Celebritize your bicep

Speaking of Susan Sarandon, I just can’t seem to get that image of her brand new back tattoos out of my head. Is it still a “tramp stamp” if it’s on your upper back? What’s the projected lifespan of a tat on a 61-year-old before it begins sagging? Will Tim Robbins get his own ink art to match?

I don’t have the answers to any of these, of course, but the topic remind me of something else: My colleague Audrey Green’s excellent story on Rockland County’s tattoo subculture. If you weren’t one of the lucky recipients of the May issue of Rockland Magazine, you probably didn’t get to read it. But, hey, lucky you, it’s still online. Be sure to check it out.

photo-10-celebrity-skin_-21-tattoos-of-famous-faces-photos-ewcom.jpgAnyway, back to celebrity tattoos. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that’s what you’re mainly interested in anyway. And while I don’t have anything quite as exhaustive as my 2006 index of former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie’s body art, Friend of Sububarazzi Amy Vernon did point me to a different kind of celebrity tattoo. Not on celebs, but of them. As in, a permanent portrait of Stepinac grad Alan Alda (as MASH’s Hawkeye Pierce) or former Carmelite Judge Judy surrounded by the phrase “Only Judy Can Judge Me.”

Those are the two locals that made the Entertainment Weekly photo gallery of celebrity tattoos, but there are plenty of others—Napoleon Dynamite, Tony Danza, Bob Barker, Michael Moore—to keep you entertained. Enjoy.

“Celebrity Skin: 21 Tattoos of Famous Faces” [EW.com]

(Photo: Johnny Andres/New Addiction Tattoos)

Podcast: April 30

On the podcast this week: Mariah’s newest Empire; Paul Shaffer and Matisyahu prepare to rock out for Israel’s 60th birthday; and Chevy Chase chills with Captain Planet.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: “Speed Racer” opens in theaters nationwide next Friday. Which actor with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley is NOT in the cast?

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Paul Shaffer, Matisyahu join concert to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary


Bedford resident Paul Shaffer and White Plains High School alumnus Matisyahu have agreed to perform in a New York City concert marking the 60th anniversary of Israel’s inception.

The leader of the CBS Orchestra for the late-night talk show hosted by North Salem resident David Letterman will join the hassidic reggae star (“King Without A Crown”) and recent hitmaker Yael Naim (“New Soul,” featured in that MacBook Air commercial with the manila envelope) for a May 7 show at Radio City Music Hall.

Also on the bill are Israeli musicians Rami Kleinstein, David Broza and Idan Raichel.

(AP Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign to open office in White Plains

hillary.jpgChappaqua resident Hillary Clinton won’t have to drive far to get to a new regional campaign office when it opens this week in White Plains.

Shortly after 1 p.m. today, her campaign committee announced via e-mail that the state senator is opening an office in Suite 210 at 170 E. Post Road. It’s one of nine regional offices throughout the state to open this week, with others expected to open in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Farmingville, Garden City, Poughkeepsie, Rochester and Syracuse.

While some of Clinton’s staff will set up shop in Westchester County, other Hillary fans, according to the e-mail, have been happy to leave the county to promote her campaign.


Over 1,000 New Yorkers headed to New Hampshire for the final five days of the primary on buses from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Westchester, Long Island and New York City and in carpools.


(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Vanessa Williams shills for Ritz’s new 42 restaurant

vanessa-williams1.jpgOK, so technically she wasn’t there for last week’s grand opening of the new Ritz Carlton Westchester, but that didn’t stop intrepid food editor Liz Johnson from getting a quote from the Chappaqua resident about the forthcoming 42 restaurant. Set to open on New Year’s, 42 is the brainchild of Trotters mastermind Anthony Goncalves. And, apparently, Vanessa Williams is a big fan. In addition to telling Liz that Trotters (which was recently converted into the tapas-based Peniche) is one of her favorite restaurants, she said “I love the cuisine … his [Goncalves] creative approach to food. Pairing sweet with savory – blending a lot of Italian cuisine with Portuguese.”

And seeing as how Vanessa’s hair-straightening salon of choice is the White Plains Sears — right near the Ritz at the Galleria mall — the new restaurant location will be every bit as convenient as Trotter once was. Throw in the pimped out spa on the 9th floor of the hotel and, well — Vanessa, if you’re looking to move south of Chappaqua, we hear penthouses in towers I and II go for a bargain $7 million. Come on, you can afford it.

“Ritz Carlton Westchester offers swanky accommodations, great food” [LoHud]

UPDATE: Lest there was any confusion, Phil Reisman clarifies on his blog that Williams was not, we repeat not, at the opening of the Ritz. Williams’s mother (who appeared in the pages of InTown with daughter Vanessa and granddaughter Sasha Fox) wrote in to the columnist to clarify:


“Dear Phil Reisman,I read your account of the Ritz-Carlton opening and the reference of not seeing Vanessa Williams . You didn’t see her because she was not there. She was still on the west coast. How do I know? I am her mom and was waiting for her arrival to celebrate Christmas I enjoy your columns.. most of the time. Helen L.�</div></blockquote>

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

People of the Year — 4. Donald Trump

itw_people3.jpgYeah, we hear you groaning. But forget about that whole trumped-up bitch fest with Rosie O’Donnell for a sec. That may have made tabloid headlines, but this year the Bedford homeowner (or rather, mansion-owner) also made plenty of legitimate news here in Westchester. In addition to opening the doors to Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, beginning work on Trump Parc in Stamford, and campaigning to get the U.S. Open played at one of his Trump National golf courses (either Briarcliff Manor or Bedminster, New Jersey), he also erected some hard-to-miss road signs announcing Donald J. Trump State Park on the Taconic. Donating 436 acres for a park in Northern Westchester: generous. Congratulating oneself by branding your name all over the county: not exactly, to use his word, “classy.� (What’s next? Trump-onic Parkway? Trumpchester?) Some other unclassy moves: The Apprentice got its worst ratings in six seasons; his eponymous, SkyMall-esque magazine sent its backers into financial meltdown; and The Daily News reported that, to boost anemic book sales, he paid people to buy his new self-help tome, Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life.

Prediction for 2008: Trump currently has four—count ’em, four!—TV shows in production: Fox’s Lady or a Tramp, MTV’s Pageant Place, a syndicated Judge Judy/Dr. Phil-type daytime show (with Trump mediating financial disputes), and The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition for NBC. Just try to top that, Rosie!

Adapted from “People of the Year,� InTown Westchester, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

‘History of Howard Stern’ spends 90 minutes on Westchester days

howard.jpgThirty years ago, Howard Stern launched his career as a professional deejay in Briarcliff Manor. The radio world would never be the same.

With Stern and his crew off for holiday break, Sirius satellite radio has been broadcasting the premiere of “The History of Howard Stern� in lieu of his live morning radio show this week. Featuring first-person interviews and narration by Jim Forbes of “Behind the Music� fame, the first 90 minutes of Tuesday’s broadcast alone were dedicated to Stern’s days spinning vinyl in Briarcliff and plugging various businesses and events throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

“My first radio job really was WRNW in Westchester and that was a very difficult situation for me,� Stern said during the special. “I was not a good broadcaster; I was not a good straight broadcaster, and I wasn’t thought of much.�

Recently completing his second year of a five-year, $500 million contract at Sirius satellite radio, Stern said he launched his full-time career with a $5,000 annual salary on Jan. 1, 1977 at 107.1 FM. He was 11 days shy of his 23rd birthday.

“My first shift, when I got on the air, I was so nervous my hands were shaking,� he said. “The station was empty, thank God, because it was New Year’s morning. I hit the button to play the record, the whole board jams up. I must’ve hit it too hard.�

Reflecting on the incident with sidekicks Robin Quivers and Artie Lange, Stern said he woke up the program director when calling him in the ensuing panic.

“The engineer came in and started yelling at me – this big fat guy – and he fixed it at some point, I guess,� he said. “And all the other jocks heard me and they think I was horrible. I was the laughing stock of the station. The program director was going to fire me, I heard, because I woke him up. And again, I had to beg for his mercy. I said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He goes, ‘You’re terrible; you’re horrible.’ It’s a miracle I sit here today.�

In addition to Briarcliff, check out the “King of All Media’s” direct connections to Armonk, Elmsford, Tarrytown, Bronxville, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yorktown after the break.

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Insanity-inducing White Plains commute drives ‘Nude Dude’ to streak through Times Square

times-square.jpgThe streaker who surprised tourists at 9:30 p.m. yesterday, predictably, had a history of psychiatric problems. But perhaps more telling: He was also apparently a White Plains commuter. As the security guards ran him drown in traffic, according to the NY Post, he was muttering “something about he was on his way home.”

Honestly, given the claustrophobic cattle cars coming out of White Plains station, can you really blame him for going a little loopy?

In perhaps the greatest ironic twist in the story, he apprehended next to a vendor’s cart marked NUTS 4 NUTS.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Note to Yankees: Eat more steak at Morton’s in ’08


This photo comes via the Morton’s steakhouse in White Plains, which entertained Roger Clemens and Andy Petitte last Saturday night. The two were there cheering on the Texas Longhorns and psyching themselves up for the do-or-die game against Cleveland (which they won). Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone on the team (certainly not Ron Villone, who replaced Clemens) ate there at any point on Sunday, which may help explain the 6-4 loss to the Indians on Monday. At least, that’s my theory.

Also, as my colleague Liz Johnson pointed out, doesn’t that guy in the tux next to Petitte look an awful lot like Paul McCartney? Any chance we can blame the Monday night loss on The Beatles, too?

(Photo courtesy Morton’s)

EXCLUSIVE: The future was so bright for Jimmy Fink, he had to wear shades

(Courtesy of Jimmy Fink)Suburbarazzi blew out the candles Saturday in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Fink’s graduation from Eastchester High School.

Yesterday, Jimmy e-mailed me with a follow-up about his the yearbook group photo for the graduating class of 1967:


In the big graduation picture, where we all posed on the bleachers at EHS, I am the only one wearing sunglasses!!


The Scarsdale resident and deejay at the White Plains-based The Peak provided Suburbarazzi with an additional exclusive: He said he had dinner Friday with his best friend from his high school days and today alike, Donald Levy.


In the yearbook, under his name, it said, ‘Found with Fink.’ I guess it’s still true.


Rock ‘n’ Roll High School: Jimmy Fink got Eastchester diploma 40 years ago today

(Courtesy of Jimmy Fink)Here’s a shout-out to Scarsdale resident Jimmy Fink, the local deejay who graduated from Eastchester High School 40 years ago today.

James Curtis Fink grabbed his diploma in the high school auditorium on White Plains Road in 1967, perhaps informing those in attendance that the No. 1 song on the charts that day was Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

He would go on to a prestigious radio career in New York City and Westchester County, where he continues to spin records play mp3s for The Peak, based in “New York’s Backyard,” a.k.a. White Plains.

So much for the Pink Floyd Wall Theorem of “We don’t need no (sic) education.”

Fugitive DMX to go on tour

DMXTo the Police of White Plains and/or Yonkers:

I know that you’ve had multiple arrest warrants out for rapper, Mount Kisco resident, and repeat traffic violator DMX since April 12. And I know how hard it can be to track down fugitives who routinely jet off to places like Arizona and South Carolina.

But here’s a tip: stop by B.B. King’s in NYC on July 21. DMX will be there as part of a 17-city tour to promote his new greatest hits CD, “The Definition Of X: Pick Of The Litter,” which will be released via Def Jam on June 12.

Here, I’ll even give you a Ticketmaster link. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even find him as soon as June 21, when he’ll kick off his tour in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Good luck,