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Joan Rivers’ East 62nd Street penthouse just made news as being listed for $38 million. Realtors called it a “triplex.” NO. Duplex. Daughter Melissa’s lower third floor was its own apartment.
Joan believed the apartment was haunted. I know the psychic who cleared it of ghosts. Joan believed in spirits. Seven days before she left us, we’d holidayed in London. Visiting Highclere Castle, the “Downton Abbey’” venue, she pronounced the place haunted. Its countess owner said, “You’re correct.”
When we visited Virginia’s colonial Williamsburg, Joan piled furniture against the door, claiming: “Ghosts are here. The closet was walking toward me.” She made us leave.
Pay attention …
Red-blooded law man Tom Selleck’s sticking on CBS’s “Blue Bloods” forever. He says no end point’s in sight. It’s his 11th season. He’ll be there until his moustache turns white … Lopez, loping from A-to-A — Alex to Affleck — was so quick that medics worry her various parts might not take such wear. Her thighs could soon go condo … Bill O’Reilly’s 16th best seller, “Killing The Mob,” is just out and already No. 1. I thank him for publicly stating I helped the sale … One-time waitress, house painter, bartender Ellen DeGeneres has a fortune of close to $500 million. So don’t cry for Argentina — or Ellen. … Catherine Zeta-Jones: “I like quiet. Michael will come in and say, ‘Nothing’s on here. No lights, TV, music, nothing.’ I’m happy in that space. I like peace.” … Joker Jamie Foxx’s second-grade teacher used him as a reward. If the kids behaved, Foxx would tell them jokes … Natalie Portman would love to do live theater, but can’t get over the nightmares about forgetting her lines onstage … Martin Scorsese failed Fordham’s divinity school entrance exam, and says: “I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.” … One of Clint Eastwood’s first acts as mayor of Carmel, Calif., was to ban skateboards and legalize ice cream parlors.
He won’t see NYC again
Last week, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, 75, was transferred to a UK prison to serve the remainder of his life sentence for genocide and war crimes in Sarajevo. In ’08, a $10 million contract on his head, he arrived here at 5 a.m. with two dozen guys carrying Uzis. His hotel refused him. He then took an entire floor at another unthrilled hotel. Our State Dept. allowed him only a 10-block radius. Lunch was at a nearby Chinese restaurant — and who was with him? Me. He said: “I lived in this wonderful city ’74 to ’75 studying poetry at Columbia. I had no money. I lived in a dirty West Side hotel with roaches. Now, I want to revisit Central Park, Riverside Drive and have a hamburger.” His wife then hit the pharmacy, filling huge shopping bags with aspirin, Band-Aids, Advil, Sudafed, salves for cuts, stuff for stopped-up noses — and then they boarded their own plane for home.
Execs need love
Besides unemployment, CEOs now face new problems. Paul Block, of global organization Merryck, mentors senior executives, and says: “From down in the weeds, now it’s deal with a board, product development, Zoom calls, new communication, congressional hearing, marketing strategies, international law. It’s not operating two hardware stores. It’s companies doing hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
“After interviewing peers to learn about these VIPs, it’s days away with them, then biweekly three-hour dinners and repeat phone calls with our previously equal CEO specialists whose only agenda is them and have survived similar problems.
“Giant corporations pay about $200,000 a year for us. Issues can be deep — like childhood difficulties, parenting inabilities. Often, women are most responsive because male testosterone sometimes is into pushback. Some clients stay with us for years.”
Thieves who love Manhattan have decided to unionize. They’ve realized a need to reduce violence and increase tourism in order to up the pickings. So this fall when a guy mugs you, he will now simply hand you a card, take your money and tell you to perform two self-inflicted wounds.
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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