Friday, October 10

Cookies and dream? Condé Nast’s family rag Cookie, which requires a stiff drink to get through, what with the pictures of perfect mothers and perfect spawn who probably reside in Park Slope, sneaks into your head with the eco-chic condo dream! Today they introduce a three-week show house in Battery Park City designed by über-decorator David Rockwell and other top designers. “It has a lot of green elements built into the architecture,” said Cookie home editor Kiera Coffee. (“We’ll take ours with two lumps, please!”)  “We have a three-bedroom with a living room, shared dining room area. … Of course it is very stylish and well-groomed, as it has to be for any show house. But the task they’ve been given—in addition to being really beautiful, they have to solve problems for families. Typically show houses are kind of beautiful, but a little bit unattainable.” You’re tellin us, honey! Meanwhile, the rest of the liberal media get stinkin’ drunk: New York magazine fetes its 40th anniversary at the Hammerstein Ballroom (and it’s not lookin’ a day over 19!). On the schedule: Indie hero bands the National and Grizzly Bear, not to mention STELLA, a three-man comedy troupe (uh-oh) featuring Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain. Rumored special guest appearance by comedy scribe AJ Jacobs and his spellbindingly tight trousers.

[Cookie Living show house, 2 River Terrace, Battery Park City, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., http://www.cookieliving.com; New York magazine’s 40th anniversary, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 8 p.m., http://nymag.com/nyxny/40th]

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