The Eight-Day Week
It’s debutante time at the 72nd Bal des Berceaux, where young women come out (to society, not out of the closet) under the high patronage of His Excellency François Delattre, the ambassador of France to the United States and Bertrand Lortholary, the consul general of France in New York. Over 350 fancy French and Francophile Read More
celebrity real estate
Now that Lindsay Lohan has been kicked out of the Chateau Marmont for not paying her $46,000 bill, it is time for her to pack her bags and move Eastward. Surprisingly, the LAPD is letting her do this, despite the fact that up until yesterday she was the prime suspect in yet another jewel-swiping case. And what of The Canyons? Will no one think of The Canyons?
Just when you hoped that New York City had successfully dodged its last heat-seeking paparazzo after Los Angeles’ native Kim Kardashian left the Gansevoort, the New York Daily News is reporting that LiLo is moving to Tribeca and rooming with her assistant.
But where will she ultimately be hanging her temporary hat? We have some ideas.
The fraught penthouse which crowns the Plaza Hotel may soon have a new resident, having found a buyer after years of ups and downs befitting a children’s novel. In 2008, Russian oligarch Andrei Vavilov agreed to buy the triplex for $39 million and another duplex, but the deal fell through supposedly because his actress wife wanted a still larger abode. Mr. Vavilov then sued the Plaza for fraud, claiming the developers had altered the dimensions of the property on floor plans. Naturally, the Plaza countered with a defamation suit.
When the dust settled, Mr. Vavilov agreed to buy the smaller duplex, but not the triplex, which was put back on the market last April with a $37.5 million asking price. The most recent asking price was $33 million, but it remains to be seen what the buyer ultimately paid.
Attila and Marius Dogudan haven’t been in this country very long, but they have unquestionably left their mark. The twenty-something Austrian brothers, heirs to a restaurant fortune, recently moved to city and began to work at the Plaza. No, these alps-loving bucks weren’t carrying luggage or opening doors, but rather holding down the fort at their family’s posh patisserie, Demel.
Although everything seemed to be going swimmingly at first, the brothers decided to sue the Plaza for fraud in 2010, claiming the hotel misled them into buying poor retail space. Perhaps having been put off by life uptown, when it came time to buy a place, they wound up in Gramercy.
As the sun set last Wednesday over Central Park, dozens of the city’s top real estate brokers gathered inside the triplex penthouse of the Plaza. They sipped proper drinks and nibbled quails egg and smoked salmon. They chattered about art and opera and books, the usual uptown pretensions, but also, and mostly, about recent deals. Read More
There are certain signs that spring has arrived in New York City: pudgy, pale Wall Street bankers start running along the West Side highway, hipsters sip iced coffee in the park and the seersucker suit makes its first appearance on the fashion circuit. Hamish Bowles, European Editor of Vogue, wore a moss-colored seersucker suit with Read More
On opening the invitation to the American Cancer Society’s Mothers of the Year luncheon, an interesting detail caught our eye: “Cocktails: 11:45 am.”
As anyone who’s ever raised children knows, a little tipple at the Plaza had been earned many times over by these ladies.
How did they do it? we wanted to know.
“I Read More
Charlie Sheen has a history with New York hotels. The latest round of jaw-dropping interviews (and the ensuing catchphrases) may have overshadowed that fateful weekend in October at the Plaza, but it remains a integral part of his legend.
Mr. Sheen booked the Eloise Suite and proceeded to orchestrate perhaps the ultimate hooker-laden, coke-fueled Read More