Dear Ms. Demeanor,

We live across the street from the infamous East Side Madam.  She is apparently in jail but there are film crews outside her building day and night.  I seriously don't know how much footage they need of a building vestibule but it is apparently a lot. 

Are they expecting tall woman in stilletos and tight pants to come rushing in and out?  The jig is up!  

My kids keep asking about it and I don't know what to tell them.  All I want to do is tell the cameramen to get a real job and get the hell out of my neighborhood.

Signed,

Mad at the Madam

Dear Mad,

This is New York City and just about everything that happens here is news, one way or another. 

Whether you are shopping next to Kourtney Kardashian at an upscale boutique, dining next to Bono at Park Avenue Spring, or pretending to tie your shoe while Chris Noth chats up a real estate agent on CPW (not that Ms. D would ever stoop to such shenanigans - my daugher really needed her shoelace tied), people here make the news and break the news and there are cameras everywhere waiting to record it. 

I am sorry that your local celebrity is more infamous than famous, but the camerman have a job to do.  The interest in the story will soon wane and you will have your block back.  If the cameramen are truly disrupting traffic or harassing residents, you can always make a complaint to 311. 

As for what you tell the kids, if they are pre-computer literate, just tell them someone sold something that was bad for them and she is in a long time-out now.

Smile for the camera,

Ms. Demeanor


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