Playing the Field
New York City’s last two mayors each left an indelible mark on the city. Rudy Giuliani’s eight years are remembered for his crime crackdown, the Disneyfication of Times Square and millions weeping as one after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Mike Bloomberg’s town is an emerging tech hub, dotted with modern public spaces and glass towers, and packed with tourists and ex-smokers riding their bikes to Whole Foods. All that, plus a yogurt store on every block, $4,500 one-bedroom apartments in once-forsaken Brooklyn neighborhoods and a growing class divide that makes Downton Abbey look like a socialist commune. On the positive side: there’s still no Walmart here.
Among all public officials, the mayor is the one who shapes our day-to-day lives the most: not just our subways, schools and streets, but our ethos and identity as a city. This mayoral election, New York City’s first with no incumbent in more than a decade, has attracted a slew of hopefuls eager to remake the city in their own images. And what images they are. Assembled at the starting line are a quartet of formidable Democrats, alongside a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, a man with his own catchphrase and action figure, and a vibrator-wielding, marijuana smoking, alligator-hugging YouTube ranter.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Last night The Observer cornered Manhattan Media CEO and mayoral candidate Tom Allon at an apartment on Spring Street, where the savvy New Yorker was managing to combine his special day with some work stuff.
We had arrived in the middle of one woman’s speech about why Mr. Allon’s views on teachers was inspiring. (Mr. Allon had taught English at Stuyvesant High School after graduating from Columbia, after all.)
After the woman had tearfully finished, we approached Mr. Allon. “As someone who has to balance a media and political career, who is your inspiration?”
“Boris Johnson,” he said, laughing. And to clarify: “Wait, I’m just kidding!”
There’s a battle brewing over Gracie Mansion. Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t live there and he doesn’t think anyone else should either.
“The mayor should not live there,” Mayor Bloomberg flatly told The Times. Mayors should sleep on their own dimes, just as he, and all other city employees do, the mayor, who has many many more dimes than most people, explained.
As has been rumored for weeks, Manhattan Media is shutting down the New York Press and reviving Our Town Downtown, starting September 1. The weekly publication–a magazine/community newspaper hybrid, according to the press release–will focus on news, politics, real estate and the arts in lower Manhattan. A 20,000 copy run will be circulated Read More
After five years at City Hall News, Edward-Isaac Dovere is leaving to take a job at Politico. His new title will be breaking news editor, a new position for the Washington-based outlet.
The president and CEO of the company that publishes City Hall News, Tom Allon, told me Dovere “joins a long line Read More
Michael Bloomberg was endorsed for re-election by Our Town newspaper, a subsidiary of Manhattan Media, whose president, Tom Allon, is doing Bloomberg’s local ad buys.
In my interview with Allon, he said he was recusing himself from the endorsement process.
In the endorsement, Our Town noted they interviewed Bloomberg, and said Read More
Michael Bloomberg is leading Bill Thompson in newspaper endorsements, for those of you keeping track of this sort of thing, 25 to 4.
At a press conference outside City Hall just now, at which Thompson criticized what he described as an unseemly coziness between Conflict of Interest Board members and the Bloomberg administration, Read More
When Michael Bloomberg’s campaign calls Tom Allon, it is not to voice concerns about the coverage in one of the Manhattan-based newspapers he publishes.
Usually, it’s to arrange for him to place ads in weekly and ethnic newspapers throughout the city.
On January 16, a company called Madison Square Partners Read More
Remember when Village Voice editor Tony Ortega ran sex ads on the front of his newspaper in an oblique attempt to poke fun at various puritans who had suggested he clean up his classified section?
Well, although he says it ain’t so, last week’s cover story about the health risks facing WTC rescue Read More
When 20-year-old San Anselmo, Calif., native John Walker headed
to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban, he presumably renounced the commercial,
impulses that have contributed to the United States’ bad
But even before the prison
ship U.S.S. Bataan unloads its
notorious cargo in Cuba and the next step of Mr. Walker’s Read More