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Gabriel Byrnes with rage at DUMBO plan

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Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne has gone to war on “dumbos” who want to block the view from his luxury New York apartment. Byrne, 58, lives with his two kids Jack and Romy in a gigantic brownstone apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and is just a stone’s throw from the Broadway theatres where he performs and the set of his US television show, In Treatment.

But developers have announced plans to erect a giant skyscraper in the area where he lives which is affectionately known as “DUMBO” – short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dubliner Byrne believe the 18-storey building will block beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and just doesn’t fit the community of converted four- and five-storey warehouses.

Raged Byrne: “This huge building will dwarf the bridge on the Brooklyn side, causing irreparable damage to the bridge’s singular and majestic presence.” He submitted his bitter objections to a city planning meeting last week.

Written by Jim McMillan

March 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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Telly shrink Byrne puts Frasier’s dad on the couch – to teach him Irish

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John Mahoney

Telly shrink Gabriel Byrne recently found himself an unpaid job – teaching Frasier’s crusty old dad to sound more Irish. Byrne, who plays a psychiatrist in edgy series In Treatment, stepped in to help when his veteran co-star John Mahoney was cast in Colin McPherson‘s play “The Seafarer,”  on Broadway.

Mahoney (pictured above) – best known for playing the grumpy dad in another TV shrink show, Frasier – is a proud Irish American himself but he had no idea how to do a Dublin accent. In between takes for In Treatment, Mahoney would chat with Dublin-born Byrne paying close attention to the lilt of his voice. Byrne even taped himself reading lines from Mahoney’s script of “The Seafarer.”

“I have a lot of Irish in me but this really helps,” says Mahoney, who was born in England and had an Irish grandfather but lost his accent when he emigrated to the US. Referring to his role in the play, at New York’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Mahoney says: “I play a filthy old drunk, recently blind, chronically hung over.

Written by Jim McMillan

January 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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The greatest love story …that never happened: Hoaxer cons Oprah

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A blockbuster wartime bio-pic faces the axe – after it was revealed the New Yorker who wrote it made the whole story up! Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Irish starlet Sarah Bolger were set to make “The Fence” – based on an autobiography by Herman Rosenblat.

In the movie, Dublin-born beauty Bolger plays Roma, a young girl who forms a bond with teenage Nazi concentration camp victim Rosenblat after she keeps him alive by tossing him breadcrumbs and apples over the barbed wire fence.

However, Rosenblat, who went on to marry Roma following a chance meeting years later in New York, has now shockingly confessed he concocted the information in his book, “Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love that Survived.”

Retired New York telly repairman Herman, whose bogus story has now been scrapped by publishers, apologised this week, saying: “I wanted to bring happiness to people, to remind them not to hate, but to love and tolerate all people. I brought good feelings to a lot of people and I brought hope to many. My motivation was to make good in this world. In my dreams, Roma will always throw me an apple, but I now know it is only a dream.”

Even chat show queen Oprah Winfrey was taken in by the hoax. Oprah who hosted Rosenblat and his wife, Roma Radzicki Rosenblat, on her show twice, called their romance “the single greatest love story” she had encountered in her 22 years on the show.

Written by Jim McMillan

January 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Could Gotham City become New York’s official nickname?

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Long before Bruce Wayne started dressing up in ladies’ tights and long before anyone thought of “The Big Apple,” people were referring to New York as “Gotham.”

Now there are moves afoot to have Gotham City made the official nickname for New York. Queens Councilman Hiram Monserrate, counts Gotham’s Dark Knight as one of his childhood heroes and thinks we should cash in on the box office success of the new Batman movie by adopting the moniker now.

Monserrate explains: “I see this as a marketing tool, ‘Come visit the real Gotham City,’ taking advantage of this movie which will be one of those gate-breaking, record-selling movies. When we talk about Gotham we talk about tremendous, tremendous nightlife, restaurants, lounges, clubs and cafes, frappuccinos and everything else that we have in this City, the Village, Queens.”

“We also talk about the rich architecture that our City enjoys. A lot of Gothic architecture exists in New York City. So Gotham’s also obviously related to Gothic and Gothic architecture which is a form of art, so it’s very important for our art community to strengthen its reconnection to being a Gotham City.”

Click here to learn a little about the history of Gotham.

Written by Jim McMillan

August 9, 2008 at 5:46 pm

That’s Hall we need! Landmark building to get noisier

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If you live near Webster Hall, you are probably less interested in its architectural merits than the cacophony of noise which eminates from it nearly every night. Nonetheless, Landmarks Commissioner Robert Tierney recently declared the Hall a “major architectural treasure”.

The hallowed hall is now undergoing major renovations, with a new venue being built inside its ‘historic’ walls, called The Studio. The new downstairs performance space will hold around 275 people, and is set to open in two months. A venue rep tells us that they plan on having shows “every night of the week” but would like to include a party night on Mondays and a comedy night on Sundays. Great, more noise!

Written by Jim McMillan

August 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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Holy laddering tights, Batman! New Dark Knight undies fetish

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You may have to be a macho masked vigilante to get away with wearing pantyhose. But men all over the world are giving it a try anyway. Since the release of The Dark Knight, there has been a sudden craze for male hosiery, with suspected Batman fetishists buying up sheer, satin and glossy tights.

“We aren’t sure if it is the Batman effect or what, but sales to men have been going through the roof,” Kieran Hughes, director of Precious Collections tells the Atlanta Constitution Journal. Has the world gone mad? Not according to Deborah Ashley, managing director of Luxelegwear.com, who says: “Men have begun to dominate the hosiery market once owned by women.” The company carries 13 styles designed specifically for men.

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August 7, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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My, how rum! Saucy New York ad campaign is the breast ever

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If you’ve wandered around Manhattan lately, you can’t fail to have noticed these sexy posters for Cabana Cachaça, a brand of Brazilian rum which no one had heard of until now. If you’ve driven a car round Manhattan, you may have crashed it, while gawking. In an aggressive marketing campaign, Cabana gets round the puritanical US censorship rules by expertly cropping out the young lady’s nipples.

But those of you who are a little more daring can click through to Cabana’s website and see her in all her glory. Be warned, you have to be 21 – because, as the website tells us, that’s the legal drinking age…

Written by Jim McMillan

August 6, 2008 at 4:23 pm