Under Cover, Week of June 5, 2014

No Time to Recline
Here’s one interpretation: Give Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Hudson River Park Trust officials credit for making Manhattan Beep Gale Brewer feel like a kid again.

Brewer told us Tuesday the search for a copy of the six-month-old memorandum of understanding between the state and the Trust regarding a development deal intended to save the Pier 40 playing fields, makes her feel like she’s at a Passover Seder. She meant it was like searching for the afikomen, the hidden matzah that the adults hide from children to keep them occupied during the festivities.

That got us thinking about another Seder task for children — asking the Four Questions. One that she and the other pols clamoring for the M.O.U. might ask: Why is this document different from all other public documents?  

Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly

Kelly to make a splash
Former police commissioner Ray Kelly will be honored by his fellow Gateway Plaza neighbors June 26 on the Arabella yacht docked near the Battery Park City complex in North Cove Marina.

Glenn Plaskin, the tenants association president, tells us it was the perfect time to pay tribute to the commish for “averting 16 [terrorist] attacks over 12 years.”

Plaskin, as UnderCover readers may recall, helped make news last year with his politically-sexy interview of Kelly in Playboy. 

We have Spokony to kick around
Reporter Sam Spokony has just left Downtown Express to become Councilmember Margaret Chin’s new communications director. Chin, who apparently knows how we feel, recently lost Spokony’s predecessor, Amy Varghese to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Chin is also losing her land use advisor, Matt Viggiano, to the speaker, although he assured Community Board 1 he’d stay involved in issues like the Howard Hughes Corporation’s Seaport development plans — careful what you wish for, Matt.

In announcing the hiring, Yume Kitasei, another Chin aide, thanked Downtown Express.

You’re welcome, and best wishes Sam.  

Prostitution on The Street
One pending opening in Lower Manhattan we’re certain will not be publicly celebrated is the Bliss Bistro brothel/strip club.  In case you never got to the end (or of course the beginning) of the Sunday New York Times profile of the  pricey club, currently located near Times Square, the manager Tony said when he thinks the police are honing in on him, he plans to move down to FiDi.

The Times apparently got the scoop because the club’s attorney provided the access. We never realized prostitutes were attracted to Gray Ladies. 

Color us Happy
We can say without a doubt that this by far is the most colorful issue we’ve ever published. We’ve just switched printers and now have the ability to run color on every page. We also hope to be able to get the hard copy editions out to you earlier in the day every other Thursday.

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