New York City Opera Files For Bankruptcy

1, George Steel , the artistic director and general manager since 2009, said the company canceled its 2013-12014 season. Anna Nicole finished its run on Sept. 28. New York City Opera co-produced Anna Nicole with the Brooklyn Academy of Music . New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal, he wrote. New York City Operas projected deficit for fiscal year 2012 was $44.1 million, although it had a balanced operating budget in recent years, according to the filing. The operas long-term structural deficit problems started in 2003, and it blamed its financial condition on a troubled economy, decreased donations, and increasing pension obligations, according to the filing. Closing down would mark the end of a company established as the peoples opera by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia that became a training ground for young talent that included Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo. It would also leave New York with one remaining major company, the 128-year-old Metropolitan Opera. Donated Elsewhere Cultural institutions and their donors suffered in the financial crisis that started in 2007, and as the economy recovered their donations went elsewhere, said Ted Gavin, a partner at the turnaround and restructuring company Gavin/Solmonese LLC in Wilmington, Delaware . The patrons of the arts in New York City voted with their dollars and gave their money to other organizations, Gavin said in a phone interview before the bankruptcy was filed.

New York Comptroller Race Was Mostly a Celebrity-Fashion-Extravaganza

Turns out, it involved Terry Richardson, Lena Dunham, and a sleeveless white Dior dress. Well, sort of. The gift that just keeps on giving in the form of the New York Times style section has an effusive, 2,000 word essay on Audrey Gelman : spokesperson for the Democratic nominee for comptroller Scott Stringer, girlfriend of fetishistic photographer Terry Richardson , and the basis for the character Marnie on Girls. Gelman’s connection to Dunham stretches back years; they have apparently been friends since Gelman’s mother became Dunham’s mother’s shrink. Not only did Dunham base the character of Marnie on Gelman; Gelman also had cameos in the first season of Girls. According to the Times, Gelman, a 26-year-old press and PR specialist, got into politics because she liked the idea of “rolling up the sleeves of her Jil Sander blouse and delving into politics as practiced at the street level.” But it was her connections that put Stringer on the map. A “Young New York” campaign party at the Maritime Hotel heavily promoted as a way to mingle with New York’s young elite like Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johansson (who didn’t show up) helped Stringer close a 15-point gap that separated him from Spitzer, primarily on the strength of the celebrities involved. The Times also attributes some success to the sleeveless white Dior cocktail dress Gelman wore. And that’s how most news outlets covered it. As the New Republic reported: And now, too, the Stringer campaign is known for its glittering support: It has suddenly become the cause celebre among a certain strata of downtown types, who have embraced moderate chic with a wholeheartedness not seen in Manhattan since the first Obama campaign. The reason for the high-fashion attention being paid to this municipal election is Audrey Gelman, Stringers former press secretary turned SKDKnickbocker consultant dedicated to the campaign. Hidden in the profile are a few clues that Gelman has political experience beyond an affinity for designer business chic; she worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and served as Stringer’s deputy press secretary. Or, as the Times puts it; “not the most glamorous assignment, particularly for a budding fashionista who appeared in a short promotional film for DKNY Intimates and was often the plus-one for Mr.