Malcolm Gladwell: Big Hair, Big Feet, Big Heart?Upper East Side: Malcolm Gladwell revealed his big feet, gesticulated intensely, said people shouldn’t be allowed to say where they went to college, and stole bloggery hearts at the 92nd St. Y the other night. [UES Informer]
Bushwick: Now the hipsters are staging Punk Rock Pillow Fights. Will their crazy, ironic, lo-fi fun ever stop? [Brooklyn Rink via the vaguely anti-Semitic BushwickBK]
East Harlem: A principal at a high school here sent teachers a memo telling them to dumb down their standards for the kids. Uh-huh. [NYDN]
Harlem: Amid its massive, seventeen-acre expansion in the hood’s west side, Columbia says it won’t tear down the Cotton Club on 125th after all. That’s Christian of them. [NYP]
At Least They Have Park Avenue PeerageIn a canary-yellow suit last night at the dinner for American Patrons of Tate, musician David Byrne (who turns 55 on Monday) alluded to this week’s New York cover story on the demise of Socialite Rank. “It’s kind of a tease to read about it and be told it was closed down, because you know it’s still there, sitting on a server somewhere,” he said. So did he follow the site? “Nooooo!” exclaimed the former Talking Heads front man, with the same semi-shocked expression that accompanies many of his remarks. “I was above that kind of shit in high school.” Artist Cindy Sherman, standing nearby, also claimed not to have read Socialite Rank, though she copped to recognizing a few of the faces she saw in the New York story. But she denied knowing that her Untitled 92 is estimated to fetch between $700,000 and $1 million at Christie’s today. We doubt that. Tim Murphy
Byrne Bikes for BeepManhattan Borough President Scott Stringer organized a big-deal transportation conference for nine o’clock this morning at Columbia University. The point was to talk about government policy — how do we all get around in a continually growing city? — and the folks at Transportation Alternatives had a great way to gin up attention for some transportation alternatives. A group of biking celebs — David Byrne, Matthew Modine, Moby — would join Stringer’s keynote speaker, Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, for a ride up the West Side Highway to the event.