David Patrick Columbia, the author of the Web site New York Social Diary, was sitting where he often sits, at the front table at Swifty’s on the Upper East Side. He was talking about what makes the arts possible, the web of money, power and ambiguous motives that has for a long time successfully convinced Read More
Despite the kaleidoscopic proliferation of political media over the past decade, most of what Americans hear and read about the workings of our democracy can be politely termed superficial. Only very rarely does journalism fully penetrate the glittering illusions created by partisans on every side to reveal the grittier realities. When a reporter Read More
When we caught up with comedian Zach Galifinakis at the American Ballet Theater’s spring gala on Monday, May 17, he seemed annoyed that he’d been noticed. And this wasn’t the overstated peevishness that’s helped him gain his newfound fame. It was the regular kind. “To be honest with you, I don’t really know a lot Read More
Opening night at New York City Opera felt like New York City Opera can sometimes feel: like the Metropolitan Opera, but scrunched up. Rather than unfolding majestically along Lincoln Center like the Met’s, City Opera’s red carpet was crammed into the lobby. Then, when the gala ended, those who hadn’t been invited to the post-concert Read More
At the premiere of The Day The Earth Stood Still, we were surprised to learn that Jon Hamm is kind of a geek and un-surprised to learn that Keanu Reeves is actually an alien.
We attended a party celebrating Jessica Cutler‘s (a.k.a. the Washingtonienne) wedding to a nice lawyer at the Tribeca Read More
“I had a pollen allergy and hay fever and minor things like that growing up,” said oil and gas billionaire David Koch at the 11th Annual Food Allergy Ball at the Waldorf=Astoria on Dec. 8. “But my oldest son, David Jr., who is 10 years old now, has very serious food allergies to nuts of Read More
The Wall Street Journal reports that many of the big names usually associated with the tops of donor lists and newly dedicated museum wings are cutting back on their charitable donations this year–including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David Koch of manufacturing giant Koch Industries, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, and former Read More
At 1040 Fifth Avenue, the former home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is about to change hands.
Hedge-fund manager Glenn Dubin has recently signed a contract to buy the $32 million apartment from billionaire David Koch, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Mr. Dubin—who currently resides at nearby 1010 Fifth—is managing partner Read More
“This whole mess that we’re all in, called being alive, is just a fascinating dilemma,” said Sheila Nevins, the president of HBO’s documentary division. “And how people work that out is, to me, extraordinarily interesting. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a kid with Tourette’s syndrome or a murderer or a hot porn star or a Read More