Pete Wells's uncensored review of Guy Fieri's Times Square hangout took a turn for the, um . . . rhetorical. But other reviews (and one personal essay from our Nick Greene about the restaurant's opening night) had some thoughts on Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. They found interesting ways to descr ... More >>
Brooklyn's Maison Premiere gets a new chef. Jared Stafford-Hill -- who worked at AdourAlain Ducasse, Bobo, Craft, and Gramercy Tavern is set to take the eatery to a more comprehensive menu. [New York Times] Marcus Samuelsson still isn't over Eddie Huang's Red Rooster piece: "Are you kidding me? It ... More >>
Danny Bowien talks to the New York Observer on being a really successful chef..and (sort of) complains: "You become a chef and it sucks...because you don't get to cook anymore. Like you're basically just managing, doing paperwork and making sure your dishwashers show up." [New York Observer] Appa ... More >>
Greetings from Las Vegas, where we are attending the UNITY 2012 journalism diversity conference, along with meetings of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. We called back home this morning to talk to Brian Lehrer on WNYC about Chik-fil-A, the exciting fast food poultry arena for deb ... More >>
Andy Ricker talks to the Times on how his foreignness helps him learn traditional recipes from Thai chefs: "On one level, that means they may have an easier time with the language -- telling the story of their food, or knowing how to make obscure dishes sound sexy in menu descriptions." [NYTimes] S ... More >>
About 20 people were arrested this afternoon after entering a Citibank near Washington Square Park. The New York Observer reports that about 20 demonstrators entered the bank on LaGuardia Pl., some with the intention of closing their accounts. Once inside, security is said to have asked them ... More >>
It was bound to happen.The new Media Power Coupler puts the most eligible/powerful media singletons together, in combinations that may shock, surprise, and totally ignore whether people are gay or not. The following is presented without (as in, with some) comment. As of this posting, we're st ... More >>
New York Observer Fellas! The media power bachelorettes are here, courtesy of pink listicle factory the New York Observer. Full disclosure: Jen Doll and Maura Johnston of this here Village Voice are both on the list, lending it a distinctly 36 Cooper Square flair. This blogger was spared, whi ... More >>
Out of the 50 media power bachelorettes featured in the New York Observer's list today, there was one that intrigued us the most: Nikki Finke, Hollywood industry news doyenne and notoriously secretive character. How did she feel about being in a list of bachelorettes? Is she even really a bachelo ... More >>
New York ObserverThe New York Observer, a publication which really enjoys a good media power list here and there, has a new one out today. It's "The Free Agent List: 2011's 50 Most Eligible Media Bachelors." Look, there's poor Brian Stelter on the front, kissing a black hole where his girlfri ... 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 >>
Who among New York City's media set has never read a single MediaBistro mailer or blog? Nobody. Which is strange, because it's not like they break crazy news or anything! But it is a clearing house for two things: (1) Everything That Happens in Media, Especially in New York City and (2) Good Tale ... More >>
The brass at the New York Observer have recently been accused of having a too All White All Male All Straight staff. Good to know, they have hired their first new lady reporter in a while! Memo below:
As it's been noted, News Corp's daily newspaper built just for the iPad -- The Daily -- is on the way. It is Rupert Murdoch's newest child, the Draco Malfoy to his Voldemort. As such, they're hiring or trying to hire every editorial staffer this side of the Bangkok Bugle Tribune, which I just inv ... More >>
Lock up ye editorial staffers! The Daily is trying to hire them if they haven't already. And if Papa Rupe doesn't come for 'em, Yahoo will. A New York Observer-er peaces out. Finally, the clearing out of some old items, the firing of some long-needed shots, and the media company you're most l ... More >>
After the Daily News wrote yesterday that the Shake Shack would be coming to Brooklyn's Fulton Mall, reps for the Union Square Hospitality Group would neither confirm nor deny the rumor. Today, however, the New York Observer followed up on the Daily News story by getting confirmation from Rob ... More >>
The New York Observer's man-tastic new look! Big ups to Bill O'Reilly. Breitbart wants us all to die, or something. Hugo-a-go-go at the Times Magazine. Pissy paywall battles, angry clowns, the Lloyd Grove Orgy, and more! Press Clips, Day 17, Lunch Edition, right here.
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 >>
Doree Shafrir -- who was responsible for, among other things, being one-half of the author of the blog-to-book phenomenon that was Postcards from Yo Momma and being responsible for the "Hipster Grifter" story during her tenure at the New York Observer in addition to being among the few to sur ... More >>
Dan Abrams' news operation Mediaite loses a founding staff member. New York Magazine snubs New York Magazine. Alec Baldwin is New York's hot new media critic -- Guest of a Guest? Not so much. -- and Emily Smith at Page Six is having some growing pains sans-Richard Johnson, it'd appear. Press ... 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.
The New York Observer's star media reporter John Koblin left his post there a few weeks ago to work with longtime Observer editor-in-chief Peter Kaplan at Fairchild Publications as Womens Wear Daily's Memo Pad reporter. Culture editor Sara Vilkomerson left last week for a job with Entertainme ... More >>
Does the idea of hipsters as a sociological group or hipsterism as a sociological trend really merit the studying of hipsters as if they were an anthropological goldmine waiting to be excavated for crucial insights into the contemporary human psyche?
The Village Voice's media column makes its triumphant return after a hiatus; contrary to non-popular belief, we have not been purchased by AOL or -- like every other media reporter in New York, apparently -- changed jobs. Press Clips, Day 10, Late Afternoon Edition, right here:
Well, it's media reporting day-a-palooza here, which means that seven more people are reading this blog than they are on the average day. So while we're at it, here's how to explain the relevancy and case for a great media reporter like John Koblin, which involves two angry, high-level New Yo ... More >>
In what might be the most high-profile victory -- or feat -- for both media reporters and The New York Observer in recent weeks, the feet of a New York Observer media reporter intimidated Jay-Z into putting his foot back in his loafer.
Click to Enlarge.If you have no idea what the @CrankyKaplan or @Wise_Kaplan Twitter accounts are, or what the big deal with them is, well, here's a primer. And if you already do, well, you'll be excited to know....
The blogger woke up on Wednesday morning around 9:00 a.m. and showered and put on clothes. He took the train into Manhattan. He once saw a young child eat a carrot alive on that train. He went to go buy the New York Observer from that newsstand on Astor Place and 3rd Avenue where they overcha ... More >>
Have you read this week's New York Observer cover story, entitled 'Poor Little Rich Girls: The Ballad of Sara and Clare Bronfman'? No? You should. It's about: Absurdly rich young heiresses. Absurdly rich young heiresses to the Seagram's Gin fortune -- among other fortunes -- who lost $10 ... 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 >>
Ha. In old-school New York Observer house style, news blog Daily Transom's evening link roundup today hysterically, succinctly scoffs at an infamous Internet Week event that took place last night in noting "Oh god, the 'Webutante Ball.'" with a link going to The Daily Beast's coverage of the ... More >>
If you're the kind of person who sometimes asks themselves why some people hate Sex and the City so much, you are either (A) not living in New York or (B) one of the imported creatures or various changes in New York City that Sex and the City is responsible for. Well, in the new movie, Carrie ... 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!
So, while we wait to find out if anybody actually cares about any of this besides some media junkies and the players involved, it's worth noting that The Newspaper War has been a particularly dirty one! How dirty? Funny you should ask.
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have shown pretty decent taste whenever they visit our fair city. So why the hell'd they do this, of everything else there is to see in town?
The New York Observer's Max Abelson opens a piece quoting three former Lehman Brothers executives on the Repo 105 scam, noting that the first of two ways to react to the Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy examiner is to lose faith in man. The second reaction is, of course, to shrug. And the third re ... More >>
Twitter roundups are dumb, cheap traffic, and have been done by everyone else plenty of times before. Which is why it's our turn! Meet I # NY, our new Twitter roundup that's going to blow your mind. Or just put together a bunch of either incredibly familiar or incredibly foreign New York-cent ... 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 >>
We're not inâBorat anymore
Thomas Keller is reportedly engaged to Laura Cunningham, former general manager of French Laundry and former director of operations for all Keller's restaurants. [Food Gal] Rick Laakkonen, who has worked at The River Cafe and Ilo, is heading up the kitchen at Delmonico's. [The Feedbag] Mercadi ... More >>
Daniel Saynt of Fashion Indie regrets he cannot continue coverage of Fashion Week (go see ours instead!) because he is currently preoccupied with a lawsuit against the New York Observer. It seems the pink paper ran an item recently that recorded Saynt's comment, "Yeah, let Fashion Indie educate you ... More >>
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