Cardi B, Howard Schultz, and Colin Jost’s Big Foot: This Week’s NYC Celebrity News Map

Published February 1, 2019

We tracked the stars, and other famous-ish things, making news across New York City’s five boroughs during the week of January 28 — from Cardi B’s fur-coated appearance at the Queens Criminal Court to Howard Schultz’s heckled stop at Barnes & Noble in Union Square.

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CARDI B at QUEENS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT, QUEENS

Cardi B, the smart-talking stripper-cum-rapper arousing fanatical support for her political ascendance, appeared in court on Thursday morning. Arriving in head-to-toe fur, the rapper was in Queens to settle two misdemeanor counts after a brawl at Angels, the Flushing strip club, last August, in which she was accused of throwing an ice bucket and two chairs at a pair of bartenders (who happen to be sisters). Cardi’s court date has apparently been adjourned until April, but she made headlines when reporters approached her outside of the courthouse, asking about the floating rumors that she’s reuniting with her estranged husband, Offset. “We’re working things out, baby,” she said.

Cardi B in full fur.

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HOWARD SCHULTZ and THE BOOKSTORE HECKLER at BARNES & NOBLE, UNION SQUARE

After tepidly announcing a possible 2020 presidential bid, Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks and Twitter pariah, stopped at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Monday night to kick off his nationwide book tour. Schultz was met with persistent heckling by Brooklyn-based activist Andy Ratto, who began his rise to bookstore heckling fame with his takedown of Sean Spicer at Barnes & Noble in July. Ratto called Schultz an “egotistical billionaire asshole,” who thinks he “know[s] how to run the world.” The jury is out as to whether a Venti Mocha Frapuccino could change his mind.

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON and COLIN JOST at THE POLO BAR, MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

A romantic date night between the actress Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost “got off on the wrong foot” this week, per Page Six. Upon entering the restaurant, Jost allegedly stepped on a woman’s foot, though not without immediately apologizing. The woman then turned to her friend and said, “Colin Jost just stepped on my foot.” Thought experiment: What if those were the last words you heard?

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POSH SPICE at THE FRICK MUSEUM, MANHATTAN

Victoria Beckham, FKA Posh Spice, hosted an intimate dinner party this Thursday at the venerable Frick Museum. The gathering of 30 or so “VIPs” landed on the eve of a Sotheby’s auction of old masters paintings, “The Female Triumphant.” It’s the latest brand pivot for Beckham, who’s also launching an “elevated streetwear” collaboration with Reebok. “We don’t claim to know an enormous amount about art,” Beckham said of her and her husband’s newly acquired taste for 16th – 19th century oil paintings. As the New York Times noted, Beckham also made a “posh” joke, twice, to the delight of those gathered. Zig-a-zig-ah.

JUSTIN and HAILEY BIEBER on PRINCE ST., SOHO

Newlyweds Justin and Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) were spotted swimming in similarly oversized parkas and beanies, showing that you’re never too famous to protect yourself in the cold. Just tell that to Rihanna.

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STUBBORN ICED COFFEE DRINKER, INDETERMINABLE LOCATION, MANHATTAN

Wednesday afternoon’s micro blizzard sent New Yorkers scrambling for shelter, with the exception of one brave and stubborn soul. See them now, with a pair of exposed bare hands: one to hold their fur-lined hood over their face; the other to safeguard an iced coffee. Where one might see a foolhardy sojourner, we see pride and perfectly stubborn preference. This is New York, after all, where the little things count more than anything else, no matter the weather advisory. But, dare we ask, is that a green straw?