Into Left Field
Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.
Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.
Far ahead in the polls as Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary looms, Bill de Blasio amassed the troops today for a gigantic get-out-the-vote rally.
At times, it felt like a victory party for the city’s public advocate, who once trailed his opponents but is now reveling in his new front-runner status.
“This campaign, like every good cause, started humbly and we worked really, really hard,” Mr. de Blasio reflected, standing on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. “I give people in this crowd a lot of credit. There were many days when the polls weren’t so great, when you couldn’t get our message across; we’d put out a press release, no one printed it. We’ve had those days.”
With just two weeks before voters head to the polls, two Democratic mayoral candidates are increasingly relying on celebrity surrogates to make their cases.
This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a slickly-produced web video featuring a whole host of bold-faced names, including actor Steve Buscemi, Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon and plenty others. Music business magnate Russell Simmons, also in the video, is further set to appear with Mr. de Blasio on the campaign trail this afternoon.
After spending the evening phone-banking with actor Steve Buscemi, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stopped by Piers Morgan Live last night with Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon to discuss his mayoral bid.
After prompting a glowing endorsement from Ms. Nixon, Mr. Morgan quickly turned to a video of Mr. de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, in which she proudly proclaims her dad is not “some boring white guy.”
How many Manolo Blahniks can you buy with $1.59 million? More than a few pairs, but then, Cynthia Nixon was the one who always wore (relatively) sensible footwear on Sex and the City. And we expect Ms. Nixon will put the money from the sale of her Upper West Side co-op to better use than a splurge on designer shoes.
“We have a Shakespearean, Elizabethean temper,” Al Pacino informed a seated crowd Monday evening in Central Park. As part of its 50th Anniversary Gala, the Public Theater was honoring Mr. Pacino with an award, in the form of a prop rapier he had once wielded on stage, “I’m a little nervous,” he laughed. “I wish I had water, but I have a sword,”
Cynthia Nixon, perhaps best known as Carrie’s dowdy lawyer friend Miranda on Sex and the City, is no stranger to the limelight of late. She shaved her head for a Broadway play and courted controversy by saying she had “chosen” to be in a gay relationship, drawing the ire of the gay community. She later clarified the comments to The Advocate that her sexuality remained in-grained from birth.
And good thing she did, or her new neighbors from Noho and the Village might have picketed outside her door!
Ms. Nixon and her partner Christine Marinoni have purchased a new loft home at 10 Bleecker Street, city records show, which means she’ll be just a few blocks from her buddy Sarah Jessica Parker. Ms. Nixon paid $3.25 million for the place.
Cynthia Nixon returns to Broadway in a play that–unlike her Tony-winning turn in Rabbit Hole, which went on to win a Pulitzer–is already Pulitzer-anointed. Ms. Nixon is to play Dr. Vivian Bearing, an English scholar dying of cancer, the Manhattan Theatre Club announced today. (It’s a familiar topic for Ms. Nixon, who’s currently in the Read More