Baby It's Cold Inside
Given that it was our second evening in a row at Cipriani’s – albeit at the midtown franchise on this occasion – our usual penchant for the venue had been dampened somewhat, and the inclement weather certainly wasn’t helping. But the UNICEF Snowflake Ball managed to turn our well plucked frowns upside down in a glittering evening of philanthropic revelry, with celebrities in a multitude of fields pitching in to lend a hand. The sumptuous menu was designed by revered chefs; the entertainment led by a veritable swing legend, and the auction prizes donated by some of America’s hottest talent. It is fair to say that UNICEF, like the bartenders, got the mix just right.
Katy Perry was the evening’s surprise A-List attendee, swishing through the foyer’s revolving doors in a fishtail dress designed by another of the evening’s guests, Naeem Khan. The couturier’s wife, jewelry designer Ranjana Khan, recently ventured into reality TV land with several appearances on The Real Housewives of New York and was quick to dispel her involvement with any of the cattiness the show has become famed for.
“Being on RHONY was fun, but I didn’t get caught up in the drama,” she told The Observer on the red carpet. “My friend Carole [Radziwill] wanted me to be involved with the last season, and she’s returning for the next one, so I know she might want me to do something again.” Did Mrs. Khan just let an inside secret slip, perchance? Ms. Radziwill is yet to officially confirm her involvement with season six, but you heard it here straight from the jeweler’s mouth. The Observer 1, RHONY 0.
Last night the Cinema Society and Men’s Health presented Brad Pitt‘s latest feature (besides those Chanel ads), a dark shoot-em-up called Killing Them Softly. The after party, held at No. 8, was jammed back full of celebs, though Mr. Pitt, Harvey Weinstein, Jack McBrayer, and Amy Adams remained secluded from the whole ordeal by two large security guards who literally linked arms to stop the crush of people from trying to wiggle their way into the VIP area.
Fun With City Records
Our daily roundup of the most notable high-end residential transactions from the past 24 hours.
– Harry Belafonte‘s son, David, and his Danish model bride, Malena, sold their apartment at 425 West End Avenue for $1.275 million to internist Dr. Jonathan Sadeh. The “King of Calypso”‘s son is a Grammy-nominated producer and former model. The Read More
Back in April 2008, Abigail Disney, the mogul’s grandniece, put her two 300 West End Avenue apartments on the market for a combined $13,445,000. It was an ambitious thing to do, considering that a year and a half earlier she’d paid the singer Harry Belafonte just $10.75 million for them.
The pair of nine-room co-ops, Read More
Octogenarian folk hero Harry Belafonte won’t be leaving the Upper West Side, even though he sold his 48-year home on West End Avenue last October. According to city records, he has paid $5 million for neighboring apartments in the freshly converted Apple Bank Building.
“What makes the Upper West Side so terribly attractive to me,” Read More
A few weeks ago, Harry Belafonte told The Observer that he needed to “pare down” his life–and had become even more eager to sell his 21-room, West End Avenue co-op (which first listed for $15 million).
After the Corcoran Group grabbed the listing from Prudential Douglas Elliman, the price dropped to Read More
When Donald Trump completed his sprawling luxury development near Riverside Park, a few celebrity buyers headed over there to grab sleek high-rise apartments overlooking the Hudson River.
Talk-show host Montel Williams was one of them. Actually, he was three of them, purchasing three units in two buildings, at 200 and 220 Riverside Boulevard.
And while Read More
Belafonte’s Left Flank
Ever since Harry Belafonte met Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and called President George W. Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world,” the singer of “Day-O” has become the raspy voice for the more outraged ranks of anti-war protesters. That has unsettled leading Democrats, like Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama of Read More
I should have known I wouldn’t be able resist a short post on the Harlem political festivities today, first at a freezing 1199 rally, and then at the cozy Canaan Baptist Church, where Al Sharpton holds court.
Hillary, speaking at Canaan (and keeping a good distance between herself and fellow guest Harry Read More
Regular Politicker readers may be wondering what happened to the comments thread in the innocuous little item below about Hillary Clinton and Harry Belafonte passing, no doubt, like ships in the night at a reception today.
In a word: Drudge. He linked the item, sending the site’s traffic through the roof (more hits Read More