Take Me Out To The Ball Game
With all eyes focused on the new mayor—not to mention the streaky Giants, the possibly decent Jets, the woeful Knicks, plus the Nets and Rangers—New Yorkers are ignoring the most important issue facing the city: the coming baseball famine. In every decade since 1900, New York City has hosted a World Series. For the past 92 years, since 1921, a New York City baseball team has won at least one championship in every decade. Even during the Yankees’ worst years, from 1962 to 1977, and during the 17-season drought from 1979 to 1995, the Queens-based Mets twice won the World Series, in 1969 and 1986.
The baseball world may not be going to bat for the scandal-scarred Alex Rodriguez, but a few elected officials penciled themselves into the ex-superstar’s dwindling lineup of backers today.
There’s enough scandal swirling around Alex Rodriguez to qualify him as a candidate on the September primary ballot. If Anthony Weiner, John Liu and Eliot Spitzer can present themselves as serious candidates for high office, well, why not A-Rod?
There is, of course, a big difference between a disgraced politician and a disgraced third baseman. Mr. Rodriguez can afford better lawyers, PR spinners and image consultants. The others might be struggling to achieve redemption from fickle voters, but A-Rod’s team could turn him from goat to hero in a New York minute. Do you realize how many well-paying jobs A-Rod has created in the pharmaceutical industry?
Red Carpet Real Estate
It must have been the view that convinced Gerald Greenwald and wife Glenda to purchase Alex Rodriguez‘s 35th-floor condo at the The Rushmore.
Mr. Greenwald, the former chairman and CEO of United Airlines and current managing partner of the Greenbriar Equity Group, must have been accustomed to lofty views from his days at the airline. And this apartment has views galore—”forever unobstructed views” with 60-linear feet over the Hudson, as the Adam Modlin listing gushes.
Aside from his oft-discussed, revolving door of high-profile girlfriends, Alex Rodiguez is known for being a playboy on an entirely different field. No, not on the baseball diamond—that ninth inning strike out won’t be forgotten any time soon—but in the real estate market. After bowing out of his 15 Central Park West rental, Mr. Rodriguez bought a full-floor spread at the Rushmore for $5.5 million last spring.
The third baseman is in the process of taking a walk, but it appears he will score on the place after only 8 months.
Could Alex Rodriguez still be rounding the bases looking for home?
In February, the Yankees slugger was reportedly warming up to buy a four-bedroom condo at the two-towered Rushmore on Riverside South. The full-floor-spread was said to cost between $5.5 million and $6 million. Extell Development even released a statement in which founder Gary Barnett Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
The Rushmore has been a hot commodity of late, attracting the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Robin Williams and violinist Pinkus Zuckerman. Should any of them need homeowners’ insurance, they could turn to Domingo Amaro Rangel, who is no relation to our city’s most corruptible congressman but does run one of the largest insurance concerns Read More
Once upon a time, people could not wait to break their contracts at the Rushmore and flee Gary Barnett’s ultra-luxury twin tower complex in Riverside South. Was it a typo or just bubble-era buyers’ remorse? Whatever the case of the case, The Observer suspects people will be fighting to get into the building Read More
The phrases “secret date” and “a spy reports” are dubious when the celebrities in question are choosing a restaurant like The Lion–which is lobbying to become the next Waverly Inn–to host a dinner party for friends. But then here it is, from Page Six today: Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez Read More