Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

Don't scale down this holiday season. The Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale not only measures your weight, fat mass, lean mass and body-mass index, but will then transmit that data to your an app on your smartphone and chart it out for you. Just what you need after a big meal. $159.00,

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

It's not the size of the speakers that matters. The Jawbone Jambox portable wireless speaker delivers crystal clear sound with an output of up to 85 decibels, enough to fill the largest of New York apartments. 199.99,

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

It's time to stop plugging your camera into your computer. The new Eye-Fi memory card has built in wi-fi capabilities that will tranfer photos and videos wirelessly straight from your digital camera straight to your smartphone, iPad or computer. $47.99 - $79.99,

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

See without being seen, that's the goal of the Spy Net Video Glasses, which can record up to 20 minutes of video with sound. Perfect for the budding young spy in all of us. $29.99,

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

Make your Skype/GChat experience a pleasurable one with the comfortable Logitech Wireless Headset H800, which connects to all devices via bluetooth and features a built-in equalizer. $99.99,

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pregnant model Raffaella Fico struts down Milan Fashion Week runway

The glowing 24-year-old flaunted her baby bump in a series of skimpy two-pieces for the Pin-Up Stars swimwear line.

The glowing 24-year-old flaunted her baby bump in a series of skimpy two-pieces for the Pin-Up Stars swimwear line.

Oh, baby!

Italian model Raffaella Fico stunned at Milan Fashion Week Saturday as she strutted down the runway while six month pregnant.

The glowing 24-year-old flaunted her baby bump in a series of skimpy two-pieces for the Pin-Up Stars swimwear line, an Italian brand helmed by designer Jerry Tommolini.

Though the mom-to-be looked at ease on the catwalk, her pregnancy has been marked by controversy.

Her ex-boyfriend, Italian footballer Mario Balotelli, publically demanded in July that she get a paternity test before he assumes "all responsibilities" for the baby.



Raffaella Fico is six months pregnant.

Balotelli blasted Fico in a press release for waiting to tell him that she was pregnant until she was four months along, according to

"I am very disappointed. I do not think it's normal not to know anything until the fourth month [of the pregnancy]," the 21-year-old said.

"Also, it annoys me to see that she has already sought to make money from this story by selling photos and interviews."



Though the mom-to-be looked at ease on the catwalk, her pregnancy has marked by controversy.

Fico fired back in a letter in Italy's Chi Magazine, saying she was "deeply hurt" by the footballer's accusations.

"This child I desire with all my heart and I want it because it is not a child that arrived by chance but instead it is the fruit of love between two people and you know well what I am talking about," she wrote, according to The Mirror.

The couple ended their one-year relationship in April.


Raffaella Fico and designer Jerry Tommolini smile on the runway after the Pin-Up Star Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show Saturday.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Emails reveal dire worries about Michael Jackson’s health in the days before his death

 	In this May 6, 2009 image released courtesy of Michael Jackson, pop star Michael Jackson, center, and director Kenny Ortega, left, are shown in Los Angeles during rehearsals for his upcoming concert in London. (AP Photo/courtesy of Michael Jackson)


In this May 6, 2009 image released courtesy of Michael Jackson, pop star Michael Jackson, center, and director Kenny Ortega, left, are shown in Los Angeles during rehearsals.

Five days before Michael Jackson took his last labored breath in a darkened bedroom, the director of his ill-fated “This Is It” comeback tour was sounding the alarm — even louder than previously revealed.

Kenny Ortega sent a panicked email in the predawn hours of June 20, 2009, telling promoter Randy Phillips, the head of AEG Live, that Jackson appeared too “weak and fatigued” to rehearse the previous night, “trembling, rambling and obsessing” to the point Ortega recommended a psychological exam.

When Phillips didn’t immediately address his fears, Ortega fired off another email 11 hours later, the Daily News has learned.

“I honestly felt if I had encouraged or allowed him on stage last night he could have hurt himself,” Ortega wrote to Phillips in the confidential 1:20 p.m. missive obtained by The News.

Phillips responded within the hour, shooting down Ortega’s concerns with even more force than formerly exposed. “It is critical that neither you, me, or anyone around this show become amateur psychiatrists or physicians,” he wrote, adding that he was in touch with Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, and had gained “immense respect” for the cardiologist who would later got to jail for involuntary manslaughter.

“(Murray) said that Michael is not only physically equipped to perform (but) that discouraging him to (perform) will hasten his decline instead of stopping it,” Phillips said.

“You cannot imagine the harm and ramifications of stopping the show now,” he wrote. “It would far outweigh ‘calling this game in the 7th inning.’ I am not just talking about AEG’s interests here, but the myriad of stuff and lawsuits swirling around MJ that I crisis manage every day and also his well-being.”

Signing off as Randy, he added: “Please stay steady. Enough alarms have sounded. It is time to put out the fire, not burn the building down.” Jackson, 50, appeared to improve significantly at followup rehearsals but died that Thursday after Murray provided a lethal dose of the surgery-strength anesthetic propofol to help the King of Pop sleep.

The trove of emails detailing dire concerns over Jackson’s health are expected to play a central role in two lawsuits set for trial next year.


One involves Jackson’s heirs suing AEG for wrongful death. The other is a battle over the $17.5 million insurance policy that Lloyds of London wants rejected due to Jackson’s alleged ailments.

A lawyer for AEG said the leaked emails were “cherry-picked” from more than 40,000 documents in an effort to “misguide” the public.

“Both Michael Jackson and his personal physician, Dr. Murray, repeatedly told all involved in the tour that Michael Jackson was healthy.

JACKO9N_8 copy


Randy Phillips, Chief Executive of AEG Live and promotor of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' concert tour, testifies during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial the death of singer Michael Jackson.

And indeed the autopsy showed that was in fact the case,” lawyer Marvin Putnam told The News. “AEG could not, and did not, cancel its agreement with Mr. Jackson, a respected performing artist who insisted he was ready and willing to perform, simply because he’d been ill one night.”

Putnam said Phillips and Ortega met with Jackson after the worrisome rehearsal to express their concerns and check on his welfare.

Jackson was “calm, lucid, and appeared fully healthy and engaged,” he said, and “backed up that convincing interview by performing brilliantly at the next two rehearsals, which Mr. Phillips attended personally.”

JACKO9N_1 copy


Defendant Dr. Conrad Murray in court during his involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 29, 2011.

The more than 200 pages of correspondence obtained by The News — and first reported by the Los Angeles Times — also provide a window into the strange behind-the-scenes minutiae surrounding the King of Pop’s final days.

One striking exchange shows Murray micromanaging his proposed London accommodations while Jackson — the man he was hired to attend — lost weight as he begged for dangerous drugs.

“Make sure that the mattresses are in top shape or they will have to be changed,” Murray wrote in a June 15, 2009, email about the posh residence he planned to inhabit with his three daughters and infant son.

Other leaked emails show that even though London’s O2 arena holds some 20,000 people, Jackson was only allowed 10 comp tickets per night for the sold-out run.

JACKO9N_7 copy


Actress Ashley Tisdale and director/producer Kenny Ortega arrive for the premiere of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' on Oct. 27, 2009, in Los Angeles.

And two months before Ortega complained to Phillips that Jackson appeared “weak” and neglected by his personal staff, an AEG executive personally fired Jackson’s longtime nanny and confidant Grace Rwaramba to help the bottom line.

“AEG has been cutting down on Mr. Jackson’s expenses in anticipation of his upcoming tour. Unfortunately at this time the services you provide do not meet our needs,” AEG exec Paul Gongaware told Rwaramba April 19.

Perhaps most shocking were emails Phillips sent an AEG colleague shortly before Jackson stood at a podium in the O2 arena on March 5, 2009, and blew kisses to his screaming fans as he announced the “This Is It” deal.

JACKO9N_2 copy


Paul Gongaware, concert promoter and producer of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated 'This Is It' tour, testifies in the Murray trial in Los Angeles on September 28, 2011.

“MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent,” Phillips wrote. “Tohme and I are trying to sober him up and get him to the press conference.”

Dr. Tohme Tohme was Jackson’s manager at the time and had negotiated a $100,000 per month salary from AEG.

“Are you kidding me?” the colleague wrote back. Together, Phillips and Tohme dressed Jackson in his glittering black satin neo-military suit and sunglasses.

“I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking,” Phillips wrote. “This is the scariest thing I have ever seen.

He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self loathing and doubt now that it is show time. He is scared to death.” 

Occupy Wall Street turns 1 year old


The “99%” during their occupation of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan last year. Occupy Wall Street will mark its first anniversary next week. The movement, which had a global impact, was extensively covered by the Daily News

The 99% is turning 1.

Manhattan activist William Dobbs remembers exactly where he was that first day, Sept. 17: standing near the Bowling Green subway station with a ragtag band of about 500 people.

Some were riveted by an economics teach-in. Others were practicing yoga. Most were preparing to march up Broadway and settle in an unremarkable plaza known as Zuccotti Park.

Dobbs, a veteran of protest movements, says there was “some buzz” about the action that had been named Occupy Wall Street, the brainchild of the anti-consumerist outfit Adbusters.

But he could not have predicted the extraordinary events to come: the two-month encampment, the massive protests and violent clashes with cops, the slogan “We are the 99%” and the speed with which it rocketed around the globe.

“I could never have predicted that it was possible to have a camp in the shadow of Wall Street,” he said.

What started as a call to action by Adbusters quickly swelled into a full-throated — some say fleeting — condemnation of corporate greed and social injustice.

It might have fizzled faster, but for the decision of one cop, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, who pepper-sprayed a group of female protesters during a largely peaceful Sept. 24 rally.



Activists voiced their concerns and demands on cardboard signs.

It was the first in a series of flash points that pitted demonstrators against cops, generating serious attention from mainstream media and the now-iconic images of women pinned to the ground.



OWS took to the streets in lower Manhattan.

The number of people willing to take to the streets in support of Occupy Wall Street suddenly swelled.

Just one week later, 700 demonstrators were arrested trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. As city officials scrambled to restore order, the heady days of the movement took hold. It dominated headlines, political debate and cocktail party chatter.

“It got the unions’ attention,” said James Jasper, a City University of New York sociology professor who is an expert on protest movements. “That’s pretty unusual in a way, because Occupy, until then, looked like a bunch of scruffy twentysomething countercultural people.”

Hundreds of copycat encampments sprang up from London to Boise, Idaho, as videos of violent clashes with police went viral. “I knew it had incredible potential because it was exactly what was needed, at exactly the right time,” said Max Berger, 26, an Occupy Wall Street organizer. “But I don’t think we knew quite how big it could become.”

Zuccotti Park, a privately owned public space controlled by Brookfield Properties, became Occupy’s home base. A comfort station doled out blankets and clothes, a canteen supplied around-the-clock hot meals, a “people’s library” was stocked with thousands of books — all of it donated from supporters around the world.

Princeton University’s Cornel West gave a rousing speech to the masses one night, and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore wowed the crowd another. “There are plenty of people who now realize they can change the world,” Dobbs said.

Some will say that little has changed since the NYPD forcefully cleared the park in the early hours of Nov. 15: the 1% still has most of the wealth, the banks and corporations OWS targeted still stand, Republicans have a shot at the White House.

Zuccotti has returned to being a place where office workers take in the sun and eat lunch. Most of those who slept and volunteered there have returned to jobs and classrooms.



Protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for weeks.

Still, many Occupy leaders insist lasting change takes more than 365 days. To mark the one-year anniversary of the first protest, organizers are planning a series of events around New York from Sept. 15 to 17 — dubbed S17.

It’s likely to draw thousands back to Zuccotti Park for a day of resistance, but it is not billed as a relaunch or the start of a new occupation.

Victoria Sobel, 22, who was on the OWS finance and media committees but is now minimally involved, says there’s no need for one.

“I’m personally not disappointed,” the Cooper Union art student said of the occupation’s end. “It was a concept-based movement. . . . To expect that kind of constant amassing of people wasn’t the goal.”

In fact, she says, the internal focus on Zuccotti was one of the downsides.

“There became a preoccupation with the idea of occupying public space,” she said. “People idolized our New York encampment.”

Since the city evicted protesters, many have turned their energy to “smaller, localized problems and initiatives,” Sobel said.

Ex-occupiers also take some credit for pressuring Gov. Cuomo to enact a millionaire’s tax and the prominent mention of student loan debt at the Democratic National Convention.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who was arrested during the protests, said Occupy’s fingerprints were on the Con Ed labor battle this summer, a huge May 1 march and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Occupy the Corners” initiatives.

“This movement will continue having a presence in the city,” he said.


Going forward, he said, he hopes that civil rights lawsuits filed against the city will change how the police respond to future protests.

The NYPD says that 2,446 were arrested at various OWS demonstrations — which cost the city more than $17 million in overtime to police.

Some 389 cases are still pending in court, and a special unit was set up solely to handle Occupy-related issues.

OWS, which collected more than $700,000 in donations, recently put a freeze on spending so what’s left can be used for legal costs.

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, who was Mayor Bloomberg’s pointman for the protests, defended the decision to clear the encampment and the NYPD’s overall handling of conflicts.

“I think we acted when the situation appeared to be heading towards a risky outcome,” he said last week.

“This was the place the whole country was watching. It was Wall Street and it was the first occupation,” he added. “I’m very comfortable in retrospect that we made the right call at the right time.”

Jasper said Occupy may owe much of its legacy to City Hall and the Police Department and the images of police corralling and pepper-spraying protesters.

“Usually, police nastiness attains its goals — it dissipates a movement,” he said. “But sometimes it backfires. That’s usually how revolutions happen.”

OWS, he said, was far from a revolution — but can be seen as a success for “refocusing attention on the huge growth in inequality in the country over the past 30 years.”

“Is that a lasting impact?” he said. “No. These things always fade.”

Another of the original organizers, Yotam Marom, said supporters and sympathizers should not be disheartened that they can’t point to a laundry list of concrete changes because “this is a long-term movement to create systematic change.”

He insists that Occupy Wall Street will have a lasting, if somewhat abstract, legacy.

“People believe that things are possible in a way they didn’t before,” Marom said. “They believe it’s possible to fight back.” 

New York - Twin tornadoes touch down in Queens and Brooklyn

The tornado as seen on Flatbush Ave.

Twin tornadoes tore through the city Saturday, peeling off a roof in Brooklyn like a tomato can and sending beach chairs and barbecue grills soaring in Queens.

The first funnel cloud swept through Breezy Point, Queens, about 10:58 a.m. after blasting into the Rockaway Peninsula with pounding winds of 70 mph.



Funnel cloud rises over the water in Breezy Point, Queens, on Saturday.

Seven minutes later, a second, more powerful twister slammed into Canarsie, Brooklyn — shattering windows and ripping off Charlene Khan’s roof.



The storm blew the roof off this building in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and scattered broken bits of of homes across the neighborhood.

“It’s the craziest thing — my whole roof is just gone,” said Khan, 43, who owns a two-story rowhouse on Avenue N. “It’s sitting in my neighbor’s driveway. . . . I just can’t believe this. It floods out here a lot, but a tornado, that’s a first for me.”

No serious injuries were reported after the back-to-back twisters.



The Queens funnel cloud, stretching 150 feet wide, touched down for 15 terrifying seconds.

“It sounded like a freight train,” said Matt Schafer, 18, a maintenance worker at the Breezy Point Surf Club. “We didn’t know what it was.”

It didn’t take long to figure it out. People started sprinting for cover as the tornado took shape and bore down on the shorefront enclave.



 In Breezy Point, Queens, a witness said the tornado hurled this silver car up onto the other car and then shoved it off again.

Retiree Alice Marie, sitting in her Breezy Point living room, watched as a surfboard sailed past her window. Lifeguard Joe Kimmeth saw pool furniture bouncing like beach balls.

“All of a sudden, the wind got really, really strong,” said Joe, 16, who works at the surf club. “We saw stuff starting to blow away — like chairs and tables.”

Hail began falling and furniture started flying as the tornado came into view. “The shack started shaking and stuff, and the lights started flickering,” the teen said. “I was in shock. . . . Fifteen seconds later, it was over.”



Tornado hits Utica Walk in Breezy Point.



A pile of debris, including a gas barbecue and propane tank, lie in the sand in front of cabanas at the Breezy Point Surf Club.

The wind whipped the teen’s bicycle into the deep end of the pool, where it joined many of the surrounding beach chairs and tables. A metal barbecue, complete with propane tank, was hurtled into the middle of a nearby baseball field. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Patti LaBelle reaches $100,000 deal with couple who accused Grammy-winning singer of terrorizing their infant with profanity-laced tantrum

Manhattan couple accused Patti LaBelle of throwing a 10-minute, profanity-laced tantrum in front of their baby in 2010. The singer reached a $100,000 settlement with the couple.

Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle reached an out-of-court $100,000 settlement this week with a Manhattan couple who had accused her of terrorizing their 17-month-old daughter in the lobby of their tony upper West Side condo.

But now, the soul singer is considering reneging on the deal because her neighbors went public about the payment, the couple’s lawyer says. The settlement stemmed from a 10-minute, profanity-laced tantrum LaBelle, 68 threw in front of the baby in 2010 .

The child’s mother, Roseanna Monk, spilled the beans on the deal on local television, saying she planned to give the money to the Hope and Heroes Children's Cancer Fund.

Sam Davis, the lawyer for the Monks, said Friday that LaBelle’s lawyer insists the revelation breaches a confidentiality agreement.

But Davis says there was no promise of her silence.

LaBelle’s lawyer, Dorothy Weber, could not be reached for comment. 

Google celebrates the 46th birthday of ‘Star Trek’ with interactive doodle

The Google doodle celebrating the 46th “Star Trek” features the letters of the site’s name as characters in the iconic show.

Fascinating… Google boldly goes where no search engine has gone before.

Google is celebrating the 46th anniversary of "Star Trek" with a new doodle that's so fun it might even make a Vulcan smile.

The first episode of the landmark television series, "The Man Trap," aired on Sept. 8, 1966. The doodle appeared a day ahead of schedule to give Trekkies, or Trekkers — depending on your perspective — some extra time to obsess.

Although our neural pathways have become accustomed to Google's doodle patterns, nothing has prepared us for this.

The interactive animation tells a multi-scene storyline with the letters from the Google logo playing the crew of the starship Enterprise. Captain James T. Kirk, for instance, appears as the central "o" in Google. The animation features references to classic episodes that hardcore fans will enjoy.

Ryan Germick, a self-professed fan himself, created the doodle with a team of artists. He was "really psyched" when he got the opportunity but also a little intimidated.

"You might have heard Trekkies are pretty hardcore," he said on the official "Star Trek" site.


 Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk appear in “The Man Trap,” the premiere episode of “Star Trek,” which has been turned into a Google doodle to honor the show’s 46th anniversary. The show broke new ground and remains “light years” ahead in its vision of the future.

Google, though, is a technological service that is well-suited to honor the franchise. For years the search engine has helped people navigate the internet: the true final frontier.

The influential science-fiction program still inspires Germick and fellow Google employees to innovate and think of new possibilities.

"We often talk at Google about how awesome it would be to talk to a computer and get exactly what you want and have that kind of engagement, where the computer just knows all [like in "Star Trek"], and that's what we're moving toward," Germick told Entertainment Weekly.

"Star Trek" did more than entertain future technologists. The show was light-years ahead of its time, featuring a multi-ethnic cast working together with female doctors and scientists. The show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, also introduced a Russian crewmember during the cold war — depicting a positive future of humanity at a time of international tensions.

Fans have adored "Star Trek" for 46 years for being progressive and fun.

So head over the and, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard — from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" — says, “Engage!” 

Restaurant owner found guilty of setting up phony sex-site profile for diner who slammed eatery

The website of Mambo, a Central and South American restaurant in Ottawa.

A Canadian restaurant owner set up a phony profile on a sex website and sent X-rated emails to get revenge on a diner who posted negative reviews, a court ruled.

Marisol Simoes, 42, who co-owns two trendy eateries in Ottawa, Ontario, used Elayna Katz's name and photos when she created the adult profile, which boasted that Katz was "a tiger in the bedroom," who liked transgender mates and group sex, Canada's QMI News reported.

Simoes used Katz's wedding photos for the profile, and also sent emails to Katz's bosses at Federation of Canadian Municipalities professing the same kinky tastes, QMI reported.

The restaurateur was found guilty of criminal libel on Thursday. She's scheduled to be sentenced on Nov 8.

Katz said she was targeted because she wrote a bad review of one of Simoes' eateries, Mambo Nuevo Latino, on the website in 2009.

Katz complained that the service at Mambo was rude and slow, and that her server brought her a pasta dish with olives when she'd asked for it without olives.

Staff at the ByWard Market neighborhood spot also tried to charge her for two dishes even though she sent the first one back, Katz said, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

Investigators noted the similarities between the language in the emails, profile, and some of Simoes’ online postings, and also tracked her using her IP address.

The profile was set up using a log-in with Simoes’ information.

At the trial, the restaurant owner argued that her husband or one of her employees may have used her computer to create the profile and send the emails.

Katz said she felt vindicated by the judge's decision.

"It's slightly ironic that the (bad press) she was trying to avoid was the one thing that came out of all of this," Katz told the Citizen. 

ZOMBIE ALERT issued by Homeland Security















Homeland Security issues ZOMBIE warning! Actually, it's part of a preparedness campaign for disasters.
If zombies take over, the government wants you to be prepared.

The Homeland Security Department warned citizens on Thursday that the “zombies are coming,” and urged them to be ready for a walking-dead apocalypse, The Associated Press reported.

The zombie “warning” is part of a public health campaign calling for citizens to be ready for disaster — to know to stock up on food, batteries and water, and to keep extra changes of clothes and medication on hand.

Of course, those same preparations will also come in handy in case of a hurricane, earthquake, pandemic or terrorist attack, and that’s the idea behind the campaign.

In an online seminar, emergency planners were told to use zombies to get their point across that emergency preparation — for anything — is important.

The Centers for Disease Control used the same tactic last year with its zombie apocalypse social media campaign. The agency posted a blog post with detailed recommendations of how to survive a zombie attack.

A CDC spokesperson explained at the time that the campaign was introduced to get Americans interested in its annual campaign for hurricane preparedness.

“I worry we try the same thing every year and I didn’t know how many people we were actually engaging,” Dave Daigle of the CDC told The Los Angeles Times. “Let’s face it — preparedness and public health are not exactly sexy topics.”

In a statement, the CDC later confirmed it does not know of any zombie-like virus or condition.


The initial idea came from a campaign for the “Zombie Apocalypse” created by the CDC. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Woolworth Mansion on upper East Side hits rental market for $150,000 a month

This record-breaking townhouse has a 50-seat dining room attached to a solarium. The master suite has two sitting rooms and two full baths. Almost every detail in the house is intact. 

4 E. 80th St. is the most expensive town house rental ever at $150,000 a month.

An East 80th St. mansion built in 1916 by shopping magnate Frank Woolworth to resemble his eponymous downtown skyscraper, just went on the rental market for $150,000 per month.

The 35-foot-wide townhouse has a 50-seat dining room attached to a solarium. The master suite has two sitting rooms and two full baths. A wood-paneled library, wet bar, and powder room make up the third floor. Almost every detail in the house is intact.



4 E. 80th St.

It pays to be Daddy’s little girl. Woolworth built three limestone mansions for his society daughters at 2, 4, and 6 East 80th St. The buildings to the west is a three-unit coop and the building to the east is owned by Frederick Koch, one of the Koch brothers who are infamous in Democratic circles.



Current owner, the estate of exercise maven Lucille Roberts, decided to rent the property rather than sell. New renters can take the home furnished or unfurnished.

Broker Paula Del Nunzio, who never comments on owners, justified the record-breaking price.



“It’s a miracle this house survived with so much of the original details intact,” said Del Nunzio, the top townhouse broker in the city who represented the seller of The Stanford White Mansion on Fifth Avenue earlier this year when it sold for $42 million. “The owners … not only restored that original details they found but also renovated the mansion with all modern systems. This house is a prime example of ‘architecture as art’ and there is always a market for that.” 

Carrie Reichert tells of her time alone with Prince Harry on wild naked Vegas night

A sun hat is probably a good idea for the royal redhead.

Prince Harry on tape in Las Vegas, hanging poolside at the MGM Grand's Wet Republic.

What happened to Prince Harry in Vegas isn’t staying there.

A British-born blonde is telling the story of her time alone with the prince at the wild VIP-suite soiree that led to nude photos of Harry landing on the Internet.

 Before retiring with the prince to his bedroom, 32-year-old Carrie Reichert told The Mirror, she got to take in the swinging scene at the Encore at Wynn hotel.

She was one of about 10 beauties approached by members of Harry’s entourage, who asked if the girls wanted to party with Prince Harry.

When they were whisked up to his VIP suite, she said, “Harry was already undressed. It was just crazy. He looked actually delirious. There was a pool table and he was playing air guitar with pool sticks.”

With the music pounding and the alcohol flowing freely, Reichert said, the nude prince “would just randomly walk up to you and hug you. It was funny.”

While some girls frolicked naked around the suite, Reichert stressed that “it was not like an orgy going on.”


“It was just sexy naked. It was like almost a game. He was trying to get everybody to get naked,” she said. “That was the whole point of him being naked.”

She did not see the game of “strip billiards” that produced the salacious shots seen around the world, showing Harry embracing an as-yet-unidentified girl from behind.

“I saw the girl, there was just a lot of hugging and maybe some kissing,” Reichert recalled, describing the girl as “shy and very timid” and the prince as “overbearing a little bit.”

Reichert only stripped down to the bikini under her party dress, but still caught the 27-year-old prince’s eye.

“I introduced myself, and right away knew he was completely wasted, very intoxicated,” she told The Mirror.


 Shirtless but still wearing his jeans, Prince Harry (c.) plunged into a Las Vegas pool to join fellow clubgoers and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (left, wearing white shirt).

Harry was thrilled to talk to a fellow Brit, said Reichert, who was born in England while her dad was stationed there in the U.S. Army.

“Right away he was like, ‘Oh my Gosh, that’s amazing! I can’t believe you’re here in Vegas, we could be related!’”

Then, she said, Harry took her by the hand and led her to his bedroom, where they had a “drunken fumble.”

“He was a gentleman, but he was so wasted. The alcohol affected him. I was there for 15 to 20 minutes,” Reichert recalled. “We kissed, he was naked at the time, and pretty open. It wasn’t romantic, just fun.”

After one smooch, she said, the drunken prince gushed, “That was great!”

Reichert said Harry complimented her beauty, and then “we kind of nonchalantly returned to the party and kept drinking.”

Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was reportedly furious after photos from the party hit, and Harry has yet to make a public appearance since the scandal, though he is set to be at the WellChild Awards ceremony Sept. 3 in London.

Reichert told The Mirror she doesn’t see “what the big deal was” about the prince’s hard-partying ways.

She understands that “as a royal you have to conduct yourself a certain way,” said Harry was simply “having fun.”

“He should not be ashamed of the pictures,” she said. “I feel sad he has to suffer people’s opinions but it will pass.”



Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites