Archive for December, 2010

And for my next book… ?

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Emily Rafferty, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named to fill an unexpired one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Rafferty, who led the museum’s in-house effort to keep its employees and friends from speaking about it to me for Rogues’ Gallery, sounds like a perfect fit for the semi-secretive financial institution. Congratulations!

Outer Borough Blues

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Dear Queens, Brooklyn (the Bronx and Staten Island, too): Are you wondering where those Sanitation crews are who’re supposed to be plowing your streets? Digging out the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, of course! New Year’s Eve brings in a ton of money and glory, dontcha know. What have you done for Mayor Mike lately?

Snow Job

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Mayor Bloomberg is having a bad press day. But at least his street’s been plowed.

Better Late… A Last-Minute Gift?

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This just-published review of Rogues’ Gallery on ipadbookspdf.com just might make me believe in Santa Claus:  ”This is an intriguing book to appear at what may be a major turning point in the Met’s history… chronicles the interminable tugs of war between the trustees, donors and curators and the city authorities over the institution’s core mission… a wonderful eye for the telling anecdote and the hilarious detail… another truly great yarn in his series of books devoted to the doings (and misdeeds) of Manhattan’s self-anointed elite.”

Carine Careens from Condé, ¡Ay Caramba!

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Yesterday’s Daily Beast dissection of the brilliant Carine Roitfeld’s departure from French Vogue, where she has been redacteur-en-chef for a decade, includes this line by Jake Bernstein:  ”There have also been complaints about the lucrative work she has booked as a stylist doing ad campaigns — work she continued to accept long past the time she was made editor of French Vogue.” But in today’s local community newspaper, Cathy Horyn asserts, “Ms. Roitfeld was not free at French Vogue to take outside styling projects.” It doesn’t take a degree in fashion to know that both of these statements cannot be … Continue reading

Happy Holidaze: Straight Outa Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has been on a roll, railing against the Department of Transportation’s unilateral street-choking imposition of bike lanes and tourist petting zoos.  This week, The Brooklyn Paper reprinted his holiday card (above) and included the lyrics to his rewrite of “My Favorite Things” which he sang at a recent City Council hearing and appear inside the card:  ”Strollers and schleppers and skaters and joggers/Holiday lanes just for egg-noggers/But let’s not forget cars — it’s getting insane/Welcome to Brooklyn, ‘The Borough of Lanes,’ ” the card reads.  Manhattan loves ya, Marty.  At least, some of us do.

Who’s Ralphing Now?

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Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren will be published shortly in a Korean translation.  야호 (yaho)!