the power of ‘no’
Not only is New York not the world’s most expensive city; it doesn’t even break the top 10. Read More
dollar dollar bill y'all
“This tube you see coming out of me is directly connected with my heart and pumps liquid into it, faking my heart into thinking it’s O.K.”
The driver was talking to Brian and me. He had picked us up from the golf club where we had been playing with Hall of Famer Dan Marino. We had to leave before the dinner, so we took a car service to get back to the city.
Donors hoping to gain favor with newly-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio had one last chance to fill his coffers before his administration kicked into high gear. They took advantage of the opportunity.
New and loyal backers pumped more than $2 million dollars into Mr. de Blasio’s transition effort, new campaign finance filings show. And with Mr. de Blasio already elected, it perhaps isn’t surprising that many of those offering last-minute backing have a financial stake in his administration.
the power of ‘no’
Did you know that instead of working, at this very second, you could be lying in a million bucks? Sure, you’d have to go to the Bowery, where art gallery The Hole is currently showing Stefan Bondell’s monetary masterpiece “The Black Box,” and sure, the money would be shredded into what amounts to hamster bedding, but still, a million dollars. That’s Damien Hirst-levels of excess.
OR, you could just make this project at home. Seriously.
Brooklyn Do or Die
“When the cop stopped me, I had cocaine all over the car,” my friend “V” told me. “He took one look at me and said, ‘Clean yourself up, and I don’t ever want to see you again.’”
He let me go, and I never took cocaine again, my friend said. V tried calling up the police station of that time, but they said no officer of that name worked there. He called all the surrounding police stations and the state police, and nobody by that name worked anywhere. He was an angel.
Money magazine posted a slideshow today of the 10 “Best” Big-City Neighborhoods” in America, based on who knows what algorithm. (But if we had to guess from the city bios written by the staff, it has something to do with the crime rate divided by the number of coffeeshops and/or farmers markets per square foot. Also, pre-schools.)
And holy moly, look at that first neighborhood on the list! Why, it’s nowhere but Park Slope! And its contribution to Brooklyn being the second most expensive city in the country, it turns out the Slope is actually less aspirational to live in than three other “best” big-city neighborhoods! Go team!
Poor Little Rich Boy
A consultant’s report released today by the city’s Campaign Finance Board suggests the problems with City Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign may have extended far beyond the findings of a federal investigation that resulted in the convictions of a fund-raiser and the campaign’s former treasurer.
First the privileged children of New York couldn’t safely traverse cobblestones. Now, they don’t know how to share their crayons, either.
Posh New Yorkers with bloated wallets and no shortage of ways to empty them have begun paying $400-an-hour “recreation experts” to teach their little ones to socialize during monitored play-dates, Read More
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Has everyone read Melena Ryzik’s crackerjack profile of prolific actor Sir Michael Caine in The New York Times? It’s pretty great! He explains his “eye trick” for looking at both a camera and subject simultaneously, the weird back-story he made up for Alfred in Nolan’s Batman series (though it’s pretty inconsistent, since he talks about Bruce Wayne meeting Alfred in a military mess hall, when we all KNOW that Alfred has been with the Wayne family since before Bruce was born, no d’uh), and how he slept with all of Hollywood and everything before falling for his wife after seeing her in a commercial for Maxwell Coffee.
But there was one specific quote of Caine’s, seemingly benign, that made us believe both he and the Times were in on the most famous joke about the actor.
We received a press release yesterday heralding the release of a new film. It read: “740 Park, the bestseller by Michael Gross, becomes Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream.”
This struck us as odd because we had, in fact, heard about this documentary before, but described in a very different way: the famed building would be used as a foil for Park Avenue in the South Bronx, as a means of discussing income inequality in America. This had seemed to us like a very good idea. Not that we wouldn’t also like to see Michael Gross’s engaging social history become a movie (or an inspired-by Dallas-style TV show that would blow 666 Park and its many real estate inaccuracies out of the water), but that would be a very different movie indeed.
This was, of course, the same movie we had heard about, a movie that is described more accurately and evenhandedly, we discovered through some extensive googling, on the Independent Television Service website. But back to that first release and how its spin got under our skin.