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Intelligencer: May 9-16

Leonardo DiCaprio becomes a local, Teri Hatcher's last laugh, PETA and Parsons smoke a peace pipe, and more.

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It Happens This Week
• Documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom,” about ballroom dancing in NYC public schools, is released.
• Great week for hippie music: Dave Matthews Band and Trey Anastasio (of Phish) each play shows.
• Fairway cheese expert gives sold-out lecture at 92nd Street Y.
• Bike Messenger Association NYC Bridge Battle pits bicyclists in race to five bridges.
• Steve Forbes gives Learning Annex class on “The Business of Success.”


The Equivocator
High-fliers Leo, Burkle drop $10 million on Hudson Blue view.
Leonardo DiCaprio has finally bought a Manhattan apartment. His years-long hunt had become one of the city’s longer-running realty reality shows (the point of which was: Who can add a little marketing sparkle to their development by pretending Leo’s moving in?). A source close to the deal confirms that DiCaprio and Ron Burkle, a West Coast supermarket magnate and Democratic fund-raiser with many celebrity friends, have teamed up to buy about $10 million worth of apartments at Hudson Blue, a glassy condo just north of Richard Meier’s Perry Street towers, which are being marketed by Corcoran’s Shlomi Reuveni. They’re said to be in contract to buy three units—one’s a penthouse—in the ten-floor building and will then divide them up. This is a new real-estate move for Burkle, who only a few weeks ago backed out of a plan to buy Sky Studios, the event space with a rooftop pool on lower Broadway, which had a $20 million price tag. Burkle denies the whole thing. Neither DiCaprio’s broker, Corcoran’s Susie Hayes, nor his publicist would comment.
—Deborah Schoeneman


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