Puerto Rico, You Lovely Island
John McCain has RSVP'd for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, but Rudy Giuliani has not. Lorraine Bracco will be a onetime co-host of The View. Baird Jones will celebrate Dr. Kevorkian's release from prison tonight by exhibiting his paintings at Webster Hall. Kevin Costner ate at Michael's. John Travolta may be in denial about his son's autism because of Scientology. Paris Hilton plans to keep a diary when she's in prison, which she can later sell. Sharon Stone is set to star in mock political ads to be unveiled at the upcoming Venice Biennale. Charlie Palmer's Kitchen 22, on West 22nd Street, closed.
A brief, noteworthy detail in those census-data stories: The city's population, which hit an all-time high of 8,008,278 in 2000, fell to a mere 7,956,113 a staggering decline of 52,165, or 0.65 percent. It must be all those fleeing Puerto Ricans. Latinos on the Rise in the City [NYDN] Earlier: Dominicans Like the Island Manhattan, Smoke on Your Pipe and Put That In