Volume 17, Number 42 | March 11 - 17, 2005

Under Cover

Klatch the girls
Andy Jurinko, Downtown’s fabulous baseball artiste is flaunting some of his pics at Klatch, a kitschy coffee house on Maiden Lane at the end of the month. Sadly for us, his newest series — scantily clad pinup girls — will not be on display. “It’s not really appropriate for the family atmosphere,” he told UnderCover. Instead, coffee connoisseurs will soon be able to sip alongside his portraits of other, more demure, femmes, mostly painted in the 80s.

Bouley delay
Bouley Bakery, David Bouley’s take-out offspring on West Broadway, is not celebrating any birthdays yet. Slated to open in March, the two-story sibling to the upscale Danube and Bouley, is still hiding out in its plywood box at the corner of Duane St. A call to Bouley’s flack, Jennifer Baum, offered no clues to the alleged opening date. “Nothing yet,” she said. We’re salivating at the return of Bouley’s olive bread and promises of exotic ice cream flavors.

Mendez Bloch
Darren Bloch, a candidate to replace outgoing City Couniclmember Margarita Lopez, picked up the endorsement of his ex-boss, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, last week. Another source told us with glee that two more Hispanic candidates have entered the race, raising the possibility of saying hasta la vista to Rosie Mendez’ chances to fill her mentor’s seat in the Council. But neither of the new supposed candidates seems enthusiastic at all about running when we checked it out and the source may be whistling past the grave. After all, Mendez has the big enchilada of endorsements when it comes to open Council races – the incumbent – in this case Lopez.

Moskowitz mingle
Manhattan Borough Prez hopeful, Eva Moskowitz, is drumming up support for her fledgling campaign wherever she can these days. The City Councilmember who made a name for herself battling the mighty Teacher’s Union will be rubbing shoulders with Battery Park City residents at Gateway Plaza March 10 at Mary and Gregg White’s apartment.

Calling all movie buffs
Movie lovers eager to get in on the Tribeca Film Festival action gathered Monday evening in the basement of Tribeca Cinemas to ponder the glamorous life of a festival volunteer.

The room filled with enthusiasm and booze as people enjoyed the after-work bar and mingled about their various festival duties. As the evening wore on, cocktails loosened tongues and excitement surrounded the crowd when discussing the festival’s potential. Coordinators from every area of the event were present to answer questions about their experience organizing and working the two-week event. Volunteers from years past enjoyed working in screening rooms, helping produce the festival’s publicity materials, and organizing the much-vaunted Family Festival, an event that shuts down a portion of Greenwich St. to provide films, food, and fun for people of all ages.

Talking to Aaron Dobbs, the screening coordinator for this year’s event, we found out that he’s very excited to find volunteers to help him pull off this monumental event.

However, after a very dedicated volunteer from years’ past relegated herself to the stairwell so she could talk to herself for extended periods of time, Film Festival coordinators are thinking of including “piece of mind” as a prerequisite on their application forms.

Green light on Greenwich
Greenwich and Murray Sts. will soon be able to fawn at one another with flashing bursts of color. D.O.T. is installing a traffic light at the treacherous corner on May 30. Soon Tribecans everywhere will be able to flutter across – or wait, whatever the light demands – without care.

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