Scoopy’s Notebook, Week of Aug. 9, 2018

Actress Rachael Taylor recently filmed a scene for the Netflix series “Jessica Jones” on E. 13th St. near Second Ave. The street signs were altered to read “Ninth Ave.” In an effort to throw off the general public, people were being told — and the signs stated — that they were filming a TV show called “Violet.” Photo by Bob Krasner

Oh, boy: Former East Village squatter leader Frank Morales was bowled over by the recent news reports that the Boys Club of New York plans to sell its headquarters building at E. 10th St. and Avenue A. “It’s a total bummer,” he recently told us. Morales, who grew up in the ’hood, had great times at the Boys Club as a kid. He vividly remembers ping pong games and “trophy nights” there, when family members would come celebrate their young ones’ achievements. As the second-fastest guy in the neighborhood, running was one of his best sports. Most important, perhaps, was the educational program the club ran that helped ready him to get into an elite New England prep school. And then when, pining for home, he ran away from the place soon after enrolling, it was a Boys Club staffer who met him right at the Port Authority as he was getting off the bus and got him to change his mind, turn around and go back. In short, Morales said, this one’s personal for him, and he wants to fight for it and plans to take it to the Boys Club leadership. “I’m going to take it to the mother ship,” he said.

Meditating on it: Carl Rosenstein a.k.a. the “Angry Buddhist” had hoped to pull off a major demonstration at the Elizabeth St. Garden last month. His strategy: to block the street outside the Little Italy garden and snarl traffic. At first, he had been strategizing with Allan Reiver, the gallery owner who personally created the garden and has been leasing the property from the city on a monthly basis for 27 years. But Reiver ultimately decided he didn’t want any part of the action, not wanting to tick off the local cops. “We get along well with the Fifth Precinct,” he said. Neither of the two nonprofit groups connected to the garden — Elizabeth St. Garden, which currently operates the green oasis, or the Friends of Elizabeth St. Garden — wanted to get involved with Rosenstein’s planned protest, either. So, in the end…nothing happened. Rosenstein is a longtime diehard foe of Councilmember Margaret Chin, who is the primary advocate for the affordable senior housing project the city is pushing that is slated to cover most of the current space. He told us he still feels that something big and disruptive is needed to get more of the mainstream media interested in covering the story of saving the garden. So far, though, he’s not swaying anyone to his way of thinking.

How Cude rolls: Terri Cude, it turns out, is a CitiBike rider. The Community Board 2 chairperson has the blue bike key — and, as she told us, the rock-hard calves to prove it.

Corrections: Two weeks ago, Scoopy incorrectly reported that Donald Capoccia’s BFC Partners sold “density bonus” credits from the former squat at 544 E. 13th St. to Ben Shaoul’s new residential building at E. Seventh St. and Avenue A. In fact, the credits were sold to The Steiner, the new residential building at E. 12th St. and Avenue A, which was developed by David and Doug Steiner, of Steiner NYC. … In last week’s Villager, a photo caption in the article about the City Council’s effort to cap ride-hail apps reversed the ratio of Uber-type rides to yellow cabs that were making pickups at the Soho Grand Hotel one weekday morning: It was actually 3 hail-ride cars to 1 yellow cab.

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