Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Before Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was arrested last month, he was living in $18 million mansion in New Zealand, which he was renting.
He had purchased $8 million in New Zealand government bonds in an attempt to get the nonresident permission he needed to buy the place but he failed the country’s “good character” test, according to a profile of Mr. Dotcom in Businessweek today.
Mildly disgraced New Zealand television “presenter” Paul Henry, who resigned from his seven-year gig hosting the morning news show Breakfast last year after a racially insensitive—albeit amusing—riff about the surname of an Indian government minister, is getting a second chance in America.
A few days ago, production company Ish Entertainment quietly posted a “sizzle reel” Read More
The last thing Elton John needs is another bespoke bird-feather cape, but that’s exactly what he got last night in New Zealand. The “rare” gift, a Korowai cloak, was given to the 60-year-old singer-spectaculare by the island nation’s Maori communities. No longer simply a knight of Britain, Mr. John can now claim honorary Read More
I’m in Alanis Morissette withdrawal. I got her new CD, Under Rug Swept, when it came out last month, but now I’m in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, with nothing to play it on. I’m here to do long interviews with people on a serious historical subject, but four or five of Alanis’ songs keep playing in my Read More
The Monday Room is no ordinary restaurant. In fact, it doesn’t feel like a restaurant at all.
The room is an annex hidden behind the hostess desk at Public Restaurant in Nolita. Stepping through its door—which is unmarked—you feel as though you’ve entered a gentlemen’s club in the 19th century. There’s a faded Oriental carpet Read More
Butai, a new Japanese restaurant that has opened near Union Square, has a style all its own.
“Thank God it’s Friday,” said our hostess cheerfully as she showed us to a candlelit table in the upstairs dining room.
Indeed. The place was packed, and judging from the sound of laughter and clinking glasses, the Read More
There are two compelling performances in the revival of David Margulies’ highly regarded Sight Unseen at the Biltmore Theatre, and I would see it for the terrific contributions of Laura Linney and Byron Jennings alone. But is Mr. Margulies’ 1992 play about a wunderkind New York painter and the price of success as great as Read More
My wife and I were getting away, a back-to-nature trip to New Zealand, and at the welcome center on the Coromandel Peninsula saw a photograph of a guest cottage that looked attractive: Celadon. An hour’s drive on a twisting road took us to a small town, and a sign for Celadon led us onto a Read More
I’m in Alanis Morissette withdrawal. I got her new CD, Under Rug Swept , when it came out last month, but now I’m in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, with nothing to play it on. I’m here to do long interviews with people on a serious historical subject, but four or five of Alanis’ songs keep playing in Read More
It’s been a rough month for restaurants. But Stella, a dark, candlelit bistro that opened during the summer on the western fringe of Soho, has a reassuring atmosphere that’s drawing people in at a time when many are feeling too fragile to go out. It has a comforting niceness about it-more like the sort of Read More