Are Central Park’s cyclists getting more reckless? According to the NYPD, cops have issued 810 summonses as of Sunday for a spread of violations, including failure to yield, running red lights and wearing headphones while riding, the Post reports. Additionally, 38 pedestrians have reported being struck by cyclists, versus 25 over the same period last year. [ more › ]
James P. and Marie E. Kelly do not seem to be cohabitating these days—with him, a financial services executive, posted up in a Chelsea co-op and Ms. Kelly, a former Merill Lynch managing director, in a handsome West Village rental—which is, of course, regrettable. But to look, for a moment, at the bright side of things, the pair have just sold off a co-op at 760 Park Avenue whose deed bears both their names, according to city records.
Perhaps Ms. Kelly will find herself soon enough in a more permanent arrangement of her own—if she’s interested, that is. In any event, her share of the $16.55 million haul ought to cover something pretty spiffy, even in this, our era of decadence. John Burger, of Brown Harris Stevens, had the listing.
Still, the buyers, Robert and Natasha Boucai, bargained the asking price down by about $1 million, something of a trend at Park Avenue co-ops this week.But that’s not to say the product is in any way compromised. A grand floor-through with a 22-foot corner formal dining room, panoramic views, and classic molding and hard wood, the co-op blends the luxurious upgrades of recent renovation with a kind of understated stuffiness befitting the Upper East Side address. (Mr. Boucai, naturally, is a hedge fund manager.)
The open kitchen is all blonde wood, brand name stainless steel and granite, while a library sports rich custom wood paneling. The previous owners seem to have had a thing for patterns, which they put to good effect in selecting Oriental rugs. But the Boucais, of course, will not have the benefit of said rugs, and will nonetheless be left with some dizzying wall-to-wall carpeting, inspired, seemingly by the same predilections. (There’s also some sylvan, Asian-ish mural work in the dining room, which we quite like, but which might not be to everyone’s taste.)
Less controversial, as far as woodland-themed amenities go? The 90 feet of exposures facing the Park.
Last month, Rob Pruitt opened “Multiple Personalities,” his first solo show in New York in four years. It stuffed Gavin Brown’s Enterprise with a bombastic number of ideas—water fountains in pickup trucks, middle school binder doodles, simple frowny face drawings—but the center of the exhibition were his so-called “suicide paintings,” dreamy, grainy faded color abstractions that perhaps suggested a more solemn, introspective Rob Pruitt.
What’s not solemn and introspective is making suicide paintings on jeans at Barney’s. You see, Mr. Pruitt is fan of fashion collaborations: first there was the Rob Pruitt x Jimmy Choo line that came out a few years back, and now he’s got a line of denim products that he designed for J Brand.
And so there he was last night on the 8th floor of Barney’s New York, inside a glass cube, paint sprayer in hand, facing a pair of white jeans rigged up on a wire and dangling before him, ready to make some suicide paintings using white denim as a canvas. For one night only, the artist who once created an installation called “Cocaine Buffett” —which featured a 16-foot-long line of real cocaine that everyone really snorted—would be working in a department store selling pants.
“I leave myself open to being approached to doing these kinds of collaborations,” Mr. Pruitt told me. “I love what I do in the studio but sometimes I love to do a project that I know my mom and sister will really like.”
They don’t like, um, his art?
“They don’t live in NYC and they don’t follow the art world, except that they know their brother and son are involved,” he said. “But this they’ll see, this they’ll wear, and they’ll brag about it to their friends.”
Yes, clearly he was out of the confines of the art world, what with dozens of fashion kids yapping excitedly about the colorful products in the fierce glow of the white department store.
“Plus, you know, this era is all about the booty!” he said. “And so why not splash my colors across any number of booties?”
“And if you see someone wearing them out, that’s not a bad pickup line,” I suggested.
“Good idea!” he said.
And then an assistant handed Mr. Pruitt a scary-looking gas mask, which he donned, and he proceeded to enter the chamber. He grabbed the paint sprayer, began to spray red in various shadings on the once-white jeans, swooping up and down around the suspended pants and then—voilà!—jeans a la Pruitt.
The artist’s dealer didn’t seem interested in showing up—actually, there was probably very little overlap between the opening at Gavin’s and this Barney’s shindig. Instead of the art world, you had socialites like Pamela Love and Margherita Missoni (Whitney curator Scott Rothkopf did show up; I guess he’s got time to eat mini fish tacos at Barney’s with his museum closed and all.)
After getting their jeans done up like a suicide painting, Mr. Pruitt would sign the inseam, making the things veritable Pruitts—albeit ones you hike up every morning. Toward the end of the party, he was mobbed by a crowd of people all clamoring for his autograph on their new pants.
And, inevitably, the spectacle of the artists and his assistants in their gas masks painting the jeans prompted a frenzy of photo snapping and Instagramming, with people then staring at their phones, turning around to take selfies, liking the other pictures of the same event happing in front of them. One has to wonder: if Mr. Pruitt showed “Cocaine Buffett” today, would people do the blow, or just take pictures of it?
There are no more flies at Goodfella’s Restaurant, where Mayor de Blasio flew in the face of New York tradition. (Facebook)
Goodfella’s, the Staten Island pizza joint where Mayor Bill de Blasio ate his slice with a knife and fork, has reopened after a weeklong closure due to health violations.
According to DNAinfo, Health Department inspectors tallied 53 violations during an inspection last Wednesday. Among these were three critical violations: evidence that there were mice present in the restaurant, not having a vermin-proof space and keeping food at the wrong temperatures.
The Staten Island Advance reported that Goodfella’s failed a second inspection last Friday as well- not only were mice still present, but flies had been added to the menu.
Owner Sam Cosentino chalked up the violations to the fact that the restaurant was tearing out its old brick ovens and installing new ones last week; this made the restaurant more susceptible to pests and variable temperatures. But now that the construction is over, so are the health issues.
“We’re open now, everything’s perfect and we have an ‘A’ grade,” owner Sam Cosentino told DNAinfo.
Mr. de Blasio, if you want to atone for your sins, now’s your chance.
The ex-Islander’s house with 2.15 acres of property sold to a New Jersey buyer for $6.2 million, real estate records show.
A Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday found that as many as four in 10 adults have been subjected to online harassment and that men and women suffer from different forms of harassment.
“In broad trends, the data show that men are more likely to experience name-calling and embarrassment, while young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking,” the study stated.
Twenty-seven percent of all of those who responded to the survey said they had been called offensive names. As many as 22 percent said someone had tried to “purposefully” embarrass them. Others said they felt threatened, were stalked, or sexually harassed.
How’s your week going? Been pretty good? Feeling like you’re doing well at work and things are looking up?
Well, Mark Zuckerberg is back again to make you feel inadequate.
The Facebook CEO participated in a 30-minute question and answer session at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday, which he posted to his public page. He did the whole thing in Mandarin. He even cracked some jokes.
Evidently, Zuckerberg started studying Mandarin in 2010, saying it was his “personal challenge.”
“I have always been interested in Chinese culture and learning a language is a great way to learn about a culture,” Zuckerberg wrote Read more…
The National Weather Service has stopped receiving a full complement of important weather data from the network of weather satellites orbiting the planet for at least a day, which may make the agency’s forecasts less accurate with time
This is the latest in a series of technology snafus during the past few years that together point to an agency that needs some serious IT upgrades, although the agency maintains that its systems are sufficiently redundant to prevent any one outage from crippling its ability to protect lives and property. This does not appear related to any solar storm activity
Adrianne Palicki, this is the superhero you were meant to play
At least, that’s how it appears from the first photos of the actress in full Mockingbird mode
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On Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Friday Night Lights alum’s character, Bobbi Morse, revealed she was an undercover agent working for Coulson and, next week, she will be seen in her full costumed glory.
I’s safe to say that compared to the look she sported for the failed NBC Wonder Woman pilot back in 2011, this outfit better suits Palicki by a mile. It’s gritty, edgy and gears us up for finally seeing the actress in her full ass-kicking glory. (Though, she gave us a sneak peek this week.) Read more…