Lisa Steinberg was just a few months out of college when she was bound, gagged and stabbed to death in the office of a Gap store on West 57th Street near Broadway. It was January of 1992, halfway through David Dinkin’s only term as mayor of an increasingly anarchic and crime-plagued New York.
The murder rate had peaked at 2,245 in 1990. But the number of homicides climbed in the Midtown South precinct—which includes Times Square—reaching 11 in 1993. East New York’s 75th precinct broke the record that year for the most murders in a single precinct: 126.
There’s been much to-do over the Barneys holiday windows that were unveiled this week. While last year’s amazing and somewhat controversial Lady Gaga collaboration pushed the envelope, this year, for some baffling reason, the retailer decided to partner with Disney.
Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of creative for Disney Consumer Products, had said that concept behind this collaboration made total sense from a retail perspective. “We thought, ‘A huge force in fashion and a huge force in animation,” he said in a recent interview. “What better than for these two companies to get together and do something for the holidays?’”
It’s great that Disney and Sam Raimi finally sorted things out with Warner Bros. (who hold the old MGM copyright to The Wizard of Oz) so that the prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, could finally be released in theaters as it was meant to be seen.
If you weren’t aware, Warner Bros. claimed that the new film couldn’t make the Wicked Witch green, since that was something specific to their film, and not L. Frank Baum’s children’s books. So instead we get a Glinda-riffic Michelle Williams all in white, a fashionably red Mila Kunis, and a darkly chic Rachel Weisz (channeling Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman) as the hottest witchy witches since Idina Menzel took the stage as Elpheba in Wicked.
From their vast catalog of whimsical mermaids, flying nannies, royal lions, talking cars, sleeping beauties and singing teapots, the folks at Disney have plucked another gang of family-friendly folk heroes and landed them on Broadway, and if the performance I saw of Newsies the Musical is any evidence, the Disney marketing geniuses will make it a solid success. There wasn’t one available seat, not even in the men’s room, and the Nederlander Theatre was packed like a jar of maraschino cherries with school groups, parents, teachers and ticket buyers young and old, desperate for good old-fashioned entertainment. They left with sore throats and callouses on their hands from screaming so loud and applauding so long. They got their money’s worth, and so will you.
Hulu.com has expanded its space at 276 Fifth Avenue, adding 4,710 square feet on the fifth floor, the Commercial Observer has learned.
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For at least half the population, the mourning over the shuttered ESPN Zone was short and sweet. On, we hope, to better things, as the Durst Organization has put the 45,000-square-foot Times Square mega-space back on the market.
Though ESPN’s testorone-fueled hub at the base of 4 Times Square shuttered last spring, Disney has been Read More
At her 18th birthday party the other night, the barely legal Miley Cyrus was caught in a compromising position with Avan Jogia, a fellow teen star (from a competing network, no less!). Of course, going bad has become something of a cliché for former Disney stars. Uncle Walt has a lot to answer for, Read More
Google is in talks to score the Miramax back catalog – a move that would make Netflix, Google TV’s primary rival, quite jealous.
The New York Post and The Wrap are both reporting that Google could buy the digital rights to over 700 films at some point after Disney wraps up Read More
Gowalla, a location-based service that gives users virtual prizes and discounts for checking in to locations. Basically, it’s a direct competitor to Foursquare.
So the news today that Gowalla has signed a major deal with Disney could be seen as a sign that the Austin-based service is a growing threat to one of Read More
Should Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger be worried? His wife, television journalist Willow Bay, helped inaugurate a new divorce section on the Huffington Post.
Huff Post Divorce will launch on Monday. There are currently over 20 special sections on the Huffington Post about a wide variety of topics including College, Books, and Read More