As almost everyone in New York knows by now , Jazz , a 10-part, 19-hour documentary that began airing on PBS station WNET-TV on Jan. 8, is the latest opus by nonfiction filmmaker Ken Burns. As almost everyone here also knows, titles can be deceiving. And though Mr. Burns may have been the man behind Read More
By William Berlind 12/04/00 12:00am
Actress Melanie Griffith checked into a California drug treatment center for an addiction to prescription pain medication on Nov. 9. Shortly after, the message boards on her New Agey e-commerce site, OneWorldLive.com, were flooded with get-well wishes. Here are excerpts from a few:
I was saddened to read the news about your Read More
By William Berlind 11/27/00 12:00am
You knew there was something different about these 2001 New
York Giants back in training camp, when head coach Jim Fassel, his job on the
line after two consecutive sub-par seasons, invited his men to a screening of
the film Gladiator and everyone- everyone -went. There were no absentees,
no latecomers, no linebackers caught playing Read More
By William Berlind 10/02/00 12:00am
He was the biggest baseball star in New York. She was the recently crowned Playboy Playmate of the Millennium. They were two performers at the pinnacles of their professions. This being New York, it was just a matter of time before their paths crossed.
One night last December, Playmate Darlene Bernaola and New York Mets Read More
By William Berlind 9/11/00 12:00am
One night this summer, a little-known 32-year-old Brooklyn artist named David Brown was lurking outside Studio 54. That evening the club was host to the Yahoo Internet Life Awards, and a middling celebrity turnout was expected. Two public- relations women in red dresses and headphones brandished clipboards and checked names. For the better part of Read More
By William Berlind 6/05/00 12:00am
There sat Oliver Platt, the swarthy, tousled actor known for his portrayal of cowardly suck-ups. He was at the game , Knicks-Pacers, Conference Finals, Game 4.
A white NBC identification tag hung from his neck. Courtside, an NBC producer’s clipboard designated him simply as “NBC promo position # 2.” Sure enough, late in the third Read More
By William Berlind 5/15/00 12:00am
On a recent afternoon, the man who calls himself Scooter Dan was standing on the corner of 91st Street and Madison Avenue, surrounded by 10 shiny new aluminum Razor scooters.
“They’re the hot new craze,” Scooter Dan said, eyeing a nearby line of kids waiting to buy Italian ice. “They’re like Rollerblades in their Read More
By William Berlind 4/10 12:00am
New York’s wealthiest parents always knew-and feared-that, someday, it had to happen. And on Feb. 18, 2000, it did.
That’s the day the city’s 69 private schools mailed out their letters of admission and rejection to the kindergarten class of 2001. Almost immediately, a collective “Waaaaa” could be heard from Park Avenue to Central Read More
By William Berlind 3/27/00 12:00am
Wednesday, March 22
WNBC’s 11 o’clock news plunged directly into the mouth of hell on Sunday night, March 19.
Here’s what viewers saw when they tuned in: weekend anchor Glen Walker, sitting all alone in a vaguely familiar, bare-bones newsroom, reading the day’s news, sports and weather, and apologizing over and over for major Read More
By William Berlind 3/20/00 12:00am
Wednesday, Mar. 15
Somebody over at CBS was angry enough over Craig Kilborn’s Feb. 29 interview of Jesse Jackson on The Late Late Show that they sent NYTV an official CBS copy of the show in a plain brown envelope, with a Post-It affixed to the cassette, reading: “Jesse Jackson interview: an atrocity!”
Mr. Read More