Archive for March, 2011

Fierce Fouls Fifth

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This week in Crain’s New York Business, I turn my nose up at the side-effects of Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch.

Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty)

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My review of Janet Jackson‘s new book, True You, in tomorrow’s Book World in The Washington Post, calls it “a mash-up of celebrity tell-nothing, dysfunction memoir and Oprah-ready self-help.” And that’s just the first paragraph.

Sibling Revelry Pt. II

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My sister Jane is interviewed in today’s WWD about her new book, A Bittersweet Season: Caring For Our Aging Parents — And Ourselves.”

Speaking of Sean Parker…

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… there is a really great profile of him in the FT this week.

Back in the New York Groove

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Maybe you can go home again. After more than a decade, I’m back in New York magazine today, or more precisely, on its Daily Intel blog, with the back story of Napster founder Sean Parker‘s new home in Greenwich Village. The $20 million townhouse at 40 West 10th Street (above) is a perfect fit for this tech misfit. UPDATE: With all due respect to my pals at the New York Times, which this afternoon posted a piece they’ll publish Sunday on this same house (in other words, you read it first on Daily Intel), the price Enrico Cinzano paid for … Continue reading

Roll Another One

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Psychoactive substance advocate Robert Stiller, co-founder of E-ZWider rolling papers and former Green Mountain coffee kingpin, has bought Tom Brady‘s three-bedroom condo at Time-Warner Center, says curbed.com. More than a decade ago, Stiller gave me an interview about growing up a baby boomer. He wasn’t the richest man in Vermont then. He’s not the richest man in Time Warner Center now. But still, he’s moving on up.

Check This Out

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Those who criticize should also praise when it’s deserved. Good things come to those who wait. And what follows also proves the unstated contention in Rogues’ Gallery that great institutions aren’t the same as the sometimes-flawed transients who run them. Twenty-eight months ago, after I finished writing that book, I gave a copy of a privately-printed memoir, Remembrances by the late Arthur Amory Houghton, as a gift to the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as they did not have a copy of the book by the Museum’s former chairman, and the Houghton family member who … Continue reading

DeLucie Show

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How do you get a reservation to sit beneath the Basquiat at John DeLucie‘s The Lion? My latest column in Crain’s New York Business, “Some days, you eat The Lion,” gives some tips —but not the VIP phone number.

The New Yorker vs. New Yorkers?

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The New Yorker’s John Cassidy put up a blog post on Wednesday that echoes some of my arguments in Crain’s earlier in the week against Mayor Bloomberg and DOT Commish Janette Sadik-Khan‘s steamroller approach to city governance. City Hall, Cassidy writes, “sometimes seems intent on turning New York into Amsterdam, or perhaps Beijing.” Or Wisconsin, for that matter. Nudge, wink. “By all means, let us have some bike lanes on heavily used and clearly defined routes to and from the city — and on popular biking routes within the city and the boroughs,” Cassidy says. “But until and unless there … Continue reading

Sadik-Khan-Do

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I didn’t like Janette Sadik-Khan before she started her campaign of stealth closings of streets (like Broadway, above) and lanes. Her Department of Transportation’s contempt for mere citizens (i.e. folks without private planes to whisk them away from New York or chauffeured SUVs with sirens and flashing lights to bull their way through traffic jams) was clear to me after DOT authorized street work in my midtown neighborhood at unGodly hours on weekend mornings and once, jackhammered the street right outside three big apartment buildings at 4:30 AM, claiming it was an emergency (because a mini-Marathon was scheduled a few … Continue reading

Model redux. Will supermodels come back, too?

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Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, my 1995 best-seller, is being re-released in September by It Books at HarperCollins as part of its IconIt series of pop culture classics. It will include a new chapter (the third update since its initial release) covering the years 2000 to the present.

740 Stories

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You can’t keep a good building down (or out of the news), I guess. This weekend’s New York Times includes a story on outer borough versions of the fabled 740 Park, and two more on apartment owners: libertarian billionaire David Koch and hedge fund honcho David Ganek. It’s a 740 party!

Galliano’s Better Days

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Back in 1987, some of the, er, older folks at the New York Times were infuriated when I profiled John Galliano on the cover of what was then called the Living section, asking why a nobody was so anointed. Eerily, in light of recent events, the story opens where I met Galliano in 1985, at a late-night party in the then-downtrodden Notting Hill section of London where we all indulged in more than a bit of drinking. If you don’t mind loading a pdf file, you can read it here. The image is of Galliano receiving the British Designer of … Continue reading