On Monday, the New York Observer published a column on Miley Cyrus by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Orthodox Judaism's answer to Dr. Phil, asking "Is Miley Cyrus Harming Women?". Boteach pontificates frequently on sex, love and morality, but this time he reached way, way up on his tippy-toes and attempted ... More >>
A married couple in Cobble Hill last week learned that they have really shitty neighbors. Just the worst. A group of incredibly classless, dickish, can't-mind-their-own-business-worth-a-goddamn sort of people complained to Gothamist and then assorted other news outlets that the couple in question ha ... More >>
Identity Thief's creators fear what audiences love about Melissa McCarthy
We noted last week that the likely mayoral candidacy of former Rat Czar and MTA chief Joe Lhota signaled a push by Rudy Giuliani supporters to turn back the clock to a Giuliani-time New York City. But it turns out Lhota isn't the only Giuliani protege ascending in the public eye right now. Staffers ... More >>
In a recent interview with USA Today, Iron Chef Cat Cora talks about the possibility of kitchens being run entirely by robots: "People will no longer be able to claim they're lousy cooks. Android robots will do most of the work. 'Technology will take over the kitchen,' Cora says. 'Even if you can't ... More >>
Consider this literary sex scene: "A spaceship crashes with two midgets that get split up. The blonde one walks around until she finds a farm where she rests and masturbates." In reality, that quote is literary only in that somebody went to the trouble of writing it down--it's actually an excerpt ... More >>
The Community/Labor march to Wall Street is on, with thousands of people filling Foley Square, where marchers are assembling prior to the march, which begins at 5 p.m. They're scheduled to head past City Hall and to Zuccotti Park to "unite in solidarity." Nick Pinto (@macfathom) and Rosie Gray (_@ro ... 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 >>
The most persevering story of the week, judging by the tabloid covers at least, was that of ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused last Sunday of attempting to rape a hotel maid near Times Square. Since, members of the press have descended on downtown Manhattan like locusts, but ... More >>
Our country's current, most fake president candidate, the billionaire Donald Trump, won't shut up. Though the media is mostly playing his games, reporting on all of the dumb shit he says -- with the exception of the New York Observer, but that's complicated -- he also benefits from starting s ... More >>
It seems that news of the demise of Manganaro's Grosseria may have been a tad overstated. Following a Wall Street Journalarticle headlined "Eatery Closes After Decades-Long Family Spat," the shop's proprietor says it's not closing.
Old people on the internet alert: Mayor Michael Bloomberg experimented on the radio this morning, the New York Observer reports, with a new plan for hearing from his constituents. On Twitter, the hashtag #AskMike will be used so anyone can get in touch with the man who runs this city, or at l ... More >>
If there's one word to describe the media news narrative so far in 2011, it's probably "reinvention," or something like it, what with all of the relaunches, redesigns and restructuring, from AOL and the Huffington Post to Gawker, the New York Times (plus Magazine), New York Observer and Tina ... More >>
The Portuguese underwear model Renato Seabra, suspected in the brutal murder of popular gossip journalist Carlos Castro at the InterContinental hotel in early January, pleaded not guilty at his Tuesday arraignment. The 21-year-old Seabra has already admitted to fighting with Castro, 65, alleg ... More >>
In 2009, the New York Observer dubbed Hadley Marie Nagel the "Egghead Debutante." At the time, Nagel couldn't believe she had received a four-year scholarship to Johns Hopkins. ("I mean, I didn't apply for it, so it was totally out of the blue!") She was the youngest lobbyist in Washington at ... More >>
Only one item today: Why didn't the New York Observer's new media writer disclose any potential conflicts of interest with his first cover story for the paper, on Slate? Feels like he should've. Why? UPDATED.
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 >>
We've just received unconfirmed word that New York Observer culture editor Sara Vilkomerson -- a longtime staffer at the paper -- is out.
Regardless of the likely event you're like the majority of the universe and don't follow the navel-gazing meta-narrative that is media reporting, you may have come accross the fact the one of the nation's most known media columnists -- Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post -- is leaving his job ... More >>
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 >>
Another breaking media move: we're now hearing reading that Jeff Bercovici -- AOL's star media reporter at Daily Finance -- is going to work with Lewis "Darth" Dvorkin at Forbes (or True/Forbes, as we like to call it around here) after being courted by a number of potential bosses, according ... More >>
Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble. Rattled tattletales tell all.
Who else but the resident outrage-hungry Horny Lesbian Ethnocentric Sexist Catlady of the New York Post, Andrea Peyser, would get kicked out of the Masters for walking up to Tiger Woods and asking him about his penis?
Press Clips is on hiatus for a special project we're working on. But while we were gone, everything at the New York Observer has gone completely haywire. Three departures, including a 12-year vet. Here's what's happening:
via Bowery Boogie.As if American Apparel isn't having enough problems these days, now, those problems are beginning to manifest in very public ways, right here in New York City. Symbolism, ahoy.
What's a Rex Sorgatz? Funny you should ask: He's a guy who came from an alt-weekly background in the midwest to run MSNBC's website, and he now lives in New York consulting on various digital media products when he's not theorizing on things like "Internet Fame" and having his social life doc ... More >>
We've come a long way from Talk Magazine, back when a bunch of writers doing something new meant a Robert Isbell-planned party on Liberty Island and George Plimpton drunkenly screaming at Salman Rushdie while he was busy trying to close on Padma. Yet, now, in an era when "editorial launch" me ... 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 >>
Singer M.I.A.'s Sunday New York Times profile that ran four days ago stirred up quite a bit of chaos that the Times is just getting around to responding to now.
Maybe you've noticed the assault. No, not the hipsters abusing the Chinese people, though maybe there is some overlap. The real issue is more extraterrestrial than entitled NYU students, who are practically native at this point. It's the Yaliens -- they're everywhere, taking over New York Cit ... More >>
What do the disembodied voices of sexxytime Jewish Guilt-lit author Philip Roth, Apple brain Steve Jobs, and southern lawyer-lit machine John Grisham have in common?
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
Advice from grannies and trannies; other topics are glossed over
NYC celebs take over Fontana's, Annex, Slipper Room, Corner Billiards
A pair of predictable and bellicose iconophobes
Choosing the Narrative for the GOP Convention
Teaching Self-Censorship at Columbia
NYC Literary Mags EndureAnd Prevail
New Bio of Hillary Clinton Bends the Facts
Picket Lines Are Labors Free Speech