The celebrated New York bar and eatery Elaine's was celebrated by celebrities, politicians, New Yorkers and Twitterers after the passing of its founder, Elaine Kaufman, last week. Ms. Kaufman died of complications due to emphysema, and lived to 81 years of age. (Photo courtesy of New York Daily News.)
What's so sad for this blogger is to have gone to New York and visited 21 club (six times including this year), Tribeca Grill, Windows on The World (before the passing of the Twin Towers of The World Trade Center), Trump Bar, Club Macanudo, the model-as-waitress cafe called Coffee Shop, and many other places. But there are three places I've never set foot in and feel as if I still don't know New York for that reason. One of the three places is Elaine's.
This, famous eateries and places around the country, is one way this blogger "keep's score." Everyone has their way, but for me life's filled with many interesting people, events, and experiences, and it's important to stock up on them before you check out. Sadly, I missed meeting Elaine Kaufman before her trip to Heaven.
Now, had I walked into Elaine's last night, I'd have shared space with " Jack Donaghy" for the second time this year.
On Saturday, Actor and Star of NBC's 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin (AKA Phil Tagami), shared the space with New York Governor David Patterson according to Will B who goes by brigantiw on Twitter:
@brigantiw Will B
Alec Baldwin at #Elaines tonight in honor of Elaine Kaufman.
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From the looks of the tweets, Elaine's was packed on Saturday night. Even New York Governor David Patterson stopped by and was spotted "just chilling" by New York Poltical Correspondent Miles Miller who sent this tweet:
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#GovernorPaterson is chilling with #colallen and #bodietel at #Elaines tonight. #govny
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As to who h #colallen and #bodietel are, the hashtags lead to nothing, so as of this writing, it's not known.
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Elaine's is one of those places that is shaped strictly by the person who started it, and who's name is on the window. From what I've read and watched, Ms. Kaufman is every bit the "living New York Landmark" she was designated to be.
That place, her place, has been immortalized in every way possible. Woody Allen, one of Elaine's most famous regulars, filmed this scene from his classic movie celebration of New York, Manhattan, in Elaine's:
Vanity Fair's John Heilpern wrote a classic piece on her in 2009, in which he ponders why she had not "slugged any of her patrons lately."
The last major celeb (there are scores of minor ones) to have been involved in a physical or verbal joust with Elaine was, most famously, Norman Mailer. But not every celebrity has had such a relationship with Elaine Kaufman.
For example, Rachel Welsh on Twitter:
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So sad about Elaine Kaufman. #Elaines is a NY institution. Such good memories.
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I fear that in this hyper politically-correct, male emasculated culture some seem bent on creating in America, we may not see another Elaine's. I certainly hope I'm wrong. There's nothing wrong with a place where people can be the characters they really are.