Archive for November, 2007

Good Wood

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The New York Post serves up a classic today reporting Anthony Marshall‘s indictment on charges he defrauded his dying mother, the philanthropist Brooke Astor. Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you. (Marshall and his lawyer, Francis X. Morrissey Jr., both deny the charges.) David Patrick Columbia’s New York Social Diary offers typically insightful commentary on all this here.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Gawker already posted this, but I loved it, so decided to see if I could embed my first video. And I can! Something else to be thankful for.

Lawyers, Swords and Money

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In my Scene column in the November/December 2008 issue of Contribute, I look at the burgeoning legal sub-specialty of Non-profit Law. It sounds dry, I know, but it isn’t. It’s also incredibly lucrative. And you’ll probably want to take another look at the Jack and Belle Linsky galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after you read it. (Slow browser users, beware, it’s a pdf file.)

Jackie O, No!

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There’s now a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis bus tour of New York with a stop, of course, at 740 Park. Something called Rich & Famous Tours makes it happen — they also do a Central Park Celebrity tours — real live real estate porn. Look, Shontecia, it’s Steve Schwarzman!!

Victimes de la Mode???

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What’s wrong with this picture (of Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg and Valentino Garavani from style.com’s coverage of last nights Seventh on Sale opening)? I can tell you the only thing that’s right (if a tad overly tan): Valentino (far right). Kinda ironic that he’s the only one who’s retired from the fashion business.

Thain Named

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Merrill Lynch has named former New York Stock Exchange boss and 740 Park penthouse owner John Thain its new CEO. [Via Dealbreaker]

Good Heir Day

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Serious propers to New York Magazine for its cover story by Steve Fishman on the Brooke Astor estate fight, the most even-handed and comprehensive account yet written of this ever-so-tawdry affair.

On Unauthorized Biography…

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Inspired by author Kitty Kelley‘s cameo appearance at the media lunchbox Michael’s yesterday, David Patrick Columbia‘s New York Social Diary today offers some words of wisdom on the subject of unauthorized biography. They also apply to social history. But let him speak for himself: “Biography is always difficult in lifting the subject out of their own fiction and into the light… Most of us — not just famous people — would not be pleased with someone else’s “story” about us. A biographer might look closely at a time or an incident, in one’s life that the individual would like to … Continue reading

Len Makes His Mark? Update: Oops. Maybe Not.

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The New York Post’s front page reported a record residential real estate sale today — Leonard Blavatnick‘s purchase of a $150 million condo (well, actually, three condos that he is said to be combining) atop The Mark on Madison Avenue. They neglected to mention that revenge is a dish best served cold. As reported in 740 Park, Blavatnick’s bid to buy an apartment there was thwarted when the co-op board stepped in and recruited bilionaire David Koch to snatch that prize out from under his nose. Read Curbed’s classic take on this transaction first, then follow their link to the … Continue reading

Linda Stein Online

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New York Magazine’s web site has just posted pdfs of my 1991 profile of the late Linda Stein, which include Harry Benson‘s awesome photos of her. Take a look here. Roger Friedman of Foxnews.com has more here.