In the News: Chez Perv

by AFP/Getty Images (via the New York Post)

••• “Dominique Strauss-Kahn stocked up for a long Memorial Day weekend at ‘Chez Perv’ yesterday—receiving orders of water, food and patio furniture while stiffing one of the deliverymen. ‘They never tip,’ said a sweaty Danny Cotto after dropping off a box from Espresso Coffee at around 6 p.m. at the luxe Tribeca town house.” The Post keeps making up the names of Tribeca restaurants…? Also: “At about 11:45 p.m., a messenger showed up at his door with six balloons, including one shaped like a shark, but was rebuffed by the moneyman’s handlers as the camped-out media snapped pictures. ‘Someone inside said he didn’t want it,’ said the slightly confused worker, whose bosses at Balloon Saloon got the order from an anonymous person.” Um, yeah, because the media folks across the street ordered the balloons so they could get a photo?

••• “‘Dancing With the Stars’ celeb Kirstie Alley said today she’s crashing right next door to Parisian pariah Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s $50,000-a-month Tribeca pad—but won’t be joining him for any Champagne toasts. ‘There are walls between us,’ Alley, 60, told The Post, when asked if she’s nervous about living next to the former IMF chief charged with sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel Hotel. ‘It’s America, and you’re not guilty until proven guilty.'” What she said!

••• “The developers of the Ground Zero mosque expect to raise $7.5 million this year, a drop in the bucket toward the $100 million needed for the project. The projected contributions are expected to double to $15 million in 2012, according to the IRS application for tax-exempt status filed by Park51, the group behind the controversial community center and mosque. A spokesman for Park51 refused to say how much had been raised since the project was announced a year ago.” (New York Post)

••• “New York by Gehry/8 Spruce Street/Beekman Tower is losing the crane that’s been its company in many photo ops.” (Curbed, which has a photo, but of the why-bother flat side)

••• New York magazine reviews Brushstroke. Annoyed with myself for not eating there yet—my partner wants to go, but he’s been out of town a lot. Soon!

••• “Scotland native [and Smyth hotel manager] Alistair MacLean and John Sieni, a lifelong Shelter Island resident, in January bought the Olde Country Inn [on Shelter Island] and renamed it La Maison Blanche. Since then, the duo has transformed the 19th century structure into an upscale hotel with a French flair—a complete makeover that involved replacing old-fashioned net curtains with sleek shades, repainting peach walls a chic white and installing courts for Pétanque, a version of bocce ball.” (Long Island Business News)


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