- The intimidatingly assiduous Peggy Siegal greets people at the door; thanks us for coming to celebrate party with The New York Observer. “We are The New York Observer!” We cry. She doesn’t even pause. “Well, it’s great to see you anyway.”
-Terry McDonell: I’ve always loved the Observer, I have great respect for Peter Kaplan. The coverage of everything I was interested in New York in the past 25 years was reflected in The Observer at the highest level.
- Ray Kelly recalls the last time he was at the Four Seasons. “[We] feel like you never leave,” we tell the Police Commissioner. His reply: “A lot of people feel that way.”
Old media overtook the Four Seasons restaurant on Wednesday, April 6, celebrating the release of Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward’s book The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers, wherein the Cambridge-bred beauty, who recently split from her husband, Matthew Doull, chronicles the demise of the ill-fated investment Read More
On an unseasonably warm April evening at the Four Seasons restaurant—not to be confused with the hotel five blocks north—a bastion of old media congregated to celebrate the release of Vicky Ward‘s debut novel, The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers. In her revealing roman à clef, the Read More
One easy way to take New York’s temperature as its health gets sorted out is to follow the stocks that define it: We assembled the Observer 100 Index to watch the city wheeze and sing. These are the stocks that gained and lost the most last week, when when sensible blue jeans beat Ron Perelman’s Read More
Alex Rodriguez is now (weirdly) insisting that he and Madonna are "friends–that’s it." Maybe this means they’ve already broken up? [People]
The Daily News‘s Rush & Molloy, who are moving their gossip column from the daily edition to the Sunday issue, have compiled a roundup of some of their most interesting famous Read More
After a two month trial, designer Anand Jon was found guilty of sexually assaulting seven aspiring models, the youngest of whom was 14. [LA Times]
Billionaire Ron Perelman and ex-wife Patricia Duff will return to court next month, this time to discuss the order of protection daughter Caleigh filed against her mother Read More
Courtenay Semel (daughter of former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel) and heiress Casey Johnson are no longer an item after Ms. Semel spent an evening partying with Tila Tequila, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson. [P6]
Michelle Williams is reportedly officially dating her close friend director Spike Jonze, who was previously married to Sofia Coppola. Read More
Actress Ellen Barkin responded to the lawsuit filed by ex-husband, Ronald Perelman, against her and her brother, calling it “a cynical abuse of the legal system.” Mr. Perelman, 63, filed the claims yesterday in a New York court. He argues that Ms. Barkin and her brother, George, used the money from a company she Read More
On October 10, Christie’s will host an auction of jewelry from the collection of actress—and recent divorcer of billionaire Ron Perelman—Ellen Barkin.
Among the more than 100 objects from her collection, a 22.76 carat diamond ring is expected to fetch $800,000 to $1,200,000. A ruby and emerald Art Deco evening bag formerly belonging to Read More
The latest front in the Hip-Hop Wars may lack the drama of a downtown studio shoot-out, but for the real-estate-obsessed, the recent tortured sale of advertising executive Peter Arnell’s Tribeca penthouse to hip-hop mogul Shawn Carter (alias Jay-Z) has been the biggest story since the fracas over the sale of murdered millionaire Ted Ammon’s assets Read More