• Of the top twenty American newspapers, the circulation of New York ones suffered less than others over the past few years. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]
• We hear ... that gossip Website Jossip.com is up for sale. [NYP]
• And that ESPN The Magazine is beefing up its fashion coverage. [WWD]
Lindsay Lohan has been hanging out a lot with Courtenay Semel, the daughter of Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel and a "power lesbian." Also her dad, Michael Lohan, played Joseph in a Times Square Nativity scene. Dennis Miller and Jon Voight are among the Rudy Giuliani supporters in Hollywood. The Spears line continues: Britney's 16-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is pregnant. Is Damon Dash's junk mind-blowing? A woman is claiming that he made her bipolar when he exposed his genitals to her.
A significant portion of New York's wealthy and powerful will migrate north this weekend for the Yale-Harvard football game. The notoriously competitive teams are both undefeated, making this one of the most important games in history. And a good excuse for getting toasted! Among the revelers will be Governor Pataki, who graduated from Yale in 1967, and who plans to booze it up at his house in Garrison, New York, before taking his party up to New Haven to tailgate. Whoooo! "We've got everything ready — great food, good wine and beer," he told the Sun, adding that drinking the brewski is how he spent a large percentage of his undergraduate years. He'll mingle with Harvard friends before the game, he says, but when the game starts, it's all business. "None of us are particularly good losers," he said. Now that's a shocker.
Harvard-Yale Game Is Hottest Ticket in Years [NYS]
Scanning through the 9/11 coverage today, we found it hard not to notice a dominant trend: We're moving on. The Times puts up a story about Mayor Bloomberg playing psychologist to a cheering city. The Post's main story focuses on families setting up homes downtown and making lower Manhattan a "Verve Center." Channel 4 and NPR ran upbeat interviews with Eliot Spitzer, Jon Corzine, and George Pataki about the development downtown. Notably, only the Daily News chose to wallow — respectfully printing all of the names of the dead but also neglecting to publish one word about the recovery of the site and the neighborhood. For details on memorial services throughout the day, see here.
Former governor George Pataki is set to launch a consulting firm, in the model of Giuliani Partners. It'll be called the Pataki-Cahill group and will be based out of the Manhattan offices of the law firm Chadbourne and Parke, where Pataki and his longtime aide John Cahill have been working. Except Pataki's brand of advice will be environmental rather than security-based. In other words, he's trying to follow in the footsteps of both Al Gore and Rudy Giuliani. You know, several years later. Ever the bridge builder, that Pataki.
Green Pataki Taking a Cue From Giuliani [NYS]
It could be that George Pataki's pidgin-Spanish support for a Vieques bombing halt during his 2001 reelection campaign wasn't just a ploy for the Latino vote; it may also have been sound real-estate strategy. Last week a waitress at Trade Winds, a restaurant on the Puerto Rican island, told a reliable source that the former governor had just passed through with news of purchasing a house there. Apparently Pataki, who agreed in January to phase out his controversial, state-provided, $20,000-a-week security detail, wasn’t rolling with his usual entourage. “It's the first time he's been down here not surrounded by security guards," the waitress noted. Then again, who needs bodyguards when there are "no mas bombas"? —Daniel Maurer
• Heatherette designer Traver Rains turned 30! And, apparently, his "Wild West" surprise party started on time and everyone invited actually got inside. [Fashionista]
• Calvin Klein has high hopes that CK in2u will replicate the success of CK One. [NYT]
• Giorgio Armani will design uniforms for Russell Crowe's Australian rugby team. [British Vogue]
• A brutal fire in the Bronx engulfed a four-story house filled with immigrant families, killing eight children and one adult. Witnesses relate terrible images of children tossed out of the windows in a last-ditch attempt to save them. A basement space heater is cited as the cause. [NYT]
• A Barack Obama fund-raiser scheduled for tomorrow in midtown has caused what the Daily News terms a "ticket-buying frenzy." The $100 event at Grand Hyatt will be aimed at "younger people" — for the moneyed elders, there's a $1,000-a-head reception at the same hotel, but earlier. [NYDN]
• Know those ubiquitous, slightly nagging TV ads telling women to vaccinate against the human papillomavirus? Funny thing: None of the city's STD clinics and immunization centers have the vaccine. [MetroNY]
• And now he's a lawyer: George Pataki is joining Chadbourne & Parke, a law firm housed in 30 Rock, as a consultant on environmental issues. Wait, wasn't he supposed to be running for president? [NYP]
So there it is on today's front page: "State Approves Major Complex For Brooklyn; Vote on Atlantic Yards Caps 3-Year Conflict." And it is correct that the Public Authority Control Board — really George Pataki, Joe Bruno, and Sheldon Silver — yesterday signed off on Bruce Ratner's $4 billion stadium-and-skyscraper project. But what was truly "capped" was a farcical, corrupt political process and three years of irresponsible, lazy coverage by the Times.
In 2003, George Pataki expected the superstructure of Freedom Tower to have reached its full 1,776 feet by this September. In 2004, he presided over the cornerstore-laying for the building. And yesterday, finally, the first steel beams were installed there. (How is this different than that otherfirst-things-being-installed ceremony a few weeks ago? We seem to recall that one involved concrete rather than steel.) Two beams were the result of yesterday's work — there'll be 27 in total — and they top out some 40 feet below street level. So thanks, Pataki, for that awesome leadership. You've shown the terrorists!
Pataki Finds Satisfaction in New Roots at 9/11 Site [NYT]