Models Of Queens
Bada Bing, Bada Boom
Shes an upstate girl, but shes been strutting herself in a downstate world in Queens. Kelly Kole is best known for her work on The Sopranos as the stripper named Debbie at Club Bada Bing.
The HBO show in which Kelly bares all is shot at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. But baring all comes natural to Kelly who says, "I was born that way. Im going to die that way." Kelly had no problem playing a stripper, dancing all around or spending time on actor Michael Imperiolis lap. But she admits, "It was very hard walking in those shoes." Her uniform consists mostly of dollar bills and stilettos.
The girls of Bada Bing have become so popular that Playboy did a feature spread with them.
When asked if she was in any sex scenes, Kelly responded, "God no, my grandmother watches."
Besides working on camera, Kelly works hard off camera. She got the part on The Sopranos without an agent. Since modeling for McFadden Publishings romance magazines at 16, Kelly has become quite savvy, maintaining her own promotional mailing list.
She has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The View and in a Third Watch episode she played the sexy lady in a bar, which was filmed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by LaGuardia Airport.
Her exotic attributes come from a German mother and Armenian father. At first, her Armenian side of the family was a little hung up on her showing off her birthday suit. But they buckled down once they realized her professionalism.
"Americans have all these stipulations when it comes to sex," says Kelly. Her mentality on sex changed after spending a few years in Greece. She first bared all on the beaches of Greece and Miami.
Kelly grew up in Albany and attended SUNY Albany. During the summers, she would travel down to the City for acting classes. In high school she was voted class flirt and was Miss Congeniality in the Empire State Pageant. She made it to the nationals of Hawaiian Tropics and her former roommate Kimberly Pressler went on to become Miss USA.If I Had A Million
NYS Lottery officials have chosen Queens as one postcard pretty spot to film a commercial for their upcoming campaign.
The carousel area at Forest Park was the Lottos choice for the campaign, which kicked-off across T.V. screens this month.
A crew of producers, camera people, and staff were preparing local parents and kids on the afternoon of Oct. 20, to emulate the band Bare Naked Ladies and sing, "If I Had A Million Dollars."
A few shy, but hopeful, participants managed to sing a few phrases, "I would buy you a house, a new car, and I would buy your love."Cosby In-Law?
Former Cosby Show regular, Jeffrey Owens, who played "Elvin" the Huxtables son-in-law has taken a circuitous route to Roy Wilkins Park-based Black Spectrum Theatre where he has been teaching acting to young aspiring thespians.
Owens, the son of Brooklyn Congressman Major Owens, told Qconf that since the popular series went off the air almost a decade ago he has kept busy teaching in various venues, including Yale, Elvins alma mater. He is also an English teacher in a private high school and a married man with a two-year-old daughter.
Wonder if hes using any Cosbyisms for his duty as a dad.
New York's First Victims Of Terror
The events of Sept. 11 will haunt our City forever, but that fateful Tuesday morning wasnt the first time that terrorism claimed the lives of some of New Yorks Finest.
It was shortly after 3 p.m. on Independence Day 1940, when an electrician at the British Pavilion of the Worlds Fair discovered a ticking suitcase on the third floor.
The NYPD bomb squad was called in and Detective Joseph Lynch carefully carried the device to an out-of-the-way grassy area on the fairgrounds that are now part of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Lynch gingerly opened the suitcase and told his partner, Detective Ferdinand Socha, "This looks like the real goods."
Those were Lynchs last words.
A dynamite bomb planted inside the suitcase exploded, killing Lynch and Socha instantly and severely injuring two other detectives at the scene.
With the exception of a few suitcase fibers and a few screws, there was little evidence left to trace the bomb.
In the years that followed, talk of the incident suggested that Nazi Germany which was barred from being a part of the Fair following their invasion of Poland might have been behind the explosion that took place on the eve of the second World War.
Similar to the post-Sept. 11 Big Apple, the entire City was on edge.
Then the bomb warnings came in via telephone. The whispering voices announced the targets the British Pavilion, the French Cruise Liner Normandie in New York Harbor, the Con Ed gas storage tanks in Manhattan.
Today there is a plaque just feet away from where Socha and Lynch lost their lives on a stone just outside the Queens Museum.
Is Keith Hernandez's Vanity Fair?
Former Mets superstar Keith Hernandez was never much of a homerun slugger, but he scored in the bathroom of Elaines Restaurant on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.
In the November GQ issue, Bob Drury writes about "My 1,000 Nights at Elaines." The restaurant is famous for attracting celebrities and literary figures. Drury remembers one scene where he had "witnessed the former New York Mets first basemen Keith Hernandez captured in flagrante delicto in the bathroom with the date of the Manhattan socialite and gadabout Gianni Uzzielli." Uzzielli came with his date to join Elaine, the owner, and Hernandez.
The first baseman went to the bathroom and the date soon followed. After enough time went by, Uzzielli went to check things out. With Hernandez rounding the bases, Uzielli screamed out, "You whore!" Hernandez grabbed his coat and left, with the date not too far behind.
Uzzielli settled the night by straightening his tie and gave everyone a round of drinks.
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