Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A New Episode in The History of 315-321 Apartment Corp

Thank you for being part of our East Village Coop of two buildings between 1st and 2nd Avenue on historic East 12th Street, running the width of Manhattan Island from West to East.

In prior episodes of the history of the 315-321 Apartment Corp we've gone back to Stuyvesant Farm and the pre-grid cemetery of St. Mark's Church on East 10th Street.  

This new episode is about the six three-story Greek Revival townhouses with the addresses 311, 313, 315, 317, 319 and 321 East 12th Street, built in 1853.  

At the turn of the last century a developer, Jacob Fish, bought 5 of them.

What could they house? four families each?  

Here's the idea:  If we overlap lot 317 we can build two mirror buildings each with 35 apartment units, sharing a single steam heat burner in the basement of 321.

Jacob Fish commissioned architect Samuel Sass to transform the houses into two 6-story tenements, completed in 1907.

Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, Mr Fish complied with the new law for tenements, allowing space for courtyards instead of air shafts.

Our rooms are smaller but they all get light, and our common hallways are bigger than the tenements built in the 1890's.  

Remember, though, he could only buy 5 lots..

So when you pass by our neighbor to the west, at 311 East 12th, you are looking at the last still standing of the row of 6 Greek Revival townhouses from 1853.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A Night at the Opera with Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Kaiser/Roberts Clear Hor...


from Quando ce ne sono nove (When There are Nine): A Night at the Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 12th Night at The New York City Bar Association, Scene 10 song (by Peter Dizozza) with Peter Dizozza and Lawrence Mertz as Michael Kaiser and John Roberts. (Sep 04, 2013 Washingtonian: "With the Kaiser-Roberts ceremony, Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court justice to perform a same-sex marriage.") RBG Song: Of Gender Let's Be Blind (Clear Horizon) by Peter Dizozza Pianist: Dr. Nathan Brandwein Percussion: James Mussen Flute: Deborah Karpatkin


The demo description:

On the Basis of Gender (instead of Sex) here is the studio demo of Clear Horizon, The RBG Song by Peter Dizozza Recorded by Horacio Pena Sung by Martin Ginsburg to his wife, Ruth Bader. In the Amanda Bakale RBG script this was sung by Michael Kaiser to his spouse John Roberts. Music adapted from the "Clear Horizon" piano piece. Song inspired by the book, "Chef Supreme, Martin Ginsburg" created by the Justices' spouses in memoriam. This is the June Version of the recording by Horacio Pena of a song by Peter Dizozza lyrics Of gender let's be blind. I love you for your mind. Intense, intellectual, emotion is the Connection that we find. And if I'm wonder cooking for the fam'lies of our highest court I'll look back on our great careers and how we shared in our support. We both may be strong willed. Your strong will makes me thrilled. In family and work, together we will always See us both fulfilled. And if I'm one day chef supreme and all the judges look to me I'll say that, though defined by difference, We live on common ground. As we lock our eyes we're gazring at a clear horizon. Its a Moment like the moment we were born. We begin again More than friends. A love once joined together, never torn.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Corey Meredith plays vinyl Now That You Run from Me on $400,000 Martin L...

Songs of The Golf Wars came out on Vinyl in 2018.   Here is the album played on a simple, simply expensive and basically excellent stereo system introduced to us at the Hi-Fidelity Fair.
As for my own audio plans, I have a trio tube receiver that I imagine one day repairing... I've had limited luck with getting anyone to help with that.   I got a automatic record changing dual turntable from ebay which had its issues because of a decay in the mount for a grado cartridge, it's the same one that came with the denon turntable I've had for many years at home.   I like the Grado people in Brooklyn.   They used to actually take my calls but now it's replacement needles online, maybe using needle doctor?  The beige low end grado cartridges I'm using will take their more expensive needles.   This reminds me of the Bang and Olufsen cartridge Michael Duffy mounted on my Gerard turntable transforming all sound, and I've never been able to replicate that though I do have the B&O replacement needle.
The Gerard turntable always ran a bit fast and I had no idea how to adjust it.   Now the dual and the denon adjust and can match the piano tuning.  
The dual has a lighter tone arm. Also it plays stackable records so we can listen to the LPs laid out for stacking, mostly operas.
For home I use four bose speakers, two wood from 1985 and two plastic, for outdoors? to fill the room.
The amp is an akai transistor that is over 30 years old and just works continuously including the remote control.
To me it's all about the needle.   

2019 10 31 Halloween Joker at TNC - Peter Dizozza - Mike Hill

We played a late night set at Theater for the New City's 40th Halloween Ball, and one song references a movie I haven't seen based on a story animated in a movie I had seen on tv called The Killing Joke... Anthony Newley is amazing; I suppose the more distance away from him the more fun he is...  But Who Can I Turn to if YOU Turn Away???...

Friday, September 27, 2019

The joys of fatherhood affect a daily perspective of 60 prior years. 
Today I experience activities anew 
My long term job is in transition. 
Letting go is hard.  The feeling of investment with no return is strong. 

Then I realize my thought expression; it's as I write

(I'm letting other thoughts happen while I write of prior thoughts.)

I took on "per diem" work this morning with a 50H hearing scheduled for me to appear and conduct at noon.  Well, here it is noon and I'm still at court on the per diem matter, in this case before a judge with whom I've played music   He's a percussionist.  He's removed from the court room.   He's now walking back and forth in his office.
I must say hello but a lot of good it does when I'm in a bind of overscheduling done for the money I'll receive which is not much.  I'm calculating... 125 ...(1st appearance 75 + 25 each additional...)+ 85x 50H Hearings.  Idiot! 

(I don't have to bother thinking myself an idiot.  Let others use their moments of thought about me to  think that...)

At court without the other side there I could have just put in a paper to get on the list.  (by waiting for my "adversary," we're nearly last with each of the hundred cases on the calendar, each getting an especially pedantic attention, providing detailed opportunities to learn and relearn almost as if the holy words of codification require repeating at every opportunity... ultimately chilling the desire to add another word.)

Ah, momentary considerations.
And tonight is an Inn of Court CLE about discrimination, avoiding it in the law office, far removed from my concern, although recent activities remind me of the nebula of its impact.  This cloud upon us is fun-based in many ways... race and sexual orientation and gender...trans.... is that it?  People from all over the world, unique in ways, the same in ways.
All shapes and sizes and excitements are physically based. 
Where's the charge now that we are ...A Father? 
Parents existing in time with a future, 'cause we're leaving behind our bodes for the  body of a young'un, a young one. 
Now Gerald (Lebovits) is reviewing the orange folders, tossing about, looking into them, shaking his head, accepting help from his clerk.  He is of the shaved head group, also an orientation of sorts.
Now he's taken a pile.  He's leaning on the witness box.  There is an issue of the balding men.  (theirs is the higher testosterone level.   Magnificent!)
He'll sit at the conference table in front of his own bench on the dais, etc. 

Eventually we will talk about the upcoming RBG show and I'll have achieved completion at 1:30PM of the 10:00AM scheduled per diem status conference.

I since learned after missing my noon and 1PM hearing commitment, that if I need to be relieved I need simply inform the per diem group. 
When I noted to the per diem group that the assignment was running overtime they immediately cancelled my appearance and sent a substitute per diem attorney. 

By that time (12:30) I thought I was next and said no, no I must complete this, and sent away the substitute and waited ... another hour...

As for the case itself: There was a Dr. performing the usual surgeries on a car accident victim who billed and received notice that the No-Fault insurer withheld payment until completion of EUOs (Examination Under Oath).

The EUO apparently included him but without the insurer actually scheduling his EUO.  The insurer denied his payment of $12,000 for the two surgeries for failure to comply; he went before no-fault arbitration which found that the insurer's EUO notice was deficient and that they had to pay him. 

During that time the insurer sued the doctor??  that's why we were in New York Supreme Court. 

Several prior orders directed the doctor as defendant to appear for a deposition so rather than have the case dismissed I actually agreed he would appear...this was a very silly case... it looks like they'll get their examination...even with an arbitration order to just pay him...

now this is a matter that demands the attention of those with an obsession with the ludicrous... of which I am often one.

While this document seems objectively documented, we have yet to see whether I learn anything from it....

Perhaps worst of all is the taking of time to write this...

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Song Should Go Where No Song Has Gone Before

There is a Piano Vocal Chord Book, “Only What We Need, The Songs of Peter Dizozza”
Take it home and enjoy at your parlor piano at your leisure, after dinner, or in this case after dinner and a show. It's dinner theater.

Life goes on while I write songs.
I confront issues with success, with failure,
Revealing my character, and its flaws.
How bad can be the portrait that I paint of myself?
This can be one of many nights.
Tonight we share the Fast and Upbeat songs.
THE 1960s... I barely get a few songs in this decade...
1. A Day (Guitar), anticipating the future in 1969
Other early songs include A Christmas Carol called That's What It's All About. Monica's Yuletides sang it at the Forest Hills Station Square Christmas Eve Celebration. That may be my first song.

I came from a time when the songwriter was glorified. Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley didn't write their songs, the Beatles and their friends did.
It's weird now to discover so much of pop songs were played by the same band of musicians, the wrecking crew, but we didn't care about those songs. We only cared about the bands that ostensibly did play their instruments. The Beatles really did, and they played independently together. It's a chamber ensemble. I felt close to them although all I had of them were their albums. Their movies bought them that much closer to me.

Also in the 1960's Burt Bacharach explored radical harmonic progressions, perhaps arising from James Bond Secret Agent music. Radical chord changes. Bacharach enhanced that with asymmetrical rhythm, creating surprise and new momentum. Pop music became asymmetrical. The patterns became hit making. EXAMPLES?

Recovering an Opera, dated from the possibility of writing one.
When did Tommy write The Who, or rather when did The Who write Tommy? It was 1969
Before I heard Abbot and Costello ask Who's on First, my friend Frankie, who was older than me, looked like George Harrison, and played guitar, told me about a band with an un-pronouncable name one day just gave up on it to become The Who,
and they wrote a rock opera where they destroyed their instruments at the end..

In hushed tones, my mother's cousin, Joy, told me about people undressing onstage in Hair. Then we listened to the soundtrack.

I was frustrated by what I was hearing. When I heard something I liked I couldn't find it again and when I heard other things I wanted to improve them. I definitely wanted to write the dialogue for the movies, because they didn't say what I was thinking. Like the girl Mathilda, on Broadway, I wanted to write my own story.

Combining rock intensity/aggression with symphonic fidelity became my preferred approach.
I searched for the illusive song that I heard on WNEW FM.
Radio began playing album tracks, instead of just the hits.

Lyric: I can't seem to get away, I can't seem to know
but somebody up there must not want me to go.

Important lyric:
Say I've Done It with the Help of No One
and the thought of that makes it even more fun,
to think that I have done it alone,
well that is something new.
Oh yeah that is something new.
Because the reality was I was doing very little for myself. Even today I am happy to defer to others, but if no one is going to do it or knows what to do then I'll do it, and that's how I approach songwriting, which is to say, I supply what's missing in music, an ambitious aim.

Oh let me get away from here, you don't know what I've been through.
Oh let me get away from here, I don't know just what to do.
Hey hold on, Hey Hold on. I don't know why you're all so hung up.
Hey hold on, hey hold on. I don't know jus what to say.
So let me go. Oh please just let me go....

The search for the elusive song played once on FM radio became a driving factor in my writing songs.
However, other sound became mine. The song should go where no song has gone before.

Can it work that I am speaking to the phone?

I know what I'm doing! And what I'm doing has a ring of upsetting the table, as if the sound of a bell could upset the table -- that I have some creative thought or new way of looking at things, and communicating that can influence an outcome, can help shape the world as it continues to reformulate.  In a song you have a place to experiment.  It touches upon the random when it is written without training or instruction, but even in the most formulaic formats there is chance, however, as professionals we have left as little as possible to chance. 

I feel today that there is more of a fear or at least a rejection of the random because we live in an intentional world.  We intend to accomplish in an age where chance is no longer thought of as having Integrity, but rather is an act of perversity, like the flip a coin fellow in the Christopher Nolan Batman movie.

But we are on firm footing in the universe.  Believing that is an act of faith. 

When I notate songs I wrote at an early age I see that there is order in the universe.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Woody Allen rode on the romantic lead created by and for Humphrey Bogart.  They both crossed beyond the lead but they rode it first, Mr. Bogart through Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and To Have and Have Not, the last of those going so far as to provide him with a wife.  Woody Allen with Play It Again Sam into Sleeper, Love and Death and Annie Hall, then they went overboard into their own reality, with Manhattan and Stardust Memories for Mr. Allen, and Treasure of Sierra Madre and In a Lonely Place for Mr. Bogart. 
Mr. Bogart was rather reasonable in his depiction of the romantic lead gone wrong, susceptible to suspicion, when his female lead, the director's wife, Gloria Graham, takes the bait (offered by the outside world). 
Mr. Bogart seems to have his ego well within his control to portray these roles so completely. 
I'm longing for the romantic lead movie role that allows for the actor to embody an identity worthy or capable of receiving an audience transference.  This transference is the relatability of the movie star, that he or she can sustain the identity transference of the viewer.  Indeed this would happen when I was younger as I became Jack Nicholson in Chinatown sustaining the romantic lead in a movie land.  Mr Nicholson, with director and scriptwriter, provided a substitute identity, the way Bogart does for Woody Allen in Mr. Allen's own script, establishing himself, Mr. Allen, as the romantic lead. 
I'm realizing we mentioned the Quentin Tarrantino romance inspired by Play It Again Sam (True Romance, which provides a lead of great appeal but lacking in substance.  I don't know why I say that with conviction (Christian Slater is ok).  I'm trying to imagine the roles that have substance in a Tarrantino movie.  I feel like everyone is following the acting of Robin and the Seven Hoods, which is also quite a grim and gruesome movie of knuckleheads.  And his True Romance uses Elvis Presley as the Bogart figure.   Elvis is also somewhat lightweight in comparison to his viewer -- forgive me for suggesting this since I know Elvis's own movies can be amazing.  (I think of Jailhouse Rock, Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas).  But who gets the audience identity transference?  Could James Bond get it as portrayed by whomever, ie, Daniel Craig?  When I first saw the newer Casino Royale I was somehow affected by the youthful appearance of the male and female leads, as if they weren't going to put up with the 1960's typecasting, but they had to.  Meanwhile, the 1970's movie with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway (Chinatown) offers them only a moment before they plummet to the movie's end.
Oh remember where both Mr Allen and Mr. Bogart came from.  Mr. Allen was the nebish behind the scenes author and Mr. Bogart was the gangster, but they were destined for Romantic Lead!  It looks like Mr. Allen wrote the lead for himself.   Mr. Bogart was an egoless actor intent on working, acting, good thing since he only lived 57 years.  John Huston gave him an identical Maltese Falcon script (it had been filmed in the 1930's) with a built in private eye, Sam Spade.  Casablanca was the script that would teach scriptwriters how to activate the ticking bomb (ruining movies by exposing the formula?).   To Have and to Have Not had a director and his wife provide an offscreen model of how the on screen actors could interact... Oh Howard Hawks, the same director, gave Humphrey Bogart a Philip Marlow role.  That's the movie, The Big Sleep, with two versions, the one before realization of the appeal of Bacall, and afterward. 
Create a romantic lead.  Is La La Land romantic?  Maira is suggesting Punch Drunk Love, while I consider Daniel Day Lewis... he can sustain this kind of audience identity transference, but he doesn't care and his main director PT Anderson, is looking to create something new, something that distances us even as our fascination grows.   Robert Downey Jr. could do it with Guy Richie in the Sherlock Holmes private eye... private eyes are everything, like their counterparts, secret agents.   perhaps the most we get from the quirky personality, the loner with paranoia is Humphrey Bogart, the loner with obsessive compulsion is Robert Downey. 
I need someone to speak to me because I need guidance.   Am I really on my own... well, we're on our own together...