Archive for March, 2008

Good Carriage II

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The New York Sun likes the horse carriages in Central Park, too.

Veronica Uncovered

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As promised a week ago, to whet your appetite for Vanity Fair’s take on Veronica Hearst, here is my 1991 profile of her, The Intriguing Mrs. Hearst. One of these days, I’ll figure out how to post a nine-page article so it’s easily readable (or find the time to run my OCR program), but for now, with apologies, you’ll have to take it page by page. Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9

Good Carriage

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Sometimes you just have to be politically incorrect and the current carriage-horse kerfluffle is as good a place to start as any. A Queens city councilman named Tony Avella wants to ban the carriage horses that work in and around Central Park, one of New York’s most charming and evocative tourist attractions, claiming they are abused and unhealthy. Today’s New York Sun begs to differ, citing a new study by a Cornell University veterinarian that says the horses are just fine, thanks. What I want to know is, why doesn’t Councilman Avella grandstand in his own neighborhood? Oh wait! He’s … Continue reading

Shabby Chic

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The late Brooke Astor’s Park Avenue pad is heading to market, says the New York Observer. Got $46 million?

Brother, Can You Spare an Elevator?

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New York Magazine reports that mortgage and co-op lenders now look askance at things like fourth-floor walk-up apartments in four-unit brownstone co-ops . “Walk-ups are considered slums,” says the mag. At least they’re good for leg muscles! Now, if we could only get banks to refuse loans to club-footed upstairs neighbors and litigious lawyers.

Thrill Bill

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Check out this photo essay by and narrated by the great Bill Cunningham of the New York Times. While watching, consider that he has no cell phone or computer, refuses to use a digital camera, and travels everywhere on a bicycle.

Arianna On Top

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The latest Bergdorf Goodman Conversation , starring Arianna Huffington and Harry Shearer, couldn’t come at a better time, with the news just in from Portfolio.com that The Huffington Post has passed Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report in traffic. It’s a pdf and will take a minute to load.

I Love New York

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(Thanks, Wendy!)

Reading is Fundamental

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I guess Blackstone Group chairman and 740 Park resident Steve Schwarzman has been reading his press after all. Today’s Times announced that he was entering the philanthropic pantheon at the very top, donating $100 million to the New York Public Library to totally transform the 42nd Street main library into a modern facility that will be renamed (albeit discretely) the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The gift instantly catapults Schwarzman into the ranks of America’s most generous, alongside Andrew Carnegie, who financed much of New York’s branch library system, and John D. Rockefeller Jr., who used to own Schwarzman’s apartment. And … Continue reading

We Are #37???

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How the mighty have fallen. The richest New Yorker, per Forbes Magazine, is 740 Park resident David Koch, #37 on the just-released lost of the world’s billionaires (and the tenth richest American) — and profiled in today’s New York Post.

The Intriguing Mrs. Hearst

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I just read on New York Social Diary that Vanity Fair has an article in the works on Veronica Hearst, the window of Randolph Hearst, who is now embroiled in a big money mess. Check back here later this week, since I was the first writer ever to profile her, back in the days when dead trees were the only means of written communication, and as soon I can find a copy and digitize it, I will post it here, both as a research aid to my chums at VF (I found out all about her mysterious background) and as … Continue reading

Hole in the Heart

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A view from above the rationalization of Washington Square Park. (Photo: Ryan Hagen)