British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie was one of the first to arrive at the National Arts Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday, Oct. 5. Known as a champion of freedom of expression, the author ruminated on the current challenges faced by the world of the arts, and the particular struggle of the written word.
Trent Reznor is a self-described “smartass” on the Internet.
On Twitter, “I think I was consciously taking the veil up from Nine Inch Nails and letting people know I’m a smartass–often,” said Mr. Reznor, singer, songwriter and producer of Nine Inch Nails, who had sidled up to the Observer last night, June 8, outside Cipriani’s Read More
3 p.m. Talk show host Carson Daily and Guinness Master Brewer Fergal Murray rally in support of Proposition 3-17, to make St. Patrick’s Day an offical holiday. At the Perfect Pint II, 203 East 45th Street.
5 p.m. The U.S.A. Network and Vanity Fair launch gallery opening of “American Character: A Photographic Journey Event.” Read More
The recent misfortunes of the Cipriani family—losing the lease on the Rainbow Room, a major drop in business and the tax liens filed against Giuseppe Cipriani, among other problems—can at least in part be attributed to a general malaise in the New York party scene these days, according to Bloomberg News.
From an article published Read More
The illustrious Rainbow Room high atop Rockefeller Center is up for grabs! Maybe.
On Friday, the ever-embattled Cipriani family, which has operated the hallowed 64th- and 65th-floor banquet hall at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for the past decade, was served with eviction papers, citing millions of dollars in unpaid rent.
In December, The Observer‘s Eliot Brown wrote about Cipriani’s push to have the Rainbow Room in 30 Rock landmarked. The logic was that a landmark designation would strengthen Cipriani’s negotiating position when it came to renewing its lease in 2013 with landlord Tishman Speyer. A landmark designation would limit Tishman’s options for possible new Read More
Big-shot architects often become synonymous with fancy construction projects.
The actual builders not so much—yet they’re the ones who truly make something from nothing.
“For the project we did at Grand Central, Cipriani Dolci, there were no architectural drawings,” recalled Wayne Schumer, president of UCON Corp., a Brooklyn-based boutique construction company that specializes Read More
Sweaty BALLS! Is it time yet to empty our checking accounts (of course we don’t have any investments, real estate or 401(k), ya big silly) and flee to, eek, Quebec? Or better yet—Pompeii? Or should we just close our eyes, pretend nothing is happening and drop a couple thou on a Read More
This year, Lindsay Lohan has decided to give thanks for all her, um, good fortune in our fair city. The 21-year-old actress, who spent a few minutes in an L.A. jail last week for a pre-rehab dustup with the law, was spotted supping at Cipriani with her mother, Dina, and beaux du Read More
When Rudy Giuliani went to speak to Manhattan Republicans at Cipriani at 42nd Street last night, he snuck through the back door. By the main door was a bag pipe player greeting guests for the $1,000-a-plate dinner. And also, more than fifty protesters.
"People say, 'Oh my god, there's Rudy,’” said Rosaleen Read More