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 >>
The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>
Just yesterday, we informed you that Toronto PBR&B kingpin The Weeknd would be making its United States debut at Vice's Upfront Extravaganza. Alas, he's no longer on the bill, although the event will still go down at Skylight One Hanson next week and feature, among others, Tanlines, Unknown Mortal ... 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 >>
Did you know that the Mars Bar is still closing? It is, though apparently not for another four to six weeks or so. And did you know that its patrons are sick of reporters asking them about their feelings on the matter?
Normally a quiet neighborhood full of mothers and small children, Park Slope was shaken up on Monday when a nutjob admitted online that he's been poisoning pigeons in JJ Byrne Park. Under the username Pyrrhic Victory the killer wrote extensively about his tactics for avian genocide and then r ... More >>
In the age of publishing directly to the Internet, often with little or no editing, sometimes embarrassing things end up underneath the logo of otherwise legitimate news organizations. Though where the Washington Times fits on the legitimacy scale is arguable (see: Sun Myung Moon), a post on ... More >>
After some unsuccessful press jockeying on both sides, negotiations between Fox News and their cash cow-turned-credibility sucker Glenn Beck pretty much disintegrated and so they worked together on his exit from the channel. Now it's time for him to ride his intensely angry, loyal and crazy m ... More >>
With President Obama deciding that the United States is not the type of country to release photographs of a dead Osama Bin Laden, shot in the head, there are two ways the public will ever see them: 1) a government leak when this all dies down, or 2) an enterprising journalist whose Freedom of ... More >>
On Thursday, the Newspaper Guild made a public plea to all unpaid writers for the Huffington Post to withdraw their services as a part of a strike against using unpaid labor in the wake of HuffPo's $315 million sale to AOL. "Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical ... 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 >>
After three weeks of publication as the world's first-ever iPad newspaper, reports are trickling out that News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch's pet project, The Daily, will be migrating to a second platform, the Android tablet, in the second quarter of 2011. The news comes barely 20 issues since M ... More >>
As a blogger working on a blog -- blogging, really -- it only feels appropriate to devote today's media column, Press Clips, to "The End of Blogging" in this week's New York Observer. In the provocative, narrow and winding feature, the Observer sets out to prove -- well, what, really? The "nu ... More >>
Surely you read about the Portuguese gossip columnist who was recently killed and castrated by a psycho 20-year-old at the Intercontintal Hotel. Well, in a New York Observer piece about this tragedy, the older man, Carlos Castro, is identified as a Portuguese version of me! Says the article, Castr ... More >>
VICTORY! for a New York City newspaper, while the rest are going down, down, in an earlier round. A new, familiar byline at New York's Vulture, and a new, familiar byline at AgencySpy. The iPad is still just The iPad, but Twitter is definitely still Twitter. Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast is sti ... More >>
Corn futures surged on Monday, and with sharp gains in soybeans, sugar, and coffee, worries over the rising cost of food have been sparked. [NY Times] Los Angeles food trucks are about to be subject to the same health department rules as brick-and-mortar restaurants, including letter grades. ... More >>
Via Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter.Last night, a discussion panel regarding hipsters entitled Look at This F*cking Panel: A Sociological Investigation of the Hipster took place at UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom. We dispatched author, blogger, and Friend of Runnin' Scared, Tess Lynch, to documen ... More >>
Well, since it's now hailing outside, I'm stuck inside the office until it lets up just enough for me to run from our office to the Astor Place 6 using my emergency Umbrella Mafia-umbrella without getting completely drenched. Might as well do this thing. Press Clips, Day 11, Late "Hailpocolyp ... More >>
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.Faced with the tragic and oh-so-meta news of the untimely demise of Jimi Heselden, the 62-year-old owner of the Segway company -- for whom things ended with a fall off a 30-foot cliff into a river while riding a Segway, we weren't sure how to rea ... More >>
Andrew Golis of Yahoo just posted a job opening noting that John Cook is going back to Gawker! Doesn't this sound familiar?
What would cause the executive editor of the New York Times to tell New York Observer media reporter John Koblin to "get a life"?
NadalIt is a big Sunday for sports! If you still don't understand the rules of American football, you are probably all set to watch tennis, which is widely considered less manly. Still, the men's championship US Open match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET (UPDATE: Not today! See below.) in ... More >>
It's official: this is the hottest summer on record in New York City. Naturally, if you're playing in the U.S. Open, and you get word that a heat wave is coming, this is not good news to you. The sun has now beat down upon one of its many U.S. Open victims to the point of submission.
Everyone knows Jersey Shore is trashy, but is that trashiness quantifiable in any realistic way? Apparently so, as the guidos of Jersey Shore are being used -- in such an explicit dirty manner -- as pawns in luxury goods consumerism warfare. How?
Pictured: a figurative portrait of New York Observer senior editor Christian Lorentzen. Press Clips has returned to the roost, and we're starting the week off with great news, great media squabbles, hypocrisy, and self-awareness. In other words, your Monday Media Proctology Exam has arrived. ... More >>
This afternoon, we published our own theory on the potential financial voodoo that would ensue after the cast of Jersey Shore rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange: The Guido Effect. "Brilliant!" noted the New York Observer. Flavorwire wondered if it was "too late to invest" in ... More >>
Putting the boys of Jersey Shore on the cover of The Village Voice's Queer Issue is apparently a big deal! I mean, we didn't think anything of it when it happened, and given those now-classic So Gay They Make You Go "Hmm" photos, we didn't think anybody would think much of it, either, other t ... More >>
You don't have to like it, but you can't knock the hustle: gossip reporting is a New York City institution and rightfully so. Whether they're maneuvering their way onto MTV hit shows or grading Courtney Love's dinner etiquette, the best gossips are always grinding, working the phones and part ... More >>
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A new hire at the New York Observer shortly after a new "this isn't working out." It happens!
Prompting traumatic flashbacks and striking fear into the hearts of liberal arts graduates, people so traumatized by a TI-86 that they still can't bring themselves to buy an iPhone, and anybody who's ever had a nightmare about those numbers-obsessed Chasid stalkers in Pi...New York City is ge ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The New York Observer and the Staten Island Advance today endorse Mayor Bloomberg's third term (the Advance "strongly," the Observer in a tasteful shade of salmon). The proletarian Advance shakes its head that some people, upset by Bloomberg's overthrow of term limits, are planning to vote a ... More >>
Gaitskill, Auster, Gessen—and Lupe Fiasco.
No New York journalist has jousted with as many mayors and with as much tenacity as NBC's great Gabe Pressman. So we asked Gabe, who started covering City Hall in 1954, what he thought about Mike Bloomberg's hissy eruption yesterday at New York Observer blogger Azi Paybarah. "I wrote it this morni ... More >>
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] Mercadito ... More >>
Sometimes the New York Times leads consensus, sometimes it follows it. Rarely does it break with consensus, which is what's interesting about today's "What Red Ink? Wall Street Paid Hefty Bonuses" story. The paper reports the $18.4 billion workers in the securities industry collected as bonuses "w ... More >>
The Willets Point Industry and Realty Association, a consortium of small businessmen that has strenuously opposed the Willets Point redevelopment plan, is trying a new angle: the Queens Gazette reports that WPIRG is charging that former Queens Beep Claire Shulman, a staunch and busy redevelopment su ... More >>
When the Voice ran Lynn Yaeger's article on Andres Serrano's photographs of feces, complete with a cover illustration of a shoe that had squashed a turd ("Yaeger Steps In It!"), the New York Observer called it "a stomach-churning surprise that may have ruined [readers'] already unpleasant subway com ... More >>
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