In the News: Katy & Russell

••• “Katy Perry might be too bouncy for ‘Sesame Street,’ but she’ll be happy on North Moore Street. Perry and fiancé Russell Brand have just closed on a two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse for $2.7 million, reports The Post’s Andy Wang. The condo, with a south-facing terrace, is—surprisingly for stars who recently tangled with paparazzi—in a nondoorman building. Sources say that Perry and Brand are calling their 1,500-square-foot apartment their NYC ‘crash pad’ to minimize New York income taxes.” (New York Post; photo courtesy Corcoran)

••• Event designer DeJuan Stroud, whose office is on Washington, gets profiled on Alabama site (he’s from Alabama).

••• “He couldn’t go to medical school in New York, so James McCune Smith went to Scotland for his degree and returned home to treat the city’s poor. The degree he earned in 1837 made him the nation’s first professionally trained African-American doctor. He set up a medical practice in lower Manhattan [Tribeca, the article later says] and became the resident physician at an orphanage. Celebrated during his lifetime as a teacher, writer and anti-slavery leader, Smith fell into obscurity after his death in 1865 and was buried in an unmarked grave. On Sunday, descendants who only recently learned they had a black ancestor, will honor Smith at his Brooklyn grave. It will be marked with a new tombstone.” (AP)

••• Photos of White Collar‘s Matt Bomer at the North Cove marina. (On Location Vacations)

••• “In celebration of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Wall & Water features a Wall Street 3: Power Players lunch special through October 31: a complimentary cocktail for each lunch guest, and any additional alcoholic drinks listed on the bill as ‘beverage.’ To get the special, write ‘I’m a loser’ ‘Gordon Gekko’ on a business card and hand it to your server.” (Grub Street)

That's her on the right

••• Kristin Scott Thomas was just one of the celebrities who came to the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center for the premiere of Nowhere Boy, a film about John Lennon as a kid. I have a huge obsession with KST, but more on that at a later date—or maybe never. (The Wrap)


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