Where we try to make it through the most unnecessary real estate story to ever to come out of the Grey Lady, by imagining one smug couple’s on “the hunt” to fit their new home entertainment system into a Manhattan penthouse, with Dick Wolf’d finest on the case.
Detective Benson: What are we dealing with here today, boys?
Detective Rollins: (Handing her a file) Meet Brad Chatellier, 42, world-traveler–get this, he takes wildlife photography…
Ice-T: …Like birds and shit?
In 1981, when the actors Peter Maloney and Kristin Griffith purchased the townhouse at 126 West 87th Street, they likely had no inkling that either they or the home would make multiple appearances in Dick Wolf’s hit crime procedural Law and Order. (Its oak-paneled library and formal parlor have been particularly favored locales, according to the New York Times, and the pair has won roles in several of the show’s iterations.) Nonetheless, they were drawn from the first to the property’s spooky appearance, the result of years of disuse and dilapidation, and its presence on what was then a somewhat questionable block. Having perhaps effaced some of that spookiness since buying the house for $450,000 with some $2 million in updates and renovations, the couple has just sold the place for an even $7 million, according to city records.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
A notorious kingpin of the Baltimore drug trade wants to sway your vote in the Brooklyn district attorney’s race.
Well, at least the actor who plays one on television.
Stars of The Wire, Law & Order and Lights Out appear in a new video touting candidate Ken Thompson and urging voters to reject longtime incumbent Charles Hynes.
It's All About the Bitcoins
Before agreeing to go out with someone from an online dating service, it might be best to discuss just who is going to be picking up the tab to avoid any awkward dances when the check comes. Or, ya know, to avoid robbery.
Lohan & Order
BitInstant, the New York-based Bitcoin startup that promises to make it easier and faster to transfer Bitcoin funds, has been hit with a class action suit, according to Coinbase.
In the suit, three BitInstant customers allege that the startup makes false claims about its services, including advertisements that say customers can obtain coins “within an hour or two,” and that they will be refunded if their transfers experience “undue delays.” The customers call these representations “disingenuous,” and are suing the company for relief for the company’s false representations of the speed of its service.
Oh, if only this applied to Lindsay Lohan as well! A California judge told Mark Heller, Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer for her criminal case stemming from her insane car accident last June, that he had no idea how to practice law. Which is probably what drew Ms. Lohan, who has no idea how to act, into the arms of this silly, screwed-up man.
Red Carpet Real Estate
“I just saw Annie, and I didn’t look at Daddy Warbucks the way I would have 20 years ago,” Warren Leight told The New York Observer over the phone last week. “The show has really warped the way we look at the world, at least those of us writing it.”
The showrunner for Dick Wolf’s last standing Law & Order program, Special Victims Unit, was struggling to understand how people watch “marathon” sessions of the show he manages. “The children episodes are disturbing, even to us,” said Mr. Leight.
He singled out one such episode, entitled “Friending Emily,” in which detectives go to an FBI office to view images of abused children. Mr. Leight sounded shocked, tired and a little bit horrified over a detail that he and his writers chose to put in the episode. He sounded a lot, in fact, like SVU’s former protagonist, Elliot Stabler.
“There is a kid in diapers whose photo we show,” said Mr. Leight. “We found it on an Internet pornography site. It had 37,000 hits in the last four days.” (Which, it turns out, is the exact line that a government official says during the episode.)
White must be the new black as far as Mariska Hargitay is concerned. The Law and Order starlet just purchased a white monochrome townhouse on the Upper West Side for $10.7 million—a decent price tag for a slice of recently renovated real estate.
Just in time for Christmas shopping for your favorite shut-in who doesn’t get TNT and isn’t interested in any of CBS’s crime procedurals, the entire run of Law & Order will available on DVD November 8 in a mega-box set of 104 discs.
A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal updated us on the arrest of reporter Douglas Belkin this morning at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, where he was covering the trial of Rod Blagojevich.
“Doug Belkin was wrongfully arrested and charged with petty offenses for nothing more than routine newsgathering,” the spokesperson wrote in Read More