Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
With the damning revelation that Mitt Romney wants to remodel his La Jolla beach house to include an elevator for cars and an underground lair to rival Dr. No, the presidential candidate will once again have to account for the fact he has a vast fortune and many lavish possessions.
While the question of whether or not Mr. Romney’s riches will come between him, the people and the presidency remains to be seen, The Observer couldn’t help wondering why Mr. Romney, who has six houses (and unlike John McCain, can remember them all), does not own that real estate crown jewel—a pied-à-terre in New York.
On one end of the street, President Bill Clinton is celebrating his birthday with 1,000 frosted cupcakes. A few blocks away, President George (Dubya) Bush is being assassinated in a movie called D.O.A.P. (Stands for “Death of a President,” but everybody in Toronto just pronounces it “Dope.”) Somewhere in between, to promote a horror flick Read More
SAN DIEGO-BASED CHARLES BRANDES TRADES UP TO AN 11-ROOM DUPLEX Prices at 515 Park Avenue broke Manhattan condominium-sales records in 1999. In turn, those prices were topped when a dozen or so buyers flipped their apartments. But the building isn’t finished. In late June, Charles Brandes, one of the most prominent preachers of value-investing and Read More
I love a man who’s trouble. And exactly how Rocco Landesman turned out to be a man after my own heart is the pretext for this week’s column.
My love for Rocco will doubtless surprise some people, including Rocco himself. He is, after all, the president of Jujamcyn Theaters, whom I once challenged to sit Read More
Has there ever been a sweeter moment, O fans of irony in the rough, to read about “The Middle-Class Morality Project”? Alan Wolfe, a professor of sociology and political science at Boston University, used a grant from Manhattan’s Russell Sage Foundation to go find out what America’s middle class “really thinks.” He peppered with questions Read More