The wind is picking up, the streets are emptying and both Bergdorf Goodman and Saks have both boarded up their big, beautiful windows, but in some corners of the city, life is continuing as New Yorkers seek out the real essentials: donuts, booze and coffee.
In Bed-Stuy, Brooklynites were flocking to Dough to get their fix of hibiscus, dulce de leche and cafe au lait donuts and lay in tins of coffee from the Brooklyn Roasting Company. The line stretched nearly out the door at noon, as workers scurried around the kitchen, mixing, rolling and baking to feed the demanding masses. The store was planning to close at 2 p.m. Nearby, Bedford Hill coffee employees were sandbagging the door; the Daily Grind by the Franklin Train C Train stayed open until 3 p.m.
Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is a married lady; she’s officially tied the knot with Benjamin Millepied, the ballet dancer (and erstwhile Observer profile subject) whom she met on the Black Swan set, after the pair donned wedding rings during the Oscars. (We remain shocked that something so pleasant and innocent bloomed on the set of Read More
“I liked how you pinned me down and asked me if I was naughty like Mila Kunis,” Jack Ferver told The Observer. “I was at an Armory party—I was invited—and I wore this Comme des Garçons piece, which is, like, just lapels, so when you’re wearing a jacket, it looks like you have a suit Read More
If anyone doubted how movie studios view the Super Bowl, the raunchy pre-game ads for Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It (“Tell your girlfriend it’s a romantic comedy”) settled the matter. As “counter-programming,” the Leighton Meester thriller The Roommate took the weekend with a relatively low $15.6 million. That said, the film played in only Read More
Mergers and Acquisitions
Benjamin Millepied is the guy who knocked up Natalie Portman. He’s also one of the most celebrated ballet dancers and choreographers on the planet, and the fact that his new found celebrity obscures his talent merits a nice long profile in The New York Times called, appropriately, “Leaping Into the Spotlight.”
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Regardless of whether or not she wins the Oscar for her tour-de-force performance in Black Swan, it looks like Natalie Portman will be taking home a statuette man. People reports today that Natalie Portman will be marrying boyfriend Benjamin Millepied, the ballet expert who trained her for the grueling ballet sequences and acted Read More
So much is awful about the blood-and-tutu psychodrama Black Swan that I perversely want to start with what’s good about it. It really tries to be honest about what life is like for ballet dancers (female ones, that is; the guys are barely discernible in the movie’s fictional ballet company). We see how hard the Read More
“The fucking Ziegfeld!” Darren Aronofsky blustered as soon as he could get his hands on the microphone. The excitement was merited: Aronofsky, director of enormously hyped potential Oscar darling Black Swan, was premiering his film at the gold standard of New York movie pavilions. It was also something of a homecoming (“Brooklyn, what up!” he Read More
The December issue of WSJ. Magazine will be the first under the stewardship of Deborah Needleman, former editor of Conde Nast’s Domino, and it will feature a page tally of 102, the highest in its history. As for the cover, WWD reports that WSJ. has bet big on Vincent Cassel, a French Read More