Scoopy’s Notebook, Week of Aug. 23, 2018

Jimmy McMillan was out campaigning for governor at 14th St. and University Place earlier this month. Yes, he’s running again. Photos by Bob Krasner

Damn right: His platform with its simple-but-impactful message — The Rent Is Too Damn High — hasn’t lost any of its relevancy. Jimmy McMillan, who coined the term, is running again — this time for governor. The Villager spotted the longtime St. Mark’s Place resident recently campaigning in Union Square. Casey Hill, who managed McMillan’s campaign for City Council District 2 last year — when he ran as a Republican — said he hears McMillan is out there campaigning. “I got word he was on 125th St. a couple of days ago,” he said. The candidate has run for office at least six times, including for governor in 2010 and for mayor in 2013. He tried to run for governor in 2014 but didn’t make it onto the ballot. “Some people make it a career!” Hill said of the perennial candidate, adding, “He’s got a good message” that he wants to put out there. We support McMillan’s central campaign plank — and we also hope he makes another video for this effort, since the last one of his that we saw, in 2013 (called — surprise — “Rent Is Too Damn High”) was great! A former R&B musician, he’s a talented performer. He said he ran on the G.O.P. line for Council last year because the field of Democrats, including eventually winner Carlina Rivera, was just, well, too damn crowded.

An intact singer Marty Balin a year before his heart surgery and, a lawsuit charges, subsequent botched recovery.

The hospital blues: “One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all… .” Jefferson Airplane’s surreal ’60s anthem “White Rabbit” paints a picture of a bizarre drug trip. Forget about mixing up which pill to take, though: The ordeal that Marty Balin, the lead singer of the famous rock group, as well as of Jefferson Starship, alleges he endured at Mount Sinai Beth Israel was truly a hellish nightmare — and it hasn’t ended, in that he’s been permanently affected, he charges in a lawsuit. The New York Post reported that Balin lost half his tongue and his thumb, plus suffered a paralyzed vocal chord when doctors at the Gramercy hospital botched his heart-surgery recovery. Balin, then 74, had been set to perform at a Midtown venue in March 2016 when he felt chest pains and was rushed to M.S.B.I., at E. 16th St. and First Ave. He made it through open-heart surgery, including a triple bypass and valve replacement, all right — but his recovery there was a disaster. His lawsuit against the hospital reportedly charges it “was too understaffed to provide the care” he required because M.S.B.I. was in the process of closing down. (Of course, as Villager readers well know, a new, scaled-down Downtown M.S.B.I. is in the works for E. 13th St. and Second Ave.) Balin’s lawyer reportedly said the hospital didn’t have a pulmonary specialist or critical-care physician on the premises. Eventually, doctors performed a tracheotomy on Balin — but too late — leading to half of the “Miracles” singer’s tongue being lopped out and paralyzing a vocal chord. Meanwhile, necrosis set in on his thumb from an improperly inserted IV line that was not monitored, the suit charges. However, Mt. Sinai indicated it feels the “Surrealistic Pillow” singer’s charges are, well…too far out. A spokesperson sent us a statement, saying, “We cannot comment on the specifics of this pending legal matter, but please note that the M.S.B.I. transformation had not even begun until long after the discharge of the patient, and therefore it could not have  played any part in the care that was delivered to him. To be clear, M.S.B.I. is not closing: We are transforming the current hospital into the new, state-of-the-art network, featuring a new hospital and ER. In the meantime, the existing hospital and the ER are fully open and accessible and will remain so until the new hospital opens in a few years. M.S.B.I. is committed to providing the highest quality care to the community both during the transformation and into the future.” Here’s praying for a “miracle” for Balin’s recovery — from his recovery.

Maggie Gyllenhaal surveyed the situation before shooting a scene from “The Deuce” at Village Cinema East earlier this month.

What a gas: Second Ave. and E. 12th St. around Village East Cinema was all dressed up in porno theater drag recently, surrounded by Afros, bell bottoms and checker cabs as Maggie Gyllenhaal and cast prepared to shoot a scene for HBO’s ’70s period drama “The Deuce.” Unfortunately, just as the director called for the shot to begin, two fire trucks pulled up and shut it all down. The extras took off their platform shoes and waited for the firefighters to investigate the apartment across the street that had reported “gas fumes.” Nothing was found, as the most likely cause for their alarm was the noxious fumes pouring out of the vintage cars on “the set” — including a Grand Prix, a Ford LTD and a Sedan de Ville — idling below their window.

Village Cinema East was dressed up as a blue Times Square-style theater from the ’70s.

Somewhat shocking: A mini-blackout hit the block of E. 10th St. between Avenues C and D two weeks ago but Con Edison was quick to supply emergency power, at least to the block’s biggest building, 411 E. 10th St., before restoring the juice. A Con Edison spokesperson told us the cause was “underground equipment failure,” to wit, a “cable.” Asked if the muggy heat that week could have overloaded the line, he said, possibly. … Wouldn’t you know, the very next night our own block, just north of the East Village, was also hit by one of these spot blackouts. Con Ed got the power back on in just three hours.

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