Archive for December, 2006

Home for the Holidays

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My favorite pink paper is still hot and bothered about 740 Park. This week, Max Abelson of the New York Observer calls it “a lip-smacking 562-page biography of the Upper East Side’s supreme co-op.”

Alex K: You’ve Got Mail

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Last week’s kerfluffle over a Gawker prank —splicing my outgoing voicemail message to a sound bite from a radio interview with 740 Park First Lady Alexandra Kuczynski, wife of 740 co-op board president Charles Porter Stevenson Jr. —seems to have unexpectedly long legs. This morning brought an explanation from David Patrick Columbia’s New York Social Diary for those dense souls who didn’t get it, and a requisite response from those crazy kidz at gawker. My attitude toward what Gawker immortalized as Alex’s sock-puppetry on amazon can best be summed up by Elvis Costello’s immortal line: “I used to be disgusted/Now … Continue reading

Berlin in Brooklyn

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In the run-up to his performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse this weekend, Lou Reed has been complaining that his 1974 recording, Berlin, was roundly savaged by the critics. Not this one. In a review in Crawdaddy! in January 1974, I wrote, “With the release of Berlin, Lou Reed, ex-child pianist and ex-lead vocalist of the Velvets, has written a new chapter in rock’s Inferno, opening another circle of purgatory to public perusal… Listening to this album is like taking a trip to Edge City. Musically, it’s simply excellent… Ultimately, though, Berlin’s meat is in the lyrics… What Reed is coping … Continue reading

Canadian Club

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FQ, the Canadian fashion magazine, excerpts 740 Park in its fall “Film Fame Fortune” issue. Click to see the pdf.