Pippa packs parties, tennis and plenty of men into New York trip
Pippa Middleton and Spencer Vegosen watch Victoria Azarenka of Belarus take on Samantha Stosur of Australia during their 2012 U.S. Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Tuesday. The top-ranked Azarenka advanced to the semifinals. (AFP/GettyImages)
Prince Harry can have Las Vegas ... it's New York that Pippa Middleton wants.
There's a few pesky publishing meetings to attend, but they are all a sideshow to having a good time during one of the busiest weeks of the New York season, which includes the U.S. Open tennis and the city's Fashion Week.
There are even reports that she was out with a realtor looking for an apartment, according to the Huffington Post, though there have been rumours of an impending move from England since the spring.
Throw in Pippa's 29th birthday on Thursday and you have the makings of perfect party planning storm.
Needless to say, the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is not without the company of some eligible men. Having split from Alex Loudon, Pippa has become the poster girl for mate-searching and her name has been linked to just about anyone within her eyesight.
Over the weekend, it started with multi-millionaire Andre Balazs (left), who owns eight hotels and has had his share of celebrity hookups, including Uma Thurman and comedian Chelsea Handler. The 55-year-old divorced father of two flew Pippa to his boutque hotel on Shelter Island off the eastern tip of Long Island in his private sea plane.
According to at least one source with Daily Mail, there was "a lot of flirting going on" during their day of ping-pong, sightseeing and, later, dinner. Later, Pippa was at the exlusive Electric Room lounge in Manhattan, gabbing with hockey bad boy Sean Avery, ex of the Rangers.
On the surface, it's hard to believe they would have much in common, but Avery (right) is a big fan of women's fashion and was once an intern at Vogue magazine. It's a sure bet Pippa is being invited to every runway in use during Fashion Week. Can't forget that Avery has that old British colonial connection, too, born and bred in Toronto.
Pippa's most public exposure in NYC has come at Flushing Meadows, where she watched the action behind designer sunglasses with Spencer Vegosen, a 24-year-old Harvard grad and junior tennis player. Her 'player guest' badge reportedly came from Swiss court superstar Roger Federer, but the dress was all British, from Paper London, a multi-coloured outfit that goes for about $590 (Canadian).
On Wednesday, the ever popular Pippa shifted gears and was spotted in jeans and a NYC baseball cap roller-blading in a Upper East Side park.
As usual, there were no words from the lips of Pippa for publication. At least not yet. Once her book -- "Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends" -- is released Oct. 30, it's hard to imagine she won't be trying to drum up a little publicity to earn back some of her reported $630,000 advance for the publisher.
PRINCE EDWARD AND SOPHIE ON CANADIAN TOUR
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will begin in Ottawa, followed by stops in Trenton, Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Midland and Iqaluit.
This will be 33rd visit to Canada for Queen Elizabeth's 48-year-old son, while Sophie will be making her ninth visit. Both were in Toronto last year at separate times.
Their visit to the Canadian Arctic will be a first for both of them.