The great thing about living in New York used to be that you didn’t have to give a damn about the natural world.
Sadly, those days seem to be gone. Even in my neighborhood, which was lucky enough to be high and relatively dry, things began to resemble a zombie movie by last Wednesday. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, hordes of Upper West Siders staggered about the sidewalks, searching for brunch instead of brains: “Rrrrrr … smoked fish … rrr … hollandaise!”
Now, it seems, we’re all ready to give ourselves a big pat on the back for how we weathered the storm.
Is there any greater indignity than seeing Wayne Barrett’s byline at the Daily Beast?
Yes. It is hearing about his assignments from Tina Brown–the magazine editor of our lifetime, as he calls her–in this incredible NY1 profile that we have no idea how to embed.
“The first assignment I got was to do a 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, admirably, by Read More
Wayne Barrett provides some important context for the Obama-Sharpton alliance:
President Obama’s extraordinary embrace of Reverend Al Sharpton last week has as much to do with the president’s antipathy for three other black leaders—Jesse Jackson, Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley—as it does with any genuine White House enthusiasm for the controversial New York Read More
Wayne Barrett isn’t happy with the way he was quoted this weekend in a Post profile of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He thought his comment about how Mr. Cuomo is “great at dropping stinkbombs” was off the record, and he says the idea that Mr. Cuomo goes through these “rehab periods” was an Read More
There’s been a lot written and said about Michael Bloomberg’s relationship with the media and how he’s perceived publicly. Here’s an extended, longer-view look at what reporters were thinking and saying about the mayor before the most recent assessments.
It’s video just posted online from an April 22, 2009 Read More
Bill Thompson’s office has subpoenaed Michael Bloomberg’s administration and a private consultant over their refusal to turn over a report on the city’s efforts to boost contracts with women- and minority-owned businesses.
Thompson says he’s requested a Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s transformation from the un-politician to icon of urban government is the subject of an April 22 panel discussion featuring the Times' Joyce Purnick (who is writing a book about him) and Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice, among other journalists.
An email from the organizers previewing the event asks, “Are Read More
The Village Voice's Wayne Barrett, who's on a streak of writing critically about Michael Bloomberg and campaign manager Bradley Tusk, arrived at City Hall this afternoon and was greeted warmly by fan and City Councilman Bill de Blasio, who praised Barrett's work with some very colorful language.
De Blasio is running Read More
Michael Bloomberg–who did not make an endorsement in the presidential race–is going to be doing a lot of talking about Barack Obama in the next couple of days.
Bloomberg's office just sent out an updated schedule showing a round of television interviews with local TV stations, which an aide to the mayor said Read More