Of Real Estate and Politics
The political divide that runs down the middle of Central Park, dividing the very blue Upper West Side from the very red Upper East is considered as unyielding and insuperable as the Berlin Wall. During the last presidential election, the top two fundraising zip codes for both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were on the Upper West Side (10024) and Upper East Side (10021) respectively, an ideological division that has held fast all these years despite all that is shared between the fabulously wealthy residents who live in the sprawling, pre-war co-ops lining either side of the Park.
However, as the results of the most recent mayor’s race reveal, the political leanings of the East and West sides are not as uniform as they seem at first blush—in fact, during an analysis of The New York Times‘ election district results, The Observer discovered that there are some surprising bastions of conservatism in a few of Central Park West’s most storied buildings (alas, no corresponding pockets of liberalism can be found in the posh precincts that radiate out from Fifth Avenue).
Love in the Time of Algorithms
Dating sites like OKCupid let you find people whose interests, morals and life outlook are directly aligned with your own. This is probably a good thing for the health of your relationship–who wants to argue about what religion to raise your kids, for example?–but could actually be detrimental to society overall.
We know, another editorial on former Congressman/current New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his cybersexting “addiction.” If you feel a little gross reading the umpteenth article dissecting the politician’s dong shots…well, you should. You think the media brought down Anthony Weiner when they revealed the photos of his salami? Or that we even want to be covering Carlos Danger as a 24 news cycle?
As salacious as it is, we’re all sick of trying to place those however many women who have stepped forward claiming to have received sexual photos or messages from Weiner in chronological order, as if it matters if he messaged them before his humiliating resignation from Congress, during his “reformed” family man period (as memorialized by that People Magazine profile) or throughout, and as recently as last summer. (Which is not to say that there aren’t more waiting in the wings, currently.)
It stopped being sexy news when we ran out of puns. And now, disturbingly, we’re getting the distinct impression that this is what Weiner wanted all along: to show the world his dick pics.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal had spent Tuesday night at the Cinema Society premiere party for her latest film, White House Down, in which she plays an uptight Secret Service agent. The next evening she was on the red carpet again, this time at the West Village’s STK Rooftop, where Gotham Magazine was celebrating their first summer issue with Ms. Gyllenhaal on the cover (and Russian Standard Vodka sponsoring the event). Other attendees included EIC Catherine Sabino, publisher Suzanne Ruffa and Rohan Marley.
Since the premiere of the Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx flick about saving the president from a group of rogue paramilitary troops happened to coincide with several watershed moments in American politics–everything from the security leaks at the NSA to the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage and the Civil Rights Act–we asked the feather-clad actress if she’d been fielding a lot of questions about her personal politics.
This morning, The New York Post gave the news that Anthony Weiner is contemplating a political comeback a pun-filled cover treatment.
Meanwhile, the Daily News devoted its front page to their ongoing coverage (some may call advocacy) of the gun control debate.
On a day when every tabloids’ favorite congressman is back in the spotlight, the Daily News‘s front page seems an odd choice. In a two-tabloid town, how, we wondered, has this impacted sales of the News?
In a highly unscientific survey, we canvassed 15 newsstands in the vicinity of the Observer‘s midtown office. Of the vendors we talked to, eight said that The Post outsells the News, two said that News sells better and the remaining five said that they were neck-and-neck.
politics on tv
The Simpsons, the venerable Fox network animated series, made light of Karl Rove’s election night antics–attempting to un-call a decisively won election for President Obama–with an animated “chalkboard joke” at the beginning of last night’s episode. It reads “I will not concede the election till Karl Rove gives me permission”–a lesson Megyn Kelly et al. seem to have literally taken to heart for a time last Tuesday.
Don’t worry, it’s SFW: The Agenda Project Action Fund—you know, that fun progressive policy organization behind those very popular Granny Off the Cliff and Romney Girl videos—is back with more YouTubes! This time, it is taking on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s pro-life agenda with a little something it calls “My Country, My Choice,” but could be accurately described as a “big ol’ tease.”
Coming in an election year, when so many politicians polarize the electorate by confusing greed with moral good, the Manhattan Theater Club has picked a perfect time to revive Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 drama An Enemy of the People. Eschewing the most often used translation, by Arthur Miller, in favor of a new, trimmed-down version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the Broadway production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre addresses the dilemma of one man’s idealistic struggle to buck authority and expose the truth in the face of a powerful opposition that reaches mob force. The play resonates today because a lot of do-gooders with hearts in the right place are eventually beaten into submission, giving in to the majority, whereas Ibsen’s hero faces ruin rather than compromise. Directed with force by Doug Hughes, this intermission-less outing cuts huge chunks of exposition and debate from Ibsen’s talky text, shortening a sometimes tedious play to manageable length, along with cutting some of the acting roles, but without excising any important values. It also provides two valiant actors, Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas, with the opportunity to own the stage instead of leasing it. They are marvelous.
A coastal town in Norway with a spa that serves as a lucrative tourist attraction is the setting for a play of contrasting ideas.
Democratic National Convention
Come on, Democrats! The Republicans are totally kicking your ass right now in terms of absurd viral content. Sure, we know there’s a lot more cringe-inducing material for them to choose from, as the Tampa convention has already started. But for every Karl Rove James Carville impression, or politicians Tweeting pics with Jon Voight, you guys need to be up there with promoting next week’s CarolinaFest …
MAPS OF MAPS
New York may be a tried-and-true blue state, and New York City may be viewed by some less as our country’s great melting pot and more as the American Liberal-Pinko Gomorrah, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our fair share of Republicans (nor does it mean we can’t color them pink).