Thursday, February 16, 2017


Kendall Jenner With Gigi Hadid And Bella Hadid

Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid were photographed leaving Anna Sui A/W 2017 Fashion Show at Skylight Clarkson in New York City yesterday afternoon.


Sara Sampaio

Sara Sampaio was spotted and photographed leaving Marchesa A/W 2017 Fashion Show at Skylight Clarkson yesterday in New York City.


Teresa Giudice And Daughters

Teresa Giudice and her daughters were photographed arriving at The Rookie USA A/W 2017 Fashion Show at Skylight Clarkson last night in New York City.

Monday, February 13, 2017


Bergen County Model Railroad Club

The Bergen County Model Railroad Club and the United Methodist Church of Pearl River, New York will have its 27th annual model and toy train show starting February 18, 2017 at the Church at the corner of John and Franklyn Streets in Pearl River. This is one of the largest and most spectacular displays of toy trains in the nation with four operating displays.

The display includes the Island of Sodore with Thomas and friends, a display of tin plate trains from the post World War two era, mixed with New York City elevated trains, a display of scale model trains of all eras and a display of Lionel Standard gauge trains including modern reproductions’ of these classics as well as originals. Lionel stopped making these in 1939 but reproductions have appeared more recently. The oldest train operated is an Ives Standard Gauge set the cars of which were manufactured before World War I.

Toy trains were synonymous with Christmas for most of the 20th Century. Joshua Lionel Cowen invented the toy electric train in 1900. The first product was not a toy. It was a flat car designed to display wares in a store window. It led to the trains when customers did not want the buy the merchandise on display, they wanted to buy the car. Six years later Lionel developed standard gauge track and the era of the toy train began. But standard gauge is big and does not fit nicely into a middle class home. Thus in the 1920’s he came up with 0 gauge about half the size and produced both until 1939.

Boys dreamed of Lionel Trains through about 1960, when other toys overtook the toy train as the penultimate Christmas gift for a boy.

In the last half of the Century, those boys became collectors, beginning in many cases when trains, long stored, came out to again to run around a Christmas tree for a new generation, this time the trains were no longer limited to boys. The Bergen club started when one such boy set up a small display in the Waldwick, NJ Public Library in the mid 1970’s. A second saw the display and suggested forming a club to make the display an annual event. At one time the club ran shows several times a year in several different locations. The Pearl River show is now its only major display. It does have open houses at its home display is in a small railway station in Hillsdale, NJ. But space issues limit the size of these functions largely to residents of that town.

The show runs from 9 to 5 Saturdays, 1 to 5 Sundays and 1 to 5 on Presidents day from February 18 to March 12. The adult donation is $6 and children are $2.00. The Church Ladies also sell lunch and snacks. Thus, visitors can stay all day.

The photo is of the 2016 Standard gauge display but this is built new each year in three weeks and each year it is different.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Stevie Nicks

In advance of the great music and fun taking place at the 59th GRAMMY Awards tonight, Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, surrounded by some of the best and brightest in the music biz. Stevie Nicks along with Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor attended the pre-event. 

 Photo Courtesy Of: Jesse Grant / Wireimage / Henson Consulting

Thursday, February 09, 2017



The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage by Phoebe Maltz Bovy (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale March 14, 2017).

Systematic injustice is real and is undoubtedly a problem in our culture. Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry are alive and well. “Privilege” hasn’t helped. In her debut book, Phoebe Maltz Bovy offers "an exploration of how the idea of 'privilege' has morphed over the years" (Kirkus Reviews). Since 2010, she has been following instances of “your privilege is showing” or YPIS on her blog and has long found the phenomenon of privilege-accusation fascinating. The Perils of “Privilege” is an investigation of and argument against the ubiquitous idea of privilege and covers the use of the word in everything from politicians’ rhetoric to online activism and literary criticism.

Phoebe can speak to many of interesting facets of the term “privilege,” including:

· Online, no one really knows who’s who, so it’s easy to win a point by citing the one area where another person is (or seems as if they might be) privileged. Privilege conversations of course occur offline as well, but are a social-media-age phenomenon.

· Individuals and demographics falling somewhere ambiguous on the privilege hierarchy – neither obvious haves nor obvious have-nots – wind up the scapegoats of a “privilege” framework.

· Privilege confessions, which are everywhere, are a form of evasion or self-promotion. Rather, they take away the possibility of others calling them out, or just venting.

· Privilege-accusations force sharing. If you’re not willing to share your story of suffering (in a college application, in a personal essay, on social media), you’ve as good as admitted to having had it easy. 

About The Book

Privilege—the word, the idea, the j’accuse that cannot be answered with equanimity—is the new rhetorical power play. From social media to academia, public speech to casual conversation, “Check your privilege” or “Your privilege is showing” are utilized to brand people of all kinds with a term once reserved for wealthy, old-money denizens of exclusive communities.

Today, “privileged” applies to anyone who enjoys an unearned advantage in life, about which they are likely oblivious. White privilege, male privilege, straight privilege—those conditions make everyday life easier, less stressful, more lucrative, and generally better for those who hold one, two, or all three designations. But what about white female privilege in the context of feminism? Or fixed gender privilege in the context of transgender? Or weight and height privilege in the context of hiring practices and salary levels? Or food privilege in the context of public health? Or two parent, working class privilege in the context of widening inequality for single parent families?

In The Perils of Privilege, Phoebe Maltz Bovy examines the rise of this word into extraordinary potency. Does calling out privilege help to change or soften it? Or simply reinforce it by dividing people against themselves? And is privilege a concept that, in fact, only privileged people are debating?

About The Author

Phoebe Maltz Bovy is a writer born and raised in New York City, now living in Toronto. Her essays on privilege have appeared in The New Republic and The Atlantic, among other publications. She has a doctorate in French and French Studies from New York University.


Barbara Corcoran

Mark Cuban

Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and real estate queen Barbara Corcoran, were photographed leaving AOL BUILD in New York City yesterday.



Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC on Friday, February 24th at 7 PM with an encore presentation of Simply, Ira Lee (A Gay Geezer Celebration Through the Looking Glass..warts and all). Ira Lee first presented this celebration of his 80th birthday last spring and then again in October, 2016. He will be joined by Musical Director John M. Cook on piano.

Born in a very small town in Indiana, the youngest of 8 children, Ira Lee began singing on the radio with his sister when they were kids. After studying at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, he moved to New York where he appeared off-Broadway and in regional theatre, and even opened for the great Dawn Hampton in the 1960s. After many years of performing, he took a 25-year hiatus from show business, re-appearing a few years ago with several successful cabaret appearances in NYC. Anne-Allegra Bennett of Center on the Aisle said "He puts life, energy, and compassion into the music, and from the very beginning, he conveys his range of character and emotion." Kevin Scott Hall,, said: “Collings gives the impression of a life well-lived, with his heart smack-dab in the right place. He gives a self-assured performance, but he offers more than that. It’s a celebration of life itself.” Mark Dundas Wood said "He is a talented storyteller" and in Cabaret Scenes, Joel Benjamin wrote "Ira Lee Collings sings a quiet 'At Last,' a buoyant 'Just In Time,' a very sweet 'He Touched Me,' a moving 'Come In From The Rain' and a triumphant 'Nothing Can Stop Me Now!'

Ira Lee has appeared in the Metropolitan Room Marathon, at the 2016 Aids Day Celebration and placed in the top ten in the "Mama's Next Big Act" competition at Don't Tell Mama. He has also appeared in Cabaret Cares at the Metropolitan Room.

Ira Lee’s show includes songs by Jerry Herman, Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, Bob Merrill and Jule Styne, Rodgers and Hart, Melissa Manchester and Carol Bayer Sager, and Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. Ira Lee says the show includes “something old and something older" and promises a few surprises.

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Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS continues his 80th birthday celebration with “Simply, Ira Lee (A Gay Geezer Celebration)" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC, on Friday, Feb 24 at 7 pm. $15 cover/2 drink minimum. MAC members: $10 cover/2 drink min. Reservations recommended: (212) 757-0788 or

Photo Courtesy Of: Sheree Sano / SUSAN L. SCHULMAN/Publicity

Sunday, February 05, 2017


Richard Johnson

Jack Griffo

NY Post legend Richard Johnson And Jack Griffo were photographed at The Blue Jacket Fashion Show To Benefit The Prostate Cancer Foundation at Chelsea Piers, Pier 59 recently in New York City.


Matt Ryan

The voice of Constantine Matt Ryan, was snapped at the East Coast Premiere of Justice League Dark at The Director’s Guild of America in New York City the other day.