Chick-Fil-A is an Atlanta-based fast-food chain you may have heard of, whose chicken sandwiches have a cult following, but whose cult-like devotion to anti-gay causes have increasingly put them in the media spotlight. Except on Sundays. They are closed on Sundays.
All of this recently culminated in that telltale culture-news saturation point indicator, a withering segment about them on The Daily Show. And on Friday, The Jim Henson Company—which makes Muppet toys for Chick-Fil-As kids’ meals—cut ties with the company as well. So, how’s Chick-Fil-A fighting back?
Happy Birthday to Big Bird, who is 43-years-old today. No wait, actually, he’s six, and he’ll always be six. (Except for the time he was 4, and when he was originally very old.)
Come on Sesame Street: how much are you going to make us suspend our disbelief here?? A big yellow talking bird…fine. A big yellow talking bird that doesn’t age? That’s just nutty!
Big Real Estate
This past spring, our Matt Chaban cracked the sale of the 40-foot-wide townhouse at 117-119 East 69th Street that the late Jim Henson used as a studio to craft his Muppets. (We’re quickly reminded of News Corp. employee Homer Simpson’s description of what a Muppet is for son Bart: “Well, it’s not quite a mop, it’s not quite a puppet, but man… [brief laughter] … So to answer your question, I don’t know.”)
And we don’t quite know what might become of the Muppet Mansion now that its purported owner, James Murdoch, confronts a full schedule in London. Here’s the thing:
In a flurry of house-swapping three years ago, at the height of the real estate mania, Edgar Bronfman Jr. traded a half-dozen properties with a total price tag exceeding $115 million, a spree that culminated in the fall of 2008 with his purchase of 117-119 East 69th Street for $28.5 million. The 40-foot-wide home Read More
This is the year of the ridiculously massive, gloriously ambitious real estate listing.
Remember the $75 million house on East 71st that art collector Aby Rosen bought for just $15.65 million in 2004, or the $64 million house on East 68th that sold for $7.6 million in 2003? Read More
Alexandra Clancy, wife of suspense-fiction titan Tom Clancy, has purchased a 1,627-square-foot Upper East Side condo for $3.25 million, according to city deed-transfer records.
“Alexandra Clancy, individually, bought the apartment to replace a smaller one that she had sold earlier in the year,” wrote a spokesperson via e-mail. “Mrs. Clancy has family in New York Read More