In Miami, Fashion Continues to Invade Art WorldSince half of creative New York has moved down to Miami this week for Art Basel, we sent reporter Alexandra Peers down with them to peek at the art, beauty, and elitism on the beach. She’s been filing reports to New York’s Vulture blog, but she sent us this dispatch for our very own.
The e-mail buzzes on my BlackBerry: “We would love to have you come by to pick up something — for the Miami dinner celebrating the Emilio Pucci house of design.” What? Sorry, fashionistas, snobby art-worlders don’t borrow clothes. My outrage is first personal — has someone dished my Bloomie’s little black dress? — then, political. It sounds Fascist.
Museum Movies, Home Technologies, Musical Tributes• Sleepwalkers premiere. MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., 5 p.m. Director Doug Aitken will be there to see his short films projected on the side of the museum. Bjork, David Byrne, and Laurie Anderson will be among those commiserating about sore necks at the 7 p.m. cocktail reception.
New Williamsburg Condo-Price Record Set: $3.8 MillionWilliamsburg, we hardly knew ye: Lest anyone doubt that the Brooklyn neighborhood has jumped the shark — at least as an unpretentious, un-yuppified (read affordable) place to live — today there’s word that an apartment at the Aurora, the 51-unit glass-and-brick condo overlooking McCarren Park marketed by the Developers Group, has sold for $3.8 million. That’s supposedly a record in these parts. The previous high price in the area — slightly under $3 million — is said to have been set at the Gretsch, the first high-design project in the area and, some would say, the match that lit the condo explosion in the neighborhood. (Coincidentally, both the Aurora and the Gretsch bear the ultraluxe mark of starchitect Karl Fischer and Andres Escobar.) Über-condo marketer Michael Shvo predicted last spring that certain swaths of Williamsburg would “look like the Miami skyline in five years.” It seems we’re now that much closer. —S. Jhoanna Robledo