Volume 75, Number 21 | October 12 - 18, 2005

Scoopy’s notebook

Margarita for Mike? Rumors have been flying that Councilmember Margarita Lopez will endorse Republican Michael Bloomberg for mayor over Democrat Fernando Ferrer. Lopez, who came in third in the borough president primary, will be out of a job in January because of term limits. It’s long been thought she has been angling for a job in the Bloomberg administration, and let’s not forget, in Lopez’s own words, they make beautiful music together. “I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Lopez told us on Tuesday. “People know more about my life than I do.” Yet, she didn’t really deny the rumor, either.

Si old P.S. 64! The lead editorial in the Oct. 6 El Diario, the city’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, called on the Bloomberg administration to landmark the old P.S. 64 and to ensure that it is used for the benefit of the community. Meanwhile, the Board of Standards and Appeals is set to rule next Tuesday, Oct. 18, on Gregg Singer’s appeal of the Department of Buildings’ repeated denial of building permits for his planned 19-story megadorm on the site of the decommissioned school building, former home to CHARAS/El Bohio cultural and community center.

Rock and roll park: The new Canal Park at the west end of Canal St. will be dedicated on Fri., Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. with a formal ribbon cutting. But the real fun will start later on, when there will be a free concert from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring Lou Reed and other recording stars.

Good as Gold: We hear Ed Gold of Community Board 2 will receive Village Care of New York’s Lenore Zola Award for Community Service next month. The late Tony Dapolito got it three years ago.

FEVA furor: As first reported by Scoopy, Phil Hartman has stepped down as executive director of the Federation of East Village Artists and HOWL! Festival, both of which he founded. But the FEVA furor and the howling over HOWL! have not died down yet. The new controversy is over Hartman’s handpicked candidate to succeed him as E.D., Joe Pupello, who worked with Bette Midler on her garden projects, has choreographed at P.S. 122 and is said to have good fundraising skills. Some FEVA members are concerned about the high salary — reportedly $80,000 to $150,000 — Pupello will be getting paid. “You’re getting a fundraiser — and we’d be raising funds to pay this guy,” said artist James Romberger, one of the self-described band of “mutineers” who have been raking Hartman over the e-mail coals in recent weeks for not fulfilling all of the original mission statement goals of FEVA. On this last point, Romberger charged, FEVA’s office staff is full of Williamsburg people who are looking out for their own at the expense of East Village and Lower East Side artists.

In (and out of) the news: No one seems to know who posted the recent Villager talking point by David Poster criticizing “gay youth gone wild” on Christopher St. on the “In the News” bulletin board at the McBurney YMCA on W. 14th St. Poster is a member of the Y but denied he put it up, though he said he thought it was a good column if he did say so himself, even if it had absolutely nothing to do with fitness. Meanwhile, Christian Miller, the Y’s executive director, said it wasn’t him or any staffers who took the column down.

Chopper buzz: The helicopters making a racket over the East Village on Tuesday were reportedly police responding to a bank robbery.

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