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Brooke Astor

Where the Streets Have No Name: Finding a Place to Land the U-2 Spy Plane

ADST | Posted 07.30.2016 | Home

A few key countries, like Pakistan, would not normally allow U.S. spy planes on their territories. What to do, what to do? Such was the dilemma of Anthony Marshall, who worked at the CIA at the very beginning of the U2 program.

Shopping (Sort of!) at the Brooke Astor Auction

Liz Smith | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

How does one select or run across this Norman novel out of the plethora of Brooke Astor's collection? How would they find it for you to buy it specifically? The coincidence and synchronicity raised the hair on the back of my neck.

The Last of Mrs. Astor -- Her Belongings Are Up for Auction, but I Still Have a Few More Tales to Tell About This Dazzling Philanthropist

Liz Smith | Posted 11.19.2012 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"When I was 40, I used to wonder what people thought of me. Now I wonder what I think of them," said the saucy philanthropist Brooke Astor when she was only 92 years-old.

Family Feud Over Ice Cream Business Turns Cold

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.06.2012 | Business

Think your family is dysfunctional? Just wait until you meet the Piazzas of Staten Island. Nicholas Piazza, the 29 year-old son of Salvatore Piazza...

President Barack Obama Expresses Support for Israel

Ed Koch | Posted 11.27.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

I believe the recent vote in the 9th Congressional District in New York affected in a positive way the policy of the U.S. on the Mideast.

Brooke Astor's Park Ave Reduced From $46M To 'High Teens'

New York Real Estate News | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Brooke Astor's 14-room duplex at 778 Park Avenue, once listed for $46 million, is now in contract "in the high teens," sources told the Post. The apar...

Coco and Igor (A Mayor Koch Review)

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

This film received mixed reviews from other critics. I enjoyed it immensely, and think it is well worth seeing.

Culture Zohn: Astor Courts: Three Wives Pave the Way for Chelsea

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Patricia Zohn

2010-07-06-outside.jpg The property on which Chelsea Clinton will be wed has had a somewhat checkered career as part of an estate that was home to various Astors.

American Woman: 15 Trailblazers Vogue Left Off Their List

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 11.28.2012 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

At this time of year, for those in the fashion industry, "going to the Met" has nothing to do with spending a lazy day in the galleries, admiring Byza...

Vanity Fair's Coverage of the White House State Dinner: A Namedropping Guide

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The author was obviously trying to put the 2009 dinner in context with how previous years' affairs went. But he may have gotten a bit carried away in including quite so many characters, even as afterthoughts.

The People Vs. Anthony Marshall and Francis Morrissey: The Sentence

Ralph Gardner Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ralph Gardner Jr.

One thing is for certain: In her prime, Brooke Astor would have redeemed the occasion with her spirit and wit. There was no redemption to be found throughout the trial of her son, and it's final day was no different.

American Obsession With Rich Explains Bloomberg: Guardian

The Guardian | Hadley Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

It's not that Americans are obsessed with people with money, exactly; it's that they are obsessed with how those people made that money and, more impo...

Brooke Astor's Will -- Does Mother Know Best, or Did Mother Get Bested?

Herb Nass | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Herb Nass

Regardless of the final verdict in the Astor case, estate matters should be left in the bailiwick of probate or surrogate's courts which have expertise in those type of matters.

Museum Of The City Of New York Releases List Of 400 Top New Yorkers In History

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In honor of Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage across the Atlantic, the Museum of the City of New York came up with a list of 400 notable and legendary New Yo...

Astor Trial Jury Forewoman Attacked On Subway

New York Daily News | Melissa Grace | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Astor trial took a bizarre twist Tuesday when it was revealed the jury forewoman was attacked by a loon wielding an 8-inch knife on a northbound N...

That's the Way It Was

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

I wanted my kids to watch a few examples of what the news was like when I was their age so I put on the clip of Cronkite's coverage of the Kennedy assassination. "Wow", my son said. "That was so quiet and so powerful."

Astor Trial: Removed Alternate Juror Thinks Mrs. Astor 'Knew What She Was Doing'

New York Times | JOHN ELIGON | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A 73-year-old man who spent nearly 10 weeks as an alternate juror in the trial of Brooke Astor's son before being removed from the jury last week said...

Anthony Astor Collapses In Courthouse Bathroom During Trial

New York Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The trial against Brooke Astor's son took another unexpected twist this morning when her allegedly swindling son Tony Marshall collapsed inside a cour...

The People vs. Anthony Marshall and Francis Morrissey - The Help Strikes Back

Ralph Gardner Jr. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ralph Gardner Jr.

Anthony Marshall, Brooke Astor's son, is accused of swindling his mother's estate and Francis Morrissey of helping him do so by forging her signature on a codicil to her will.

Brooke Astor Case Is In The Wrong Court

Tom Baer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Baer

ssuming Anthony Marshall caused his mother to do things in will amendments that she had no intention of doing, the proper remedy is to see to it that he gets no part of her estate. It is in the civil courts that this case belongs.

Brooke Astor's Doctors: Two Dozen Pills A Day | Melissa Grace and Corky Siemaszko | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A 2003 list compiled by family doctors revealed that socialite Brooke Astor took two dozen pills every day, and that was before she broke her hip....

Barbara Walters Quizzed At Brooke Astor Trial

The Observer | Reid Pillifant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"I like it better the other way," legendary interviewer Barbara Walters said after spending two hours answering questions on Thursday afternoon, May 2...

Astor Trial: Brooke Walked Naked, Offered Paintings As Gifts | Katya Kazakina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

May 21 (Bloomberg) -- Brooke Astor, who wore beautiful clothes and expensive jewels into her 100s, walked around with nothing on in her mansion at Cov...

Anthony Marshall's Son Urges Dad To Cut Deal To End Brooke Astor Trial

New York Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Anthony Marshall's son urged his dad to cut a deal with prosecutors and end a lurid trial that has exposed the Astor family's dirty secrets....

Anthony Marshall's Sons Make Him Cry

New York Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

He hunched forward at the defense table. He held his forehead in his trembling right hand. During a break, he sat on a wooden hallway bench, wiping hi...