Predictably, the lawyers who brought the city to court over stop-and-frisk are trying to get U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin back on the case, two weeks after a three-judge panel removed her. The panel ruled, properly, that Judge Scheindlin was less than impartial on the subject of stop-and-frisk, having condemned this life-saving police practice in several media interviews.
Some New Yorkers have been spoiled by the Bloomberg centrist style of pragmatic management, yet Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio feels the successes of New York have eluded many and wants to make the city more fair.
Politically speaking, Bill de Blasio is the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. He will inherit a thriving, dynamic, creative city that is the envy of its competitors. His two most recent predecessors were not so fortunate when they took the oath of office for the first time—Rudy Giuliani was bequeathed a city deemed to be ungovernable, and Mike Bloomberg began his tenure in the shadow of 9/11.
Since 1995, Frederic Fekkai hair-care products—PrX Reparatives Shampoo: 16 oz. for $49; Ageless Overnight Hair Repair: 3.4 oz for $195—have graced the glass shelves of custom-tiled Upper East Side steam showers. Mr. Fekkai, the eponymous brand’s founder, also got his New York start in that neighborhood, when in 1989, Bergdorf Goodman invited him to open an on-site salon in their Fifth Avenue flagship. (Mr. Fekkai is now the proprietor of the world’s largest salon, the Frederic Fekkai salon, also on Fifth Avenue.)
But has the French-born stylist’s romance with the area gone sour? Well, according to city records, Mr. Fekkai has just sold his three-bedroom co-op at 829 Park Avenue for just under $3 million. For the sake of the Real Housewives, we hope he does not plan to go far.
Last night, the Transom took to the Chase-sponsored “Blue Carpet” outside Madison Square Garden for a pre-game rally ahead of the Rangers’ first home game of the season, in which they took on the Montreal Canadiens.
The fans were jazzed, and jostled for prizes from event host and supermodel Alejandra Cata. One longtime loyalist Read More
Gee What a Train
The New York Times might have been prematurely enthusiastic when they reported yesterday on the coming advent of articulated subway trains—snakelike creatures with accordion-style joints, long, continuous corridors and open gangways between cars. Inspired by the MTA’s 20 Year Assessment that came out earlier this month, the Times article made much of a single bulleted item on page 135 of the 142-page document, which gave no specific timeline or budget details for the trains’ implementation, and went only so far as to say that “consideration should be given” to articulated designs. And in light of the fact that the last two decades have seen significant refreshments to the city’s fleet, which now consists largely of cars that can be expected to last 40-60 years, a swift wholesale embrace of articulated models seems deeply unlikely.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Clearly, Christian Candy—one half of uber-posh London development duo Candy & Candy—was not deterred from flashy New York real estate investments by brother Nick’s recent scuffle over a pair of apartments at One57. Mr. Candy—that is, Christian—has closed on the 104-year-old Morris Mansion at 19 East 70th Street, The New York Times reports. At $35 million, the sale was (shocker!), the biggest deal of the week.
Beyond the uniform
Like so many professional athletes, Carmelo Anthony is often reduced to what he does between the lines. But the NBA’s reigning scoring champ is more than just a win, a loss or a number in the box score, as he made clear in this week’s cover story. Here, once again, the face of the Knicks franchise takes us inside his mind.
“The permits!” The voice was panicked. “They’re fucking us!”
“Slow down. What’s wrong?”
“They’re revoking our permits.”
This was the call I got eight years ago on the eve of a graffiti block party I was throwing to celebrate the release of my first video game, “Getting Up.” It just happened that this call set in motion a series of events that very few have experienced. I, Marc Eckō, went up against Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City and won.
PR POWER LIST
When Ken Makovsky forecast a “golden age of PR” in a 2011 interview, I rolled my eyes. What else would an agency guy say? But as The Observer surveys the landscape of New York’s public-relations industry circa 2013, it looks like Mr. Makovsky wasn’t just pitching. Read More