changing of the guard
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a pointed critique of his predecessor today, saying Michael Bloomberg’s refusal to acknowledge the city’s growing inequality would mar his administration’s legacy.
The current mayor has spent the past week criss-crossing the five boroughs, touting his accomplishments in areas including job growth, affordable housing construction and his investments in new infrastructure projects, such as the new 7 train extension.
The Year Observed
For those of you at home wondering about this year’s record-setter in the niche category of most-expensive, non-penthouse, Upper East Side condominium contract, good news—barring circumstances unforeseen—is close on the horizon. Sources tell The Observer that a 19th floor combination at 737 Park Avenue, which was last listed as a sponsor unit with Macklowe Properties for $26 million, has entered contract at $25 million. If all goes well, the apartment should also take the title in the same category for year’s priciest sale; the deal is slated to close before January 1st.
The time is upon us for that most hoary of all media rituals—the year-end list. But this time, the hateful annual chore is a little less distasteful. December 2013 marks not just the end of a year. It’s the end of an era. Read More
To film their latest production Inside Llewyn Davis—the story of a Dylan-esque 1960s folk singer—Joel and Ethan Coen were forced to travel far from Greenwich Village, to sites “scattered across four boroughs” in search of scenic authenticity, according to a recent article in the New York Times magazine. The Jones Street that appears on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is, in other words, no longer on Jones Street—despite a 2010 ruling by the Landmarks Preservation Commission that granted landmark status to the relevant portion of the South Village.
But the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation celebrated a victory today for filmmakers of the future who might look to approximate the Village in the year 2013, winning landmark status for a 13-block section south of Washington Square that contains 240 buildings.
On December 8th, Columbia Pictures’ presented the “American Hustle” Premiere at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York.
Call it an Academy Awards dress rehearsal, but something about “American Hustle” begs for Oscar hardware.
Starlets Amy Adams and Elisabeth Rohm looked noticeably sleek in their gowns, but the flick came out the big winner spurring on plenty Read More
Because not everyone in South Williamsburg wants to do all their food shopping at Marlow & Daughters—after all, how much pastured pork and lamb and loaves of sprouted spelt can a person eat?—the neighborhood, divided roughly by Grand Street from its yet-hipper northern relative, now has a new grocery store. Urban Market of Williamsburg, which celebrated its grand opening today, occupies a 16,000 square-foot space at 11 Broadway, just across Kent Avenue from the East River.
Like Whole Foods, Urban Market will offer traditional grocery and household products, as well as specialty, locally-sourced and organic items, making it the neighborhood’s first full-service grocery store. (Northern Williamsburg is slated to get a particularly sleek-looking Whole Foods in the not-too-distant future, at the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street, in the heart of what The Observer recently heard described as “the Times Square of Brooklyn.”)
On November 19, The Central Park Conservancy hosted Autumn in Central Park
Autumnal decorations worthy of the gods, Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds glittering around genteel necks, floor-length Valentino gowns sashaying on the dance floor… This is about as WASPy as New York City gets.
Shindigger was in heaven.
Photographs by Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com Read More
The illustrious Beresford building, at 7 West 81st Street, recently lost Goodyear Tire heiress Dorothy Seiberling Steinberg, who sold her co-op in the building earlier this month for $3.8 million. But Beresford residents—thoroughly accustomed to sharing their halls with diplomats, athletes, and stars of stage and screen—will be getting another heiress transplanted from points West. (Thank goodness!) Coke Anne Murchison Wilcox and her husband Jarvis G. Wilcox have purchased a 2-bedroom, 18th-floor apartment in the building for just under $4.6 million, according to city records.
Shindigger ended the a very long November 6 evening with glasses of Moët and Belvedere at the raucous Guggenheim International Gala Pre-party presented by Dior.
DJ Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman played a set alongside an intelligent LED panel installation on the ground floor of The Guggenheim Museum that lit up in synch with the beat. Read More
With all eyes focused on the new mayor—not to mention the streaky Giants, the possibly decent Jets, the woeful Knicks, plus the Nets and Rangers—New Yorkers are ignoring the most important issue facing the city: the coming baseball famine. In every decade since 1900, New York City has hosted a World Series. For the past 92 years, since 1921, a New York City baseball team has won at least one championship in every decade. Even during the Yankees’ worst years, from 1962 to 1977, and during the 17-season drought from 1979 to 1995, the Queens-based Mets twice won the World Series, in 1969 and 1986.