Saturday, May 18, 2024

Revealed: In New 9/11 Doc Martha Stewart Catered Food to the FBI During Crisis When They Swooped Into Her Office Building


The one new 9/11 documentary I want to see airs this Thursday on Paramount Plus. It’s called “26th Street Garage: The FBI’s Untold Story of 9/11,” and it’s the story of how the FBI set up an instant headquarters in the garage of the Starrett-Leigh Building on West 26th St. and the West Side Highway.

No one knew about it or where it was, but the 26th Street Garage became the center of all activity.

No one knew except Martha Stewart, of course. Her offices were in the building, and when she realized what was happening she became their caterer. Martha’s OmniMedia has kitchens and resources that came in handy. I don’t think we’ve ever heard that story before.

Of course, it was a year and a half later that Martha was arrested by the Feds in her insider trading scandal. She wound up going to jail. You’d have thought she’d earned some good points for her 9/11 work. I think she’s owed an apology.

My old pal, Anne Beagan, is an executive producer. Another old friend, Elaine Kaufman, would be so proud!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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