Art Basel Miami Beach 2011
The tenth edition of Art Basel Miami Beach began earlier today, with VIP card holders—including Diddy, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner, China Chow, Morley Safer, Jeffrey Deitch and just about everyone you would expect to be there—descending on the Miami Beach Convention Center to survey the art on offer by some 260 dealers. Read More
Village Voice reporter Graham Rayman factchecked Mayor Bloomberg's claim his personal army is the world's seventh biggest.
A gay community center is moving to a building named after staunch same sex marriage opponent Ruben Diaz Sr.
Chris Quinn might be suing the Bloomberg administration, but she said she still has a good relationship with the Mayor. Read More
One of the cornerstones of the Bloomberg administration’s PlaNYC 2030 was ensuring every New Yorker lived within 10 minutes of a park. That is tricky, real estate being the valuable commodity that it is, so building new parks is not always easy—we had to construct one on a derelict railway, for godsakes!
So the administration came up with the clever idea of opening up city schoolyards to the community after school. Today in Jackson Heights, Mayor Bloomberg and the Parks Department celebrated the 200th playground opening.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2011
Shortly after entering Art Basel Miami Beach this afternoon, we spotted Naomi Campbell chatting with Diddy (who was wearing some sort of leopard-print sweater and a sling) in an aisle not far from Acquavella's booth. Read More
Occupy Wall Street
We’ve been alerted by a tipster that Occupy Wall Street protesters (who still exist, even if their movement has become decentralized) will be gathering at Bryant Park at 6:00 p.m. tonight to march to the Sheraton where President Barack Obama is holding a fundraising dinner.
From the wood-paneled library to the carefully trimmed trees on the terraces—that’s six whole terraces!—Mr. Wilf has got it all at 778 Park. The Mustachioed Mock Minnesotan’s new place is certainly nicer than any skybox at the new stadium he is trying to build. Apparently averse to the backwoods of the Midwest, Mr. Wilf will instead spend his time lounging around this Candela masterpiece. The good news? It’s the perfect place to host the Viking’s Christmas party!
Friends Like These
Fred Dicker was having some technical problems on his radio show this morning as he tried to get Andrew Cuomo on the line. On air, he started complaining about the technical team over at Talk 1300, until someone got on the line and told him to cool it.
Eventually, Gov. Cuomo did emerge on the other side of the line, and promptly tried to assure the radio host that he had been patiently waiting all along.
"I wasn't late Fred, I want you to know," Gov. Cuomo said. Read More
The New York Daily News breathlessly reported today that a 14-year-old Harlem teen from a C-rated high school* had pepper sprayed eight other students.
Now A Major Motion Picture
HBO is starting to look like the official sponsor of your local bookstore, and now even more so: David Milch, the man behind Deadwood and NYPD Blue, has scored a deal that will allow him to bring the work of William Faulkner to television.
James Franco (and David Cross, John Turturro, et al) have reason to be worried: Harry Potter is about to smash your portrayal of New York beat poet Allen Ginsberg into dust. Daniel Radcliffe, fresh from filming the Victorian horror flick The Woman In Black has reportedly joined the cast of Kill Your Darlings (not to be confused with the 2006 flick with the same name) as the famous (and infamous) part of Jack Kerouac/Ginsberg/Lucien Carr trio.