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 could be Read More
The Lunch CROWD
I went to the Bronx this weekend for a slice of pizza. I very rarely eat pizza, so when I do, I go to Mario’s because it’s the best. This older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Migliucci, own Mario’s. They made me delicious pizza and pasta, so I invited them to the restaurant on Monday for Read More
Cathie Black’s book Basic Black, released in 2007, has sold relatively well – it was a national bestseller, actually. Sales were boosted by support from Oprah, who featured the then-chairwoman of Hearst Magazines on her daytime show and in O: The Oprah Magazine (a Hearst publication). Now, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement last week that Read More
Lending a Hand
Harold Levy, former New York City Chancellor of Public Schools, said today that he supports Cathie Black’s appointment, although he couched his endorsement more as support for the mayor than for the nominee.
“I don’t know Cathie Black, but Mike Bloomberg has made pretty good personnel decisions,” Levy said. “I think if you have mayoral Read More
New York is still reeling from Mayor Bloomberg’s appointment of Cathie Black, chairwoman of Hearst magazines, to Chancellor of the City’s Department of Education. This morning Bloomberg attributed the decision to Black’s management skills, but his choice still raises more questions than it answers. Even if media executive experience translates to city government (as Read More
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s eight-year tenure came to an end yesterday, and with it, understandably, came questions of his legacy. A product of the New York City public school system, Klien saw his appointment as a chance to give back to the system that created him. But his tenure was controversial, to Read More
In naming Cathie Black, an executive at Hearst Magazine, to take over for schools chief Joel Klein, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is continuing his tradition of naming private sector executives to run public sector agencies.
Bloomberg called Black “someone who has a proven track record of taking big organizations to the next level,” emphasizing the managerial Read More
Decisions involving the allocation of public-school resources are seldom easy, even in the best of times. Resources are always finite, as parents know all too well. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein recently used emergency powers to overrule a state decision that would have stopped the expansion of a successful all-girls charter school on the Lower Read More
It’s hard to know what future historians will say of New York City in the first half of the 21st century. But surely they will notice, and chronicle, the return of accountability in the city’s public schools. It has been less than a decade since the old Board of Education, a symbol of bureaucratic Read More