Spalding Gray’s Stepdaughter Named Editor of New York Press

In between campaign commitments, Manhattan Media publisher and mayoral candidate Tom Allon had time to hire a new editor in chief for his downtown weekly, the New York Press.

He’s chosen Marissa Maier, he announced yesterday. Ms. Maier is the daughter of theatrical agent Kathie Russo, widow of the late monologuist Spalding Gray. Proximity to a late downtown legend is not her sole qualification for the gig! She’s currently a writer for the Long Island (OK, Hamptons) community paper The Sag Harbor Express, where she won a New York Press Association Award for feature writing. Ms. Maier replaces Jerry Portwood, who left for Out magazine last week.

Additionally, the Press’s movie critic Armond White–who is the reason Darren Aronofsky does not read the New York Press–has been named editor of CityArts, Manhattan Media’s twice-monthly culture review magazine.