Bill Bratton is a professional crime-stopper. Anthony Shorris is a professional manager and a government insider. Both are welcome additions to the incoming administration of Bill de Blasio, a man who campaigned as a government outsider, as a critic of the sort of policing Mr. Bratton has championed. Read More
By The Editors 12/04 9:00am
He would have loathed the obituaries—most of them, anyway.
The ones that associated his name with mere snark, a quality that was far beneath his intelligence and integrity. The ones that described him as a pied piper of dewy-eyed ingénues, as if he had not given new life and new freedom to veteran journalists who turned down offers elsewhere mostly because of him. The ones that portrayed the newspaper he edited as an in-house newsletter for the city’s media elites, as though the paper’s coverage of politics, finance, real estate and culture were mere add-ons. Read More
By The Editors 12/02 7:28pm
Susan Morrison was the second editor-in-chief of The New York Observer, succeeding Graydon Carter. In 1992, she assigned a writer named Peter Kaplan to cover TV for the Observer. He wrote three “TV Diary” installments for the paper and then a few months later became the Observer’s editor. These stories have never before been published online. Read More
By The Editors 11/27 3:00pm
“It’s a silent movie so run out the door now if you want,” Mr. Weinstein said before the movie began. Read More
By The Editors 11/27 9:00am
The Tim Ferriss Experiment, a new show in which Tim Ferriss attempts to play the drums like a rock star, learn the art of parkour and apply his life hacking skills to dating, among many other seemingly impossible tasks, is part of Upwave, a new programming block on HLN. In honor of the premiere, we have five gift bags to give away to our readers. Read More
By The Editors 11/26 1:48pm
There was a time, long ago, when national politics and New York politics were nearly one and the same. From 1928 to 1948, the state produced a presidential candidate every year, and in 1944, both presidential candidates, Franklin Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey, called New York home. Read More
By The Editors 11/26 1:43pm
The long Thanksgiving weekend promises to be slow in and around City Hall. That will give Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a chance to catch up on some reading and perhaps reflect on the changes he has promised to bring to post-Bloomberg New York. We’d recommend that he consult a new study conducted by Cushman & Wakefield’s capital markets group—it shows that, for the third straight year, New York is home to the world’s largest real estate market. Read More
By The Editors 11/25 12:16pm
Everyone’s favorite power list is in the works. That’s right: the quasi-annual media power couples. Out this January!
So while you spin the dreidel after Thanksgiving turkey, trim trees and attend the flurry of seasonally drunken media parties (and take part in the requisite drunken gossip), ask yourself: who should be on The New York Observer‘s media power list?
By The Editors 11/19 7:23pm
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to scrap his ambitious proposal to rezone east Midtown. That’s unfortunate but for the best. The plan was doomed anyway: Incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio opposed the plan, as did many members of the City Council. Read More
By The Editors 11/19 7:20pm
The fiasco that has become Obamacare should remind all of us, particularly the mayor-elect of New York, of the perils of big ideas and good intentions. Read More