In the history of contemporary gossip, New York City’s reputation for having the sharpest, most steely-nerved power players breaking news nobody else would — or could — touch was unprecedented. But something’s happened over the last few years where New York’s most powerful characters — and the powerful gossips of Gotham who covered them — have faded from the limelight. Is it as simple as blaming it on the Internet, or are there some juicier bits behind it? This week’s Village Voice cover story takes on New York’s Tower of Babble, and the fade of Gotham’s Golden Era of Gossip.
Elsewhere this week in News:
The Voice‘s own gossip columnist Michael Musto gets some good quote from Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky on how Mamma Mia‘s ruining Broadway. Brain cells, too. Also, Abba.
This week in Music, we hear people singing. They’re singing songs:
Interpol, Phoenix, Pavement, Jay-Z, and Eminem? It’s Fall concert season. Mikael Wood has you covered in our Fall Guide for Music, which also finds us shopping with Karen O’s stylist, Christiane Joy Hultquist. “Fall” and “Fashionable” both begin with the letter “F.” You should know this.
If you can make it here — “it” being “pizza” — you can probably make it anywhere, given the ever-expanding number of places to get a slice in the city. Voice food critic Sarah DiGregorio finds two more, Olio Pizza e Piu and Campo de’ Fiori to see if they make the cut. Or cutter.
In Film, we’re not just getting gossipy, but greedy, too:
Oliver Stone’s made every movie anybody’s every told him not to: some have done well, others, not so much. But is a sequel to 1987’s classic Wall Street — Stone’s first sequel ever — just a testament to the director’s own greed, or vision beyond bucks? For our Fall Guide for Film, Aaron Hillis talks to Oliver Stone.
“Oh yeah, he fed her to the homeless,” says Hank, who lives on East 5th Street. “A few days after it happened, before it hit the papers, while the rumors started spreading around the Village, the homeless in the park were going, ‘Yeah, Dan did give us soup yesterday.’ They were goofing on it but they were pretty much grossed out.”