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.
Art dealer Perry Rubenstein, who recently decamped from New York for Los Angeles, revealed his new gallery plans to Jori Finkel in The Los Angeles Times today, and he sounds like a complete and total convert to L.A.
In the founding myth of American contemporary art, New York in the 1960′s has long been considered an epicenter of vanguard activity. However, in recent years, scholars and filmmakers have made a powerful case for Los Angeles’s role in that story. This weekend, New York-based writer Peter Plagens took to the pages Read More
Trying to prove that Los Angeles is an art world center second to none, as the organizers of “Greater LA” have done by bringing the work of several dozen LA artists to a loft on lower Broadway seems, at first, like an unwitting irony. So does proposing that a center can be “distinctly horizontal”–i.e., decentralized. Read More
In the Paper
Few know the true genesis of CIM, but the legend goes like this: In 1986 two Israeli soldiers, who worked on a kibbutz together, came to California on vacation and decided to stay. They started a small landscaping business and bought a couple of cheap apartment buildings, when one day they struck up a conversation Read More