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.
“That’s every girl’s dream!” gushed model Karlie Kloss on the steps of Musée Galliera in Paris at the recent opening of a retrospective on the works of French-Algerian designer Azzedine Alaïa. “I think there is no other designer in the world that can dress a woman’s model in the way that Alaïa can,” she continued with a cat-like smirk. “The way that he uses fabrics and textures and keeps that classic silhouette—incredibly sexy.”
Yesterday evening we all tuned in to watch the livestreamed concert of Madonna in Paris. And though we knew what to expect–nudity and swastikas have been part of Madge’s MDNA world tour since the beginning–she had already managed to rub the people of France the wrong way when she put up the Nazi symbol on the face of the new French party leader, Marine Le Pen. On Bastille Day, no less!
The leader of the far-right party has already threatened to sue the pop sensation, which she probably assumed would only help sell tickets.
The plan worked, sort of: turning her “small engagement” at the Olympia Club last night into a mob scene.
George Whitman, the owner of the legendary Paris bookstore Shakespeare & Co., died yesterday at the age of 98. Known for extending hospitality to writers on Parisian sojourns, Mr. Whitman’s bookstore carried on a literary dream long after that dream died. Alexander Nazaryan remembers his stay there at Read More
While in Paris for the recent couture week, I found a pink iPhone under my seat at the Chanel show. No one called to claim it, so I’m sharing the file below, with hopes that the owner will read it and be in touch.
Hi from Couture in Paris. I’m Mitzi and I’m 10, and Read More
Steve Schwarzman is taking a trip to the City of Lights, Reuters reports, offering clarity to a vague report last week that the Blackstone CEO was going somewhere in Europe, but no one knew exactly where. Says Reuters:
Schwarzman has close ties to France. He knows French President Nicolas Sarkozy well, Read More
Disgraced Tour de France winner adopts an “I’m taking you all with me” stance [NYT]
“Beef Hampers Rap Museum.” [WSJ]
Third deputy mayor departs Bloomberg administration [WNYC]
Dumbo is the new Madison Avenue [WSJ]
Is The Good Wife the new Read More
With apartments fetching an average price of $7,500 per square foot, Fifth Avenue ranked third place in a new survey of the top 10 most expensive residential streets in the world from Barclay’s Wealth Bulletin. But if you thought top-tier residential prices in Manhattan were stratospheric, take a look at the two most Read More
Wowza! Apparently they buy buildings in Paris too.
Naturally, it’s a bunch of burly American I-bankers who made the biggest single-asset deal in European history.
Lehman Brothers has purchased Coeur Defense, a series of five buildings, from Goldman Sachs for 2.11 billion euros, or $2.8 billion U.S. dollars. It’s a record for the overseas bunch. Read More
As he did with Balthazar, Keith McNally has once again set a stage where the play is about eating and the actors are the diners. This time it’s not a Paris bistro, but a rustic trattoria somewhere in the hills of Italy. Morandi’s low, beamed ceiling is hung with wooden chandeliers topped with small brown Read More