Players to win award for facade restoration

The Players at 16 Gramercy Park South (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The Players at 16 Gramercy Park South (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Players at 16 Gramercy Park South has seen its fair share of tumult in the last couple years as the effort to dig itself out of its longstanding, crippling debts continues. However, its members will soon have something to celebrate since the club will be receiving a preservation award for its work on the building’s façade.

The club is being honored on April 30 at the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards along with Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, Tavern on the Green and other historical landmarks in the city. The award, from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, honors architects, craftspeople and building owners for their contributions to preserving city landmarks.

“It’s considered the Oscars of historic preservation,” Mary Workman, president of the Players Preservation Fund, said of the honor.

Workman, a theater director and instructor at The Acting Studio and a member of the Players since 2006, founded the Players Preservation Fund at the club as a 501c3 in 2013.

“Through the fund, we were able to use members’ tax deductible donations to do the brilliant renovations,” she said.

She added that the reconstruction began before the fund was officially founded but she wanted reassurance that the work would be completed and thought that members might want to help the efforts. She was correct, as the fund raised more than $500,000 for the project.

Workman said that $400,000 of the money raised went to the work on the façade itself and $37,000 went towards the restoration of the stained glass that is part of the façade.

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Missing woman last seen at Beth Israel



Police are asking the public for assistance in finding a missing woman who was last seen at Beth Israel Medical Center last Monday.

Natasha Stokes, 28, lives at 350 Lafayette Street.

She is described as black, 5 ft. 6 ins. and 323 lbs. There is no clothing description available at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at

Former Community Board chair running for Civil Court judge

Lyle Frank (Photo courtesy of the candidate)

Lyle Frank (Photo courtesy of the candidate)

By Sabina Mollot

An East Midtown Plaza resident and former chair of Community Board 6 is now turning his attention towards public office. Lyle Frank, an attorney who works for the City Council, is running for Civil Court judge for the second municipal court district. His campaign was officially kicked off last week with a fundraising party at the Stuy Town home of Tilden Club President Mark Thompson.

Frank, who’s also from Stuy Town originally, has lived at EMP for 38 years, now raising his six-year-old twins Gavin and Catherine there with his wife, Elyssa Kates. She, too, is an attorney, with the firm BakerHostetler.

This week, Frank spoke with Town & Village about his campaign, and how his desire to become a judge was inspired by his father, Louis, who was also a judge.

“I’m very fortunate that the jobs I’ve had I’ve enjoyed,” said Frank, “but my father was an administrative law judge. He handled a lot of workers’ compensation cases; these were people who got hurt on the job, and he had a great temperament and he was everything you’d want in a judge.”

That’s when Frank realized serving as a judge was “just a great job and very rewarding. It’s just a dream of mine.”

He also believes he’s the right person for the job, meeting a requirement of at least 10 years of experience as an attorney (he’s got over 17), including seven as an arbitrator, helping many cases get concluded in Small Claims Court.

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