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.”
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.