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Volume 19 | Issue 29 | December 01 - 07, 2006

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Swank-y B.P.C.
Battery Park City residents awoke Monday to find the film “P.S., I Love You” shooting a scene in Rockefeller Park.

The romantic drama, starring Hilary Swank and Harry Connick Jr., is scheduled for release in 2008. For movie geeks, it is also the production in which Swank, the “Million Dollar Baby” who boxed her way to an Oscar without incident, had to be hospitalized after an unfortunate suspender accident this summer.

According to IMDB.com, Swank and co-star Gerard Butler were filming a “strip sequence” when Butler’s suspender gashed Swank in the head, forcing her to get stitches. The production’s stint in B.P.C. appeared to pass without incident.


Trinity tower joins Trump
It appears that Donald Trump’s controversial 45-story hotel/condo in Hudson Square will have a slightly smaller sibling.

Catty-corner from the Trump site on the low-rise block bounded by Varick, Spring, Vandam and Hudson Sts, Trinity Real Estate plans to erect a 35-story office tower.

Trinity’s Web site shows a rendering of the building superimposed on the current skyscape, giving opponents of the Trump project the means to speculate how much farther the condo/hotel will stick out in the neighborhood of eight- to 12-story buildings.


Signing the steel
For the massive steel beams that will support the Freedom Tower, the road to ground zero will be paved with good intentions, well wishing and a heavy dose of American flag decals.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the communities around Lynchburg, Va.— where the beams are being constructed — want to give the steel a few personal touches. The 14 multi-ton beams will get a sendoff party on Dec. 10, complete with a champagne christening and an appearance by New York Gov. George Pataki. However, the first of these beams won’t be set at the World Trade Center site until Dec. 18.

In the meantime, they will travel to sites around Lynchburg, including the city’s stadium, so that residents can paint, decal and write messages of support for New York City on the steel — making the Freedom Tower New York City’s first building to be decorated before it has walls.


Wall St. WC
The bathroom stall is spotless. It has its own washstand and an ample supply of soft, absorbent Charmin. It even has a stock ticker. It’s the Wall St. water closet, courtesy of Charmin!

As a part of a holiday-season product promotion, the T.P. producer has rented out a former bar in Times Square and turned it into a 20-stall deluxe public toilet. The space has a disco-style lounge, music and stalls themed after famous N.Y.C. locales, including Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and Wall St.

Downtowners wishing to check out 42nd St.’s take on the Financial District — where the stock ticker plays a loop of Charmin ad slogans — should go soon. The promotion gets flushed on Dec. 31.

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