Real Housewives of New York City Week 9 Recap

Typos are lovingly provided by Jose Cuervo.

I said in my recap of week 8 that I would write a regular recap this week, but the truth is I love the bullet points. They make me laugh, are a much faster process, and most importantly, allow me to drink more. I love this show, I love to blog it, and I love a cocktail, so I’m sticking with bullet points because Ramona is driving me to drink. I’ve got Jose by my side and he is ready. By ready of course I mean he is on ice and all set to make out with me. Here we go people!

  • Bethenny is going after Ramona
  • Ramona is high
  • Bethenny says Ramona has not been a good friend
  • Ramona thinks Bethenny is kidding
  • Ramona thinks Bethenny is kidding
  • Ramona thinks Bethenny is kidding
  • I crack myself up
  • Shot #1 is done
  • Bethenny is recapping years of Ramona being a bad friend
  • Ramona is getting red splotches on her neck
  • Ramona then dumps shit all over Bethenny
  • Ramona says Bethenny slept her way to the top
  • Bethenny handles it like a champ
  • Dear Lord
  • Bethenny’s past is front and center
  • Ramona says Skinnygirl is done
  • Oh. My. God.
  • Ramona says Bethenny is fake
  • She grew up with money and a silver spoon in her mouth
  • Bethenny is not engaging with crazy
  • Ramona is unraveling
  • Bethenny is an opportunist
  • Ramona is going for the jugular
  • Bethenny is broken
  • Bethenny is shutting it down
  • This show is fucking perfection
  • Ramona says Bethenny is a bitch
  • Bethenny is going home
  • Sonja doesn’t get what happened
  • Ramona is making shit up to Sonja
  • Bethenny is recounting the chat to Carole
  • Sonja says Bethenny is done and Ramona is drunk
  • Dorinda joins Bethenny and Carole
  • Luann joins Ramona and Sonja
  • Dorinda wishes Ramona was leaving not Bethenny
  • Ramona tells Carole Bethenny thinks she is boring
  • Oh. My. God.
  • This is just too good
  • Ramona is mentally unwell
  • Bethenny tells Ramona they will never speak again
  • Carole bails with Bethenny
  • Morning and time for another shot
  • Tinsley does not belong here
  • Ramona sobers up and feels bad
  • I call bullshit
  • Ramona never feels bad about her behavior
  • Ramona knew exactly what she was saying
  • Dorinda makes things nice
  • Sonja is hilarious
  • Luann heads back to the city
  • Sonja tells Tinsley there are rules in her house
  • Tinsley is over Sonja
  • She is also ungrateful
  • Ramona left Dorinda’s room a mess
  • Ramona is gross
  • Ramona made Dorinda cry
  • That’s not nice
  • Ramona is an entitled twat
  • Tinsley is looking at an apartment with Carole
  • It is $7100 a month
  • There is simply no way in hell she can afford that
  • Come on
  • Bethenny has a moth problem
  • She also paid 10K to get rid of moths
  • I love Bethenny on this show
  • Just not at this exact moment
  • Dorinda is at lunch with Jill and Bobby
  • She’s baaaaaaaaack
  • Luann joins the lunch
  • Dorinda and Luann are gossiping
  • Jill is drooling to be back on the show
  • Bobby Zarin is lovely
  • Luann talks about Ramona’s gossip
  • Tom says Ramona is bad
  • Jill’s voice is grating
  • Time for a Jill retrospective
  • Jill says Ramona’s life is a mess
  • Dorinda defends Ramona
  • Jill no longer belongs on this show
  • That’s a shame, but no
  • Carole posed for an artist
  • Time for the art show
  • Carole is naked
  • She looks good
  • Dorinda, Tinsley, and Bethenny arrive
  • Dorinda tells her Ramona trashed her house
  • Dorinda would sue Ramona is she weren’t so nice
  • Ramona arrives
  • She is delusional
  • Sonja arrives
  • She is flustered
  • Ugh
  • Shot #3
  • Ramona is mental
  • Bethenny will never speak with her again
  • Ramona is spinning and it isn’t working
  • Bethenny says Ramona is jealous
  • Amen
  • Luann is on her way to Florida for her wedding
  • Her pathetic and tragic wedding
  • Bless her
  • Tom is a pig
  • That won’t last
  • Poor Countless
  • I’ve had 3 shots and a margarita
  • Dear Lord
  • He’s just not that into her
  • We have a long way to go to the reunion
  • I’m hooked
  • I’m also drunk
  • I’ll be back next week
  • With Jose
  • Keeping it real




New Year’s Eve: Grand Avenue was great

Note to Los Angeles officials: We do like to party in public.

Sure, we’re three hours behind the East Coast, but what’s wrong with that? Finally, Los Angeles turned up the heat on New Year’s Eve this year, after being forever the stepsister to New York. Some 25,000 people – mostly very youthful – poured into the downtown 12-acre Civic Center’s Grand Park between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight on Dec. 31, keeping-on-coming until police shut down the security gates to overflow crowds.

My husband and I arrived at 8, via the Red Line subway from Hollywood, and it was an easy ride, packed with expectant people wearing party hats. The train took us right to the Temple Street sidewalk entrance to the festivities. The security line at that hour was quick and efficient (no bags allowed), but once inside the gate we were immediately confronted by extremely long lines filling the sidewalks for – no surprise – the food trucks. We later counted about a dozen or more trucks lined up at various locations throughout the grounds — and every one of them had lines with scores of people waiting patiently, if hungrily. We’d wisely dined before, so opted out.

Note to food truckers: This is a great opportunity – next year.

A few balloon installations decorated the venue, and you could line up (yes, again) to get your picture taken and have it projected two-stories high onto a wall of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records building. The line for the portraits was as much as a couple of hours long, we were told, so we skipped that, too.

But even so, everywhere the feeling of the event was festive, not restive, and all that you’d want from a New Year’s Eve – minus the ultra-fancy clothes or the liquor (another huge line for a smallish beer garden – not for us),  and it was way warmer here than in the below-freezing N.Y.C. L.A.’s NYE was, in fact, a balmy evening, with crystal clear air and a surrounding, lit-up downtown that made the scene really, well, romantic. And urban, of course, and refreshingly communal — for L.A.

A gorgeous light show lit up the City Hall tower – with scenes of palm trees (well-suited for the L.A. winter) and various flickering, colorful abstractions. Lots to look at and quite pretty. And there were bands, all of them local, ranging from rock to rap and R and B.  There is even a small dog park at the northeast end of the park, and a surprising number of people had brought their pets.

Finally, a place to really gather.

This inaugural event was sponsored by the Music Center and Los Angeles County, and kudos to them for getting it done. At 9 p.m., in a nod to tradition, the New York Times Square ball drop was projected onto the same Hall’s wall, but then the L.A. scene quickly resumed. No need to pretend we were back East.

Crowds continued to fill up the grounds, and by 10 p.m. some of the trucks were running out of food. Clearly, this kind of success was not expected – and there were few places to sit down. Even so, it was not the kind of sardine-packed, pocket-picking, risky scene of Times Square. The crowd was young, some families, very diverse and congenial.

We left long before midnight (sorry!), and as we entered the subway saw more and more people taking advantage of the free after-9 p.m. rides offered for New Years Eve by the Metro system. I’d assumed we’d see the final momentus light show on KTLA-TV or another news station once we got home.

But no. Repeats of New York were playing on even the local stations as the clock chimed 12, leaving fellow Angelenos unaware of the region's newest tradition.

Maybe the TV stations will catch on next year, because this party must go on. It was great.

May this good start to 2014 be just the beginning of many new traditions.

Happy New Year.