Though Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty by capturing the liberal zeitgeist, don’t expect him to stock his cabinet with members of the Park Slope Food Co-op.
As a candidate, Mr. de Blasio branded himself as a leading stop-and-frisk antagonist, but the names on his shortlist of police commissioner candidates aren’t exactly radical. A strong Read More
Who says there’s nothing to do in New York on a cold Sunday night? Every Sunday in December, when the Café Carlyle across the hall is dark, the glamorous Bemelmans Bar is hosting the most enchanting holiday party in town. From 9 p.m. to midnight, ace pianist-saloon singer Billy Stritch and funny, fast-thinking Jim Caruso, the dapper emcee of the popular Monday night “Cast Party” shows at Birdland, are pooling their very considerable talents for a nimble, nonstop, musical show-business bonanza with as much rhythm and class as the feet of Fred Astaire. Read More
Betabeat’s twisted sense of humor is rivaled only by our love of selfies, and even we wouldn’t do this.
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast). Read More
The Office of the City Register lists as the recent seller of the $3.9 million 32nd-floor combination at 422 East 72nd Street one Stewart J. Rahr, the billionaire philanthropist who in 2010 sold Kinray Pharmaceuticals, which he’d grown from a small family business into the largest privately-held industry wholesaler in the country. But according to an October profile in Forbes, Mr. Rahr has since his May divorce from Carol Rahr—his wife of 43 years—been replaced with a hard-partying, fame-obsessed character by the name “Stewie Rah Rah Number One King of All Fun,” a figure clad habitually in bright yellow sunglasses who uses as a personal anthem Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and who owns a phone case that reads “I Love Ibiza.”
We imagine that the folks at city records might have been less than thrilled had Mr. Rahr requested that his lengthy new monicker be entered into their databases—though we suppose a Stewie Rah Rah LLC would have been acceptable—but it will most certainly be Ms. Rahr, anyway, who benefits from the sale, even if the condo can account only for a tiny portion of the Rahrs’ $250 million settlement. Read More
A Man on Tape: The Full Charm of Michael Prichard Reading Tom Wolfe and Other Adventures in Audiobooks
When I was a kid and my local public library first started stocking audio books—then known as books on tape—I loved the concept, but not for the right reason. I loved it because it felt like cheating. It was like being assigned To Kill a Mockingbird and turning to Gregory Peck instead of Harper Lee. Read More
No one takes the holidays more seriously than Martha Stewart.
She has to. Everyone is a lifestyle guru now. It’s not just celebrities—although in recent years Martha has found herself in competition with everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Padma Lakshmi—it’s also your aunt, who now shares all her recipes on Pinterest, and your friend from high school who Instagrams his home decorating projects. Read More
In Tyler Perry’s morning, Tyler Perry feeds an infant, helps a 4-year-old brush his teeth and savors some gluten-free toast with avocado in a Dumbo office—all while recovering from dental surgery. This may sound like the set-up for a hit film, but in fact it’s just a regular day in the life of Tyler Perry: executive, wife, mother and more.
Yes, this Tyler Perry is a woman. She is not that Tyler Perry, the prolific and ubiquitous entertainer whose latest project, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, hits theaters next week.
“Believe it or not, I didn’t know who Tyler Perry was before I got married,” said Tyler Perry, 36. “I think it was the first trip we took with my new I.D., and a person at the airport just couldn’t get over it.” Read More
Late on the night after Thanksgiving, on what is typically an unplugged weekend for the media, the wires lit up with sad news: Peter Kaplan, the legendary former editor of this newspaper, had died. Read More
The Wall Street Journal‘s economics editor David Wessel is going to the Brookings Institute, where he will direct the new Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made his first administration appointments this morning, naming government veteran Anthony Shorris his first deputy mayor and close aide Emma Wolfe his director of intergovernmental affairs.
Mr. Shorris, who previously served in the Koch administration and as executive director of the Port Authority, will be charged with managing the day-to-day operations of city government and overseeing services, including the police department–essentially serving as Mr. de Blasio’s right-hand man. Read More