So New York City is going to reduce the penalties for marijuana use, Fox 29 reports:
Bradley Cooper’s turn as the severely deformed John Merrick in the current Broadway production of The Elephant Man is only in previews, but sources are reporting that he’s already pulling in some big-time mula for “The Great White Way.” More from AP:
Broadway’s overall box offices are doing swell business these days, and it’s mainly thanks to two leading men—Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper.
Jackman is starring in “The River.” Cooper is in “The Elephant Man.” They’re still in previews but have become some of the hottest tickets in town.
Jackman pulled in $917,000 at the Circle in the Square over eight shows last week, a sellout performance with the average ticket going for $160. Cooper attracted $520,000 for just four sold-out shows. His show’s average ticket came in a hair more at $163.
The Broadway League’s numbers show last week’s total Broadway haul from its 35 shows was $27.6 million, or $2 million more than the same week last season and about $4 million than last week.
The Elephant Man officially opens on December 7th at New York’s Booth Theatre for a 14-week run. Get tickets here.
We’ve told you before how New York State could upend the Comcast-Time Warner merger all on its own. Now we’re seeing how the Empire State could leverage its power.
30 Rock, the iconic New York City building that has spent the last 50 years emblazoned with corporate initials — RCA, then GE — is about to get a new brand: Big, glowing neon lights that will shout “COMCAST” to the Big Apple sky.
This is funny for two reasons.
Eater alerts us to an interview with Stephen Starr on Grub Street. In it, Starr talks about El Vez NYC and his future plans for New York, including a potential collaboration with Peter Serpico, who Starr first brought from New York to Philadelphia.
Serpico was David Chang’s right hand man and the former chef at Momofuku Ko in New York where he won a James Beard Award. He then partnered with Stephen Starr to open his own restaurant last year on South Street in Philadelphia.
The pair are still shopping for New York real estate so any Serpico NYC is still a ways off.
Stephen Starr on El Vez and the Cutthroat World of Restaurant Real Estate [Grub Street via Eater]
On Friday, April 25th, Stephen Starr is opening his New York City version of El Vez. The 190-seat bar and restaurant is opening at 259 Vesey Street, in the Battery Park City neighborhood. The menu has been developed by executive chef David LaForce, who also has worked at the Philadelphia location of El Vez and a Starr task force that includes James Tracey, the culinary director for STARR Restaurants and chef Dionicio Jimenez of Starr’s El Rey.
I’d only lived in Philadelphia for about three years when The New York Times published the article everyone is still pissed about. Yes, the one that, despite its largely positive portrayal of Philly as an attractive urban destination, contained the phrase “sixth borough.”
I’ll take a brief pause here to allow you to dust off your pitchforks and light your torches.
That piece came out in 2005 and it’s still brought up in casual conversation, usually preceded or abutted by some half-muttered, bile-filled variation on “FUCK NEW YORK.” Though I’m of the mind that the statute of limitations on such traced-back hostility should probably be shorter than a near-decade, I understand why. Without using the R-word, it’s a byproduct of that locally cultivated chip on our shoulders, the same geographically granted spirit that motivates us to wear shirts like this and post that Coach Kelly clip on Facebook.
Philadelphia’s well-documented inferiorty complex regarding New York City can often manifest itself as simple imitation. Stop-and-frisk, bike share, elevated train park: These are all ideas that got started — or were popularized — in the Big Apple that later got traction here.
So the ascension of Bill de Blasio to the NYC mayor’s office could be a big deal for Philly — and soon.
De Blasio, you see, isn’t just a Democrat: He’s a real-live liberal, the kind who might actually deserve the “socialist” slur when it’s applied to him. And he’s so determined to fight poverty and income inequality in his city that he should be able to provide a rough guide to Philadelphia and other big cities on what works, what doesn’t, and what’s worth the cost.