THE HIPPING POINT
The building where Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith shared their first apartment has hit the market! But in order to live in the Clinton Hill townhouse prospective owners will need to pony up more than the $80 a month that the couple paid to rent the second floor in 1967—the owner is asking $1 million.
In her book Just Kids, Ms. Smith writes about their first apartment at 160 Hall Street, where the two stayed up late painting and listening to records, making their early forays into the creative endeavors that would shape their lives.
Tenant vs. Landlord
Rockaway Beach: A well-established Hipster Hamptons of sorts for the last few years, a place many thought would hit fever-pitch sometime this summer, the moment when—like Williamsburg and Bushwick and Red Hook and hell, the rest of the entire borough of Brooklyn before it—well-heeled Manhattanites discover it, and then, ruin the fun for those who were ostensibly there “first.”*
First came The Taco Stand.
Then, the Trend Pieces.
Then, The Hoteliers.
And now: The Page Six Item.
Sunday morning in front of the Chelsea Hotel, a crowd of eccentrically-attired, artistic types milled about the sidewalk while a scrum of reporters and local politicians scrutinized a collection of photographs propped on easels.
A passerby stopped to gawk. “What is this, an art show?” she asked.
Do you love giving away free books? Do you like receiving free books? Then come to Barnes & Noble in Union Square tonight for World Book Night: an evening when, across the country over 500,000 volunteers giving away some of their favorite (preselected) titles. No, you won’t be able to get them as an ebook. You’ll actually have to schlep around a physical copies. But still…free books!
This is your chance to rub elbows with a music legend people. Tonight at The Strand, folk rocker/autobiographer Patti Smith will be talking about her recently reissued 1992 book of poems and life stories, Woolgathering. For only $25, (the price of the book) you earn admission to the event at 7 p.m., along with your very own Strand tote bag.
After releasing a statement on Wednesday outlining why she was still going to perform for the tenants at the Chelsea Hotel—despite their wishes—Patti Smith changed her mind and pulled out of the performance shortly before she was due onstage last night.
However, even though she bowed to the pressure and cancelled her Thursday performance for the tenants railing against her, The Architect’s Newspaper reports how she still did performed at the hotel this week to a crowd of media and art folks, a private performance for the hotelier on Wednesday. It seems the revered Ms. Smith has suffered from a serious bout of flip-flopping on the issue, which now appears to have been grossly ill judged, leaving her contradicting herself.
Patti Smith has come out in defense of her imminent gig at the Chelsea Hotel, releasing a statement that includes bullet points underlining her reasons for organizing this Thursday’s soirée. “My small performance for the tenants was my own idea.” She said, distancing herself from any collusion with the owners, “My hope is that we might have a nice evening and the opportunity to communicate directly.”
Now A Major Motion Picture
The French expatriates of Manhattan, at least the ones not occupied with fashion week, gathered last night for a Patti Smith concert at Webster Hall. The concert honored the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The show was free, recorded by France’s Inter Radio for broadcast tonight in Europe.
The Eight-Day Week
Patti Smith will collaborate with John Logan (who wrote Any Given Sunday and Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming biopic Lincoln) on a screen adaptation of Just Kids. We vote for Charlotte Gainsbourg as Patti. (Or is that a terrible idea? She’s a little old for the part, no? Who smokes enough cigarettes these days?) And maybe Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Dunst as runner ups?
Wednesday, August 3
The Ultimate Art Machine
Is the Guggenheim the Shake Shack of museums? Locations, locations, locations! Not content with outposts in the Basque Country and the United Arab Emirates (as well as the now-shuttered Las Vegas outpost, which seems in retrospect a bit of an overreach…to Read More