Superman Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badge

The Man of Steel and The Caped Crusader were in town the other night, appearing live and in-person in Times Square, when they were approached by curious police officers. The cops believed that Superman was panhandling and, even worse, that both he and Batman had dressed up as superheroes without a license. They moseyed over to Superman (aka Clark Kent of the Daily Planet via the Planet Krypton… now aka Maksim Katsnelson, 23, of the Bronx!) and asked him to produce ID.

However, when you’re Superman or Batman, not only don’t you need a badge, you certainly don’t need no stinkin’ ID. While Batman (formerly aka Bruce Wayne of stately Wayne Manor…now aka Frank Frisoli of Maine) cooperated with the police, Superman went ballistic on them. He didn’t have any ID and, when the cops continued to question him, a scuffle ensued and Superman punched the female officer who was in the hot and heavy process of arresting him.

Stunned Times Square tourists and office workers watched agog as cops struggled to subdue Clark Kent’s alter ego without kryptonite….If that wasn’t weird enough, [Ryan]McCormick [a passerby] turned and saw the Dark Knight handcuffed to a chair like a common villain….

‘The Man of Steel didn’t go down with just two officers, it took seven officers!’…McCormick said. He was putting up a good fight. Little kids were like, ‘Mommy, it’s Superman!’

Batman (Frisoli) didn’t cause any trouble and was released. Superman (Katsnelson), on the other hand, wound up in the NYPD’s version of the Fortress of Solitude where he’ll undoubtedly be further questioned by Lex Luthor.

A tourist by the name of Melba Williams reported that Batman left the scene with another superhero: “He walked off with the Statue of Liberty.” (Yikes!) However, I  suspect that the excitement was just too much for poor Ms. Williams…it was probably only Catwoman.

NY Post

(originally posted: 07/12/09)

Lois Lane Affluence

Ten Gracie Square is one of Manhattan’s Good Buildings: a benchmark of the ultra grandest in grand elegance for those maintaining a crème de la crème existence. There are only 42 such residences in the borough (most of them on Fifth and Park Avenues), where the very richest, if not always the very famous, play house.

However, now that the city’ waterfront property and various nostalgia is a la mode, Ten Gracie Square is a cut above its rivals for three reasons: it overlooks the East River, Madame Chiang Kai-shek had lived there (er…okay) and, perhaps most importantly, it was also the home of Lois Lane.

Long before actresses such as Margot Kidder and Terri Hatcher played the perky love interest to Planet Krypton’s “Man of Steel,” an actress by the name of Joan Alexander originated the role of Lois Lane on radio. She played Lois in over 1,600 The Adventures of Superman episodes during the 1940s and early 1950s. Even though some argue that she wasn’t the first actress cast, she began early in the series (1940) and Lois Lane became Alexander’s signature role.

Joan Alexander at Mutual Broadcasting System

Whereas her on the airwaves life with Superman may have been dynamic, Alexander’s off the airwaves life was equally dynamic when she married her second husband Arthur Stanton in 1954. Stanton was chairman of World-Wide Volkswagen, based in Orangeburg, New York, which helped introduce the Volkswagen Beetle to the USA. The couple lived a “Gatsby-esque existence” at their home in East Hampton, NY and in their apartment in Manhattan: Ten Gracie Square.

The five-bedroom apartment, which was listed by Corcoran‘s Patricia Cliff, who declined to comment via her assistant, is “a grand 11-room, semi-duplex home, which abounds in architectural detail.” The upper level of the apartment features two master bedrooms both with “bathrooms en suite” and one with a wood-burning fireplace. “Most rooms have sweeping views of the East River and/or Carl Schurz Park,” according to the listing, as well as an “abundance of prewar detail” amid the interior, including a 12-foot entrance gallery.

Alexander passed away on May 21, 2009 at the age of 92 (Stanton died in 1987). Her apartment at Ten Gracie Square was put on sale with a $7.995 million asking price; it closed short of the asking and is now owned by Clark Murphy of Russell Reynolds Associates.

Finally, I haven’t the slightest idea why I found this important enough to write about; a topic of passing interest, at best. But perhaps some brief attention must be paid to superhero-related affairs, both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, to while away a moment or two of reality.

Source: New York Observer