IRA COHEN UPDATE PLEASE READ
"Urgent plea to help artist extraordinaire Ira Cohen survive a bedbug infestation."
Ira is up against it. Please do what you can.
All the best,
Dear All, some maybe new to this info & others may be tired by it. I need your
help that is why I am writing.
Since last week the story has gotten all more complicated...If you have any
positive proactive aid please contact me directly 917.539.7965. Please refrain
from skepticism and criticism. There is no time for that here.
for those that need more info about Ira: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Cohen
Ira COHEN was holed up in a UWS tiny hotel since tuesday the 20th ($1200 a week
and thats cheap NYC) while most of his creme de la creme archives were removed
from his apt premises for the exorbitant cost of $10,000 to insure the Corporate
landlord that his apartment would be properly fumigated this past monday 26th
(btw which happened but didn't wholly work!!!!) against bedbugs... Ira's landlord
is holding Ira solely responsible for the whole building, should they move
anywhere else anytime soon.
By now we should all know the vermin are rampant in urban centers across the
U.S. ("...nearly 11,000 calls about bedbugs were made to new york city's 311
help line, compared with 537 in the fiscal year 2004. The number of confirmed
infestations has also risen sharply, to 4,084 last year from 82 six years ago.")
I picked Ira up yesterday on the 27th for what I thought was a victorious day of
returning him to his home after the fumigation. We paid a cleaning crew $300 to
come in and clean up all the fumigation dust, Raphael was right beside them all
cleaning for 4 hours breathing in the toxicity. I brought Ira into the apt at
4:30pm after spending the day with nowhere to be( in a movie theater then a
cafe). I went out shortly after we arrived to buy new sheets, new towels and the
like. When I returned, Ira was sitting in the chair he always sits in, he was
talking on the phone to a friend and I saw 2 bedbugs climbing on that chair I
had to immediately remove Ira from the premises with a distraught Raphael and
his aged aid besides, we sat in the lobby for 3 hours trying to figure out where
to take Ira. No one had offered anything anywhere, we had a crisis. All hotels
were booked. We had no $ because thousands are already spent. Absurdly I had
already bought Ira a new $800 couch which couldn't be delivered. Raphael and I
both live in 5 floor walkups with no AC, these were inconceivable options, not
one friend in all of this was around to say "bring him to my house." So at
8:30pm last night we found a different hotel this time at $250 a night for 2
nights on the UWS so his nurse aid has a place to spend the night with him and
give him proper care(insulin et al). We now have to call the prep crews back in
to at the landlord's newest demands to pull up the carpet and now throw all of
the furniture(including the antiques away and cart off the remaining framed to
be unframed artworks to storage). Our new cost for all of this is somewhere
around $20,000. You can retort all this safely from behind your computers but
the only way Ira will be able to maintain his tenant status with the landlord is
by complying with these options.
You can rise up and think of positive ways to raise money for Ira. We have his
films available for showing at gatherings/benefits as people keep suggesting to
me but I do not have the time on top of all of this to plan a benefit in 2 days.
Wish I was superwoman.Can you help? Do you know off any agencies to apply for
immediate grants? Any generous friends who may be appeased with a signed
photograph for a grand donation?
HE CANNOT AFFORD ALL THIS. HE HANDLES IT WELL BECAUSE HE TRUSTS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO HELP HIM. THERE ARE NO LAWYERS TO FIGHT BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 2-3 DAYS IN WHICH THIS MUST ALL HAPPEN.WE NEED SOMEWHERE FOR IRA TO STAY FROM TOMORROW MORNING 11AM.?????????
This is our critical mass - ????? if we cannot pay. The end of Ira at home at 106th street which will surely be the end of IRA COHEN. His son is distraught and broke, his sister has a husband who is invalid from a stroke and is doing her best to care for Ira in between, not one friend
visited him last week in that previous hotel.
I have only raised $6500 and the most generous donations of $1000 came from one
of Ira's newest friends in the UK, a poets in need grant of $3500 raised by M.R.
and by MY friends who don't even have a connection to IRA. I do not overlook
those friends of Ira who have nothing and even sent in $10-$50 --- you know who
you are. The rest simply turn a blind eye saying its always something with Ira
or I have my own problems. I sent out my fundraiser email to 1200 people I am
appalled by the ego-ic community of artists.
PLEASE help, any amount of donation is appreciated. We need help to make sure we
can pay this and make sure Ira can return to his home in peace and his archives
are treated and returned in good condition. Please help if you will. No act of
kindness or generosity is overlooked.
Please pass this on through your networks to generous souls who appreciate what
Ira stood for his whole life, ENLIGHTENED CULTURE!!!!
There is a great quote by a great poet I share with you all: "Generosity is not
giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you
need more than I do." Author: Kahlil Gibran
I may also post some artworks/services for auction on this site if anyone cannot
give money. I will accept such offers on the behalf of IRA.There is no end til
we reach our goal. Please send images details and reserve amount to my email
if you want to pay by credit card, I suggest paypal choose "personal" and they
do not take a percentage: email@example.com to send a check by snail
The check should be made out to JANICE HONIG, Ira's sister who is handling a
bank acct for him. You can send it direct to her as well: Janice Honig, 45 East
89th Street #22e NY, NY 10128, (212) 9873806 or to me: Ondi McMaster, 52 Bank
Street #5, NYC, NY 10014 Ira can be reached by phone but we ask since he is
anxious and disturbed by all this to speak softly on the subject, tickle him
don't taunt him.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on how to reach him directly.