Scoopy’s notebook

Cat called: George, the three-legged black cat described as an “icon of the garden,” last week ended his 10-year run at the famous Liz Christy community garden at the corner of the Bowery and E. Houston St. Desiree and Hector Rodriguez reported that George, who had attracted admirers from far and wide, appeared to have died from attacking a squirrel who had consumed poison. He leaves behind a host of mourners, including dozens of neighborhood children and a Russian woman from Brooklyn who brought him cooked chicken regularly. George is believed to have lost his right foreleg a decade ago in a automobile mishap. His former owner brought him to the garden for care. Survivors, in addition to gardeners, include two remaining cats, a large family of goldfish, a dozen turtles, hundreds of birds and a swarm of bees who produce the garden’s honey.


  Meat march: “Gansevoort Market: An Insider’s Walking Tour With Architect Lynne Funk” will offer an expert’s view of the architecture and sights of the Meat Market, recently named New York City’s 81st historic district. Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Museum of the City of New York, the tour will be held Sat., Oct. 4, starting at 1 p.m. To R.S.V.P. and find out meeting place, call Leslie Fitzpatrick at 212-475-9585 ext. 39 or e-mail lfitzpatrick@gvshp.org. $10 members of G.V.S.H.P. or M.C.N.Y./$12 non-members.

Rib-roaring: David McWater is opening up a new restaurant, Julep, on Avenue A at Houston St. in the former Mecca restaurant space. McWater is aiming for a “Southern rib shack”-style place with pork and beef ribs primarily, plus sausage links, with 10 sides, including tater tots and black-eyed peas. There will be blues on the jukebox and regional beers and bourbons from the South…. Also, McWater tells us, Robert Zuckerman, a former president of the Stonewall Democratic Club, has been hired as executive director of the New York Nightlife Association. “There’s a lot to do,” said McWater, NYNA’s vice president. “It’s way more than volunteers can do.” McWater said they’re currently trying to put together a health plan for employees of bars and clubs that are members.

Bright idea: Scoopy has discovered that the indigo-blue bulbs in the bollard tips in the Hudson River Park railing had an electrical problem and the bulbs are being refabricated and will be put back. “These are interim bulbs if you will,” said Chris Martin, the Hudson River Park Trust’s spokesperson, of the white bulbs currently in the bollards.

Farfigflugen…? On Sun., Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Hudson River Park, there will be a free event, Flugtag, which means “Flying Day” in German, at which human-powered flying machines will soar as far as they can before falling into the river. The event will be at Piers 45 and 46 in Greenwich Village, at Christopher and Charles Sts., respectively. The furthest anyone has “flugened” so far is 120 ft., though some of the contraptions are constructed purely for fun and don’t go too far. There will be about 30 local “fluging” teams of five each. Before the planes are launched, the teams cavort and do an act. Unlike previous events in Hudson River Park, Community Board 2 was not given an opportunity to review the plan to have Flugtag, noted one board member, who frankly was pretty “fluged” off about it.

Poetic justice: Alberto O. Cappas recently self-published his third book of poetry, “Dona Julia; and Other Selected Poems” (1st Books Library). The poems deal with the challenges of Puerto Rican immigrants in America. Cappas is also founder and chairperson of Don Pedro Cookies, still in development. His wife, Mayra, is a member of Community School Board 1 and Community Board 3.

Carnival carries on: The Union Sq. Children’s Carnival was postponed until this Sun. Oct. 5 because of a forecast for thunderstorms on Sun. Sept. 28.