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February 11th, 2003, 11:50 PM

i just passed ethan hawke last week in tribeca on chambers street. i was wondering if anyone else has had some recent encounters? Feel free to post.

i am interested in learning where NYC celebs live in the city. Can anyone give me any ideas as to how to go about finding more info? please email me: eggcreation@yahoo.com

February 11th, 2003, 11:53 PM
Show us the common decency of regular capitalization and we might asist you. *We have standards here.

February 11th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Whoa. Sorry about that, I had no idea that you had specific standards in this message board.

February 12th, 2003, 09:44 AM
There are famous types all over the city. *I think a lot fo the movie/music people live downtown.

I know there is a building on Perry St. where Lenny Kravitz and some others live.

Any those new buildings on West St. (Meier) have a lot - Calvin Klein, Nicole Kidman.

Harrison Ford lives somewhere in Chelsea.

Bruce Willis in Trump Tower.

I dunno, they're all over. *But, they always say, one of the great things about living in NYC is that NYers don't make a big fuss. *I agree with that - we're too damn cool, baby!

February 12th, 2003, 04:55 PM
I'm 95 percent sure I saw Justin Theroux, the director from Mulholland Drive, walking his dog in Washington Square Park last summer...

February 12th, 2003, 05:12 PM
What makes my head turn even more is the second-tier celebrities and character actors: *"Hey, wasn't that what's-his-name from Law and Order?" or "What movie was he in? * I know I saw him in something!" * In midtown I've seen Jackie Mason (he frequents a deli in the Garment district), Richard Belzer, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Rosie Perez, The Rock, Paul Giamatti, whats-his-name, whats-her-name, you-know-who. *And I don't even live in Manhattan, I just work there. *And then you see movies being filmed (I caught a scene from MIB II) and premiers (I stumbled upon The Lord of The Rings premier -- Harrison Ford, Gov. Pataki, and all the stars of the film were in attendance), award shows, interviews in those glass-walled studios. *Mid-town is just teeming with celebrities. *Throw a rock in any direction and you'll probably hit one and then get sued.

February 13th, 2003, 10:12 AM
They're all over the Village and SoHo too. There must be a lot who live down there because I often see them doing "normal" things in "normal" clothes: jogging, shopping, eating, pushing strollers - I'm sure I walk right by them most of the time without knowing. And yes dbhstockton, more times than not their names escape me, but I'm sure I've seen them before.

Upper West Side is full of celebs too....

February 13th, 2003, 06:45 PM
Rosie O'Donnell lives at Broadway and 66th.
Ran into Danny Aiello at Rue 57, which is at 6th Ave and, yes, 57th st.

February 14th, 2003, 03:59 PM
Not to beat this to the ground, but don't forget 2 of the best:

Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern - UWS

February 14th, 2003, 04:34 PM
Robert Deniro is in Tribeca, correct?

February 14th, 2003, 04:35 PM
Howard Stern has a house in Oyster Bay. *Not much chance you'll ever run into him out there.

February 15th, 2003, 09:13 AM
Harrison Ford actually lives in the TWT. *The travel channel just had a show on Trump 2 nights ago and they were specific about that. *Also Steven Spielberg lives in Trump Tower when he is not in LA.
Julia Roberts lives right on Grammercy Park.

(Edited by Zoe at 9:15 am on Feb. 15, 2003)

February 19th, 2003, 09:57 AM
Actually, Stern lives on the UWS (and the Hamptons), Billy Joel now lives in Oyster Bay (although that changes every minute).

February 28th, 2003, 05:43 PM
I saw Sandra Bullock near Park Avenue, but it looked like she had been shopping.

March 5th, 2003, 12:43 PM
I saw J-Lo & Ben Affleck in Tribeca a block west of the Tribeca Grand - just walkjng & holding hands.

Walked by Bruce Willis in Central Park.

Ran into (literally) Art Garfunkel on Fifth Avenue.

Sat in front of Bette Midler & Lainie Kazan at a Hairspray preview.

I know David Bowie has a penthouse in SOHO on Lafayette just south of the puck building.

March 5th, 2003, 05:00 PM
Quote: from billyblancoNYC on 9:44 am on Feb. 12, 2003

Bruce Willis in Trump Tower.

Which one ? 5th Ave. or TWT ?

March 6th, 2003, 09:52 AM
I think 5th. (For Willis)

March 11th, 2003, 06:50 PM
A minor celeb just moved in around the corner from me, Dr. Joyce Brothers. She gutted a townhouse on 85th between 1st and York, glitzed it up and piggy-backed two new floors on top. I see her every so often getting dropped off by her chauffer-driven caddy.

*Woody Allen also has a townhouse on 91st between Madison and Park. He's been involved in a NIMBY fight over putting a condo tower up on the corner. (The NIMBY's won that one, what was to be 16 floors will now only be 9)

Also Penelope Cruz bought a place recently at the Chelsea Mercantile, that building seems to be loading up on celebs.

(Edited by enzo at 6:54 pm on Mar. 11, 2003)

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May 11th, 2003, 09:12 PM
A friend of mine was telling me this story a few years ago about how she saw Susan Sarandon and her daughter and her daughter was being your run-of-the-mill teenage pain in the ass. I thought it was pretty funny. ;)

May 11th, 2003, 09:50 PM
I could have sworn I saw Brandy Chastain in the Village once.

May 12th, 2003, 02:11 PM
I just saw Susan Sarandon and her now well-endowed daughter near the Seaport a couple of weeks ago. Same story (echo phxmania).

May 12th, 2003, 02:43 PM
Quote: from NYatKNIGHT on 2:11 pm on May 12, 2003
I just saw Susan Sarandon and her now well-endowed daughter near the Seaport a couple of weeks ago. Same story (echo phxmania).

Well endowed, eh? Do you know how old she is? :D

May 12th, 2003, 02:46 PM
Well-endowed = good clean fun in the NYC! *

TLOZ Link5
May 12th, 2003, 05:00 PM
I saw Oliver Platt doing a scene for a now-failed primetime drama in Long Island City. *For some reason every show that stars Olver Platt immediately goes bust.

They were shooting in front of that pizzeria, whose name eludes me, down the street from the Citicorp building (and no, it's not Domino's).

May 12th, 2003, 05:15 PM
Quote: from phxmania2001 on 2:43 pm on May 12, 2003

Well endowed, eh? Do you know how old she is? :D
Still bordering on illegal.

Oh yeah, I also saw Kate Hudson doing a scene on MacDougal Street on my way home from work a couple weeks ago. She was wearing a short black number...looked good.

May 13th, 2003, 03:57 PM
#Moderation Mode

<a href="http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/topic.cgi?forum=1&topic=287" target="_self">Moved here</a>

May 14th, 2003, 01:59 AM
www.gawker.com is putting together a full list

TLOZ Link5
May 15th, 2003, 09:52 PM
I remembered the name of the pizzeria. *It's La Sirena on Jackson Boulevard. *He was shooting for that drama, Queens Supreme, which folded after like three episodes.

May 21st, 2003, 06:57 PM
This is a bit off topic, but do you guys know what members of the Hollywood elite hang out in Hell's Kitchen? I was walking by this cafe on 42nd and there were a bunch of photographers hanging around outside. They went at it when this one girl who looked kinda like Tara Reid except with curly hair and a bit thicker came in.

May 22nd, 2003, 02:38 PM
Howard Stern, Regis Philbin and Alan Alda all live off W67

July 29th, 2003, 06:23 PM
Paul Rudd lived in my bldg til last month on W12th
Gwenyth Paltrow and Liv Tyler right around the corner on W4th

October 11th, 2003, 08:17 PM
October 12, 2003


Basking, and Blushing, in the Shine of Celebrity


Lisa Haney

THE first time I brushed up against fame was on Madison Avenue when I was a teenager. I was walking along when some construction workers started yelling at me: "Hey, Rocky, what's up?'' I looked around and realized that they weren't yelling at me but at the man walking next to me, who was Sylvester Stallone.

Not too long after this, I was waiting in line in Tower Records in the Village when I stepped on the foot of the man in front of me, who was David Byrne of the Talking Heads. I looked him in the eye and said, "I'm a big fan of yours.'' Word of this encounter spread quickly around my high school in Brooklyn, and when I excitedly started to tell my friend Dave that I had bumped into Byrne in Tower Records, he cut me off - "Yeah, and I heard you said a dopey thing.''

Celebrities are everywhere in New York, not just in the gossip columns but come to life. They are as common as bus fumes, but New Yorkers still get all silly around them. It's a strange case of reverse provincialism: we like living in a city that draws and even creates celebrities, but when we encounter them, we say stupid things, we shout unwanted greetings.

The encounters have increased in recent years, although sometimes only second hand. Celebrities stalk me from a distance, with one degree of separation; one day a friend canceled on me because she was lunching instead with Florence Henderson.

But these sightings can have benefits, too. For example, I enjoy the restaurant Pastis in the meatpacking district, and I've been able to judge its waning arc of hotness not by how hard it is to get a reservation but by the famous people I've seen there.

A few months after it opened, there was Julianne Moore, eating breakfast. A few months after that, there was Salman Rushdie with a beautiful woman on a far banquette, his back very much to the wall. Two years later, there was Al Goldstein, the publisher of Screw magazine, on the day of his conviction, later overturned, of harassing a female employee. He was greeted with solemn hugs and words of condolence by members of the wait staff.

But all this is nothing compared to what happened around the corner from Pastis on a Friday night in January 2001.

I was dining with my wife, Helene, and two of our closest friends, Dan and Alison, at the restaurant-club Lotus, on 14th Street off Ninth Avenue. A big night out for four new parents. We had booked a table for 8 p.m., early by celebrity standards, and watched as the place filled up. The service was a little slow; at 10 p.m. the captain told us he needed the table for a new party and offered us drinks and dessert on the house if we were willing to move downstairs to the basement lounge.

The lounge was nearly deserted, with only one large party at a table in the back. We sat down to a new round of drinks just as a man who looked a bit like Ben Affleck, the actor, walked by and joined the crowd at the far table.

"That guy looked like Ben Affleck,'' Helene said. This comment prompted a loud and increasingly drunken discussion at our table of all things Ben Affleck: Helene and Alison went on about his cuteness at some length. Helene said she liked him in "Chasing Amy.'' Dan had recently seen "Reindeer Games'' on video and was not impressed.

"Did you see that movie?'' Dan demanded loudly. "That movie was terrible! Did you see it? I'm telling you, God, it was awful.'' Louder and louder, he went on and on. "Wendell, I'm telling you, you should rent it just to see how bad it was.''

Maybe it was to block out all the shouting, but I put my head down on the table for just a second, and as I did, a tiny thought started to form in the deepest recesses of my brain; perhaps the man at the far table didn't just look like but -.

I looked up just as Ben Affleck, the actor, came up to us, put his hands on our table and leaned in toward us with a smirk. "I hope you all have a wonderful dinner,'' he said after a short but meaningful pause. Then he walked out the door.

My wife, not surprisingly, was furious. "He probably thought we were tourists, or something,'' she stormed at me. Actually, Mr. Affleck might have been surprised to learn that we were all New Yorkers, one of whom had rubbed shoulders with Sylvester Stallone, stepped on David Byrne's foot and come to grips with the painful realization that he is a less appealing lunch companion than Florence Henderson.

E-mail: wendell@nytimes.com

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

October 24th, 2003, 01:25 PM
Alicia Keys was shooting a video in the restaurant right down the street from where I live. She's much shorter than she seems.

TLOZ Link5
October 24th, 2003, 02:42 PM
She's still gorgeous, though.

October 24th, 2003, 02:57 PM
Yes, very..

I think I saw Harrison Ford outside TWT the last time I was there. Not that I really care, but that's what this thread's about.

October 25th, 2003, 02:37 PM
Alicia Keys was shooting a video in the restaurant right down the street from where I live. She's much shorter than she seems.

Lucky sonofagun. I would've paid good money to catch a glimspe........

Where was the video being shot?

October 27th, 2003, 01:40 PM
Alicia Keys was shooting a video in the restaurant right down the street from where I live. She's much shorter than she seems.

Lucky sonofagun. I would've paid good money to catch a glimspe........

Where was the video being shot?

135th and Lenox, in the Pan Pan Restaurant. And yeah, she is pretty hot. :D

So if, in the future, you stumble upon an episode of Making the Video, in which you see her walking by some guy with a Doors beanie, and a half puzzled, half flustered look on his face, you can say that you know him. :wink:

TLOZ Link5
October 27th, 2003, 01:42 PM
Harrison Ford used to live in the penthouse of 101 CPW, which is where one of my good friends lives. I think he might have moved away after his divorce.

November 10th, 2003, 09:27 AM
It's going to be quite the full house when Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen move into their new downtown digs.

Sources say the tantalizing teens, best known to young adults and dirty old men for their twin turns on TV, have purchased two apartments in the new Morton Square development, presently under construction in the West Village.

The inseparable 17-year-old West Coast thespians are planning to combine two apartments - a one-bedroom and a three-bedroom, for which they paid approximately $3.5 million - and turn it into one big dollhouse when the Morton Square complex, comprising apartments, lofts and town houses, is completed next year.

A spokesperson for Morton Square had no comment.

Could that mean the girls are planning to attend college in the area?

The high school seniors certainly can afford a pricey place to crash, since they have a combined net worth of $76 million.

Downtown Diddy

It will be interesting to see how Sean "P.Diddy" Combs and his new neighbors get along under one roof. The hip-hopping, marathon-hoofing music mogul just bought a snappy four-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot loft at 169 Hudson St. that had an asking price of $3.65 million.

The 12-unit building's residence will include Sam Waksal's daughter, Alana Waksal, who bought her place after selling some, uh, shares of stock, and ketchup heir Chris Heinz, stepson of presidential wannabe Sen. John Kerry. The unit's seller, Dr. Kelly Posner-Gerstenhaber, who is the granddaughter of the late financier Victor Posner, will move on up to the penthouse.

Watts up

Speaking of Combs and lofts, Aussie actress Naomi Watts has been combing downtown Manhattan for a place to call her own. Our spies recently caught her scoping out a loft in SoHo going for slightly less than $2 million.

November 13th, 2003, 05:11 PM
My sightings are usually along the lines of "I'm pretty sure that was..."


50 Cent, in the Village
Sean Lennon and Bijou Phillips, by Union Square
Denis Leary, heading into the Trump building at Columbus Circle
The Detective from Law and Order who used to be Ally McBeal's boyfriend, on the UWS (I think they were filming)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Union Square
Mike Bloomberg, riding the #6 from City Hall (he got off at 42nd - I was right next to him and couldn't think of anything to say)
Ewan McGregor, filming something Downtown in back of the NY Sports Club on Water street.

My wife, who worked for a year at a Danny Meyer restaraunt, has enough of these sightings to last both her and my lifetime already.

March 11th, 2004, 09:27 PM
I've seen alot of Celebs in Manhattan, but the real hotspots are the airports.

I ran into Henry Kissenger and his young tall blonde European Woman companion at the New Terminal 4 at JFK, from the conversation I think he was heading to Zurich or Geneva.

Chaz Pulmeneiri (spelling) Newark Airport Terminal A boarding a UAL flight to LA

Method Man at Terminal C at Newark Airport

Lauren Hill , her rastafarian (lots of dreads) husband and a bunch of kids on a people mover at Newark Airport Terminal C.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown at Newark Airport Terminal C

Peter Max at Newark Airport Terminal C

Some guy from the Back street boys (the one that went to rehab) at Newark Airport.

Bill Murray at Newark Airport

March 11th, 2004, 10:36 PM
I believe that's Chazz "Palminteri"

I run into Henry Kissinger approximately once a month (ok, maybe once every three months...). His consulting company is based out of the office building where I work.

May 11th, 2004, 02:10 PM
I had a phenomenal night of celebrity spotting - and rubbing elbows at times - at the premier of Troy at the Zigfeld Theater, and the after-party at Ciprianis last night. Sharing the red carpet with me were the cast members:
Brad Pitt
Sean Bean - the coolest dude ever
Eric Bana
Brian Cox - wearing a kilt
Helen of Troy (Diane Kruger)
Peter O'Toole - a true legend
Orlando Bloom, though I'm not sure if I saw him

And some others:
Jennifer Aniston
Will Smith
Snoop Dog & his posse
Kevin James - The King of Queens
One of the Olsen Twins
Spike Lee
Mark Burnett
Chris Noth (Mr. Big)
Jai - The Queer Eye guy
Erika - from The Apprentice
Jeff Probst, and possibly some Survivors
Eva Mendez - hottie

I'm forgetting some, I know...plus lots of other pseudo-famous people that I recognized but couldn't place.

The movie was decent, but mixing into the seats with the celebs was the best part. The party after was fun too, better than most was what I was told by my friend who brought me. Great food, bars everywhere, hot chicks, and most people on that list were happy to chat and seemingly having a good time. Plus that Bowery Savings Bank (Ciprianis) is such a great space, always a treat. I'm hurting now, but it was worth it.

May 11th, 2004, 02:50 PM
Sweet you saw allot of Celebes. I saw Chopper from the MTV show Making Da Band. He shook my hand and smiled. I met him in Time Square like two weeks ago.

December 14th, 2005, 12:02 AM
I think there are also a lot of up and coming young actors/actresses that do shows on Broadway. Some of them end up doing TV and film.

There is a kids show called Lazytown on Nickleodeon that has a character called Stephanie in it. Her real name is Julianna Rose Mauriello and she has done several Broadway shows etc before moving onto TV.

I think she may be from Manhattan but not sure.

So who knows...The up and coming ones you see in the Broadway shows may soon be hitting the TV and big screen.


January 13th, 2006, 12:37 AM
alert: saw tobey mcguire at the downtown prince st. subway station this evening ... eyes bluer than imaginable

January 14th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Whoa. Sorry about that, I had no idea that you had specific standards in this message board.
theres a bus tour on one of those double decker buses that will tell you where certain celebs live

January 20th, 2006, 04:41 AM
When I was in NYC I saw Colmes (sp?) from Hanady and Colmes on Fox News (well sort of a celeb).

I also saw Rupert G at his deli!

I saw Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden (what are the odds?!?) haha.

I was on the floor for the first night and Howard Stern was also on the floor.

January 20th, 2006, 09:30 AM
I saw Alec Baldwin in a sports shop (huge cant remeber the name of now near the FlatIron I think....lot of purple) He was with some harrassed looking woman and has very bright eyes. Bigger than I thought...the shop assistants said that Keano Reeves and all the Baldwin brothers go in there and they are great but he was a bit...er....moody. Mind you I was sat there pointing at my boyfried mouthing 'dosent that man look like someone off the telly darling?' as he walked past!!
Saw Jimmy Nail at the luggage turntable at Heathrow the time before the last time I went and came home, hed been on my flight from Newark.

I would PAY to be within 10 metres of Denis Leary. I have no idea why but I only hear the mans voice and I go weak at the knees. Rescue Me, I cant even go there.........

January 25th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Today I bumped into Carlos Beltran while shopping at PortoBello on 42nd Street. I got his autograph and was assured that this will be a good year for the Mets.

City Spire
January 26th, 2006, 03:56 PM
Its more fun with the really distant celeb spottings...

A friend of mine saw Sarah Michelle Gellar in the Saks boutique this october.

And, this ones my favourite, a friend's friend of my sister saw an actor who played a guy on the show Felicity. :rolleyes:

January 26th, 2006, 05:14 PM
Or, "you just missed it! Adam Sandler just walked by."

February 17th, 2006, 05:08 PM
Does anyone know where Mariah Carey and Kate Hudson live?

February 25th, 2006, 04:42 PM
If you want to stake out a celebrity, this is the thread for you: http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4950

On second thought, they've probably all moved since this info was posted.

March 1st, 2006, 01:32 AM

i just passed ethan hawke last week in tribeca on chambers street. i was wondering if anyone else has had some recent encounters? Feel free to post.

i am interested in learning where NYC celebs live in the city. Can anyone give me any ideas as to how to go about finding more info? please email me: eggcreation@yahoo.com

Yep, saw him schlepping down a street once. Was having lunch on a bright beautiful NYC day, some seafood restaurant, Blue something or other. They had great salmon and Pelligrino sparkling water is all I really remember.. Oh, and the nice company I was with.

He's much shorter than I thought he'd be, and when he walked, he sorta, well, best way I can explain it is "short mans style" like he was hopping up from one leg to the other. LOL.

Also saw the guy who played the son of Walter Matthaw in "Grumpier Old Men" along w. Ed Norton (I think) and the chick who played the girlfriend in Ang Lee's version of The Hulk eating at the table right next to us @ Lucky Chengs, the asian drag queen fusion east meets west dinner theatre club extravaganza. That was a fun drunken night! :)

Gregory Tenenbaum
March 2nd, 2006, 07:06 AM
Ok ok I can't resist.

I bumped into Liev Schr. in the Bleecker Street Hardware store on Saturday.

March 2nd, 2006, 10:48 AM
This is a few years ago, before they got married.

One night in an almost empty subway car, sitting diagonally across from me is Billy Joel, with his young girlfriend, Kate Lee. I nodded recognition (I am so cool :) ), and he nodded back, but since I was with my daughter, he may have been thinking,

"Wow, that guy has a really young girlfriend."

March 2nd, 2006, 01:34 PM
I believe Pierre Cardin is going to me soon-to-be-Ex Gym.

I missed him by THAT much, not that I would have recognised him anyway... ;)

Gregory Tenenbaum
March 3rd, 2006, 05:41 AM
Also saw the guy who played the son of Walter Matthaw in "Grumpier Old Men" along w. Ed Norton (I think) and the chick who played the girlfriend in Ang Lee's version of The Hulk eating at the table right next to us @ Lucky Chengs, the asian drag queen fusion east meets west dinner theatre club extravaganza. That was a fun drunken night! :)

Hey I saw Ed in Hong Kong back in November. Short guy! No hopping though.

April 27th, 2006, 11:44 PM
I saw David Copperfield with his girlfriend Sonia Uribe walking out of Alain Ducasse at the Essex House on 155 W. 58th St., nr. Seventh Ave. I'm not 100% but I think they were with Jerry Seinfeld.

April 28th, 2006, 01:17 AM
Sonia Uribe and David Copperfield truly need to hire themselves real PR flacks, not someone who just spams NYC-related sites with "sightings."

April 28th, 2006, 08:28 AM
I saw David Copperfield with his girlfriend Sonia Uribe walking out of Alain Ducasse at the Essex House on 155 W. 58th St., nr. Seventh Ave. I'm not 100% but I think they were with Jerry Seinfeld.

And will they all be on Jay Leno tonight at 11:30 on NBC?????

May 4th, 2006, 07:40 AM
i had dinner with Annabella Sciorra at Beppe. Does that count as a sighting?

May 7th, 2006, 07:58 PM
I saw Elvis Costello yesterday on Sixth Ave & 13th Street. He was wearing a great embroidered black cowboy shirt.

May 7th, 2006, 11:37 PM
Anyone remember the Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man? He was in those promos/advisories or something before movies (at all the Lowes movie theatres, I believe) that warn you to shut off your cell phones and stuff. I don't know his name but i saw him on 45th between 5th and 6th avenues... I know he did the Net Zero commercials for a while and is sometimes on VH1's "Best Week Ever" and stuff.

Oh and the other day at the AStor Place stop I saw Sam Rockwell. He's been in a bunch of movies but he's not terribly popular I think. I know he was in Matchstick Men, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (?), and he was the really crazy cell/inmate in The Green Mile -- his character stomps on the little mouse.

May 23rd, 2006, 12:59 AM
^ I LOVE SAM ROCKWELL. Now im jealous

I saw Stanley Tucci at the IFC Center tonight. He was introducing some benefit. And this fat red haired guy wiht orange clogs came in too. Apparently he's some hotshot from the food network. i cant remember what they said his name was

May 23rd, 2006, 07:08 AM
i saw the queen in merry old england, god i hate her :mad:

May 23rd, 2006, 08:50 AM
... this fat red haired guy wiht orange clogs ... Apparently he's some hotshot from the food network. i cant remember what they said his name was
Mario Batali ? (chef / entrepeneur / restauranteur)

May 23rd, 2006, 09:50 AM
Yes, that would be him, Molto Mario himself. He's had some trouble lately with opening a new restaurant somewhere in Manhattan. He's usually great on Iron Chef America, but his Molto Mario show is probably the closest thing to teaching cooking without actually cooking. The man can be exhausting.

May 27th, 2006, 06:43 PM
They built a special back hallway for Ricky Martin to exit his Time Warner home straight from the elevators to the garage, so he wouldn't have to walk through the main entreance.

May 27th, 2006, 06:52 PM
A recent "find". I didn't even have to leave home.


April 7th, 2007, 11:54 AM
So me and my friends go to Carolines last night to catch the comedy show, and lo' and behold one of my all time favorite rappers comes and sits at the table right next to us. I am speaking off course of the one and only ICE-T! Him and his wife and entourage were chillin' right next to us for the whole night. Real nice guy, we all got to meet him and shake his hand, and hang out with him for the show. I've lived in NYC almost all my life, but that was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had!!

April 9th, 2007, 05:59 PM
apparently steve buscemi lives down the street from me in brooklyn (park slope, 6th ave), but i've never seen him.

i'm hoping i'll run into him getting a coffee or something.

April 9th, 2007, 07:06 PM
I live in the same building (NYU residence hall) as Haley Joel Osment... 11 floors below him, to be precise.

April 9th, 2007, 10:43 PM
I used to live on the apartment above that Durst dude who later chopped us his neighbor in Galveston. I am told that in his apartment application under "Pets" he put "roaches."

April 10th, 2007, 03:51 AM
I got a hug from Russel Simmons on 32nd (Korea Way).

The Benniest
April 29th, 2008, 08:07 PM
It's crazy that could be sitting pretty much anyplace in New York City and not notice that you could be sitting a row or 2 in front of a famous celebrity. When I saw Monty Python's Spamalot, Marie Osmond happened to be sitting a 1 row in front of me. Other celebrities I happened to spot while on my trip:

The Today Show team (Matt, Ann, Natalie)
Donald Trump (today show)
Piers Morgan (today show)
Trace Atkins (today show)
Sarah Jessica Parker in Midtown
Kelly Ripa in TriBeCaQuite exciting! I hope to see more in July! :D


April 30th, 2008, 09:03 PM
I waited on line with John Tutturo and his wife and son last spring while I was waiting to send for my passport at the Farley Post Office. Talked to him and his wife for about an hour and a half. Really nice people, they were getting a passport from the same service I was and it was for their son.

May 3rd, 2008, 09:48 PM
1. I saw Louis Black sitting with a person who looked to an agent or personal assistant at Newark Airport last year while waiting for a flight to O'Hare. I said hello to him and shook his hand. Real nice guy, very understated.

2. Now this will sound strange, but a few years back I was exercising at the Equinox on 85th. It was late Sunday evening they were getting ready to close and I swear I was bench pressing next to Jason Giambi. Didn't say hi to him though, he seemed to be involved with a trainer.

3. My g/f had a conversaton with Christian Slater in 2005 while waiting to see The Glass Menagerie. She spotted him going into a Starbucks, walked over and said hello and preceded to talk to him about acting, the show, others he was in etc.. he seemed very genuine and approachable. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested at LGA for fondling a business woman. I am not sure how that went

4. Fantasia (American Idol) lived in my building while she appeared in "The Color Purple".

5. Armani Toomer used to live here too, but has since moved.

The Benniest
July 17th, 2008, 10:28 PM
Saw Kelly Ripa yesterday afternoon walking in the Tribeca area. I was talking with BrooklynRider and Kelly looked RIGHT at me but I was to starstruck to stop her. :(

I'm a really big Kelly Ripa fan!

July 18th, 2008, 05:39 AM
You should get tickets to the 'Live With Regis and Kelly' show.

July 18th, 2008, 10:19 AM
I read in a forum about how this guy and his friend saw Christopher Walken buy a hot dog. They we're totally starstruck and couldn't stop staring. Then Walken looked at them and said "I know."


The Benniest
July 18th, 2008, 03:14 PM

Natasha Bedingfield (sp?) was on The Today Show this morning. Saw her perform.

Anyone else catch it?

July 27th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Celebrity sighting in Hoboken

David Schwimmer standing outside (smoking a cigarette?) the Three A's bar on Grand Street in Hoboken, my wife and I were walking from the St.Anne's Festival to Leo's. We happened to stop in front of the Three A's Bar to ask someone for directions to Leo's, I looked at this guy standing next to me and I thought to myself "wow this guy looks exactly like that guy from Friends". He then started talking to his friend and instantly I recognized his voice as "Ross", he was asking his friend if anyone inside had recognized him to which his friend responded "yeah the cops in the back".

My Wife and I didn't talk with him, we just kept walking to Leo's once we got directions from someone. I couldn't think of anything to rap with him about except to ask how much of a pain in the ass is Jennifer Anniston, I don't think celebrities like talking about anyone but themselves.

I was not a big friends viewer, although I watched it now and then. I did however love the HBO series "Band of Brothers", I thought that was fantastic.

Tall dude.

Gregory Tenenbaum
July 27th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Liev Schreiber

Dirk Benedict

Others I did and didnt recognize...

Gregory Tenenbaum...

August 13th, 2008, 11:16 AM
The Transom in Print, August 13, 2008:

The Reinvention of Kirsten Dunst;

by Doree Shafrir (http://www.observer.com/doreeshafrir) | August 13, 2008

http://www.observer.com/files/imagecache/vertical/files/aleksander_3_0.jpgGetty Images.
Just a typical day downtown for Kirsten Dunst.

Irina Aleksander goes on the trail of Kirsten Dunst (http://www.observer.com/2008/style/gossip-girls), who took up residence in her $3 million Tribeca penthouse in March and has since been spotted all over (down)town--hanging out near the DJ booth at the Beatrice Inn, wandering the West Village in her trademark Ray Bans, dancing at Bowery Electric. Is New York courting her, or is she courting New York?


2008 Observer Media Group,

September 2nd, 2008, 03:03 PM
Just a typical day downtown for Kirsten Dunst.

Hey, isn't that Spidey's girl??!

The Benniest
September 3rd, 2008, 08:56 AM
Yep. :)

September 4th, 2008, 10:19 AM
Just keep your eyes open &/or hang around the stage doors after the show. Here are a few of the people I have chatted with:
Antonio Banderas
Melanie Griffith
Hugh Jackman
Chita Rivera
Billy Connolly
Bob Vila
Johnnie Depp
Tom Brokaw
John Lithrow
Hal Linden

The Benniest
September 4th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I agree. When I saw "Legally Blonde," I got to chat and meet some of my favorite actors from the musical including, my favorite, Laura Bell Bundy. :rolleyes:

September 4th, 2008, 08:50 PM
I honestly don't get this fascination with celebrities.

The Benniest
September 4th, 2008, 08:54 PM
I do not live in an area where you can see celebs walking down the sidewalk everyday. I live in residential Iowa, and can count the number of celebs I have seen in my life on one hand. That's why people, like myself, get so excited when we see them.

September 8th, 2008, 12:59 PM
I think its fascinating to see someone in the flesh who you have seen many times only on tv. My favourite, Jessica Alba at the world premier of Fantastic Four, that was a gooood day.

September 8th, 2008, 01:25 PM
I got a thrill when I walked into a 9th av. drugstore to
fill a prescription. While I was waiting I got to watch Chris Rock acting out a scene from "I Think I love My Wife"
- the part where he was buying condoms.
It was all we could do to keep from laughing our heads
off while they were filming!