It’s been a banner year for LLNYC. We broke dozens of celebrity property scoops. We brought you countless irreverent stories on the world of wealth and luxury. And we worked hard to get inside the heads of some of NYC’s biggest players. Here is a look back at 2016’s profiles.
“I was very much on the straight and narrow. I was a good girl. I was America’s sweetheart,” she said. “My approval was based on being a good girl, on being obedient, and you get rewarded for that. It’s better than being in the detention hall of life. But it still wasn’t on my terms. Nothing was on my terms until I got to university.”
That same issue LLNYC spoke with real estate investor and ‘Shark Tank’ investor Barbara Corcoran, who looked back on her lucky breaks.
“I watched New York go from a middle-class city to a city of the rich. I watched it go from predominantly New Yorkers to mostly internationals. I watched the city totally reinvent itself, and I was the beneficiary of that,” she says. “It’s terrible for the people who got pushed out. It’s terrible news for families who can’t afford to live here. But if you can afford it, it is wonderful.”
Outlasting controversy, NFL Hall of Famer is working harder than ever to build a media and branding empire. He told LLNYC what the perfect sack feels like.
“The perfect sack requires that you beat the guy in front of you. It’s not like you just want to run and hit the quarterback. I mean, that is a sack but is not as fulfilling as when you’ve got your hands down in the dirt and you look up and there is a 320-pound guy there who wants to crush you. He’s basically thinking about ending your life right there. They hike the ball and everything is like slow motion. You set him up with a move and he bites. You beat him on the move and after you clear him, all you see is an open path to the quarterback. All you are thinking is ‘Don’t throw it. Don’t throw it. Don’t throw it.’ And the closer you get, the more those words speed up. Then you hit him. And you feel his feet lift off the ground, the air leave his lungs like ‘uhhhhh’ and you land on top of him. You hear the roar of the crowd. You stand up and you flex like you are a gladiator. That is the best feeling in the world. You turn around and look at an offensive lineman and you go, ‘You can’t touch me, big boy!’”
Over a martini dinner, the legendary writer Gay Talese told LLNYC about the state of contemporary journalism, dressing well and his own provocative past. Later at his well appointed townhouse, Talese showed us his spectacular archives.
He also gave us a sneak peek into his then soon-to-be released book “The Voyeurs Motel” — which proved to be his most talked about and controversial work yet.
“Today you can go to the Regency Hotel and sign in with some pole dancer and no one will give a shit,” he said regarding the cultural change that gave rise to his latest work. “But in the 1950s and ’60s people would sneak in and out of motels if they were having affairs. You would pay cash and use a phony name.”
New York’s esteemed chef Daniel Boulud scoffed at trends and food critics who say fine dining is passé.
“I don’t care to be trendy. I just care to be relevant with time,” Boulud said, adding:
“I told my team that this is the best opportunity to show them what the best two-star restaurant can be in America or in the world. If the New York Times didn’t want to give me the proper review, then I don’t care. I keep cooking. I keep doing what I do for my customer.”
New York Times film reviewer A. O. Scott told LLNYC about his new book in defense of the art of criticism over lunch at Ross and Daughters.
“The misunderstanding of criticism, or just the hostility towards its existence, is especially strong with fans of superhero franchises movies. They get really, really mad,” Scott said. “It is all very silly, and if you are a reasonable adult it doesn’t bother you. But I found that it does tap into older, longer standing and more respectable traditions of suspicion against criticism.”
Read the full interview here.
A year after merging her company, Martha Stewart, the ultimate lifestyle guru is revealing her offbeat sensibility and trying to connect with millennials.
“I think my television career started a little before reality TV set in. And when reality [TV] set in I wasn’t so comfortable being the real funny me — I am funny,” Stewart said. “I do have a good sense of humor and I have a lot to say. But then I am the founding editor of a major magazine and you can’t be as outrageous as reality TV stars. I don’t believe you can. But look — we have a reality TV star becoming president of the United States possibly.”
Socialite Sheila Rosenblum is competing in a man’s world and she told LLNYC all about doing just that with her all-female racehorse syndicate.
“As a female, people try to take advantage,” she said. “I think they did see me as the new kid on the block that happened to be a female, and everyone wanted a piece of something.”
Author Jay McInerney and his characters have shed their wild ways but not their love for NYC. LLNYC grabbed lunch with McInerney (after his apartment’s air conditioning broke) and he had this to say.
“I go to dinner parties with a ballet dancer, a hedge fund manager, an architect, an actor, a painter. That’s a really typical night in my world. And I can’t think of anywhere else you could do that,” he said. “New York is the place where all the ambitious people tend to go, and it’s fun to be among them. And write about them, even if you’re making fun of them. A lot of them are ridiculous, but that’s good fodder for a novelist.”
At his Upper West Side home, “Project Runway” star and scholar Tim Gunn dropped truth bombs on fashion’s divas. Here is a small sample.
“Do we really care about ‘athleisure’ clothes at that price point?” he says referring to Kanye West’s fashion line. “It just seems repugnant. How many people are buying a pair of $1,200 sweat pants? The only thing dumber than designing $1,200 sweatpants is buying them.”
‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah is wrapping up his first year living in NYC and he in a recent chat with LLNYC he reflected on his childhood in South Africa and what comes after ranting about the presidential election
“It’s high energy, crazy, crazy pace,” he said of moving to NYC. “NYC teaches you to be more efficient in your living. New York teaches you to find the most efficient way to work out, the most efficient way to walk somewhere, the most efficient way to eat, the most efficient way to drink. It is almost like you can live two lifetimes in New York. It really compresses everything. It condenses life. You experience so much in so little time.“
The longtime Post columnist Cindy Adams thinks gossip has changed and she told LLNYC all about at her Yorkie filled home.
“It’s gotten too evil,” she said about the gossip trade. Back when she was starting out, in 1981, “we didn’t report people who were gay. We wouldn’t do that. We wouldn’t out anybody,” she insists. “All of the industry of gossip has just become too invasive.”