New Times Square Edition hotel throws a pricey star-studded bash
Top models Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, and Hailey Bieber showed up to the Times Square Edition hotel’s grand opening party this week — and they were reportedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do so. The trio were seen at the hotel’s Terrace Restaurant, helmed by chef John Fraser, who oversees all of the hotel’s food and beverage. The celebs were paid $250,000 each to make an appearance, though other sources tell Page Six that the payout could’ve been in the millions of dollars. Meanwhile, Diana Ross held a surprise performance at the hotel’s cabaret venue called Paradise Club.
Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass show up in new Vampire Weekend music video
The new video for Vampire Weekend’s single “Sunflower” — which was directed by actor Jonah Hill, spotted filming around NYC in February — features several rotating clips taken at iconic Jewish spots Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side. And the final scene is of comedian Jerry Seinfeld ordering a lox bagel at the latter.
Coming attractions and a closing
East Village restaurant Tree Bistro known for its backyard setting will reopen this spring after a six-alarm fire shut it down last October. Located at 188 First Ave., between 11th and 12th streets, the space is now undergoing renovations. But sushi restaurant Uogashi that’s housed in the same building wasn’t as lucky; it seems that restaurant is permanently closed. A new restaurant and bar called Black Emperor is moving into 197 Second Ave., between 12th and 13th streets. Members of the Three Kings Restaurant Group was originally behind the “Asian fusion” restaurant; the group dissolved early this year.
Over in Brooklyn, the Old Carriage Inn will close after 35 years. The Park Slope Irish pub at 312 Seventh Ave. will ironically shut its doors on St. Patrick’s Day.
Top NYC food and beverage distributor’s blunt-smoking son defends father in big college fraud
The son of NYC-based Gregory Abbott — who is CEO of big food and beverage company International Dispensing Corp. — defended his parents’ involvement in the college admissions scandal while smoking a blunt outside their Fifth Avenue building. Abbott and his wife allegedly paid more than $100,000 to boost test scores for their daughter and now face federal charges, along with other CEOs and actors like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin that paid their children’s way into top-tier colleges. Abbott’s son Malcolm, who raps under the name “Billa” and admits he never went to college, says the scandal is being blown out of proportion. “I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man,” he said in between drags.
Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle dine at the Grill
Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle were spotted celebrating her 50th birthday at pricey Midtown restaurant the Grill. The duo previously celebrated Valentine’s Day at Nello, the Upper East Side Italian restaurant that allegedly banned solo female diners from dining at the bar.
A stabbing and a finger-biting attack at two NYC bars
A 41-year-old man stabbed two people at Upper West Side bar Dive 75 early Tuesday morning, West Side Rag reports. The stabbing occurred after two men tried to stop the attacker from aggressively hitting on a woman at the bar, located at 101 West 75th St. near Columbus Avenue. The victims, two men aged 35 and 61, were taken to a hospital in reportedly stable condition.
In other traumatizing bar news, a man that showed up to a Queens bar as it was closing bit off a piece of the security guard’s finger. The alleged attacker was so upset to find California Sports Bar in Elmhurst closed that he argued with the bouncer before biting his left pinky fingertip, injuring the bouncer’s finger. The alleged attacker ran off and has not been found.