Volume 18 • Issue 40 | February 17 - 23, 2006

Under Cover

Rosenthal is No Sinner

Linda Rosenthal has atoned for her greatest sin—dating Scott Stringer. Rosenthal made the “mistake” of dating the borough president two decades ago, but it is time she is forgiven for her crime, Stringer told UnderCover, shortly after he endorsed her for his old job in the State Assembly.

“She made a mistake early in her life. She’s recognized it. I don’t think you should hold one mistake against her,” he said, adding that the years she spent toiling for U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler served as a fitting purgatory and should repair any damage she might have unleashed upon the world by being Stringer’s gal pal.

The Assemblymember wannabe, however is less than thrilled that New York magazine attributed her former beau’s endorsement to their previous relationship.

“I’m not sure if they would have talked about a man being endorsed by his girlfriend like this,” she said. “It’s just someone trying to find gossip in this race.”

Rosenthal, considered the front runner for the Upper West Side seat, secured endorsements from the New York Times, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Christine Quinn and Eliot Spitzer without dating any of them.


In Transit

Judy Duffy is leaving her post as assistant district manager of Community Board 1 on Feb. 24. The 11-year veteran has taken a job at the Transit Authority. As director of government and community relations, she’ll still have a presence on the board, keeping members abreast about the South Ferry and Fulton Street Transit hub renovation projects. “I’m really just moving down Broadway a little bit further,” said Duffy.


Hotels Trump Housing

The Downtown residential conversion craze has reached the hotel market with Donald Trump and Shaya Boymelgreen both flirting with hotel projects of their own.

Trump is “in the final stages of negotiations on a site” near the Holland Tunnel, the real estate mogul told the New York Post. “We’ll have more information as we finalize our plans.” His plans will likely include a 50-story hotel/residential complex that will rival Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park West.

Meanwhile, Downtown real estate baron Boymelgreen has hotel plans of his own for 23 Wall St., a 200,000-sq. ft., six-level, office building. Boymelgreen would like to transform the landmark space into a high-end, European style mall with a salon and spa on the top three levels, according to Slatin Report. The rooftop could be used as a garden for the residents of neighboring 15 Broad St., a Boymelgreen residential conversion designed by Philippe Starck. But, if the mall plan doesn’t fly, Boymelgreen could make 23 Wall into a high-end boutique.


Sightings…

...Ralph Lauren breezing into Giorgione on Spring St. during Fashion Week sporting a sea green blazer and leather pants and trailed by “an entourage of underlings,” according to an UnderCover spy…. Shaggy, the perennial party crasher, crashing the “It’s Not Me, It’s You” book party at Sweet and Vicious in Noho last week. When Shaggy asked author Anna Jane Grossman if she would give him one of her books gratis so he could write about the breakup book, she quipped, “For 18 bucks you can write whatever you want.”


N.Y.U. offline

Undercover hears that hackers have gotten into N.Y.U.’s Internet system. Students at New York University have been unable to access their e-mail and the Internet since Tuesday night. Apparently a hacker has been breaking into the system every seven hours and changing the passwords. “We had to do a live newscast with no Teleprompters or access to the A.P. newswire,” said one journalism student.


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