TLD Interview: Principal Dancer Michael Trusnovec, Paul Taylor Dance Company

Michael Trusnovec, principal dancer for Paul Taylor Dance Company. Photo: Paul B. Goode

We spoke with Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Michael Trusnovec as he was preparing for the New York season at Lincoln Center. As a principal dancer for the company, Trusnovec moves gracefully, fully and with emotion, no matter the role. We discussed the company’s move in 2010 from its longtime headquarters in Soho to its brand new home on the Lower East Side at 552 Grand Street, as well as his own move into the neighborhood—an apartment in the Seward Park Co-ops.

TLD – You’re less than a week away from opening the company’s premier season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. That must be very exciting and also very intense.

MT – A little bit intense!

TLD – For many years you performed at City Center. Are there any adjustments that you have to make as a dancer?

MT – The Lincoln Center season is new. It is a big change for us from City Center, but an exciting one. There are always new changes; we have new studios, we are touring constantly, going into new spaces. Dancers are quick to adjust on our feet. We also have a crew who goes in a few days before and makes the space feel familiar. The biggest difference is the audience relationship to the stage. City Center is more intimate. I am excited about having to really project.

Saying Goodbye to the Old Bowery and (For Now) to Billy Leroy

Photo by Daniel Levin.

One observer quoted by the New York Times called it a “museum of madness and beauty.”   Over the weekend, about four dozen people came to the Bowery to say goodbye to Billy’s Antiques.  After 20 years, Billy Leroy’s tent was taken down to make room for a new building.  Friend of The Lo-Down’s Constanza Mirre came upon the event Saturday; Daniel Levin (one of the directors of “Dirty Old Town“) was kind enough to send her this photo, which she forwarded to us.

My LES: Erin Egan-Rodriguez

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.


What do you do?

Lots! I am a mom of three, a real estate agent at Douglas Elliman and I am currently finishing my BA in Business at CUNY. (Erin is also a freelance contributor for the Lo-Down.)

How long have you lived on the LES?

12-years, on and off…mostly on. I “married into the LES,” as my husband was born and raised here.

Favorite block in the hood?

Clinton Street — you can find anything on this block! You can get your eyebrows threaded, get your “cheap on” at Lot Less, eat at a Michelin rated restaurant or cop a loosie when you get out of the bar (for those times that you regress back to smoking and don’t want to buy a whole pack).

Silver Calls For Lower East Side Gun Buy-Back Program

85 Pitt Street; June 2011.

This morning, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has made public a letter he sent to Manhattan DA Cy Vance and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly calling for a “gun buy-back program” on the Lower East Side.  Residents have been concerned about a number of incidents in the last few years. A man was shot in the head on Pitt Street last summerEarlier this month, Housing Bureau officers exchanged gunfire with a fleeing suspect on Columbia Street.

Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go” Returns to Joe’s Pub

Brooklyn singer, bandleader and playwright Ethan Lipton seems to be loved by just about everyone who sees and hears him. For years his band, Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra, (voted “Best Lounge Act of 2009” by New York Magazine) has delighted audiences in New York and beyond with its sweet melodies.

His songs are full of quirky lyrics like, “We Would Have Never Met Without The Internet,” and delve into topics that range from bicycles and Tupperware, to internet love and the afterlife.

His plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Berne (Austria). No Place To Go, Lipton’s personal “musical ode to the unemployed,” was originally commissioned last spring by Joe’s Pub as part of its first ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and returns for a limited run through April 8th.

The premise – “The company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go.” The show is touted as “Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country.”

Va Bene Pizza, 201 Clinton Street, Closes For Good

201 Clinton Street.

In the last few days, Va Bene Pizza, 201 Clinton Street, called it quits.  Over the weekend, the metal gate was down and the restaurant’s signage had been removed.   Last summer, the pizza place (located just below East Broadway) was shuttered by the Health Department, but the business reopened and did a lot better in followup inspections.  Phone calls to Va Bene in the last 48 hours have gone unanswered.


Morning Reads: Murder Trial Begins, John Liu Scandal Roils Chinatown, Lower Ludlow’s Nightlife Boomlet

  • Two-and-a-half-years after Glenn Wright was stabbed to death outside the Baruch Houses, the case has finally gone to trial (Gothamist).
  • New York Magazine’s cover story on the John Liu scandal details why feelings in Manhattan’s Chinatown (and Flushing) about a trailblazing Asian politician are so complex (NYM).
  • Families of Cabrini Nursing Home residents talk about the facility’s closing (WNBC).
  • Hotel Chantelle inspires a nightlife boom on lower Ludlow.   Chantelle owner Ravi Patel, speaking about the relatively low rents south of Delancey, says “it’s almost obnixious what we paid.”  (Crain’s)
  • Did you miss the Art Fair at the Comfort Inn? Yes, the Comfort Inn on Ludlow! Have a look (Artinfo).


Good Morning!

Williamsburg Bridge.

More spring-like weather on tap today. Partly cloudy skies and a high of 67! More warm weather expected this week. The forecasters say we’ll see 71 tomorrow, although there could be some rain showers.