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The Real Housewives Of New York City

  1. hellivision
    Kelly Bensimon: ‘If I’m a Train Wreck, I’m the Orient Express’The Real Housewife discusses the show’s portrayal of her.
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    The Real Housewives Are the Modicum of EtiquetteWho won part two of the ‘Real Housewives’ reunion? We can judge, but in the end these women will have to answer to a higher power.
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    The Real Housewives Simply Cannot Leave Us, or One Another, AloneAnd we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our weekly summary of who won, and who lost, on this epic reality show.
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    Jill Zarin Is ‘the Jewish Momma Version’ of Atticus Finch, Says Daughter AllyAlly Shapiro talks about how being on the ‘Real Housewives’ is fun, embarrassing, and a little like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’
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    The Real Housewives Rang the Stock Exchange Bell This Morning“It’s a reality show on Bravo,” you can hear one woman informing a colleague in the audience.
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    What Color Is Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s Skin, and Other Important Questions for the Real HousewivesWe sent our Tim Murphy to last night’s season-finale party.
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    Real Housewives Steps and RepeatsIn which we declare a winner for last night’s episode, and the entire season.
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    Few Celebrities, Real Socialites Turn Out for Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s 40thEven five certain fake socialites didn’t turn up.
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    Bethenny on Kelly: ‘Have You Ever Seen a Building Implode?’“You don’t say anything, you just watch it quietly crumble.”
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    Real Housewives Looks Adorable in Its Zac PosenBut who won this week’s episode?
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    The Real Housewives Go MetaIn which we examine “the gaze” and how it affects the reality women of New York City. Also, we decide who won last night’s episode.
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    Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Killoren Bensimon: Working Halfheartedly on a TruceNow someone else is “up here” versus “down there.”
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    Real Housewives Takes Us to Work for a DayThen they left us lonesome and unchanged in a corner, crying our eyes out, as they went about their business.
  14. gossipmonger
    Kelly Killoren Bensimon Will No Longer Be the Face of SaksBut it has nothing to do with her legal problems, or the fact that she is becoming the most-reviled woman on ‘Real Housewives,’ Saks swears. And more in our gossip roundup.
  15. hellivision
    Kelly Killoren Bensimon Loses the Real Housewives Game, for Now and Maybe Ever MoreWatching last night’s episode made our heads hurt.
  16. bons mots
    Would You Describe Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s Alleged Assault a ‘Lover’s Quarrel’?Kelly’s lawyer wouldn’t.
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    Alex McCord Talks About UnemploymentAnd slams Richard from Gawker. Or Maureen Dowd. We can’t tell.
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    LuAnn de Lesseps in Royal Divorce ‘Shocker’The reality couple that never seemed to be together is now officially apart.
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    Bethenny Frankel Continues to Win Real Housewives Reality CompetitionThose abs! Those jokes! That date!
  20. hellivision
    Ramona Makes a Bold Play for Top Real HousewifeWho won this week’s episode? Here’s our take.
  21. crazytown
    Real Housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon Busted for AssaultNot so bland anymore, eh?
  22. hellivision
    Do Jill and Bethenny Snuggle When the Cameras Are Off?Our take on last night’s episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City.’
  23. the greatest depression
    The Real Housewives of New York Meet The Recession…and ignore by it like a commoner at a cocktail party.
  24. Kelly Killoren Bensimon Is Busy Catching Up With Other ‘Real Housewives’In one ‘Observer’ interview, Killoren goes through all five phases of ‘Real Housewives’–dom.
  25. bons mots
    ‘In New York City, You Have to Do What You Have to Do to Snag a Man.’So says ‘Real Housewife’ Countess LuAnn DeLesseps, who would know.
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    LuAnn de Lesseps Gets ‘Real’ Trashy at Friend’s WeddingThe Bravo countess got really messy in public, and everybody’s talking about it.
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    New Real Housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon Is All Over the HamptonsPlus, David Paterson hits the East End, Seinfeld plays ball, and Jeff Corwin thinks the Montauk Monster is just a raccoon. All in our Hamptons roundup.
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    Kelly Killoren Bensimon Practiced for ‘Real Housewives’ Debut by Diving With SharksWe would have maybe started by getting drunk with a room full of geese, but this is probably good practice, too.
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    Kelly Killoren Bensimon to Join ‘Real Housewives’And we predict what fireworks will ensue.
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    ‘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.
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    Will the Landmarks Preservation Commission Make an Example of Robert De Niro?They can make him tear down the Greenwich Hotel’s $1.5 million penthouse if they feel like it. Plus, news on Goldman Sachs, Simon from ‘Real Housewives,’ and a few other people who have power in this town, in our daily roundup of real-estate, finance, media and law news.
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    Confrontation of the Coasts: ‘Real Housewives’ Encounter Results in Barbs, BloodWhen the ‘Real Housewives’ from both coasts got together last night, the claws were out — literally.
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    Countess LuAnn Wishes ‘Real Housewives’ Would Get Some Real SocialitesHer ladyship would like some fancier friends.
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    Celebrity-Baby Boutique Spreads Word: Mariah Carey Is Totally Preggers!Also, dish on Barbara Walters, Ashley Olsen, and P. Diddy in our daily roundup.
  35. 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!
  36. gossipmonger
    The Real Housewives Successfully Stretch Their Fifteen Minutes Into at Least TwentyThey were sniping at a viewing party for the show’s reunion special earlier this week. That, and all the rest of the city’s best gossip in our daily roundup.
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    Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen Indulge in Another Icky Husband-and-Wife PastimeAlso, Padma is dating a mogul, and Heidi Montag turned down the White House? Read more in our daily gossip roundup.
  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.
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    Alex McCord Regrets the Creepy Nude Photo ShootFinally, the kookiest Real Housewife is having saddlebag shame.
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    ‘People’ Does Not Hate Alex McCord Because She Is NakedThey hate her because she’s a jerk.
  41. company town
    Good-bye ‘Real Housewives of New York,’ Hello ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’!Not enough ‘Times’ newsroom workers are taking the buyouts, BlackBerrys are outlawed at a law firm, and Ikea is finally arriving.
  42. intel
    The ‘Real Housewives’ Likability IndexWe’re admitting whom we liked and loathed on the show. How about you?
  43. gossipmonger
    Bethenny Frankel Gets InkedThe Real Housewives star gets a book deal, Lindsay Lohan has a sex picture, Keith Olbermann may be a nepotist, and more in our daily roundup of what’s in New York’s best gossip columns.
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    Predictably, ‘Lipstick Jungle’ Star Used to Lust After Andrew McCarthyLipstick Jungle’s Lindsay Price had a childhood crush on her co-star Andrew McCarthy. Tom Hanks walked past Eliot Spitzer’s apartment building on 79th and Fifth, but no one recognized him. A Madonna look-alike ran across the second-floor balcony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction at the Waldorf-Astoria, providing some levity to an otherwise boring event. Fashion Week will relocate to the Tenth Avenue rail yards after 2010. The Queens livery driver who faked the baby rescue weirdly will appear on an upcoming episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. A documentary about storied Tribeca nightclub the Wetlands opens Friday. Marc Jacobs’s boy toy, Jason Preston, got punched in the face outside Hiro after trying to get a guy who had thrown a drink at a girl to apologize.
  45. 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.
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    The Ladies of ‘Real Housewives’ Keep It ClassyLast night, Bravo launched The Real Housewives of New York City, and the world was horrified to see five faux socialites bark at the help, send their kids to fat camp, and prance around St. Barts wearing thong bathing suits. Not us! We were delighted. So were the participants. At Bravo’s premiere party Monday night, Ramona Singer, the blonde jewelry designer whose daughter called her mother “unladylike” after she made out with her friend and threatened to throw her dog in the pool, said she was pleased with how things turned out. “I was surprised at how articulate and confident I came across,” she said. “I feel that inside, that confidence, but I didn’t know that I exuded it.” Bethenny Frankel, a chef to celebs like Denis Leary and Mariska Hargitay, was similarly confident about her appearance, since she had had a good experience on Martha Stewart: The Apprentice. “I’ve never had the experience of bad editing,” she said. “If you’re authentic, it comes across.” But decorator Jill Zarin, who sends her daughter Ally to a weight-loss camp in an early episode, was steeling herself for a bumpy season. “We’ve been getting some tough reviews,” she said, then shrugged. “It’s expected with reality. If we were all perfect statues, how boring would that be? Come on, bring it on.” But, she hastened to add, “Don’t be mean.” As the episode was projected on a big screen in the middle of the room, revelers whooped and clapped. Singer stood behind her blown-up image and pointed, clearly delighted. —Maridel Reyes
  47. intel
    The ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ Don’t Exist in a VacuumAs you all know, Gossip Girl is returning to the airwaves soon, therefore saving us from having to unleash all of our obsessive glee on another unwitting subject. But if we were to do so, the victim of our endless critiques would probably have been The Real Housewives of New York City. Come on, you know you’re going to love hating yourself for loving to hate it. We got hold of the first two episodes, and they did not disappoint. The show serves to show us a whole new class of people that we haven’t really seen before. The Orange County edition was just as campy and trashy as one would expect; after all, money is what shows status out there. Here, class still matters. Real Housewives trains a telescope on the little-examined but arguably powerful firmament of wealthy adults in Manhattan, those who aggressively crowd around established society stars, hoping that some of the glitter may fall on them. They’re the people in the background of Bill Cunningham’s pictures in the “Styles” section, the donor names you don’t recognize, the bodies filling in the chairs at Da Silvano. It’s kind of uncomfortable to watch, because at the end of the day most of the women are sort of sweet, happy, and slightly flawed. You feel like you’re watching a show about your mom’s kooky friends. What saves the show, though, is the reactions of the supporting cast family members, friends, and staff around the five ladies. They make the women redeemable and real. For every nutty social climber, apparently there is a nanny, a tennis pro, one to three children who have a 50-50 chance of surviving boarding school, and a devoted husband or boyfriend. This week in New York, we profiled our five favorites. Check it out, and if anybody’s slept with the tennis pro, e-mail us at intel@nymag.com. We don’t want to publish anything; we just have some questions. Behind Every Housewife… [NYM]
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    A Real Housewife of New York City Speaks!Now, just because we’ve been all excited about the return of Gossip Girl doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about another important television occurrence next month: the debut of The Real Housewives of New York City. When we ran into one of the stars of the show, Bethenny Frankel, at Gotham’s Black & White Ball, she was all too eager to talk to us about it. Frankel, you’ll recall, was on Martha Stewart’s version of The Apprentice. “We were supposed to do six episodes, and they extended it to seven, maybe eight,” the pretty health-food chef told us. Seven episodes! They’re really betting the farm on this one, people. “Most of [the other stars] are just women who are letting their lives be a fishbowl,” Frankel explains. “But I have a brand, and I wanted to be careful about that.” So before she went on the show, Frankel talked to her agents. “All my agents said, ‘Reality-TV shows are a train wreck, and they want you to come off a train wreck,’” she explained, adding that she didn’t listen. Frankel is confident that she can come off in the ways that she wants to. “I’m the Sex and the City character. I have a career. I have a life, but I want to have kids,” she says. “I’m the Carrie Bradshaw meets Martha Stewart. I cook and speak French, but I dress fashionably when I need to and run the circuit.” Oh, yes, Bethenny, you’ll come off exactly the way that you are trying to. We can’t wait. Related: The Ladies of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’: A Social Examination
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    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.