Volume 18 • Issue 4 | JUNE 17-23, 20

Under Cover

What a time to Crowe
If Russell Crowe’s acting career takes a nosedive for lobbing a telephone at a Mercer Hotel employee last week, maybe he’ll become a rock star instead. The star of the floundering Cinderella Man shared his musical talents recently with two reporters from Irish America magazine and the Irish Voice. Frolicking around Soho in his town car a few nights before the infamous tantrum, Crowe cranked up the stereo and blared his debut album, “My Hand My Heart” – played at full blast so most of Soho could revel in his musical talents.

UnderCover couldn’t resist the opportunity to share the lyrics to a song he penned for his longsuffering wife, Australian vocalist Danielle Spencer.

I’m so hard to handle/ My life is a suitcase that has never been closed/ Don’t know how you stand it/ Don’t know how you love me/ God only knows/Come with me, it’s part of the show.

“It was your typical, cheesy ballad,” explained reporter Daisy Carrington. She described the Oscar-winning stud as “a big, beefy, sporty Australian” who mainly talked about rugby.
Speaking of rugby, Crowe dedicated a bagpipe-laden Irish traditional to rugby star Richard Harris.

Mr. Harris take the field and play the 16th man/ We’ll sing of Athenry/ and you’ll do all you can/ for the green, the glorious green/ The emerald green of Ireland’s pride/ We’ll take the fight, we’ll never yield/ for Irish sons have Irish hearts/ and Mr. Harris, Mr. Harris take the field.

“Oh God!” Carrington wailed. “That one sounded like it was straight out of a Lucky Charms commercial.”
Since doing time in Tribeca, Crowe has fled the country for Newfoundland where he was spotted on Monday night at a pub performing songs from his album with Great Big Sea singer Alan Doyle.


B.P.C. thespians
Early morning T.V. has never been so good! Starting this summer, in the ungodly hours before 6 a.m., the Battery Park City Authority will star in its own infomercial on channels 5, 7 and 9.

“It’s a video of how the Solaire was made,” explained B.P.C.A. spokesperson Letitica Remauro. “The struggles that had to be overcome, both in making the policy to do this and to get it done.” The Solaire in B.P.C. was the first environmentally advanced residential tower in the United States.

The infomercial — played in 30-minute segments — will air a whopping 29 times over a three-month period and star B.P.C.A. president Tim Carey, chairperson James Gill and Gov. George Pataki, who has White House aspirations.

If an infomercial doesn’t quench your Solaire thirst, a free book and video will also tell the tale. “The idea here is to keep a running log, a diary of what happened and the lessons that were learned by it… so we could tell the world,” said Remauro of the $196,650 project.

For more details about how to score the free book or the video, both of which will be available this summer at www.battteryparkcity.org, call 212-417-2278.


Batman!
With sirens blaring, a parade of vintage police cars and the Batmobile and what looked like the Green Hornet’s car, passed by the west end of Canal St. on Sunday. They were returning from the Police Museum’s antique police car show on Old Slip.

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