Peter Kaplan came to me in what had to be late 1993, and as we sat and discussed things, I said to him out of nowhere, “Do you know Charlie and Pauline Kaplan?”
The most expensive home in the five boroughs to go into contract last week (according to the Olshan report), is an address quite familiar to The Observer: 54 East 64th Street, this salmon-colored paper’s Upper East Side home before Arthur Carter sold the paper to Jared Kushner.
“Four floors, a giant alimentary center-hall staircase, caked moldings, brass chandeliers, glass-fronted oak cupboards, The New York Observer sometimes felt like a Henry James society home or a 70′s swinger pad, with reporters stacked and stuffed in its confines like Hong Kong tailors,” longtime editor Peter Kaplan described the mansion. “Our legal reporter set up his computer in the fourth-floor closet, near the tuxedo that was used by whomever had to go out to a formal evening.”
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Happy Birthday to us! The New York Observer is a quarter of a century old, and publisher Jared Kushner and CEO Joseph Meyer have assembled a bonzo boldfaced lineup of NYC’s most fabulous hosts to fête the glorious occasion. Think NYO founder Arthur Carter, Marchesa designer/knockout Georgina Chapman, art kingpin Larry Gagosian, Carolina Herrera, Katie Holmes (Suri will be in bed—sorry, tabloids), Commissioner Ray Kelly, style icon Lauren Santo Domingo, Matt Lauer
Tyler Rush, The New York Observer’s production manager and a 13-year veteran of the paper, died on Saturday at the home he shared with his partner, Melanie Hogue, in Cairo, N.Y. The cause was a heart attack. He was 49 years old.
Patsy Kahn, wife of toy mogul and Madoff-penthouse purchaser Al Kahn, told the New York Post of her recent apartment acquisition, “[Al] was worried about the karma but I just loved the terrace!”
The six-story townhouse at 63 East 82nd Street doesn’t have a terrace, it has two, and a garden-which is Read More
“Plop Art,” it’s called: sculptures placed in public spaces with little thought given to how they might actually function in them.
“Plopping” this or that object in a highly trafficked area is presumably done for the benefit of the public weal, as if navigating around art is the same thing as appreciating it. The Read More
In 1990, after decades spent working as an investment banker, entrepreneur and the founder and publisher of two newspapers, including The New York Observer, Arthur Carter began a new career: sculptor. This Thursday, New York University’s Grey Art Gallery will present a selection of his works with “Arthur Carter: Sculpture and Drawings,” the proceeds from Read More
No self-respecting Upper East Side co-op board, let alone one controlling any of the neighborhood’s highest-gated apartment houses, would let one puffed-up owner take over a massive share of a given co-op’s space. That’s why when two next-door duplexes came on the market this year at 740 Park for $35 million and $38 million, it Read More