A new oral history book about Trump details the president’s NYC party days
An excerpt of Allen Salkin and Aaron Short’s Trump oral history book The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated published in Vice details the president’s claims that he has never had alcohol and touches on his party days in NYC in the 1990s. Trump and his friend John Casablancas reportedly used to hit up Soho lounges like Spy Bar, Wax, and Chaos, with Trump allegedly nursing a small number of light beers. One bartender at several clubs in the 1990s also claims Trump was a terrible tipper in the piece, alleging that he would leave two dollars after buying an expensive bottle of wine for his table. “I wanted to kill him,” the bartender says. It’s not the first time the president has been accused of poor tipping, though there are also reports that he sometimes drops $100 bills for groundskeepers.
A summer pop-up of booza
Williamsburg ice cream shop Republic of Booza — which specializes in the old-school, elastic-textured booza ice cream — is expanding its NYC footprint by opening a summer pop-up in Fort Greene. Some flavors will be exclusive to the pop-up, opening at 45 Willoughby Ave., like cinnamon leaf, caramel chutney, and mint chocolate chip. It’s a collaboration with Henry Rich, owner of neighborhood restaurants like Rucola, June, and Metta. The pop-up launches Wednesday and will end in September.
Snagging a spot in South Street Seaport for July 4 will cost you
Macy’s is bringing back its July 4 fireworks display near the Brooklyn Bridge this year, and despite laws demanding public access, Piers 16 and 17 in South Street Seaport will be closed to the public, with various expensive parties being the only way to have a front row waterside seat for the event. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s the Fulton is selling $492 tickets to its celebration, which includes an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, a raw bar and caviar bar, and a view. The boat restaurant Pilot by Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 is also selling seats at the bar for $375 and table seats for $450. That party also includes an open bar as well as unlimited oysters and a seated dinner. Sections of the FDR will be open to the public, but the piers will remain shuttered to those not willing to pay.
NYC’s foam ban goes into full effect
The ban on single-use foam food and beverage containers began on January 1 of this year, but up until now, restaurants and businesses have been in a six-month warning period. Starting July 1, any establishments found in violation of the foam ban will receive fines starting at $250 for the first offense and doubling for the second. Third and subsequent violations will be fined at $1,000. Some food vendors told the Post they were unaware of the ban and the grace period.
Closings, and more happenings around town
The 24/7 grocery St. Mark’s Market appears to be closed. The Post also reports that the potential sale of Howard Hughes Corp. will not affect the massive construction projects still underway in the South Street Seaport redevelopment.