The Eight-Day Week
When Chris Noth invites you out on Valentine’s Day weekend, you don’t say no. At least that was the Transom’s theory as we set out Sunday night, looking to get friendly with the actor best known for his role as Mr. Big on Sex and the City—and, oh yeah, with the rain forests—at a benefit Read More
Who can say no to a “Skype introduction” by mogul of all things Richard Branson and a host committee that includes Lauren Bush Lauren, Martha Stewart and Tommy Hilfiger? And did we mention that Sting, his wife Trudie Styler and photographer Bruce Weber (hopefully with shirtless male models in tow) are the honorary hosts? It’s Read More
Tony Bennett’s wasn’t the only gala dinner in Manhattan last Thursday, but that’s where Shindigger was, arriving at Cipriani 42nd Street for cocktail hour, just in time to catch a glimpse of Alec Baldwin. “Oh my God, he’s lost so much weight—I didn’t even recognize him!” we heard one guest whisper to another, eyeing the star who would kick off 30 Rock’s final season later that night. Mr. Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Thomas, flaunted her Hebrew for the night’s honoree, entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman, before the couple headed off to the Norman Mailer Center benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Mr. Bennett, whose nonprofit Exploring the Arts operates in New York public schools, apparently lacked Ms. Thomas’s linguistic talent. Or so we learned when we asked the 86-year-old crooner, whose third Duets album pairs him with the likes of Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan, about his Spanish. “No habla Español,” answered his 46-year-old wife, co-host and translator, Susan Benedetto. We changed the subject to Mr. Bennett’s next album, a recently announced full-length collaboration with Lady Gaga. “I know that she’s one of the great singers of all time, but people don’t know that,” Mr. Bennett explained. “They just see another, you know, big new star coming up, but she is one hell of a singer. She can improvise as great as Ella Fitzgerald.”
We stopped at the bar to take in the student artwork, alongside photographs of Mr. Bennett (himself a talented painter) with young dancers and musicians. A disembodied voice urged us to our table, where pink paintbrushes matched the flower arrangement.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Like father, like son, Jake Sumner has begun to carve out a real estate empire in the city. Dad Gordon Sumner (a.k.a. Sting) has owned a string of apartments in town, originally trading up to 15 Central Park West from the neighboring Brentmore.
Unlike the former Police frontman and sex marathoner, Sumner fils prefers his digs downtown. He just purchased the penthouse at long-stalled 17 Orchard Street, a seven-unit sliver of a condo that came on the market only a month after Lehman collapsed. The original asking price was $1.695 million, but Mr. Sumner–the occassional model is all of 25–paid only $1.27 million.
Those heartbroken that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick had snapped up the perfect eight-bedroom family pad, chin up. The 88 Central Park West duplex is back on the market, a source has confirmed.
After a two-year odyssey, it seemed as if the couple had finally settled on socialite Laurie Tisch’s ninth to 10th-floor Read More
Roxanne, those days are over, Sting has finally sold his apartment at The Brentmore at 88 Central Park West.
Originally listed in 2006 for $24.9 million with the late broker to the stars, Linda Stein, Sting and wife Trudie Styler‘s luscious layout has since suffered a $5 million price chop and a brokerage switch, leaving it listed for Read More
If Schnabel, Sting, Astor and friends sell apartments, look out! Luxury might be back. Read More
After appearing in Scarlett Johansson’s music video, Salman Rushdie says that acting is an "itch that needs scratching." [Vulture]
Don’t call that thing wrapped around Miley Cyrus a bed sheet! It’s a "duchess satin stole, Champagne, specially made," says Vanity Fair. [Radar]
Sting likes to tight-rope walk in Read More
Sting has closed on his condo at 15 Central Park West, city records show. The former English teacher signed the property deed for the $26.5 million, 16th-floor condo with his proper name, Gordon Sumner.
Sting signed the contract to buy the 5,500-square-foot, tower-side duplex with five bedrooms and a terrace nearly two years ago. In Read More
Running Time 82 minutes
Written by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder and Andy Robin
Directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner
Starring Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick
Bee wise. Bee smart. Beehave, my heart. Apologies for the bee in my bonnet, but I’ve just seen Bee Movie, and I’m bee-sotted. Read More