By August 1996, East Village was back on the map. Trip Gabriel of the 'New York Times' reported, many marketers in New York were capitalizing on its resurgence by commercializing the neighborhood to a broad audience because of its potential for mass appeal. On the World Wide Web, Charles Platkin created 'The East Village' cybersoap. "Around the world, people are more and more aware of the neighborhood," he said. "We're talking to people about putting 'The East Village' into French and Mandarin Chinese. What we've tried to do is take the energy from the East Village and create a brand name from it. It's smart, moody and edgy. Gritty yet creative." 

On network television, there was a production boom for shows with New York settings. On CBS, 21 episodes of 'Central Park West' were produced. From 1993 to 1994 alone, it was said, New York City saw a 44% increase in television production. Patricia Reed Scott of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, advised, "There's a very strong upsurge in the number of pilots being done here (in New York). There is an increase in new series because the networks have had a strong comeback in revenues, and we're getting a much bigger share than we have in previous years."

Producers of 'Central Park West' reportedly rented a lavish duplex penthouse at 65 Central Park West (described as a "neo-Renaissance building"), near 66th Street, across from Tavern on the Green. "TV series about New York seem always to concentrate on cop shows, about the grit of the city, and this is really about the romance and glamor of Manhattan," Darren Star told 'The New York Times'.

'CPW' was CBS' unsuccessful attempt at remaking its image to appeal to a younger audience by focusing on characters who were versions of people viewers might knew, if not chose to hang out with - from a beautiful SoHo gallery owner to a handsome stockbroker to a JFK Jr.-like district attorney played by a Glasgow-born actor to an attractive magazine columnist played by an Aussie actress-model. In the end CBS hired Raquel Welch to regain viewers in its target 25-to-54-year-old age group. 

Dick Wolf of 'Law & Order' noted, "New York is very hot this year (1995) for pilots. The problem is that in L.A., you have the same acting pool, the same city that's been shot for 40 years. It's very difficult to achieve a distinctive look in a show shot in L.A. There are many more different vistas in the five boroughs." Ian Sander produced the pilot, 'New York News' added, "New York has a pulse that translates to film more than any city. I've been to most places, and maybe Hong Kong or Paris has a pulse, but nothing is like New York."

In January 1995, Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a gelled back hairstyle and dressed in a Catherine Walker's gown told the press "No, no, no, no," to question if she was intending to move to New York. At the Council of Fashion Designers of America ceremony held at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater, Diana told the big names of American fashion industry, "Ladies and gentlemen I'm immensely proud to be here in New York tonight with you all - to be giving this award to a lady from my own country who is also a dear friend and whose talent and courage has been an inspiration to us all. Ladies and gentlemen, Liz Tilberis."

'The Washington Post' reported, "When Diana arrived she was formally received by an American fashion lineup (Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan) and then escorted by Liz Tilberis to a smaller area where other celebrities crowded around. The designers all seemed a little amazed that the most photographed woman in the world had come to their party." Bill Blass told the press, "This gives us a rather international flavor. We have been too long isolated." Karl Lagerfeld remarked, "The American fashion community is much nicer and more cheerful than the French fashion community. In France I would never go to an event like this."

In December 1995, Diana returned to New York City to attend the 41st annual United Cerebral Palsy Society Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton hotel. Diana received the United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian of the Year Award at the fundraising gala from Henry Kissinger. The 'New York Daily News' reported, "Standing beside her was a beaming Henry Kissinger the award presenter and retired General Colin Powell, who got a Humanitarian Award, too.

"But all attention was focused on Diana, who jetted in late Sunday (December 1995) and was expected to depart early today after a night at the Carlyle hotel. Diana, hoping to become Britain's goodwill ambassador to the world, shook hand after hand and endured an explosion of flashbulbs." 'People Weekly' reported, "By the time 'Panorama' was over, Diana had proved that she was no pushover. And while some royal watchers saw her move as self-destructive, the public disagreed. In a November 24 (1995) poll, an astonishing 66% of respondents said that they admired her for speaking out."

Of 'CPW', Mariel Hemingway believed, "He (Darren Star) has taken the genre of evening soap opera to a new level with this show. It's a classier, more sophisticated, more intelligent show. Not that the others are stupid, but New York demands that you be smarter, that you have a sophistication about you that L.A. doesn't invite." Tim Brooks explained, "The great soaps of the '80s were very adult in orientation and had a lot of much-larger-than-life goings on.

"You had Nazi paintings planted under the Falcon Crest winery, a lot of crime and murder and villains. They died out with the Reagan-Bush era, and the soaps that have arisen since then have a very different texture to them. The Fox soaps are much more about relationships of the kind that people might actually have. In 'Melrose Place', when they blew up the apartment complex, that was an ordinary event in the soaps of the '80s. And 'Sisters' on NBC, which is the soap nobody notices, is also much more about relationships."

Between 1991 and 1993, Mariel Hemingway starred in the TV series, 'Civil Wars'. "That was a killer show," Mariel stated. "This ('CPW') isn't. This is an ensemble which means I get time off. And I have a family so that's very, very important to me. I didn't want to do another hour show, but Darren said this would be different. He wanted me to have more fun with my part. I loved 'Civil Wars' but the way they wanted me to do it, it was more of a guy with a skirt on in the courtroom.

"What I wanted to bring to this show ('CPW') is a woman in the workplace as she's not often portrayed, whose strength comes from being a woman. not from being like a man or acting like a man. A woman's courage is very different from a man's. I think that's what women in the '90s are discovering, and I hope I can be a good role model in that regard ... you don't have to be a bitchy person." 

In 1987, the New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West celebrated the U.S. Constitution's bicentennial by exhibiting many documents, letters, manuscripts, portraits and examples of decorative art. Rufus King, a delegate from Massachusetts to the Constitutional Convention, was a founder of the historical society. Americans united to celebrate events in the ratification process and other milestones all the way up to the inauguration of George Washington in 1789 and the quiet transferring of power from Washington to John Adams in 1797, which, as pointed out, showed that the Constitution really could work. 

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