Stein Center could be model for Thai and Japanese senior centers

Jane Barry

Jane Barry

By Sabina Mollot

Gramercy’s Stein Senior Center may end up being used as a model for similar centers to open in Thailand and Japan, Stein’s administrators said this week.

On Friday, September 25, the nonprofit center will be hosting Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s wife, Naraporn Chanocha and her retinue, to give a tour and explain Stein’s operations. Naraporn Chanocha is a former associate professor at Chulalongkorn University.

“They want to start services for seniors in Thailand,” said Stein Executive Director Jane Barry, “and they want to know how we do it. Specifically, in our role as an independent senior center.”

Although Stein, located at the Firefighters’ Building on East 23rd Street, is one of many senior centers to get some funding from the city for its meals and programming, it’s independent in that it’s not part of a larger organization like the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center.

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Paddy Maguire’s bar turning 20

Patrick Maguire inside his horse racing themed bar in Gramercy (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Patrick Maguire inside his horse racing themed bar in Gramercy (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

When Paddy Maguire’s owner Patrick Maguire originally came to New York when he was 21 it was only supposed to be for three weeks, but he liked it so much he ended up staying. Since then, Maguire opened up the bar at 237 Third Avenue and the spot is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend.

Although he did have prior bartending experience before opening Paddy Maguire’s Ale House at the Water Club, his career change was more drastic than that of most bar owners.

“I was an apprentice jockey for about five years,” he said, explaining that he moved from his native Kilmallock, Ireland to England for the experience. “But I started growing my legs and soon they were three feet longer than they should’ve been, so I said the hell with it. You can only be so tall as a jockey. You either hurt yourself trying or you get out.”

Out of his 12 other siblings, it had been Maguire whose father singled out as the one son who would be involved in horses. But it wasn’t pushed on him. Maguire said that he genuinely enjoyed the experience.

“I loved every minute of it,” he said. “And it was good discipline. They were very strict. It was like being in a convent, to be honest.”

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Subway vigilante takes aim at MTA

Goetz blasts $40M projected cost of First Ave. L station’s Ave. A entrance

Bernie Goetz says Donald Trump could do a better job than the MTA at getting the  Avenue A entrance built at the First Avenue L station. (Pictured) Goetz gestures to the long walk down from the platform’s east end to First Avenue. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Bernie Goetz says Donald Trump could do a better job than the MTA at getting the Avenue A entrance built at the First Avenue L station. (Pictured) Goetz gestures to the long walk down from the platform’s east end to First Avenue. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Over 30 years ago, a man named Bernie Goetz would become known as the subway vigilante for shooting four men who tried to mug him on the train.

These days, Goetz, who lives on West 14th Street, leads a much quieter existence running his own small business, Vigilante Electronics, and on his own time, rescuing and rehabilitating injured squirrels in the neighborhood.

But one issue he felt the need to talk about recently is the First Avenue L subway station, where the MTA wants to add an Avenue A entrance as part of an overall upgrade project along the line.

Goetz is in support of this idea, but suggested that the reason it still hasn’t happened is the $40 million estimated price tag the MTA has put on it.

“Donald Trump could do it for five million and do it in one year,” said Goetz, although he then doubled that figure to account for entrances on each side of East 14th Street. Asked if he’s a supporter of the GOP presidential candidate, Goetz shot back, “I don’t even want to talk about it.”

He added that he would like to hear an estimate from an independent contractor. “I think it could be done for a small fraction of that,” he said.

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