There was no room to swing a scythe, or even a trowel, at last week’s Modern Farmer magazine launch party in Chelsea. The second-floor demonstration kitchen and event space of Haven’s Kitchen was packed to the rafters with farm aficionados. And though no actual growers from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket were in evidence, the palpably giddy crowd did arrive draped in plenty of plaid and checked cotton.
Modern Farmer’s premiere issue features a barrel of non-Gucci mules, plus several cartloads of winsome cowherds. The editorial mix ranges from “barns we like, and those boots you want” to more serious topics like food security, animal welfare and soil advice. Graphically, it helps that farming seems inherently photogenic—and that those who work on farms seldom require gym memberships.
New York prison reviews
Hey, if fictional restaurants from Bret Easton Ellis novels can get rated on Yelp, why not some of Manhattan’s penitentiaries? That was the question when The New York Post picked up the story two years ago, Rikers Island averaged four and a half stars, which is half a star higher than Balthazar. Central Booking, according to the Post, only managed to earn itself two.
But that was apparently during the salad days of New York’s penal system: Today, Rikers has slipped an entire star to three and a half, while the Tombs lost half a star. (Maybe it’s time for the prisons to change their chefs.)
Below, some of our favorite reviews of the correctional facilities in New York. At least we know they aren’t paying for fake reviews.
Barclays named Antony Jenkins, head of retail and business banking at the British lender, as its new chief executive. Mr. Jenkins, who started his career at Barclays in 1983, replaces Bob Diamond, who resigned last month in the days after the bank agreed to a $450 million settlement over its alleged attempts to Read More
The wave of tech tenant leasing deals in Midtown South continues.
Knewton Inc., a provider of sophisticated online-based learning and education programs for students and test takers, has signed a 16,000-square-foot lease at 100-104 Fifth Avenue, an office building owned by the Kaufman Organization. The term of the deal, which is for the 20-story building’s entire eighth floor, stretches ten years. Asking rents for the space were $55 per square foot.
Entertainment Weekly reports that CBS has ordered a comedy pilot about young gents starting their careers at Groupon. This is all well and good–we’d watch it, if we got a particularly witty email. But we think it’s time for MORE tech companies to get television pilots–and we have a few loglines for networks we think could use them!
Saturday Night Live
In either a brilliant marketing maneuver or the most creative use of fan fiction we’ve seen in awhile, Saturday Night Live‘s Nightlife Correspondent, Stefon, is now reviewing real bars and clubs on Yelp. Yaaaay Stefon!
The Lease Beat
As the old adage goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression.
For Infor, a business software company whose roster of 70,000 clients – Saab, AB World Foods, Foxwood Casinos, et al – are far more recognizable than they are, moving into New York City’s growing tech market is as good as telling the world you’re ready to play with the big boys.
Infor signed a long-term lease at 641 Avenue of the Americas, an eight-story building owned by Atlas Capital Group, officials announced earlier today.
Lease of the Week
Right from the gate, the Invesco Real Estate-Kaufman Organization partnership behind 100-104 Fifth Avenue followed a simple motto: Go big on tech or go home.
Since acquiring the building in January 2011, the Kaufman Organization has leased 100,000 square feet to new tech tenants, including 45,000 square feet to Apple’s iAd mobile advertising unit.
“We’ve been on a tear,” said Grant Greenspan, a principal at the Kaufman Organization.
New York-based startup Yext is launching a feature that competes with Google’s businesses listings and it’s got Mapquest, Yelp and Citysearch on board.
A few months ago, Google introduced photos, videos, coupons, links and other flair that businesses can add to their Google search results for $25 a month, as part of the company’s effort Read More
A startup that combines finance and restaurants–New Yorkers should love this.
Bundle is a money management tool similar to Mint.com and backed by Citi, Microsoft and Morningstar. Today the company introduced a few new tools to its suite, including the Restaurant Recommender.
Instead of basing its ratings on user votes and Read More