Finding an unpublished George Gurley piece is like opening a perfectly written time capsule. In May 2001, New York City was preparing to say farewell to a term-limited Rudy Giuliani and welcome anyone from Mark Green to Freddy Ferrer to Michael Bloomberg as its first new leader in eight years. An intrepid young Observer reporter named George Gurley hit the party scene to ask prominent New Yorkers what they thought would happen to the city. He wrote it up and then … it disappeared.
The Observer never published Mr. Gurley’s observations, captured first at the annual benefit for the African Rainforest Conservancy, held at the Park on 17th Street and Tenth Avenue and the second was for the tenth anniversary of the Paramount Hotel.
Twelve years later, as we approach another change of guard at City Hall, Mr. Gurley got to thinking about that piece. When he realized it hadn’t seen the light of day, Mr. Gurley, still an intrepid young Observer reporter, brought it to our attention.
The Eight-Day Week
Hosts Nigel and Cristen Barker, Russell James and Donna Karan will be at the Fourth Annual Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration this year honoring Ms. Karan’s BFF Bonnie Young and daughter Gabby Karan De Felice. The committee includes supermodel Helena Christensen, socialite Jennifer Creel, Carolina Herrera, nightlife queen Amy Sacco and photographer Kelly Klein, to Read More
Suppertime is a strange point in the evening to be sitting at No. 8, the Meatpacking nightclub that is approaching its one-year anniversary. It’s a place where one usually ends up near the end of a marathon bender, when a mix of fashion and music industry ingenues mingles with the occasional movie star over ear-shattering Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Love Heals, which benefits The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, is having a very fancy gala honoring Dana Auslander, Richard E. Farley and style siren Mary Alice Stephenson, with honorary celebrity chairs Alan Cumming, Julianna Margulies and Emily Mortimer. The committee is equally chichi: Dini von Mueffling, jeweler Alexis Bittar, Chris Burch, Ann Caruso, Read More
Thursday Night Ciné
Just when we were sick and tired of cinema screenings and movie premiere parties (Hello nomination-baiting season!), The Cinema Society alongside Dior and Vanity Fair hosted one of its best shindigs yet, at the legendary Indochine restaurant following a showing of the Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard’s 2012 French-Belgian film, which stars Marion Cotillard and dizzyingly sexy Matthias Schoenaerts.
“I’m gonna need eight glasses of Champagne to lift myself up from that one!” one power publicist bellowed to The Observer over the roaring crowd.
“But Marion Cotillard was just amazing!”
This writer unfortunately missed the screening in order to support wounded U.S. servicemen and women uptown for Stand Up For Heroes event, which featured performances by John Mayer, Roger Waters and Bruce Springsteen.
We were hoping for a sighting and perhaps to bavarder with the Oscar-winner.
“Marion had to immediately catch an international flight,” one social stalwart dutifully informed us. Of course she had plenty of time to pose for the cameras in her Dior couture, flashing her wondrous baby-bump.
Please sir can we have some more?
A restaurant opening in the chandeliered halls of The Pierre, flagship of Taj hotels, held much promise for some unrepentant gorging, but we were tragically left empty mouthed at Sirio’s grand unveiling on Wednesday evening, with not a crumb going spare.
“We have a lot of dear friends, and a lot of people who love Read More
The Lunch CROWD
The pool was closed for private parties last week, but the grill was bumping. On Monday, Chelsea Clinton came in for lunch with Sandy Weill. The Post reported that she went to Michael’s, though, so maybe I need to get my eyes checked–or the media needs to fact-check. Ha! I’ve been working for three weeks Read More
Tempestuous New York Rangers left-winger Sean Avery won’t be lacing up the skates any time soon, following his team’s anticlimactic exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But he still knows how to tie one on.
“How do you say ‘cheers’ in the Jewish Read More
Bungalow 8, the hot nightclub that was, underwent a makeover last month, and photos of the new Bungalow 8 are posted on Guest of Guest. But can anyone tell what’s different?And does anyone care?
Once upon a time Bungalow was at the epicenter of the city’s nightlife. But in these new photos, Read More
“I’m happy to say I’ve danced in fountains, I’ve had strawberries and wine and Champagne, I’ve visited places like Brideshead,” said nightlife duchess Amy Sacco. She was on the roof of the Gramercy Park Hotel after a Cinema Society screening of Brideshead Revisited on Tuesday, July 22. “And I’ve had the unrequited love issues, too.” Read More