Archive for February, 2008

Steve-a-rino

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Someone else is picking on Steve Schwarzman for a change.

Dem Bones

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The Villager has pictures of the human remains unearthed in the renovation that has closed most of Washington Square Park. A commenter on curbed.com asks if “in a few weeks we should be on the look out for half a dozen or so crazy old people carrying signs around the park acting like it’s 1968 all over again?”

New York Post

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I saw Keith Kelly’s piece on New York magazine’s circulation coup with nekkid LiLo and Serena Torrey, the New York spokesman’s addendum, and wrote an addendum of my own. Thereby losing my virginity as a Poynter sister… er, commenter. Coincidentally, I’m selling a vintage New York magazine jean jacket on ebay Bid ‘em up, Bruce.

“They like me. They really like me!”

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A commenter on Cathy Horyn‘s runway blog at nytimes.com just called me one of “the most inflammatory, disliked and therefore valuable writers in the business.” Awwwwww…

Viva Peru!

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The story of 740 Park has made it all the way to Peru, thanks to kajillionaire Ira Rennert.

White Man Can’t Jump

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With thanks to Radar Online for pointing it out, a priceless moment from the Democratic primary campaign: UPDATE: Texas state senator Kirk Watson finds the mind he lost night… sort of. Again, my thanks to Radar.

I’m Not Goin’ To China/I Say ‘No No No’

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Valentine’s Day is battered Blackstone Group Chairman and 740 Park resident Stephen Schwarzman‘s 61st Birthday. In his honor (and certainly not to remind anyone of his fab 60th Birthday blowout), today’s New York Post has an online poll (scroll down, on the right side of the page) about how he should spend the night. Unfortunately, going to China to soothe that nation’s jangled nerves over its underwater investment in his company isn’t on the ballot. Also in today’s Post, Liz Smith says The New Yorker’s James Stewart gave Schwarzman “a fairly free ride” in its profile last week. Tough love, … Continue reading

Closed at $32 million!

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The New York Post’s Braden Keil reveals that the late Janet Mosler Coleman’s apartment at 740 Park has closed almost instantaneously for the price first reported here: $32 million. The lucky new owners? David and Tamara Winn. She’s a daughter of uber-rich guy Ira Rennert. A sidelight: When David Ganek bought from Rand Araskog several years back, the building became more than 51% Jewish. When John Thain, now with Merrill Lynch, bought the late Enid Annenberg Haupt’s penthouse, the scales tipped back the other way: advantage gentiles. Now, the Winns have tipped the see-saw back, appropriately enough, by buying what … Continue reading

Department of Factual Hyperbole (cont’d)

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Finally read all the way through James Stewart‘s New Yorker profile of Steve Schwarzman last night and my fact quibbles notwithstanding, must say it’s pretty good. As Andrew Ross Sorkin points out on Dealbook, Stewart has nailed down longstanding rumors of Schwarzman’s rift with his partner Pete Peterson, and done a more-than-respectable job of eliciting revealing quotes from the man who will probably henceforth be known by the subhead’s description of him as “private equity’s designated villain,” but he lets Schwarzman off easy on his poor showing in the realm of philanthropy. Turns out Schwarzman did buy a house once … Continue reading

Department of Factual Hyperbole

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How the mighty have stumbled! No, I’m not talking about the Pats, or Blackstone Group’s stock price (see item just below), but rather, the fabled fact-checkers at The New Yorker, who e-mailed me last week while checking James Stewart‘s just-published profile of Blackstone chairman Steve Schwarzman. The fact-checker wanted to know if it was true that Schwarzman bought his apartment at 740 Park in 2001 from the late Vanderbilt heir Carter Burden, who’d died five years earlier. I called back and explained that Carter Burden had never lived at 740 and that Schwarzman bought the place from Saul Steinberg in … Continue reading

Black-eye-stone

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With nothing else to post this morning (Britney? Gag. Hillary vs. Barack? Not soup yet), it seems a good time to check in on Blackstone Group, run by 740 Park’s most famous resident, Steve Schwarzman. It’s trading at 18.25 a share, a full dollar above its all-time low. Yay! But more than 50% below its all-time high of 38. Boo! At least his apartment is holding its value.