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Check Out The $81 Million View from the New Tallest Residential Tower in NYC: VIDEO

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An imposing-but-thin building is dominating the midtown Manhattan skyline these days, and its name is not Empire State. No, this new behemoth is simply called 432 Park, and it is the tallest residential tower in New York City. Visible from all five boroughs, the building houses what will be some of the most expensive condos in the city, including a $95 million penthouse, and stellar views for miles.

The New York Times reports:

On Friday, the 104-unit condominium tower, between 56th and 57th Streets, reached its peak of 1,396 feet. At 96 stories, it is arguably the tallest building in the city. One World Trade Center has its spire, but the skyscraper itself is 28 feet shorter than 432 Park. As for the Empire State Building, this new 93-foot-by-93-foot concrete megalith bests it by nearly 150 feet. From the living room of 432 Park’s penthouses, it is possible to look down on the observation deck there, flash bulbs glittering like an oversize chandelier.

But even more than the views from the apartments, it may be the views of them that give 432 Park its allure. From Central Park, Park Avenue or Park Slope, there it is. On the George Washington Bridge or Long Island Expressway, there it is. In the bleachers at MetLife Stadium or Citi Field, there it is. Everyone from cinematographers and muralists to tourists and snow globe makers must now contend with the tower.

Not everyone loves the new look of midtown, though. The tower is an admirable piece of engineering but also a symbol of New York elitism.

“God, does it stand out,” said Marlene Rosenthal, who regularly glimpses it while riding Metro-North. “It’s a status symbol, and that’s the name of the game in this city...”

“For people who watch the skyline and love it, I think there’s a real struggle,” said Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society. “There’s a handsomeness about the building you can’t deny, but it’s so out of context and so imposing, it’s hard to know what to make of it.”

His group has urged City Hall to monitor these supertowers more closely. A dozen others are already in the works throughout Manhattan.

Looking on and discussing it may be the only interaction you'll have with the luxe millionaire pad at 432 Park, but it'll no doubt make an impression. What do you think of the new tower? Sound off in the comments below!

And check out a Times video filled with amazing views, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Man Wanted In Anti-Gay Hammer Attack In Brooklyn

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A man in Crown Heights, New York was savagely attacked Tuesday morning by a "hammer-wielding assailant" who shouted anti-gay slurs at his victim, leaving him with a fractured skull and several gashes to his head. As DNAinfo reports, New York police are investigating the assault as a hate crime:

Mitch Pope, 33, was walking back home from a coffee run Monday morning when a man he said he had never seen before followed him into his lobby of his apartment building at Washington Ave. near Sullivan Place in Crown Heights and suddenly went berserk.

"When I came to the front door I noticed there was a guy behind me with a black trash bag and I opened [the door] just assuming that he was doing construction in the building. As I soon as I let him in, I was about to walk up the stairs, he hit me in the back of the head with a hammer," Pope told DNAinfo Tuesday.

“I fell backwards and then he got on top of me and continued to hit me. And that’s when I started screaming because I feared for my life," said Pope, who said the man used homophobic slurs during the attack.

"He was saying ‘fa--ot’ over and over again while he was hitting me. I literally thought he was going to take my life,” Pope said. “It was horrifying.”

Pope, who is gay, said the attacker continued to rain down blows with the hammer, which he tried to deflect with his hands. But as Pope's shouts threatened to summon the neighbors, the man got scared, stole his phone, and ran off, he said.

Though no suspect has yet been identified by police, New York's Hate Crimes Task Force has released surveillance footage of the man they believe to be the attacker exiting the building (pictured above). You can watch the brief clip HERE. The suspect is described as tall wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and Timberland boots.


NYC Transgender Woman In Critical Condition Following Hate Crime Attack: VIDEO

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New York police are hunting for four men who beat a 28-year-old transgender woman unconscious in Brooklyn on Sunday night, reports the Daily News. Two of the suspects are pictured above, captured on a local store's surveillance camera.

Bushwick and halsey new york mapThe woman, a client of New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, was attacked on Bushwick Ave. and Halsey St. at around 11:20 p.m.

According to witnesses, the victim was nearing the corner when the attackers started yelling "faggot." When the woman yelled back, the group followed her, kicking her repeatedly until she fell to the ground. Reported to be in a critical condition, she was struck with a plexiglass board and knocked unconscious while on the ground.

New Alternatives executive director Kate Barnhart said that it is not clear if the victim will have permanent brain damage.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Last month, police in New York arrested and charged two men and a teenage boy with menacing, third-degree hate crime and assault in the first degree after they chased and shot at a gay man in Brooklyn. The victim was dressed as a woman at the time of the attack.

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Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing Open in ‘It’s Only a Play’ on Broadway: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

Anyone who thinks theatre people are a bunch of eccentric, egotistical, navel-gazing kooks will find little to prove them wrong in the starry Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy It’s Only a Play, which opened last week at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the backstage farce meets drawing-room play takes up with a team of show folk anxiously awaiting reviews on opening night.

It's only play 3If you’re determined enough to snag tickets to the nearly-sold-out run, you’ll find its crowded marquee of big names, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and F. Murray Abraham, preening around the opulent interior of an upper east side townhouse, wringing their hands over the trials of mounting a play and goosing the audience with an exhaustive litany of de rigueur insider jokes and name drops.

The bedroom of this lux abode (lavishly designed by Scott Pask) belongs to theatre producer Julia Budder (Ms. Mullally), and tonight it’s doubling as a coat room for the opening party of her first big Broadway venture. Peter (Mr. Broderick) wrote the play’s lead role for his friend James (Mr. Lane), who turned it down to continue his stint on a mediocre sitcom and has flown in to make sure he didn’t pass on a hit.

It's only play 2The play’s leading lady Virginia (Ms. Channing) is a pill-popping star out on parole (complete with security anklet) and its British director Frank (Rupert Grint) is prickly, bizarre and apparently brilliant. A predatory critic is also on hand to generally antagonize all (Mr. Abraham), and the coat check boy (an aspiring actor, of course, played by Micah Stock) is charged with the running gag of schlepping outerwear for increasingly outlandish guests (Shia LaBeouf! The cast of The Lion King! Lady Gaga!).

Lane and Channing are both a delight, incidentally as caricatures of their own profession. Mr. Lane’s animated ease and precise comic timing make light work of his many rapid-fire one-liners. Ms. Channing is spot on as the industry-weary grand dame, all sharp-tongue and taut-face.

With a mild southern drawl and coiffed wig, Ms. Mullally doesn’t cut quite as extreme a figure as some of Broadway’s more eccentric producers. And while charming, Mr. Broderick seems a bit dazed—even as a playwright facing reviews on opening night. He’s also saddled with thanklessly delivering McNally’s sentimental odes to the art form, the sincerity of which seem stodgy and out of place.

It's only play 4In updating the original script for this production, McNally has packed it to the gills with jabs and winks aimed at celebrities big and small—with audiences invited to listen in on the fun (show people sh*t talking behind the scenes!). But like most opening night parties this one is relatively uneventful, aside from people waiting around for reviews to come in and reacting when they do. The rest of the play is taken up with the artists’ neuroses (at their most stereotypical) and these often backhanded zingers.

Much of McNally’s humor is low-hanging fruit (spoiler alert: the cast takes a group selfie), and much of the story (such as it is) gets buried in it. Though often funny, the players in McNally’s satire are gleefully narcissistic—and no more sympathetic than the critics they delight in vilifying. The play (like the play within the play) is obsessed with its own critical reception, though it's hardly clear why when the names above its title are enough to ensure box office gold.

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos: joan marcus)


Shia LaBeouf Describes Grabbing Alan Cumming's Ass at 'Cabaret' and Subsequent Arrest: VIDEO

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Actor Shia LaBeouf sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night and talked about getting drunk and being arrested at a performance of Cabaret last June, and the events that led up to his being escorted from the theatre in handcuffs.

SHIA_labeoufLaBeouf says he had been drinking all day in Times Square because of the World Cup and was invited to Cabaret by one of its dancers, whom he met randomly on the street. He accepted, he explains, having gotten his drink on, but it was once the show started that things got really crazy. LaBeouf pulled out a cigarette after seeing Alan Cumming smoke one on stage.

Says LaBeouf:

"He puts his cigarette out and it looks like he's winking at me, and I'm thinking, 'oh, well this is great' and at this point I see the ballet guy who gave me the ticket and I'm like 'hey! what's going on, pal?' And now everybody's looking at me and I'm feeling like 'whoa this is weird, I didn't know it was that kind of show'.

Alan Cumming walks past me and all I'm thinking about are his leather pants and him winking at me, and he walks past me and I give him a slap on the ass cause I think he deserves it, and he's seducing me, I mean he's the sexiest man I've ever seen. And I just don't slap and slap but I slapped and grabbed him. I grabbed the whole cheek cause I wanted the party right here in my pants. I wanted to grab the whole party. He finds a way to wiggle out of my Hercules grip...we get to intermission and somebody says 'there's another party outside.' And I see six cops having their own party. Anyways, they wanted to take me to the station."

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Man Arrested for Attempted Rape of Woman Inside NYC Gay Bar: VIDEO

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A man has been arrested and charged with assault and attempted rape for an attack on a woman inside the Flaming Saddles gay bar in Hell's Kitchen on Friday, NYC, ABC7 reports:

Flamingsaddles34-year old Ricardo Lamberti of Manhattan is charged with trying to rape a woman as she walked out of the bathroom of the Flaming Saddles Saloon on Ninth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen. Police say the suspect choked her until she lost consciousness, threw her to the ground and removed her underwear.

He was interrupted by security at the bar and fled the scene, according to investigators.

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