Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s black-and-white Panda Ball, a call to the wild, was before the Waldorf shuts to become a People’s Republic of China subsidiary.
Our presidents already overnight elsewhere. Even a Motel 6, which their presence elevates to an 8 ¹/₂. Why? Because America’s great historic fabulous familial glorious treasure in the sky — rumouredly, supposedly, imaginably — is getting hard-wired. Not confirmed but whispered through dim sum is: If you pee in the Waldorf, it’s recorded in Beijing.
Every president and UN rep has bunked there. Also Sinatra, Churchill, Princess Grace, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor. I saw Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s permanent suite. I hid in then-First Lady Imelda Marcos’ powder room when, facing jail, she wanted me unseen.
In the Duchess of Windsor’s olden golden days, her suite’s dining room could’ve seated 35. She told me: “I hope the Waldorf gives us a better rate. We aren’t as rich as they think.”
America’s iconic Waldorf Astoria was itself a complete city. You could repair a shoe, fix a cuff, buy a diamond, mail a letter, eat a burger. No need to leave for anything.
Now at the concierge desk, all Chinese. Maloney’s Panda orchestra, all Chinese. In the lobby, Chinese.
Americans love Chinese food, China’s country, handiwork, smarts — let’s just hope they don’t make the Statue of Liberty a condo.
Please try to pay attention
First Lady Melania’s new social secretary, DC event planner Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd, wife of Bunny Mellon’s grandson, took a deep breath at Jamaica’s Round Hill before starting party planning and White House social secretarying… Renée Taylor is to play Mae in “The Wild Wild Mae West” play. Joe Bologna, Renée’s husband of 50-plus years, gets LA’s Night of 100 Stars Lifetime Achievement Award the 26th… Vero restaurant pizza’s laced with 100-proof Georgi vodka? Tell me about it if you can remember anything after you leave… A note to me read: “Al Franken’s next to take down Trump.” The sender must’ve inhaled that pizza… Yale School of Public Health created the Dr. Rock Positano Scholarship. Foot, knee, hip, lower-back nonsurgical treatment. Be careful sloshing through those snowbanks.
History on the Hudson
You may have heard about the Hudson, West 44th’s newly reopened Broadway theater.
Owner Henry Harris, who lived over the store that used to be there, perished on the Titanic.
In 1903, it played “The Wizard of Oz,” then George M. Cohan, Louis Armstrong, TV’s Steve Allen, Jack Paar.
The good news? Since our butts have widened, 1,050 seats are now 950.
And, since our bladders have shrunk, it’s now also larger loos.
Good Shepherd Church was Zsa Zsa’s Dec. 30 farewell. We who loved her will not speak of the widower who holds her ashes hostage. Zsa Zsa’s paid plot — for her mom, daughter and Zsa — was at Westwood.
Refusing to inter the remains, he held them in a Vuitton bag and has petitioned to continue living in her house.
Per judiciary: Courts could approve if relevant agencies signed off with exempting green card and visa holders, plus no mention of religion. Vetting could advantage Christians, but not as part of an executive order. Our new AG should redraw the order, redraft to accept issued visas and green cards and remove the standing issue. Congress could endorse, Trump wins, Sessions a hero.
Depositions of Giuliani, Bannon to show intent would not be helpful. A redraft avoids distraction and a denigration of the judiciary, which is dangerous.
America: land of the free, home of the contentious.