As if it weren’t already hard to navigate the elite little world of Manhattan’s quiet mega-listings—that parallel universe where massively expensive trophies come on the market without actually coming on the market—there was an odd dust-up this week between lordly broker Edward Lee Cave and the writer Michael Gross.
Mr. Gross had reported Read More
After a 17-year stay, journalist Michael Gross has fled Greenwich Village, selling his parlor-floor apartment at 69 Washington Place. According to city records, hip-hop D.J. Mark Ronson paid $1.8 million for the six-room place.
Mr. Gross wrote last October’s 740 Park, a lip-smacking 562-page biography of the Upper East Side’s supreme co-op.
“I was infected Read More
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, David Lauren was in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach. Polo Ralph Lauren, the company that his father founded almost 40 years ago from his own spit and polish, was throwing a party. Mr. Lauren, the middle child of Ralph’s three, sported a wide spectrum of colors, from the navy blazer, Read More
Flashes of intense envy are inevitable when you’re reading about the personal palaces and larger-than-life inhabitants of 740 Park Avenue. The walls of your cramped walk-up close in on you inch by inch with every page you turn—but a little envy-induced claustrophobia isn’t too high a price to pay for a leisurely look around Manhattan’s Read More
A few days before the publication of The Sex Doctors in the Basement, Molly Jong-Fast’s rambling, name-dropping, half-crazy but very funny memoir, the 26-year-old writer met The Transom for sushi on the Upper East Side. In this book of essays about growing up Jong (she’s the daughter of Fear of Flying author Erica Jong and Read More
The competition for the commission at Ground Zero seemed to be undergoing a late-breaking shift in momentum.
On Feb. 25, when the final two architectural candidates presented modifications of their original designs to a team of rebuilding officials and city and state representatives, the favorite was Berlin-based architect Daniel Libeskind, whose proposed crystalline structures surround Read More
Getting Shaft ed
At a party at Centro-Fly on West 21st Street the evening of June 12, following the premiere of the film Shaft , TV sitcom star Kelsey Grammer sat among the hoi polloi on a banquette, one hand firmly on the leg of his wife, Camille Donatacci. He was looking around Read More