Sure, you’ve seen a hundred shots of Katie Holmes celebrating at The New York Observer‘s 25th Anniversary Party by now. If you didn’t know what Rex Reed looked like, now you do. And those pictures of Spike Lee, Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Close? Sure, we could see how some Read More
- The intimidatingly assiduous Peggy Siegal greets people at the door; thanks us for coming to celebrate party with The New York Observer. “We are The New York Observer!” We cry. She doesn’t even pause. “Well, it’s great to see you anyway.”
-Terry McDonell: I’ve always loved the Observer, I have great respect for Peter Kaplan. The coverage of everything I was interested in New York in the past 25 years was reflected in The Observer at the highest level.
- Ray Kelly recalls the last time he was at the Four Seasons. “[We] feel like you never leave,” we tell the Police Commissioner. His reply: “A lot of people feel that way.”
“We get everything from the real housewives to real chic,” Deborah Bancroft, co-chair of the Parrish Art Museum, told The Observer Saturday evening, noting the varied attire of guests at the museum’s annual Midsummer Party in Southampton.
She stealthily surveyed the room for prying ears that might take offense to her cheeky observation. Laughing it off and shifting her attention back to us, she continued, “That’s the fun thing about the Parrish. I think because it leans artsy, you can get everything from moo moos to hula skirts.”
This morning, before the press preview of the 26 works expected to bring in some $10 million in the Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s on Thursday, the assembled press waited in the foyer just beyond the entrance to the auction house.
The artist Chuck Close spoke out strongly in favor of a new Il Buco last night at a meeting of Community Board 2, Grub Street reports. In fact, he was so in favor of the new branch that he actually misremembered how bad the neighborhood was before it had restaurants.
“Bars and restaurants Read More
Art on the Go
Which is greater, the odds of catching the Cash Cab or sharing a taxi with Chuck Close?
For the month of January, certainly the latter. For the second year now, ShowMedia, the company that supplies all the advertising to the cabs is turning 500 taxi toppers into roving canvases. There are two works on the Read More
Last night, on the eve of the election, artists and philanthropists gathered for the 14th Annual Artwalk benefit auction for the Coalition for the Homeless. The event was in honor of the late abstract expressionist artist Robert Rauschenberg, a longtime supporter.
"Bob was of grand generosity, of of the most generous men I ever knew–he Read More
Britney Spears will address the causes of her infamously erratic behavior in an upcoming documentary. Sample quote: "I sit there and I’ll look back and I’m like: ‘I’m a smart person. What the hell was I thinking?’" [People]
The cover photo from the November issue of W, which features Angelina Jolie Read More
Get Whitney! (Photo: Patrick McMullan.)
The other night at the Whitney Museum, they were doing it in pairs, threesomes, and, with some difficulty, all alone.
A couple of new-fangled photo booths, updates on the ones of old, had invitees at the museum’s fall benefit snapping away. Especially since right after they’d posed for Read More
Rendering of 363-371 Lafayette.
Community Board 2 tentatively approved a plan for the development of 363-371 Layfayette Street last night, with several stipulations that the board hopes will preserve light and space for the adjoining building at 20 Bond Street, where legendary artist Chuck Close has a studio.
Tenants at 20 Bond Street and Read More