Volume 73, Number 37 | January 14 - 20, 2004
Memorial overload: East Villager Michael Arad must be elated that his double-pool Reflecting Absence design was picked for the 9/11 Trade Center memorial. But Howard Marder, a spokesperson at the New York City Housing Authority, the designers employer, is feeling overwhelmed by calls from the media to interview the Israeli native. Arad is under a gag order by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. until Wednesdays press event. Ive been getting calls from around the globe, Marder said last week. Everyone wants to talk to Michael. But he cant talk to anybody. Believe me, it would be a lot easier if he could. Arad was in California last week working with a landscape architect on final details of the plan.
Comfy in Kimmel: Community Board 2 will hold its full board meeting Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in, yes, New York Universitys Kimmel Center on Washington Sq. S. at LaGuardia Pl., ninth floor. So, it seems C.B. 2 will not be boycotting the Kimmel Center after all, despite the fact that it was fought by a community lawsuit and is generally despised for its non-contextual architecture, unattractive butterscotch color and overly large presence on the parks southern edge. In fact, Jim Smith, C.B. 2s chairperson, said the board likes it, at least the ninth floor: As someone put it, its got that new car smell. Its really nice.
C.B. 3 meets Jan. 27 at good old P.S. 20, 166 Essex St., 6:30 p.m.
Ass and you might not receive: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe didnt take kindly to Aubrey Lees C.B. 2 Parks Committee resolution a few weeks ago, in which she told the department, none too subtly, to hurry up already and reinstall the late Bob Bolles scrap-metal sculptures at the Broome and Watts Sts. park triangle. Get off their fat asses
Benepe mused at one point during a recent interview with The Villager, with the well, well, well
all but uttered. As a late Christmas gift, were going to send her a copy of How To Win Friends and Influence People, the commissioner quipped, or maybe a book by Miss Manners. Benepe said the department favors a temporary installation, but that, if Bolles supporters insist on bringing some back permanently, they must go through the normal channels, i.e., the Art Commission, for approval. I stick by it, Lees said of her comment, in, er, hind sight. People in the community feel very strongly about the sculptures and Bob Bolles legacy and they were not made aware of these rules and regulations when [the sculptures were removed] a few years ago. As for a gift, Lees said, I think I would rather have Walter Isaacsons biography of Benjamin Franklin. Its on the bestseller list.
V.I.D. split by 3: Chad Marlow, president of Village Independent Democrats, said V.I.D.s open roundtable discussion last week on the Democratic presidential candidates and strategy on how to beat Bush went well. The discussion was very well considered and cordial, because I think we all realize that we would support any of the candidates against Bush, Marlow said. My sense is that the club is equally split between Dean, Clark and Kerry.
D.A.? Mama mia: We hear Arnie Kriss, who represents the Little Italy Merchants Association and oversees the San Gennaro Feast for the city, may run for district attorney in Brooklyn. Trying to broker peace in the Little Italy feast and mall feuds, has no doubt left Kriss well equipped for anything hed encounter as D.A.
No Brownie points: David McWater, vice president of the New York Nightlife Association, tells us that last month he sold out his ownership of Opaline at 85 Avenue A to his partner, Ricky Mercado. McWaters original plan in buying the hip dance club had been to do a swap with Brownies at 169 Avenue A, under which hed remake the live music venue as a bar. But it didnt work out.
Good as Gold: Two names were inadvertently cut from Ed Golds new years wishes column last week. Max Schneider: An N.Y.U. sweater to go with his hardhat. Josh Vogel: His song, I Flunked Adultery goes to the top of the charts. (P.S., Maxs granddad, Ron, was head of Community School Board 2, and Vogel is husband of former City Councilmember Carol Greitzer.)