Bella Hadid, Awkwafina, and Butterflies of Doom: This Week’s NYC Celeb News Map

Published July 26, 2019

Leo season is in full swing, meaning it’s time for some audacious fashion choices, bold theatrics, and maybe even a last-minute getaway (don’t forget to coordinate your books with your perfumes, obviously.) If you’ve been feeling the urge to indulge in some late night dance parties (like Robyn) or feed the flames of your desire for world domination (like Catherine Cohen and Alan Cumming)–it’s natural! Just make sure you’re staying hydrated. Here, we’ve compiled the best of the best star sightings, outfits, and other famous-ish things, making news across New York City’s five boroughs during the week of July 22nd.

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BELLA HADID somewhere in MANHATTAN

Photo: Peter Parker/SplashNews.com

Model and off-duty ballerina Bella Hadid hails a cab in New York City. Ever the provocateur, Hadid was sporting some flashy red sunglasses at night–perhaps taking a note from our favorite Latin trap king-cum-famed shades aficionado?

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AWKWAFINA on PEARL and OLIVER STREET, LOWER MANHATTAN

Photo: Steve Sands/New York Newswire/Mega

If that wasn’t enough fashion for you, Awkwafina was seen on the set of her upcoming TV show, Nora From Queens. Being a master funeral planner, we can only assume the flowers are for the dearly departed world of fashion, one she so deftly slayed with the hem of her stunning grey blazer.

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CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG in QUEENSBRIDGE PARK, QUEENS

Filming for the big-screen adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog continues in Queens, with the beloved hound having filmed scenes in Bed-Stuy earlier this month. We can only hope Clifford will be decidedly less creepy than the uncanny valley that is the CGI reimagining of The Lion King, though the thought alone of a 25-foot red dog busting through Queens is pretty intimidating.

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ANSEL ELGORT on W. 107th ST and AMSTERDAM AVE, UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN

Photo: Jose Perez/InStar

In other film news, Ansel Elgort was spotted on the set of the forthcoming remake of West Side Story, which is being directed by Steven Spielberg. While the remake isn’t due until late 2020, Elgort can be seen in the film adaptation of The Goldfinch, alongside absinthe drinker and expert litigator Nicole Kidman, which hits theaters September 13.

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JACQUELINE NOVAK, NATASHA LYONNE, and more at the CHERRY LANE THEATRE, GREENWICH VILLAGE, MANHATTAN

Comedien and author Jacqueline Novak and question-answerer-extraordinaire Natasha Lyonne were joined by Amy Poehler, Abbi Jacobson, Rachel Dratch, and Phoebe Robinson to celebrate the opening of Novak’s one-woman show, Get On Your Knees. Director John Early and Executive Producer Mike Birbiglia were also spotted on the red carpet for the show that’s been called “most highbrow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see.” Ticket for one, please.

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BUTTERFLIES OF DOOM fluttering through what are soon to be the LAST VESTIGES OF CIVILIZATION

Photo: Jen Chung/Gothamist

As if flooded streets and scorching heat waves weren’t enough, it appears the apocalypse has finally arrived to the City of New York in the form of the Red Admiral butterfly, also known as the “butterfly of doom.” As it so happens, the creature gets its hellish moniker from Vladimir Nabokov, a devout fan of the insect who recalled their arrival in Russia following Tsar Aleksander II’s assassination in 1881 as an omen of destruction. Did we mention they prefer to eat bird droppings? Of course, this could all just be a normal migration pattern, but when it comes to bird shit-eating Lepidopterous harbingers, who can really be sure?