November 24 - 30, 2011
GLADLY GIVES ‘GAY RAGE’:
hasbeen busy organizing events for Occupy Wall Street, from the
concert down at Foley Square on Veterans Day tothe raucous drum circle up near Mayor
’s houseon Sunday. But in a ﬂashback to his earlier career as a newsphotographer, Penley said he recently got a call from peoplemaking a new movie on
, asking for permission touse his photo of the former mayor striding through a sea of angry Act Up protesters. The photo ran on the New YorkPost’s front page under the headline “Gay Rage,” and is oneof Penley’s all-time favorite shots, so he was more than happyto let them use it. Other than conﬁrming that there is indeeda ﬁlm, Koch revealed few details. “Yes, there is a movie, to beshown in January-February,” Hizzoner told us, adding, “I willdiscuss it at that time.” The big question is will Koch reviewthis one, and will he give it a plus or a minus?
GAY RAGE MINUS THE ‘Y’ EQUALS — ‘GARAGE’:
East Village blog EV Grieve recently had an update on thesuspected garage at the Economakis “mass-eviction” man-sion at 47 E. Third St. We ourselves had received a tipearlier this year from a former tenant of the building whotold us a highly coveted curb cut had been approved for thesidewalk in front; the former tenant — who, like the otherholdouts, eventually took a buyout to leave — noted it’svery difﬁcult to get approval for a curb cut, yet somehowthe Economakises managed to wrangle one. Every timewe pass down the block, we’ve been checking to see if thecurb cut has been installed, but it still isn’t there. Anyway,some months ago, we called
to ask himabout the purported curb cut and garage that people havebeen alleging he’s putting in. He said he couldn’t really talkabout it. So, we tried e-mailing him instead, and he sent backthe following response: “[
], Thank you for your e-mailand for reaching out, I hope all is well. Regarding the ques-tions from my neighbors, I have to say that I enjoy meetingmy neighbors and speaking to them in person. In fact, I havedone so on many an occasion. If my neighbors have questionsthey are always free to introduce themselves and I would behappy to speak with them in person. However, at this point intime, I would prefer to move beyond discussing my home inthe media. Sincerely, Alistair.” So maybe — who knows? — if someone just goes up to him and asks him if he’s putting inthe garage, all this confusion will ﬁnally be answered. We sawAlistair on the sidewalk a few weeks ago, talking to a man ina business suit. However, before we could go over and askabout the garage, they both ducked inside the basement-levelspace on the other side of the stoop. It basically looked likeEconomakis was showing the space to a potential tenant. Thissummer a meditation poster was pasted on the plywood fencecovering the alleged garage, and someone had written “HareKrsna” under the Economakises’ mailbox, which is also onthis plywood fence. So, at that point, we were wondering if the “garage” was in fact a new Hare Krishna temple — ormaybe just a ginormous mailbox.
D.G.’S WORD TO Q.H.A.:
tells us that leaders of the Queer History Alliancerecently met with her to talk about getting access tothe basement under the open-space triangle where RudinManagement plans to build a park for the community, at12th St. and Seventh Ave. Glick said she instead proposeda new idea to Q.H.A.: that they try to use empty space inthe former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building for their plannedlearning center on the AIDS crisis and its heroes, likeSt. Vincent’s Hospital. An AIDS memorial could still belocated in the new community park, Glick said, but “with anentrance across from the park, the learning center would bevisible.” On the other hand, she said, “Underground space isperhaps a little reminiscent of a burial.”
We caught an amazing perfor-mance by
in “Happiness” at Theatre 80St. Mark’s on Friday evening. Her autobiographical pieceabout caring for a daughter with bone cancer was part of the “All for One” theater festival there, a weeklong series of one-person shows that wrapped up last weekend. A formerEast Villager, Harpham used to live at Fifth St. and AvenueA. The performance continued afterward, as Theatre 80impresario
jauntily played ﬁrst his Irish ﬂuteand then drum while dispensing the Tallisker whiskey andabsinthe — the latter which apparently won’t actually rotyour brain and drive you crazy. (That was reportedly just themisleading hype by the French wine lobby back in the daysof Rimbaud and “Le Bateau Ivre.”)
Photos by Scoopy
Meditating on garage mystery.A worker at the Economakis mansion gave a wary look as a photograph was taken of the garage, or whatever itis, this summer.
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