Archive for July, 2013

Author, Uncovered

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My author page –complete with a Proust Questionnaire-like interview–popped up on the web site of my new publisher, Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, today. Please visit.

A Blast From the Past:The Guys in the (New York) Dolls

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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the New York Dolls debut record, England’s Guardian has resurrected a profile of the band (that I wrote as a neophyte journalist in summer 1973 for England’s New Musical Express) for its weekly “From Rock’s Backpages” feature.

John Casablancas, Elite Models founder, R.I.P.

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John Casablancas, 70, the agent who invented the modern fashion modeling business at Elite Models in the 1970s, died last night after a long, courageous bout with cancer, in Brazil where he lived with his second wife and their family. “He was the most magical man in this business; definitely a prince,” says photographer Jacques Silberstein, who called to tell me the news. One of the protagonists of Model, a book he alternately loathed and grudgingly admired, Casablancas was as compelling as he was controversial, and epitomized the words living large. (The photo of Casablancas and me was taken by … Continue reading

Isn’t it rich? Extell on Extell’s excellence

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According to this Extell promo video, “the buildings that shaped this famed skyline”–the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building–are the context in which to view the real estate development company’s towers like the Aldyn and the as-yet-unenclosed One57. “We aspire to create a reputation as the very best,” intones the narrator as computer-graphics-enhanced images of Extell’s generic buildings gleam like jewels against New York’s otherwise dull skyline. But the “vision, quality, excellence” extoled in the video are conspicuously absent in Extell’s oeuvre. Is Extell “New York’s premier developer,” or its most self-deluded one? Yes, Extell builds tall and expensive. But … Continue reading

Message in a cyber-bottle: Rogues’ Gallery reviewed.

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Four years post-publication, Rogues’ Gallery endures and has just been reviewed in The Epoch Times. James Grundvig says the book is “a tour-de-force” full of “dead-on observations” that “brings [to] life an unseen dimension of New York City in the show and lore of high society.”

If I Were A Carpenter’s House (I’d be worth $1.9 million)

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The Sag Harbor cottage that I profile in my latest Unreal Estate column in the July issue of Avenue on the Beach is a shingled exemplar of upward mobility, having passed from the hands of a carpenter to those of an angel investor over the course of 150-or-so years. Condi Rice makes a cameo appearance, too.

House of Outrageous Fortune: Now available for pre-orders

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House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address is now available for pre-orders on Amazon by clicking here. Publication date is March 11, 2014. I’ll post a bn.com link as soon as it, too, becomes available.

A Modest Proposal (for added airline income)

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That’s me, at right, at Antonio Lamela and Richard Roger’s amazing Madrid Barajas Airport yesterday, en route to London and thence home to New York. I look happy, don’t I? I wasn’t, by the time we got home. Seated behind us on the trans-Atlantic flight was a mother with a small child who was old enough to speak but preferred to shriek. And shriek. And shriek. When the kid finally shut up, the mother went to sleep and started to snore. Almost as loudly. Yes, I know, the princess and the pea. And some kids are well-behaved. And as a … Continue reading