Special Pre K
Gov. Andrew Cuomo may want an Empire State of universal prekindergarten, but a few superstars would like him to listen to the mayor of the concrete jungle.
Stars: They're Just Like Us
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.
As celebrities like Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy and Uma Thurman move in, locals respond with studied ambivalence. Read More
Today, hyper-popular balladeer Adele released her first new material since her blockbuster 21 album: it’s the theme song from Skyfall, the new James Bond film. Since the Shirley Bassey days, the Bond theme has been a vaunted, if very weird, tradition (after all, most movies don’t come with pop singles). But the anachronism Read More
It’s not every day that you discover a makeshift organic fruit and cider farmer’s market stand outside a fashion show. But that’s precisely what had been constructed outside Skylight at Moynihan Station at EDUN’s spring 2013 runway presentation this past Saturday afternoon. Breezy Hill Orchards of Staatsburg, New York was stocked with the dozens of varietals of pears and apples freshly picked. Before the show, sweaty fashion editors, stylists and buyers could take a refreshing sip of apple cider. It was a smart pairing considering that Edun, which was founded by Ali Hewson and U2’s Bono, works with African manufacturers to give them an economic boost. Naturally the majority of attendees beelined it to their seats, but The Observer gulped down a bottle before the show.
Tomorrow, the memorial for Whitney Houston will take place in Newark, NJ at the New Hope Baptist Church. Speculation for the funeral’s guest-live began almost immediately after the news of Ms. Houston’s death: Would ex-husband Bobby Brown be invited? (Yes he would.)
For days, it appeared as though they would never be back. Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and others had sworn off Twitter until $1 million was raised for the AIDS charity Keep A Child Alive, and the goal was nowhere in sight. The first day raised just a fraction of what Read More
Sorry, Lady Gaga: It looks like people can survive without your 140-character bursts that you post to Twitter. And though your 7.2 million followers have only been neglected for a day so far, they may be kept in the dark for much longer.
The global pop phenomenon was just one Read More
Starting today, 7.2 million people will be deprived of something dear to their hearts: Lady Gaga’s Twitter presence. The BBC reports that the world’s biggest pop star will silence the site’s most-followed account today as part of her hiatus from social media platforms until $1 million is raised for Read More
–It’s difficult to imagine the Lower East Side without Richard Price. But apparently he hasn’t been there all along.
Curbed reports that the novelist and screenwriter has sold his apartment for $9.95 million to John and Jasanna Briton. As if that weren’t juicy enough, the apartment at 142 East Read More