In Friday's Style section, Ernest Lefever was incorrectly identified as being with the Center for Public Policy. He is the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. (Published 6/15/87)

New York just won't ever be quite the same, no matter how much they promise to maintain the atmosphere, decor and traditions. The Algonquin, Manhattan's historically famous hotel and hangout for the literary set, has been sold for $29 million to a Brazil-based subsidiary of a Japanese corporation. It was only four months ago that the hotel's owner, Ben Bodne, said the Algonquin was not for sale. It was purchased by Caesar Park Hotels International Inc., a subsidiary of the Aoki Corp. in Tokyo.

Just off Broadway, the Algonquin, a favorite of New Yorker magazine writers, is best known as the home of the "Round Table," where in the 1920s some of the liveliest minds, including Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Robert Sherwood, Edna Ferber and Alexander Woollcott, gathered in the hotel's Oak Room to match witticisms. It was also a favorite of such people as Booth Tarkington, the Marx Brothers, the Barrymores, H.L. Mencken and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Bodne, who with his wife Mary owned the 200-room hotel for 41 years, said he was confident the new owners would maintain "the very special atmosphere that has made the Algonquin all that it is today." Out and About Former New York Times executive editor A.M. Rosenthal was married Wednesday to Vogue magazine senior editor Shirley Lord. They were married in the Manhattan home of John W. Kluge, chairman of Metromedia, which once owned WTTG-TV here, and considered to be one of the richest men in the world. His estimated net worth is $3.5 billion. ABC correspondent Barbara Walters, New York City Opera General Director Beverly Sills and Patricia Kluge were attendants to the bride. Best men were Times managing editor Arthur Gelb and Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger. Lord, who is Vogue's director of special projects for beauty and fitness, is writing her fifth book, a novel. Rosenthal, who was executive editor of The Times for 17 years, is now a columnist and associate editor there ...

Hospital Report: Former president Richard M. Nixon is scheduled to have prostate surgery next week. The 74-year-old Nixon was found to have an enlarged prostate in January and was advised by his doctor to have it removed this year. A biopsy has reportedly shown no traces of cancer. The operation will be this week in an undisclosed Manhattan hospital ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., the son of the late president, was in critical condition yesterday at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he underwent surgery for injuries he suffered Wednesday when he was thrown from a runaway horse-drawn carriage. His wife Linda, 47, and their son Jack, 9, were also thrown from the carriage. They were treated and released. The accident occurred on the family's horse farm in Millbrook, N.Y. A hospital spokesman would not reveal the extent of the 73-year-old former congressman's injuries, except to say his condition was stable and that he is in the hospital's intensive care unit ...

It was a gathering of well-known conservatives Wednesday at a Mayflower Hotel reception celebrating 40 years in business for the publishing house of Regnery Gateway. The company, which has been headquartered in Chicago, is relocating here. The special guest and main speaker of the evening was the patron saint of conservatives, William F. Buckley Jr. It seems Regnery helped unleash Buckley onto the scene by publishing his first book, "God and Man at Yale," the same year he graduated from the university. The guest list for the reception was a conservative Who's Who that included former Reagan aide Pat Buchanan; television talker John McLaughlin; James Buckley, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; antifeminist Phyllis Schlafly; syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick; Ben Wattenberg from the American Enterprise Institute; Ernest Lefever of the Center for Public Policy Research and Ed Feulner from the Heritage Foundation ...

Talk about getting even. Pierrette Lalanne, the 50-year-old ex-wife of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the extreme right leader and French presidential candidate, has posed nearly nude for the July issue of the French edition of Playboy. She is shown partly dressed in a maid's costume in the eight-page display. She said she posed in response to comments by her ex-husband, a member of parliament and head of the National Front Party, who had commented in a Playboy interview that if his ex-wife needed money she should do housekeeping ...