Finding an unpublished George Gurley piece is like opening a perfectly written time capsule. In May 2001, New York City was preparing to say farewell to a term-limited Rudy Giuliani and welcome anyone from Mark Green to Freddy Ferrer to Michael Bloomberg as its first new leader in eight years. An intrepid young Observer reporter named George Gurley hit the party scene to ask prominent New Yorkers what they thought would happen to the city. He wrote it up and then … it disappeared.
The Observer never published Mr. Gurley’s observations, captured first at the annual benefit for the African Rainforest Conservancy, held at the Park on 17th Street and Tenth Avenue and the second was for the tenth anniversary of the Paramount Hotel.
Twelve years later, as we approach another change of guard at City Hall, Mr. Gurley got to thinking about that piece. When he realized it hadn’t seen the light of day, Mr. Gurley, still an intrepid young Observer reporter, brought it to our attention.
At the Wildlife Conservation Society on June 3 at the Central Park Zoo, we found a creature with a steely gaze and a hefty, 235-pound-ish build: Al Gore.
The Transom imagined that the former vice president was thinking the following: What am I doing here again? Oh, yeah, my daughter Karenna Read More
“It’s a very good education, the teachers are top notch, it really prepares kids very well for certain kinds of education,” said the lawyer Ed Hayes, who is perhaps most famous for being the real-life basis of the lawyer in Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities.
He was talking about Riverdale Country School, the chi-chi Read More
Who is Eddie Hayes?
If you have to ask, he hasn’t done his job.
Mouthpiece, the title of his lively, entertaining and utterly unapologetic autobiography, makes him sound like a flak, but he’s actually a lawyer—a “big-city lawyer,” he likes to say—with a colorful history of high-profile clients who come to him because, as Read More
Since Sept. 11, Rudolph Giuliani has been lauded by the public,
exalted in the media and knighted by the Queen of England. Always a formidable
figure, he has been all but unassailable since leaving office. Yet on the
morning of Feb. 26, five modestly dressed women sitting in a midtown lawyer’s
office were less than Read More
When the Metropolitan Museum of Art rolled out its $200 million expansion plan last January, reaction from the museum’s Fifth Avenue neighbors was unequivocal. Fed up with a seemingly endless stream of construction projects sullying their Central Park views, they hired a team of high-priced attorneys to fight the plan.
Despite heavy pressure from Read More
When Beverly Gunther moved into 1001 Fifth Avenue seven
years ago, she never imagined that she would one day find herself feuding with
her neighbor across the street, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On the
contrary-the Met was one of the neighborhood’s prime attractions. During the
days, Ms. Gunther, an art lover, roamed the galleries. Read More
Last April, Michael Govan, director of the Dia Center for the Arts, was piloting a small rented plane to western Massachusetts, where he was to discuss a joint venture with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass., to exhibit works from the Dia collection. Mr. Govan decided on a flight path along Read More