Models Of Queens
Home: Rego Park
Weight: 110 lbs.
New Zealand-born model and photographer
Katerina Bailey loves the nude body.
She loves it so much that it’s what got
her into modeling in the first place.
She asserts that at 5’6" she’s
too short for runway work, so she decided to capitalize on something else she
Right now, after doing several nude jobs,
the cat-lover nicknamed Kat is trying to hook up with a photographer and agent
who can arrange for her to do a nude shoot with a tiger.
"I really want to do it," Bailey
said. "I’m dead serious."
Bailey, who works with several
photographers and agencies, is the kind of model to take an active role in a
"I am a very visual and imaginative
person," the former club-scene photographer said. "I love to have more
to do with the shoot than just look pretty in front of a camera."
Our Queens beauty, who’s been published
in the Spring 2002 edition of an Italian magazine called Delicae Vitae, French
PHOTO and a book by photographer Peter Gorman called Naked Rooms, does modeling
for a living.
As a freelancer, the starving artist of
sorts said "I eat when I can," but the rewards of doing what she loves
is often sustenance enough.
"It turns out I really do like what I
do," Bailey said. "I’m surviving."
Bailey came to this country four years
ago, and moved to Astoria and later Rego Park.
Contrary to what most young models think,
Bailey likes Rego Park a lot more — the leafy streets and big houses of nearby
Forest Hills, recalling the New Zealand of her past, is what draws her.
"It really takes me back home,"
Bailey said. "I wasn’t really into the whole Astoria thing."
And while modeling seems to be her bread
and butter right now, Bailey is keeping open to the possibilities of where life
can take her.
She’ll do anything related to
"photography, animals and documenting my life," she said.
Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative gala dinner at The New York
State Theater (top, l. to r.): Gina Gershon, Sofia Coppola, Zoe
Cassavetes; Dr. Ruth Westheimer. (Bottom): Salman Rushdie,
Singer Moby, Peggy Fleming.
photos: Steve Azzara
Tsunami-Sized Sushi Spread
What did the Mets serve for lunch when they announced they signed one of Japan’s best baseball players?
Sushi, of course.
This king-sized sushi spread was served up to reporters and photogs attending the press conference announcing the signing of Mets shortstop Kazuo Matsui at the Sheraton New York on Dec 10.
Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? photo: Ira Cohen
Crime Bites McLaughlin
Brain McLaughlin, the labor leading Assemblyman who regularly finds his public appearances covered in the news, made a brief foray into the crime blotter section last week.
The seasoned politician considered likely to run for mayor in 2005 fell victim to a petty criminal in Manhattan when he left his Jeep Cherokee parked outside of the Central Labor Council offices in Greenwich Village.
In broad daylight, a thief smashed his front passenger-side window and made off with McLaughlin’s cell phone.
Ever the politician, McLaughlin used the incident to publicize the budget reductions that have decreased the headcount in the NYPD by several thousand cops.
While those reductions may lead to more crime, it’s hard to imagine that extra beat cops could have saved McLaughlin’s cell.
McLaughlin even acknowledged his own crummy luck: less than two years ago, his car was stolen from outside his Flushing home.
This time he got to keep his car.
Concorde, The Next Generation
The dream of passenger jets traveling faster than the speed of sound is far from over.
The latest Concorde flight into JFK airport may have been a false alarm – the Concorde is NOT making a comeback – but perhaps it was a harbinger of things to come.
BBC News recently reported that the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), Europe’s largest aerospace company and the makers of the Airbus line of passenger aircrafts, is developing plans for a Concorde successor with partners in Japan.
While the Concorde was commonly referred to as “supersonic,” this next generation speed demon is so fast, it’s being called “hypersonic.”
According to a plan unveiled at an aerospace industry event in Japan, the new model – if and when completed – would fly at twice the speed of the Concorde, making the trip between Paris and Tokyo in just two hours.
The aircraft reportedly would also carry 300 passengers and, fortunately, is projected to sound more like a Boeing 747 than the old Concorde.
That means we’ll be able to get to California much earlier in the day when we take off from LaGuardia.
Something In The Water?
Maybe it's a lonely job?
Or it must be something in the water at City Hall, but in the less-than two years since taking office, three of the single Council Members have gotten engaged.
First it was the young hunk Majority Leader, Joel Rivera from the Bronx, then LIC-based hottie Eric Gioia and just this past week, the group's senior single stud, Laurelton’s James Sanders, became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Andrea Duncan.
No word yet on when any of the nuptials will take place, but congratulations to the guys and their gals!
Barrymore's Queens History In A Bottle
Nestled between the Clearview Expressway and Cross Island Parkway in Bayside is a historic neighborhood once known as "The Property" – a quiet, private area once home to dozens of silent screen actors, radio personalities and entertainment types.
They all left quite a legacy in the small, tree-lined neighborhood now filled with families and retired folks. But that’s not all they left behind.
According to New Property Civic Association President Andy Ippolito, a large Bayside home on 208th Street, between what used to be Lawrence and Palace boulevards, once belonged to the agent of famous Shakespearean actor John Barrymore.
For several months towards the end of his career, Barrymore himself actually lived at the home while his agent searched for work for him. Reporters were constantly parked on the street, waiting to catch a glimpse of the star.
But Barrymore – the grandfather of quirky “Charlie’s Angel” star Drew Barrymore – made himself scarce, mostly because of well-publicized personal problems including alcoholism. In fact, he actually suffered from cirrhosis of the liver before he died in 1942.
While living in Bayside, the man who played Hamlet 101 separate times drank plenty of whiskey, but didn’t want reporters, neighbors or anyone else to see the bottles in the garbage. So he buried the empty containers in a neighboring yard.
That yard now belongs to Ippolito, who was doing work on his home a few years ago when he ended up finding Barrymore’s stash. He said, “You wouldn’t believe how many bottles there were . . . I still had some of them up until recently.”
Talk about digging up dirt on a celebrity.
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