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Archive for July, 2008

Shrouded Sale at 740

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There’s another apartment for sale at 740 Park, currently hidden behind a black shroud (anyone know why? please e-mail me!). Peter Huang, a Chinese-born investment banker whose ex-wife Nancy once shook up the house by inviting the likes of Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Kid Creole and Fab Five Freddie to party there (earning herself a nasty divorce), has listed apartment 4-5D for a whopping $38 million (maintenance is $10,574 a month). Here’s the listing. Or should I say lusting? (Ignore the furniture. Aging I-Banker taste. Feh.) Broker Corcoran’s web site has no floor plan, but it’s almost the same as this … Continue reading

Rupert Rocks

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Say what you will about Rupert Murdoch: There’s something very interesting going on when the Wall Street Journal prominantly features a blistering attack on Wall Street.

Summer Rules

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After a few quiet months, it’s back in the news for 740 Park just at the start of the long summer slump. First came Page Six Magazine’s dissection of its co-op board. Today, the New York Observer rumors that Leonard Blavatnick, the 740 Park reject (David Koch lives in the apartment he wanted) has bought Jocelyn “Bride of” Wildenstein‘s house, and Page Six prints an hysterical vignette involving the new Cityfile web site and the chauffeur who warned one of its photographers away from the front of 740, “if you know what’s good for you.” Which reminded me of the … Continue reading

Good Company

Posted by in | recommends the paperback of 740 Park for summer reading along with books by Marcel Proust, Barbara Walters, and Sheila Weller. Thanks!

Nailed by the Boards

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Page Six Magazine had a great article on co-op boards this weekend.

RIP Dorian Leigh

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Dorian Leigh, the real first supermodel, has died at age 91. Her life is told in full in Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women. (Contact sheet by Milton Greene)

Sibling Revelry II

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Oh, sister! Jane Gross, who is mine, has just launched her new blog, The New Old Age, at You can teach a print dog new tricks!

R.I.P. Clay Felker

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Clay Felker, the inventor of the modern city magazine and spiritual father of New Journalism, died today. One of the smaller publications referred to in his Times

In the Belly of the Beast

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I got to this late but can’t resist. Last week’s Home section of the Times had a very funny story about a real estate marketing party at the Park Avenue maisonette of the late William F. and Pat Buckley, which has just come on the market. The Times captioned the photo above saying only that they were “guests” at the affair. That caption is worthy of expansion, for the two swells pictured are Michael and Eleanor Kennedy. He is the one-time radical lawyer who defended the likes of Huey Newton, Tim Leary, and the Weathermen. His presence in the apartment … Continue reading