On a recent warm, sunny morning, Linda Pagan was in full Kentucky Derby mode weeks ahead of the race, shuffling hurriedly about The Hat Shop, the charming Soho boutique she has owned and operated for nearly 20 years.
Every April for the past decade or so, Ms. Pagan has seen hat sales skyrocket in the Read More
I have been through a lot since 1993. I was one of three of the closest survivors of the attack on the WTC and testified in the 1995 Criminal Trial of Ramzi Yousef. As a Special Agent of the NY Field Office of the US Secret Service I was trained to be a critical incident Read More
The block on 81st Street between Third and Lexington Avenues looks fairly ordinary: there’s a small nail salon, a dry cleaner, and tall, skinny apartment buildings and townhouses nestled in rows on either side of the shady street. But look a little more closely, and that’s when you’ll notice the wall—and once you see it Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
Madonna has gone through so many reinventions and costume changes over her career that it’s actually quite shocking to learn that she’s stuck with the same piece of scenery at 41 Central Park West since the early 1990s.
Now, the pop megastar is finally selling, reports The New York Post. That is, if she can find a buyer willing to pay $23.5 million for her 6,000-square-foot spread at Harperly Hall. Central Park West is a desirable address, to be sure, but Harperly Hall is not the San Remo, the Beresford, the Dakota or even the Majestic. And the building’s biggest asset is moving out—her presence was said to have added 25 percent to the value of other units in the building.
Hurricane Sandy has been something of a catastrophe for New Yorkers, but opportunistic celebrities (who, like, totally LOVE charity) have been popping up all over the state to get involved with the relief efforts. It would appear that other causes are very much out this season now that superstorm victims are in, so take a Read More
Today, hyper-popular balladeer Adele released her first new material since her blockbuster 21 album: it’s the theme song from Skyfall, the new James Bond film. Since the Shirley Bassey days, the Bond theme has been a vaunted, if very weird, tradition (after all, most movies don’t come with pop singles). But the anachronism Read More
Madonna has attempted to explain her reference to President Barack Obama as a “black Muslim in the White House” onstage at a Washington stop on her MDNA Tour. (On her New York stop, the singer had featured a massive “OBAMA” tattoo on her back while singing “Like a Virgin.”)
This is how Madonna endorses political candidates: by playing on a widely-held falsehood about his religious upbringing. During her second night in D.C. on her already controversial MDNA tour–what with all the pub(l)ic nudity and swastikas superimposed over heads of state–she encouraged voters to support Barack Obama, “the black Muslim in the White House” who’s “fighting for gay rights.” Then she said “You all better vote for f—ing Obama, okay,” before promising to take her clothes off if he wins.
This will definitely play well in the red states.
I detest all my sins
Because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell.
But most of all because I love Thee,
And I want so badly to be good.
-Madonna, “Girl Gone Wild,” 2012
In a recent opinion piece, The Observer argued that Madonna was entirely Read More
Even as Madonna brings her world tour to Yankee Stadium for shows on September 6 and 8, longtime fans will have a sneaking suspicion that she’s already sung her swan song.