Volume 75, Number 47 | April 12 - 18 2006

Scoopy's Notebook

Johnson is innocent! Although the Post’s Page Six is under fire from all sides in the wake of the Jared Paul Stern extortion scandal, at least one Page Six contributor is standing behind the embattled gossip sheet. John Penley, who also is a frequent Scoopy source, said he’s been pitching items directly to Richard Johnson for 10 years. He added that not many know Johnson lives in the neighborhood, on E. Second St. “Richard Johnson’s not dumb enough to get involved in what Jared Paul Stern was doing — even though the Daily News is trying to show he was,” Penley said. “He will not keep a juicy item out of the column, even if you did a favor for him.”

‘Scoopy protection’: In light of the Page Six scandal, we just want to assure those individuals — and you know who you are — who we encouraged to buy “Scoopy protection” that we were, of course, just kidding. That talk about “three levels” of Scoopy protection — weekly goldfish for level-one protection, mice for level two and massages at that exclusive Meat Market pet spa and salon for level three — were all just our idea of a silly joke. Ha, ha, ha!

Stringer reject: While most are calling Borough President Scott Stringer’s community board appointment process refreshingly unpolitical, Aubrey Lees, who was removed by Stringer from Community Board 2, feels it was just the opposite. “I think it’s fine that Scott just appoint people that support him,” she said. “I didn’t support him for borough president or public advocate. Neither did my political club, Stonewall Democrats. I assume it’s political but it’s fine. It’s good to have new people on the board.” A veteran of 10 years on C.B. 2, she said she had hoped to promote the idea on the board of reviving Christopher St.

Free workshop: Barry Mallin, who represents the Soho Alliance in its lawsuits against liquor license applications by bars and nightclubs, gave a workshop to Community Board 3 and East Village block association leaders last week. Unlike his Soho Alliance lawsuits, this time he did it totally gratis.

‘Air America’ earrings: Actress Jeanine Garofalo dropped in at designer Apollo Braun’s store on Orchard St. last Sunday, we hear. The actress and “Air America” radio host came undercover — wearing big dark sunglasses, Adidas track pants and a coat. Garofalo tried on gold hoop earrings in front of the mirror and was very “down to earth,” letting the sales girl put them on her. The earrings matched Garofalo’s gold necklace, so she kept them on as she left the store. She paid in cash and had the exact change.

Mercurial return: Carol Wilson, one of the residents forced to leave her apartment building at 55 W. Eighth St. after she discovered mercury dripping into one of her bedrooms, tells Scoopy source Jefferson Siegel that the cleanup is complete and some tenants have begun moving back in. “I got a call from the Department of Health at the end of March,” Wilson said. “They said the building had been cleared and people could come back.” Wilson is still trying to recover possessions that were bagged as contaminated and taken to a Long Island warehouse.

Crotty notty running: Although her name was being mentioned as a candidate before the February 74th Assembly District special election, Jane Crotty says she won’t be running in the September primary. “I did think about it at the beginning, but when Steve [Sanders] came out and put forward a candidate [Steve Kaufman], I didn’t want to take on the [Democratic] organization,” she said. Plus, Crotty said Sylvia Friedman, who won the special election, now has the advantage of incumbency. And Crotty said, she enjoys her job doing P.R. for George Arzt for clients like New School University, East Village Community Coalition and Greenwich House.

Waxing poetic: At the end of last month, the corner of E. Third St. and Avenue B was co-named for Reverend Pedro Pietri, who was involved in the creation of the Nuyorican Poets Café and died in 2004. “When I read his poetry as a young girl it really resonated with me and my experiences in the city,” said City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who supported the renaming and attended the ceremony.

Eruption cools: Trees were recently trimmed at Vesuvio Park in Soho, but apparently it was not just for the recent film shoot there — which is a good thing, because residents would have been up in arms. It was reportedly because the trees are going to be moved so that work can start on the long-overdue renovation of the park.

Shutter to think: LindaAnn Loschiavo, Ninth St.’s historian, almost became part of the block’s history herself, narrowly escaping serious injury when a shutter from the fifth floor of 21 E. Ninth St. came loose on a gusty day. “It crashed down on me,” she said. “I ran away from it, so it missed my skull, but it got me on the foot and the leg.”

Let him go on: Whatever happened to Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes, you ask? Well, he’s a regular at a West Village bar that we’re not at liberty to name — though you’d never know that, since he never tells anyone in the place about it. He still tours with the Femmes, who were huge in the 1980s and are reportedly still wildly popular in New Zealand.

Correction: In The Villager’s recent article about the debate on a new ethics bill being proposed for the Hudson River Park Trust, Diana Taylor, a Trust board of directors member, was incorrectly identified as an appointee of Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who also happens to be her boyfriend. Taylor was appointed to the board by Governor Pataki several years before Bloomberg was elected to his first term in office.

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