Around the town
Her spot on The View isn’t the only thing that Joy Behar is leaving behind. The outspoken TV personality is also abandoning her sixth-floor spread at Astor Court, the Upper West Side co-op that she has long called home. City records show that Ms. Behar has parted ways with the sunny, two-bedroom, two-bath co-op, pocketing a cool $1.91 million in the process.
But don’t worry, Ms. Behar won’t be following in the footsteps of former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Ms. Hasselbeck hightailed it out of the city last year, selling her condo on the Upper West Side’s Ariel West at a loss in her haste to get to the suburbs.) While Ms. Behar may have announced her departure from The View right on the heels of Ms. Hasselbeck, she won’t be leaving the neighborhood anytime soon. In fact, she won’t even be leaving the building. The lifelong New Yorker has a bigger apartment just a few floors up.
Newsweek’s new post-Tina Brown IBT-mandated dress code sounds pretty rough. According to the new guide, “Denim jeans, sweat suits, low-rise pants, sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, halter tops, camisoles, baseball caps, sweat suits, T-shirts, tank tops, micro mini-skirts [and] shorts” are all banned, and “inappropriately dressed employees will be asked to return home to change into suitable clothing.” (Politico)
It’s official. Jenny McCarthy will be a new co-host on The View, Barbara Walters long-running daytime discussion forum on ABC, Ms. Walters announced on-air this morning.
The news did not come as a surprise–Ms. McCarthy, who had been a frequent guest on the program, was seen as the likely name to fill one of the spots left by comedian Joy Behar and conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s departures.
Barbara Walters announced on today’s episode of The View that she has bagged an exclusive interview with Lindsay Lohan–well, exclusive as these things go, given that Ms. Lohan dropped a political bombshell, her endorsement of Mitt Romney, to red-carpet reporters at a party for Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink and that she Read More
Apparently drama works in daytime. E-Poll Market Research has released a study (unscientific, it would seem) of the most politically divisive celebrities–those preferred disproportionately by either Republicans or Democrats. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the conservative voice on The View, is the most disproportionately loved by GOP members–with a difference of 51 percent in her approval by Read More
We all knew this moment would come—after all, what was conservative View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck doing on the Upper West Side in the first place? Now she and ex-NFL-er husband Tim Hasselbeck have finally offloaded their four-bedroom condo at Ariel West, Gary Barnett’s glassy tower at 245 West 99th Street.
Sure, the couple took a loss on the place. They paid $3.3 million for the condo in 2008 and only got $3.1 million in this sale, city records show. But at least they got out! The couple is moving to Greenwich, Conn. with their three children, where they can count on a backyard, a three-story house and at least a few neighbors who have similar political leanings.
Barbara Walters has had a tough week: her letter of support to Columbia on behalf of a young female aide to Syrian despot Bashar el-Assad after interviewing him for ABC has been all over the dailies. You wouldn’t know it, though, from watching her daily appearances on her daily chat show, The View. Last Read More
With three dozen projects underway in Long Island City, the brothers behind Rockrose Development—two of whom split to form TF Cornerstone in 2009—are poised to compete against one another for prize renters and retailers in what is rapidly becoming Queens’s answer to Williamsburg and Dumbo. TF Cornerstone chairman Thomas Elghanayan spoke to The Commercial Observer about the EastCoast, his firm’s waterfront rental complex, the infamous Rockrose Development coin toss, and his tense relationship with brother Henry Elghanayan, chief executive of Rockrose Development.
Star Jones, former co-host of The View, is set to appear on her former show February 22 in order to promote heart health–and to publicly reconvene with the women who fired and replaced her. Among them is Barbara Walters, whom The Observer reported Ms. Jones ran into at a luncheon for Read More
Number-one openings aside, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé–two of the three women that pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones said dominate 2011 pop, with Adele–might have had higher hopes for their new releases. Lady Gaga’s most recent two singles haven’t hit the heights of her “Born This Way,” and Beyoncé is widely acknowledged to Read More