Sunday, April 21, 2024

Julia Roberts, Welcome to Our Fine Little Street


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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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.

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