Volume 18 • Issue 44 | March 17 - 23, 2006

Under Cover

Whom to Trust
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer last week announced that he had appointed Lawrence B. Goldberg of Greenwich Village’s Community Board 2 to the Hudson River Park’s board of directors, replacing Madelyn Wils, the former chairperson of Community Board 1. Stringer kept in place the other two members appointed by his predecessor, Virginia Fields, to the 13-member board — Julie Nadel, a Tribeca waterfront activist who is involved in Downtown Independent Democrats, and former State Senator Franz Leichter, who co-authored the Hudson River Park Act.

When Wils and Nadel were first named eight years ago, many in the Village grumbled that they had no residents on the board and Tribeca had two. UnderCover had reported that Stringer was considering not reappointing Wils, and last week we said she remained on the board “at least for now.” The next day Stringer praised her work on the board, but didn’t reappoint her — a coincidence — we think.

Tower 7 is no ‘Stranger’ to fame
Larry Silverstein might be mired in a dispute with the Port Authority, Gov. Pataki and Mike Bloomberg, but at least his darling, 7 World Trade Center, is getting some much needed attention. The Trade Center developer has a new tenant—Bruce Willis. Well, sort of. Willis’ character, an advertising exec in the upcoming film “Perfect Stranger,” co-starring Halle Berry, will actually be the tenant. A floor of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed building will be transformed into a futuristic office with flat-screen panel monitors, the New York Post reports. This isn’t the first time Tower 7 has been a star. “Working Girl,” that ’80s flick starring Melanie Griffith, was shot in the original 7 W.T.C.

Oh, behave!
UnderCover hears that Mike Myers is the latest celeb thinking of buying a place in Hudson Square. The “Austin Powers” actor reportedly recently checked out the penthouse of the Winka Dubbeldam building on Greenwich St. between Canal and Spring Sts.

… Michael Imperioli at New York Children’s Theater on White St. in Tribeca with his son. Looks like The Sopranos star is introducing his progeny to the family business at an early age… Natalie Portman stopped in traffic on Varick St., fiddling with her cell phone… Media world punching bag and “A Million Little Pieces” author James Frey strolling down Spring St. on a balmy March afternoon…. Julia Roberts inquiring about an apartment at 23 Wall St., the luxury condos designed by Philippe Starck, according to Gawker.com.


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