Headliner The Migrant Kitchen Central Park When it established its flagship restaurant on the Upper West Side a little more than a year ago, the Migrant Kitchen put an element of the business of hospitality on its marquee — recognizing the cooks, servers and others who are often recent arrivals in the United States. The company, which started with pop-ups and catering pre-Covid and opened locations in Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side, is now bringing its eclectic menu to Central Park. It has moved into what is popularly known as the Ballfields Cafe, a building just north of the Heckscher Ballfields at 65th Street. Dan Dorado, who founded Migrant Kitchen with Nasser Jaber and Jaclinn Tanney, said the kitchen space offered enough muscle for them to serve hummus and sandwiches like a lamb torta, roast turkey with halloumi and avocado, and shawarmas of chicken or cauliflower. They’re also offering a burger, a hot dog and a “corn” dog, a hot dog topped with esquites . Soft … [Read more...] about The Migrant Kitchen Expands to Central Park’s Ballfields
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‘Where Are We Going to Put People?’
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images All of the 200 people who work for the New York City Office of Emergency Management are divided into three teams, and one team is on call at any given moment for any manner of disaster that may suddenly befall the city — a terrorist attack, a terrible storm, a building collapse. One night earlier this month, Zach Iscol, the city’s director of emergency management, was at home on the Upper East Side, putting his kids to bed when the phone rang. It was from one of the on-call teams, saying that a new and unexpected busload of asylum seekers had arrived at the Port Authority. Busloads of migrants had been arriving for months, spiking after May 11 and the expiration of Title 42 , the federal directive that kept asylum seekers at bay when COVID was still considered a national health emergency. New York, which alone among American cities has a right-to-shelter law that guarantees a bed for a night to everyone who needs one, had been scrambling … [Read more...] about ‘Where Are We Going to Put People?’
How Jeffrey Epstein Wooed a Princess
Late financier and sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein maintained close ties with members of at least two royal families in the years following his 2008 felony conviction for soliciting an underage girl, personal emails obtained by The Daily Beast show. Epstein served 13 months in a Florida prison on state charges, then spent another year on house arrest and probation, which ended in July 2010. The terms of his release required him to register as a Level III sex offender for the rest of his life. But that didn’t stop him from palling around with the global elite. In a Sept. 21, 2013 message to Epstein from his longtime executive assistant Lesley Groff, she laid out his schedule for the day. There was a reminder to call an Eastern European violinist, a breakfast with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak , and a string of appointments with professors, diplomats, and a real estate broker who was showing Epstein’s opulent Upper East Side townhouse to potential buyers. And … [Read more...] about How Jeffrey Epstein Wooed a Princess
Is America’s Largest City Also Its Most Misunderstood?
She may have made Queen Victoria weep, written the best-selling book of the 19th century, and been told by Lincoln she was the woman “that started this great war,” but my favorite thing about Harriet Beecher Stowe is that she was essentially the original weird Florida attraction. You see, in the years after the Civil War, Stowe moved to Mandarin across the river from Jacksonville. Long before Palm Beach and Miami were twinkles in Henry Flagler’s hungry eyes, tourists flocked to the Jacksonville area. It was a city of luxury hotels, exciting attractions, upper class foreigners, and it was also the entrance to one of America’s most exciting “frontiers”—the St. Johns River. Dubbed the “Nile of America” since it, too, flowed south to north, the St. Johns River was the first main driver of tourism in Florida. Beginning in the 1840s, steamships arrived daily carrying passengers from New England and New York, stopping at Savannah or Charleston along the way. Tourists usually spent some … [Read more...] about Is America’s Largest City Also Its Most Misunderstood?
The Prince of Lord & Taylor
SCARSDALE, N.Y. RICHARD A. BAKER dashes through the Lord & Taylor store here like Willy Wonka on a chocolate high. Look at these sweaters! Check out this Ralph Lauren! Just wait till you see our store in Yonkers! He squeaks to a stop at a table stacked with derrière enhancers. “How is this doing, Charlie?” he asks the store manager. Then he surveys his domain: “This building alone could be a $100 million property!” If Mr. Baker sounds like a rich kid playing with his new toys, well, that’s because he is a rich kid playing with his new toys. Only the toys happen to be two of the oldest department store chains in North America: Lord & Taylor, the grande dame that used to anchor the Ladies’ Mile in Manhattan, and the Hudson’s Bay Company of Canada, which traces its roots back to the 17th-century fur trade. How Mr. Baker, 45, came to own these baubles is a story for our financial times. He’s not exactly a self-made man. His father, Robert C. Baker, owns a … [Read more...] about The Prince of Lord & Taylor
Epstein Emailed About Dinners With Woody Allen, David Blaine, and Richard Branson
The rich and famous appeared to have few qualms about palling around with Jeffrey Epstein following the disgraced financier’s 13-month prison stay for soliciting sex from an underage girl, with boldface names appearing on his schedule such as Chris Rock, David Blaine, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, JPMorgan boss Jamie Dimon , and the former CEO of one of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casinos. That’s according to a tranche of emails obtained by The Daily Beast, which reveal others who showed up on Epstein’s dance card as having included music industry titan Tommy Mottola, Wendi Murdoch, Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, late comedian David Brenner, artist Jeff Koons, the president of Mongolia, and not one, but two former Norwegian prime ministers. Epstein also often indulged in his infamous “appointments,” with longtime executive assistant Lesley Groff setting up multitudes of sessions with young women to service him. The emails, which The Daily Beast received from authorities in … [Read more...] about Epstein Emailed About Dinners With Woody Allen, David Blaine, and Richard Branson