New York City's mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, spoke Spanish when he arrived onstage behind a chorus line of women in red, though he seemed unaware that "Hasta la vista" is a good-bye, not a greeting.Great. Just what we need: another mayor who doesn't know how to say good-bye. Awards Celebrate a City Pulsing With Latin Sounds [NYT] Bloomberg press release [Univision]
Mayor Bloomberg and Diana Taylor got naked in the back of a car. (And it wasn't as exciting as you'd think.) A special-effects guy lost a hand while filming Leo DiCaprio's Blood Diamond. Kelly Ripa says Katie Couric avoids her. Someone took pictures of Jennifer Aniston; Aniston's bodyguard gave chase. A 16-year-old girl posted vaguely illicit photos of herself with Vincent Gallo on her blog; the world got creeped out. Molly Sims and her boyfriend are on the rocks. Barbra Streisand's contract requires bomb-sniffing dogs, "neatly dressed" security guards. Bono buys overpriced jeans because David Beckham does. CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante's adult son made a weird bomb threat on Martha's Vineyard. Ron Perelman had dinner; so did Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson. Liz Smith thinks Kim Jong Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be Time's "People of the Year." People hate Ann Coulter, unless they love her. Everyone hates Heather Mills. "Page Six" refutes reports that Emily White is Giacchetto's ghostwriter, which was reported on "Page Six." The residents of 25 Tudor City Place have an overzealous super and will have a nasty co-op meeting. It's good to be the "Let's get ready to rumble" guy.
Another day in New York, another presumably doomed campaign against Bloombergian gentrification. This time it's in Red Hook, where residents, business owners, and local electeds say Mayor Mike is "pimping" their waterfront. Seems there's a plan to turn the local piers into a fenced-off world of restaurants, condos, and family-friendly attractions, including, possibly, two salvaged historic ships for tourists to visit — what the Brooklyn Papers is calling a "Disneyesque theme park." Right now those piers host the city's last operational cargo port, run by American Stevedoring, whose director of operations theorizes that the plan — which would evict the company from the city-owned property is just part of a scheme to get union jobs out of New York City. But we most like this quote from a Red Hook resident: "The history of maritime trade is as old as prostitution," he told the Papers, "and it looks like the maritime trades are about to be prostituted." Of course, given the new Fairway, at least they're high-priced whores. Mickey Mouse Plan [Brooklyn Papers]
Madonna really has adopted a Malawian kid, and today his name is David, not Luca. Donald Trump got boxed in by a UPS truck. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King enjoyed the Streisand concert, as did other famous people. The Babs heckler is a stalker, according to Ken Sunshine. And Keith Olbermann's bloggy stalker claims he stood her up. Tara Reid had a bad boob job, isn't always drunk. Cindy Adams tells random baseball stories. Regis Philbin and Michael Eisner had lunch. Mike Bloomberg went to new Hearst building, has never been to new Bloomberg building. Vince Vaughn broke up with Jennifer Aniston last week, now makes out with other chicks. Ex–San Francisco first lady Kerry Kennedy is dating Times reporter Neil MacFarquhar. Kimberly Guilfoyle had a baby. Cindy Adams wore a wig to the airport. Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey got in a fistfight while shooting Grey's Anatomy, then they had a meeting. Hugh Hefner plays dominoes with his girlfriends, and that's actually not a euphemism. Mike Bloomberg will close two lanes of Park Avenue to test-drive an Audi. A Blender writer will listen to "We Built This City" 324 times, for no apparent reason.
• In New Jersey, where a big distributor of foie gras is based, a legislator proposes banning the delicacy. Anthony Bourdain ain't gonna take it: "It's like beating up on Julia Child." [AP] • "Some day a real rain will come and wash all the trans fats off the streets"? Bloomberg attempts to rope Robert De Niro into the debate. [Newsday] • Alain Ducasse moves to the former Lespinasse space in the St. Regis hotel and plans decanters modeled after Louis Vuitton trunks. [NYT] • Ruth Reichl: Coming to a multiplex near you. [NYP] • The new face of caviar: scannable sturgeons and fish biopsies. [NYT] • Starbucks rips off the Egg McMuffin. [Dow Jones] • Greenpoint's Café Grumpy rents its back room out to hipstervangelists. [NYDN] • Del Posto, Craftsteak, and Buddakan called out as the principal hells of the meatpacking district: "The assholes are eating assholes. The cocks are eating coxcombs." [Gawker]
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