The contestants represented New York’s spelling elite. Many of them had whole careers’ worth of spelling behind them, elevated reputations and steady salaries underpinned by the public’s faith in their agility with words.
Now, sitting in two rows before an audience on the third floor of the Standard Hotel, wearing comically large name tags and sparkly bumblebee antennae that bobbled gently as they fidgeted, they awaited the bloodletting.
Before Bill Clinton walked onto the stage in the Hilton Hotel’s third-floor ballroom, he stood in the wings as the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters praised him for nearly six minutes.
“Simply put,” said I.A.F.F. general president Harold Schaitberger, Mr. Clinton is “the kind of leader American workers need more of holding office today at every level of government.”
Susanna Schrobsdorff, former editorial director of Newsweek Digital, recently spoke to The Transom about a group of fellow newsweek.com alumnis’ booze cruise around Manhattan this Saturday (as first reported in the Eight-Day Week). “The last round of people in the buyout group just left,” Ms. Schrobsdorff, who departed the company in December 2010, said Read More
Wendi Deng Murdoch, who made Tuesday morning by slapping her husband’s assailant at the News Corporation hearings in London, hasn’t let her family legal drama affect her unduly. Last Wednesday, she attended a Cinema Society screening of the film she produced, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, with guests including Nicole Kidman (the Australian pal Read More
In March 2011, The Observer wrote about the Vibe stylist and self-published author Adrien Field, a self-styled society mainstay who’d written a book on young people who go to parties. He was surprised his novel hadn’t been purchased by a publishing house: “Between Vibe, writing for the Huffington Post, my blog, going out and Read More
The Transom ran into former New York Daily News gossip and Daily Beast editor Lloyd Grove at the Ghetto Film School benefit at the Standard Hotel. We’d assumed he was inside the party to report—though he’d laughed in the face of a publicist who asked if he would like to stand on the red carpet Read More
On Monday evening to celebrate an at long last sunny afternoon, New Yorkers gathered at MoMA for the premiere of Robert Redford’s historical courtroom drama, The Conspirator, starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn. Freshly shaven legs and flirty skirts prevailed as guests glided down the escalators towards the subterranean theater. All the stars in Read More
Same old story, new setting: Tavern on the Green. Unlikely source of story: Wall Street Journal. The Journal on Tuesday writes about the collateral damage of the failed negotiations between the union and restaurateur Dean Poll to reopen Tavern on the Green.
Turns out it’s not just the city’s image that’s suffering. It’s also all those out-of-work Read More
If it’s tough to be Kent Swig—declining real estate fortune, foreclosure auctions, a run-in with a business partner and an ice bucket—it seems even tougher to be one of his employees.
“Everybody’s on edge,” said a source familiar with the operations of both Mr. Swig’s real estate investment firm Swig Equities and his commercial brokerage Read More
On Saturday, Oct. 14, a CUNY law professor named Dinesh Khosla sent a very polite memo to the “law-school community,” titled, “Our New Building.”
The memo wondered why CUNY, a public university financed by taxpayers, is paying a decidedly above-market price ($155 million) for its new, 225,000-square foot home at Citigroup’s 2 Court Square in Read More