New York Times reporter Frank Bruni returned Courtney Love's phone today, after finding it in a cab. While cities the world over have journalists, celebrities, and cabs in spades, this is a distinctly New York story.
As Bruni told New York-based New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer this afternoon, he happened upon the phone on his way back home from dinner at Barbuto (a swanky, you guessed it, New York restaurant in the West Village). Love left it there after taking a cab home from seeing Betrayal on Broadway (distinctly New York). Apparently she couldn't find her car, which detracts a bit from the New Yorkiness. Unless it was an Uber car.
The next day, Love's phone rang, with calls and texts from several New York notables: Stella Schnabel, daughter of New York artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel; Lo'renzo Hill-White, NY-based celebrity stylist; and Peri Lyons. "I realized my uncle used to date [Lyons]!" Bruni's assistant said. "She's a psychic to the stars. I said to Frank, 'It's gotta be Courtney Love.'"
Bruni tweeted this to all of his Twitter followers:
Weird: the iPhone left in my yellow cab last night clearly belongs to @courtney (Courtney Love). Trying to return. Anyone? Courtney?— Frank Bruni (@FrankBruni) November 21, 2013
And received this reply:
@FrankBruni frank you're a gem, what a small world can we exchange dms?— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) November 21, 2013
And it was a New York miracle, which Love somewhat acknowledged:
"It's not exactly a column I could write but it is a fun story," Bruni told The Daily Intelligencer. "Now Courtney and I follow each other on Twitter, and I have a direct message from her. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or at least a signed copy of a Hole album." The phone was returned. Bruni and Love follow each other on Twitter. It's been a weird day. Only in New York.