Mr. Letterman's neighborhood
The Ed Sullivan Theater is under construction, preparing for David Letterman's talk show debut on CBS
Welcome to our neighborhood. Each morning, on the way to the Entertainment Weekly offices at Broadway and West 52nd Street in Manhattan, we see construction workers sprucing up the Ed Sullivan Theater — just one block uptown — in preparation for your Aug. 30 debut on CBS. (On really slow days, we gather at our windows to watch workmen install a cooling tower on your roof.) You’re gonna like it here, a little farther west from NBC, with Central Park to the north and the theater district to the south (you could practically borrow sugar from the cast of Jelly’s Last Jam). Your office will face 1700 Broadway, home of Harper’s Bazaar magazine (model alert) and the Famous Artists Agency (guests galore). To avoid tourists, stay off the street from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday — that’s matinee day for Miss Saigon, playing just a few steps away. Also, if you visit the takeout-soup joint on West 55th Street, have your money ready and your mind made up, or the strict proprietor (a.k.a. the Soup Nazi) might kick you out of line. Here are a few more things every new kid on the block should know.
When you cross West 52nd, this man will hand you a flier to the local strip joint, Flash Dancers NYC (”the biggest-busted girls in the world”). Buffet lunch and dinner catered daily. Stacy Staxx, 93-24-34, appears this month.
Like Ed Sullivan, you have a midtown theater bearing your name. It’s on West 54th Street, just around the corner from your new home. Don’t be too flattered, though: It was named David long before you moved in.
A NEW MEG
Remember the attractive neighbor who became part of your old show? Meet Martina Meegan, 26, a bartender next door at McGee’s. She has already helped invent a drink called Letterman Liqueur.
STUDIO SWEET STUDIO
Built in 1927 as a live theater, your new home housed TV’s Ed Sullivan Show from 1953 to 1971. According to legend, after a ’64 performance the Beatles escaped fans through a tunnel still connected to McGee’s.
When Sarah Jessica Parker, a favorite guest, worked nearby costarring as Broadway’s Annie from March 1979 to January 1980, her mother often brought her here for pizza. Welcome back, Sarah.
When Paul gets on your nerves and work is slow, how about a diverting game of public backgammon at West 50th Street? While you’re there, stop off at Duane Reade for all your drugstore needs.
REALLY BIG SHOW
A few facts about Cats: Third-longest-running show in Broadway history; 35 wigs made of yak hair; ”Memory” recorded by more than 150 artists, including Johnny Mathis and Liberace; now and forever, just three blocks away.
That’s us, up on the 28th floor. The coffee sucks and we have to share a cafeteria with the lawyers downstairs, but we do have running water, clean restrooms, and lots of celebrities’ home phone numbers. Come up and see us sometime.