When the trouble came to 90 Elizabeth Street, it arrived quietly, in a flurry of white papers. They blanketed the mailboxes and the front doors of many of the tenants in the modest Chinatown apartment building, a forbidding snowdrift of eggshell, piled with angry black type. When 43-year-old Betty E ... More >>
In December 2013, New York Observer publisher and real estate magnate Jared Kushner bought two connected buildings, 170-174 East 2nd Street. (The buildings are laden with some serious New York history: Allen Ginsberg lived at 170 for three years and wrote "Kaddish" there.) In the intervening nine mo ... More >>
On Wednesday the New York Observer published a profile of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The piece is long, and utterly embarrassing in its exasperated defense of Donald Trump, Observer publisher Jared Kushner's father-in-law and the target of an ongoing lawsuit by the Attorney Genera ... More >>
An opinion column in today's New York Observer titled "Murdoch and His Critics" calls the UK phone hacking scandal "deplorable" right away, but spends the remaining nine paragraphs defending News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, who happens to be a close personal friend of Observer publisher J ... More >>
The newish editor-in-chief of Newsweek is the very famous and talented Tina Brown, who took over when her floundering web project The Daily Beast partnered with the floundering newsweekly. During her editorship, Brown famously made both Vanity Fair and the New Yorker sharper and flashier, and ... More >>
It's a sad, scary day in journalism, as it too often is, with the New York Times announcing that four of their own are missing in Libya, where government forces continue to clash with demonstrators. This after last week, when four BBC journalists were detained by Colonel Muammar el Qaddafi's ... More >>
Founding Gawker editor Elizabeth Spiers will replace Kyle Pope as editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, the paper announced today on their website. Pope, formerly of Portfolio, took over in November 2009 after interim editor Tom McGeveran quit. McGeveran replaced longtime Observer editor ... More >>
Via Twitter, the Donald's daughter Ivanka and hubby Jared Kushner have announced their procreative prowess. This is how the world works now. (She's also been talking up her news on Facebook.) In case you're keeping track, this is the third grandchild for Donald Trump & Co.
Charles Nagel, a 36-year-old Philadelphia man whom the Daily News describes as "a pudgy creep," went on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court today for allegedly stalking and harassing a Law & Order: Criminal Intent star by repeatedly visiting her on the show's set and sending angry Facebook messag ... More >>
Target audiences: they happen.The New York Observer hits the big time, getting a cameo on Gossip Girl. And who from their editorial staff was there? Gawker gets murked by some Taiwanese guys. Business Insider is making another hire. Speaking of which, Media Party Season has arrived, unless, o ... More >>
The New York Observer news can't stop, won't stop. The New York Times and David Carr discover The Joy of Cock-ing. The Daily Beast/Newsweek honeymoon is over before it starts. Vogue strikes a nerdy pose. Press Clips, Day 13, Happy Monday Hour edition,, right here.
We just got word that the New York Observer's star media reporter John Koblin has left the paper. This goes in line with rumors we were hearing that Koblin would be out following his yearly US Open coverage. If true, it's a bad day and huge loss for the paper. Know any more? Hit us up. Update ... More >>
Yesterday, New York Observer editor-in-chief Kyle Pope squeaked out on Twitter: "Running an unabashedly positive story on the front of tomorrow's Observer. When's the last time that happened?" He won't find anybody who remembers when, because "unabashedly positive" stories aren't exactly the ... More >>
Every Wednesday, a new issue of the New York Observer comes out. Why is this Wednesday different, though? Because today's the last day they'll be working out of 915 Broadway (between 20th and 21st St.), as they're making the move uptown to Times Square. Blech.
Yesterday, much to this blogger's shock, a Twitter account claiming to be much-revered former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan made its presence known to me. This is funny, because I've closely followed two other iterations of Kaplan on Twitter, @CrankyKaplan and @WiseKaplan since early Marc ... More >>
Beloved New York Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson left the paper late last year to go work on a secret, hush-hush project. This was after Jared Kushner -- the son of a disgraced Jersey real-estate scion and now Ivanka Trump's husband -- purchased the legendary pink paper (whose ... More >>
Not since Gawker acquired and then did basically nothing with CityFile The Awl came along last April has an editorial unveiling been so anticipated! Capital New York -- the brainchild of former New York Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson -- is basically going to be the New Order t ... More >>
Ivanka Trump - daughter of Donald, The and husband wife of the owner of our city's favorite pinkly (pink weekly) The New York Observer, Jared Kushner - is apparently celebrating Bomb Scare Month. With retail!
Peacing out: Joe Pompeo, managing editor of The New York Observer, leaving the pink paper for Business Insider. The news was broken by Observer media reporter Felix Gillette via Twitter. This comes in the wake of Clusterstock editor John Carney's firing, and the consequent shitshow (also acce ... More >>
MasslerA super fan of Ivanka Trump (of all people) was arrested in Reno Thursday for allegedly stalking the Celebrity Apprentice co-star. We bet her hubby, Jared Kushner, is glad to hear the news. The thing is, the guy doesn't seem like a stalker. A weirdo, maybe, but a stalker? There was a ... More >>
This morning we woke up with the news that our governor might soon be having his picture taken with Terry Richardson in the near future no thanks to a New York Times story essentially explaining the various ways he's not only demonstrated his own piss-poor intimidation skills, but the piss- ... More >>
All dogs go to heaven. Yours will probably get there in an urn.
The Observer is a class act, made by smart people for smart people, so naturally in recent years it's had some problems. But editor Peter Kaplan, with the paper since 1994, has been a steady presence -- as the Huffington Post called him, a patriarch -- and a counterweight to the paper's younger, mo ... More >>