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Tavern on the Green

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One of my favorite places in New York to grab a drink is a restaurant called Tavern On The Green.  So, on Monday night I immediately recognized the Tavern as the location where The Hills Finale Live From NYC  was held.  Oh, how I wish I could have been there!  🙂   The Tavern has long been a New York institution. In 2007, over 500,000 people dined there, grossing it over $38 million in revenues.  According to Wikipedia, it is the second highest grossing independently owned restaurant in the U.S., second only to Tao in Las Vegas!.  But the Tavern actually had very humble beginnings.  The structure now known as Tavern on the Green was first built in 1870 and served as Central Park’s Sheepfold, a shelter for the many sheep who called the park home.  In 1934 New York City’s Commissioner of Parks Robert Moses renovated the building and turned it into a restaurant.  Forty years later, in 1974, Warner Leroy, the son of Wizard of Oz  producer Mervyn Leroy and Doris Warner (Harry Warner’s daughter), purchased the restaurant and began a $10 million renovation turning the Tavern into the ornate crystal and glass masterpiece it is today.  

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Tavern on the Green is no stranger to the big or small screen.  Besides The Hills Finale Live From NYC (which was filmed in the Crystal Room), the Tavern has also appeared in Ghostbusters (Rick Moranis fights with the “terror dog” outside the restaurant’s Crystal Room), Rich Girls (MTV’s really, really dumb reality show about Tommy Hilfigers’s daughter and her best friend), New York Stories (where Woody Allen shares a meal with his mother), Misery (the site of James Caan’s novel release party), Hitch, Yo! MTV Raps, ElimiDATE, Only When I Laugh, Stella, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Eddy Duchin Story, Made, Portrait of Jennie, The Out-of-Towners, and Wall Street.  And I am about 99.9% positive that Carrie and Big dined in the Tavern’s lantern covered outdoor garden in the Season 2 episode of Sex and the City  entitled “The Caste System” (pictured above), but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.  And according to the latest issue of People Magazine, Tavern on the Green is where my girl Jennifer Aniston ate Christmas Eve dinner every year as a child.  🙂

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  Tavern on the Green is a beautiful place to grab a drink or a bite to eat.  Although a few tour books have labeled the restaurant tacky, I would have to disagree.  The Tavern’s gaudiness and over-the-top decor are exactly what make it so appealing.  Where else, but New York can you dine in a crystal ballroom complete with glass walls, hand-painted and hand-carved ceilings, brass and copper mirrors, walls decorated with 52-foot murals, and thousands upon thousands of twinkle lights?  It is one of the most unique, special restaurants I have ever visited in my life.  I absolutely LOVE IT!  🙂  And while the Tavern is pricey, it is worth saving your pennies to experience its rare ambience at least once in your life.  I absolutely love the Tavern’s small cocktail bar (pictured above), but during the summer months nothing beats its outdoor garden, which is lit by hundreds of colored paper lanterns.  It’s absolutely beautiful.    

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But the most magical time of year at the Tavern is Christmastime.  The interior of the restaurant is covered with countless wreaths, ribbons, and candy canes.  But it is actually the Tavern’s outside that is the most awe-inspiring. 

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Coming upon the Tavern from Central Park, it is almost like a beacon in the night.  The trees in the front and the back are completely covered in twinkle lights – thousands upon thousands of them. I’ve honestly never seen so many in my life!   Tavern on the Green gives Clark Griswold a run for his money!  Pictures truly don’t do the light display justice – it must be seen in person to truly be appreciated. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Tavern on the Green is located at Central Park West at 67th Street.  You can visit their website here.   Reservations are highly recommended!  The bar is first come, first served, but arrive early.  It’s standing room only even on weekdays.

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Audrina’s New Pad!

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I have to admit that I shed a little tear during Monday night’s episode of The Hills  as Audrina’s moving truck pulled away from the home she formerly shared with Lauren and Lo.   With both Whitney and Audrina seemingly moving on from The Hills, I really hope this doesn’t signal the end of the my favorite reality series.  I’d be absolutely devastated!!!  I mean I get sad enough on Monday nights at 10:30 when The Hills’  ending credits start rolling, as I know I have to wait a full week before I can watch another episode.  It’s sick, really.  🙂  Anyway, after watching Monday’s show, I decided I just had to stalk Audrina’s new pad.  Thankfully, finding the location wasn’t too hard.   I just called on the usual suspects – fave websites the Real Estalker and Big Time Listings – which both stated that the house was located on Bryn Mawr Drive in the Dell neighborhood of Hollywood.  From that point it was just a matter of looking at recently sold homes on that street (there were only two) until I found Audrina’s.  🙂

But when I went to stalk Audrina’s pad in person yesterday there were cops swarming the place!  I’m really not sure what the story was, and I didn’t stick around long enough to find out, but my best guess is that some Hills  filming was taking place and a neighbor had called the police to complain – about what I am not sure.  According to reports it seems that Audrina’s neighbors aren’t too happy that she moved into their normally quiet town.  LOL  The neighbors are upset about the noise and crowding of their small streets, but honestly had the cops not been there, I never would have had any idea that any filming was taking place.  The street was quite and there wasn’t a film truck in site, or any other cars for that matter.  Personally I’d love it if The Hills  filmed in my neighborhood!  I’d be out there watching everyday!  🙂    

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Audrina’s new house is a very cute, Spanish style home located on a very windy street high up in the Hollywood Hills.  The house was just recently built and sits on a minuscule lot – according to Big Time Listings the lot only measures 0.09 of an acre – that’s 3,999 square feet!!!  I mean most celebrity homes  are bigger than Audrina’s whole property!  LOL  Ms. Patridge purchased the three bedroom, two and a half bath, 2,100 square foot home for $1,150,000 – which seems to be pretty low budget for a celeb, even for a reality star.  🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Audrina’s new house is located at 6393 Bryn Mawr Drive in Los Angeles.  How I Met Your Mother’s  Josh Radnor is next door at 6387 Bryn Mawr.

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Marilyn’s Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

 I know I have blogged about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel quite a few times in the past, but what can I say?  Every time I go there I discover something new!  A few weeks ago while doing some Hollywood stalking with my mom, we took a little lunch break at the Tropicana Bar next to the Roosevelt Hotel’s pool.  While we were there I happened to ask the pool security guard if he knew where Marilyn Monroe’s former room was located.  Not only did he know where it was, but it turns out we were sitting directly beneath it!  🙂

For about two years, shortly before she became the world’s most famous starlet, Marilyn lived in a poolside suite at the Roosevelt.  At the time MM was fresh from her first divorce and her modeling career was just taking off.  According to the security guard, Marilyn’s room is one of the largest rooms in the entire hotel, with a huge wraparound balcony overlooking the pool.  A mirror that hung in Marilyn’s room during the time she called the Roosevelt home now hangs in a mezzanine hallway just off the hotel lobby.  Marilyn must have truly loved the Roosevelt, as she doesn’t seem to want to leave.  Rumors persist that the hotel is still haunted by her ghost to this day. 

As I have said many times before, the Roosevelt is one of my very favorite places in all of LA.  I highly recommend stalking it if you have the chance.  You can even spend the night in the Marilyn Monroe suite, which is apparently the hotel’s most requested room.  🙂  Looks like I need to plan a little overnight stalking trip!!  🙂 The Tropicana Bar is a fabulous place to grab a drink and a bite to eat – they have GREAT food and the staff could not be friendlier!!  But be prepared, the menu is pricey.  It is worth every penny, though, as it is one of the hippest spots in LA and is pretty much celeb central.  The poolside bar is one of Lauren Conrad’s favorite places to hang out and it has even shown up in a few episodes of The Hills.  🙂

In other Marilyn news, I just finished an absolutely fascinating book about Marilyn’s life called The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe.  If you are at all an MM fan, I highly recommend reading. 

You can read my other posts about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel here and here

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in downtown Hollywood.  Marilyn’s room is located directly above the Tropicana, the Roosevelt’s poolside bar.

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Quite Possibly the Best Day of My Life!

Got one of the most exciting phone calls of my life on Tuesday!  A good friend who has an in at the Project Beach House in Malibu called to invite me to a little shindig being held there yesterday, which would have been exciting news in and of itself.  But what she said next almost gave me a heart attack – the event at the beach house was actually being held for a taping of The Hills!!!!!  I swear I screamed so loud after hearing the news I am surprised my neighbors didn’t complain!  LOL

               

        

So yesterday afternoon I headed out to Malibu to party at the Project Beach House.  🙂  In case you don’t read US Magazine, Beverly Hills PR firm Fingerprint Communications’ sponsored Project Beach House joined the ranks of other corporate sponsored celeb party houses in Malibu – ie. the Polaroid Beach House and the Silver Spoon Beach House.  The Project Beach House is a $25 million six bedroom home, which was built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and sits on over four acres of land on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and El Matador State Beach in Malibu.  The mansion has huge sprawling lawns, a koi pond, tennis court, pool, and even a helicopter landing pad!  Not to mention a great view of Brad and Angie’s Malibu home, which is located right next door, but I’ll save those pics for a future post.  🙂

       

 

               

When we arrived there were huge luxury double size chaise lounges set up (which might as well have been outdoor beds, they were so comfy), models walking around in bathing suits and really high heels, a ton of really cool freebies, a Garnier Fructis facial station, a poolside hair styling station, a DJ spinning records, waitresses walking around serving delicious fresh baked appetizers, and two full bars.  Just being at the Project Beach House would have been exciting enough for this stalker – the whole time I was literally thinking “How in the heck am I here??”  I mean, who am I to be hanging out at the PROJECT BEACH HOUSE???  🙂  So cool!

At around 3:30PM, in walked Lauren and Whitney and I just about DIED!  You can see them in the above pic – they are on the very left.  Lauren was not as thin as I expected her to be, but she was just as cute in person as she seems on TV.  I was kinda bummed out, though, as she did not seem very friendly at all.  I hardly saw her smile at all during the filming.  After they arrived, Whitney and Lauren kind of hung out off to the side of the house waiting for the camera crew to get set up.  The Hills  is taped with three cameras set up on tripods that are actually set pretty far back from where the action is taking place.  I was really surprised at how far away the cameras actually were.  I always pictured the cameramen to be using handheld cameras and to kind of be right in the girls’ faces, but they weren’t.  Taping of the sound is done wirelessly with the cast wearing wireless mikes, so the sound guy also stands pretty far away from the girls.

I must say that the entire experience was absolutely BIZARRE.  I can’t put my finger on what exactly made the taping so surreal, but it was definitely wierd.  Prior to the taping, I had always believed that the show was not really a “reality” show.  I was convinced it was scripted and heavy influenced by producers.  However, that wasn’t actually the case.  But while the show is real, it is more of an altered reality, which is, I think, what made the whole experience so strange. 

To start off with, producers picked the exact spot where they wanted Lauren and the gang to sit well before Lauren actually arrived.  The spot they chose was actually the chaise my friend and I had been sitting on all afternoon and they made us move shortly before Lauren and Whitney arrived.  I guess we had chosen the best seats in the house.  LOL 

To further the altered reality, the premise of the episode is that Lauren and Whitney attend a fashion event for a clothing company called “Tt”.  While there was sort of a fashion event/party going on at the beach house, the whole thing was pretty much just set up so that The Hills  could be filmed.  I seriously doubt there would have been any party going on had The Hills not wanted to film at the Beach House yesterday.   One of the party guests actually asked a worker at the house if there was a fashion show scheduled since so many models were walking around.  The worker replied “Well, it’s sort of a fake fashion show.”  LOL   Everyone at the “party” also had to sign releases to be on camera.

               

Once the camera crew got set up, they let Lauren and Whitney walk on screen.  The girls walked to the pool area and went straight to the producer-chosen chaise lounge.  And then they pretty much just sat there.  And sat there.  And sat there.  The whole time my friend and I were wondering when they were going to start filming and then we realized that they HAD BEEN filming the whole time!   I’ve been on a few movie sets and usually during filming there is some sort of action taking place, SOMETHING is happening, but not in this case.  At some points Lauren and Whitney were just kind of looking around the party, not even talking to each other.  So in that sense, the show is truly “reality” – Lauren and Whitney really were just sitting and hanging out at a party.  I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised at their inaction, as not much else occurs on The Hills  besides a lot of sitting around and talking.  LOL  After about 25 minutes or so, She-Pratt and her new boyfriend came out to the pool to hang out with LC and Whitney.  Stephanie was surprisingly really pretty in person – she has amazing blue eyes!

    

The Hills  crew was super laid back and I was floored when I found out that they were allowing pictures to be taken of the filming.  At first I was totally trying to take pictures on the down low, as cameras are usually not allowed on most movie and TV sets.  But once I realized that it was OK to take pictures, I moved in closer to get some better shots.  🙂  And when I did so, I noticed Audrina standing off to the side of the house.  She had apparently been there the whole time, but had to wait for the producer’s go ahead before entering the filming area.  SO STRANGE.  The same thing occured with Frankie Delgado and his friends.  I am not sure what the reasoning on that was.  I am guessing that the producers were waiting for things to get boring with Lauren and Whitney before letting other characters enter the scene.

What I was very surprised about, though, was how hands off the producers were.  I was convinced they would be yelling “Cut!” and having the stars constantly repeat dialog, but that was not the case.   A producer only interfered with filming once, and it was to tell Whitney, who had been laying down on a chaise, to sit up as they couldn’t see her through the camera.  The producers also pretty much left the party-goers alone.  I thought for sure we would be cordoned off and not allowed to get near the stars or the filming area, but nothing like that occurred.  People were walking freely all over the place – in front of the camera, around the stars, etc.  That was another thing that made the situation really strange.  At one point my friend’s husband was standing right next to LC while she waited in line at the bar – and yes, I swear, she actually waited in line!   

I am convinced, though, that some of the partiers were actually paid extras.  There were two people, especially, whom the producers kept talking to and moving around, and I know they had to be extras.  At certain times, too, the producers would tell partygoers to move around in the background or to go sit on the chaises near Lauren, JUST LIKE on a movie set.  I guess there wasn’t enough going on in the background to make the party look realistic enough.  More of that altered reality.  Producers also asked the Tt models (clad in teeny tiny bathing suits) to play a little “impromptu” soccer game behind LC and friends during filming  -and they looked absolutely ridiculous doing so!   And not at all realistic. 

      

Another thing I found strange was that while I was absolutely FLOORED to be there and it was one of the most exciting days EVER – I was also completely bored during the filming.  As I said before, the cast wasn’t very interesting to watch at all – they pretty much just sat there for about three hours not really doing a whole lot.  Audrina and her friends jumped into the pool for a bit and sat around drinking in there, but that was the only real action that took place.  LOL  I read an article yesterday, though, that said it takes Hills editors FOUR TO SIX WEEKS to sift through enough of the footage of Lauren’s daily life to put together ONE episode.  So they must not really be all that exciting.  LOL 

The whole party had kind of a weird vibe, too.  It seemed more like a Hills  viewing party than anything else as everyone was literally sitting around JUST watching Lauren and the gang film.  It was very obvious that most party-goers were there for the sole purpose of seeing The Hills  stars live and in person.  Like I said, it was bizarre.  I must say, though, that I had a BLAST at the party and just being there would have been excitement enough for me for one day – but seeing The Hills  cast in person and watching them film was truly the icing on the cake.  I can die a happy woman now!  LOL 

        

The Hills new season premieres this Monday night on MTV.  I am not sure when the Project Beach House episode will air, but I am guessing in about 6-8 weeks.  I CANNOT wait to see it!  All in all, the entire cast was there during the shoot, minus Speidi (who I would have loved to have seen!), Lo, and Brody Jenner.  Otherwise the rest of the group was present – LC, Stephanie Pratt and what seemed to be her new boyfriend, Audrina and a new guy she was cuddling up with, Audrina’s tattooed sister and her boyfriend, Whitney Port, and Frankie Delgado.  And even though the whole thing was a bizarre experience to watch, I still absolutely love The Hills.  In fact I think I like it even more now.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Project Beach House is located at 32340 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  But sadly yesterday was the final day and the final party (until next summer, of course!) for the Project Beach House.  I hear permanent residents are moving into the house next week.

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Buy A Set From Laguna Beach!

Fave website Real Estalker just posted news that Lauren Conrad’s parents put their Laguna Beach dream house  up for sale for a cool $17.5 million!  You may remember that James Conrad built this house during the first season of Laguna Beach: The Real O.C.  and LC and Ste-ven traipsed through the house during construction in the pilot episode.  L.C. threw a few pool parties/BBQ’s there during subsequent seasons of the show and it was at one of those pools parties that her romance with Jason Wahler blossomed.   I have no idea why the Conrad’s would sell this home – it is absolutely amazing! 

You can read the entire Real Estalker article here.

Stalk It:  The Conrad’s home is located at 29 Vista Del Sol in Laguna Beach.  You won’t get past the guardshack located at 32350 Pacific Coast Highway, though, so you’ll just have to settle for views of the house from the road.

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Crossroads School

Last night my boyfriend gave me an article entitled “The Speidi Chronicles” that he had saved for me from Sunday’s LA Times and it was all about Spencer and Heidi.  I swear I really need to marry this guy!  🙂  Anyway, Spencer and Heidi sat down at Don Antonio’s for the interview and over some quesadillas and fajitas they opened up about life on The Hills.  Ever notice how every time Spencer and Heidi sit down for an interview, it’s always at Don Antonio’s?!?  Anyway, besides revealing juicy little tidbits like the fact that Heidi didn’t get paid a dime for being a part of the first season and that while she had to pay rent for their Park La Brea Apartment Lauren did not, the article also dilvulged that Spencer attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica.  Since I happened to be in Santa Monica today, I just had to go stalk it!

Besides being Spencer Pratt’s alma mater, the school has educated a slew of other famous celebs and their children, including Kate Hudson, Cash Warren, Baron Davis, Michael Bay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jake Busey, Sean Astin, and (total coincidence) Whitney Port.  I wonder if she knew Spencer in high school!  Although Crossroads is a highly prestigious school, it has also attracted its fair share of scruitiny.  A book written in 2004 called Hollywood Interrupted  did not paint a very flattering picture of the school or its students and neither did a 2005Vanity Fair  article. 

The school is very modern looking and has some highly unique architecture.  I definitely recommend doing a drive by if you get the chance.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  Crossroads School is located at 1714 21st Street, just off Olympic Boulevard, in Santa Monica.  The school is very close to the Epic Records  office building where Audrina works.

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Now Wear This!

For those who haven’t yet heard the good news – Jennie Garth has officially signed on to star in a recurring role on the new Beverly Hills, 90210  spin-off that is going to air on the CW.  Although Brenda was always my fave 90210  character I still have to say YAY!  Jennie will be reprising her role as Kelly Taylor, who is now a guidance counselor at West Beverly High. 

I thought I’d do a little 90210  blogging in honor of today’s big news!  During the 7th Season of 90210, Donna and Kelly opened up a clothing boutique called “Now Wear This!”  A few years ago, as I was driving on Melrose Avenue, I spotted the location of the shop and almost got into a car accident I was so excited!  When I first saw the location, the site was just a vacant storefront and pretty run down, but a few years ago it became home to a restaurant called El Guapo Mexican Cantina – which, according to reviews, is a very happening spot and a supposed celeb hang out.   I have yet to eat, there, though, as anytime I have a hankering for Mexican food I head over to the BEST Mexican food in LA, Don Antonio’s.  But it looks like I am going to have to check out El Guapo’s someday soon!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Donna’s dress shop is located at 7250 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  It is just down the street from both The Groundlings Theatre – famous improv school and alma mater to countless celebs –  and People’s Revolution  – Lauren Conrad’s new workplace.

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