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Mergers and Acquisitions
Sunday night, when the rest of the city was tweeting about Homeland and Lady Gaga’s Navy Yard performance for Artpop, a piece of actual news managed to break through the static.
“Vox Media acquires Curbed Network for $20-30M,” read the Fortune headline linked to by Lindsey Green, fiancée of Lockhart Steele, Phish biographer and founder/president of Curbed LLC.
Vox Media is reportedly buying online media company Curbed.com L.L.C., and the two companies are already celebrating in style – over fried chicken and pork buns.
The New York Times broke word yesterday that the digital media company would acquire Curbed and its three web publications, which report on real estate, dining and Read More
On a recent summer Saturday afternoon, the weather is perfect but the South Street Seaport’s so-called Tourist Alley is devoid of tourists. Nearly eight months after Sandy ransacked the area, its tent-pole businesses—Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Brookstone—remain closed.
Over at Pier 17, at the widely loathed third-floor food court, Arthur Treacher’s and Subway do a brisk business. A thousand little Statues of Liberty glimmer beneath fluorescent lighting.
It is January and it is currently snowing outside. Is this the correct time to drink rosé, that summeriest of summery wines? The New York Times advises you to throw caution, etiquette, logic and sanity to the wind and do just that.
Times booze expert Eric Asimov’s campaign for the frivolous — but 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
Booze & Books
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
Sloane Crosley celebrated her second book–How Did You Get This Number, from Riverhead–with a party last night at the Spotted Pig.
She wore a fetching strapless dress, carried a flashdrive of music from a friend (which she threatened to use as a switchblade, or maybe a Taser), and urged guests to try the deviled eggs Read More
Fancy New Jobs
You may expect Lockhart Steele, fashionable founder of the Curbed network of blogs (Eater, Racked, the eponymous one, etc.), to have a pretty swanky pad. Wrong! The 35-year-old New Media magnate has dwelled in the same utilitarian style at a one-bedroom rental on Rivington Street since 2001. He Read More
Persons of Interest
In celebration of a newly reinvigorated media job market, here’s the first in an occasional series of interviews with people about to jump into an exciting new gig.
Yesterday, Raphael Brion announced that Joshua David Stein, a Gawker vet and OUT editor-at-large, who’s also contributed to The 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