||Famous New Yorkers keep trying to help the city dig out of last week's terrorist attack — even as some wonder whether their celebrity is a boon or a bane.
Take last night. Billy Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Ron Howard, Marisa Tomei, Bianca Jagger and other members of the Creative Coalition were due to stop by the Jacob Javits Center to talk to volunteers and rescue workers.
The star crew didn't send out any press releases and wasn't looking for publicity. But inevitably, one skeptic asked, "Why do we need a bunch of celebrities distracting people?"
One Coalition member tells us: "We're trying not to be intrusive. We asked beforehand if it would be all right. The organizers said workers could use some moral support."
'Sex in the City' star Sarah Jessica Parker
Ground Zero has also turned into a kind of VIP zone. Police won't let most concerned citizens anywhere near the disaster scene. But actors such as Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Buscemi and Michael Imperioli have helped pass out food or otherwise assisted. Last Friday, Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein and Talk magazine editor Tina Brown joined staff from the Tribeca Grill in delivering hot breakfasts.
Movie producer Brad Epstein, who has been working daily with restaurateur Drew Nieporent and chef Don Pintabona in supplying the vittles, says the cops and firefighters don't seem to mind the attention — especially from Parker.
"She was signing a lot of helmets," says Epstein. "The guys loved it."