It was a balmy Sunday night at the Magnolia Bakery, and it seemed as if every New Yorker not home snuggling with their spouse in front of The Sopranos was part of the crowd spilling onto Bleecker Street. There were half-nibbled iced cupcakes in their hands and rapturous expressions on their faces. Some were enjoying Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 11/25/02 12:00am
Roger Prigent sat in the front room of his Upper East Side store, Malmaison, gently stroking the arms of his gilded chair. After the touch came the recognition.
“That’s Russian,” he said, his white mustache dancing under his nose. “I like Russian chairs; they’re more whimsical than French ones. This one’s from 1825.”
Pivoting Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 10/07/02 12:00am
Bob Kerrey, the two-term former Senator and governor of Nebraska, is considering a proposal to start an elite training ground for policy-makers at the New School University, where he became president in January 2001.
Mr. Kerrey-who said upon taking the New School post that he wanted to teach a government class himself-commissioned an investigation into Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 9/09 12:00am
Forty-year-old art dealer Kenny Schachter took in the Spartan splendor of his new Greenwich Village art gallery and smiled an infectious smile. Uptown in Chelsea, and on the East Side, things were looking grim. From Mr. Schachter’s perspective, the mood reminded him of the early 90′s, when scores of galleries went bankrupt and hundreds of Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 7/22/02 12:00am
“When I was 16, I went out with a 35-year-old woman,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein at the Monday-night premiere of his company’s new movie, Tadpole . A wide grin spread across his face. “It was a miracle-the ninth wonder of the world!”
Tadpole is a romantic comedy about a prep-school kid, Oscar (Aaron Stanford), Read More
It was easy for fans of Cuban-born writer Oscar Hijuelos to tell whom he was picking on when he was interviewed before an audience in the auditorium of the New York Times Building on June 25: It was The Times ‘ own Book Review section.
“You have to take these mites-who are presuming they know Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 7/15/02 12:00am
“When you’re named at the head of a business, small or large, you know you’re expendable ad nutum -meaning you could go at any moment by simple decision of the board of directors. You’re paid for that. And well paid. This special compensation, these golden parachutes that make headlines, to me, are unjustifiable for executives. Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 5/20/02 12:00am
On a recent outing to the Belgian café Le Pain Quotidien, Christiane Celle, owner of the Nolita boutique Calypso, wife of fashion photographer Antoine Verglas and a Tribeca mom, struck up a conversation with another woman who was there with her baby. Without any prompting, the woman told Ms. Celle, who is French, that her Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 4/08/02 12:00am
When James Fallon, then the London bureau chief of Fairchild publications, interviewed John Fairchild, the legendary editor and publisher of Women’s Wear Daily , for the paper’s 90th anniversary issue, the man who spent the late 50′s boozing with Chanel, and the 60′s reinventing the American look and spatting with most designers, told him the Read More
By Elisabeth Franck 3/11/02 12:00am
Three things to take away from Vivendi Universal’s March 5 press conference: The company posted a humongous $11.8 billion net loss for 2001; earnings were in line with the media giant’s projections, and the people of France still consider Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marie Messier a cultural traitor.
The American media may have missed it, Read More