New In The Neighborhood
Castellane claims that she doesn’t speak very good English but, that
doesn’t matter – she is beautiful.
and raised in Minas Terais, Brazil, Luara moved to New York when she was 18,
and now at 21, couldn’t be happier with the city’s nightlife.
currently lives in Astoria, and works nights, bartending at an Italian
restaurant just west of Times Square.
weekends, she enjoys dancing in Manhattan at Soundfactory, or anywhere she can
see Danny Tenaglia on the 1 and 2’s.
from clubbing, Luara likes to watch movies and relax with her boyfriend -
sorry guys – she’s taken.
State Assembly candidate Barry Grodenchik has the support of
many true blue Democrats in his race to lead District 22. His “old and
dear friend” Assemblywoman Nettie Mayerson is one of them. But her
support comes at a price.
At a recent fundraiser for Grodenchik, Mayershon stood up and
declared that “Barry has to win,” because he is going to drive her and
several other members up to Albany. This clearly sarcastic comment, which
Grodenchik said later, “Was just Nettie having a good time with me,”
prompted laughter and an embarrassed smile from the front-running candidate.
Several days later, a less red-faced Grodenchik told QConf that
he hadn’t given much thought to the comment, and said, “I’m just
focusing on winning this race. I’m working very hard.” He added with a
laugh, “Don’t worry, I’ll get up to Albany somehow,” and said he
would “be glad to drive Nettie and whoever else wants to go up there. As
long as I’m going, too, I have no problem.”
his generous offer, he did mention that the Saturn he plans on driving to
Albany if he wins on Nov. 5 is just, “big enough for me.”
winning an Emmy for Best Actor recently, doors are opening for Queens native
and actor Ray Romano from the hit CBS show “Everybody Loves
Raymond.” Romano is weighing his options and currently in talks to
make a film, according to published reports.
may star opposite Dustin Hoffman in a film about a small town storeowner who
generates a lot of popularity and dominates a mayoral race, in which a
baffled U.S. President (Hoffman) is running.
is based on a script by Tom Schulman, who wrote the script for “Dead
year old Ray Romano grew up in Forest Hills and attended Hillcrest High
York College Interim President Dr. Russel K. Hotzler, the longtime CUNY administrator the University hired to man the fort while York’s board of trustees looks for a permanent leader, has a history of bringing stability to institutions in times of change.
But who’s going to bring stability to the school-hopping Hotzler?
The 57-year-old veteran-turned-temp, who by CUNY rules can’t be
considered for an upgrade to permanent status, doesn’t want to break those
rules, either. Fresh off a
two-year stint as interim president of Queens College, for which he is
credited with having brought increased enrollments and funds, Hotzler told a
QConfidential scribe recently that what he’d like most is a
permanent position somewhere.
“Well, it would be nice to have my own school,” Hotzler said with
raised eyebrows, a smile and a pleading tone that suggested that this idea
is something that’s very unofficial and beyond his control.
Hotzler wouldn’t say if he’s floated the idea with anyone yet,
but he did say that he’s interested in running a college, nothing less.
Hotzler, who has a degree in metallurgical engineering from what is
now Polytechnic University, was called “CUNY’s Mr. Fixit” in a very
flattering article about him that appeared in one of our city’s daily
newspapers last August. He
dismissed that name when we asked him about it the other day.
“No, I’m not a Mr. Fixit,” he said.
“I’m a builder.”
told by reliable sources that CUNY Chancellor Matt Goldstein agrees with
Hotzler and has his eye on the Queens’ Mr’ Fixit for the soon to be
launched new super campus on Governor’s Island.
For Rich White Kids
rich, white kids. They have it so tough.
At least that’s what writer Michael Ryan believes. In an article entitled, “Whoops! How the Media Got the Story Wrong: In Defense of Rich, White Kids,” Ryan uses 18-year-old Douglas Manor resident Robert Arnold as a symbol of the injustices that the media does to rich, white kids.
on the public interest website ThomasPaine.com,
the article claims Arnold’s reputation was destroyed by the unfair
and terrible media, which accused the Cardozo grad of boating while
intoxicated, even though his blood alcohol tests came back way under the
cites the New York Times, which described Arnold as, “one who sped
across the bay in his father’s boat while under the influence of alcohol,
turning fast circles in the water for kicks with a group of friends”
and a Post headline: “Death Spin On Boozer’s Bay:
‘DWI’ Boat Did 360s Before Its Fatal Crash.”
alleges, “The media all but declared the teenager to have been drunk, and
probably on drugs, when the accident occurred . . . The tabloids practically
demanded that a lynch mob string up the rich kid.”
all fairness, the Queens DA did charge Arnold with two counts of Boating
While Intoxicating (which were dropped) and Arnold did admit to doing 360s
in the pitch-black Bay.
couldn’t discuss these things with Ryan, who was unavailable for comment.
Sticks To The Courtroom
If U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis ever gets tired of the courtroom, he might want to consider a career inside the squared circle—as a professional wrestling referee.
the Queens native already has plenty of experience making sure lawyers
don’t try any dirty stuff during court proceedings, he recently got a
taste of what it would be like keeping raucous wrestlers at bay.
presided over the highly publicized sexual harassment suit that bodybuilder Nicole
Bass filed against World Wrestling Entertainment—a case that saw some
of the most popular faces in professional wrestling called to the stand.
6’2, 220-pound Bass alleged she was subjected to numerous sexual
indignities while working as a female wrestler for World Wrestling
Entertainment in 1999, then called the World Wrestling Federation.
a Brooklyn jury body-slammed the lawsuit on Oct. 8, thanks partly to the
testimonies of Lisa Moretti and Paul Levesque, better known
among wrestling fans as Ivory and Triple H.
want to thank you for a most entertaining experience,” Garaufis was quoted
as saying after the decision was handed down. “Let’s hope it was a
once-in-a-lifetime experience for the court.”
Sounds like Nick plans to stick to the courtroom.
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