Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DWAINE COLLYMORE, a/k/a “Twin,” pled guilty yesterday to murdering Carlos Vargas, and shooting at a second man, during an attempted robbery on April 28, 2016, inside 2466 Marion Avenue in the Bronx, New York. COLLYMORE faces a maximum term of life in prison, and will be sentenced before Chief United States District Judge Colleen McMahon.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Criminal Charges Against U.S. Bancorp For Violations Of The Bank Secrecy Act
Charges to Be Deferred For Two Years Under an Agreement Requiring U.S. Bancorp to Admit Its Conduct and Pay Penalty of $528 Million
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced criminal charges against U.S. Bancorp (“USB”) consisting of two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) by its subsidiary, U.S. Bank National Association (the “Bank”), the fifth largest bank in the United States, for willfully failing to have an adequate anti-money laundering program (“AML”) and willfully failing to file a suspicious activity report (“SAR”). The case is assigned to United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the arrest and the filing of federal charges yesterday against JEFFREY WEBER. The Complaint charges that WEBER communicated with an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old girl via email and text messages, and made plans to meet the girl at a diner in Manhattan and then go to her apartment to engage in sexual activity. WEBER was arrested yesterday when he arrived at the designated meeting place to meet the girl, and was presented before United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in Manhattan federal court.
A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Company Over Misleading Solicitations For Insurance Products
Trustage Insurance Agency Mailed Solicitations for Insurance Policies that Appeared to Come from New Yorkers’ Credit Unions – Some Consumers May Have Signed Up Without Understanding That They Agreed to Have Premiums Deducted Automatically From Their Credit Union Accounts
Company Must Reform Its Business Practices, Pay $75,000 in Restitution, Penalties, Costs, and Fees
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Iowa-based Trustage Insurance Agency, which mailed solicitations for Accidental Death and Dismemberment policies that appeared to come from New Yorkers’ credit unions. Trustage is a wholly owned subsidiary of CMFG Life Insurance Company, which markets a variety of insurance products to credit union members, including Accidental Death and Dismemberment policies. The settlement requires Trustage to make a number of changes to its solicitations based on concerns raised by the Attorney General’s office, and pay $75,000 in restitution, penalties, costs, and fees.
The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Trustage’s Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy solicitations mailed to consumers prominently featured the logo of consumers’ credit unions and did not make clear that the solicitations were from Trustage. The solicitations contained other features that, coupled with the credit union logos, may have caused consumers to sign, complete, and return the policy enrollment form without fully understanding that they were signing up for a policy and were agreeing to have premiums deducted automatically from their credit union savings or checking account. For example, the solicitations featured prominent language advising consumers that their signature was requested on the enclosed “STATEMENT OF BENEFITS” and directed consumers to “SIGN and RETURN” in large red letters at the top of the page.
“New Yorkers have a basic right not to be misled by those seeking their business,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This settlement ensures full restitution for impacted consumers, as well as key reforms to Trustage’s business practices.”
The settlement requires Trustage to make a number of reforms to its solicitations for insurance products, including:
- Prominently including its logo at the top of any solicitation.
- Clearly and conspicuously disclosing that the solicitation is for an insurance product offered by Trustage.
- Requiring consumers to supply the account number from which they are authorizing Trustage to deduct premiums.
Pursuant to the settlement, Trustage will pay $75,000 to be used for restitution to any consumers who were harmed by the solicitations and file complaints within the next six months. Any remaining funds will be retained as penalties, costs, and fees.
Consumers who believe they may be entitled to a refund should notify the Attorney General’s office by filing a complaint online or by calling 1-800-771-7755.
A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Pleas Of “Three-Quarter” Housing Operators Yury Baumblit And Rimma Baumblit
Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit Will Each Serve State Prison Sentences For Medicaid Fraud Scheme that Forced Residents to Attend Treatment Programs Regardless of Medical Need
NY’s Medicaid Program Expects To Recoup $1.5 to $2.5 Million From Sale Of Baumblit Assets
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the guilty pleas and expected prison sentences of Yury and Rimma Baumblit, the operators of “three-quarter” homes in New York City for a scheme to defraud Medicaid through kickbacks. Kings Country Acting Supreme Court Justice Daniel Chun accepted the guilty pleas of both defendants on two counts each of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. Three-quarter homes in New York City are private entities that provide housing to indigent, formerly homeless individuals and those transitioning out of periods of incarceration.
Both defendants were indicted in 2016 by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for having defrauded the State Medicaid program through a systematic scheme whereby, in exchange for money, Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit mandated that the residents of their three-quarter homes attend substance abuse treatment at designated treatment programs regardless of medical need. At a later date, Yury Baumblit will be sentenced to concurrent terms of 2 ½ to 5 years in state prison for each crime; Rimma Baumblit will be sentenced to concurrent terms of 2 to 4 years in state prison for each crime.
“Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit lined their pockets by preying on our most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. “This should serve as yet another reminder that my office will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who seek to get rich by taking advantage of New Yorkers.”
In addition to their guilty pleas, Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit each executed civil settlement agreements with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Under the terms of those agreements, each of them agreed to forfeit assets, including two properties they own in Brooklyn: a 5,000 square foot home in Manhattan Beach and a cooperative apartment in Brighton Beach. Each of them also agreed to forfeit luxury goods seized in connection with the civil action against them, including jewelry, watches, over 200 designer handbags, and 21 fur coats. The sale of assets is projected to realize between $1.5 and $2.5 million dollars in civil restitution for the State Medicaid program.
As part of their guilty pleas, Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit admitted they had engaged in a kickback scheme with Medicaid-enrolled drug treatment providers Narco Freedom Inc., NRI Group, LLC, and Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc. In exchange for monthly payments, the two individuals forced the residents at their three-quarter homes to attend treatment at these three drug programs, irrespective of the residents’ actual medical need for drug treatment services, and in violation of numerous State laws. Had the patients refused, they would have been evicted by the Baumblits and left homeless. The payments that Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit received were based on the number of substance-abuse treatment sessions attended by residents of their three-quarter homes. During the course of the scheme dating back to 2010, the Baumblits received over $1.5 million in illegal kickbacks through five corporations they controlled: #1 Marketing Service, Inc., R Y B Realty, LLC, Steps to Better Living Inc., Orbit Management Group Inc., and Back on Track Group, Inc. As a result of this kickback scheme, the Medicaid program also paid over $2 Million to Narco Freedom Inc., NRI Group, LLC, and Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc.
In 2016, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit also indicted NRI Group, LLC, Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc., and the owner of both treatment programs, Anthony Cornachio, for their participation in the kickback scheme to which the Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit pled guilty. Criminal charges remain pending against NRI Group, LLC, Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc., and Anthony Cornachio. A trial is expected later this year. Narco Freedom was convicted last year of Enterprise Corruption for defrauding the Medicaid program in a related scheme. The charges against the remaining defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Four of the Baumblits’ corporate entities – #1 Marketing Service, Inc., R Y B Realty, LLC, Steps to Better Living Inc., and Orbit Management Group Inc. – were previously convicted of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. The other charged corporate entity, Back on Track Group, Inc. was previously convicted of Grand Larceny in the First Degree. All the corporate entities were sentenced to a conditional discharge.
Yury Baumblit and Rimma Baumblit were each previously convicted in 2009 by the Attorney General’s Automobile Insurance Fraud Unit for having participated in a no-fault insurance scam.
Throughout this investigation, the Attorney General’s office has worked closely with the various City, State, and Federal Agencies. The Attorney General would like to thank the New York City Human Resources Administration for its cooperation, partnership and valuable assistance throughout the investigation and especially note the work of its Medicaid Provider Investigations and Audit Unit. In addition, the Attorney General thanks the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and the United States Department of Homeland Security for their assistance.
A.G. Schneiderman Announces Trial Conviction Of Long Island Man For Stealing From Bronx Medicaid-Funded Charity
Bronx Jury Found John Cornachio Guilty of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for “No-Show” Job at Substance Abuse Treatment Provider through Which He Stole Over $800,000
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that a Bronx County jury found John Cornachio, 63, of Oyster Bay, NY, guilty of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, for holding “no-show” job in order to steal from Narco Freedom Inc., a former Bronx-based, Medicaid-funded, not-for-profit corporation that was founded to provide substance abuse services throughout New York City. Cornachio faces up to 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 2, 2018. Cornachio was remanded to jail pending sentencing.
“The defendant crafted an elaborate scheme in order to hide a no-show job and steal from New York taxpayers – exploiting a Medicaid-funded program that was intended to help those suffering from substance abuse,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who perpetuate these fraudulent schemes and bring scammers to justice.”
During the jury trial before Hon. Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick in Bronx County Supreme Court, the Attorney General presented evidence that Cornachio colluded with Narco Freedom’s corrupt management to have a “no-show” job at Narco Freedom. For over five years, Cornachio collected over $500,000 in salary and benefits paid by Narco Freedom. As part of his “no-show job,” Narco provided Cornachio with health insurance and a generous car allowance that he used to lease a Land Rover, among other benefits. The evidence also showed that Cornachio obtained over $300,000 from Narco Freedom through B&C Management, a shell company with no actual business that submitted fake invoices to Narco Freedom for services it never provided to the not-for-profit. Some of the payments were made in the names of John Cornachio’s minor children, who were supposedly rendering substance abuse counseling.
In 2015, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (“MFCU”) indicted Cornachio, Narco Freedom Inc., its CEO, Alan Brand, and 12 other individuals and corporations for defrauding the state Medicaid program. All defendants indicted in connection with Narco Freedom have now been convicted of various crimes including Enterprise Corruption, Grand Larceny, and filing false information with government offices.
As part of the Narco Freedom investigation, the Attorney General also filed a civil action against Narco Freedom Inc. seeking asset forfeiture and other remedies, including treble damages and penalties under the New York State False Claims Act. The arrests and civil action by the Attorney General put an end to Narco Freedom’s illegal activity that exploited the Medicaid program and the vulnerability of thousands of Medicaid recipients – resulting in many millions of dollars in savings to Medicaid. As part of its plea and civil agreements, Narco Freedom acknowledged that it stole from Medicaid and admitted to filing false statements with various state agencies, including the New York State Department of Health and the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, in efforts to deceive and defraud these agencies. Narco Freedom filed for bankruptcy in January 2016. A bankruptcy court approved a $118 million settlement to settle Narco Freedom’s outstanding government claims, including those of New York State and the federal governments; the precise amount to be recovered in the bankruptcy proceeding is yet to be determined.
In 2016, as part of the Attorney General’s investigation into fraudulent substance abuse providers and their exploitation of individuals living in substance abuse transitional housing, also known as “three-quarter houses,” MFCU also indicted Yuri Baumblit, Rimma Baumblit, Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc., NRI Group, Inc., and Anthony Cornachio, John Cornachio’s brother and the owner of Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc. and NRI Group, Inc., for defrauding Medicaid. Yuri Baumblit, Rimma Baumblit, and their companies have been convicted for that scheme. Criminal charges remain pending against Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc. and Anthony Cornachio. The charges against those remaining defendants are merely accusations and those defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Attorney General would like to thank the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of the New York State Medicaid Inspector General, the New York State Department of Health, the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, and the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY DARCEL D. CLARK STATEMENT ON NOT GUILTY VERDICT FOR NYPD SERGEANT HUGH BARRY
“The judge has issued his verdict in this case. We are disappointed but we accept his decision. However, I believe the death of Deborah Danner illustrates the larger issue of how we need changes in the way we address people with mental health issues.
“There must be serious reforms to improve access to treatment so the situation does not rise to a crisis. Mental health professionals should be part of the response to emotionally disturbed persons.
“I hope that measures will be taken to prevent another tragedy such as this.”
Defendant Charged With Animal Cruelty in Gruesome Death of “Onyx”
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on a felony Animal Cruelty charge for fatally stabbing and slitting the throat of an 18- month-old pit bull that was left in his care by the dog’s owner.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant allegedly stabbed the young dog more than 50 times and slit his throat, allegedly because the dog had bit him. This is an incredibly vicious crime and if the defendant is convicted he can face two years in prison. Cruelty against animals will not be tolerated.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Stephen Richardson, 33, of 1237 Fulton Avenue, was arraigned today on a charge of felony Animal Cruelty before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas. Bail was set at $10,000 and he is due back in court on May 18, 2018. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.
According to the investigation, on December 29, 2017, the defendant was watching “Onyx,” an 18-month-old male pit bull, in his apartment, as he had been doing for about six months. The dog’s owner stopped to check on him as she did frequently, and found him in the bathtub dead with multiple stab wounds primarily to the face and neck.
At the same time, police were responding to a 311 complaint about possible animal abuse at the building, and went to the apartment and arrested the defendant. A knife was recovered.
According to the investigation, the defendant said the dog bit him and in return he stabbed the dog in the park. Veterinarians said the dog died of a minimum of 55 sharp force wounds, including several that caused lacerations deep into the skin and tissue.
District Attorney Clark thanked P o l i c e Officer Anthony Alvino of the 42 ND Precinct and Dr. Alison Liu of the ASPCA for their assistance.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.
It was an unusually warm night in February for Thursday's County Committee call to find Democratic candidates to run in the upcoming special elections to be held on April 24th.
First up was to find a Democratic candidate to run for the 80th Assembly District vacancy created when former Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj was elected to the City Council. Bronx Democratic County Committee Chair Assemblywoman Latoya Joiner called the meeting to order, and it was said that a quorum of County Committee members from the 80th A.D. were present. Nominations were then opened up with Ms. Jean Hill nominating Nathalia Fernandez. Ms. Fernandez as then seconded by Mr. Joe McManus, and a third person. The question of any more nominations was asked, and nominations were then closed when there was no other. A unanimous vote then was taken making Ms. Nathalia Fernandez the candidate of the Democratic Party in the special election for the 80th A.D.
Above - Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblywoman Latoya Joiner, Counsel Stanley Schlein, and Maricela Salazar presided over the meeting.
Below - A very joyous Nathalia Fernandez is congratulated by Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Councilman Mark Gonaj the former assemblyman from the 80th A.D.
Things didn't go so smooth when it came to fielding a candidate for the vacant 32nd State Senate district however. The process began late as it was announced that a quorum was present, since the 32nd Senate District covers parts of the 79th, 80th, 82nd, 84th, 85th, ad 87th Assembly Districts. The meeting was called to order, and the process of selecting the Democratic candidate for the 32nd State Senate district began.
Ms Julia Rodriguez nominated Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, This was seconded by Mohammed Mujumder, and Cynthia Cox. When the question of any more nominations Ms. Phillissia Amat rose to nominate Mr.Michael Beltzer. This was seconded by Ms. Alace Trane. There were no other nominations and the voting began. Chair Joyner called for those wishing to have Assemblyman Sepulveda as the Democratic candidate stand up. All but six county committee members stood up. Upon calling for those who wanted Mr. Beltzer as the candidate those six people stood up. It was then declared that by an overwhelmingly majority that Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda would be the Democratic candidate for the 32nd State Senate in the April Special election.
Above - NY State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Senator Michael Gianaris await the choice of Assemblyman Sepulveda as the Democratic candidate for the 32nd State Senate seat in the April spacial election.
Below - After being selected the Democratic candidate for the 32nd S.D. a beaming Luis Sepulveda thanks those who helped him become the Democratic candidate for his mentor now Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.'s vacant state senate seat.
Democratic candidate for the 32nd S.D. is congratulated by Senators Stewart-Cousins and Gianaris, Bronx Democratic County Leader Marcos Crespo, BDCC Vice-Chair Linda Kemp, and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson.
After the meeting Mr. Beltzer claimed that there was not a quorum to which the Reform Party candidate for the 32nd S.D. Ms. Pamela Stewart-Martinez who was in attendance also said. While in the Bronx it is a forgone conclusion that the Democratic candidate wins every election, 'One never knows what may happen next in politics'. There is always a first time for everything Ms. Stewart-Martinez also said.
This posting has been updated to reflect the correct date of the special elections Tuesday April 24th.
A thank you goes to Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz for pointing out the error.
In the wake of December’s deadly Bronx fire, new legislative package would require safety devices on stove in apartments with small children and educational plan on fire safety
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., City Council Member Ritchie Torres and City Council Member Chaim Deutsch are introducing a package of new legislation designed to prevent catastrophic fires in the wake of December’s tragic fire in the Belmont section of The Bronx, which saw 13 lives lost.
Three bills that would improve fire safety and education, and potentially save lives:
1. One intro would require owners of buildings with three or more units to provide and properly install approved stove safety devices on all stoves in units where a child or children 10 years or younger reside;
2. One intro would require the Fire Department, in coordination with the Education Department, to implement a comprehensive plan for educating children and parents about fire safety and prevention;
3. One intro would require landlords to post a notice indicating that those escaping a fire should close all doors behind them.
In December, a fire in a residential building on Prospect Avenue in The Bronx led to 13 deaths, making it the deadliest fire New York City had seen in the past 25 years. Investigators found that the fire was started by a three-year-old child playing with the stove in his apartment, and quickly grew out of control.
“Just as we require window guards in apartments with young children, we should also require that stoves be made safer through the installation of approved safety devices,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.“This tragic fire could have been prevented, had this young child been unable to tamper with the knob of the stove in his apartment. I am proud to partner with Council Member Torres, amd Council Member Chaim Deutsch to introduce a new legislative package that will undoubtedly save lives.”
Above - The building at 2363 Prospect Avenue where the tragic fire occurred.
Below - BP Diaz Jr. holds a simple inexpensive child cover for a gas stove valve that he says can prevent children from playing with gas stove knobs.
Council Member Ritchie Torres said.
“This comprehensive legislative package on fire safety, prevention and education will save lives and prevent household fires from happening. By installing safety knobs and proactively educating residents about fires, we are aiming to prevent another catastrophe. I thank Borough President Diaz Jr., for his partnership on these bills and advocacy on fire prevention, and look forward to their passage and enactment into law,”
Above - Councilman Torres speaks of the devastation which occurred in his district, and why these new proposals are so important.
Below - Councilman Chaim Deutsch came from Brooklyn to join with BP Diaz Jr., saying that this is not a one borough problem.
Council Member Chaim Deutsch said
“Our City has suffered several unfortunate and tragic fires during recent months. With fire fatalities up 53% in 2017, this is an important time for us to raise awareness and make meaningful change. I’m grateful to my colleagues, Councilman Ritchie Torres and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. for their partnership on this very critical initiative for all New Yorkers,”
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ENGEL STATEMENT ON TODAY’S INDICTMENTS
Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement:
“Given the Trump Administration’s failure to hold Russia accountable for its attack on American democracy, it’s no surprise that it fell to the Special Counsel investigating the Trump-Russia scandal to act at last. Today’s indictments shed new light on the extent of Russia’s destructive plot against the United States and underscore the importance of Mr. Mueller’s work and why it must continue.
“However, this announcement won’t prevent Russia from meddling with future elections, which even the Administration acknowledges is happening. Congressional Republicans must now work across the aisle to shore up our election system against the next wave of attacks, or else they signal that they’re perfectly willing to accept Russia’s help. American democracy is on the line.”
It Is Unacceptable That Republicans Continue to Tolerate These Mass Shootings
“My heart continues to break for the families and victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkville, Florida. shooting was the 18th school shooting and the 30th mass shooting to take place this year. We are forty-seven days into 2018.
“In the wake of this horrific tragedy, people will try to find an explanation for why this happened. Already, we are hearing the President blame mental health problems, stigmatizing millions of Americans. Mental health is a serious issue and funding mental health programs is important, but make no mistake: the GOP is using mental health as a red herring to distract from their unwillingness to even entertain the idea of strengthening our weak gun laws.
“The reason seventeen innocent people were viciously murdered yesterday is because a nineteen-year-old, who had been expelled from school, was able to walk into a gun store that didn’t require fingerprints, permits, or a waiting period, and buy a gun.
“It is unacceptable that Republicans in Congress continue to tolerate these mass shootings and murders. We have solutions to reduce the likelihood of events like this. Democrats have introduced legislation that would require stricter background checks, longer wait periods, ban assault weapons, and limit magazine capacity among many others. I call on Speaker Ryan to bring these solutions to the floor for a vote before any more Americans are killed.”
Sat, March 3 Family Art Project: Give a Feathery Friend a Home or a Feeder
Winter birds and returning migrators could use a little help right now with nests and food. Camouflage the boxy shape of an ordinary milk carton with pine boughs and leaves. Add seeds and an inviting stick perch to create a welcoming home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, 10AM‒1PM
Sun, March 4 Family Art Project: Give a Feathery Friend a Home or a Feeder
Winter birds and returning migrators could use a little help right now with nests and food. Camouflage the boxy shape of an ordinary milk carton with pine boughs and leaves. Add seeds and an inviting stick perch to create a welcoming home. Free with admission to the grounds.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, 10AM‒1PM
Sun, March 4 Winter Workspace Drop-In Sunday
Artists in the Winter Workspace program share their studio practice with visitors on this Drop-In Sunday. This year’s Session 2 artists are Michele Brody, Tamara Kostianovsky, Athena LaTocha, Maika’i Tubbs and two New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows, Ashton Agbomenou and Yelaine Rodriguez. For more about who is in residence on Sundays, visit wavehill.org. Free with admission to the grounds.
GLYNDOR GALLERY, 1–3PM
Sun, March 4 Art Workshop: Sewn Plant Sculptures Workshop
Take a tour of Tamara Kostianovsky’s Winter Workspace studio and explore ideas of personal identity, immigration and home. Working with fabric swatches, textiles, ropes, threads and twine, upcycle discarded items to give them new life as plant sculptures. Ages 12 and older welcome with an adult. $55; 10% discount to Wave Hill Members. Registration required, online at wavehill.org or onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center.
MEET AT GLYNDOR GALLERY, 10AM–1PM
Sun, March 4 Garden & Conservatory Highlights Walk
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds.
MEET AT PERKINS VISITOR CENTER, 2PM
Mon, March 5
Closed to the public.
Fri, March 9 The Garden and Beyond: An Afternoon of History at Wave Hill
This elegant and intimate afternoon celebrates Wave Hill’s rich historical legacy and extraordinary gardens. Relish a light-fare buffet—inspired by a traditional afternoon tea—as you enjoy a historical lecture and behind-the-scenes tour of the early spring gardens. The presentation takes place in the Mark Twain room, the former library of the estate, and continues outside with a walking tour of working areas of the garden. The afternoon concludes in The Shop at Wave Hill with a complimentary gift and a 10% discount on all purchases. Space is limited. $50/$45 Wave Hill Member. Registration required, online at wavehill.org or onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, 1‒3:30PM
A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscape, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
HOURS Open all year, Tuesday through Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM–4:30PM, November 1–March 14. Closes 5:30PM, starting March 15.
ADMISSION $8 adults, $4 students and seniors 65+, $2 children 6–18. Free Saturday and Tuesday mornings until noon. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6.
PROGRAM FEES Programs are free with admission to the grounds unless otherwise noted.
Visitors to Wave Hill can take advantage of Metro-North’s one-day getaway offer. Purchase a discount round-trip rail far and discount admission to the gardens. More at http://mta.info/mnr/html/
DIRECTIONS – Getting here is easy! Located only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate and Metro-North’s Riverdale station, as well as the W. 242nd Street stop on the #1 subway line. Limited onsite parking is available for $8 per vehicle. Free offsite parking is available nearby with continuous, complimentary shuttle service to and from the offsite lot and our front gate. Complete directions and shuttle bus schedule at www.wavehill.org/visit/.