Liza Minnelli headlines Hudson Yards’ VIP preview

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Liza Minnelli wowed the gang at Neiman Marcus throughout a VIP preview of Hudson Yards Thursday, performing “New York, New York,” following a drop-in from Charli XCX. However we hear Minnelli didn’t simply mild up the stage.

“There was smoke coming from backstage, prefer it seemed like a volcano, and the viewers may odor one thing,” stated a spy.

Insiders instructed us it was simply Liza having a pre-performance cigarette inside the shop.

There was additionally buzz about Beyoncé arriving to carry out — however a supply instructed us that “there are conversations occurring with Beyoncé” with Yards builders Associated “for an additional occasion.”

In the meantime, Whoopi Goldberg made her first look since beating pneumonia and sepsis, whereas Katie Holmes was seen making an attempt on hair extensions, and Marla Maples made the rounds among the many 100 shops, together with endless VIPs, together with Anne Hathaway, Karlie Kloss and Diane von Furstenberg.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen went to a non-public dinner at Estiatorio Milos.

A witness stated, “There was a line of individuals ready to get into Milos . . . Even billionaires like Andrew Farkas, Jed Walentas and Harry Macklowe needed to wait . . . However then Tom and Gisele arrived — and have been ushered proper in.” As soon as inside, they have been taken to a non-public room on the fifth-floor eatery. Additionally in line have been “Shark Tank” stars Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary.

We hear later at yet one more VIP bash thrown by Associated’s chairman Stephen Ross and CEO Jeff Blau on the 50th and 51st flooring at 15 Hudson Yards, there was one scary snafu: “One of many elevators stopped and dropped 15 ft,” a visitor instructed us. However a rep defined, “It was a packed home. One of many elevators received caught . . . It occurs. Everybody was effective.”

Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo instructed us of the starry opening, “I’m so wildly impressed . . . I really feel like New York is just not, per se, a mall tradition, however I believe this actually has a shot.” Hudson Yards formally opened to the general public on Friday.

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