Volume 22, Number 03 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 29 - June 4, 2009

Under Cover

Chin’s CoDA win
The fourth time may be the charm for Margaret Chin, who’s running for City Council again. Chin, a former executive with Asian Americans for Equality, was not able to secure the endorsement of the Coalition for a District Alternative in her three previous tries for the First District, but she got the CoDA nod last week, winning handily. She’s of course running to win, but if she doesn’t, the club endorsement wouldn’t be a bad coda to her political career.

Menin’s footsteps
Tribeca resident Noel Jefferson is starting to look a lot like her neighbor Julie Menin.

Not only did Jefferson chair this month’s Community Board 1 meeting (that’s usually Menin’s job), but just like Menin, Jefferson is launching a TV talk show in which she interviews local leaders.

Menin’s show, “Give and Take,” recently started airing in five-minute segments on NBC’s New York Nonstop channel and focuses on women and entertainment and citywide politics.

Jefferson’s show, called “As-of-Right,” will soon debut on Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s community channel. The half-hour interview show will examine hot Lower Manhattan issues, including school overcrowding and World Trade Center rebuilding.

One episode of “As-of-Right” will feature contenders for City Councilmember Alan Gerson’s seat this fall, including Margaret Chin, P.J. Kim and Arthur Gregory. To balance it out, Jefferson will devote a separate episode to Gerson and his accomplishments. (Note to Noel: Pete Gleason, the other candidate, is likely to be in touch.)

Jefferson also has executives from W.T.C. developer Silverstein Properties signed up for an episode, including Janno Lieber, president of Silverstein’s W.T.C. Properties.

Jefferson said Menin doesn’t mind that they’re both doing TV shows — in fact, Menin will make a guest appearance on Jefferson’s show, along with State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Jefferson said.

The 13 episodes of “As-of-Right” will begin June 25 and will run every Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Time Warner channel 34 and RCN channel 82.

It seems in New York, you can put nominating the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court right up there with being in favor of mom, apple pie and rent protections. The rush to praise the nomination of New York federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor by President Obama was so fast Tuesday, we figure we’d let you know how the race finished in our e-mail inbox. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won, followed by Sotomayor’s old boss, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, then Mayor Mike Bloomberg, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Manhattan Beep Scott Stringer, Gov. David Paterson, Council Speaker Chris Quinn, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, and finally late in the day, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler.

Nadler actually came in after our first draft was written, thus saving Silver from the rear. Maybe one of the perils of being chairperson of the House’s subcommittee on the Constitution is you feel compelled to think several hours before rendering a judgment.

We’ll let Gmail be the judge if any politico wants to appeal our results.

Piano man
Curbed picked up our tweet last week that a source told us that developer Larry Silverstein briefly played the piano during the amicable World Trade Center “summit” at Gracie Mansion. The blog had a post-concert request: “Please tell us he did a rendition of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ but changed the lyrics to ‘No Stumps,’” as in retail stumps instead of office towers. The parties are scheduled to meet again June 11. In the meantime, you can find out what all this Twitter fuss is about by following us at twitter.com/downtownexpress.

Tribeca nominees
The Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Manhattan Children’s Theater are among the eight New York City nominees for “best theater or theater group for kids” in Nickelodeon’s Parents Picks’ contest. Go to http://gocitykids.parentsconnect.com/parents-picks/new-york-ny-usa/best-new-york-theatre-group-for-kids to vote early and often for Downtown’s favorite sons.

Calling one car
Car 7468 where were you at 11:15 a.m., Thurs., May 21? Letting your driver, an N.Y.P.D. Traffic patrol officer, drift into the Washington St. bike lane in the Village. Then he stopped and completely blocked the lane to chat with a fellow patrol car driver. The second offense theoretically could have been legitimate since perhaps it was an emergency so dire that you did not have time to … we don’t know, maybe see if the radio in the car worked. We hope your supervisors take note. If you don’t want to enforce the traffic laws, at least don’t break them.




Downtown Express is published by Community Media LLC. | 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013 |
Phone: (212) 229-1890 | Fax: (212) 229-2790 | Advertising: 646-452-2465 © 2009 Community Media, LLC

Written permission of the publisher must be obtained before
any of the contents of this newspaper, in whole or in part,
can be reproduced.