Around the town
When we arrived at the new Ace Hotel in the now-trendy neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles last Thursday, the attendant told us the artisanal soap was made from pearls. But what sounds like the Brooklynization of just another city—the shower lotions are from a local barber, the restaurant is run by the guys who do Five Leaves, the Greenpoint bistro—isn’t exactly that. Here, the sprawl is inverted.
Observer Sex: The J Spot
Since 2010, the AP’s been safe-keeping the scoop that an American man who went missing in Iran in 2007 had ties to the CIA. At the government’s request, they kept the story unpublished—until yesterday. “In the absence of any solid information about [the missing man]’s whereabouts, it has been impossible to judge whether publication would put him at risk,” AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll said. (Huffington Post)
Like the prodigal son, it is time to return to my place of origin. New York City. Over the last few months, shit has hit the fan for me in the City of Angels. The first blow: My acting agent dropped me in an impersonal form letter with the subject header: “Please see attached below! xx.” Read More
As Kilo Kish entered Lil’ Frankie’s Pizzeria, she waved adoringly at the bartenders and waiters who have come to know her well. The 23-year-old musician, model and designer took a seat in a back room that smelled of freshly applied paint, where she ordered chamomile tea to soothe a sore throat.
When asked how it Read More
Look, we here at The New York Observer are no scaredy-cats when it comes to haunted houses. After all, we’ve overcome waterboarding for the sake of journalism to make last year’s Halloween something special.
But even we are getting a little bit tired of the “real” horrors that producers have started coming up with in order to test our boundaries. For instance, this new haunted house by the creators of Paranormal Activity (1-4) and Insidious sounds terrible, and you couldn’t pay us enough money to go to Los Angeles and try it out. (Actually, you probably could … that number is around the dollar amount of a round-trip plane flight.)
It’s time for us to escape the muggy, soup-like weather of New York, where we’re all the more conscious of the fact that with every breath, we are inhaling someone else’s recycled air. Oh mighty Mayor Bloomberg, deliver us from damnation! Or at least from this city’s cursed summer months. If we can eliminate transfats, why not the heat?
Of course, a clever individual might just pack their bags and head for a different climate completely. Take Jeremy Lin, who—with the ever-helpful hand of fan favorite Jim Dolan—may have realized it’s not the heat, but the humidity, when he signed on with the Houston Rockets. But that doesn’t mean New York isn’t without its own acquisitions: The Yankees picked up one of the greatest hitters of all time in Ichiro Suzuki (who’s looking a little grayer these days—distinguished, we say), Rick Rash for the Rangers, Jeff Otah for the Jets and possibly English Premier League veteran Tim Cahill for the Red Bulls. Welcome to town, boys. We hope your managers set you up in an apartment with central air.
Meanwhile, the rest of us just can’t wait to escape from New York, be it by plane, train or Jitney-mobile.
The hottest commission for starchitects these days is not some new condo or office tower, or a serious new cultural center, but instead an opera stage. Santiago Calatrava and Herzog & de Meuron are among the boldface designers who have come up with new stages, and now none other than Frank Gehry, king of them Read More
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the possibility accused Canadian killer Luka Magnotta was involved in a gruesome decapitation and killing where the victim’s head and hands were placed in a wooded area by the Hollywood Sign. The Observer was first to report links between Mr. Magnotta and the Hollywood Sign killing on Monday. We previously alerted police in Montreal amd Los Angeles to the potential connection on Saturday.
“Our detectives are contacting their counterparts in Canada and to see if suspect was in Hollywood at the time,” LAPD spokesman Lyle Knight told ABC News. “It’s an open investigation. Our detectives are trying too see if there is a connection.”
Could Canadian killer and infamous internet villain Luka Magnotta be behind a Hollywood murder mystery? After an international manhunt, German police say they have arrested Luka Magnotta in Berlin over ten days after he allegedly killed and dismembered a man named Lin Jun, posted a gruesome video of the crime online and mailed the body parts to the headquarters of Canadian political parties. However, The Observer has uncovered information that could potentially link Mr. Magnotta to an infamous case from earlier this year where the severed head and hands of a man were found on a wooded trail near the Hollywood Sign.
Update (6/8/12 8:37 A.M.): The LAPD has confirmed they are investigating the possibility Mr. Magnotta was involved in the Hollywood Sign killing.
He’s putting all his chips on New York City.
Himmel + Meringoff Managing Partner Stephen Meringoff told The Commercial Observer that he has sold the last building in his Los Angeles portfolio, leaving the firm with a roster made entirely of New York City properties.