This Is The End
Aldon James has officially left the building.
Mr. James, the National Arts Club’s disgraced former president of 25 years and notorious antique hoarder, was finally evicted from his 15 Gramercy Park South digs today.
The eviction brings an end to a very long, very strange saga involving dead birds, antique hoarding and rose-colored glasses.
According to an 18-month investigation by the Attorney General’s office, the three men stockpiled club apartments — below market value or for free — to allegedly hoard antiques they purchased on flea market sprees using club funds.
A warrant forced him and his twin brother John James as well as their friend Steven Leitner to vacate their club apartments by July 31.
They don’t look very good right now, but ten Gramercy Park apartments formerly controlled by ex-president Aldon James and his brother John will soon be returning to the market. Relatively soon, that is, following gut renovations that were much-needed after the apartments’ time in the hands of the two hoarders.
Last week, Real Estate Weekly reported that the National Arts Club had finally reached a settlement with the Attorney General’s office allowing it to tidy up the club’s governance, financial controls and the filthy apartments. Today a state appeals court upheld the National Arts Club’s decision to boot the James brothers, the New York Post reported.
“Why is there a line?” whined a young woman outside the National Arts Club last Wednesday. As she tapped a T-strapped heel against the pavement, a fake feather in her headband swayed slightly. “I’m a member. I’m not standing in this line,” she decreed loudly, excusing and pardoning her way uncouthly toward the front. As Read More
The National Arts Club sent out a press release today that sought to counter victorious statement made by former president Aldon James, and the document really reveals how contentious things have become in this case.
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Joyce Carol Oates stuck close to her Princeton pals on Tuesday night, April 7, at the National Arts Club, where she was honored for her life’s work with a black-tie and lamb-chop dinner and the club’s hallowed Gold Medal of Honor.
Dressed in a frilly black camisole and a neon pink cardigan, the weightless and elegant 70-year-old author spent Read More
The National Arts Club was filled with balloon animals and art-world notables last night for the club’s Gold Medal of Honor awards presentation to artist Jeff Koons.
We asked about future plans for his work.
“I am always wanting to prove myself to myself,” he said, smiling. He wore a somewhat understated suit with a Read More
How much of the photographer’s art is catching a break and knowing what to do with it? On June 8, 1968, photojournalist Paul Fusco rode the funeral train carrying Robert F. Kennedy from New York to Washington DC. Fusco, then working for LOOK magazine, had been assigned to cover R.F,K.’s funeral at St. Patrick’s that Read More
On opening night of "No Why," a show of 50 photographs taken by Jean-Louis Blondeau of his friend, high-wire walker Philippe Petit, the National Arts Club was packed, uncomfortably, with attendees. Susan Sarandon was there, to introduce Mr. Blondeau in a speech. So were Tim Robbins, Cuba Gooding Jr. and the guy who replaced Jesse Read More