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As California ramps up its efforts to recapture “runaway” film and television production leaving the state, industry insiders here are counting down the days until Mayor Bill de Blasio announces his pick to lead the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.
Mr. de Blasio’s short list is now down to a handful of contenders, according to sources close to the transition process. They include independent film advocate Michelle Byrd, former Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin, Pat Kaufman, who lead the state’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, and Roberta Reardon, the former co-president of SAG-AFTRA. Also mentioned: Lisa Cortes, an independent film and music producer whose was the executive producer on the critically acclaimed Precious.
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With Condé Nast’s move to 1 World Trade Center all but official, ground zero has gotten a much-needed flash of panache. With Ralph Lauren soon pulling up in his limo and Rick Hertzberg rolling up on his bike, wouldn’t it be nice for them to have somewhere to take in a show? Read More
At Ground Zero the memorial trees are springtime-green and the waterfalls are up and running, but there remains much to do. Besides the various incomplete towers, slow progress continues on the transit hub that fills the space beneath the site, where the Port Authority is laying the foundation for another long-delayed project: the Performing Arts Read More
On Monday, April 4, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted defeat. He announced that he would try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators at Guantanamo Bay and not the Foley Courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Mr. Holder blamed Congress for tying his hands. He did not blame Julie Menin for forcing them.
“How could Read More
More than two months after Attorney General Eric Holder initially announced that Lower Manhattan would play host to the trial for five accused conspirators of the 9/11 attacks, resistance—suddenly—has mushroomed.
While criticism simmered for weeks and the local residents and real estate executives were lobbying intensely to change the trial’s location, it wasn’t until Read More
Mark Green is swearing off opposition research, even though–or perhaps because–he, more than any of his opponents, stands to be on the receiving end of some of it. (For now, Green's superior name recognition, and the poll numbers, make it more or less inevitable that he will be the target of Read More
A bank vault would hardly seem the ideal place to have dinner. But restaurants these days are opening in the strangest settings–under bridges, in disused warehouses and parking garages–and especially in old banks. Downstairs at Vine, in the heart of the financial district, you can dine in vaults once owned by J.P. Morgan, which are Read More