Lower East Side
A sign on Orchard and Grand has officially put on notice all those weird below Houston-streeters: Stop tying bones and meat around town for stray dogs/crazy satanic rituals/art installations.
Starbucks red cups are here! The commercial holiday season has begun. Speaking of which, you know that gag in the best holiday movie of the 21st century so far, Elf, where Will Ferrell blows into a nondescript New York City diner to congratulate them on having, as the storefront advertised, the “World’s Best Cup of Coffee”? And then later, on an adventurous date, a blindfolded Zooey Deschanel tries the purported “world’s best” but finds it “crappy”?
Rob Delaney is a prominent figure on the alt-comedy Twitter scene. He has an impressive 239,672 followers, and is oft-retweeted by no less impressive figures than Samantha Ronson, Mindy Kaling, and Juliette Lewis. Still, the comedian is inviting a world of pain with his latest stunt: suing Kim Kardashian (along with Ryan Seacrest, E!, and Comcast) for $18 million…the amount of income he claims she made off her wedding shows.
Why? Well, maybe a better question would be, “Why not?”
This week’s Village Voice cover story is an installment in an ongoing investigative series The Truth Behind Sex Trafficking, which aims to debunk alarmist and overblown statistics about prostitution.
The article (by Kristen Hinman who was a longtime writer for other VVM publications) posits that underage prostitution does exist, tragically, but it’s largely conducted voluntarily Read More
off the record
The wave of layoffs sweeping across the newsrooms of Village Voice Media, America’s largest chain of alt-weeklies, finally reached New York last week.
Although some speculated the Arizona-based media company formerly known as New Times would spare its flagship brand and new namesake, it wasn’t to be: Last week, The Village Voice laid off Read More
Is anyone occupying Midtown’s fountains?
TimesUp!, a New York “direct action environmental organization” had big plans for today. They were going for their 3rd annual “fountain ride,” which is exactly what it sounds like: splashing around in public fountains and evading the police. But in solidarity with both Occupy Wall Street and Columbus Day (?), the event was renamed “Occupy Fountains.” And though the event ends in half an hour, so far there hasn’t been much of a ripple about the spectacle on Twitter.
Layoffs are hitting Village Voice Media papers this week.
Management specified that the lay-offs would be chain-wide and blamed the struggling economy, according to one fired reporter.
Yesterday, The Dallas Observer eliminated its full-time sportswriting position the laid-off Richie Whitt wrote. SF Weekly laid off its web editor, the editor of its SFoodie blog, a calendar Read More
If there is one hire that signifies the changing of the guard moment we’re witnessing in the New York media scene, I’d argue it’s the Village Voice‘s hiring of Harry Siegel, which they announced yesterday afternoon.
Siegel will be their new city columnist and is taking over the space filled, Read More
Tough week at the Voice.
Editor Tony Ortega pulled an article called “For-Profit Blues,” about proprietary colleges leaving low-income students with piles of debt but no degree, from The Village Voice‘s website yesterday. Freelance writer and Columbia Journalism School student grad Rob Sgobbo allegedly made up two sources: Berkeley College student “Tamicka Read More
To paraphrase a well-worn koan: If a pair of dirty hipster sex blogs get NSFW on the internet and nobody links to them or knows they exist, can they bring in any revenue?
Village Voice Media has been quietly publishing two sex-oriented websites—Naked City NY and Naked Read More