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How Much It Costs to Attend a Charity Benefit Gala

observer.com — The first step in preparing for a benefit gala is to decide whether or not you'll be attending. Yaz Hernández, an Upper East Side socialite who's dabbled in fashion, technology and art preservation, has been known to both chair and attend many benefits, she explained over lunch at Amaranth.
Oct 31, 2014

Reading the @NewYorkObserver's account of a banker's wife on gala day is morbidly fascinating: observer.com/2014/10/the-hi…

Oct 31, 2014

No violins tiny enough "@NewYorkObserver: The High Cost of High Society: How Much One Has to Spend During Gala Season nyob.co/1patkUp

Why I Won’t Be Watching the ‘Hello Ladies’ Movie

observer.com — So HBO is coming out with a feature-length movie of Hello Ladies. And most likely, I'm not going to watch it. Sorry Stuart. Hello Ladies, the half hour comedy series by The Office* co-creator Stephen Merchant, was highly anticipated around these parts** when it debuted last September.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: HBO is Making a ‘Hello Ladies’ Movie: Here’s Why I Won’t Be Watching nyob.co/1xGcr2O

Oct 30, 2014

Why I won't watch the #HelloLadies movie: Because Stuart is basically that catcall video in a British accent. observer.com/2014/10/why-im…

How Apple CEO Tim Cook Came Out in Businessweek

observer.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay this morning first-person essay in Bloomberg Businessweek. While the news isn't exactly a shock to anybody, it is the first time that Mr. Cook has announced it publicly. "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now," Mr. Cook wrote.

Rudolph Giuliani Endorses Michael Grimm

observer.com — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced today he is backing Congressman Michael Grimm, adding a bold-faced name to Mr. Grimm's growing roster of endorsements. The fellow Republican said on the The Geraldo Rivera Show on WABC radio that he would vote for Mr. Grimm and hopes the Staten Island lawmaker, who is facing a 20-count federal indictment, is innocent.
Oct 30, 2014

Rudy Giuliani, once a heroic fighter of public corruption, endorses indicted @repmichaelgrimm: goo.gl/SV8ENB

Oct 30, 2014

Giuliani endorses Grimm. Staten I. may be only place where a Rudy endorsement is not kiss of death: observer.com/2014/10/rudolp…

Oct 30, 2014

This makes me smirk... RT @RossBarkan: Rudolph Giuliani Would Vote for Michael Grimm nyob.co/1066ukG

Schneiderman and Cahill Square Off in Heated Attorney General Debate

observer.com — They definitely argue like attorneys. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Republican challenger John Cahill squared off in an acrimonious debate tonight, charging each other with being out of touch, too political, not transparent enough, and generally unfit for the job of the state's top law enforcement officer.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: Schneiderman and Cahill Square Off in Heated Attorney General Debate nyob.co/1xGEpLX

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ 4×4 Recap: The Mordrake Dilemma

observer.com — There is always that part of American Horror Story 's season where the story starts to falter a bit, and you can feel the writers casting about for a new diversion to take up a couple episodes worth of time until they can get back to the main plot to wrap up the A-story.

Charity Moneyball: A Review of New York Nonprofits

observer.com — Remember how Moneyball turned the sports industry upside down? Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane famously identified and rewarded undervalued players using stats instead of subjective scouting reports and traded or cut underperformers. It's time to apply a similar strategy to your charitable giving.
Oct 30, 2014

it's time for giving season news - like this from observer tho i hope you're already smart on this. nyob.co/1u9QD2x

Charities Won’t Take Porn Money Unless They Can Keep It a Dirty Secret

observer.com — Charities must carefully manage their reputations, which is why it only takes a whiff of scandal for them to turn down money. Rejecting donations from hate groups or mobsters? Makes sense. But when it comes to companies peddling porn, some nonprofits like to swing both ways.
Oct 30, 2014

My latest for @NewYorkObserver about how charities wont take porn money unless they can keep it a dirty little secret observer.com/2014/10/charit…

Japanese Real Estate Investing Scion Buys on Fifth Avenue for $7.775 M

observer.com — From the 11th-floor apartment at 912 Fifth Avenue that he and his wife just purchased for $7.775 million, Masahiro Honzawa will not be able to see the Nashville minor league baseball stadium where the Triple-A Oakland Athletics affiliate he co-owns-the Sounds-play. But he will be able to see Central Park.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: How Taxing: Japanese Real Estate Scion Nabs Fifth Ave. Co-op for $7.77 M. nyob.co/1p6tX1f

Rudy Giuliani Is Hyped About His Boat

observer.com — Two days ago, Congressman Michael Grimm wrote a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation urging them to name one of their three new Staten Island Ferry boats after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani is quite excited about the proposal.

Democrats Say ‘Heck No’ to Proposition 1

observer.com — A host of Democratic leaders converged on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall to speak out against the controversial ballot initiative Proposition 1-which purportedly would establish independent redistricting, but which critics say will enshrine gerrymandering in the state constitution.

The Definitive ‘Survivor’ Survival Guide: 29 x 6

observer.com — At some point in your life, provided you're attractive, reasonably fit, and look good wearing one of those flimsy buffs as a tube top, you might find yourself on the cast of Survivor, shipped off to some distant island alongside 17 crazy strangers.

Cuomo Pledges Support for Israel and Religious School Tax Credits

observer.com — Gov. Andrew Cuomo once more vowed an unwavering commitment to Israel at a roundtable of Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish leaders tonight. Speaking at a last minute campaign stop at Beth Jacob of Borough Park-one of the city's most well-known Orthodox Jewish enclaves-Mr. Cuomo reminisced about the trip he made to the Jewish State this summer during the country's battle against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
Oct 30, 2014

another reason 4 progressives 2 grumble about Cuomo: he called Hikind “hero of mine...voice of courage &of strength” observer.com/2014/10/andrew…

Lesbians as ‘Canaries in the Urban Coal Mine’

observer.com — Editor's note: Welcome to There Goes the Neighborhood, an occasional feature on trends that presage where New York's neighborhoods are headed. The Sycamore, on Cortelyou Road in Kensington, Brooklyn, is the sort of whimsical establishment only a freshly gentrifying neighborhood can support.
Oct 29, 2014

@jakemooneySNL bummer. I wrote about DP once and a lot of people got really mad on the internet. (great story rite?) observer.com/2010/04/lesbia…

‘Showrunners': Creators of New Doc Discuss TV’s Most Mysterious Occupation

observer.com — It's considered one of the toughest jobs in the entertainment industry; the actual duties of which are a mystery to many. Yet, in recent years, because of the rise of social media, it's become one of the most visible roles within the television world.
Oct 29, 2014

A new doc has everything you wanted to know about tv showrunners but were too afraid to ask. By @anne_k_easton : observer.com/2014/10/showru…

Revisiting ‘Twin Peaks’, Episode Two: Oh, the Screaming

observer.com — If you feel left out of the whole Twin Peaks phenomenon, we're here to help! Every week, associate tvDownload editor Vinnie Mancuso attempts to figure out what the hell is going on in this town, while senior editor/Twin Peaks expert Drew Grant answers his questions. This week: 'Traces to Nowhere.'

The X (Chromosome) Factor: Anthony Haden-Guest on an Art Season of Powerful Women

observer.com — Innocents, Moby's show of big photographs at Emmanuel Fremin at 547 West 27th looked at once placid and uncanny, a good combo. I needed a quote from the artist, and said so. "A hard, gemlike flame," I added. Moby understandably said something along the lines of "Huh?" "Walter Pater," I said.
Oct 29, 2014

Talk about a new season: This fall, it's women who are rocking NY's art world ow.ly/Dwmq6

The Secret to New York’s Happiness? Reduce the Speed Limit to 20 Miles Per Hour

observer.com — Imagine a world in which the New York City speed limit was 20 miles per hour. Not just on the side streets or in the outerboroughs, but on every thoroughfare from the Avenue of the Americas to Eastern Parkway to the Grand Concourse.
Oct 29, 2014

It's not the governors that make 25 mph sensible @NickPaumgarten. It's these things called red lights. observer.com/2010/11/the-se… @BrooklynSpoke