The Year Observed
The Year Observed
After a few dull years of under-stimulating clubs and lounges—and too few late nights of appealing debauchery—things improved a bit this year, as a new swell of NYC party spaces helped amp up the fun. Few of these venues broke barriers in terms of artful conception, but their success was realized, in part, due to an aptitude for accommodating fanciful design schemes while also permitting attendees the elbow room to move and mingle. Basically, if you weren’t having a good time in 2013, you were at the wrong parties. Read More
With all due respect to Salman Rushdie, some party guests are just better than others, and it’s not just about good looks and stylish clothes. To be a must-add to any NYC guest list, you must be witty, you must be smart, and you must be nice. Here are the people we spent 2013 hoping to snag a seat next to at any table. Read More
Having a big party in Brooklyn? Make sure you let the po-po know.
A councilman is looking to ensure that the police are informed about large, organized get-togethers before they get the party started.
Jumaane Williams, D-East Flatbush, believes this will help prevent incidents like the shooting of nine people at a Brooklyn party last Read More
“It’s good to be home,” LL Cool J told a room full of bloggers on Tuesday night. He was hosting a Father’s Day event along with Bing, the Microsoft-powered search engine that hopes to give Google a run for their money. (The Observer took the Bing Challenge, and shockingly, Bing won).
Dressed in a fitted Read More
David Yurman’s Madison Avenue townhouse, which displayed his newest collection for ogling in honor of the GLAAD Media Awards, is beige. Waiter, models, or waiter-models in black swooped around the glass jewelry displays brandishing tuna tartar on tiny bites of toast, and GLAAD co-chairs welcomed participants as they filed inside, heading straight for the champagne at the far wall.
(HIGH PRICED) SEX AND THE CITY
Last night, Aby Rosen threw another one of his fancy fetes at the mansion he owns, but does not occupy, at 22 East 71st Street. Mr. Rosen bought the former Salander O’Reilly gallery in 2004 for $15.65 million. He spent a not inconsiderable amount of money on renovating it back into a home, though there is still much work to be done, particularly on the upper floors, for the place to feel truly homey.
Still, the central staircase, faced in warm marble, has to be one of the finest in the city, reason enough to put the place back on the market, as Mr. Rosen did in 2008. The blushing price was $75 million, the most anyone dared to ask for a home at the time. And there it has sat ever since. Though the place, now asking a mere $50 million, has been far from quiet.
Gracing the covers of New York City’s finest tabloid newspapers this morning is the story of The Housewife Madam, Anna Gristina, who—when she wasn’t shuttling her kids around to band practice—was allegedly running a millionaires-only Upper East Side high-priced hooker ring. Apparently, she had an accomplice: one Jaynie Baker, a 30-year-old Williamsburg resident who was employed by a matchmaking service (“VIP Life“) out of Union Square, who is now being sought for questioning by the NYPD.
The New York Observer can now conclusively report what Ms. Baker does in her spare time: Hang out at New York Observer parties.
The Daily Transom
Though the Islamic Wing of the Met (or more specifically, the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia—say that three times fast) opened in October, there’s no reason for young people not to fête the new galleries five months hence.
The event, dubbed “An Oasis at Read More
Religion and parties
The publisher of a 10-year-old Jewish periodical that is no longer in print still has plenty of things to worry about.
“Are the knishes kosher?” one partygoer kvetched to Heeb magazine’s David Kelsey last week, before sinking her teeth into the uninviting clump of potato.
“They’re kosher, but not Glatt kosher,” said Kelsey, as the guest scurried off to nosh.
Mr. Kelsey has been running Heeb for the past two years, as it transitioned to a purely digital product. The magazine’s niche has leaned toward young secular Jews since New York Times scribe Jennifer Bleyer founded it in 2002. One year later, publisher Joshua Neuman refashioned it to encompass an entire lifestyle of ironic urban living.
Tonight is Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that rings in the New Year on the Jewish calendar…which is why we’re surprised that there aren’t more splashy media parties celebrating the event here in New York. While it’s not entirely true that all of the media is owned by five Jewish Bankers (who are all probably distracted Read More