Real estate booms leave unbuilt buildings like craters in their wake, feverish glass-and-steel dreams cut short. Exuberant heights are truncated, blueprints never make it off the ground. The city’s sputters and false starts are rendered visible. In 1929, William Randolph Hearst’s International Magazine Tower stopped a good seven stories short of its imperial Read More
Those kooky new Trojan condom commercials on TV, which magically turn a dirty hog into a beddable dude after he picks up a condom, may work for some people—like, for example, the frat boys who regularly recognize Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively on the street. But when it’s time to recruit a more well-heeled Read More
Lydia Hearst leads a ridiculous life.
She is a successful model—despite being 5 feet 7 inches short. She often has her pick of runway shows and photo shoots around the world. In the past two months, modeling has taken her to Paris, London, Florence and Los Angeles. She designs handbags for Puma, and is Read More
When the divorce trial of John Randolph (Bunky) Hearst Jr. and his wife, Barbara, makes its way to Manhattan Supreme Court next month, the missus will presumably jostle for some of the millions of dollars a year that her husband receives as one of the grandchildren of the founder of the Hearst publishing empire, William Read More
Peter Bogdanovich’s The Cat’s Meow , from a screenplay by Steven Peros, based on his play, meticulously takes us back to Nov. 15, 1924, the day William Randolph Hearst’s sumptuous yacht, the Oneida , set out on a fateful pleasure cruise with a boatload of celebrities, businessmen, party-girl starlets, entertainers and a full complement of Read More
The Hearst Magazine Building, the stunted Art Deco skyscraper that for 72 years has squatted at the corner of 57th Street and Eighth Avenue, is finally going to be completed by one of architecture’s foremost modernists.
Executives at the Hearst Corporation, which has its corporate headquarters in the six-story building at 959 Eighth Avenue, have Read More
The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst , by David Nasaw. Houghton Mifflin, 687 pages, $35.
In 1916, at age 53, William Randolph Hearst–already a media tycoon whose publishing empire included newspapers such as the New York Journal and San Francisco Examiner , magazines such as Cosmopolitan and some of the first motion picture Read More