The artist appeared on our block two weeks ago. A lean man with inky fingers covered in silver rings, he wore a cap, a small button fastened to the bottom of his shirt—“I love porn”—and a menthol-flavored Marlboro tucked behind one ear. He would arrive around 9 a.m., arrange his scroll of paper, his pot of ink and his various clips on the sidewalk between The Observer offices and the adjacent Japanese barbecue joint, remaining there, painting intently, until 6 or 7 p.m. As he painted, he scrunched himself into contorted positions and seemed not to take breaks or register the passersby, who invariably stared.
We were curious about the new arrival on our block. Though of course West 44th between Eighth and Ninth Avenues hardly belongs to us alone. We share it with a lumber yard, a theatrical supply company, the Intercontinental Hotel, several parking lots and a convenience store whose clientele appear to buy nothing but lottery tickets. And, as we recently learned, we also share it with the dingy walk-up where Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas spent the last years of his life and committed suicide in 1990 at age 47, impoverished and suffering from AIDS.
Last night marked the inauguration of The New York Observer’s First Annual Young Philanthropy Event. On the chic PH-D rooftop lounge of the Dream Hotel, amidst panoramic views of the city and overlooking the twinkling lights of the Empire State building, some of the leading lights in philanthropy came together to celebrate giving back.
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Anthony Weiner is signaling that his exile is over, his penance performed. He seems on the verge of entering the Democratic Party’s crowded field of mayoral candidates, a development that would shake up an already unsettled race. If he does, he will bring with him not only the memories of his famous humiliation, but a campaign treasury of more than $4 million. That would make him well-endowed, indeed, but we already knew that.
Observing The Observer
On Thursday morning, esteemed writer Michael Pollan—author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, among other bestsellers—took a break from exploring the edible and the environment to stop by The Observer newsroom.
Besides sharing his latest biological findings (“You’re only ten percent human. The rest of you is microbes”), Mr. Pollan spoke mainly about finding one’s niche as a journalist.
- The intimidatingly assiduous Peggy Siegal greets people at the door; thanks us for coming to celebrate party with The New York Observer. “We are The New York Observer!” We cry. She doesn’t even pause. “Well, it’s great to see you anyway.”
-Terry McDonell: I’ve always loved the Observer, I have great respect for Peter Kaplan. The coverage of everything I was interested in New York in the past 25 years was reflected in The Observer at the highest level.
- Ray Kelly recalls the last time he was at the Four Seasons. “[We] feel like you never leave,” we tell the Police Commissioner. His reply: “A lot of people feel that way.”
Last night The New York Observer celebrated its 25th anniversary surrounded by some of the biggest influencers of the city.
The Observer shed a tiny tear today upon learning that the pink paper’s former home is seeing a touch of red.
The townhouse at 54 East 64th Street, wherein many a scandal was exposed, soiree recounted and witty headline penned, just got price-chopped by $2 milllion. The 10,000-square-foot mansion was listed for $27 million in Read More
Less than eight hours after the Observer broke the news that Newsweek was set to merge with The Daily Beast, Tina Brown made the official announcement with a late night blog post.
“Some weddings take longer to plan than others,” Brown wrote.
Talks between Newsweek and The Daily Beast began late this Read More
Mere days after the 2004 election, The Observer left the white-marbled-stepped townhouse on East 64th Street it had occupied for 17 years (as former editor in chief Peter Kaplan wrote in the Nov. 7, 2004, issue of the newspaper: “We worked in a home. Four floors, a giant alimentary center-hall staircase, caked moldings, brass chandeliers, Read More
Tom McGeveran announced to staff today that he is leaving The New York Observer to start a new business venture. His last day at The Observer will be Dec. 31.
Mr. McGeveran took over as editor in May, replacing Peter Kaplan. In a statement, he said, “I have to thank Jared for giving me the opportunity Read More