Ex-mobster Henry Hill, portrayed by Ray Liotta as the main character in the Martin Scorsese movie, “Goodfellas,” attended the celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary at the Museum of the American Gangster, on St. Mark’s Place, on Saturday. At the museum, Hill made a “cement shoes” mold and signed it, above. Hill’s career in organized crime began when he was a teenager in Brooklyn in the 1950s. In 1980 he became an informant for the F.B.I. and he and his family entered the witness protection program to avoid being “whacked” by his associates. They were kicked out of the program in 1990 because Hill continued to commit crimes while in it. Museum co-founder Lorcan Otway told us that the screening was very well received, and that Hill and former prosecutor Ed McDonald spoke eloquently. “He said it was a wonderful portrayal of those times,” Otway said of Hill’s reception of the film, “but that he’s in no way nostalgic for that life.”
In May, Chloe Sevigny told Bust magazine in an interview that she was thinking about joining Community Board 3 so she could “help preserve some of the older buildings, try and save as many as possible and try to stop them from building as high.” The actress, however, still hasn’t applied to Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office to be considered for a board appointment. “We are waiting for the application and we are looking forward to the interview,” said Stringer. (All community board applicants are interviewed and screened by a “blue-ribbon panel” created by Stringer.) The B.P. noted that Sevigny — and anyone else who’s interested — has until Jan. 15 to apply for the next appointments in April.
Photo by Carlotta Lutsche
One of the Yippie Siamese kittens. The Bombay cats are black.
Free Yippie kittens:
The Yippie Museum, at 9 Bleecker St., is offering about a half-dozen Siamese and Bombay kittens and cats for adoption. The cats are all “beautiful,” said the museum’s Dana Beal. They’ve been hiding and hard to catch, so haven’t been fixed yet, he noted. “They’re just a little bit jittery,” he explained. “What you’ve got to do is take them home and make friends with them.” If interested, call 212-677-4899 or 212-677-5918.
‘Pie Man’’s plight:
In some scary Yippie news, Beal reported that Aron “Yippie Pie Man” Kay may need to have his leg amputated. Beal said Kay got into a fight with his roommate and was consequently sleeping on a chair in the Yippie Cafe’s basement, but now has a touch of gangrene in his leg as a result because he’s so heavy and the chair was putting pressure on his limb. “He definitely has to lose about 50 to 60 pounds,” Beal said. “He was at 400 pounds, now he’s down to 350.” Asked how Kay shed the 50, Beal said, “When he came here, we wouldn’t let him order food.” Beal said he’s been in touch with Val Orselli, director of the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, about finding an apartment for Kay. But, he said, Orselli told him they did have some spaces at one point, but they have all been taken by people who were burned out of their homes in the Grand St. fire in April.
Speaking of pets, we were asking around in Tompkins Square Park a few weeks ago to see if anyone had more information about the horrible incident where a Brooklyn man stomped a puppy to death. No one seemed to know anything about it. But when we were on Avenue A last weekend, we bumped into one of the guys we had asked and, well, apparently he had been thinking about it — and getting a lot angrier about it. His name is Patrick Miller, a.k.a. P. Miller, a.k.a. P. Mills. He did hard time in the Marines and also Upstate, and said he’s strictly “from the streets” of the East Village, from Jacob Riis Houses at Seventh St. and Avenue C. On his right forearm is a tattoo that reads, “Death Is Certain”; on his left, another that says, “Life Is Not.” One thing that’s also for certain: If that puppy killer returns to the park, he’s in serious trouble. You see, P. Mills, above, is a dog lover — he has an “R.I.P.” tattoo on his neck for his pit bull, Lucky, who died at age 17. “He’s 86’ed,” P. Mills said of the puppy murderer, if he ever returns to Tompkins. “I’m gonna kill him. We don’t like trampling dogs. We don’t like violence against animals. Yeah — word live.” We overheard in Ray’s Candy Store that the poor pup came from a litter of a dog belonging to Sleeze.