Wine bars really began to supplant winos on the Bowery in 2007, when Whole Foods, the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum of Contemporary Art all opened on New York’s fabled broken boulevard. The 2008 market crash did little to slow skid row’s transformation into the Meatpacking District East (see: The Standard, East Village Hotel at 25 Cooper Square, just off Bowery).
Now the Downtown thoroughfare is poised to enter yet another phase of redevelopment. Intermix, the self-proclaimed “fashion boutique for trendsetters, A-Listers and glam fashionistas” opened in May at 332 Bowery, a former bodega. And last month, a portfolio of 11 mixed-use buildings sold to hip-hop clothier Joseph Betesh for $62 million.
The retail brokerage RKF is at the front of this gold rush. And Senior Director Brian Segall has become the firm’s Bowery guru. Last week, Mr. Segall and Robert Futterman, RKF chairman and chief executive, led The Commercial Observer on a tour of the company’s Bowery assignments, which (to the dismay of preservationists including Martin Scorsese) bolster RKF Executive Vice President Ariel Schuster’s prediction that the Bowery will soon be “one golden strip.”
It’s been several years since Bret Easton Ellis’ most famous character, Patrick Bateman, relaunched the career of former Newsies actor Christian Bale and essentially turned him into Batman. So we can only imagine how Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas-esque rendition of a real-life Bateman — Jordan Belfort, the founder of 90s pump-and-dump firm Stratton Oakmont – will affect the already meteororic rise of Leonardo DiCaprio, who hasn’t had a day off from a film set since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Here’s Gatsby being great in the first official Wolf of Wall Street trailer; more fun than he’s seemingly had in years and tearing as voraciously into the character of Belfort as another sort of wise guy you’d expect to see in a Scorsese film.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite director thought about shooting on digital film? How about actress Greta Gerwig? Have you even considered what the indie actress thought the first time she heard the whirring sound of an actual celluloid camera? What of cinematographers and colorists—how interested are you in exploring their relationships? (Are they adversaries? Do they work as a team? Did they start out adversaries, but thanks to advances in technology, now work as a team?) Have you ever wondered how Keanu Reeves would sound saying such profound phrases as “film has helped us share our experiences and dreams,” or “by the 1980s, Avid had developed digital editing into a cost-effective, computer-based system”?
If the answer to any of the above is “yes—but only if fed to me through a 90-minute documentary”—then you are exactly the niche audience longtime production manager and part-time documentarian Chris Kenneally had in mind for his second feature-length film, Side by Side.
You know those movies that you can watch over and over again? The ones that you can never get enough of until suddenly, one day, you’re done? You just want to see something, anything, different? We assume a similar thing happened to Rodney Schiffer, who’s selling his townhouse at 217 East 62nd Street after five years.
Mr. Schiffer, the former managing director of Column Financial, bought the 3,750-square foot house from Martin Scorsese back in 2007. Mr. Scorsese departed from his home of 20 years for a $12 million townhouse on E. 64th Street, apparently figuring that he and his long-overdue Oscar deserved some fancier digs.
Zooey Deschanel orders tomato soup. John Malkovich demands a joke. Samuel L. Jackson makes his own tomato soup (Hot-spacho!)
The iPhone 4S ads have drawn some A-list names to promote its new feature: indentured robotic servant Siri. Because Apple won’t rest until the singularity is here and everything Isaac Asimov predicted comes true.
The latest spot, released yesterday, stars director Martin Scorsese in the back of a taxi cab. In 1976′s Taxi Driver, it was Mr. Scorsese himself who made the cameo as a creepy backseat passenger. Now, he’s returning the favor.
See if you can spot the Taxi Driver shout-out in the iconic director’s commercial.
Henry Hill, whom Martin Scorsese based the protagonist in his 1990 crime film Goodfellas on, died Tuesday after battling alcoholism and a prolonged illness. He was 69.
“But I am French!” a tourist announced at the door of Alice Tully Hall Monday evening. His name was not on that most sacred Excel spreadsheet, the guest list, for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s gala tribute to Catherine Deneuve. “This actress is French! I am French!” he told the doorman. His face showed that singular Gallic disdain, exasperated that Americans should be privy to an icon as beatific as Madame Deneuve. A security guard intervened, sending the fuming Frenchman on his way.
Inside the atrium, however, a reverent group was congregating, awaiting the entrance of the filmic doyenne. In true French fashion, she kept them waiting.
In the past few weeks, this race–long led by Viola Davis–got a lot more interesting with Golden Globe wins for Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams. Ms. Williams’s film may feel too slight, but she’s gone on the PR offensive with an in-character GQ cover; Ms. Streep’s film has its detractors, and Read More
This morning, thousands upon tens of New Yorkers are realizing they have to go see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, as that film was announced as one of nine Oscar Best Picture nominees.
Big surprises of the morning included that film’s nomination for Best Picture, the inclusion of Best Actor nominees Demian Bichir and Gary Read More
Tomorrow morning will bring that early-morning announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees–with the attention-desperate wrinkle that no one knows how many nominees there will be. Herewith, our predictions, for last-minute entries into your office pool (if yours is the sort of office at which Oscar nominations are the subject of a pool. Ours is not, Read More