Yesterday was Sienna Miller's birthday, and now it's Jude Law's turn: The actor, playboy, and NYU foe turns 37 today. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is turning 73. Ted Danson is 62. Paramount chief Brad Grey is 52. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 50. Matrix director/writer Andy Wachowski is 42. Cable news staple Ashleigh Banfield is also turning 42. Real estate marketer Michael Shvo is turning 37. Writer Paul Rudnick turns 52. Mekhi Phifer is 35. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 63. And actor (and father of Angelina) Jon Voight turns 71 today.
The condo conversion of 20 Pine Street has been plagued with problems for ages. One of the first conversions to come along in the financial district, the Shaya Boymelgreen-developed, Michael Shvo-marketed building was supposed to be finished in 2007. It wasn't, of course, which led to the first lawsuit back in August 2008 when a buyer argued that 20 Pine had been misleading about the building's completion date and had refused to rescind the buyer's contract. The situation hasn't improved much since then: The pool and gym remain unfinished, and just two weeks ago Shvo announced that construction work on the building's amenities would be suspended for a week "to concentrate on completing about 50 residential units." Now it seems other buyers have had enough. A Massachusetts woman who paid $925,000 for an apartment in 2006 (as well as an additional $16,000 for two storage units) filed a lawsuit of her own this week, and is now demanding that her deposit be returned, too. The full suit appears after the jump.
1) The final big event of the season was the Robert Wilson-hosted concert benefit at the Watermill Center on Saturday. Rufus Wainwright, Kate, Anna and Martha McGarrigle, and Jessye Norman performed for a crowd including Isabella Rossellini, Calvin Klein, Amanda Hearst, Steven Klein, Daphne Guinness, Patrick McMullan, Bob Colacello, Jamee Gregory, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Luigi Tadini, and Lisa Anastos. [Paper/PMc]
The significance of holding last night's party to celebrate the New York Observer and its new website at the Four Seasons restaurant was intentional, obvious, and not at all lost on anyone. Despite its recent Frank Bruni demotion to two New York Times stars, the restaurant remains the symbolic and probably actual center of New York old-guard media power. After so many years of playing gadfly to the media, politics, and real estate elite of this city, the Observer and its boy-owner and his advisers chose to make a very specific sort of statement.