That star-studded auction aimed at snuffing out NYU’s forthcoming Greenwich Village towers went online today, and there are some big ticket items in addition to the previously mentioned shopping trip with Padma Lakshmi, acting lessons from Philip Seymour Hoffman, and lunch with Lewis Lapham. Maybe the most exciting addition: dinner with Richard Hell at John’s of 12th Street, down the block from Hell’s apartment.
“A longtime East Village resident, Hell has joined forces with all of us who want to save the Village from being crushed by the Sexton expansion plan,” goes the selling copy. The experience is valued at $500, which, weirdly, is $2,000 less than what lunch with Bill Moyers is said to be worth, and $1,500 less than what dinner with Cynthia Nixon and her wife is going for. Plus, Hell, whose papers are kept by NYU, will pick up the tab and “school you” on punk rock, if need be. (Or just discuss the fate of John’s now that it’s being taken over by a Beatrice Inn partner.)
Anyway, see what else is up for grabs here.