Irina Aleksander asks the tough questions at the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala: Will New York’s benefit scene suffer because of the Wall Street meltdown? Julie Macklowe says yes! But Real Housewives of New York City’s Alex McCord says, "Cutting back is self-defeating." Mmmkay!
Ms. Aleksander also infiltrates a very exclusive subset of Read More
Do financial reporters care what the candidates think, wonders Felix Gillette. "Few in the world of financial reporting found much to say about either Mr. McCain or Senator Barack Obama’s responses to the unfolding crisis that week. After all, should business reporters really care more about Mr. McCain’s ‘commission of technicians’ than, say, Henry Read More
“He’s a one-off persona,” Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman told the Transom after Clay Felker’s memorial at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Monday, Sept. 22. Mr. Zuckerman was hoofing it up four flights of stairs to a more intimate celebration for Mr. Felker on the fourth floor. “He’s the only person I Read More
New York Stories:
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In the late 1960s and early ’70s, cultural and economic vitality were oozing, often gushing, away from American cities into suburbia. A 1967 Time cover story, “Our Read More
After Clay Felker passed away Tuesday morning in Manhattan, The Observer spoke to some who knew him well.
The first time I ever screamed “fuck” in front of a room full of women was when I got mad at Clay at the Esquire offices. We were having this argument Read More
When I think of Clay Felker, which is often, it’s at the Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria. I had just come to The Observer in 1994 and I was scared and sweating. Clay offered to meet with me once a week and kick around story ideas. I used to bring a stack of napkins. Read More
June 24, 2008
Dear Friends of Clay,
It is said that people die the way they live. Knowing Clay as you do, you will probably not be surprised by the story I want to share with you. In the past week, as he approaches the final Read More
“The secret of a magazine is passion.”
So said Clay Felker, a giant of journalism who died Tuesday morning in Manhattan at age 82. And the passion which most animated Clay was New York, the city he loved and understood so much that he founded a magazine by that name and mentored more than Read More
Charlie Rose’s website features an interview with Clay Felker from 1995.
"I’ve often said that editors who are successful have confidence of their own ignorance," Mr. Felker told Mr. Rose. "By that I mean, What is a story? You ask a question what a story is. And then you find someone else to Read More
Clay Felker, the editor who created New York magazine and sat atop the mastheads of The Village Voice, Esquire, Manhattan, inc., M., and New West, has died.
As far back as 2006, Forbes‘ James Brady was reporting that the legendary editor was ailing and had been moved to a nursing home. That same year, Read More