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Nov 22 2011

Ponderable

Does the New York Times want the rich to be guillotined?

As the economy limps along and more attention is paid to the so-called 1 percent, some of the richest New Yorkers have taken to driving around in vehicles that ooze neither wealth nor privilege. But on the inside, the vans may be as lavishly decorated as the private railroad cars owned by turn-of-the-century industrialists.

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Nonetheless, during morning spin classes at Soul Cycle, the Upper East Side studio, the parking spaces cannot accommodate the Sprinter vans, Range Rovers and Lexus GX470s that are sometimes double-parked. A modified black Mercedes van owned by Philip A. Falcone, the chief of Harbinger Capital Partners, has become a fixture on the Upper East Side, idling by the Michael Kors shop on Madison Avenue.

Jill Kargman, a writer and mother of three who lives on the Upper East Side, said that play dates adhered to a certain pecking order: those that start in one of these ultra-luxury vans are preferable because they can “just bop into a souped-up bulletproof living room on wheels,” she said.

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Hyde Ryan, a designer who worked with a wealthy New York family on decorating the interior of their Mercedes Sprinter van, said that the family wanted gold-plated fittings for every button that would be pushed. The owner installed a vacuum cleaner so the chauffeur could remove every crumb and grain of sand each time the children stepped out of the van.

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  1. 1
    Dean Austin

    Guillotined? I vote for eating them.

  2. 2
    Kate from Iowa

    What the fuck kind of play date is that? “Okay kids, time for the play date! Go get in the car!” *hour or so goes by* “Okay kids, play date’s over! Get out of the car and go back inside!”

  3. 3
    Phillip IV

    Does the New York Times want the rich to be guillotined?

    Well, if they could get an exclusive scoop on it, they probably wouldn’t mind. They gotta sell papers, after all.

    The press is just like any other lapdog, in that regard – they’re loyal enough as long as their owner feeds them, but when the owner has a heart attack, they’ll feed on the corpse.

  4. 4
    Ben Fenton

    I can’t stop puking. I can’t.

  5. 5
    brettvk

    Some of the editors of the NYT seem to believe that the peons are illiterate, or at least that they never get their grubby fingers on the Newspaper of Record. The editors write of, to and for the top 2% that live on the East Coast, and the rest of the nation is pretty much irrelevant. Access to the online archives will come in handy when it’s time to choose who goes to the reeducation camps.

  6. 6
    Aquaria

    Some of the editors of the NYT seem to believe that the peons are illiterate, or at least that they never get their grubby fingers on the Newspaper of Record.

    It’s not that, really. They just don’t care what the 99% thinks of all this.

  7. 7
    Didaktylos

    It;s all q question of mind over matter – they don’t mind, others don’t matter.

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