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  1. It Was InevitableAnd we can’t believe we didn’t think of it first. A Tumblr blog called ‘Sad Guys on Trading Floors’? Come on!
  2. in other news
    Arianna Huffington Has Trouble Keeping Employees in Her L.A. OfficeAccording to anecdotal evidence, it may have been easier to work for gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson than it is for the Huffington Post founder.
  3. Media and Hollywood Writer Gabriel Snyder Tapped As New Gawker Managing Editor?We hear Snyder, who has written for ‘Us Weekly,’ the ‘Observer,’ ‘Variety,’ and ‘W,’ was Nick Denton’s choice to run Gawker.com after a long search.
  4. the sports section
    Joe Torre Has a BlogAnd honestly, this thing is kind of adorable.
  5. in other news
    Rosie O’Donnell Seems to Think She Can Quit BloggingShe announced yesterday that she was going to take some time off from her special haiku blog. But quitting your blog is the biggest blogger cliché of all, and Rosie’s a bloggy lifer.
  6. intel
    Why Banking Is a MovementIt’s not just a job, it’s a mentality, according to the author of the new book, ‘Damn It Feels Good to Be a Banker.’
  7. intel
    ‘Vanity Fair’ Launches Homosexual Automobile BlogWe’re not sure what’s going to be in this blog, but we have ten guesses. And no, none of them is “Mazda Miata”
  8. intel
    Julia Allison Lost Her Job: A Little Lesson in MicrofameThe sex columnist is out of her editor-at-large gig at ‘Star,’ and grappling with the most difficult step of the microfame process: persisting.
  9. cultural capital
    Martha Stewart Wants You to Name Her CowsThis is the most important vote you will cast this year.
  10. intel
    Harvard Students Reach for ‘Gossip Girl’ Greatness With Gossip Geek BlogBut, of course, they fall short. No wonder no one on the show wants to go there!
  11. in other news
    Michelle Trachtenberg Blogs, ShillsAnd she gives us a little update on how hard it is to be on the set of the Greatest Show of Our Time!
  12. the sports section
    Buzz Bissinger Hates Deadspin Editor, Blogs in GeneralOn ‘Bob Costas Live’ last night, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author went absolutely nuts on blogs, bloggers, and probably any other “bl-” words.
  13. cultural capital
    Martha Stewart Equally Excited About Perez Hilton and President BushThe amateur blogger takes on the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, and we applaud her efforts.
  14. in other news
    Barry Diller and Tina Brown Team Up to Create Aggregator WebsiteBut, Brown insists, it will not compete with the Huffington Post. What it is, well, we’re not even sure she knows yet.
  15. company town
    Buyout Exodus at ‘Newsweek’A dating blogger seeks a book deal, trading desks think recession, and Jean Nouvel wins the Pritzker in our daily roundup of media, finance, law, and real-estate news.
  16. white men with money
    Yes Icahn! Billionaire Takes Up BloggingHey bloggerati! Queens-bred billionaire and master of the hostile takeover Carl Icahn is totes blogging. Why? He wants to “finally focus on more than making money,” the 72-year-old shareholder activist told The Wall Street Journal, and so he’s starting the Icahn Report, where he can post funny YouTube videos and recaps of his favorite television shows. Kidding! According to the Journal, Carl’s entries on the Icahn Report, which has not yet launched, will “highlight what he sees as management problems at public companies, including those he hasn’t invested in.” Which basically means he’s found a way to do one of his favorite things — bitch about poor governance and poor performance at public companies — without having to buy a large stake in them and install himself on the board. Welcome to the Internet, Carl. It was made for people like you. Icahn Report [Icahn Report] Icahn Set to Host Blog On Corporate Abuses [WSJ]
  17. in other news
    St. John’s Professor Turns Journalism Students Into Bloggers As students were locked down during yesterday afternoon’s gun scare at St. John’s University, one enterprising journalism professor decided to make it a “teachable moment.” “Here we are in the middle of a major news event. Where do we turn for information?” professor Mark Prendergast asks in today’s Daily News. Rather than venturing down to the lobby of their building, where people moving around might have more information, the kids turned to their computers. Bypassing the university Website (no info) and personal Websites (too unreliable), they turned to major news Websites and watched and waited. What did they learn?
  18. ground-zero watch
    Freedom Tower Peeks Over Ground-Zero Sidewalks? Oh, the excitement back in January, when Freedom Tower construction finally — five-plus years after the attacks — reached the towering height of eight feet below sidewalk level. The milestone was marked by a festive “Metro” section article in the Times, explaining just where you had to stand, and just how you had to crane your neck, to get a view of this feat of construction. So it’s with even greater exultation that we discovered this picture on Curbed today, which seems to indicate that construction has — are you sitting down? — actually progressed to above ground! Of course, the Curbed boys speculate what we’re seeing is merely a few Portajohns. Perhaps. But, even so, hey, we’ll take what we can get. WTC Chaos Update: Something Rises Above Grade! [Curbed] Earlier: The Freedom Tower Exists for Anyone Who Truly Believes In It
  19. photo op
    Art Descending a Staircase Those blue metal thingies recently affixed to the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall? Turns out they’re art. The “Stair Squares,” as they’re called, were created by a Cleveland artist as a project that “not only crosses the boundaries of design and art, but raises questions concerning the respective function of aesthetics as an organizing principle within public spaces,” according to the Cleveland Institute of Art. “Okay,” replies the blog McBrooklyn. “And they’re handy when you eat lunch, too.” Seems that way. Blue Things at Brooklyn Borough Hall [McBrooklyn]
  20. 21 questions
    Rob the Bouncer Sleeps All DayName: Rob Fitzgerald, a.k.a. Rob the Bouncer Age: 33 Job: Bouncer and writer; author of the Clublife blog and the Clublife book, on sale this week Neighborhood: Long Island Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Richard Feynman. (He grew up in Far Rockaway.) What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York? Steak at Uncle Jack’s on Bell Boulevard in Bayside. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I sleep, because I work nights.
  21. intel
    How Much Does a Blog Mogul Make?Yesterday, someone calling himself Shylock slapped together some data on the traffic over at Gawker Media, the network of blogs run by immensely cranium’d publisher Nick Denton and written by a rotating cast of editors. Sparing you the calculations on page views and ad rates, we’ll cut to the chase: Shylock figured that Gawker Media was making some $52 million in annual revenue. It’s okay: We oopsied a little too. But blogger Greg Allen then took a far more sensible take, deducting all sorts of things from that massive retail number (like ad space that goes unused, probably discounts for advertisers who buy in bulk, commission for sales staff, etc.) and came up with a mere $20 million in annual revenue. We’re skeptical Allen is exactly correct, but his figure sounds more reasonable, and, hating math as we do, we’ll stick with his number. But, even so, that’s still only revenue. When expenses are considered, just how many dollars does the chinny cherub actually get to stuff in his big, British pockets? Let’s investigate!
  22. photo op
    Where the Sidewalk Ended Aha! We searched all the photo services this morning, but no one — not AP, not Reuters or Getty, not Polaris or Retna — had a shot of midtown’s collapsed sidewalk. Curbed, however, does. Herewith, the south side of West 36th Street yesterday afternoon. Thanks, Curbed kids, and bless you, Internet. Crumbling of NYC: View to a Sidewalk Collapse [Curbed]
  23. gossipmonger
    Diddy-Diddling DenialKim Porter is in denial that Diddy is diddling Sienna Miller. (Also, his famous White Party is slated for September 2). Britney Spears was in a fender bender, after which she announced, “I’m a braniac!” On-again, off-again couple Marc Jacobs and Jason Preston are back on. Jeffrey Chodorow is keeping China Grill closed for a few extra days to get a new fridge and get rid of some insects. Phoenix Sun point guard Steve Nash got into a pickup soccer game at Central Park and scored two goals. The Freakanomics guys are moving their blog to the New York Times. Mort Zuckerman gets Harry Evan to help him write his weekly column in U.S. News. Chevy Chase found a $20 bill at a Hillary Clinton fund-raiser in the Hamptons. George Pataki is being considered for an ambassadorship.
  24. in other news
    Fake Steve Jobs Is Greedy, Outed, and at Work on a Fake Novel If you’re enough of a techie that the idea of a parody blog written from Steve Jobs’s point of view strikes you as rife with comic possibilities, well, you probably already know Fake Steve Jobs. And if you do, you’ve probably just read (while browsing the Times on your iPhone, no doubt) that the paper exposed the anonymous author of that blog — i.e. Fake Steve himself — as Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes. (“Hope you feel good about yourself, you mangina,” wrote Lyons to Times reporter Brad Stone in today’s you-got-me post — written in his own voice, not Steve’s.)
  25. company town
    Jeffrey Goldberg Wants a PonyMEDIA • Atlantic owner David Bradley sent ponies to Jeffrey Goldberg’s kids to help lure him away from The New Yorker. Seriously. [WP] • Just before the Dow Jones deal went through, the Bancrofts voted to double this quarter’s dividend for themselves [NYP] • Murdoch and Ailes’s next move? All-out war? (Wait, they’re not at war with everyone else already?) [Newsweek]
  26. in other news
    Suits of Armor: The New Suits of SeersuckerSo you’re sitting there on the subway, bored and crowded and sort of hating your life (which is sort of inevitable in New York in August), and you see one of those School of Visual Arts ads promising the much more fun and fulfilling things you could be doing if you just took one of their classes. Yes, I would like to turn my passion into a program, you think. Or: Yes, I would like to learn to take pretty pictures of birds like the guy in that poster. As the always-angry Copyranter points out today, in SVA’s latest campaign, as seen in the Voice, you now also have the option of becoming a knight. Or a blacksmith. Or something. All of which, we’ve got to tell you, seem even less pleasant to be doing on humid 90-degree-plus days than squeezing onto the downtown Lex. Maybe it’s nice to know that things could be worse? School of Visual Arts Doth Prepare Thee Well, Young Apprentice [Copyranter]
  27. in other news
    Real-Estate Porn: Behold a Beresford Penthouse Been shopping for a place on Central Park West? Curbed noticed the listing today for a three-bedroom park-facing duplex penthouse in the famous Beresford, just north of the Museum of Natural History and home to celebrities from Jerry Seinfeld to John MacEnroe. It hasn’t been renovated in a while, but it’s also only been lightly used: The current owner is apparently an Indian media mogul who only stays there two weeks a year. (It seems it’s good to be an Indian media mogul.) The price tag: a mere $28 million. Hey, maybe it can be your uptown pied-à-terre. (Curbed has floorplans, too.) On the Market: Beresford Penthouse for $28M [Curbed] Earlier: Rich Uptowners Ruin It for Everyone
  28. intel
    Matrix Blogger Explains It AllWe’re of the school of thought that a joke requiring explanation is a joke failed. We also spend a lot of time explaining our jokes. The estimable Adam Sternbergh, on the other hand, we always thought tossed off bons mots and witticisms of such perfection they required no explanation. Apparently, however, we were wrong. A friend pointed us the other day to Behind the Approval Matrix, a new-this-week blog that, well, explains Adam’s Approval Matrix jokes. Didn’t get his reference this week to “That bizarre Elvis Mitchell cameo on Entourage,” to pick a random example? Behind the Approval Matrix explains: “According to his Wikipedia entry Elvis Mitchell is a former film critic for the Times, and is one of the most well-known African-American critics in the United States. On Entourage he interviewed Vince, E, and Walsh about the genius behind Medellin.” Now you know. Behind the Approval Matrix [Blogspot] The Approval Matrix: Week of July 30–August 6, 2007 [NYM]
  29. in other news
    What Does Shelly Have Up His Sleeve?The Daily News’ Daily Politics blog reports that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office is calling up members of his Democratic majority as we speak, and asking them to return to Albany tomorrow. Exciting! Also, puzzling. The News deems this “a significant development,” but we know it can’t be to suddenly pass the now-scuttled congestion-pricing idea — unless Mayor Bloomberg just found some pictures of Silver riding in Alan Hevesi’s limo or on Joe Bruno’s horse. So what does Shelly need the Assembly for? Some theories: 1. The Lower East Side is dangerously low on pickles and herring; the LES Preserved Foods Preservation Act is in order. 2. He loves to mess with people’s vacations, just as a test of loyalty. 3. He read the last page of the leaked Harry Potter and has no one to discuss it with. 4. He just brainstormed a law, retroactive to 2001, that would make it illegal for media-company owners to run for mayor. 5. He needs help getting the gigantic bug out of his ass. Breakthrough? [Daily Politics/NYDN]
  30. in other news
    Congestion Pricing, ‘Times’ Reporter: Both Still in PurgatoryToday is the deadline for Albany to get a congestion-pricing deal done, as Mayor Bloomberg has consistently said, and at 5:30 p.m. there’s still no legislation. But something still could — indeed, still well might — come together before midnight, which seems about right for our dysfunctional state capital. At City Room, the Times’ local-politics blog, statehouse reporter Nick Confessore has been chronicling a day spent trailing officials like Bloomberg and Joe Bruno hoping, usually in vain, for a comment: The meeting was closed to reporters, who camped outside a locked conference room door, pressing their ears — and tape recorders — to the glass in the hopes of catching an earful of congestion-pricing gossip. (Such is the exciting life of the Albany statehouse reporter.) We’ll remind you that Confessore made A1 a mere four weeks ago with his lament, “In Albany, Life Has Seeped Out of the Night Life.” Poor guy. Day of Decision Comes for Congestion Pricing [City Room/NYT]
  31. party lines
    Park Avenue Peers: A Blogger Meets Tinsley James Kurisunkal, the very midwestern brains behind the very inside-the-10021 blog Park Avenue Peerage, has spent the last four months chronicling the lives of the city’s social set — from the comfort of his dorm room in Illinois. But this summer he’s come to the big city, to intern at New York, and last night, at a Cinema Society screening of Interview at the Tribeca Grand, he finally got a chance to meet some of his idols. After the jump, the story of when James met Tinsley…
  32. in other news
    Happy Birthday! Would You Like a Receipt? While the rest of the world is looking ahead to the allegedly life-changing imminence of the iPhone, the Times’ consistently intriguing ephemera blog, the Lede, takes a look back at some actually life-changing technology. The ATM, it seems, turned 40 today. As noteworthy as we find that milestone, we’re much more jazzed about the photo the Times turned up to illustrate the story: a 1968 shot of a woman using what might well have been New York’s first ATM at the headquarters of the First National City Bank (which you know and love as Citibank). The text on the wall sign next to the machine, in case you can’t quite make it out: “This experimental cash-dispensing machine may be the forerunner of sophisticated electronic devices that will increase our capabilities to provide round-the-clock banking services. The machine dispenses a fixed amount of cash when a customer inserts a special card and keys in his own personal identification number. ‘The Cash Station’ is an electronic substitute for the conventional check-cashing system.” We like that term, “Cash Station.” We think we’re going to start using it. Drop That iPhone and Wish an ATM ‘Happy Birthday [The Lede/NYT]
  33. the morning line
    Murdoch’s Meeting • Now, finally, inevitably, the Bancroft family has announced it would “consider” selling Dow Jones. The rest is hemming and hedging, but do click through for the most ridiculously villainous photo of Murdoch the Times has ever run. [NYT] • Leroy Comria, a city councilman, has been issued police protection after another councilman’s aide kinda sorta threatened to assassinate him. Why? Because Comria wouldn’t vote to rename a street in honor of Black Nationalist Sonny Carson. [NYP] • While Bloomberg wants to increase the city’s real-estate tax cut from 5 to 8.5 percent, renters are screwed again — looks like the Christine Quinn–proposed $300 refund to the city tenants won’t happen. [NYDN] • Columbia University, squeezed by the AG’s office over an alleged violation of student-loan laws, denies any wrongdoing — but agrees to pay up to a million dollars nonetheless. [amNY] • And, in a possible first, the Hotel Chelsea Blog has inspired a documentary, Living With Legends. The last outpost of bohemia, gentrification, whither New York, blah blah. [WNBC]
  34. intel
    Martha Plimpton Isn’t the Only Duane Reade HaterSo now we know that Martha Plimpton hates Duane Reade. She’s not the only one, of course, and, as it turns out, there’s now a blog — why wouldn’t there be a blog? — devoted to chronicling the horrors of the drugstore chain that’s eating New York. I Hate Duane Reade launched in February and encourages reader to share their tales of woe. The first post meditated on the one-line-or-several debate; since then the site has included “Overheard in DR” posts (“Teenage girl shaking her fist: ‘Fuck you Duane Reade! Gah!’ –76th & Broadway”), numerous pharmacy horror stories, and April’s sort of genius taxonomy of your standard Duane Reade employees. (A sample: “Photo Guy — He’s there. He’s just standing there. He knows you want him to say ‘cash only’ and invite you up. Nope. He’s photo guy. Don’t mess.”) “After way too many bar sessions filled with rants about customer service, specifically the DR,” the founders wrote on the site, “we decided to vent our frustrations in prose … and sometimes haiku.” Here’s a try: Martha Plimpton stews / While filling a prescription / “You have a Club Card?”Katie Hintz Earlier: Don’t Get Martha Plimpton Started on Duane Reade Related: The Mystery of Duane Reade [NYM]
  35. photo op
    One of These Things Is Not Like the OthersThe curmudgeonly Copyranter noticed this ad for the NYU Child Study Center posted on the Upper West Side. “Social phobia is intense shyness and pathological self-consciousness,” reads the explanatory text. (Click here for a larger, readable version.) Indeed. It is hard to be a black kid in the land o’ Zabar’s. It IS Hard For Black Kids to Fit in on the Upper West Side [Copyranter]
  36. intel
    Socialite Rank Saga, Cont’d.: Are the Creators Who They Claim to Be? If New York society is more than a bit like a high-school cafeteria, it turns out that lately the jocks and valedictorians have been somewhat surreally lorded over by the Wacky Foreign Exchange Kids. It’s among the strangest lessons of Isaiah Wilner’s exposé in this week’s New York, unmasking the writers and proprietors of the socialite-skewering Website Socialite Rank as the mysterious Russian-émigré duo Olga and Valentine Rei. The pair of step-siblings carved out an impressive New York niche, but it’s their almost Zelig-like Moscow background that makes them most fascinating. Thing is, we at Daily Intel are starting to wonder if their version of life in Moscow is entirely true.
  37. gossipmonger
    Billie Jean Is Not My Talk-Show HostBillie Jean King says she wouldn’t mind taking fellow lesbian Rosie O’Donnell’s spot on The View. Socialiterank.com will post no more, but its (still anonymous) founders do have a book deal. Arthur Sulzberger Jr. was marginally insensitive toward deaf people at the New York Times Co. annual meeting. American Idol contestants put on a private performance at Rupert Murdoch’s house. Christie’s exec John Hays made a quip about Katie Couric at the Children for Children benefit. Cameron Diaz went shopping in Soho, then freaked out when the paparazzi showed up. Kate Winslet likes New York’s paparazzi more than London’s. A woman obsessed with Sandra Bullock tried to run over Bullock’s husband with a car. Hugh Grant was arrested on an assault charge after throwing baked beans at a paparazzo.
  38. it just happened
    Socialite Rank, We Hardly Knew YeThe queen is dead; long live the tiara. Socialite Rank, the adorably ungrammatical Website that chronicled, lampooned, and at times brought to tears the new generation of charity-circuit women, announced today that after a year’s effort it will publish no more. SR’s creators, tenaciously anonymous even at the height of their fame, now plan to publish a book, The Year of the Rank. The faceless bloggers promise insider tales of the Tinsley set, “behind-the-scenes triumphs, power struggles, love affairs,” as they wrote in their farewell note, and — here’s the must-have fillip — “more unpublished ‘Palermo’ letters.”
  39. photo op
    Second Avenue Subway: Actual, Real Work Begins, Almost Never mind announcements and plans and ceremonial ground-breakings and wall-tappings; construction on the Second Avenue Subway is now, finally, actually, really here. Two lanes of Second Avenue in the Nineties will be closed to allow the MTA to drop the massive tunnel-boring down to subway level, and, as our compatriots at Curbed noted yesterday, work on the hole is beginning. In the above Curbed photo, what that low-Nineties stretch of Second is going to look like for the next decade or so. Fun! Second Avenue Subway Scene: Barriers, Fences, Dismay [Curbed]
  40. announcements
    Introducing VultureThere are innumerable places to find cultural coverage online, but there are very few, if we may be so bold, that do it right. This is why we’re so proud this morning to welcome our newest bloggy brother in New York’s brood: Vulture, your daily source for arts and entertainment news. Vulture soars both high and low; it’s perhaps the only site offering critical analysis of the latest fake memoir, an MP3 of the hottest indie-rock single, breaking news when your favorite performance artist straps a dog to his head, and YouTube videos of Joey Lawrence break dancing all in one spot. And it’s all presented with the magazine’s trademark smart and informed perspective on all the city’s cultural offerings. It’s written by Melissa Maerz, a former editor at Spin, and Dan Kois, a former literary agent and a film executive, and they’re waiting for you at nymag.com/vulture.
  41. the morning line
    New York Is Full of Hot Air • According to a new study, New York City is responsible for a full one percent of the nation’s greenhouse-gas emissions. A remarkable thing about the study: It was commissioned and publicized by our own mayor, who’s basing an emission-cutting program on it. [MetroNY] • Citigroup is laying off 17,000 employees in a major slimming-down operation, and its New York headquarters is expected to be hit hard, alongside the megabank’s London and Hong Kong hubs. [NYT] • A female teacher at the Newark Boys Chorus School is the latest inductee into the tabloid pantheon after an alleged dalliance with a student; she is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of child endangerment. [WNBC] • Notoriously cash-poor Columbia University is in the money, as 92-year-old billionaire John Kluge is giving his alma mater $400 million for scholarships to the needy. Somewhat weirdly, the money will be distributed among already accepted students. [NYP] • And in a cross-platform twist on an old story, a CBS News producer was fired for plagiarizing, “almost verbatim,” a Wall Street Journal article — which Katie Couric proceeded to read in her video blog. Those bloggers: No scruples, we’re telling you. [amNY]
  42. intel
    ‘Times’ Names New Writer for Leaderless LedeYou might have noticed that the Lede — the Times’ curiously nonspecific notes-on-the-news blog — has been dormant since the start of the month; its creator, Tom Zeller Jr., abandoned 43rd Street for the more mapperific precincts of National Geographic back in early March. But today the paper announced a new leader for the Lede: Mike Nizza, who’s been the editor of the NYTimes.com homepage. In the just-out staff memo announcing the appointment, Jonathan Landman and Jim Roberts have lots of nice things to say about Mike. Which makes us realize perhaps we ought to start reading the thing. We do, after all, have a fondness for curiously nonspecific news-related blogs. The Landman-Roberts memo is after the jump.
  43. intel
    The Times, They Are A-Changin’Mediaweek, January 9, 2006: “We’re never going to accept an ad from a domestic car manufacturer,” Gawker Media’s sales director, Christopher Batty, boldly declares during a discussion about his zeitgeisty, blog-based Internet company’s advertising revenue. “We hate American cars, and our readers do, too.” He also adds that big pharmaceutical companies are not on their call list: “They don’t want us, we don’t want them — all our readers are healthy and beautiful.” Gawker, today: Healthy, beautiful, and, apparently, old.
  44. company town
    A Last-Minute Bid for TribuneMEDIA • L.A. Billionaires Ron Burkle and Eli Broad jumped back into the Tribune contest, offering $1 per share more than Sam Zell. [NYT] • After Joy Press left for Salon, new Voice editor Tony Ortega rehired former editor Brian Parks to edit the arts and culture section. [Eat the Press/HP] • Former Times public editor Dan Okrent appears in the upcoming film The Hoax, playing a publishing exec engaged in fraud. [WWD]
  45. in other news
    It’s Hard Out There for a SocialiteThink it’s easy to be beautiful, rich, and “charitable”? Not hardly. Aspiring socialite Olivia Palermo — a former national-team ice-hockey player who grew up in the city, Greenwich, and Paris, and now attends the New School — doesn’t feel she’s getting enough love from the social gals. So she sent them a mass e-mail, which made its way to the can’t-look-away blog Socialite Rank. It’s not pretty.
  46. in other news
    Curbed Kids Rack Up Another There’s a new New York blog on the block today, and we’ll take it upon ourselves to welcome the tyke. It’s Racked, the latest replication of the Curbed-Eater formula — this time: shopping! — from Lockhart Steele & Co. It’s basically a shopper’s Eater, promising to track the city’s inedible-retail scene with the food site’s same rude brio. (In doing so, it’s bound to bite off a chunk of Curbed’s turf, which used to handle obsessive coverage of, say, Uniqlo’s arrival).
  47. the follow-up
    New Yorkers Know BestNew York’s annual “Best of New York” issue came out this week, and, this being New York, everyone’s got an opinion on it. Of the hundred-plus honors distributed — this still being New York — most of the discussion was about food, with readers dissecting everything from — literally — dollars to doughnuts. After the jump, a sample of blogland’s ongoing, subjective debates.
  48. intel
    Pitchfork Chief Moves to Brooklyn (Finally) Here’s more proof that New York still reigns supreme on the indie-rock scene, even seven or so years into its revival. We’ve now got Ryan Schreiber. Schreiber is the creator and editor-in-chief of Pitchfork Media — the music Website that enjoys total niche dominance and kingmaking clout in indie world — and, as of this month, he’s a New Yorker. (Full disclosure: Some of us have both written for and been reviewed by the site.) But wait, you ask, isn’t the ‘Fork famously based in Chicago, and isn’t it a kind of local institution there? Yes and yes, and it’s staying there, as is the music festival it curates. In an oh-so-21st-century twist, Schreiber will simply be running things from here. (From Park Slope — natch — to be precise.) Although invitations are sure to come, don’t expect to find Schreiber boozing at the Magician with the Lower East Side blogger royalty anytime soon; he’s telling people he plans to keep a low profile. Which, in a way, makes it even tougher for New York bands: Now they’ll have their own Frank Bruni to nervously scan the crowd for.
  49. in other news
    New York’s Ugliest Buildings, Chosen by the ExpertsFrom the world travelers at Gridskipper comes a highly enjoyable list of “14 Ugliest Buildings in New York.” What sets this package apart from the usual bloggy spitballs is that the spitballers, for once, are very, very qualified: All are big-time architects or architecture experts. The choices include some usual suspects (frankly, hating on Astor Place’s Sculpture for Living is a little played out; one might as well take issue with the city strictures that force architects to set undulating forms on square bases). Some, however, are downright inspired (see which structure occasioned the description “It’s exactly like the Berlin Wall, but uglier”). And if you’ve ever harbored uneasy feelings about Hearst Tower, you’ll delight in its quick and efficient evisceration by John Hill of A Daily Dose of Architecture, which begins with “Step 1: Hire Norman Foster.” Ugliest Buildings in New York, According to the Experts [Gridskipper]
  50. the follow-up
    Let Us Not Praise Famous MenIn last week’s New York cover story, novelist Po Bronson argued that praising accomplishment and so-called innate ability is actually bad for the recipient’s self-esteem and that, instead, what should be lauded is effort. He was talking about kids, but, still, he might want to skip this post: Turns out most of the online responses to his article agreed with his findings and — gulp — praised his accomplishment. (We’ll go a step further, though we know we shouldn’t: Two cover stories in the same week, Po? We’re kvelling.) After the jump, some of blogland’s best (worst?) praise.
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