It was a quintessentially March evening. Though the sun was shining bright, the breeze added enough of a chilling twinge that guests shivered as they checked their coats at Avery Fisher Hall. The troupe was gathering for the New York Philharmonic’s spring gala, and given the ambiguous weather, their outfits bespoke the seasonal purgatory.
Some donned bright patterned frocks, deciding to ring in the season with open, if goose-bumped, arms, while assorted grand-dames entered in full fur coats. Half of the gentlemen had dusted off their Easter ties, but the rest chose more subdued neckwear hues. Overall, the group’s collective attire oscillated undecidedly somewhere on the spectrum between lion and lamb.
The Observer walked up the stairs toward cocktail hour directly behind a bronzed and conspicuously trim Alec Baldwin, and his yogi belle, Hilaria Thomas. Where had they been basking, we asked. “We went to Florida for the weekend. It was unusual, because I’m not much of a Florida person,” Mr. Baldwin said. “We had three days, or two and a half days …” he began. “Of paradise!” Ms. Thomas interjected, finishing his sentence with an adoring, eyelash-fluttering gaze.
“We would exercise in the morning and then lay by the pool all day,” Mr. Baldwin admitted. “And then exercise at night,” Ms. Thomas added. The Observer blushed. “Yeah, we had a lot of exercise.”
It’s been two years since the chairman of the New York State Independence Party, Frank MacKay, cut his hair and removed his earrings. At the time, he was traveling around the country, trying to lay the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign, and he realized that he’d be taken more seriously if he looked less Read More
Michael Bloomberg told a room full of Independence Party activists that he wants to see nonpartisan elections "as much as you do" but added, " We have to see a road map before we start marching again."
Bloomberg spoke to New York City Independence Party leaders for about 30 minutes in midtown this afternoon, Read More
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Controversial Independence Party activist Fred Newman gave his take on the presidential race during his weekly conversation with fellow activist Jackie Salit.
He thinks it has nothing to do with the candidates.
From an email:
“War vs. peace. As I see it, that’s what the vote’s going to look like Read More
It's Friday, and you know what that means: Only two more days until Sunday morning! If you're anything like me–and if you're reading this blog at 4:45 on a Friday afternoon, I suspect you are, you poor devil–Sunday morning is your Friday night, the few hours a week that make life worth living. There's Russert Read More
Fred Newman, a social therapist and controversial figure among some Independence Party activists, said he's not surprised by the shooting at Virginia Tech last week, that left 32 people, plus the lone gunman, dead.
Newman said stuff like that is just bound to happen in a country that has guns and warfare. Read More
Lenora Fulani is one of those people who no one can find anything nice to say about, so small wonder that four politicians–Betsy Gotbaum, Alan Hevesi, Jerrold Nadler and Chris Quinn –have joined hands (and followed in Scott Stinger’s footsteps) to oppose $12.5 million in tax-free financing that the Bloomberg administration will consider Read More
Gawker has all the Tom Suozzi you can handle.
Dawn Summers has a must-read riff on the race in the Brooklyn 11th congressional district, and how it’s affecting her family.
“Nothing you can do? There’d better be something you can do. There is an election coming up and if this Read More
The Manhattan Institute has a well-produced indictment of Albany out today, and a new Web site to go with it.
Their bottom line is that the state taxes and spends too much, and the targets for blame are “the special interests,” identified as teachers unions, public authorities, public employees, public “servants,” and the Read More