Anchor Sue Simmons talked her way into the headlines last week by dropping the F-bomb during a live promo for WNBC’s eleven-o’clock news, but foul language could be heard all around. Hillary Clinton’s shrinking band of supporters emitted a collective WTF? when her 41-point victory over Barack Obama failed to regain her any traction toward the Democratic nomination. (John Edwards’s subsequent endorsement of Obama elicited four-letter reactions.) GOP candidate John McCain, known to swear like a retired naval officer, came to town to do Saturday Night Live.
Hooker booker Temeka Lewis promised to share dirty details about former governor Eliot Spitzer with the Feds as part of a plea bargain. Multitasking Staten Island congressman Vito Fossella continued to insist he’d run for reelection despite getting busted for drinking, driving, and having a secret family. Former Jersey governor Jim McGreevey pleaded poverty in the trial to divorce Dina Matos McGreevey, claiming he’d purchased furniture at a Huffman Koos closeout sale. Four city officials were alleged to have taken $1 million in bribes from busing companies hauling special-ed students. Tishman Speyer and the MTA scrapped their billion-dollar deal to develop the West Side rail yards.
A master of disguise knocked over local banks dressed as a rabbi or Indiana Jones. In the Heights and August: Osage County pulled in armfuls of Tony nominations. Eloise’s portrait returned to its place of honor at the Plaza. Francis Bacon’s massive Triptych sold for $86 million at Sotheby’s, quelling fears of an art-world recession. Li’l Boss Hank Steinbrenner threatened to bring the hammer down if Joe Girardi didn’t start winning some games. Mike D’Antoni was introduced as the new Knicks coach. MTV rolled out plans to shoot The Real World: Brooklyn. Rapper Remy Ma’s jailhouse nuptials were postponed when her fiancé tried to sneak in a handcuff key. And Robert Rauschenberg, who married sculpture to painting in the Village half a century ago, died at age 82. — Mark Adams