Volume 18 • Issue 29 | December 2 - 8, 2005

Police blotter

Musical Trust chairs
Speculation is brewing over whom incoming Borough President Scott Stringer will appoint to the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors once he assumes office in January. The B.P. has three appointments to the 13-member board — which makes policy and budget decisions for the 5-mile-long Hudson River Park — and his appointees serve at his pleasure (i.e., he can remove them in a snap if he likes.) It’s a good bet that of the three current members appointed by outgoing B.P. Virginia Fields when the Trust first was created seven years ago, only Julie Nadel, a Tribeca waterfront and historic ships activist, is likely to stay. A member of Downtown Independent Democrats, Nadel was an early supporter of Stringer in Lower Manhattan, the area that helped put Stringer over the top in the election. According to a source, Madelyn Wils, however, may be at risk of losing her seat on the board, since she is said to have supported Eva Moskowitz for Beep — as they say, “you want people you can work with,” or, put a different way, to the victor’s supporters go the spoils. However, Wils told UnderCover that she never publicly supported anyone for borough president, and that someone is spreading “unfounded rumors” about her in hopes of knocking her off the Trust. On Wednesday, she refused to tell us whom she supported for B.P., noting that voting is a private matter. Assemblymember Stringer does have a relationship with former State Senator Franz Leichter, a fellow Upper West Sider and the third Fields appointee — and also co-author of the park’s founding legislation — but it’s reportedly not so strong that it would prevent Stringer from removing him and appointing someone new. We hear some of the people Stringer is considering for the two spots are “a Gansevoort Market activist” and a prominent member of Community Board 1 — sorry, we’re not at liberty to name names — and Arthur Schwartz, chairperson of the Parks and Waterfront Committee of Community Board 2. Waterfront park junkies will recall Schwartz missed out during the first round of appointments back in the late 1990s, because he supported Deborah Glick over Fields for B.P.

Political bedfellows
That solitary, loving “Yay!” from the stage when Mayor Bloomberg praised several members of his administration including Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall Tuesday, came from her husband, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who was in Battery Park City with most of New York’s political bigwig delegation to praise Goldman Sachs’ decision to stay Downtown.

Secret schnitzel
Kurt Gutenbrunner plans to open an under-the-radar Austro-German eatery at the same location where Le Zinc used to be. Blaue Gans, a 90-seat restaurant, will not be for Tribecans who live by their Palm Pilots. It will have no printed menus, no phone, no wine list and take no reservations. With Martin Pirker from Wallsé steering the kitchen, the restaurant will serve sandwiches, sausages, stews and schnitzel along with German beers and wine.

Who’s the Boss?
Think you’re the boss? Well, plenty of Bruce Springsteen wannabes will be gettting their chance to strut their stuff at an amateur audition at the Bitter End Thursday. Finalists will perform at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on January 13 as part of the New York Guitar Festival, which is honoring the Boss’ 1982 “Nebraska” album. The first place winner will take home $500, two V.I.P. seats for The Nebraska Project, which will be performed the following night as the opening act of the festival, and invitations to the post-concert party. 


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