are Brian
Costello, Kelli Holsopple, Kathy Menino
and Joe Menino. Costello and Menino
will be co-starring in Phoenix’s next pro-
duction — a new revival of Yasmina
Reza’s “Art” directed by Gus Kaikkonen.
Costello will play Marc, a man who is
dumbfounded when his best friend Serge
(Menino) buys a postmodern painting
that is, as far as he can tell, a blank white
canvas. Jason O’Connell, who has worked
with the company from the very begin-
ning, completes the cast as Yvan — the
younger man who finds himself caught
in the middle of his friends’ increasingly
strained relationship. “Art” will begin
performances on December 8 and contin-
ue through the 18th. It plays at the Wild
Project — a gorgeous, welcoming, green
space on East 3rd Street not far from
Avenue B that has been the company’s
home for three seasons now.
“Art” is “a unique play,” says direc-
tor Kaikkonen. “Very true, deep, and
funny. A play about three friends. And
friendship is a relationship that comes
without set rules. We have to make them
up for ourselves, and that’s treacherous
territory. It gets to the bone of friend-
ship and does it with extraordinary wit.”
Playwright Reza made her reputation with
this intriguing work back in the ‘90s (and
her recent hit “God of Carnage” is now a
major motion picture directed by Roman
Polanski). So Phoenix is giving audiences
a chance this month to contrast and com-
pare the two most famous works by this
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will con-
tinue their 2011-2012 season with a new
version of “Agamemnon” (part two of
their Trojan War trilogy, begun last year).
They are also doing a series of staged
readings of works by Strindberg; plus
there’s always work for children on the
roster — including a new holiday-themed
musical: “The Toymaker’s Apprentice.”
Written by Kathy Menino, with songs
by Ellen Mandel, it will fill the weekend
matinee slots during the run of “Art.”
The thread that runs through every-
thing Phoenix does — that motivated, I
think, Craig, Elise, and their co-founders
to create the company in the first place
— is a strong and genuine passion for the
art. There’s never a crass or commercial
or cynical impulse behind their work. If
they are doing a play, it’s because they
care about it, they are committed to it.
Such authenticity informs all their pro-
ductions and makes them distinctive and
worthy. I fully expect that their “Art” will
mine all of its humor and all of its depths.
Together, the audience and the artists
will learn all they can about a deceptively
complicated piece of theater.
Martin Denton is the founder and edi-
tor of nytheatre.com. His latest project is
Photo by Gerry Goodstien
From the archives: Craig Smith and Keith Hamilton Cobb in Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s production of Tom Stoppard’s
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BY SCOTT STIFFLER
Plenty of people come to Manhattan
in search of adventure. Local boy Nick
Waggoner (who grew up in Greenwich
Village) took the opposite route. Currently a
world citizen with no set address, Waggoner’s
fate was sealed at age 12 — when the curious
lad made the leap from disassembling his
father’s Rollei cameras to purchasing his own
Nikon SLR. He promptly began to document
the city’s plastic bucket drummers, blind
accordion players and Washington Square
Park eccentrics. “Above all,” Waggoner says,
“New York City gave me experience, and
made me hungry for people and their sto-
ries.” At age 13, he reached under the
Christmas tree and unwrapped a VHS copy
of the ski movie “Sick Sense.” Daydreams of
conquering the slopes became a self-fulﬁlling
prophecy — and by age 16, he was ﬂying to
Colorado for weekend ski trips ﬁnanced by
A few years later, the seasoned pro
met future collaborators Zac Ramras and
Michael Brown at Colorado College. Their
company, Sweetgrass Productions, docu-
ments winter canvas and mountain culture.
The latest Sweetgrass release is “Solitaire.”
The 55-minute ski epic — an “awe inspir-
ing mountaineering adventure of the South
American high deserts” — was shot in an
ecologically conscious manner (no helicop-
ters), with the notion that the slopes can be
traversed without leaving a carbon footprint.
The whole crew, skis and all, arrives in NYC
on December 1. They’ll be the ones emerging
from the AstroTurf-covered bus to engage
the audience in a post-screening Q&A fol-
lowed by the distribution of prizes such as
skis, snowboards and slope-friendly clothing.
To claim that booty, you’ll have to excel at
challenges such as “Bear, Hunter, Ninja” (a
high stakes audience participation variation
of Rock, Paper, Scissors).
“Solitaire” screens at 8pm on Thursday,
December 1. At Village East Cinema (181
2nd Ave., btw. 11th & 12th Sts.). For info on
the ﬁlm, visit sweetgrass-productions.com.
Village native son born to ski, run
‘Solitaire’ set to screen at Village East Cinema
‘Shamrock’ scribe tells father’s tale, warts and all
Boxing bio has cast of accomplished athletes
Photo courtesy of Sweetgrass Productions
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Photo by Chris Cassidy
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BY SCOTT STIFFLER
Only on YouTube — or ringside in Vegas
or possible at a charity event — will you ﬁnd a
more impressively credentialed roster of box-
ing 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 contender “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
accessible). For tickets ($40), visit bron-
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FIVE YEARS IN NYC THAT CHANGED
Will Hermes — author of “Love Goes to
Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York
City That Changed Music Forever” — dis-
cusses the NYC music scene of the mid-
1970s. He’s joined by DJ Kool Herc, author
and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye,
Laurie Anderson and more.
Wed., Nov. 30, 7pm. At Housing Works
Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St., btw. Prince
& Houston Sts.). Visit willhermes.com and
BENSON AIDS SERIES CONCERTS
Downtown Music Productions honors
World AIDS Day (December 1) with two per-
formances of music and dance. The 21st year
of their Benson AIDS Concerts (named for
Eric Benson, a singer/actor/musician who
died of AIDS in 1988) will showcase the
rarely heard work of young composers lost to
AIDS, before their gifts were fully realized.
Mezzo-soprano Darcy Dunn, pianist Mimi
Stern-Wolfe and dancer Aviad Herman are
among the artists who will perform and inter-
pret the work of late artists including Chris
DeBlasio (1959-1993) and Kevin Oldham
(1960-1993). Australian director Rohan
Spong’s Benson AIDS series documentary
“All the Way Through the Evening” will have
a complete screening at the ﬁrst concert, with
featured excerpts at the second one.
Thurs., Dec. 1, 7:30pm, at Duo Multicultural
Arts Center (62 E. 4th St., btw. Bowery &
Second Ave.; visit duotheater.org). Tickets are
$25 (purchase at the door, at smarttix.com
or by calling 212-868-4444). Also on Sun.,
Dec. 4, 6pm, at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural
and Educational Center (107 Suffolk St., btw.
Rivington & Delancey Sts.; visit csvcenter.com).
Tickets are $20; $10 for students/seniors (pur-
chase at door or call 212-260-4080, ex. 11.).
THE SOUNDTRACK SERIES
Every fourth Thursday of the month,
“Soundtrack Series” host and creator Dana
Rossi hands the mic to ﬁve guest storytellers
— who mine their own deep well of good and
bad memories associated with a song from
their past. This month, the slightly damaged
cast includes Kyle Jarrow (OBIE-winning
composer of “A Very Merry Unauthorized
Children’s Scientology Pageant”). He’ll be
revealing what happens to him every time
he hears Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping.”
Later, Kerri Doherty (of the blog “Fucked
in Park Slope”) comes clean about the hold
that Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love
You” has on her. Also taking that stroll
down memory lane: Jeff Simmermon, Joanne
Solomon and Greg Humphreys.
Wed., Nov. 30, at The Gallery at (Le)
Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St., btw.
Sullivan & Thompson Sts.). Doors open at
7pm; stories begin at 8pm. For more info,
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Barring any extraordinary and/or unforeseen
disaster, most authors, ﬁlmmakers and painters
can (and do) remain proliﬁc into their very old
age. That’s rarely the case for dancers. Injury and
the toll taken by accumulating years often means
they have to abandon their stage careers long
before the passion to perform has left them. But
what happens after that? Photographer Matthew
Murphy’s “Displaced” features 34 works, docu-
menting 20 of New York City’s greatest dancers
(some at the beginning of their stage careers,
and some who’ve transitioned to roles behind
the scenes). The contemplation of how a love for
dance remains part of one’s identity long after
the ﬁnal curtain is familiar territory for Murphy.
“When I was 21,” he explains, “my career with
American Ballet Theatre was cut short by illness.
Leaving a profession I’d been dedicated to since
childhood caused me to spend a lot of time ques-
tioning whether I could still call myself a dancer
even though I’d stopped doing pirouettes. Over
time, as I readjusted my relationship with the
dance world, I began to realize that the act of
dancing isn’t what makes someone a dancer, it is
a mentality and therefore still part of their iden-
tity. This realization was the origin for my ﬁrst
long-term dance portrait project.” That project
— “Displaced” — is on view through December
10. At Dance New Amsterdam’s gallery (280
Broadway, 2nd ﬂoor). DNA’s Gallery hours are
9am-10pm, Mon.-Sun. Visit dnadance.org and
FREE WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean
the Washington Square Music Festival gets
to rest on its laurels. This free event offers
iconic and eclectic music — both played and
sung — by Festival artists soprano Lucia
Hyunju Song, pianist David Oei, violinist
Eriko Sato, and cellist Lutz Rath.
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Free. Seating is ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served. Fri., Dec. 2, 8pm. At St.
Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (371 Sixth Ave., at Washington
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REMEMBERING FULTON FISH MARKET
Another iconic slice of old school Manhattan life that’s
gone forever, the Fulton Fish Market’s South Street incarna-
tion (1822-2005) endures — on walls — thanks to the work
of Naimi Rauam. The artist spent over two decades immersing
herself in its darkness to dawn routine, when the market was
full of life (and recently expired fish). On the sixth anniver-
sary of its move, Rauam’s exhibit of watercolors and drawings
(which glowed with a melancholy poignancy even when the
market was still based on South Street) gain power and gravity
as time goes by.
Free. Through Dece.18. At @SEAPORT! Gallery (210 Front
St., corner of Beekman, at South Street Seaport). Gallery
hours: Wed.-Sun., 12pm-7pm. For info, visit artpm.com.
BENEFIT: CHARLES BUSCH AS KATHARINE HEPBURN,
IN “TEA AT FIVE”
Having spent 2011 concluding a long run of “The Divine
Sister” and staging a limited, sold-out run of “Olive and the
Bitter Herbs,” playwright/performer Charles Busch could have
spent the year’s waning days lounging on his couch. Instead,
the divine Mr. B. does his thing for young LGBTs — by donning
drag and assuming the distinct posture of the great Katharine
Hepburn. Bush, as Kate, will hold court for one night only via
his staged reading of Matthew Lombardo’s one-woman show,
“Tea at Five.” This intimate look at Hepburn takes place in
1983, at her Fenwick estate in old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Recuperating from a car crash, the still-living legend reflects
on her childhood and her career (and that romance with
Spencer Tracy). Proceeds from this event will benefit The Ali
Forney Center — which helps homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender youth be safe and become independent as they
move from adolescence to adulthood.
Mon., Nov. 28, 7pm. At the Lucille Lortel Theater (121
Christopher St.). For tickets ($40 and $60; $150 includes post-
performance reception), visit ovationtix.com or call 212-352-
3101. Visit teaatfive.org and aliforneycenter.org.
URBAN BALLET THEATER’S NUTCRACKER IN THE
It’s already a Lower East Side holiday tradition — but
nothing cements that status like knowing they’ve been doing
it for a decade. Urban Ballet Theater’s “Nutcracker in the
Lower” achieves that milestone this time around. Their annual
Downtown twist on the classic holiday tale retains the tradi-
tional grace of classical ballet — but adds some local flavor as
well. UBT Artistic Director Daniel Catanach’s decidedly differ-
ent vision of sugarplums dancing takes audiences on a journey
through Manhattan’s cultural diversity. The party scene (tra-
ditionally depicted as an opulent 19th-century ball) becomes
a holiday salsa party; the battle scene, set in a crumbling
subway station, features gigantic krumping rats and stylized
hip hop toy soldiers; and the production’s angels are informed
by Native American and African dance styles. Tchaikovsky’s
familiar score remains largely intact (with ample room for the
baselines of hip hop and the burnished cante of flamenco).
Nov. 26 through Dec. 4. Wed., Thurs., Fri. at 7:30pm; Sat.
at 3pm and 7pm; Sun. at 3pm. At Abrons Arts Center, at the
Henry Street Settlement (466 Grand St., at Pitt St.). For tickets
($20), call 212-352-3101 or visit theatermania.com. For group
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Lady of Vilnius diaspora
To The Editor:
Re “Fight to save church goes to state’s
highest court” (news article, Nov. 17):
Clariﬁcation: I told Mr. Amateau that we,
at present, have at least 100 active support-
ers for our cause on our donor list. We had
at least 300 active parishioners before the
church closed. Many former parishioners
now dutifully attend Mass at a local church
of their choosing, but say that it is not the
same. The archdiocese did not designate a
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BY DAVID AUSTIN
Representing the ultimate correlation
between hard work and hard fun, and bridg-
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Of The Lower East Side” seeks to highlight
both the diversity of the neighborhood as
well as the multifaceted and truly time-
less characters that dot the streets between
14th St. and the Brooklyn Bridge. From
the timeless soul music of Luther Vandross
to the high-energy skateboard skronk of
Harold Hunter, the Lower East Side lives
and breathes through this book.
This project began as a bit of a laugh
between three guys talking it out at the
Outlaw Art Museum on Essex St. Clayton
Patterson had this idea of publishing books
on his own, the dream of getting the gears
of the machine turning hot during the brutal
summer months. Troy Harris and Orlando
Bonilla saw the spark in the idea…but what
to publish? The answer is now before you,
as 24 pages of the joy of the creative process
sprawl out for you to color in.
Before you go about setting markers and
crayons to these pages, give your itching ﬁn-
gers a break and take a look at the intricate
shading and ﬁne inks of Bonilla. Admire
how he captures the essence of his subjects,
ﬁnding the unholy balance between ﬁne and
One must also take into account the end-
less hours of discussions, visions, planning
and dreaming that both Patterson and Harris
put out there in order to achieve the end
result. This project completely embodies the
true love for the neighborhood and all of its
ghosts that Patterson and Harris express in
all of their work. From book publishing to
ﬁlmmaking, their work stands on its own as
authentic documentation of an era that still
lives on, even if time — and gentriﬁcation —
seeks to take it all away.
Sadly, several of the subjects contained
herein are no longer with us. While this proj-
ect was conceived in fun, keep in mind that
we may never see the likes of Harold Hunter
or Dash Snow again. Everybody in this book
stands equal among their fellow giants, and
“Legends Of The Lower East Side” is a
reminder of the importance of every human
life and that their important contributions to
the culture of the Lower East Side (and thus,
the world) are not forgotten.
So, enjoy the work…feel the passion…
grab your favorite coloring utensils and get
to coloring. Make your own art.
Harold Hunter in the new coloring book “Legends of The Lower East Side.” After
making a name for himself as a skateboarder in Tompkins Square Park, he appeared
in the 1995 movie “Kids.”
Colorful L.E.S. characters are
ready and waiting for crayons
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