Volume 80, Number 34 | January 20 - 26, 2011
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Scoopy's Notebook

Go dogs go — all night long!
New York famously has 24-hour diners and delis, overnight pharmacies and numerous other round-the-clock spots. Now, for the New York dog that has everything, there will also be a 24-hour dog run — at Washington Square Park. We were tipped off by Margie Rubin, a disabled activist from Westbeth, who sent us a letter last week complaining that while an alcove she used to enjoy sitting in in her wheelchair is being reduced in size in the park’s renovation, the new dog run for large dogs is going to be going, in the words of Lionel Ritchie, “all night long” from now on. Philip Abramson, a Parks Department spokesperson, confirmed to us in an e-mail: “There will be an entrance to the large dog run on Washington Square South which will allow the dog run to be open overnight while the rest of the park is closed. It was requested by the local dog owners who would use the run.  This is part of the renovation’s Phase III, which includes the park house/comfort station. We hope to start construction in late spring/early summer and finish one year later.” Asked if it was the first all-hours dog run in one of the city’s public parks, Abramson said, “I believe so.” Many questions remain unanswered, though, about “Club Canine.” Will small dogs from the nearby small dog run try to crash the pooch party? Will there be a V.I.P. area for the hot dogs (and we’re not talking dachshunds)? Will a pit bull be the bouncer at the gate?  

Koch consistent:
Ed Koch said that his former Greenwich Village co-district leader from the 1960’s, Carol Greitzer, recently sent him an old newspaper clipping from March 11, 1965, reporting on his talk at a meeting of the Greenwich Village Association. The article, by Mary Nichols, quoted Koch as saying that all legislative reapportionment — i.e. redistricting — at the city, state and federal levels, should be done by a bipartisan commission. Ironically, it’s the same cause Koch is still pushing today — nearly 45 years later! — as part of his New York Uprising initiative. “She said, ‘Because it’s what you’re currently involved with, I thought you’d be interested,’ ” Koch said Greitzer wrote in a note she enclosed with the old paper. “It’s flaky, you have to be careful when you handle it. It falls apart,” he said of the aged article, which ran in another Village paper. “Regrettably, it was the Village Voice,” Koch said, “I was hoping it would be The Villager.”

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Maria Skouras, made up as a mermaid, helped sell raffle tickets at the P.S. 41 “Atlantis” fundraiser in April 2008.

Malaysian mission:
Maria Skouras left her job earlier this month as senior policy analyst in N.Y.U.’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, and is now in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She’s volunteering there with a group called eHomemakers — urban women who make baskets out of discarded newspapers and magazines and sell them to support their families. Skouras, who is also an N.Y.U. graduate, will be in Malaysia from Jan. 15 to June to record the women’s stories and help find U.S. markets to sell their baskets. When she wasn’t analyzing policy, Skouras was pitching in to help at community events. Lois Rakoff, community director of the Poe Room at N.Y.U. School of Law, said, “Maria was my ‘go-to person’ and liaison for the Poe Room events. When the Poe Room was celebrating Edgar’s birthday, I wanted a birthday cake for him. Maria got a bakery to put Edgar’s face on the birthday cake. Maria helped the Washington Square Music Festival on behalf of N.Y.U. Maria coordinated N.Y.U.’s Children’s Halloween Parade. She dressed as a princess. Maria is a fascinating, beautiful person inside and out. She is known for brain, charm and glamour, hairstyles and high stylish dress, silks, satins and velvets. She told me she will be wearing long sleeves and a headcovering because the females she will be working with in Malaysia are Muslim.”  

Freedom to leak:
L.E.S. Slacktivist John Penley has reserved the City Hall steps for April 7 at 3 p.m. for a press conference in support of Private Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks. Manning is currently being held in “maximum custody” in a Marine Corps brig, facing court martial for passing classified U.S. military documents to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. Assange is on bail and under house arrest in England pending an extradition hearing on two rapes he allegedly committed in Sweden — though he claims the charges are politically motivated. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is also trying to build a case against him. While the press conference is three months away, Penley said excitement is already building and it’s generating lots of interest. … Penley also tipped us off that N.Y.U.’s Tamiment Library recently acquired the papers of the late radical attorney and Greenwich Village resident William Kunstler.

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