PR POWER LIST
Remember the Power Girls? Back in 1998, New York magazine profiled five on-fire PR women who had the world—or at least New York—at their Prada-clad feet. Writer Vanessa Grigoriadis’s piece “Welcome to the Dollhouse” marked the rise of the modern PR girl archetype: “pretty, perky and remarkably plugged-in.” Fifteen years later, where are the women who fueled Moomba’s 15 minutes? Read More
Manhattanites can count on at least a few immutable facts: that it will be impossible to catch a cab at 5 p.m., that the Long Island Expressway will be a parking lot on Memorial Day and that every night at 8 p.m., Il Mulino will be so crowded that the celebrities, business magnates and politicians who frequent the famed Italian restaurant will rub elbows not only with each other, but very nearly with each other’s ossobuco.
Jerry Katzoff, who bought the iconic Greenwich Village eatery with Brian Galligan in 2001, was eating there one night when he noticed that his table’s corner was jutting through the open-backed chair of a neighboring diner.
“I felt bad. I owned the restaurant and it was going into his back. So I pulled the table and I startled the guy,” Mr. Katzoff told The Observer. “I said, ‘The table was in your back,’ and he said, ‘Are you kidding? To get a seat at Il Mulino? I don’t care what you do.’”
It’s that kind of place. It’s been that kind of place since it opened 31 years ago. Reservations are impossible to get, although regulars always seem able to swing a seat at one of the 17 tightly packed tables. (Rumors swirl of a VIP line.) George Clooney was there the other week, and so was the rapper Drake, accompanied by a sizable entourage. Tommy Mottola, Tony Bennett and Ronald Perelman are regulars. When Bill Clinton needed a place to have a tête-à-tête with Obama, he picked Il Mulino. Asked how the lunch had gone, Mr. Clinton told the Times, “It was good. It was Il Mulino, how could it not be?”
In the days and weeks leading up to Monday, Jan. 4, when the Wilshire police responded to an emergency call at the Los Angeles home of Casey Johnson, the heiress seemed to be doing well: planning a move back to New York, buying a new car and, according to sources, ready to return to rehab. Read More
The back jacket of Spin, a novel by the fortuitously named Robert Rave, out Tuesday, Aug. 18, from St. Martin’s Press, describes the story of Taylor Green, a young man from the Midwest who is hired by a “New York public relations dominatrix, Jennifer Weinstein.” He is drawn into her world of “sex, greed, power, Read More
Gossip writer Paula Froelich opened the front door to her one-bedroom Soho apartment on a recent evening, wearing a flattering emerald dress with puffy sleeves and woolly, moccasin-style slippers.
She had one hour, she warned, before she had to run out and meet Daily Candy founder Dany Levy and socialite Gigi Read More
Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee held an end-of-summer barbeque in Sagaponack, where Howard Stern played beer pong against Ivanka Trump. [NYDN]
Levi Johnston, the young gentleman behind 17-year-old Bristol’s Palin’s pregnancy, has changed his Myspace status to “In A Relationship” but still seems a bit ambivalent about his new role. Read More
How’d Lenny Kravitz get pulled into a tabloid love quadrangle with Lenny Kravitz, Mr. and Mrs. Rod and Madonna? According to Page Six, it was the revenge of his manager Guy Oseary, whom he fired two weeks ago. [P6]
Lizzie Grubman will now manage her clients in addition to publicizing them. [Read More
From today’s Rush & Molloy: We’re assured there is no news just yet, but we’re “expecting” to hear an announcement from Lizzie Grubman and new hubby Chris Stern after they return from their Paris honeymoon this weekend. Read More
The big tree in Rockefeller Center is lit, and so too on these December nights are your co-workers, as New York’s worthies—young and old—bundle up and brave the annual office party. Where else, after all, do ambition and angst cross paths so dangerously with four big glasses of Amarone? Where else do office crushes become Read More