Volume 18 • Issue 21 | October 14 - 20, 2005

Under Cover

North Cove goes Hollywood
A scene from “Schools for Scoundrels,” one of the first post-Disney films by Harvey and Bob Weinstein will be shot in the North Cove next month, in the middle of the night.

Battery Park City residents are recoiling at this moment in the spotlight, if only because the spotlight will last all night. “We’re talking about disturbing people in their homes in the middle of the night,” said Linda Belfer, chairperson of the Community Board 1 Battery Park City Committee and president of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association. Gateway Plaza, the largest residential complex in B.P.C. overlooks the cove.

Among the likely sleepless tenants on the night of Nov. 17 is police commissioner Ray Kelly, who lives in Gateway.

But even the threat of a sleepless night did not entirely overshadow the thrill of Hollywood. “I remember when Barbra Streisand filmed ‘Prince of Tides’ here and it was quite exciting,” Belfer mused.

“School for Scoundrels” is no “Prince of Tides.” Directed by “Starsky & Hutch” director Todd Phillips, the Twins of Tribeca’s latest flick stars Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder, the oblivious geek from “Napoleon Dynamite.”

In the scene in question, Heder, described as “a lovable loser who needs to be more assertive,” by location scout Jack LeVangia, frees a lobster in the Hudson River so he can find his way back to Maine.

Walk on the park side
The new Canal Park at the west end of Canal St. might be a tiny sliver of green in the concrete madness that is the West Side Highway, but that doesn’t mean it’s undeserving of a hearty welcome. The new park will be dedicated on Fri., Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. to the tune of Lou Reed, the illustrious front man from Velvet Underground turned solo singer. Reed and his wife, Laurie Anderson, are members of the Canal Park Conservancy, which will help fund the maintenance of the triangular oasis. The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

The book on Tribeca
It’s no mystery why this bookshop headed south. It’s cheaper in Tribeca. After 28 years in Midtown, the Mysterious Bookshop packed its bags and moved to a split level shop on Warren St. this week. “We couldn’t afford the rent,” explained owner Otto Penzler.

Money isn’t everything for this shop that specializes in mystery, suspense and crime books. “The space itself is really fabulous,” he said. “There were other places available that were actually less expensive, but they were smaller or they totally lacked charm. We don’t want to look like a Duane Reade totally without character.”

Speaking of character, Barnes and Noble plans to open a store a few blocks away at a new development on Warren and Chambers Sts., a tiny detail Penzler was unaware of when he rented the space. “It’s very hard to compete with them. They offer huge discounts and big comfortable chairs,” he said.

Pig ’n’ punks
Jerry “Jerry the Peddler” Wade’s second annual Halloween Pig Roast concert at City Hall Park will feature hardcore faves Leftover Crack, Choking Victim and possibly a special appearance by former Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra. The show is on Halloween evening and is free; roasted pig from Chinatown will be given out to those lucky enough to grab some. Sources say “people will be surprised” at the size of the concert. Another concern is whether Leftover Crack will get the crowd crazy. Last year, a concert the band was playing in Tompkins Square Park ended with some punks throwing bottles at police, who made one arrest.


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