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  1. Quiz: Which One Costs More?Each neighborhood in New York City has its own assigned personality. And the Upper East Side carries the distinction of being associated with, say, exorbitantly expensive spa treatments and diamond-encrusted dog collars.
  2. unreal estate
    Broker Scores $13 Million Deal Using Only Social Media [UPDATED]Sight unseen.
  3. start-ups silicon valley
    The Silicon Valley Troll-Mobile Is Low on GasCan Bravo’s ‘Start-Ups: Silicon Valley’ make it to a second season?
  4. silicon waaaah-ley
    Silicon Valley Fears Bravo Reality ShowAnd they won’t stand for it.
  5. hellivision
    Jill Zarin May Not Be on the Real Housewives of New York City for Much LongerBAWBEE!!
  6. hellivision
    Real Housewife Sonja Morgan Fights Back Against ‘Manufactured Outrage’ … in Bankruptcy CourtBut it’s okay if they do it on TV?
  7. bons mots
    Andy Cohen Called Heidi Montag ‘Trash’ and Said He’d ‘Rather Stab Knives’ Into His Eyes Than Have Her on BravoThat’s another thing that happened today.
  8. hellivision
    LuAnn de Lesseps Apologizes for Her Daughter’s Lack of ClassBet that stung.
  9. hellivision
    Countess LuAnn’s Daughter Appears to Roll Joint on YouTube, Ramona Singer Re-TweetsAlready we are excited for the new season of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’!
  10. gays of our lives
    Bravo’s Gay Reality Show Still in Planning Phase, Would Feature ‘Less Drama’Than the drama-filled Logo show ‘The A-List,’ that is.
  11. ’mocialites
    Why Andy Cohen’s New Gay Show Will Hopefully Succeed by Failing at Its Goal [Updated]We have some thoughts about ‘From the Bottom to the Top.’
  12. just say no to bravo
    Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City Crew RobbedStealing from those who have already lost so much.
  13. hellivision
    Page Six: Salahis Out of Next Season of Real Housewives of D.C.Now here’s a question: If a television show about a train wreck continues without the actual wreckage, will anybody watch?
  14. hellivision
    Why The Real Housewives of New York City Will Stink Without BethennyHow can you have a Greek tragedy without the chorus?
  15. america’s sweetheart
    The Sarah Palin Reality Show Will Be the Anti–Real HousewivesWe’re sticking with Team Bethenny. That’s always been a safe bet.
  16. hellivision
    The Real Housewives Reunion, Featuring Al SharptonA pre-enactment.
  17. free bethenny!
    Bethenny May Actually Be Free From the Real HousewivesFree Bethenny!
  18. party chat
    Real Housewives’ Sonja Morgan: ‘Bravo Told Me, Don’t Read the Blogs’Ouch.
  19. hellivision
    Novogratzes to Attempt to Convince America That They’re the Same As Everyone ElseBut in fact they are way richer and zanier.
  20. tiger catches tail
    ‘By Sleeping With a Married Man, You’re Only Helping Him Stay Married’More wisdom from Ashley Dupré.
  21. hellivision
    Harvard Dreams Crushed for NYC Prep’s Camille?There are reports that she’s no longer at the elite prep school that gave her so much pride this season.
  22. sex on skates
    Andy Cohen’s ‘Get Levi Johnston Naked’ Crusade Has So Far FailedAs punishment, here’s a scantily clad pic of Cohen himself.
  23. hellivision
    ‘SAT Books Are for Children and Poor People’’NYC Prep’ gets the cartoon treatment.
  24. hellivision
    Bethenny Frankel Leaving Real Housewives!This would be terrible news, but she’s getting her own show!
  25. hellivision
    NYC Prep Is Growing Up Too FastWho won this week’s episode of ‘NYC Prep’?
  26. hellivision
    The Real Victims of Bernie MadoffMadoff victims’ fights with one another have a reality-show quality.
  27. hellivision
    ‘Dear Nightingale Parents — Later This Fall Bravo Will Premiere NYC PrepOne Upper East Side school braces for New York’s newest reality series.
  28. hellivision
    Next Up: The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C.This feels like a step in the wrong direction.
  29. hellivision
    Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Killoren Bensimon: Working Halfheartedly on a TruceNow someone else is “up here” versus “down there.”
  30. the greatest knockoff show of our time
    Bravo Takes Gossip Girl–Knockoff Reality Show a Step Too FarEven the personalities of the real-life kids lined up to star on ‘NYC Prep’ are ripped off from The Greatest Show of Our Time.
  31. the greatest depression
    Leave Wall Street Alone! The Real Villains of the Financial Crisis Live Inside Your TVEnough! Financial-services firms are not the only people responsible for the mortgage crisis.
  32. geniuses
    ‘Social Heights,’ Starring Kristian Laliberte and Devorah Rose, Will Make It to RealityBehold the cast of a show that wants to be ‘The Hills’ in Manhattan, except older.
  33. in other news
    Kelly Killoren Bensimon to Join ‘Real Housewives’And we predict what fireworks will ensue.
  34. in other news
    ‘Real Housewife’ Jill Zarin: Simon Van Kempen Drinks Too MuchToday we learn that the Real Housewives made only $8,000 each for their first season, and that Jill Zarin really hates Alex McCord and her husband.
  35. gossipmonger
    Kathy Griffin Has Not Learned Her Lesson About Child-Star JokesPlus, dish on Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Clinton and the ‘Gossip’ girls in our daily roundup.
  36. party lines
    Countess LuAnn Wishes ‘Real Housewives’ Would Get Some Real SocialitesHer ladyship would like some fancier friends.
  37. early and often
    Tricia Walsh-Smith to Move to ‘Real Housewives’?It’s possible you’ll soon be seeing Tricia Walsh-Smith’s crazy-eyed stare in HD!
  38. party lines
    The ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ Weigh In on the ‘Real Armpits’ of New JerseyBethenny Frankel and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps give their two ha’pennies on the newest spinoff of their show.
  39. multiple choice
    Pop Quiz: Know Your Media LadiesYesterday and today, the Times profiled three women in media: Julia Allison, Arianna Huffington, and Lauren Zalaznick. Despite differences in their ages and careers, the three of them seem of a type.
  40. 21 questions
    Bethenny Frankel Tortures Ikea Employees Until They Give Her What She WantsName: Bethenny Frankel Age: 37 Neighborhood: Upper East Side Occupation: Health-conscious celebrity chef, star of The Real Housewives of New York City, Health-magazine columnist, Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals spokeswoman.
  41. in other news
    The Ladies of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’: A Social ExaminationWe’ve been hearing bits and pieces about this for a couple of months now, but the Daily News has busted the story of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City wide open. With pretty pictures of the pretty ladies, and quotes from all of them about what the show is going to be like (“We work hard and then we party hard!”), their coverage has succeeded in getting us really amped up about the new show. Since it starts out all the way in March, we plan on doing a little buildup research in the meantime. Maybe, if it turns out to be good, we can try being obsessed with it like we were with Gossip Girl. They’ll have to earn it, though, we don’t go through two bottles of wine, a box of tissues, and a Klonopin once a week for just any show. And from what we can scrounge up so far, we’re not yet sold. Below, what a quick scan of Nexis teaches us about these so-called socialites: • Fashion entrepreneur Ramona Singer has zero appearances in the gossip columns and only one appearance on Bill Cunningham’s page in the Times (though it was in the Hamptons so that surely earns her some points). But she has eight mentions or pictures on newyorksocialdiary.com, which is technically more legit. • Alex McCord, who lives in Cobble Hill and is therefore the only cast member not filming from the Upper East Side, has appeared once on Cunningham’s page (from a Metropolitan Opera opening) and only twice on NYSD.
  42. company town
    The Return of Aleksey VaynerFINANCE • Aleksey Vayner, everyone’s favorite bizarre self-promoting video maker, is back with a new Website and perhaps a book! Impossible may be nothing after all. [Gawker] • Goldman Sachs set new records with their $20.2 billion bonus pool, including $67.9 million for Lloyd Blankfein, but rumor has it the bank decided to stiff their back-office employees. [NYP] • Blankfein’s salary still pales in comparison to hedge-fund kings like John Paulson and Paolo Pellegrini, who raked in more than $1 billion each in 2007 betting against the housing market. [NYT]
  43. company town
    Hedi and LVMH: Together at Last!FASHION • Hedi Slimane is back in talks with LVMH to launch his own fashion house. Everyone, commence jumping up and down. [WWD] • IMG is behind Bravo’s new model show but won’t be giving the winner a contract. [Fashionista] • Not even Cavalli can rev up H&M’s sales. [NYP]
  44. vu.
    Live Like a Supermodel, But With a Better ApartmentComely wannabes looking to launch their modeling careers usually bunk up in tiny apartments to make ends meet until they land that elusive cover. But not apparently the contestants for Make Me a Supermodel, Bravo’s upcoming reality series. A tipster says scouts for the show, slated to hit the air early next year and hosted by the easy-on-the-eyes Tyson Beckford, recently checked out a luxe (read camera-ready) 4500-square-foot penthouse on West 20th Street with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a roof deck. It’s currently on the market for $8.2 million, though apparently also available for rent for somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 a month. Listing broker Darren Sukenik of Prudential Douglas Elliman declined to comment. Needless to say, it’s not your average apartment, for models or otherwise. —S. Jhoanna Robledo 129 West 20th Street [Prudential Douglas Elliman]
  45. gossipmonger
    Padma Leaves a Bad Taste in Fiamma’s MouthManhattan Moms, an East Coast equivalent of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County, will premiere early next year. A lot of the city’s foremost graffiti artists congregated for a book party at Auto in the meatpacking district. Billy Joel is in talks with the Mets to perform a bunch of gigs at Shea Stadium. George Steinbrenner will have a high school named after him in Tampa. Padma Lakshmi was rude to the staff at Soho eatery Fiamma, but Martha Stewart overtipped and was nice. CNN gave out an award to someone for forcing “one of the world’s largest oil corporations to pay more than $6 billion to clean up toxic waste in the Amazon rain forest,” but didn’t name Chevron as the company because they are an advertiser.
  46. the follow-up
    Is Jay McCarroll Homeless? He Sure Said So (and So Did His Publicist) In this week’s cover story on the challenges facing winners of Bravo’s reality shows, New York’s Jennifer Senior noted that two years after winning Project Runway’s first season, Jay McCarroll is still homeless in New York, using his studio and other people’s couches as crash pads. How did Senior know McCarroll was homeless? He told her so. But once the fact appeared in print, he denied it, posting mocking YouTube videos of himself wandering city streets with a cardboard sign reading “Will Design for Food.” Then his best friend and publicist, Nancy Kane, responded more aggressively, as publicists and best friends are wont to do: She left an angry voice-mail message for Senior Tuesday charging that the suggestion McCarroll is homeless is “unequivocally untrue.” She went on: “His studio is a live/work space, and it might not be ideal, but it is more than a lot of people have in New York City, and he pays rent every month.” Later in the day, however, she must have realized this wasn’t much of a response; in fact, it was exactly what Senior had written. So Kane proceeded to tell various gossip columns that New York Magazine had fallen for a hoax. Jay, she said, in fact lives in a beautiful apartment building at 72nd Street and Riverside Drive. Perhaps. (Why Kane’s so defensive we don’t know. There’s no shame in struggling for your success, which was the whole point of Senior’s story.) We’ll choose to believe the version enshrined in her voice mail, reported in the magazine, and detailed by McCarroll himself. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the transcript, after the jump.
  47. cultural capital
    Padma Lakshmi Introduces Dismemberment, Cannibalism to ‘Top Chef,’ Our FantasiesThe freakazoid highlight of last night’s Top Chef premiere, provided by host and Salman squeeze Padma Lakshmi in response to a contestant’s decision to fry a snake: “Anything can stand up to frying. You can fry my toe and if you batter it right, it’s going to taste good.” We don’t know if we’re hungry, horny, or nauseous.
  48. gossipmonger
    The Soho Grand Is a WonderlandRumors of the demise of the John Mayer–Jessica Simpson relationship may be greatly exaggerated; the two spent Sunday night together at the Soho Grand. (Mayer is also still doing the stand-up comedy thing). Today show correspondent Jill Rappaport owns eighteen acres in the Hamptons. Johnny Damon hung out till 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, but he still hit a two-run double later in the day. Ivanka Trump and Zach Braff exchanged numbers. (Uh-oh. Does Jared Kushner know about this?) Warren Buffett, David Remnick, John Kerry, Ted Turner, and Jann Wenner, among others (ahem), were all rejected from Harvard. After asking for $5.5 million, Stone Phillips sold his penthouse on West 72nd Street for $4.35 million. Times managing editor Jill Abramson is suing the truck driver who ran over her foot.
  49. vulture
    Oh, the Absurdity! Last night’s double-length 24 meant twice the time to finally wind up this season’s plotlines — or twice the chance for ridiculousness. Would they take the responsible route and finally let us know whether Palmer is alive or dead? Whether Logan is alive or dead? Whether Audrey will ever say anything other than “Help me, Jack, please don’t let them do this to me”? How the Russian president turned in like three hours from best buds with crazy Mrs. Logan to the guy ready to start World War III? Alas, the answers there are nope, nope, nope, and nyet. Instead, dirty old Veep Daniels absurdly led the country further down his reckless path of destruction. Over at Vulture, Ben Wasserstein runs the finale through the Absurd-o-Meter. The ‘24’ Absurd-o-Meter: So Long, Jack Bauer. Until We Meet Again. [Vulture]
  50. photo op
    If They Don’t Win, It’s a Shame As we write this, the sun is shining, the birds outside the window are chirping, and last night, on six and a third solid innings from Chien-Ming Wang, the Yanks beat the Sox, 6-2. It’s a good day to be a New Yorker.* * The whole nine-and-a-half-games-back thing notwithstanding.
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