Volume 73, Number 40 | February 04 - 10, 2004

Scoopy’s notebook

Freed’s judgment: Newly elected Judge Kathryn Freed has the notorious East Side rapist before her on a bail hearing, we hear. She remanded him without bail, not unsurprisingly.

More S.L.A. lawsuit: Anna Sawaryn of the Coalition to Save the East Village said they do not now plan their own lawsuit against the State Liquor Authority on oversaturation of bars in the neighborhood, but may join in with another group. “That’s being done by the Flatiron Alliance,” said Sawaryn. “I think we’ll have more power that way, rather than separating it out.” There was a meeting of the Flatiron Alliance and Community Board 5 last week at which the lawsuit was discussed. Susan Howard, founder of the new Lower East Side/East Village Residents Coalition, attended but walked out during a presentation by C.B. 5 chairperson Kyle Merker. “There wasn’t really a chance to participate in the decision-making and for questions and comments,” Howard said. According to Howard, Merker said they’re going to push for legislation, supported by Gov. Pataki, to “abolish the S.L.A.,” which would eliminate two of the authority’s three commissioners, saving the state $250,000 per year. “It didn’t sound like an interesting organizing effort,” said Howard. “Are the Flatiron Alliance Democrats or Republicans? I don’t particularly want to lobby for Pataki legislation in an election year.” Raising money for the lawsuit would also be a challenge, Howard said. The Noho Neighborhood Association is also reportedly part of the growing coalition backing the lawsuit. The issue was on the agenda at the Association’s meeting Monday night.

Perverted party: Lower East Side musician and political gadfly Christopher X. Brodeur partied at Triangulo in the Meat Market last Thursday for his new book, “Perverted Little Creep,” about his jousting and run-ins with former Mayor Giuliani. Brodeur, who used to call in to Giuliani’s radio talks and aggravate him to no end, plans to run for mayor in ’05 in the Democratic primary — so he can be in the debates, he said — then on the Independence line, where he’ll be up against Bernie Goetz, who also plans to run for mayor and who introduced Brodeur at the book-signing party. Brodeur’s main issue is free transportation, which, he claims, would save the city money. “We spend $1 billion to collect $500 million — sweeping up all those MetroCards costs money,” he said. Also at the party, Reverend Jen read about her first day on the job in a sex dungeon.

‘Sex and the Glickster’: The New York Trapeze School has proved to be a popular attraction in the Hudson River Park, and after appearing in a segment in “Sex in the City” is certifiably chic. But, as a member of the Trapeze School was telling Scoopy last October at the Emerald Inn on Spring St. — the Trapeze School’s “local” — as Scoopy was watching the Yanks’ Jeff Nelson serve up the fateful World Series-turning homerun ball to Miguel Cabrera, it was already getting too blustery to hold onto the trapeze bars and the school was looking for an indoor space for winter. Now the Trapeze School, located in Tribeca at Debrosses St., having failed to find indoor space, wants to use some sort of semi-transparent, wind-blocking mesh to operate year-round on the Hudson; either that, or they might have to look indoors in — God forbid — Brooklyn. Well, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, for one, said she doesn’t approve of the idea, or of the Trapeze School being at the location in the first place. “While it’s been somewhat entertaining, that’s something that should be indoors somewhere,” Glick said. “We have very little open park space. We’re talking about a narrow ribbon along the waterfront that should not be filled with pay-to-play uses. On ‘Sex in the City’ Miranda is going to move to Brooklyn,” Glick, a fan of the show, pointed out, “so Brooklyn’s now hip. I guess they can move to Brooklyn.”

What a scream: We went looking for Howard Dean’s Downtown office, which State Senator Tom Duane announced a few weeks ago would be set up soon at Hudson and Bank Sts. But we couldn’t find it anywhere. We went to Bank St., we went to Hudson St., we went to Bleecker St., we went to Bethune St., we went to W. 11th St…YEEEARGH! Eric Shmeltzer, Dean’s New York spokesperson, said, “We’re still working on setting up our satellite offices.”


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