The reason Gus Christensen looks like an investment banker is that he was one until four months ago. A handshake reveals a shirt monogram over the wrist, an Omega watch and lapis cuff links he got on a JPMorgan Chase & Co. trip to Chile.
Meeting at Hotchkiss , Henry Luce and Briton Hadden formed an unlikely friendship. A poor scholarship boy, Luce had been raised in China by his Christian missionary parents, while Hadden grew up a rebellious son of privilege in Brooklyn Heights. Competitive and ambitious, the two stuck together and launched the magazine that would transform the news business.
Since Douglas Steiner transformed the Brooklyn Navy Yard into Hollywood-style studios in 2004, productions from “American Gangster” to “Boardwalk Empire” have been filmed there. The New Jersey native says he’d have been better off if he’d focused instead on buying and building properties in New York’s most populous borough.
Beneath the shiny surfaces and glib ripostes of Daniel Goldfarb’s “Cradle and All” lurks a refreshingly mean-spirited misanthropy. You may go home with dark feelings about yourself or your significant other, but please leave the kid, if there is a kid, out of it.
Passing through a woolly hedge, I found dozens of children romping through fountains and sliding down a gurgling watercourse. Here was a great playground created within Brooklyn Bridge Park, now making a spectacular setting accessible to the public.
Ted Shen , a New York investment banker turned Medici of experimental musicals, took a midday Delta Air Lines shuttle last week to Washington for the opening of “Sycamore Trees” at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.