Volume 18 • Issue 49 | April 21 - 27, 2006

Under Cover

Don’t tell Danny
So much for surprises. Nina Libeskind is throwing a surprise 60th birthday party for hubby Daniel Libeskind, but it seems that everyone knows the skinny. The save-the-date card for the World Trade Center Master Plan creator has been circling the blogosphere in recent days.

“As Daniel approaches “60,” Nina and I are planning a very special surprise B-day evening (you will get a proper invitation later) with friends, colleagues, associates & clients covering each stage of Daniel’s North American career,” wrote Libeskind’s scheduling director, Thierry Debaille, according to curbed.com’s gutter. Of course, “Nina and I would be honored if you could attend. It would mean a great deal to both of us!”

Now, bored office workers everywhere have the opportunity to ponder a fitting gift for the bespeckled architect’s May 19 bash.


Going residential
UnderCover hears that a 30-story residential tower is going up at 133 Greenwich St. The first five floors will be commercial, but the rest will be apartments all the way. The new building will take the place of two buildings — a two-story and a five-story — that were cleaned of 9/11 contamination and demolished earlier this year.


Wedding bells
Downtown Express’s own Nicole Davis tied the knot this month. The paper’s arts editor married Mike Didovic in Todos Santos, Mexico on April 9.

Didovic, a 6’3” blond Californian, first wooed Davis, 30, at WXOU Radio bar on Hudson St. four years ago. The 35-year-old financial consultant brought Davis a bouquet of sunflowers and “though it wasn’t love at first sight,” said Davis, “I definitely felt a jolt of electricity when he gave me a kiss at the end of the night before sending me home in a cab.”

The couple’s courtship took off with a rocky start because the two are “incredibly different,” said Davis. But, we all know what they say about opposites. Soon enough Davis — a green-eyed freelance writer and arts enthusiast — was falling for the sports-loving Didovic who would rather watch an Angels game than attend a reading with her.

“We’ve come to appreciate our differences — or at least, I’ve learned to stop trying to get him to go out with me on a night the Angels are playing,” said Davis.

The couple was married in an outdoor ceremony in Todos Santos, an arts enclave on the Baja Peninsula with 75 guests looking on… and not a baseball game in sight.


Loving Charlie
Everybody loves Downtown construction czar Charlie Maikish. Well, at least the Borough of Manhattan Community College does. They love him so much that they’re honoring him next month at their 18th annual gala. B.M.C.C. will also honor college alum Philip Berry, a corporate officer for the Colgate-Palmolive Company and a mayoral appointee to the New York City Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy. Proceeds from the gala, on May 2 at Chelsea Piers at 6 p.m., will go to the college’s scholarship fund.


Wall Street heartland
Bluegrassman Ricky Skaggs will kick off Downtown’s fifth River to River summer festival on June 1 in Castle Clinton, near Battery Park’s green grass. Skaggs will lead the city’s tribute to bluegrass with an unlikely group of performers including Klezmer musician Andy Statman and fiddler-singer Carrie Rodriguez who learned to play in the hills of Brooklyn and Austin, Tex. Free tickets for the concert will be handed out near the castle on show night starting at 5 p.m.

Bluegrass near Wall St.? Don’t forget, Kentucky has got a Bowling Green too.


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