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Outward Bound

At a crowded movie premiere in Midtown recently, The Observer witnessed a movie and TV star—a dashing young man who’s been involved with several starlets despite whispers about his close relationships with other men—sitting for the entire party in close conversation with a well-groomed gent, even as his co-stars circulated. As we passed, the plus-one stared us down, as if to say, “Step off,” or perhaps, “Don’t you dare write about Read More

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To Slur, With Love?

Two weeks ago, Phil Mushnick, a respected veteran sports writer for the New York Post, published a column about the Brooklyn Nets’ new brand identity, as designed with the help of Jay-Z. The team—previously known as the New Jersey Nets—had switched their colors to black and white. “Why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?” Mushnick suggested, referring to the team’s part-owner. “Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s. The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—hes or Hoes Read More

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How Could Something So Huang Feel So Right?

They called me a chigger.” Eddie Huang, the gleefully iconoclastic chef-cum-troublemaker, was in a back room at the Ace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, remembering high school. He’d just finished serving as the host of a New York Knicks viewing party for a crowd of the chef’s friends and “three random girls from Twitter.” The wax paper-wrapped bao—the signature Asian bun sandwiches that have been drawing crowds to his restaurant, Baohaus, since December 2009—were long since emptied of their pork-packed Read More

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With Friends Like These

I don’t touch Facebook,” declared Michael Romanowicz, 29, a freelance Web designer who nixed his profile and more than 300 friends on the social network last year after he decided it was making him unproductive. (Worse, it was showing him too many pictures of his ex-girlfriend.) “I’m a digital professional, and I fundamentally disagree with the philosophy of how Facebook has structured their Read More

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Party of a Lifetime—for Now!

Dana Karwas had two images in mind as she set about planning her 30th birthday party. It was to be the first grand celebration of her life. One image was the scene at the end of Fellini’s 8½, when a small brass band does a brief march on an Italian beach. Another was a persistent daydream about holding her friends hostage. “I really wanted to kidnap some people and take them out to Coney Island,” she Read More

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Tool Time!

My boyfriend, Thurston, was watching television—something about war in Russia—when I slid beside him. “Sweetie,” I asked, “why have you never sent me a … a dick pic?” He looked up as though I’d told him that he’d forgotten my birthday. “Do you want me to?” “Not really,” I replied. “I mean, maybe if you were going away to war.” A moment passed. “But do you ever want to send them? For kicks?” “Absolutely not,” he replied. “But I’m a Republican. We don’t behave like animals with Read More

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Anthony Everlasting

After a nationally watched campaign in upstate New York, Kathy Hochul made her New York City debut June 13 at the stately University Club in Manhattan. Hundreds of guests attending the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Breakfast milled around a breakfast buffet of muffins and fruit salad, while their host, Nora Brenes, introduced Hochul as the winner of a special election “that came about as a result of our male New York Congress members who keep taking their shirts off,” according to one Read More

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Smoked Out!

Three days after New York’s ban on smoking in city parks went into effect, The Observer, ambling along one of Central Park’s idyllic stone paths and in plain view of a number of badge-wearing rangers, lit a cigarette. Wondering about the potential repercussions of the act, we approached the scrum of law-enforcement types. “Excuse me, officer,” we said, Marlboro blazing between our fingers. “How is the ban on smoking in the park going so far?” She stared at the stick burning in our Read More

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Put Out the Green Light

On the farthest edge of Sands Point, Long Island, the house known as Lands End stood wind-battered and decrepit, its face scarred from years of relentless salty gusts ripping off the top of Long Island Sound. In its last days it lingered there on the shore, barely past the water, as a colossal relic from the long-gone Gold Coast. They say it was the inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s house in The Great Read More

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Sarah Speaks!

In a wooded rear parking lot cordoned off with police tape, Sarah Palin stepped out of a big black sport-utility vehicle on Feb. 17 and entered through the gaudy gates of the Crest Hollow Country Club in Long Island. She wore a dour black skirt and matching blouse; a bulky red, white and blue wristband; and a pair of leopard print heels. Palin was not there to rally her rowdy base—in fact, her SUV had breezed by some Tea Partiers gathered at the club’s entrance—but to address the membership of the Long Island Association, New York’s largest business Read More

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Groupthink Sells

I recently had dinner with a friend who confessed that every time he got into a room filled with liberals, he wanted to express the most far-out right-wing sentiments. My friend is one of the most radically progressive people I know, from his political positions to his social and cultural ones. But his sense of decency transcends narrow politics. He was simply tired of liberals who prescribe conduct for other people that they would never follow Read More

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MySpace and the Art of Vintage Internet

So what if MySpace has fallen on hard times? Its kitsch value is through the roof. “My No. 1 form of music is listening to vinyl records,” Rachel Coleman said recently at an album release party at Death by Audio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “Even though I’m a blogger, I like my antiquated technology. I’m used to it, and I’m comfortable with it, and I want to use MySpace in the same way that I use my record Read More