The long-running mystery of who’s behind the Twitter parody known as Ruth Bourdain—an amalgamation of the now-defunct Gourmet magazine‘s longtime editor Ruth Reichl and author/television personality Anthony Bourdain— received another jolt this week.
Today the American Society of Magazine Editors honored New York magazine’s website as well as its general digital excellence. Congratulations, Adam Moss and Ben Williams; Ben Williams and Adam Moss. Wired picked up two as well, one for design, and one for reporting for digital media. Find out why Time, The New York Times Magazine, and Newsweek were awarded by reading the full list below.
CRITICITAL GUIDES TO CRITICS
And the circle goes unbroken!
off the record
In The Observer’s all-day mission to provide solace to the Valentine-less, we give you this: The bitter and the undersexed can now binge on the voyeuristic delights (or is it the anthropological horrors?) of New York magazine’s weekly online Sex Diaries. The concept has been expanded beyond the five boroughs in a book, The Sex Diaries Project, published by John Wiley & Sons. With the contextualizing essays by former New York sex diaries editor Arianne Cohen, we might even figure out how we got to this sad state in the first place–or why it’s not so bad after all.
WE *HEART* NY?
THE REASON YOU DIDN’T SEE a new issue of New York magazine on newsstands this week? The double-issue that is their much-beloved yearly Reasons to Love New York feature will sit on newsstands until next Monday, when their final issue of the year emerges.
Yet, we couldn’t help noticing that this year’s iteration of the feature—in its seventh year, which started in 2005—felt a little light. After all, there were only (by their count) 42 Reasons to Love New York in 2011. Are we wrong?
Are you surprised that New Yorker publications love liberal TV? Not really? That’s okay, it’s still interesting to read up on the Experian-Simmons survey that measured consumer’s TV preferences against their political ideology and then spat out a bunch of shows that determine how liberal or conservative you are. Surprisingly (not surprisingly), most New York media favor the programs only watched by people who voted for Obama and support green initiatives.
The Lease Beat
A Trinity Real Estate-owned Hudson Square office building has reached 100 percent occupancy after it lured NYU-Poly Varick Street Incubator away from another Trinity-owned building into a bigger space, signed Paik Architecture PLLC to new office space, and agreed to give current tenant Unity Construction Development additional space, The Commercial Observer has learned.
Having met maximum capacity, 137 Varick Street now has an eclectic collection of tenants that range from Alexander Gorlin Architects, online job search company TheLadders, and Scott Jordan Furniture.
Zachary Quinto, the character actor famous for playing the evil Sylar from Heroes, Spock from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, and Louis Ironson from Angels in America opened up about his sexuality for the first time in a New York Magazine profile earlier this month. It wasn’t much of a shocker: Mr. Quinto had a tabloid history of what we in the biz used to call “confirmed bachelorhood,” and taking the lead in a play about gay men with AIDS on Broadway is kind of like playing the MC in Cabaret. You don’t have to be gay yourself, but it sure helps.
What was interesting to us was why Mr. Quinto would come out now, when Angels in America has been closed since February. And apart from a few Internet fanboys, no one really wonders about Spock’s sexual tension with Captain Kirk. Was it just time for Mr. Quinto to come out from his glass closet? Or did Ryan Murphy have something to do with it?
After all, the NY Mag piece did manage to tie his recent outing to last night’s cameo as a malevolent, homosexual ghost on American Horror Story; one which is already being praised as the show’s best performance yet.
Occupy Wall Street
Despite what you might have heard from the many conservative outlets looking to discredit the movement through a couple of crazy people with “Jews = Bank Bailout” signs, the majority of Occupy Wall Street is not anti-Semitic. Because that’s what we were all worried about, right?
The Hype Cycle
After years of traipsing to every pop-up launch party to report on the ephemeral offerings therein, New York magazine and The New York Times have officially commenced the backlash.
On Sunday New York Times City Critic Neil Genzlinger took on the urban epidemic of the pop-up shops/restaurants.
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