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Print Organizations Band Together, But Who Will Remain on the Island?MEDIA
• Print organizations make like Survivor: The New York Times, Hearst, Tribune, and Gannet form an alliance to back a new online company called quadrantONE. [USAT]
• Star magazine makes no apologies for paying sources for scoops. In fact, “right underneath [Candace] Trunzo’s editor’s note in the current issue is an unbridled pitch with dollar signs around the edges.” [NYP]
• Bad blood is brewing between Barron’s and CNBC after the publication ran a critical story about Mad Money’s Jim Cramer. [CJR]
S.J.P. and M.B. Have a Spat on the C/EMatthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker got into a fight on the platform of the downtown C/E train at 23rd Street. Alpha Media head Kent Brownridge married Hearst publicity head Alexandra Carlin at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Artie Lange tried unsuccessfully to get four Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to disrobe on the Howard Stern show. A lot of foodies showed up at the preview of Alain Ducasse’s wine-themed restaurant, Adour, in the St. Regis. Bruce Springsteen waited a half hour for a lunch table at the Turning Point in Long Branch. Cindy Adams says Heath Ledger once tried to avoid her by saying, “You people from the press are not nice to me,” but that he smiled while saying it. Liz Smith approves of the fact that Jenna Bush is getting married in Crawford, Texas, and not the White House.
Is the Hearst Tower Really That Ugly? Actually, Yes.Robert Campbell of the Architectural Record is befuddled by the ugliness of the Hearst Tower. “It’s as if the Pentagon, with its usual deftness of touch, had confused its maps and located this chunk of military hardware in Manhattan instead of Florida,” he muses, adding that it that looks less like a building human beings go in and out of than an unfriendly “cage for a single massive object” or “the carton the real tower came in.” Certainly, he says, the Hearst is no “gherkin” — referring to the affectionate nickname Brits have given their Tower of London Norman Foster’s 30 St Mary Axe. “I haven’t yet heard an affectionate nickname for the Hearst,” he writes. Well, we can change that! Below, a few suggestions for renaming the Hearst building.
1. The Worst Tower
2. The Crinkle-Cut French Fry
3. 57th Street’s Flamboyant Hat
4. Marge Simpson’s Hairnet
5. The Jerks’ Tower
6. Basket of Jerks
Oh, just kidding about those last two. Shout-outs to our peeps at Hearst!
Why Foster’s Hearst Tower is no gherkin [Architectural Record]
Related: New York’s Ugliest Buildings