Roger Stone, Ben Stiller, Jay-Z, and the MTA Hawk: This Week’s NYC Celebrity News Map
We tracked the stars, and other famous-ish things, making news across New York City’s five boroughs during the week of January 21 — from Roger Stone’s Upper East Side apartment to Sen. Kamala Harris’s Penn Station drop-in.
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS at PENN STATION, MANHATTAN
Following an appearance on Good Morning America after she announced her 2020 presidential bid, the senator from California stopped at a deli inside Penn Station for a New York classic: the egg and cheese sandwich. No word if Harris experienced that other timeless New York City / Penn Station classic: mind-numbing train delays.
Hitting up that deli in Penn Station for an egg and cheese after you’ve announced for POTUS pic.twitter.com/g781gZGoLd
— Lily Adams (@adamslily) January 21, 2019
EMMA CORONEL AISPURO (CARTEL KINGPIN EL CHAPO’S WIFE) at the FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT, DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
As the El Chapo trial drags on, a former Sinaloa cartel capo revealed on Wednesday that Chapo’s wife — Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, — played a pivotal role in helping her 61-year-old husband escape from prison, assisting in an elaborate plan to dig into his cell and whisk him away through a tunnel. According to the New York Post, Coronel sat “emotionless in the farthest corner of the defense row, playing with her hair and staring at her nails, as Lopez implicated her in the caper.” As of this post, Coronel still doesn’t follow anyone on Instagram.
BEN STILLER with GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO at an UNDISCLOSED BILL SIGNING LOCATION, MANHATTAN
The Hollywood actor, and Escape at Dannemora director, joined New York’s governor at a bill signing yesterday in Manhattan. Although Gov. Cuomo was signing a package of much-needed voting reform laws, Stiller was on hand to thank Cuomo for the valuable film subsidies offered by the Empire State Development Agency to productions like Dannemora, which was shot in upstate New York. Stiller, who cast The Sopranos’ Michael Imperoli to play Cuomo in the miniseries joked that his first choice, Brad Pitt, was unavailable for the role.
NATASHA LYONNE at THE METROGRAPH, LOWER EAST SIDE
One of our favorite “Ask Me Anything” subjects, Natasha Lyonne gushed about Amy Poehler this past Wednesday night at the premiere of their new Netflix series, Russian Doll. “Amy is genuinely just the most extraordinary person,” she told Page Six. “She’s a tectonic plate-shifting human being and getting to work with her is the singular experience of my life and also just the most life-affirming that she believed in me.”
JAY-Z and MEEK MILL at JOHN JAY COLLEGE, MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
Rapper and impresario Jay-Z joined Meek Mill, fellow rapper and criminal justice reform advocate, at John Jay College in Manhattan to announce the Reform Alliance. The pair have pledged $50 million to the probation and parole reform initiative with a goal of releasing 1 million people swept into the criminal justice system for low-level crimes. At a press conference, Jay-Z explained his support for overhauling a flawed criminal justice system. “This is how we grew up. We’re all prisoners to this. Until everyone’s free, no one’s free.”
ROGER STONE’s UPPER EAST SIDE APARTMENT, MANHATTAN
On Friday morning, Roger Stone — the longtime Trump associate also known as “the man with the Nixon back tattoo” — was arrested in a pre-dawn raid outside his home in Fort Lauderdale after being indicted by special counsel Robert Muller. His one-bedroom Manhattan apartment on the Upper East Side was also raided. Lined with Nixon ephemera and leather chairs by Corbusier, the apartment is also the location where Stone famously held forth on men’s style for the New York Times back in 2015.
VIRAL WILDLIFE at the JAY STREET-METROTECH STOP, DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
A crowd gathered outside a Brooklyn subway stop on Tuesday to witness the second-most interesting feud we’ve seen this week: a hawk devouring a pigeon. The predatory hawk was caught savagely ripping apart the feathers of a lesser avian species in accordance with Darwin’s, and New York City’s, most basic tenant: survival of the fittest. Or, as the person responsible for capturing this raw moment noted on YouTube, “The circle of life…bad day for this pigeon, but hawks gotta eat too.”