Tracee Ellis Ross, Martha Stewart, and an Inexplicable Tomato Plant: This Week’s NYC Celeb News Map

Published September 6, 2019

Coming back from Labor Day, it appears New York City is divided. On one end, there are the tennis devotees, dutifully attending the US Open in Queens to watch their favorite athletes serving it up on the courts. On the other, the city’s glitterati is gathering for New York Fashion Week (despite some rocky beginnings), serving looks on every street corner. So where did the stars fall this week? 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 September 5.

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS tossing hair and turning looks all across MANHATTAN

When she’s not DMing her friends dance videos on Instagram, Tracee Ellis Ross shows the rest of the world how it’s done (walking around Manhattan, that is). The world’s poolside correspondent was in town celebrating the upcoming launch of her new haircare line, Pattern, no doubt channeling her styler architect alter-ego, Clara Champignon.

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ANNA WINTOUR at ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM, THE BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER, QUEENS

Noted chili and tennis fanatic Anna Wintour was spotted attending her friend Roger Federer’s match against Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday in Queens. She was one of many stars who flocked to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to watch the matches; Amy Schumer, Justin Theroux, Tom Hiddleston, Jameela Jamil, and James Blake were also in attendance throughout the week, making the US Open New York’s most star-studded event this month (except maybe that one VMA afterparty.)

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JONATHAN VAN NESS and MARTHA STEWART at the US OPEN, ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM, QUEENS

Lest we forget! Also at the US Open this week was Jonathan Van Ness, who snapped a selfie with none other than Martha Stewart on Tuesday night. The pair watched as Serena Williams played Wang Qiang at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, while most likely swapping haircare techniques and recipes for quiche.

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KATIE HOLMES at FLORA BAR, THE MET BREUER, MIDTOWN, MANHATTAN

Following her reveal of what is probably the only quintessential summer-to-fall lingerie getup, Katie Holmes switched it up with a chic, all black look for Zimmerman’s NYFW event. Is she in mourning for Hot Girl Summer (and/or Nicki Minaj’s apparent retirement?), or is she just extra excited for Halloween? Either way, we can’t wait to see what hot new look Katie Holmes, fashion oracle, will forecast next.

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EMILY RATAJKOWSKI at the RAINBOW ROOM, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, MIDTOWN, MANHATTAN

And speaking of a fashion forecast, Emily Ratajkowski appears to be jumping on Katie’s bra-as-top movement. Ratajkowski repped her own line of swimwear, Inamorata, while attending the Daily Front Row Awards lunch at the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room on Thursday. Only time will tell if this new trend has true, fashion stamina, or if it’s just climate change–but make it fashion.

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A LONE TOMATO PLANT in the EAST RIVER, BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK, BROOKLYN

Some things in life, like the existence of the Loch Ness Monster (which could just be a really big eel) or the infinite expanse of the universe, are difficult, if not impossible, to explain. One of those things is the mind-bogglingly mysterious East River tomato plant currently growing, incomprehensibly, on a piling in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “I’m used to seeing things grow here, but nothing as special as that,” kayaker Matthew Frey told the New York Times after spotting the plant on Monday. As unexpected as it may be, there have been stranger things found in the East River, like a grand piano and an entire giraffe skeleton. Who knows what other mysteries the famed waterway holds.