Drew Friedman is a great American illustrator. Without the benefit of historical perspective, it is perhaps too soon to evaluate, but it’s not a stretch to mention him in the same breath with artists like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth, and Jessie Willcox Smith. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Chicago yesterday for a panel discussion with three of his most high-profile colleagues, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel.
With political consultant David Axelrod leading the conversation, the group acted like a lineup of old friends, ribbing each other over recent weather woes, and joining together to herald the role of cities and criticize the federal government’s lack of investment in them. Read More
How many times have you watched Paul Shaffer on Letterman and wished you could sing backup? Well, tonight at Shabbat Across America, Mr. Shaffer, minus The World’s Most Dangerous Band, but accompanied by Rabbi Robinson, Cantor Goffin and Rabbi Buchwald of Lincoln Square Synagogue, will be serving a traditional shabbat meal, music and Read More
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