Legends pass away, but their New York apartments live on, relics of an age when poets could afford Village townhouses and not-yet-famous painters could swing a Soho loft. Those were the days! Read More
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Theater may have been Hal Prince’s most enduring love, but it wasn’t his first. The legendary Broadway producer and director—he won the first of his 21 Tony Awards (more than any other individual) for The Pajama Game when he was only 27—once harbored dreams of a literary life.
As a teen, Mr. Prince practiced what he thought would be his future craft, writing for The Red & Blue, the literary journal of the Franklin School on West 89th Street. (The Franklin School would later be merged into Dwight).
He may have wound up pursuing an unpromising literary career had he not encountered a far superior talent in The Red & Blue’s pages. The writer who nudged Mr. Prince onto a different path? A young Truman Capote.
A little piece of New York society is moving to Russia.
Truman Capote’s typed manuscript of his classic 1958 New York novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which tells the story of a young New York socialite in the 1940s, was sold in an auction to a Russian billionaire for $306,000.
The manuscript comes complete with the Read More
In the Carlyle Hotel’s Royal Suite, Tiffany’s iconic crack-of-dawn window-shopper was having her theatrical coming-out party. We’re talkin’ Broadway here—the belated stage bow of Breakfast at Tiffany’s—and Sean Mathias, the British director who’ll bring it to pass March 20 at the Cort, was holding forth.
“This will be like seeing a new play,” he promised Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
It has been said in our screen-addled age that video games are the new fiction. Be that as it may, Grand Theft Auto must then be our Moby Dick, which would make Dan Houser modern America’s Herman Melville. Or maybe he’s Dickens—Mr. Houser is British, and his work is equally dour and gritty.
How fitting, then, that the Rockstar Games co-founder is the new owner of an illustrious Brooklyn Heights mansion at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote, along with some of the borough’s richest men, once lived. The sale, at exactly $12.5 million according to city records, is the most expensive in Brooklyn history, and, by extension, anywhere outside of Manhattan. It surpasses the previous record by a full $1.5 million.
If there was any question that video games had surpassed films, music and books for cultural—to say nothing of economic—primacy, this should bring such debates to an end. In Cold Blood has been dehtroned by Red Dead Redemption.
While apartments across the river in Manhattan sell for nearly a hundred million, Brooklyn is breaking into the double digit club. Turman Capote’s house in Brooklyn Heights recently sold for a record-setting $12 million, the Daily News reports. The previous record was an $11 million single-family house in the same tony neighborhood.
Scarlett Johansson may be hoping to follow in the footsteps of David Fincher; the actress, who’s been vocal about her desire to direct feature films, just directed a clip for her friend Jessie Baylin’s song “Hurry Hurry,” as reported by MTV.
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This elegant and historic townhouse in Brooklyn Heights has been on the market since May, listed with Karen Heyman at Sotheby’s. In the meantime, many less remarkable and more expensive Manhattan townhouses have come and gone. What gives?
Seventy Willow Street is roomy, with 18 rooms spread out over five double-width stories, and in Read More
Are you a Truman Capote obsessive with a casual $35,000 lying around? Already own first editions of all the cherished effete Southern writer’s works, but just need that one artifact to complete your collection? Well, look no further: AbeBooks is selling the only existing birth certificate of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s author.
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“I live in Brooklyn. By choice. Those ignorant of its allures are entitled to wonder why.” Thus wrote Truman Capote in A House on the Heights, which was authored, along with In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in the rented garden apartment at 70 Willow Street.
Last week, 70 Willow, a Read More