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The View from the AVENUE, part 3

Friday, April 22, 2011
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From AVENUE’s April issue…


One thing all New Yorkers can agree on is that our city is the center of the universe. So when it comes to the old N.Y.C. versus L.A. debate, there’s really no argument at all—except when it comes to Hollywood. New York has been exporting some of the biggest names in television and film to Tinseltown for generations. In fact, the current running east to west and back again across the country is so strong, it’s formed a New York-Hollywood axis. Here, some of the bold-faced names that have made the pilgrimage.


Whoopi Goldberg was part-owner of Mary’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Malibu, Calif., featuring a deli counter and service with a “New York” attitude. Needless to say, it’s a favorite of New Yorkers in need of a taste of home.


Adrian Grenier was born in New Mexico but raised here in New York City by his mother, Karesse Grenier, a real estate agent.


Nude photos of Brooke Shields taken by photographer Garry Gross when she was 10 were displayed in Manhattan’s American Fine Arts Gallery in 1998. The actress had sued Gross in 1981, testifying that the pictures embarrassed her, but a 1983 court decision gave Gross the okay to display them.


Both Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband, Brad Hall, were part of the “Saturday Night Live” cast in early 1980s. They are the only husband/wife team.


As a kid in Little Italy, Robert De Niro’s nickname was “Bobby Milk,” a reference to his very pale skin.


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