Finding an unpublished George Gurley piece is like opening a perfectly written time capsule. In May 2001, New York City was preparing to say farewell to a term-limited Rudy Giuliani and welcome anyone from Mark Green to Freddy Ferrer to Michael Bloomberg as its first new leader in eight years. An intrepid young Observer reporter named George Gurley hit the party scene to ask prominent New Yorkers what they thought would happen to the city. He wrote it up and then … it disappeared.
The Observer never published Mr. Gurley’s observations, captured first at the annual benefit for the African Rainforest Conservancy, held at the Park on 17th Street and Tenth Avenue and the second was for the tenth anniversary of the Paramount Hotel.
Twelve years later, as we approach another change of guard at City Hall, Mr. Gurley got to thinking about that piece. When he realized it hadn’t seen the light of day, Mr. Gurley, still an intrepid young Observer reporter, brought it to our attention.
Sure, you’ve seen a hundred shots of Katie Holmes celebrating at The New York Observer‘s 25th Anniversary Party by now. If you didn’t know what Rex Reed looked like, now you do. And those pictures of Spike Lee, Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Close? Sure, we could see how some Read More
Punch!, a Spy-inspired iPad “appazine” that paired long-form journalism with short comedy segments and interactive games, has scrapped its editorial content to focus entirely on an authoring tool for apps.
With New York Observer alum Jim Windolf at the helm and featuring contributions from George Gurley and Mark Ames, Punch! put out three issues before announcing that it was going on hiatus on August 14.
As Seen in SCENE
If you haven’t met Priyantha De Silva, there’s still a good chance you’ve encountered him, perhaps when he was pretending to be someone else: cherubic cocktail chaser, uncredited Academy Award-winning producer, conspicuous Condé Nast editor, philandering philanthropist, ICM agent or the creator of the Kardashians. Some say that if you put your ear to a martini, you can almost hear his overdone debonair voice: “What do you mean I’m not on the list? Don’t you know who I am?” Priyantha De Silva was that really, really sweaty guy of Sri Lankan descent who successfully crowbarred his way into progressively higher social circles, ultimately crashing down into of Manhattan’s most closely guarded venues: Rikers Island.
It’s been a while since we heard from Julia Allison–the hyperconfessional onetime princess of the Gawker-made “fameball” set, whose antics were brought to light, at a granular pace, on Gawker, and comprehensively in Vanessa Grigoriadis’s New York article on web-era cynicism. The social-media socialite, famed for her writing on sex and Read More
Felix Gillette talks to Newsweek editor-turned-NBC Washington Bureau head Mark Whitaker, who describes his position as follows: "It’s a fascinating job… For me, it’s the perfect job."
John Koblin checks in with Dean Baquet, The New York Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief who tells him, “It is a huge moment for the bureau and Read More
GEORGE: This a new couch?
DR. SELMAN: So what brings you back?
GEORGE: Well, it’s been six months.
GEORGE: I’m a little groggy, I have to admit, because I had to work last night. Went to this benefit at the Central Park Zoo. What animal did you Read More
Ann Coulter's new book, If Democrats Had Any Brains They'd Be Republicans, hits bookshelves today, and as is his wont, George Gurley sat down with the self-proclaimed right-wing polemicist for a long chat [UPDATED: read the complete interview here].
George gave us a few bits of wit and wisdom from his interview, while the Read More
’Raq-ing Bungalow 8
To the editor:
I am a 29-year-old Army officer serving my second tour in Iraq; the first was in Baghdad, my most recent takes me further north to Mosul. On an otherwise uneventful day, I happened across George Gurley’s article “Bungalowing Iraq” online [The New York World, Feb. 19, 2007]. I write Read More
Ross Is Supreme
To the Editor:
Re Rebecca Dana’s NYTV column “Good Night, ABC! TV Tabloid Empress Packs Up and Leaves” [Dec. 11]: I was the first prosecutor on the Menendez trial.
After my refusing to talk to Ms. Ross during the trial, we became fast friends afterward. I generally despise the media, and therefore Read More