Around the town
Vox Media is buying Curbed Network, “a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs,” for an estimated $20 to $30 million. (Fortune)
Is Rupert Murdoch really happy? Sure. He’s an 82 year-old media mogul who is not going to jail for phone hacking. Plus, he bought a vineyard! (USA Today)
Fun With Craigslist
Imagine you had $14,000 a month to rent the penthouse of the Bernard Tschumi-designed Blue Building. Now imagine you had long, thoughtful days empty of distractions like work or child care, days when you could sit and think deep thoughts as you stared out at the city far below through enormous, slanted, blue-tinted windows.
Well, that’s how The Observer felt when we watched the weirdly-captivating time-lapse video by Curbed videographer David Sherwin.
As part of its Renters Week—which The Observer is thoroughly enjoying—our pals over at Curbed held what they’re calling the Craiglist Power Hour, 60 minutes of non-stop blogging devoted to the odious listings site. Therein appeared the best graphic (above) we’ve seen all week, maybe even all month, a word cloud of the most common words in Craigslist apartment listing. We were so taken with the endeavor, The Observer decided to plug each borough’s listings into Wordle and see what patterns emerged. Check out the interesting, if at times unsurprising—Williamsburg much?—results.
Location-based social network Foursquare will say goodbye to its longtime office mates at 36 Cooper Square. The startup, which raised a $50 million round of funding this summer, has vastly outgrown the 7,600 square feet at the East Village digs it shares with Curbed and web design shop Hard Candy Shell, and is negotiating a sublease for the top two floors at 568 Broadway.
“I don’t really see a blog business,” said Nick Denton over gchat. He still wasn’t sold on the idea of an interview regarding his sites’ redesign, scheduled to debut tomorrow, and seemed to be attempting an escape. “I should find you that old post in which I compare blog ad revenues to McDonald’s franchises, i.e. Read More
Earlier today the Real Estate Desk talked to Mr. Steele about his plans for world domination, vis-a-vis the expansion of his Curbed Web sites from New York, L.A., and San Francisco to a national edition, as well as two more locals in Chicago and, fingers crossed, Miami. But isn’t the economy in the shitter? Read More
As you’re sitting down to your Reuben or Caesar salad today, allow the Real Estate Desk to direct you to some new lunchtime reading–after you’ve finished everything at Observer.com, of course–Curbed National.
Maybe grab a drink while you’re at it. “I’ve been telling people it’s like Architectural Digest after a three-martini lunch,” Curbed Read More
Persons of Interest
On Aug. 11, real estate blog Curbed posted a seemingly innocuous scoop: Rachel Maddow and her partner, Susan Mikula, had bought Michael Stipe’s old apartment at 130 Jane Street for a cool $1.25 million.
The blogger, Sara Polsky, also posted photos and a floorplan for the apartment, apparently attained from Corcoran’s Web site. Read More
This weekend in the New York Times Magazine, Mark Oppenheimer profiles Curbed founder Lockhart Steele, who we learn is 36 years old, grew up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, attended St. Paul’s, co-wrote and self-published an authoritative Phish compendium, graduated from Brown, once was in the Hamptons with Rachel Sklar, sometimes wears Read More
On Wednesday, New York neighborhoods blog Curbed will toss its discount hat into the ring of city apartment listing services. Called Curbed Marketplace, the new service aims to offer homeowners and, especially, brokers relatively cheap for-sale listings–$99 for 30 days, plus a special upgrade package for those with deeper pockets.
I spoke with Read More