With most hotels in New York currently so crowded with resident refugees that they’re turning down pre-booked marathoners from out of state, it’d be hard for even Mayor Bloomberg to blame you for checking out the listings on AirBandB.com. But the year-old Midtown hotel Sanctuary is bending over backward to provide accomdations, according to owner Brandon Freid, going so far as to keep all the employees sleeping in the 111-unit building in order to provide 24-hour service. Read More
As the last several day’s headlines have been about the devastation of New Jersey–and more specifically, its shoreline–in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it was inevitable that some cynics among us would eventually get around to making Jersey Shore jokes. For example, one very funny person tweeted on Wednesday: “Snooki is a lot like Hurricane #Sandy. They’re both heading to The Jersey Shore with intentions to blow everyone within a 50 mile radius.” (You can tell this person is very good and funny on Twitter because he or she got 1,346 retweets from that zinger.) Read More
UPDATE: 666 Park Sets Damaged; Kaufman Astoria Studios President: ‘We’re Ready To Go’; 30 Rock, Smash Announce Post-Storm Plans
Though the city has disallowed exterior shooting until Friday at the earliest in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, at least one studio is back open. Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, is planning to welcome the crews of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black tomorrow, though the studio was open today as well. Read More
Steve Stanulis was about ready to wrap production on his independent feature Long Shot Louie; the last day of shooting was set for last Monday.
His final scenes were set to be filmed on the boardwalk at Staten Island’s Midland Beach. Read More
There was a cacophony of horns blaring at Coney Island Avenue, as policemen directed traffic around the Hess Station at the corner of 18th Avenue. Read More
John Carney, a senior editor at CNBC.com, is getting ready for Halloween. The Park Slope resident will be putting on a Tin Man outfit later this afternoon, while his wife–the director of legal hiring at a law firm, currently on maternity leave–will be the Scarecrow. And at around 4:30 this afternoon, they are taking their two small children (one 3 years old and going as Dorothy, one 3 weeks old and going as Toto) up and down the avenues of the Slope for trick-or-treating.
Ironically, the Frankenstorm is actually preferable to last year’s freezing temperatures. “This will be our first year,” Mr. Carney told The Observer. “Last year, snow killed it. The weather wasn’t right to drag a then-2-year-old through the streets.” Read More
Storms are the great equalizer, and none more so than last night’s Hurricane Sandy. The devastating gales and high tides did not take into account summer homes in the Hampton, $4,300+ apartments in the West Village, or anyone living near Tribeca. Okay, so it did look like certain parts of Queens, Brooklyn, LES, and all the hospitals got it worse than say, the Upper East Side, but that’s based on weather patterns, not net worth or number of listings in the society pages.
That being said, here is how Tinsley Mortimer weathered the storm. Read More
Gawker Media sites and BuzzFeed went down last night during the worst of the winds and rain, but they are up and running again–although Gawker is in a slightly different format. Both have servers at Datagram–which, incidentally, is in lower Manhattan and was heavily impacted by the storm.
Gawker sites went down around 7 pm last night. Late this morning, Gawker Media started posting on more spare-looking tumblr sites that were set up when the sites failed. Now, Nick Denton just wants to get the word out.
“If we’re the indestructible cockroaches of the media world, now’s the time to show it,” Mr. Denton wrote in an staff email (full text below). Read More
While Anderson Cooper was learning about his afternoon talk show being cancelled–no, not just for Hurricane Sandy, but forever–two late night hosts made the brave decision to continue their shows at NBC and CBS as if a giant storm wasn’t ranging outside.
The only problem? Neither Jimmy Fallon nor David Letterman had a live audience–a first, in both their histories–to laugh at their jokes. But what could have turned into that creepy David Lynch episode of Louie was actually an amazing bit of performance art as the two jokesters performed to the dead silence of a mostly-empty room. *Yanks collar* “Tough crowd!” Read More