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Monday, July 9, 2012
Organ Grinder Coming to the Oval
As you may have deduced, we have an "insider" who is letting us know what's going to happen in this complex before it happens. At first we were dubious, but after the Oval Cafe cart became a reality, something this insider informed us about, we knew we had a good source for what's coming up in Stuy Town.
Well, we have just learned that Dominico Figaroa, the renowned organ grinder of Coney Island, will be doing his organ grinding performance around the Oval. Much like the Oval Cafe cart, Dominico will take his organ to various places around the Oval to play hurdy-gurdy music and showcase the talking and movable mechanical monkey placed atop the machine. (NYC law prevents the use of a real monkey.) The catch? You have to put a dollar into the organ for the performance. The machine will accept bills or coins.
Lady Maya, the director of resident programming in STPCV, has already prepared a response to the certain inquiry from Town & Village that's to come in a week or two: "Having an organ grinder play with his organ and monkey for the children will be a wonderful addition to our community. We are very excited about this new amenity performance that is sure to become popular among our residents."
UPDATE 7/10/12: Dominico Figaroa informed me on the phone just now that he is still under contract negotiations with Stuy Town and that his organ grinding appearances are not a done deal yet. "They wanna take 95 cents outta da dollar I charge, but I said no way. It's gotta be a 50/50 split. My monkey needs to be lubricated to work well, and lubrication is not cheap!"