Do You Know What Came Between Us And Our Calvins ?

The answer to the headline above is Calvin Klein himself. He caught Eliot and I poking around his property in the summer of 1983, a year after Whitney was born. We had just built a house in Montauk and we used to drive around the Hamptons looking for celebrities. We often went to Calvin’s private driveway to see if we could get a glimpse of his home.

For some reason, this time Eliot drove up the private road of Calvin’s East Hampton’s estate. Before we knew it, there was a car right behind us. It was Calvin himself. It was a single lane road so we didn’t know what to do. We just stopped. Calvin looked at us so we quickly made a very tight U turn and did our best to get past his car.

He just stared at us. He never said a word as we made our escape. He could have had us arrested. He must have seen Whitney in the back seat and figured we were just celebrity stalkers. We were, we are, we will continue to be.

The Dirt

Calvin Klein Sells East Hampton Estate in $85 Million Off-Market Deal

Calvin Klein East hampton house

Calvin Klein has left the building. Or, rather, he’s sold off the last of his properties in the Hamptons.

It was widely reported when Calvin Klein and second wife Kelly split up — unofficially in 1996 but not officially divorced until 2006 — that Kelly was keeping the beautiful oceanfront estate in East Hampton she and Calvin bought in 1987 for $3.6 million from the son of Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan American World Airways. And she did remain in residence.

However, deeds filed in Suffolk County show the nearly 8.5-acre spread has been sold, not by Kelly but by Calvin Klein in two contiguous off-market transactions that totaled $85 million. The bulk of the estate went for $75 million, while an undeveloped adjacent strip of land traded at $10 million. (The second transaction also shows Klein’s daughter, “Saturday Night Live” producer Marci Klein, as a signatory.) The buyers are shielded behind a couple of typically mysterious LLCs.

This is actually the second time in about a year that Calvin Klein has sold a Hamptons estate in an off-market deal valued at more than $80 million. In 2003, long after he and Kelly went their separate ways but still some years before their divorce was finalized, Calvin paid $30 million for an oceanfront mansion on Southampton’s Meadow Lane.

He demolished it, spent a fortune building a modern glass box in its place, and sold it to hedge funder Ken Griffin last year for a cool $84 million. And, perhaps not coincidentally, Kelly, a photographer and author who also has a home in Palm Beach, has just spent $15.9 million on a tiny waterfront cottage in nearby Sag Harbor, as first reported in the New York Post.

Calvin Klein House East Hampton

Photo : Out of copyright

The gorgeous house has an interesting history. In 1891, well-to-do single woman Laura Brevoort Sedgwick (1859-1907) hired noted Hamptons architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorp to build herself a house. Thorp is noted for having designed Grey Gardens, which, by the way, is quite close to this house, as well as another East Hampton mansion later owned by Chevy Chase.

Sedgwick soon met Henry A. James (1854-1929), and they married in the living room of this house. The couple hired Thorp to add on to the house, adding the windmill tower in the middle of the house in 1899. (Windmill houses are kind of a thing in the Hamptons. Many eccentric late 19th century houses in the area had fake windmills added to them; among them a cottage now owned by Robert Downey Jr.)

In 1935, aviation pioneer Juan Trippe (1899-1981), president of Pan Am Airlines, purchased the house and undertook significant renovations. The Kleins, who bought the house 52 years later from Trippe’s son, were only the third owners.

Calvin Klein House East Hampton

Photo : Google

The property consists of the main house, a pool that was added by the Kleins, and, because the property spans both sides of the street, a boathouse on Georgica Pond. Shortly after the Kleins acquired the estate, architect Thierry Despont was brought in to update and refresh the house, which was pictured in Vogue Decoration in 1992.

Even having sold these two huge estates in the Hamptons, Calvin is hardly homeless. Since the early 2000s he’s owned a 10,000-square-foot triplex penthouse in a Richard Meier-desgined building in New York’s West Village — the developers famously took Klein up in a helicopter so he could see exactly what the view would be like from the glass-walled aerie — and in 2015 he shelled out $25 million for a 9,300-square-foot contemporary mansion just above L.A.’s Sunset Strip.


Too Important Not To Share

This may be years away from being a real cure but it’s nice to know we are going in this direction. Hurry up please.

A magnetic helmet shrunk a deadly tumor in world-first test

The user-friendly medical device can be operated at home.

Oncomagnetic Device

Houston Methodist Neurological Institute

We’ve seen helmets and AI that can spot brain tumors, but a new hard hat can actually treat them, too. As part of the latest neurological breakthrough, researchers used a helmet that generates a magnetic field to shrink a deadly tumor by a third. The 53-year-old patient who underwent the treatment ultimately passed away due to an unrelated injury. But, an autopsy of his brain showed that the procedure had removed 31 percent of the tumor mass in a short time. The test marked the first noninvasive therapy for a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.

The helmet features three rotating magnets connected to a microprocessor-based electronic controller operated by a rechargeable battery. As part of the therapy, the patient wore the device for five weeks at a clinic and then at home with the help of his wife. The resulting magnetic field therapy created by the helmet was administered for two hours initially and then ramped up to a maximum of six hours per day. During the period, the patient’s tumor mass and volume shrunk by nearly a third, with shrinkage appearing to correlate with the treatment dose.null

The inventors of the device — which received FDA approval for compassionate use treatment — claim it could one day help treat brain cancer without radiation or chemotherapy. “Our results…open a new world of non-invasive and nontoxic therapy…with many exciting possibilities for the future,” said David S. Baskin, corresponding author and director of the Kenneth R. Peak Center for Brain and Pituitary Tumor Treatment in the Department of Neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute. Details of the procedure have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Oncology.



ABC Reports That Zoom Calls Can Make You Demented!

Botox users getting younger after a year of Zoom meetings, doctors say

As cities around the world start to reopen after COVID-19 lockdowns, the effects of the pandemic are starting to show on people’s faces.

Experts in cosmetic medicine say they have begun to notice an uptick in Botox treatments among younger generations. They say people, particularly women, in their early 20s — aged from the pandemic and wearing less makeup than before — spent so much time looking at themselves during Zoom meetings that they started to notice their “imperfections,” and for the first time, turned to Botox and fillers.

“I would say that my average age of patients shifted down considerably this year, and it’s now early 20s,” Skinly Aesthetics founder Dr. Dmitriy Schwarzburg said. “And they’re coming not just for Botox, but for all kinds of procedures that they would otherwise consider at a much later point in their lives.”

Amy Shecter, the CEO of Ever/Body said, “The Zoom effect is real, and it has definitely been a catalyst for increased interest in cosmetic dermatology treatments.”

According to Stacy Garrity, a nurse practitioner at Ever/Body, many of their clients over the past year have admitted that they only started to notice their fine lines because of Zoom, and now that things are opening up, they’re anxious to get out of their quarantine funk and look and feel better.

The number of patients in their early to mid 20s “is a phenomenon that was not seen five years ago,” Garrity said.


Art Is What We Have Common

Some of us are very talented, others are not. Some of us are older, others are not. Some of us are always creating, others are not. It doesn’t matter. We all love the Fountainhead Residency because it gives us a chance to meet others from around the world who just want to live in peace and appreciate the art of the possible.

This month, Fountainhead Residency partnered with Bas Fisher Invitational on Heat Exchange, a new reciprocal residency program between artists, curators, and artist-run spaces in Miami and Norway.

By bringing three Norwegian artists to Miami and sending three Miami artists to Norway, the program facilitates an exchange of artist-ambassadors who will immerse themselves in each other’s cultural landscape for one month. Visiting artists in both countries will hold conversations about how their practices incorporate civic engagement and artist advocacy, while they meet with local cultural stakeholders and conclude by presenting a public exhibition.

Heat Exchange is made possible with generous support through an International Cultural Partnerships Grant from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and residencies are made possible with the support of the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, and the Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger. Hanan Benammar (New York)

Does your creativity spark after a random encounter? Then you should strike up a conversation with Hanan Bennamar, who finds her deepest inspiration in the chance conversations she stumbles into in her daily life. Joining us in Miami this month, Hanan is already fascinated by Miami’s prehistoric wildlife, and is eager to dive into research on the Cuban political diaspora. With her work aiming to spark conversations around power in language and the class orientations it often unveils, you might want to share your immigrant story with Hanan.Siri Borge (Stavanger, Norway)

If you’ve ever wondered what might happen if artists ran the world, then you might want to pay close attention to Siri Borge. A visual artist whose work is driven by political frameworks that keep humanity dependent on oil, Siri is running for office in her native Norway. Inspired by the strength of relentless women who came before her, Siri interweaves her political life with her artistic practice as though they are one. In Miami, she’s eager to take advantage of warmth, and explore the reptilian life in Miami as a continuation of a series she began in New Orleans. Ask Siri about how she manifests her unique vision into her work and her life.Máret Ánne Sara (Sápmi, Norway)

As the world is turning to ancestral wisdom for guidance in navigating the ills of the modern world, Máret Ánne Sara is hoping to share these gifts with those who are ready to receive them. An indigenous artist based in Norway, Máret investigates social and political issues from her native perspective, careful to channel her anger and frustration into art making. Are you curious about the indigenous philosophies that can alter how we honor the land? Join Máretas she dives into Miami’s local indigenous culture and tackle the issues you care about through her gaze.


Lying On The Beach’s Lois Whitman-Hess and Steve Greenberg talk with Jonathan McClintock, District Manager for KW Property Management & Consulting about the Surfside tragedy.

On June 24th— we were all shocked to learn that a condo tower in Surfside, Florida had collapsed overnight. We have since learned that 97 residents died in that collapse. It was tragedy that not only stunned South Florida— it’s stunned the nation.

AND it’s left many of us wondering “is our building safe?” “Are we next?” “Should we continue to live in a high rise?”

Jonathan oversees 14 Luxury Hi-Rise Condominium Buildings in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties — including one building in Surfside.

Jonathan talks about the structural fears of Hi-Rise living and what can residents do to insure our buildings are safe.

Silly Puns

1-I lived in a houseboat for a while, and started seeing the girl next door.Eventually we drifted apart.

2-My boyfriend tried to make me have sex on the hood of his Honda Civic. I refused. If I’m going to have sex, it is going to be on my own Accord.

3-A man tried to sell me a coffin today. I told him, that’s the last thing I need.

4-The neighborhood barber just got arrested for selling drugs. We had been his customers for 8 years.We had no idea he was a barber.

5-100 years ago everyone had a horse and only the rich had cars.Nowadays everyone has a car and only the rich have horses.Oh how the stables have turned.

6-My boyfriend was dying. I was by his bedside when he said something with a weak voice, “There’s something I must confess.””m. “Shhh” I said “There’s nothing to confess. Everything is all right.” “No, I must die in peace” he said,”I had sex with your sister, your best friend and your co-worker” “I know” I whispered, “That’s why I poisoned you…”Now close your eyes.”

7-Did you hear about McDonald’s trying to get into the high end steakhouse market? It was a Big McSteak.


Zsa Zsa Gabor Is Finally Buried Five Years After Her Death

IN MEMORIAM vanity fair

I wanted to find a story you wouldn’t have necessarily seen on your own.

The legendary star’s ashes were transported to Hungary on a first class flight complete with champagne and caviar.

Five years after her death, Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ashes got to go for one last first class joy ride befitting the late actress’s high-flying life.

Before being brought to their final burial site in Hungary on Tuesday, the glamorous socialite’s ashes were flown first class on a multi-stop international flight complete with champagne and caviar. Gabor’s ninth and final husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalttold Reuters of the trip, “She was first class, she had her own seat and she had her passport, everything there. It was her last trip, she always used to go first class. She had her Champagne, caviar.” Von Anhalt, who was married to the star from 1986 until she died at age 99 in 2016, was tasked with accompanying her urn on the transatlantic flight, carrying three-quarters of his late wife’s ashes from Los Angeles—where one-quarter of her remains—to London, then Germany, before ultimately bringing her to her final resting place in Budapest.

Von Anhalt explained, “She definitely wanted to be in Budapest because her father is buried here, too. That’s what she wanted and that’s what she had in her last will.” Gabor stipulated in her will that she wished to be buried in her place of birth. Upon their arrival in Budapest, von Anhalt also hosted an event he described as a “celebration of life, not a funeral,” per the socialite’s wishes, which included a performance from a gypsy band and lots of her favorite yellow and pink roses.

Gabor was born into a wealthy Hungarian family and named Miss Hungary in the 1930s. But as World War II swiftly approached, she and her two sisters, Eva and Magda, fled the country for the US, leaving behind her first husband, a Turkish diplomat whom she married at 15. “She did a lot for Hungarians, be it for those who fled after the 1956 uprising, or during the polio epidemic, and she did not do those things because she wanted to get into the news,” von Anhalt said. Once they landed in Los Angeles, all three sisters became silver screen stars with Gabor going on to appear in over 30 films.null

Gabor was married to a number of high-profile men, including Conrad Hilton, actor George Sanders, oil heir Joshua Cosden, and Barbie-inventor Jack Ryan. The actress was also famous for keeping her real age and husband count a closely-guarded secret, prompting longtime family friend and gossip columnist Cindy Adams to once quip that “the only way you can tell the age of a Gabor is from the rings around their gums.”


Detroit News Says Jeeps Will Be Able To Drive Underwater, Wow!!!

Every four years we lease a new Jeep. We’ve done it four times. This is the first year that we actually have a Jeep with upgraded features: a rear view camera and a retractable roof. Now, the Detroit News reports that future Jeeps will allow owners to drive under water. This is going to be interesting.

Following the announcement of the new JeepWrangler Xtreme Recon, Jeep CEO Christian Meunier officially claims that other Jeeps in the future may actually be able to drive underwater.

During a recent interview with The Detroit News, Meunier discusses Jeep’s “10-plus year” plans by proclaiming that the Wrangler lineup will become the world’s “greenest” SUV brand with a fully battery-electric model in each segment by 2025. He also mentions that the brand will be adding autonomous capabilities and may even getting the cars to go underwater. 

“There are a lot of things that are coming that are in the pipeline,” the Jeep CEO states. “We are going to keep our king of the hill position, for sure. ”

Jeep also released a teaser for the package that shows a Wrangler completely underwater. Meunier addresses the video. “There is a little wink we have at the end, which is probably post-2030, but I know a lot of enthusiasts and a lot of our communities are requesting it.”

Meunier also praises the Jeep community by saying there are “some crazy, very amazing people” who in the community that already do “this type of thing already.” 

He then adds, “So you can imagine with a battery car what it would be.”