Real Men Of Genius: Baird Jones

Hamilton Nolan · 03/05/08 09:25AM

This Friday night at Plumm, a final party will be held in honor of Baird Jones, the recently deceased nightclub promoter and odd fixture of the New York nightlife scene. The party promises a two hour white wine open bar, so get there early [NYP]. Many people were familiar with Jones only as a mysterious man in a Yankees cap, but he was so much more than that! Did you know that he got a perfect score on his SAT's (according to Page Six, at least)? Or that his father was one of the founders of People magazine and Conde Nast Traveler? Or that he helped to popularize midget skateboard bowling? Jones was also particularly proud of his celebrity art collection, which he said he spent over $1 million on. After the jump, some highlights from his collection—paintings by Courteney Cox (okay), David Bowie (talented!), Charles Bronson (good), Muhammad Ali (he gave it a shot), and a poor effort from Jason Bateman.


Hamilton Nolan · 02/25/08 12:53PM

This graffiti was scrawled in Chelsea last March. The once-legendary party promoter Baird Jones was found dead (for unclear reasons) late last week. Hmph. Well, it could have just been someone tired of getting all his freaking promo emails. [Photo by Nancy Smith/ artloversnewyork via Bucky Turco]

Gossip Writer Reported Dead

Ryan Tate · 02/22/08 04:31AM

Baird Jones, the Webster Hall art curator and freelance gossip columnist for the Daily News and Post, was found dead in his apartment of natural causes, according to a friend's email. His trademark look is on display in the Gawker party photo at left: "He was a familiar sight at New York parties in his dark coat and New York Yankees cap." [Daily News]