While those whose homes and lives were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy might not feel much like hearing jokes, two of comedy’s most famous names plan on raising money for Long Island’s victims with their gift of laughter. And they actually plan on going to L.I.!
“Christian Grey is watching us,” announced Divalysscious Moms founder Lyss Stern, to the hundreds of women gathered outside Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage, Long Island, waiting for a luncheon Monday to celebrate E.L. James‘s bondage erotica trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey. The series, recently released in paperback by Vintage. has sparked everything from an SNL skit to jewelry to sex workshops at erotic boutiques. The women, who paid $85 to hear the British author, had read every page—in many cases multiple times—and were quick to point out purple dresses among them, like the one worn (and removed) in the books.
Upon entering, we were greeted by couches draped with lacy black panties, feather boas and torn jeans, along with quotes from the book on mirrors, such as, “Miss Steele, I do believe you’re making my palm twitch.”
Most of the sights and sounds at this morning’s event in Long Island City were pretty standard fare for a groundbreaking: guys in shirts and ties, wearing hard hats and holding novelty shovels, a massive back hoe parked in the back of a lot prepped for excavation.
A less ordinary sight however, was the young woman in a dark skirtsuit pacing the edges of the earthen lot, chanting quietly and gently tossing grains of vodka-soaked rice while development executives looked on appreciatively.
As bizarre as the sight may sound, it is almost surely a sign of things to come on the home front.
Little, low-budget, independent films every week, every month, all year long … that’s what keeps the dying movie business from its own burial, six feet under. A Little Help, written and directed by Michael J. Weithorn, is a benign slice of life about suburban angst on Long Island. It’s not much, but thanks to the Read More
Would Daisy Buchanan live here?
Back in April, The Observer took a look at Lands End, the Long Island home that is said to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. It is, or was, a well-known if rundown manse that has since been demolished to make way for a set of new waterfront Read More
In recent years, the outer office markets of the tri-state area–Long Island, northern New Jersey, Westchester County and Connecticut’s Fairfield County–have provided refuge for companies looking to flee Manhattan, whether because of 9/11 or prohibitively high rents. But for the first time in recent memory, the suburbs are competing directly with the city as Manhattan Read More
On the farthest edge of Sands Point, L.I., the house known as Lands End stood wind-battered and decrepit, its face scarred from years of relentless salty gusts ripping off the top of Long Island Sound. In its last days it lingered there on the shore, barely past the water, as a colossal relic from the Read More
The 2012 election is more than a year and a half away, but out in Suffolk County the potential rivals for the Congressional seat are going at each other like its the last 72 before the polls close.
Yesterday we made note of the fact that businessman Randy Altschuler is gearing up for another Read More
Tinychat, you sure got big fast.
The Glen Cove-based company provides a simple, free web-based video chat service where up to 12 people can join a video chat room.
The Facebook app the company released in August is killing it. The app already has 2.4 million users, making Tinychat the most Read More
Beyond Manhattan’s gilded skyscrapers are the tristate region’s outer office markets: Long Island, northern New Jersey, Westchester County and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Rents are still down and vacancies are still high, but tenants are no longer paralyzed by the downturn and jump at a good deal, especially when a property is close to public Read More