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`Plaintiff, Michael A. Medina, alleges his complaint against Defendants’, Dash Films,
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`Inc., Damon Dash and Kanye West, as follows:
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`NATURE OF THE ACTION
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`1.
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`This action arises from Defendants’ infringement of Plaintiffs “ownership” and
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`“use” rights in the federally registered mark LOISAIDAS®, in connection with musical and film
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`entertainment. Despite Plaintiff being the registered owner of the trademark LOISAIDAS® and
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`offering various entertainment related services under such brand name including musical
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`recordings and musical videos amongst other related goods and services, the Defendants’ have
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`infringed Plaintiff’ s “exclusive” rights in the LOISAIDAS® mark by filming and releasing for
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`sale a movie promoted and offered for sale under the LOISAIDAS® brand, which is an
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`infringement of Plaintiffs registered trademark. Defendant's continued use of the LOISAIDAS®
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`mark is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace as to the affiliation or connection between
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`the Defendants’ and Plaintiff resulting in the unjust enrichment of Defendants’ by using
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`Plaintiffs registered trademark.
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`JURISDICTION AND VENUE
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`2.
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`This Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §1051 et seq.,
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`15 U.S.C. Sections 1114-1116; under Section 43(a) of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. §1l25(a)
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`and Section 43(c) of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. §1125(c).
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`3.
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`This Court has personal jurisdiction over the Defendants because the Defendants
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`engage in continuous business activities in, and directed to the State of New York within this
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`judicial district and because upon information and belief Defendants Damon Dash and Kanye
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`West reside in New York City, and because Defendants has committed tortuous acts aimed at
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`and causing harm within the State of New York and this judicial district.
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`4.
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`Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 139l(b) and (c)
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`because it is where Plaintiff resides and the Defendant transacts business in this district, and
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`because a substantial portion of the events giving rise to the asserted claims have occurred, and
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`continue to occur, within this district. Furthermore, the damage to Plaintiff and its intellectual
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`property described herein continues to occur in this judicial district.
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`5.
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`Plaintiff, Michael A. Medina is an individual residing at 65 Columbia Street,
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`THE PARTIES
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`Suite 15K, New York, NY 10002.
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`6.
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`Upon information and belief, Defendant Dash Films,
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`Inc.
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`is a Delaware
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`corporation with its principal place of business at 60 Orchard Street, New York, New York
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`10002.
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`7.
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`Upon information and belief, Defendant Damon Dash is an individual residing at
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`25 N Moore Street #3A, New York, NY 10013.
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`8.
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`Upon information and belief, Defendant Kanye West is
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`individual with a place
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`of residence in New York, NY 10013.
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`FACTS
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`9.
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`Since at
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`least as early as 2008, Michael A. Medina has been using the
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`LOISAIDAS® brand in interstate commerce in connection with the offering of musical
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`entertainment including but not limited to musical sounds recordings, musical Videos and film
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`pilots in the entertainment industry.
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`10.
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`The mark LOISAIDAS® is used by Plaintiff as the brand name of a musical
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`group in the Latin genre of music that is comprised of two musical artists hailing from.
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`Manhattan’s Lower East Side in New York City.
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`11.
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`The word “Loisaida” is a term derived from the Spanish pronunciation of “Lower
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`East Side”. (See Exhibit A)
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`12.
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`Plaintiff coined the word LOISAIDAS® as a brand for his musical group by
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`adding the letter “S” to the word “Loisaida” in View of the 2 man Latin artist duo being from
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`Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
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`13.
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`The LOISAIDAS® mark has been in continuous use by Plaintiff for musical
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`related goods and services of which musical singles have reached a twenty (20) plus week run on
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`Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay reaching number 8, and also reaching #2 on New York’s
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`number one Tropical Latin station LaMega 97.9. (See Exhibit B.)
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`14.
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`Musical
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`singles
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`under
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`the LOISADIAS® brand
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`can
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`be
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`found
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`on
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`www.amazon.com, www.itunes.com and through Various other platforms that sell and/or
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`promote musical goods and services.
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`15.
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`The LOISAIDAS® self-titled Debut Album was the number one (1) Top Pop
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`Latin Albums on Itunes and was the number one (1) bestseller in Latin music on Amazon.
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`(See
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`Exhibit C)
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`16.
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`Plaintiff has used the LOISAIDAS® brand on musical videos and short film
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`pilots that are available on YOUTUBE®, VEVO® and various other online platforms.
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`(See
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`Exhibit D).
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`17.
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`The LOISAIDAS® mark as used by Plaintiff has created a nationwide fan base
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`and following for musical related goods and services under such brand name.
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`18.
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`Plaintiff has also been using the LOISADIAS® mark since 2008 on a wide array
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`of other goods and services including merchandise, clothing, and promotional materials
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`including stickers, posters, barmers and souvenirs.
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`19.
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`Plaintiff is the registered owner of United States Trademark Registration No.s
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`3,917,555 and 4,086,336 for the mark LOISAIDAS®. (See Exhibit E).
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`20.
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`Defendant Dash Films, Inc. is an independent film company founded and run by
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`music industry mogul and entrepreneur Damon Dash.
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`21.
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`Defendant Damon Dash has a long history in the music industry and musical
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`entertainment field and is one of the founding members of legendary urban music label Roc-A-
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`Fella Records that was also co-owned by musical superstar and entrepreneur Sean “JAY-Z®”
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`Carter.
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`22.
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`Defendant Damon Dash is the founder and owner of the art gallery Poppington
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`which is located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
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`23.
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`Defendant Damon Dash over the past few years has been conducting extensive
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`business operations and activities from his Poppington art gallery located in Manhattan’s Lower
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`East Side.
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`24.
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`Throughout the course of Defendant Damon Dash’s time spent in or around the
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`Lower East Side as well as through his affiliations and resources in the music industry,
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`Defendant became aware of Plaintiffs LOISAIDAS® brand and musical group.
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`25.
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`Throughout Defendant Damon Dash’s tenure as an executive at Roc-a-Fella
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`Records, he released several independent films themed around the urban and ghetto streets of
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`New York City which films have always included established and/or known musical artist who
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`have played the role as actors in the released films.
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`26.
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`Defendant Damon Dash based on his knowledge and resources in the film
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`entertainment industry decided to blatantly and willfully steal and utilize Plaintiff’ s registered
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`trademark to brand and promote his independent film.
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`27.
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`Defendant Kanye West who is the executive producer of the LOISAIDAS film
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`has a long history with Defendant Dash in the musical entertainment field and teamed up with
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`Defendant Dash to produce the film. (See Exhibit F).
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`28.
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`Defendant Dash Films, Inc. has released the LOISAIDAS film themed with
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`stories of characters from the ghetto streets of New York City that glorify and or promote
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`murder, violence, and drug sales. (See Exhibit G).
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`29.
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`The majority of actors and or actresses that play a role in the LOISAIDAS movie
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`by Defendants’ are either musical artists or individuals that have worked in the musical
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`entertainment industry. (See Exhibit H).
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`30.
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`Plaintiff alleges and states that Defendants’ are promoting and offering for sale
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`via social media and through the website www.loisaidasthemovie.com a film related to music
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`and the streets of New York City under the Plaintiffs registered trademark LOISAIDAS®.
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`3 1.
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`Plaintiff alleges that he has already experienced several
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`instances of actual
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`confusion where various third parties have made inquiries looking to purchase the film from
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`Plaintiff and are under the belief that the LOISAIDAS film was a project come from one and the
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`same source as the musical related goods and services under the LOISAIDAS® brand.
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`32.
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`Plaintiff further alleges that Defendants are aware of Plaintiffs use and ownership
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`of the LOISADIAS® mark for entertainment related goods and services including music, music
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`videos and film services and Defendants’ continued use of the mark will continue to cause
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`confusion in commerce as to the source of the goods under the mark.
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`FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
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`TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT (15 U.S.C. §§ 1114-1116)
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`33.
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`Plaintiff repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in Paragraphs 1
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`through 32 of this Complaint.
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`34.
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`The use in commerce by Defendant of an identical and slightly identical version
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`of Plaintiffs registered trademark is likely to cause confusion, mistake and deception among
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`members of the public and in trade as to the source, origin, or sponsorship of defendants’ goods
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`and services. Such use by Defendant constitutes a clear and direct infringement of Plaintiffs
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`rights in and to Plaintiffs registered trademark, and has resulted in injury and damage to Plaintiff
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`that will continue if Defendants are not ordered to cease all use of the LOISAIDAS® mark or
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`any similar variation of the same.
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`UNFAIR COMPETITION & FALSE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN (15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)
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`SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION
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`35.
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`Plaintiff repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in Paragraphs 1
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`through 34 of this Complaint.
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`36.
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`Plaintiff has the exclusive right to market, brand and use entertainment related
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`services using the LOISAIDAS® mark.
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`37.
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`Defendant by reason of the aforementioned acts, have falsely described,
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`represented and designated the origin of its goods and services. Defendant's continued activities
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`are likely to create confusion and deceive the public concerning the source of the goods/services.
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`38.
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`Defendants have unfairly profited from the actions alleged herein and will
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`continue to unfairly profit and become unjustly enriched unless and until such conduct is
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`enjoined by this Court.
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`39.
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`By reason of Defendant’s willful acts conducted in conscious disregard for
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`Plaintiffs rights, Plaintiff is entitled to treble damages under 15 U.S.C. § 1ll7(a).
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`COMMON LAW TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT & UNFAIR COMPETITION
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`THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION
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`40.
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`Plaintiff repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in Paragraphs 1
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`through 39 of this Complaint.
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`41.
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`Defendants’ conduct constitutes deception by which Defendant’s services will be
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`palmed off as those of Plaintiff. Such conduct constitutes trademark infringement and unfair
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`competition in violation of the laws of the State of New York.
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`42.
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`Defendants’ unauthorized use of Plaintiff’s LOISAIDAS® mark is likely to
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`continue to cause further confusion to the public as to the clothing goods and accessories of the
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`respective parties.
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`43.
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`By reason of the foregoing, Defendants’ has infringed and continues to infringe
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`on Plaintiffs ownership rights in the LOISAIDAS® mark and Defendants’ has become unjustly
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`enriched by such acts of infringement.
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`44.
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`Defendants’ unlawful conduct has been and will continue to be willful or willfully
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`blind to Plaintiffs rights, as Defendants have reason to know of Plaintiffs rights and ownership
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`of the LOISAIDAS® trademark.
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`FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION
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`UNJUST ENRICHMENT
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`45.
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`Plaintiff repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in Paragraphs 1
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`through 44 of this Complaint.
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`46.
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`Defendant has unjustly retained profits from the offering and sale of computer and
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`social networking services bearing Plaintiffs trademark.
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`47.
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`Defendant’s actions constitute unjust enrichment.
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`WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully prays for relief as follows:
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`PRAYER FOR RELIEF
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`1.
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`Entry of an order and judgment requiring that all Defendant’s, their subsidiaries,
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`officers, agents, servants, employees, owners, and representatives, and all other persons or
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`entities in active concert or participation with them, be preliminarily and, thereafter, permanently
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`enjoined and restrained from (a) using in any manner the trade name, trademark, domain name or
`other indicia or origin, including in whole or part the term LOISAIDAS®, or any colorable
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`imitation thereof; (b) advertising, operating a website, using business stationary or offering any
`goods or services using the trade name, trademark, domain name, URL, or any other indicia of
`origin including in whole or part the term LOISAIDAS®, or any colorable imitation thereof; (0)
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`otherwise engaging in any acts of unfair competition and infringement which tend to injure
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`Plaintiff’s rights in the LOISAIDAS® mark.
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`2.
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`That Defendant be required to account to Plaintiff for any and all profits derived
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`by it, and to compensate Plaintiff for all the damages sustained by reason of the acts complained
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`of herein, and that the damages herein be trebled pursuant to the Trademark Act.
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`3.
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`That Defendant be ordered to deliver up for destruction any and all infringing
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`materials bearing the LOISAIDAS® mark, and any colorable imitation thereof, in whole or part.
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`4.
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`5.
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`That Plaintiff be awarded punitive damages.
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`That Defendant be required to place advertisements or send notifications to past
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`and present customers that it improperly has been using the LOISAIDAS® mark.
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`6.
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`That Plaintiff be awarded the cost and disbursements of this action.
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`That Plaintiff have such other and further relief as the Court deems just and
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`proper.
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`JURY DEMAND
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`Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 38(b), Plaintiff hereby demands a trial by
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`jury as to all issues.
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`Dated: April '2. , 2015
`New York, NY
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`Respectfully submitted,
`Michael A. Medina — Pro Se
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`11%‘4%,
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`Michael A. Medina.
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`Pro Se Plaintiff
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`65 Columbia Street — Suite 15K
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`New York, New York 10002
`(718) 809-4031
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`EXHIBIT A
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`In 2008, nearly the entire Alphabet City area was “downzoned” as part of an effort lead by local community groups including GVSHP, the local
`community board, and local elected officials. In most parts of Alphabet City, the rezoning requires that new development occurs in harmony with
`the low-rise character of the area.“9]
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`largely been Hispanic manly Nuyorican) since the 1960s. V’
`Since the 1940s the demographic has changed markedly several times: the addition of the large
`labor-backed Stuyvesant Town~—Peter Cooper Village after World War II at the northern end added
`a lower-middle to middle-class element to the area, which contributed to the eventual gentrification
`of the area in the 21st century; the construction of large government housing projects south and east
`of those and the growing Latino population transformed a large swath of the neighborhood into a
`Latin one until the late 1990s, when low rents outweighed high crime rates and large numbers of
`artists and students moved to the area. Manhattan's growing Chinatown then expanded into the
`southern portions of the Lower East Side, but Hispanics are still concentrated in Alphabet City.
`With crime rates down, the area surrounding Alphabet City, the East Village, and the Lower East
`Side, is quickly becoming gentrified; the borders of the Lower East Side differ from its historical
`ones in that Houston Street is now considered the northern edge, and the area north of that between
`Houston Street and 14th Street is considered Alphabet City. But, because the Alphabet City term is largely a relic of a high-crime era, English-
`speaking residents refer to Alphabet City as part of the East Village, while Spanish-speaking residents continue to refer to Alphabet City only as
`Loisaida.
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`homeless man walks pasta trendy sidewalk
`bar on Avenue C, showing the area's penurious ’
`past and gentrified present.
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`There also exists a mixed drink called a Loisaida that gained popularity in 2008. It consists of lime, Olde English malt liquor, and apple cider. The
`name comes from combining sounds from each ofthe ingredients, as in L(ime), OE (common abbreviation for Olde English) and "Cida" (cider).[2°]
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`Notable residents
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`I Louis Abolafia, artist, social activist, folk figure, and hippie candidate for President of the United States
`I Rosario Dawson, actress
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`I Bobby Driscoll, actor
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`I Allen Ginsberg poet, 206 E. 7th Streetm]
`I Madonna, singer
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`I Charlie Parker, jazz musician lived at 151 Avenue B between East 9th and East 10th Streets
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`I Geraldo Rivera, TV personality, resident during the late 60s - early 70s
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`In popular culture
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`Novels and poetry
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`I The protagonist of the novel The Russian
`Debutante 's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
`lives in Alphabet City in the mid-1990s.
`I A fictional version of NYC's Alphabet City is
`explored in the Fallen Angels supplement to
`Kult.
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`I Allen Ginsberg wrote many poems relating to
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`the streets of his neighborhood in Alphabet
`city,
`I Henry Roth's novel Call It Sleep took place in
`Alphabet City, with the novel's main
`character, David and his family, living there.
`Jerome Charyn's novel War Cries Over
`Avenue C takes place in Alphabet City.
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`I
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`In his book Kitchen Confidential, Anthony
`Bourdain says "Hardly a decision was made
`without drugs. Cannabis, methaqualone,
`cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked
`in honey and used to sweeten tea,
`secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine
`and, increasingly, heroin, which we'd send a
`Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet
`City to get."
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`Comics
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`I
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`In Marvel Comics, Alphabet City is home to
`District X, also known as Mutant Town, a
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`ghetto primarily populated by mutants. The
`ghetto was identified as being inside
`Alphabet City in New X-Men #127. It was
`described in District X as having the ‘highest
`unemployment rate in the USA, the highest
`rate of illiteracy and the highest severe
`overcrowding outside of Los Angeles‘. (These
`figures would suggest a large population.) It
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`was destroyed in X-Factor #34.
`Photo books
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`I The photo and text book "Alphabet City" by
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`Geofirey Biddleml chronicles life in
`Alphabet City over the years 1977 to 1989.
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`The photo book "Street Play" by Martha
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`Cooperm‘
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`Places
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`The punk house and independent gig venue
`C-Squat is called so because it sits on Avenue
`C, between 9th and 10th St. Bands and artists
`to emerge from the former squat include
`Lefiover Crack, Choking Victim, and Stza.
`Leftover Crack makes several references to
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`"9th and C", the approximate location of
`C-Squat in the song "Homeo Apathy" from
`the album Mediocre Generica.
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`Television
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`The fictional 15th Precinct in the police
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`drama NYPD Blue appeals to cover Alphabet
`City, at least in part.
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`In an appearance on The Tonight Show, writer
`P. J. O'Rourke said that when he lived in the
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`neighborhood in the late 1960s, it was
`dangerous enough that he and his friends
`referred to Avenue A, Avenue B, and Avenue
`C as "Firebase Alpha", "Firebase Bravo", and
`"Firebase Charlie", respectively.
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`In the episode "My First Kill" in Season 4 of
`Scrubs, J.D. (Zach Braff) wears a T—shirt with
`"Alphabet City, NYC" on it.
`The 1996 TV movie Mrs. Santa Claus is
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`primarily set on Avenue A in Alphabet City
`in 19103“
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`In episode 6 of the 2009 police drama The
`Unusuals, "The Circle Line", an identity thief
`buys his ID from a dealer in Alphabet City.
`The episode "The Pugilist Break" of Forever
`is about a murder that takes place in Alphabet
`City; the episode highlights the history of the
`neighborhood and its current development
`and gentrification.
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`In the episode "The Safety Dance" in "Season
`2" of "The Carrie Diaries", Walt helps his
`boyfriend move into an apartment in
`Alphabet City.
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`Character actor Josh Pais, who grew up in
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`Alphabet City, conceived and directed a very
`personal documentary film, 7th Street
`(http://7thstreet:movie.com/index.html),
`released in 2003. Shot over a period often
`years, it is both a "love letter" to the
`characters he saw everyday and a chronicle of
`the changes that took place in the
`neighborhood.
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`Films
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`Alphabet City was mentioned in the
`monologue by Montgomery Brogan in the
`movie 25th Hour.
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`A 1984 movie called Alphabet City, about a
`drug dealer's attempts to flee his life of crime,
`took place in the district. It starred Vincent
`Spano, Zohra Lampert and Jami Gertz.
`A 1985 movie by Paul Morrissey, Mixed
`Blood was set and filmed in the pre-
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`gentriflcation Alphabet City of the early
`1980s.
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`The 1999 film Flawless, starring Philip
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`Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and
`Wilson Jennaine Heredia, takes place in
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`Alphabet City with all filming taking place
`there.
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`Alphabet City was featured in the film 200
`Cigarettes, also from 1999.
`Much of the independent film Supersize Me,
`released in 2004, takes place in Alphabet
`City, near the residence of director Morgan
`Spurlock.
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`The 2005 motion picture Rent, starring
`Rosario Dawson, Wilson Jennaine Heredia,
`Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp, Adam
`Pascal, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, and Tracie
`Thorns, is an adaptation of the 1996
`Broadway rock opera of the same name by
`Jonathan Larson (which itself is heavily
`based on Puccini's opera La Boheme) and set
`in Alphabet City on llth Street and Avenue
`B, although many scenes were filmed in San
`Francisco. Unlike the stage musical, which
`was not set in a specific period of time, the
`film is clear that the story takes place
`between 1989 and 1990. Although this leads
`to occasional anachronisms in the story, the
`
`time period is explicitly mentioned to
`establish that the story takes place before the
`gentrification of Alphabet City.
`
`Theatre
`
`I The Broadway musical Rent takes place in
`Alphabet City. The characters live on East
`llth Street and Avenue B. They hang out at
`such East Village locales as Life Cafe.
`In Tony Kushner's play, Angels in America
`(and the film adaptation of same), the
`character Louis makes a comment about
`
`"Alphabet Land," saying it's where the Jews
`lived when they first came to America, and
`"now, a hundred years later, the place to
`which their more seriously fucked—up
`grandchildren repair."
`
`The Broadway musical Avenue Q takes place
`on the fictitious Avenue Q, which is, for the
`
`sake of the plot, located in Alphabet City.
`One of the main characters mentions he is
`
`looking for cheap accommodation in
`Alphabet City.
`
`Music: Specific avenues
`
`"The Belle of Avenue A" is a song by Ed
`Sanders.
`
`"Avenue A" is a song by The Dictators, from
`their 2001 CD, DFFD.
`
`"Avenue A" is a song by Red Rider off their
`1980 album, Don't Fight It.
`"Avenue B" is a song by Gogol Bordello
`"Avenue B" is a song by Mike Stern
`Avenue B is an album by Iggy Pop, who
`wrote the album while living at the
`Christodora House on Avenue B.
`
`"Avenue C" is a Count Basie Band song,
`
`recorded by Barry Manilow in 1974 for his
`album Barry Manilow 1].
`"Venus of Avenue D" is a song by Mink
`DeVille.
`‘
`Avenue D is referred to in the Steely Dan
`
`song, "Daddy Don't Live In That New York
`City No More" off the 1975 album Katy Lied.
`Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams refers to
`Avenue A and Avenue B in his track "New
`
`York, New York".
`
`In Bongwater's "Folk Song" there is the
`repeated chorus "Hello death, goodbye
`Avenue A". Ann Magnuson, lead singer of
`Bongwater, lives on Avenue A.
`The Pink Martini song "Hey Eugene" takes
`place "at a party on Avenue A."
`The 1978 classical salsa hit "Pedro Navaja",
`
`by Panamanian singer Ruben Blades, says at
`the end that the "lifeless bodies" of Pedro
`
`Barrios (Pedro Navaja) and Josefina Wilson
`were found on "lower Manhattan" "between
`Avenues A and B"...
`
`In Lou Reed's "Halloween Parade", from his
`
`highly acclaimed concept album New York
`(album), he mentions "the boys from Avenue
`B and the girls from Avenue D."
`It is mentioned in Sunrise on Avenue C,
`
`James Maddock from the album Fragile?"
`
`Music: General
`
`Elliott Smith refers to "Alphabet City" in his
`song, "Alphabet Town," from his self-titled
`album.
`
`Alphabet City is an album by ABC.
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`"Take A Walk With The Fleshtones" is a
`
`song by The Fleshtones on their album
`Beautiful Light (1994). The song devotes a
`verse to each Avenue.
`
`Alphabet City is mentioned in the song
`"Poster Girl" by the Backstreet Boys.
`
`In the song "New York City," written by Cub
`and popularized by They Might be Giants,
`Alphabet City is mentioned in the chorus.
`The Clash mentions the neighborhood in the
`song "Straight to Hell": "From Alphabet City
`all the way a to z, dead, head"
`
`I U2 refer to the neighborhood as "Alphaville"
`in their song "New York".
`
`In their song "Click Click Click Click" on the
`2007 album The Broken String, Bishop Allen
`
`sing, "Sure I've got pictures of my own, of all
`the people and the places that I've known.
`Here's when I'm carryin' your suitcase,
`outside of Alphabet City".
`On Dan the Automator's "A Better
`
`Tomorrow", rapper Kool Keith quips that he
`is the "King of New York, running Alphabet
`City".
`
`I
`
`"Alphabet City" is the name of the fifih track
`on the 2004 release, The Wall Against Our
`Back from the Columbus, Ohio band Two
`Cow Garage.
`
`Steve Earle's expressionistic "Down Here
`Below" (track 2 of Washington Square
`Serenade) cites: "And hey, whatever
`happened to Alphabet City? Ain’t no place
`
`left in this town that a poor boy can go"
`The dance hit "Sugar is Sweeter (Danny
`Saber Mix)" by CJ Bolland refers to the
`neighborhood with the lyrics, "Down in
`Alphabet City..."
`
`See also
`
`Community gardening
`Dos Blockos
`
`Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
`
`Nuyorican Poets Cafe
`Riis Houses
`
`St. Brigid's Church
`
`References
`
`Notes
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`1.
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`Page" (http://www.upress.umn.edu/sles/sles-maps.html).
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`"Exhibitions" (http://www.thevillager.com/villager_l 79/exhibitions.html).
`The Villager. October 4, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
`Foderaro, Lisa W. (May 17, 1987). "Will it be Loisaida of Alphabet
`city?; Two Visions Vie In the East
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`loisaida-or-alphabet-city-two-visions-vie-in-the-east-village.html). The
`New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
`
`Rowe, Peter G. (1999). "Civic Realism" (http://books.google.com/books?
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`
`Koch, Ed (April 27, 1984). "Needed: Federal Anti-Drug
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`Freedman, Samuel (November 4, 1984). "Metropolis of the
`Mind" (http://wvvw.nytimes.com/1984/1 1/04/magazine/metropolis-of-
`the-mind.html). The New York Times. section 6, page 32, column 1.
`Retrieved 2010-03-22.
`
`Shaw, Dan (November 1 1, 2007). "Rediscovering New York as It Used
`to Be" (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/1 1/1 1/realestate/1 1habi.html?
`_r—=l&relErealestate&oref=slogin). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-
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`
`Leland, John (8 December 2012). "East Village Shrine to Riots and
`Radicals" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/ 12/09/nyregion/the-museum-
`of-reclaimed-urban-space-enshrines-the-east-village-struggle.html?_r=0).
`New York Times.
`
`"East 10th Street Historic District Designation
`
`Report" (http://wvvw.nyc.gov/htm1/lpc/downloads/pdflreports/2492.pdf).
`NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
`
`11.
`
`“St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church Designation
`Report" (http://www.nyc.gov/htrnl/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/StNicholasl
`NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
`
`"Free Public Baths of the City of New York, East 11th Street
`Bath" (http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/1 lst_baths.pd
`NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
`"Public National Bank ofNew York
`
`Building" (http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdflreports/publicnati
`NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
`
`. "Former Congregation Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Anshe Ungarn
`Building" (http://wvvw.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdflreports/ansheungz
`NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
`"Former Public School
`
`64" (http://wvvw.nyc.gov/html/1pc/downloads/pdf/reports/ps64.pdi). NYC
`Landmarks Preservation Commission.
`
`"Congregation Mezritch Request for
`Evaluation" (http://gvshp.org_gvshp/preservation/mezritch/doc/Congrega
`Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
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`"Historic East Village House Rejected by
`Landmarks" (http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/preservation/east__village/ev-
`O9-14-11.htm). Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
`"The Robyn is now fully exposed on East 3rd
`Street" (http://evgrieve.com/2014/O7/the-robyn-is-now—fully-exposed-on-
`east.html). EV Grieve blog.
`"326 & 328 East 4th
`
`18.
`
`Street" (http2//www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/preservation/326-328—e4/326-328-
`e4-main.htm). Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
`"Keeping in Character: A Look at the Impacts of Recent Community-
`Initiated Rezonings in the East
`Village" (http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/preservation/east_village/doc/keep
`in-characterpdi). Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
`
`"Loisaida recipe" (http://www.drinksmixer.com/drinkrq17512.html). 30
`December 2008.
`4
`
`Ix) .—a
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`. http://www.allenginsbergorg/index.php?page=allen-ginsberg-1 953-2
`"Geoffrey Biddle" (http://geoffreybiddlecom/). Retrieved 24 October
`2010.
`
`whatyouwrite (2006-09-13). "Street Play, Photographs By Martha
`Cooper
`« Whatyouwrite.Com" (http://whatyouwrite.wordpress.com/2006/09/13/st
`play-photographs-bymartha-cooper/). Whatyouwrite.wordpress.com.
`Retrieved 2010-10-15.
`'
`
`24.
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`http://wvvw.imdb.com/title/ttOl 17 103/
`"James Maddock" (http://jamesmaddock.net/).
`
`Further reading
`
`I Alphabet City: The ABCs of Gentrification (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/0l_24/b3736044.htrn), Karin Pekarchik,
`BusinessWeek, June 11, 2001
`
`Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alphabet_City,__Manhattan&oldid=654235924"
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`Categories: Neighborhoods in Manhattan I East Village, Manhattan I Hispanic and Latino American culture in New York City
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`I Puerto Rican culture in New York I Ethnic enclaves in New York
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