(All photos by Astrid Stawiarz)
“I don’t know what a socialite means today,” said Cornelia Guest, the world’s first celebutante. “It used to mean someone who is doing philanthropy—these women who were in society to do charity. But who knows what it means right now.”
Area, the famed 1980s nightclub that featured Andy Warhol sculptures, Keith Haring murals and a deejay named Jean-Michel Basquiat, was a restless nightclub. For one, it only lasted a few years, from 1983 to 1987. Every six weeks, the owners would enlist their artist friends to completely overhaul the Tribeca space and create a new place from scratch. There were taxidermied rhinos during the “Containment” period and an indoor lap pool during the “Sports” period. And then of course, there was a bar in the bathroom. It was the club’s epicenter of cool, Area in microcosm, with photographers popping flashbulbs and Chuck Close artwork hanging haphazardly. Outside, hordes of gussied-up kids were praying they could join Madonna in the latrines.
Legends pass away, but their New York apartments live on, relics of an age when poets could afford Village townhouses and not-yet-famous painters could swing a Soho loft. Those were the days! Read More
The Eight-Day Week
At this true ladies’ night, Kate Spade’s crew of stylists will teach girls the art of wearing prints, from striped to polka dots to psychedelic swirls. Then you can preview the new fall collection and get a 20 percent discount on everything in the store except fragrances. And while you get some pro styling tips Read More
Art Meets Tech
Today would have been Andy Warhol’s 85th birthday, and his namesake foundation is celebrating with a stunt that pop art’s pop-pop would have loved: they’ve launched a live, 24/7 video feed of his grave.
Mr. Warhol’s grave is in his hometown of Pittsburgh, The Verge reports, and attracts many fans. The project is called Figment because Mr. Warhol once said he wanted his tombstone to simply read, “Figment.”
A huge part of my life for the last six years has been the writing, selling and editing of my debut novel, Dear Lucy (out this week!).
A huge part of my life for the last nine years has been waiting tables at Edward’s in Tribeca, where I started working when I was 20 years Read More
When painter Philip Pearlstein moved to Manhattan in 1949, he and his college pal Andy Warhol subletted an dingy eighth-floor walk-up on St. Marks Place and Avenue A.
“The bathtub was in the kitchen and it was usually full of roaches, incredible roaches,” Mr. Pearlstein once said of the apartment. Nor did their lot improve when they relocated to a West 23rd Street loft a few months later. Andy Warhol was said to have sent out address-change cards in glitter-filled envelopes announcing, “I’ve moved from one roach-ridden apartment to another.”
What's Old Is New Again
It’s not like Melanie Malkin ever pictured herself living on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood that has, over the past 50 years, all but disappeared from the dreams of the young and the hip.
“I mean, when I first moved up here, I didn’t want to move up here. Never, never, never,” Ms. Malkin said, who grudgingly took a cheap sublet in the neighborhood seven years ago when she was 23 years old and working for MoMA. “Nobody wants to move here. When I tell people I live here, they’re, like, eww.”
But loath as Ms. Malkin was to leave her first apartment on 29th Street, she wasn’t making a lot of money working in the museum world and she found a rent-stabilized one-bedroom on 87th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue that cost $775 a month (it’s now $938 a month). In the early days, she kept telling herself that it was convenient and cheap, but then something unexpected happened.
She started to love the Upper East Side.
The Daily Transom
Talk about a bad trip! In Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny, the new memoir from Nile Rodgers out this October, there’s a acid-addled anecdote involving a certain downtown art superstar, a story that’s perhaps never seen the light of day. It involves a party in Little Italy gone Read More
Big Monday news in books and television:
The Man Booker Prize longlist of nominees, deciphered.
The common language of literature, charted.
Children’s books illustrated by Andy Warhol.
Terry Gilliam is adapting Paul Auster’s Mr. Vertigo.
A mega-preview of Downton Abbey‘s second season. Read More