Brooke Astor’s long friendship with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his wife, Nancy Kissinger, almost ended abruptly on her 80th birthday.
“My husband made a bad choice of comments,” Ms. Kissinger testified in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 6.
In a toast, Mr. Kissinger had publicly congratulated the prominent Read More
“Good Lord, what’s happened to the picture?” wondered Lord William Waldorf Astor when he saw the empty wall space in Brooke Astor’s red-lacquered library, where her cherished Childe Hassam painting had hung.
For decades, the two Astors had visited each other across the Atlantic—two sides of the Read More
Anthony D. Marshall, Brooke Astor’s only son, has been indicted on criminal charges that relate to his handling of his late mother’s finances and will, which was curiously amended in 2002. One of the late Manhattan doyenne’s former lawyers, Francis X. Morrissey Jr., has also been fingered in the case. According Read More
As the head of Chase Manhattan Bank, a great international power, David Rockefeller’s appointment book filled up as much as a year in advance. So I was surprised to receive an invitation to lunch with him at his headquarters near the southern tip of Manhattan.
It was the late 1960′s, and his passion then Read More
It’ll never be the same again. The phrase is repeated by people who want to build it back just like it was. The “it” in question is not defined with any precision, and may include everything from rebuilding the two vanished, depressing, oblong sentries that, until September, ominously defined the lower Manhattan skyline, to the Read More