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Well, you never know what’s going to happen around here in Greenwich Village.

According to the New York Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil, Julia Roberts is moving in across the street from me.

Yes, she’s bought the penthouse in the only big

apartment house, a neo modern structure that replaced, many decades ago, a famous artists studio.

I’m thinking of putting a sign on our roof: “Welcome, Pretty Woman!”

As such, Julia comes to a block that has gone from shabby chic 30 years to ago to abundantly well to do. When she moves in, we’ll send her a cake from the Jefferson Market, and introduce her to the guys at Jerri’s Dry Cleaners. We also have a very good shoe repair, and a Tasti D Lite at the corner. Her kids are just the right age for Sweetie Pie, a kind of ice cream parlor, over on Greenwich Avenue.

Years ago, Kathleen Turner lived on the block. Since then we’ve had celeb-types, but no really big movie stars. We did have an unfortunate suicide a few weeks ago, the infamous Lisa Steinberg-Hedda Nussbaum-Joel Steinberg murder case, and another murder, of a magazine editor by her husband. And Ronald Reagan Jr. lived here during the first four years of his father’s administration.

Otherwise, not much going on here on our sleepy block.

Maybe they’ll rename Rays Original Pizza, Mystic Pizza!

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
1 reply to this post
  1. Roger, You have been(deservedly) panning Julia Roberts for weeks and now that she’s the girl next door you wax enthusiastic.
    I’m sure she will appreciate the welcome wagon…Arghhh.
    Mary Maude Henry

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