Volume 76, Number 42 | March 14 - 20, 2007
Sour note: Following last weeks court ruling that the Washington Square renovation can proceed, paranoia is spreading among the parks musicians that the city now intends to clamp down on them. We hear that last Sunday a police officer told a guitarist named Scott playing in the park that hed gathered too big a crowd and had to stop. Fueling suspicions, park watchers note two police officers including the one who issued the order were recently posted in the park, while the usual Park Enforcement Patrol officers arent around as much anymore. Not helping to dispel concerns were Parks Department spokespersons Abby Lootens and Jama Adams the latter, Parks deputy press director who repeatedly told us all questions on the matter must be directed to the Police Department. However, Tim Duffy, Sixth Precinct community affairs officer, said while its true two officers were assigned to the park a month ago, its only because the precincts manpower has risen to a level to allow this. Usually, officers pass through the park or patrol the perimeter, but these two are posted right smack inside. Theyre new to the park, but theyre not new to the precinct, Duffy said of Officers Aigotti and Durante. They could be enforcing something that people before didnt know they should have been enforcing. The people that may have complained may have been getting away with it for a while, he noted. Duffy said the department has no opinion on the renovation, noting, Our stance is that, no matter what the design of the park is, were going to enforce the regulations fence, no fence, move the fountain, or not. Warner Johnston, Parks top spokesperson, assured us that PEP officers are still assigned to the park. Any other Parks spokespersons who have anything more to add, please let us know.
Board bid: With the deadline for community board appointments nearing, some are wondering whether at Community Board 2 Bob Rinaolo will be reappointed. Under Borough President Scott Stringers predecessor, Virginia Fields, Rinaolo hid a conflict of interest ruling for more than a year, until a series of exposés by The Villager. Stringer cited Rinaolos situation in a report he issued during his borough president campaign, and has said that The Villager actually inspired the initiative. I really consider The Villager to be the father of community board reform, Stringer recently told us. Rinaolo, a former president of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, didnt return a call asking if he reapplied to C.B. 2. But Rick Panson, who himself did not reapply to the board, tells us he believes his fellow C.B. 2 member wants another term. Panson offered that the board was once too dominated by residents, then swung to business owners maybe a bit too much under Fields, and now is moving back toward control by the residents under Stringer. Panson feels Rinaolo is a valuable board member who knows the nitty-gritty of restaurant and bar liquor-license applications. Stringer didnt say whether its to be thumbs up or down for Rinaolo but guaranteed that all appointments will be made by April 1.
Killer acting: Julia Stiless kid sister, Jane, will soon be making her TV acting debut on Law and Order. Shes taping the segment now in Tribeca for the episode, Fallout, in which she plays a young Russian girl caught up in a sex-trafficking ring. Locally, Jane, 16, was known for her aggressive play on Downtown United Soccer Clubs teams, where her nickname fittingly was Killah. Said her mom, Judith our sports writer Youre scooping everyone on this, even the Post. Shes a great actor. People were applauding on the set. She does this intense crying scene.
Bring Mamouns! Aron Yippie Pie Man Kay who in his heyday famously pelted Phyllis Schlafly and G. Gordon Liddy with pies is laid up in Cabrini Hospital on E. 19th St. with painful lymphedema in his legs. In a devastating double-whammy, he also recently suffered a major loss when his beloved sidekick, his mini-dachshund pal, died right in his lap. To cheer him up, hed love to have some more visitors especially if they bring him a falafel sandwich from Mamouns on MacDougal St.! Hes in Room 1231.
Radio repeat: The Villager has recorded a second show on Tribecaradio.net, which, hopefully, will be posted on our Web site, thevillager.com, by weeks end. Guests are Bill Di Paola, Times Up! founder, talking about the new pedicab rules and Critical Mass, and David Reck, of Community Board 2, discussing the hotly contested Department of Sanitation mega-garage plan at Spring and Washington Sts. If the links not posted on our site, find it at http://www.tribecaradio.net/blog/categories/communityReport/2007/02/18.html#a246 and click on the really small megaphone in the upper right-hand corner.
Corrections: In our Feb. 28 issue, in our listings section, a photo of an artwork attributed to Kenneth Sean Golden, was not by him, but by Milda Vizbar
. In the same issue, a Scoopys item about this weekends antiwar teach-in and art show at Judson Church wrongly stated that an anarchist group is among the organizers. Jim Klicker, of the March 19 Peace Actions Coalition, said the coalition, which is nonviolent, was solely initiated by the War Resisters League, but is now independent of W.R.L. For all the events, check March19PeaceActions.org.