Planes Trains & Automobiles
Dictators tend to be clear about what they like and what they don’t. Besides nukes and Fiats, Col. Muammar Qaddafi very much liked the gilded-age mansion at 5 East 78th Street.
The now-dead Libyan dictator was never able to call the Upper East Side townhouse home after being rebuffed by broker Jason Haber in 2009, but the extravagant space is now back on the market as a $30,000 per month rental.
But don’t let the apartment’s near run-in with a repressive regime dissuade you. It’s no wonder Qaddafi took a a liking to this place!
After taking it for a spin around the city and surmising the Fiat 500 is the new “it” car for New York, The Observer found out it might even be the perfect car for all of America. Why? Because the 500 is the Obama car, as one Fiat specialist in the Manhattan studio put it to us. He called it just about the most patriotic car you could buy. Turns out, that might not be the case, depending on where you factor in human rights with fuel economy and color when buying a new car.
Is it just us, or do things seem a little shaky lately? And no, we’re not just talking about the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, sending out shock waves that gently rocked New York City and taught us that East Coast disaster response is largely limited to Tweeting ironically and wondering aloud if we should order in lunch. Toss in Hurricane Irene gaining on Florida’s shores, microscopic brain-eating amoebas lurking in our lakes and ponds (the Contagion marketing has really gotten out of hand, Warner Bros.) and Gerard Depardieu’s making headlines for using an aircraft cabin as a urinal, we’re pretty sure Harold Camping is kicking himself right about now.
The sun is shining, the garbage is blossoming and the rats and the blue-shirted Greenpeace lobbyists–both of which seem to gravitate toward the Chipotle on the corner of 44th and Ninth, near The Observer building–are becoming more visible and robust. It must be spring, which seems to have finally arrived in New York only Read More
After a press conference on Pell Grants this morning–in which he declared “evil” the Republican proposals to cut them–Senator Charles Schumer reiterated his support for a Libyan campaign that is “limited in scope and in time.”
“We have two goals,” Schumer said. “The first is the humanitarian goal of preventing Muammar Qaddafi from rolling in Read More
“French warplanes” is a phrase you don’t hear too often, so when we read it on the front page of The New York Times on Sunday, we knew it was time for another friendly invasion, or at least the punishing imposition of another no-fly zone, which given the deployment of the notoriously non-bellicose French pilots, Read More
“Where does this extraordinary individual get the ideas for his wardrobe? Does he have a team of designers back in Tripoli, working up the hundreds of bizarre looks required of a world leader on official business?” wonders Vanity Fair in this slideshow detailing the singular fashion of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.
VF was about Read More