Elizabeth Berger, president and CEO of the Alliance for Downtown New York and president of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, has died at 53 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ms. Berger helped shape the reimagining and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks and recently led a multifaceted effort to assist Lower Manhattan businesses and residents following Superstorm Sandy.
The Eight-Day Week
The Prince of UES/Hamptons prep, J. McLaughlin, purveyor of D-ring ribbon belts with ubiquitous skulls and martini glasses, is upgrading its vibe and debuting its modern take on the Ivy League look with a preview at the Museum of Arts & Design, that freaky-modern masterpiece or eyesore—you judge—originally called the Gallery of Modern Art, Read More
The Eight-Day Week
A weeks-long tribute to Max Von Sydow concludes at BAM with a screening of Never Say Never Again, the Bond flick in which the forbidding Swede faces off against an aging Sean Connery over a hijacked nuclear warhead; this good-bad slice of cheese may not exactly be The Seventh Seal, but last night’s von Sydow Read More
The independent Manhattan movie house Film Forum has decided to pull its advertising from the Village Voice, citing concerns about Backpage.com, the classifieds site owned by Voice parent company Village Voice Media.
Longtime Film Forum director Karen Cooper told Off the Record that Nicholas Kristof’s Friday op-ed in The New York Times prompted her decision.
Wednesday, March 30
We’re betting Tina Brown likes her coffee the same way she likes her copy: “V. v. hot!” Guests will find out tonight as the High Beastess herself throws a private book party at her Upper East Side townhouse for Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s memoir, Onward (we hear it’s full of Read More
On Wednesday, the Film Forum will premiere Richard Press’ new documentary Bill Cunningham New York, about the indefatigable New York Times fashion photographer. Access to the press-shy shutterbug was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the film, though Mr. Press told The Observer that he had the inside track: “Actually, I knew Bill, Read More
It’ll be sitting room only for 180 lucky fans of GoodFellas (or, just maybe, Shutter Island) at the Film Forum next week, as the Manhattan auteur not named Woody Allen addresses the Film Forum audience at a Feb. 23 screening of last year’s Fran Lebowitz documentary Public Speaking. Wait, everyone loves Martin Scorsese, Read More
After all the scary future robots and Trekkies and Ben Stiller at the museum, you’d be forgiven if you were looking for a meditative break of some sort. On June 3, the Film Forum premieres Unmistaken Child, a documentary chronicling the search for a reincarnated Tibetan master. We’ll be honest: We know nothing about Tibetan Read More
Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (1961), with Sylvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal and Margarita Lozano, will be shown at Film Forum from Friday, April 24, through Thursday, April 30, with show times daily at 1, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10. I first saw Viridiana on the last morning and evening of the 1961 Cannes Film Read More
Jean-Pierre Melville’s (1933-1973) Léon Morin, Prêtre (Léon Morin, priest) (1961), from his own screenplay, based on Béatrix’ Beck’s (1914-2008) autobiographical novel, will be revived at Film Forum from April 17 to April 23. Both the book and the film are constructed as a dialectical confrontation between a skeptical communist woman and an intellectual Catholic priest, Read More