Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tonight headlined a fund-raiser for the anti-horse carriage group NYCLASS and doubled down on his vow to ban the carriages after he takes office in January.
Members of the press were barred by the group from entering the small event, held in the lobby of the Hippodrome Building in Midtown, and strained to hear snippets of Mr. de Blasio’s remarks with ears pressed against glass doors and windows. Read More
And we’re off!
More than 250 exhibitors have spent the past few days setting up shop in the Miami Beach Convention Center, and this morning the doors swung open to let in the first tranche of VIPs. Many more have arrived in the intervening hours. It feels buoyant in there, dealers switching between their iPads and cell phones and collectors, getting business done. Is it a success? It’s too soon to tell. For now we can just look at the art, which is not a bad position to be in. In the accompanying slide show, a quick trip around the fair. Read More
With $1.4 billion in annual support from the National Institutes of Health and a near-unrivaled concentration of academic, medical and research foundations, New York is well positioned to translate the inquiries and experiments of its libraries and laboratories into serviceable medical innovations. And it will become—in theory— better-positioned still with the addition of two newly-announced initiatives: the City of New York Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative and the Mt. Sinai Institute of Technology (MSIT). Read More
Since we last wrote about Castle Braid, the rich hipster/artist condo in Bushwick, the story has turned darker for the trust fund kids. Apparently the righteous rage of the Occupy Bushwick sect has led to not only accusations about Castle Braid’s developers finding loopholes that allow them to avoid paying specific taxes, but are now in fear of being the target of arson and/or the disgusting KNOCKOUT game?
It’s like an early Spike Lee movie up in this joint, at least according to the person/persons/trolls running the @Castlebraid Twitter account, which may or may not be a real thing. (Don’t give your hopes up.) Read More
For a musician, nothing says you’ve made it like playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. Just ask One Direction. Once you’ve made it there, you’re basically living the dream.
Though thanks to the deal Billy Joel signed yesterday to play a concert at the Garden every month until basically the end of his life (or career, whichever comes first), we have to imagine “the dream” has started to resemble a surreal version of Groundhog’s Day. Read More
Michael Shvo, Developer Who Brought Us That Gas Station Sheep Meadow, Makes Art + Auction’s Power 100 List
Michael Shvo, the irrepressibly showy boom-time broker who vanished in the wake of the financial crash only to return this spring as an equally flashy real estate developer is now (officially!) an art impresario. Art + Auction has named him to its Power 100 list, where he joins “a prominent group of power players who wield significant influence in the art world,” among them Jeff Koons, Larry Gagosian, Oprah Winfrey and the Aquavella family, trumpets a release about Mr. Shvo’s alleged art world coup. Read More
Chickens are simple birds—yard birds and cheap birds. Gallus gallus domesticus is the animal God created just before He took a nap. When a chicken dies, no one cries, and an immediate urge is often to fry it, plunging its body into a vat of hot oil. Another common act of mourning is to dismember the deceased bird, to tear its limbs asunder and to disseminate the constituent parts: to sports bars go the wings; to stock, the bones; and to shrink-wrapped freezer eternity, the breasts and thighs.
Everyone needs a zebroid. Read More
Unveiling his first deputy mayor and two other top administration posts today, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio stressed that a potent right-hand man would be pivotal to the day-to-day functioning of City Hall.
Anthony Shorris, the soon-to-be first deputy mayor, will be a crucial figure over the coming years, Mr. de Blasio said. Read More