The men’s room of the New York Hilton was thick with cheap men’s cologne. Standing at a urinal was a tiny old man in a big suit, who seemed to disappear into the depths of the porcelain, a wisp of white hair flowing off his little head. Mickey Freeman, who played Private Zimmerman on Sergeant Read More
Sure it’s October, but there’s an extra chill in the air around East 63rd Street between Park and Lexington avenues. That’s because the war between two of that block’s neighbors, billionaire mogul Ron Perelman and the popular boîte Le Bilboquet, just keeps escalating. Mr. Perelman, who has long complained about the restaurant’s noisy crowd, has Read More
The tide of film and TV productions fleeing to cheaper non–New York locations such as Toronto and Prague has infuriated city leaders for years, prompting anti-Canadian propaganda on the set of Sex and the City and moral outrage over the shot-in-Montreal Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story. On Sept. 28, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Read More
“They’re hearing about it from their mothers, so it trickles down,” said Dr. Howard Sobel, an Upper East Side dermatologist who recently Botoxed a 17-year-old girl. Her 14-year-old sister expressed interest in the procedure as well. “We’ll have girls walk in with a picture of her mother and say, ‘I don’t ever want to have Read More
wednesday · september 8
Perry Ellis, noon
A moist 73 degrees; 92 percent humidity. Those not able to afford the de rigueur Japanese hair-straightening were desperately smoothing down that morning’s blowout.
There was no runway, just girls standing patiently under the lights, looking dangerously young, with small pouty faces and dark-rimmed glassy Read More
Hand on the hip of her Alberta Ferretti gown, her proud chin jutting out from that pixie face, Reese Witherspoon stares out from the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair, the cursive headline announcing the actress as “Regally Blonde.” The caption continues, “Reese Witherspoon brings home a $15 million paycheck, makes time for Read More
A few dozen passengers were settling into their seats in the
Quiet Car of the Acela Regional Express as it rolled out of Boston’s South
Station on Friday, July 30, when a slightly rumpled guy boarded the train, a
Democratic National Convention credential still slung around his neck.
The man began talking-quite loudly-about Senator Read More
On my last birthday, I decided to buy a parakeet. I’d been out of college for a year and was living in a pet-friendly building in Murray Hill, in an alcove studio also known as “Fort Me.” For the first time in my life, I was living alone, with no boyfriend and no one to Read More
‘It’s Good to Be the King’: Richard Lewis on Alan King
That was a Mel Brooks line, and it couldn’t have a better meaning nor a better fit than for the comedic master who just retired into immortality. Right up front, my deepest condolences to his family and thousands of friends who really knew and Read More
“I have never experienced an author like this,” huffed Elizabeth Sheinkman, the literary agent to Bergdorf Blondes author Plum Sykes-at least, she said, until she was fired recently via voicemail.
Ms. Sheinkman, who made two book deals for Ms. Sykes with Miramax Books totaling over $2 million, said it came as a shock when she Read More