Remember when hyperlocal blogs were the future of news? Well, although The New York Times ended their partnership with New York University’s hyperlocal East Village blog after two and a half years, New York magazine is picking up the slack—and changing the name to something catchier, reports Nieman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance.
Later this spring, the blog will relaunch under New York’s umbrella as Bedford + Bowery, and, as the new name suggests, will take the L train to cover Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick, as well as the East Village and the Lower East Side. So basically, they will cover the intersection of New York mag readers and NYU students.
No, it is not “Mayor Dracula.” Come on, Post, this is our City Council speaker and mayoral candidate we’re talking about, try to be more creative. The answer is right in front of you…
The New York Post pulled a story offline after New York Mag called them out on the erroneous report that one-time congressman Anthony Weiner got a new job.
“Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has landed a job after being unemployed for 18 months, his first gig since resigning amid a Twitter sexting scandal,” the Post story said, claiming that Mr. Weiner got a part-time gig consulting for Madison Avenue brokerage firm Concept Capital Markets.
By now, none of you will have read Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel’s 5,500-word piece in New York magazine. Sure, some of you might have read the Jezebel summary, or the Huffington Post review, or any one of the thousands of traffic-baiting posts (including this one!) claiming that they can accurately sum up this behemoth.
That is a lie. It is impossible to summarize Wurtzel’s end-of-the-year summary, since it encompasses everything: what matters in life, puppies, former employer David Boies, reality, love and a how-to guide on misunderstanding property laws.
But if you have read it and really want to prove to your friends that you have nothing to do at work, here’s a handy quiz. Pencils down, everyone!
In this week’s New York Magazine, Tina Brown looks back on her zeitgeisty career and the impending demise of the print edition of Newsweek. If it isn’t the definitive account (we assume that will come later), it’s the most up-to-date account.
But as we read the seven page Q&A with Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley, we were struck by Ms. Brown’s frequent use of imagery. So very illustrative! So imaginative! We can practically see it all, from Cinderella waking up from the ball that was the Talk launch party to the refrigerators on each foot that was the print edition of Newsweek.
We have collected some of our favorites below.
New York has an interview with Tom Wolfe, the author of the new, Miami-set book Back to Blood, which The Observer described this way: “the novel ensures that the world of ideas and of power dynamics, the only world in which Tom Wolfe feels comfortable, is one to which [racial minority characters are] not admitted.” We did pick up a few nuggets that colored our opinion of Mr. Wolfe, though:
Sex in the City
Financial columnist and trend spotter Felix Salmon declares pumpkin the new bacon in this week’s New York Magazine.
But why? What could an orange gourd-like squash and a crispy piece of pig possibly have in common? Why, popularity, of course. You see, everyone likes bacon. It’s salty. It’s crispy. It’s delicious. And it has gotten really popular recently.
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New York Magazine‘s “Sex Diaries”–the running Daily Intel feature where a New Yorker chronicles their sexual adventures for a week–will soon be on the small screen.
Vulture reports that the show will be set in the city (as one would assume) and follow ten interconnected characters as they (we are just guessing here) Read More
Michael Wolff’s mother, Van, died Tuesday morning after a two and half year illness, the Observer has learned.
Mr. Wolff wrote about his mother’s declining health and worsening dementia in a moving and controversial story for New York Magazine in May that questioned the modern approach to end-of-life care.
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.