The Anniversary Party
In a glossy media city that values professional polish, NY1, Time Warner’s no-frills news channel, enjoys a certain cult following, as evidenced by the high-profile fans who gathered at the New York Public Library last Thursday to celebrate two decades of “weather on the ones.”
The event reflected the unassuming charms of the station, where anchors style themselves and pan-away shots reveal a bullpen that is more Community than The Newsroom. Though there was an open bar, the wine glasses had thick stems, and the hors d’oeuvres, while tasty, might have arrived straight from Trader Joe’s.
Hines New York chief Tommy Craig’s meeting downtown ran an hour longer than expected yesterday, leaving everyone back at the the 499 Park headquarters a little bit more tippled than expected but otherwise thrilled when Mr. Craig walked through the glass doors to his surprise 30th anniversary party.
“I learned a few things today,” Ariane Dagun said from the top deck of the Lady Liberty ferry, which was motoring back toward Battery Park last Thursday morning. “I discovered that Bloomberg and Sarkozy are the same height, which was convenient for the podium. They did not have to change anything, since Sarkozy is very self-conscious about his height.”
Ms. Dagun was one of more than 100 New Yorkers, Frenchmen, and most of all French New Yorkers like herself, who had made the journey to Liberty Island with the president of France and the mayor of New York. They were there to celebrate the statue that country presented the city 125 years ago.
How Some Remember
The 9/11 memorabilia economy has generated millions, perhaps even billions of dollars over the past decade. There have been snow globes and statuettes, posters and flip books. Flags are not uncommon, but typically they are of the red-white-and-blue extraction. Now, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we have an official 9/11 flag, which was unveiled at the museum yesterday.