When it comes to the townhouse at 51 West 83rd Street, you have to give the Upper West Siders points for their novel approach to NIMBYism. Rather than adopting the “not in my backyard” stance that characterizes so many local disputes, neighbors took the more unusual “not in your backyard” tack, vehemently opposing Mavi Jeans owner Ragip Ersin Akariliar’s plan to install a pool and three-tiered deck behind his house.
So it’s not altogether surprising that even though the Turkish millionaire won the battle, securing landmarks approval for the indoor/outdoor pool, two of the deck’s three stories and glass curtain wall in the back of the house, he decided to abandon his renovation plans and move elsewhere. The house, frozen in the midst of a gut renovation with all approvals in place, hit the market for $7.2 million this March.
Finding an unpublished George Gurley piece is like opening a perfectly written time capsule. In May 2001, New York City was preparing to say farewell to a term-limited Rudy Giuliani and welcome anyone from Mark Green to Freddy Ferrer to Michael Bloomberg as its first new leader in eight years. An intrepid young Observer reporter named George Gurley hit the party scene to ask prominent New Yorkers what they thought would happen to the city. He wrote it up and then … it disappeared.
The Observer never published Mr. Gurley’s observations, captured first at the annual benefit for the African Rainforest Conservancy, held at the Park on 17th Street and Tenth Avenue and the second was for the tenth anniversary of the Paramount Hotel.
Twelve years later, as we approach another change of guard at City Hall, Mr. Gurley got to thinking about that piece. When he realized it hadn’t seen the light of day, Mr. Gurley, still an intrepid young Observer reporter, brought it to our attention.
Josephina, the Lincoln Center standby, stopped serving its pre-theater dinners in 2011, leaving owner Louis Lanza with only one Upper West Side location—Josie’s West. And now it appears that Mr. Lanza is downsizing his neighborhood housing as well.
Mr. Lanza has sold his penthouse spread at The Fitzgerald for $3.32 million, city records show.
But he’s not moving out just yet. Mr. Lanza owned quite a cut of real estate at 201 West 74th Street—not only the three-unit penthouse combo, but also another, separate unit in the building. Some were passed down to Mr. Lanza by his parents, and some he purchased himself. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with knowing what you like.
Richard Johnson, New York Post‘s Page Six veteran editor, is heading back to The New York Post. Mr. Johnson made the high profile jump out west to head up The Daily’s Los Angeles bureau when the app launched in February 2011.
Mr. Johnson will join The Daily’s editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo at the tabloid. Mr. Angelo has Read More
New York Observer editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers has hired The Daily reporter Hunter Walker, she announced today.
A Brooklyn native, Mr. Walker is currently stationed in Los Angeles, with Richard Johnson’s “Flash” gossip column. He will relocate to New York in October.
“I’m excited to bring Hunter back to New York to cover politics for NYO,” Ms. Spiers said. “He’s a fantastically versatile reporter and I know he’ll do great things at the Observer.”
Last week, a gallery and bar on the Lower East Side—called, appropriately enough, Gallery Bar—played host to a style installation by the 33-year-old artist Damon Johnson. The choice of neighborhood was key. “The Beautiful Chaos: A Style Installation,” which attracted a scarf-heavy crowd who guzzled red and white wine while dodging multiple photographers, was an Read More
Last August, News Corp. announced the launch of a publication readable only on tablets and mobile phones — a news app not linked to an existing publication, but an independent venture wholly dependent on those who own the products it’s viewable on. Company brass named Page Six legend Richard Johnson to head Read More
With Fleet Street blond Emily Smith taking over for the departed Richard Johnson at the New York Post‘s Page Six, and Frank DiGiacomo (a former Observer staffer) newly installed at the New York Daily News‘ Gatecrasher column, the city’s two warring tabloids are ramping up their gossip coverage in a no-holds-barred attempt to win out. Read More
Last Wednesday night, Page Six reporter Emily Smith was at the club Provocateur in the meatpacking district at a party for the season finale of The Spin Crowd, an E! network reality show produced by Kim Kardashian.
Ms. Kardashian came and left quickly, and Ms. Smith talked briefly with the club’s owner about its alleged Read More
The lead item in Page Six this morning — “Richard Johnson LA-Bound” — announced that after almost 25 years running the New York Post gossip column, Mr. Johnson is leaving to work on “new digital ventures for News Corp.” in Los Angeles.
Over the summer, Richard Beckman tried to grab Mr. Johnson Read More