“Sometimes government moves slow, but we run sure,” said Hiram Monserrate, councilman from Queens, on Monday afternoon. The Veteran’s Committee, which he chairs, was passing a Berkeley-esque resolution calling (again) for the federal government to repeal the “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” policy and replace it with a policy of equal rights for homosexuals Read More
“It’s not the best time in the world to be a White House correspondent,” said Bill Plante on the sultry afternoon of Saturday, April 26. This was at Tammy Haddad’s annual pre-White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner lawn party. The blooming wisteria was strangling the woods that surround her house.
These nearly-over final four years Read More
By Choire Sicha 4/29/08 12:20pm
Sometimes statistics can give rise to a piece of journalism. New York Times magazine contributing writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis, a resident of Boston, found that 700 gay men age 29 or younger were wed in the state of Massachusetts between May 2004 and June 2007.
What resulted is a 7000-word New York Times magazine cover story, Read More
By Choire Sicha 4/28/08 2:58pm
This morning, the New York Times announced the recipients of their 2007 Punch Awards. The awards, named after the nickname of former Times honcho Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, have two categories: “journalistic or editorial excellence” in community service and “business accomplishments.”
The Gainesville Sun, purchased by the Times in 1971 and part of the company’s Regional Read More
Wingnuts, Bugs Attack Sulzberger at Times Shareholder Meeting; New Board Raider Galloway Comes to Rescue of Old Ladies
By Choire Sicha 4/22/08 5:24pm
The wingnut parade at the 112th annual New York Times stockholder’s meeting, held late this morning at the Times’ conference room on the other side of a birch-and-moss filled atrium from the Times’ newsroom tower, was out of control. And when chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. was not being harassed by pesky shareholders, he was being Read More
By Choire Sicha 4/22/08 5:17pm
“In fact, the press that covers me on a regular basis I think is kind of bored because I just talk about solutions,” a raspy-voiced Hillary Clinton told Larry King on Monday night.
They really are. So bored! Bored with all those SOLUTIONS! But she also had good news, everybody! Hillary Read More
By Choire Sicha 4/16/08 7:51pm
Tishman Speyer, the newly-chosen developers of the West Side rail yards, would like to eliminate the northernmost spur of the High Line.
Friends of the High Line president and co-founder Robert Hammond doesn’t believe it’s going to happen—after all, he’s already overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the conversion of the elevated railway into a Read More
By Choire Sicha 4/15/08 10:18pm
On Monday, April 14, Mariah Carey—“incredibly well-funded, corporately polished,” according to the bitter pop music critic of the Chicago Sun-Times—was on Oprah, stumping for votes.
“Now Mariah didn’t get her new body just by eating artichokes,” said Oprah.
Cut to the video, Mariah at the pool in a black bodysuit.
By Choire Sicha 4/08/08 4:05pm
On June 10, 1974, a large group of passengers were evacuated from city buses in midtown. They were crawling with roaches, according to an account in The New York Times. The city promised to step up its abatement program, and blamed the roach infestations on the buses, as New Yorkers do, on the intense heat Read More
By Choire Sicha 4/01/08 8:03pm
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter showed up almost three hours in to this morning’s Landmarks Preservation Committee meeting on the proposed St. Vincent’s Hospital rebuilding.
“I’m against it!” he said. The proposed towers would very nearly cast a shadow over his nearby restaurant, the Waverly Inn, after all.
So, the New York Sun‘s Peter Read More