December 16 - 22, 2010
E.I.K. FEELIN’ GROOVY:
Now that the 59th St. Bridgehas been renamed for
, the questions are, ﬁrst, isthe name change actually going to take hold, and, next, whatexactly will people call the stately East River span — i.e., the“Ed Koch Bridge,” the “Koch Bridge” — maybe just “TheKoch” or simply “The Ed,” or even “The Eddie”? On the ﬁrstpoint, Hizzoner tells us he thinks there’s a chance the newname could become common parlance. “We have no idea”of whether it will sink in, he admitted. “The reason there’s areasonable chance is it doesn’t have a distinct name: It’s the59th St. Bridge; it’s the Interboro Bridge.” (Actually, it’s theQueensboro Bridge, or it was.) If trafﬁc reports in the localnews media refer to it as the Ed Koch Bridge, that will helpthe new name take root, he added. But Koch himself mighttake a more active role. “I may even go out there and handout literature asking people to call it the Ed Koch Bridge,”he noted. He said he would hand ﬂiers to pedestrians nearthe Midtown connector’s entrances on both the Manhattanand Queens sides, but not to motorists. “I don’t think I’dstop trafﬁc — you could get killed,” he said. Actually, hispreferred appellation is “The E.I.K.,” standing for EdwardI. Koch. “If they want to call it the E.I.K., that’s got a goodring,” he noted. “ ‘Let’s drive over the E.I.K.’ ” Staying opento other variations, though, he added, “If they want to say,‘Take the Eddie,’ that’s O.K. by me.” One report last weeknoted that Koch actually had hoped to have Newark Airportnamed for him, but Hizzoner downplayed that as never seri-ous. “That was just joking. That’s reserved for presidents,”he said of airport namings — though, he did point out thatJ.F.K. rhymes with E.I.K. He said he’d had some talks aboutthe airport idea with friends two years ago, but that it was just lighthearted. Koch has already driven through the for-mer Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel since its being redubbed the
Tunnel, which was done simultaneously withthe bridge’s renaming for Koch. “I tell my driver, ‘Let’s takethe Hughey,’ ” Koch noted. “That’s what everyone calledhim, Hughey.” However, he’s yet to relish the pleasure of telling his driver, “Take the E.I.K.”
MOVIN’ ON UP:
is sad that her boy
Sarah Jessica Parker
may be leav-ing the Village soon, for good. “It was all over the news,”she told us last week. “They bought a 14-room apartment upin the 70’s.” The thespian couple have twins and a son, andwe’re guessing, may need the extra space. (Also, let’s face it,paparazzi have them totally staked out in the Village.) Ceceresaid Broderick is responsible for the now-20-year-old, star-studded mailboxes operation at Something Special, the storeCecere’s husband,
, runs on MacDougal St. justoff Houston St. Before, it was merely a postcard shop. “Hestarted it. We started it with him,” she recalled of Broderick.“He just walked in. He had moved to California. He said hecouldn’t stay in Hollywood. He said, ‘I’ll be your customer.’”A-listers avail themselves of the mailboxes for privacy sopeople don’t bother them. Today, Something Special handlesmail for the likes of
. Cecere noted that Jansen just got a new bike from theNetherlands, with a basket on front for her dog, Licorice.But Broderick will forever be Cecere’s favorite. “Oh, I lovehim,” she gushed. “We used to have lunch together in thestore every Saturday afternoon, until he met Sarah.”
,former Community Board 2 chairperson, on her electionlast month as a judge. “I was elected as judge to the CivilCourt from the 1st Municipal Court District, which coversGreenwich Village and Downtown Manhattan,” Feinmanwrote us. “I had been an administrative law judge for NewYork State for the past 25 years and am looking forward toentering into a new area. I’ve been observing other judgesalready and am very excited about this change.” If she couldhandle C.B. 2, she’ll be able to handle anything in court.
At the World AIDS Dayevent in Washington Square Park a few weeks ago, WestVillage activist
reconnected with a distantrelative —
. Woolums passed a smiling Minelli aletter explaining that Woolums’s mother’s great-grandfatherand Judy Garland’s great-grandfather were brothers, mak-ing Woolums and Minelli distant cousins. The W. EighthStreeter told the singer she had a family tree diagramming itall, and Minelli said she’d love to see it. We asked Woolumsto give us a little “Cabaret” over the phone, and she didn’tneed much prompting. We deﬁnitely heard a family resem-blance.
IT WAS JUST MY EXAGGERATION...:
thinking? In New York magazine’s article last monthon New York University’s expansion plans (“The SchoolThat Ate New York”), the N.Y.U. president made a commentthat doubtless rankled many Village readers. As the article’sauthor
wrote: “Near the end of our inter-view, I ask Sexton what would happen if N.Y.U. is thwartedin its campaign to build. Sexton told me that N.Y.U. canbuild on land it owns nearby when a building restrictionexpires in ten years. ‘We can grow anyway! I mean, we grewfor twenty years before. If that’s denied, we have an as-of-right building that will be ﬁve feet away. Which we’ll do!Maybe we’ll be forced to add seven stories to the CatholicCenter.’” Yes, of course, everyone knows N.Y.U. now plansto build on the Morton Williams supermarket site after the
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