Scoopy’s Notebook


Four Loko still for sale in East Village?

Due to concerns it was being marketed to underage youths, Four Loko, a caffeine-and-alcohol beverage, was banned from sale in New York in November. After the ban took effect, it was listed for sale on Craigslist, although the listings were quickly pulled. There have been rumors of East Village stores still selling Four Loko, and the freshly discarded can, above, was spotted last month on Avenue A near Seventh St. Parent company Four announced last year it would be releasing a new product, Four Loko XXX Limited Edition, in January. According to Wikipedia, “As with other reformulated Four beverages, the drink will contain no caffeine or other stimulants.” The above can, however, appears to be “classic” Four Loko.

Smokestack won’t be missed:

The chimney at 79 St. Mark’s Place, unsteady during the recent high winds, was leaning precariously on Tues., Feb. 15, when anxious neighbors called police. A patrol car dispatched to the site between First and Second Aves. monitored the situation until firefighters turned up around 9 p.m. and took the chimney down, above. Lorcan Otway, who lives across the street from the five-story brick walk-up where Typhoon restaurant and lounge occupies two floors, recalled that the chrome-clad chimney added about 40 years ago earned the building a place on a list of “Ugliest Buildings in New York.” The chimney was added after a fire gutted the building in the late 1960’s when New London Bar and Grill occupied the ground floor, Otway said. The Fire Department received the emergency call at 8:57 p.m. Feb. 15 and Ladder Co. 9 from the Bond St. firehouse arrived four minutes later and had the offending chimney safely down by 9:30 p.m., according to an F.D.N.Y. spokesperson.

Early girlfriend unit:

The Lorraine Chamberlain who has a letter in this week’s letters to the editor, on Page 12, in addition to being the wife of cartoonist S. Clay Wilson was the “first girlfriend” of rock-’n’-roller Frank Zappa.


The information we were given for last week’s article on where to send receipts for the raffle for the last two prizes in the “Love the Village” / “Valentine for the Village” shopping-support event was incorrect. Instead of sending receipts to Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s Office, they should be sent to the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, at 154 Christopher St., Suite 3A, New York, NY 10014. To enter the raffle for the two remaining prizes, send receipts from three businesses within the triangular area bounded by 14th St. and Greenwich and Sixth Aves., totaling at least $10 (people may enter more than once), by Feb. 28. The drawing will be March 1.