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February 20, 2013

cffThe critically acclaimed New York International Children’s Film Festival has announced its full slate and jury for the 16th annual edition, which run March 1-24 at seven Manhattan locations. The nation’s largest festival for kids and teens will present four weeks of ground-breaking and thought-provoking new works for ages 3-18, with 100 new films, opening and closing galas, premieres, six short film programs, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, A-list jury, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. NYICFF is an Oscar®–qualifying festival –recipients of NYICFF’s jury prizes are eligible for Oscar® consideration in the Best Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.
For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, head to



marcHaving Marc Jacobs’ ex-flame Austin Armacost pose naked in ads for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals might be one way to persuade the Louis Vuitton designer and others to stop using fur in their designs. Armacost on Friday shot an ad campaign for PETA in TriBeCa, appearing on a runway in the buff carrying a sign that said, “Turn Your Back on Fur.” Armacost, who also starred in the LOGO reality show “The A-List,” dated Jacobs when he was an 18-year-old model after meeting him on MySpace. “Being a part of Marc’s world for a little bit, and seeing him use fur and hides from alligators for leather, then meeting Dan six years later, it’s all come full circle,” he told us while getting makeup applied to his body. PETA spokesman Dan Mathews said the gay community at large has avoided wearing
fur, but “there’s gay stylists and designers that keep it visible.” The ad will appear in fashion
magazines and circulars during Fashion Week in September and will also expand to London,
Paris and Milan.

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May 17, 2012
meg ryanMeg Ryan’s downtown home hunt continues.
She was spotted this week at 153 Franklin St., the infamous TriBeCa townhouse where, as we first reported, disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn lived while under house arrest after being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. While those charges were dropped, DSK is still facing a civil suit tied to the incident.
He recently filed a $1 million countersuit.
The townhouse, which was listed for $14.995 million in 2009, is now priced at $9.9 million. We hear there have been multiple offers on the four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom, 6,804-square-foot residence.
Listing broker Robert Dvorin of Town Residential declined to comment



February 14, 2012

Guest take wing at Jane Ballroom!
The Jane Ballroom was stocked with flighty guests Sunday: Live monarch butterflies flew free around an Edun fashion line and Ryan McGinley bash celebrating their “Beautiful Rebels” campaign. The critters were supposed to be in cages but kept escaping. “They were flying around the room and sitting on people,” said a spy. Jefferson Hack, whose Web site Nowness also planned the bash, was spotted corralling the beauteous bugs before they could land in cocktails cradled by guests including Jeff Koons and Courtney Love.
Another ethereal Fashion Week fete was thrown Sunday by Ennio Capasa for Tim Hailand's photo book “One Day in the Life of Robert Wilson’s ‘The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic.’” It was at a 9,000-square-foot, West Village townhouse, up for rent at $75,000 a month
and turned into an exhibition space with installations and bars. Heads were turned by Terence
Koh’s full-on furry cocoon outfit, with one fashionista remarking, “You cannot go wrong with
white monkey fur.”

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A Country Dog Finds a Home in the West Village.
By Serena Solomon
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
WEST VILLAGE — When a three-month-old Border Collie called Sky arrived in the West Village, it appeared that the puppy's early life on a North Carolina farm hadn't quite prepared her for her stylish new neighborhood.
On a walk with her owner Carol Lea Benjamin through the West Village's leafy streets, Sky encountered two dogs dressed in stylish sheepskincoats and immediately
stopped dead in her tracks, begging to be picked up. Four years later, however, Sky is proof that a
country dog can learn a whole lot of city tricks.
"I knew her training was complete when we ran into this woman with a chihuahua in a pink tutu and
Sky stopped to play," said Benjamin, an author and world-renowned dog trainer.

"I said 'O.K we have come a long way from the farm.'"

Sky now takes a staring role in Benjamin's new book, "Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep?" which
tells the tale of how two dogs from the same litter were trained into service dogs. One is May, who
became a sheep dog in North Carolina where the two were born. The other is Sky, who assists
Benjamin with what she calls her invisible disability — the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's.
The book was co-authored with May's owner, C. Denise Wall, but for Benjamin her part has taken a
lifetime to write.
"This was a huge, huge book for me," Benjamin said of the story that reveals how the wolf-like
qualities of Border Collies contribute to their working life.
Benjamin, who also wrote the best selling book "Mother Knows Best: the Natural Way to Train
Your Dog," trained Sky to assists her during random bouts of excruciating pain caused by Crohn's
"She leans against my side when there is intestinal pain. It is the heat, the energy and the pressure,
" she said. Without any command, Sky can sense when she is in pain.
According to Benjamin, the very presence of the dog triggers endorphins that diminish the body's
response to pain.

Benjamin recalls that life in the West Village with a service dog was challenging at first. Cafés and
restaurants refused Benjamin service because of her constant four-legged companion.
Now, Benjamin takes Sky to local cafes, such as Meme's on Hudson and Bank Streets or for a walk
along the Highline. She even goes to the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers with Sky by her side.
"When I am with Sky I feel perfectly normal," Benjamin said.


Architect Talks:
A New Series from GVSHP
Focus on 13th Street

New construction within the various designated historic districts in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo must go through a rigorous public hearing and review process. This affords the public the opportunity to speak to and hear from architects about their thoughts on appropriate design for their neighborhoods, with the Landmarks Preservation Commission charged with making the final call on “appropriateness.” However,...when new construction takes place outside of designated historic districts, typically there is no public hearing or review process for the design, and little or no dialogue with the public about it. Though these buildings may have just as profound an aesthetic effect upon their surroundings, decisions about materials, design, and context are generally made solely by the architect and client, based upon practical considerations
and their own perspective.

In this new series of Architects Talks, GVSHP invites the architects of several new buildings in our
neighborhoods with interesting responses to their contexts and design challenges to engage in a
post-facto talk about their design choices and processes. The first series focuses on 13th Street,
where a series of new designs play with the traditional and the modern, relating to and standing
out from their surroundings.

A New Series from GVSHP











































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Jane Jacobs, OC, O.Ont (May 4, 1916–April 25, 2006) was an American-born Canadian writer and activist with primary interest in communities and urban planning and decay. She is best known for The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), a powerful critique of the urban renewal policies of the 1950s in the United States. The book has been credited with reaching beyond planning issues to influence the spirit of the times.



Fun Facts

Along with her well-known printed works, Jacobs is equally well-known for organizing grassroots efforts to block urban-renewal projects that would have destroyed local neighborhoods. She was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and after moving to Canada in 1968, equally influential in canceling the Spadina Expressway and the associated network of highways under construction.