Showplace Showdown: Steve Wynn Puts an Unexpectedly Reserved Spin on Christopher Jeffries’ Glitzy Ritz-Carlton Penthouse
We did not peg Steve Wynn as a man who loves plaid, but apparently the casino magnate has a secret taste for preppy touches. In the most recent issue of Architectural Digest, Mr. Wynn reveals his shockingly restrained renovation of the $70 million Ritz-Carlton duplex he bought in 2012 from Millennium Partners Christopher Jeffries. Gone are the glittering chandeliers and auric window treatments, the brocade sofas and the coffered ceilings of gold. In their place are cream-colored walls and ceilings, rooms decorated with tasteful pops of primary colors and, of course, the aforementioned plaid. In a (few) word(s), a Jonathan Adler store on speed. Read More
Only 39 percent of registered voters in the city approve of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job performance, according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll.
While many believe the mayor cares about average person, is fulfilling his campaign promises, and can bring the city together, two months into his tenure, just 10 percent of those polled described his performance as excellent, while 29 percent described it as good. Another 37 percent gave it a fair rating and 20 percent said he is doing poorly. Read More
Science, comedic pop songs and memories of parody Twitter accounts past will merge in Austin, Texas, this Saturday when Bill Nye and Andy Samberg grace the same stage.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though jubilant about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desire to expand universal prekindergarten across the city, stopped short today of endorsing his plan to hike taxes to fund the program.
Appearing with Mr. de Blasio in the Bronx to promote the Catholic Church’s partnership on the pre-K expansion, Mr. Dolan refused to specifically back Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents to fund pre-K and after-school programs. Read More
Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone has cancelled a book deal with an elevator’s Twitter account because it was fake, Business Insider reports.
Well, obviously the publishing house knew that the Goldman Sachs elevator parody Twitter account was written by a person, not a machine. But when it turned out that that person didn’t even ride the elevator he pretended to be on Twitter, the rationale behind the book started to make less sense. Read More
Black Don’t Crack! Prominent New Yorkers (Except Governor Patterson) Play It Straight and Serious for Black History Month
It was the end of February, we had done zilch to commemorate Black History Month, and something told us that watching four hours of RuPaul’s Drag Race reruns didn’t quite suffice. Read More
‘What do people like? Beyonce. What do people check a lot? Stocks.’ Enter Bey Trader. Read More
Lou Reed manager, facilitator of albums by the Who and Eric Clapton and breeder of the champion racehorse Zenyatta, Eric Kronfeld, a tough-talking lawyer and record executive, died last spring after a battle with cancer. He passed his last years comfortably, though, in a regal home eminently suited to a man of his prowess in matters both commercial and equestrian.
Sources tells us that new owner of Mr. Kronfield’s townhouse at 38 East 68th Street, which just sold at ask for $12.49 million after less than three weeks on the market, is a man whose professional concerns center on shipping and real estate. But he certainly spends like he can afford a polo pony or two. And Francis O’Shea, who held the listing at Leslie J. Garfield & Co., told us with a chuckle that the buyer felt no need of a big mortgage. Read More
The math here is a little fuzzy, so bear with us as we attempt to untangle this press release we received yesterday.
Apparently, ladies, by not agreeing to go out with men for money, we are losing money! In fact, according to a new website, New York is on the top three “Pickiest Women” list, and we’ve turned up our nose on a collective $5,692,285 last year alone. Read More