New York City is Never Never Land of Celebrities

WOW…this weekend the Rich & Famous Tour was hot and Jim Dykes was truly the "guide to the stars" as we kept running into celebrities all over New York…East Side, West Side…all around the town! Friday on the Upper Westside my group from San Francisco when we ran into Barbara Walters in front of the ABC Studio complex. We turned around and suddenly there was Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner with beautiful baby Violet, and awhile later we bumped into old film star Connie Stevens, completely overdressed in fur (it was 54 degrees!) while gabbing on her cellphone. Connie has an apt. over there by ABC Studios even though her main home is in L.A. She lives in the same luxury building as Howard Stern, Regis Philbin, Celine Dion, Julie Andrews and others. We also saw Cynthia Nixon (Miranda from Sex and the City) with her grocery bags, piling into a cab in front of Columbus Circle's Whole Foods.
On Saturday morning we were touring thru the Upper Eastside (E. 71st Street to be exact) and bumped into world-famous syndicated gossip columnist Liz Smith, walking her dog, obviously having just rolled out of bed. She was NOT amused when I acknowledged her (politely) to my group of assorted tourists. As we reached Park Avenue and East 69th Street, we ran into ABC News reporter/anchor Cynthia McFadden, anxiously flagging a taxi down.
A few blocks later we passed David Koch, the richest man in New York, originally from Wichita, Kansas, who now lives at the formidable fortress 740 Park Avenue (“The Best Address”) where Jackie Kennedy grew up. On Columbus Circle we ran into someone I could actually introduce them to, my friend Dick Scanlan, co-author of the Broadway hit Thoroughly Modern Millie.
My group was thoroughly convinced that New York City is truly Never Never Land!


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