Capital Playbook: First day of pre-K
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CNN MOVES MEDIA SHOW TO NYC -- Capital’s Peter Sterne: “CNN is moving its Sunday morning media show ‘Reliable Sources’ from Washington to New York, host Brian Stelter told Capital. ‘It looks like September 21st will be the first show here [in New York],’ Stelter said in a brief phone interview. ‘The media world's headquartered here, so that's why it makes sense … So many of the guests that I want on 'Reliable Sources' are in New York, so it makes sense to have the show based there.’ The show is currently filmed and produced in Washington, D.C. … After the move, the show will be filmed in a fifth-floor studio in the Time Warner Center, where CNN has its New York offices. It is not clear whether production of the show will also move to New York.” http://capi.tl/1w7iYU1
FIRST DAY OF PRE-K -- Capital’s Eliza Shapiro: “New York City has hired about 1,200 teachers, instructional coaches, enrollment specialists, social workers and other employees for its ambitious pre-K program, part of the de Blasio administration's extensive preparations that will be put to the test Thursday when more than 50,000 4-year-olds begin their first day of school.
--De Blasio: "Look, I hold a simple standard; Would I send my own child to one of these programs? The answer is yes. For over 50,000 kids tomorrow, they’re going to walk through the door of a pre-K that’s going to have the same quality standards as the ones that Dante and Chiara went to.” http://goo.gl/tp0gdc
ON-TOPIC ONLY -- In a letter sent Wednesday morning, the New York Press Club urges de Blasio to stop restricting reporters’ questions to “on topic” issues he determines: “What gives you the right to set the agenda for what journalists can ask you about? Is that in keeping with the fundamental right of freedom of the press? … It is sad that a man who deems himself a progressive, is retrogressive – when freedom of the press is at stake.” Read the full letter here, via Romenesko: http://bit.ly/1w7phHn
PAGE SIX -- “NBC pays for Matt Lauer’s helicopter rides to work,” by Emily Smith: “NBC is so determined to keep ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer happy after its rocky patch with the show, it’s agreed to foot the bill for helicopters to fly him to the Hamptons and back. … As part of [his recent $20 million a year] deal, NBC agreed to pay for Lauer to chopper out to the Hamptons, where he has a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill and a nearby mansion, reportedly worth $15 million, in which he lives year-round with his wife, Annette Roque, and their children.” http://pge.sx/1w8YV7Y
TABS: Daily News, “ERIN GAY BRAGH! LGBT group to march in St. Pat’s Parade” … vs. … Post, “SECRET JEW: Hostage hid his faith – & kept it: Doomed journalist Steven Sotloff kept his Jewish faith hidden from his ISIS captors by pretending to be sick to fast on Yom Kippur and silenting praying in the direction of Jerusalem.”
HAPPENING THIS AFTERNOON: President Clinton visits the New York Harbor School on Governors Island as part of the kickoff to the Clinton Foundation’s 10th Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, which begins Sept. 21. Today’s event will highlight the impact that CGI commitments have made in its hometown of NYC. The CGI commitment to the school, The Billion Oyster Project, is to repopulate the oyster beds in New York Harbor. The school, the only maritime studies school in NYC, serves primarily economically disadvantaged students and has a strong rate of graduation and college placement.
BLOOMBERG’S NON-SURPRISE: Last night’s announcement that Michael Bloomberg will return at year’s end as president and CEO of the company he founded -- and Dan Doctoroff will depart -- followed an awkward eight months since the former mayor left City Hall. Bloomberg, 72, who remains the majority shareholder, says he hadn’t intended to run the company again, but instead would focus on philanthropy. But he had been coming into Bloomberg HQ as early as 7 a.m., crowding Doctoroff and making it difficult for Doctoroff to operate. According to a colleague, this “surprise announcement” really was really no surprise at all.
A person familiar with Bloomberg’s thinking told Playbook: “Dan was acutely aware that the guy whose name was on the door was spending more and more time there. … Dan did a very classy and ultimately very smart thing. He recognized it was going to be very difficult to act in his current capacity, and he stepped aside – almost as if he had been running it in [Bloomberg’s] stead. He had an extremely successful run – revenues grew significantly.”
Doctoroff said in a statement: “I will focus on a variety of not-for-profit activities, including research into therapies for ALS (a disease that took the lives of my father and uncle), and launching an innovative new cultural institution on the West Side of Manhattan. And I’ll remain close to Mike and the company, including serving on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies.” Doctoroff statement http://bloom.bg/1pMnEPF ... Bloomberg releasehttp://bloom.bg/YdKRit
-- Times A1, at fold, “In Reversal, Bloomberg to Retake Reins of Company He Founded,” by Andrew Ross Sorkin: “With a wry smile and a laugh, Mr. Doctoroff said: ‘Mike is kind of like God at the company. He created the universe. He issued the Ten Commandments and then he disappeared. And then he came back. You have to understand that when God comes back, things are going to be different. When God reappeared, people defer.’
“After a series of tiffs, mostly over not consulting each other on small decisions and conversations, Mr. Bloomberg went to Mr. Doctoroff and said, ‘The only answer is for me not to be here.’ Mr. Doctoroff said he replied, ‘Mike, that’s not the answer that I want or that you want. This is your company. You ought to get out of it what you want.’” http://nyti.ms/1qzzP0a
POOR AMONG RICH — "Mapping the city’s poor and ‘near poor’ households," by Capital's Brendan Cheney: “Even as international real-estate business swoops down on Williamsburg to cash in on the influx of wealthy residents to the area, data released to Capital by the department of city planning show them living cheek by jowl with some of the city's poorest. In the area south of Flushing and Division avenues and Broadway, more than four in five residents either live below the poverty line or are considered ‘near poor,’ earning less than $46,749 for a family of four.” http://bit.ly/1uB7JlG
TALKERS -- “Neiman Marcus to open first outpost in Manhattan,” by Crain’s Adrianne Pasquarelli: “It's a done deal. Neiman Marcus will operate a store in Manhattan by 2018. The Dallas-based upscale department-store chain announced Wednesday that it will open a 250,000-square-foot, three-level store at Hudson Yards, the residential, commercial and retail complex now beginning to rise on a platform being built over the rail yards west of Penn Station. … Neiman Marcus is one of the last department stores to enter the Big Apple. Seattle-based Nordstrom is planning to debut its first Manhattan outpost on West 57th Street in 2018 as well.” http://bit.ly/1w8R0ax
--“NYPD sends top cops to Twitter school,” by Post’s Natasha Velez and Larry Celona: “NYPD precinct commanders are going back to school to study a subject that’s second nature to any teen — using social media. After a series of online gaffes — including a joke tweet about a dead woman and a hashtag that became a laughingstock — the NYPD is forcing top officers to take a course in Twitter. …The cops are being warned not to post off-the-cuff remarks on Twitter and encouraged to laud community groups, send out wanted posters and post crime stats”. http://bit.ly/Z7SaZd
GAY BANNER IN ST. PAT’S PARADE -- Irish Voice’s Debbie McGoldrick: “In a historic move aimed at defusing the storm that erupted this year over the exclusion of gay banners in the march, the addition of a banner identifying gay NBC staffers is a compromise forged at the insistence of several New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee members …
“NBC, the long-time broadcast home of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, was prepared to drop its coverage unless a compromise that resulted in the inclusion of a gay group was brokered. The withdrawal of parade sponsorship last year by Guinness was also a huge factor in bringing about the change, according to a former grand marshal. ‘Once an iconic company like Guinness showed it was standing up pretty much everyone else had to follow,’ said the source, who revealed that Guinness had met with parade figures on several occasions since to help seek a compromise.” http://goo.gl/tK5hQj
--HOW IT PLAYED: Times A1, at fold, “Gay Groups to March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a Ban Falls” … WSJ Great New York section, banner, “St. Patrick’s Day Parade Allows a Gay Group.”
--FLASHBACK: 1991, NYT headline: “Parade Furor Is Settled; Gay Group Will March.” Paragraph 8: “In return for the invitation to march, the lesbian and gay group agreed to drop its demand to be allowed to march as its own unit and to carry banners.“ http://goo.gl/ddCRz1
SHE’S BACK! “Back in Politics, Quinn Will Be Adviser on Abortion-Rights Strategy,” by NYT’s Thomas Kaplan: “Christine C. Quinn, the former speaker of the City Council, is the first to admit that her restful year out of the spotlight was a change of pace. … Now, a year after her defeat in the Democratic primary for mayor, she is taking a step back into politics. Ms. Quinn has joined the board of an abortion-rights group, Naral Pro-Choice New York, which she will advise on political strategy as it works to help elect supportive state senators. ‘What I’m going to be doing is doing everything I can,’ she said in an interview on Tuesday, ‘to make sure that Albany is soup-to-nuts pro-choice.’” http://nyti.ms/1A8CHmK
SUCCESS STORY -- “Vice Lands 2nd Investment, to Fuel Expansion,” by NYT’s Emily Steel: “Vice Media, the rabble-rouser of the news and entertainment business, has landed a pair of investments totaling $500 million to fuel the expansion of its media empire. The media group, which is based in Brooklyn and is known for its trendy vibe and commando-style news reports, has closed a $250 million investment from Technology Crossover Ventures, the Silicon Valley venture capital company that has invested in Facebook and Netflix. … The [recent] transactions value Vice, which started as a free punk magazine in Montreal 20 years ago, at more than $2.5 billion.” http://nyti.ms/1tve1X2
TRANSPORTATION TROUBLE -- “Complex Design, Political Disputes Send World Trade Center Rail Hub's Cost Soaring,” by WSJ’s Eliot Brown: “The most expensive train station in the U.S. is taking shape at the site of the former World Trade Center, a majestic marble-and-steel commuter hub that was seen by project boosters as a landmark to American hope and resilience. Instead, the terminal connecting New Jersey with downtown Manhattan has turned into a public-works embarrassment. … How could such a high-profile project fall eight years behind schedule and at least $2 billion over budget? An analysis of federal oversight reports viewed by The Wall Street Journal and interviews with current and former officials show a project sunk in a morass of politics and government.” http://on.wsj.com/1A8xxaz
WHERE IN THE WORLD -- “Mark-Viverito plans another Puerto Rico trip,” by Capital’s Gloria Pazmino: “Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will travel to San Juan this week to deliver a speech at the Bar Association of Puerto Rico's 174th annual convention. … Mark-Viverito, who is not a lawyer, told NY1 Noticias the conference's theme will be ‘100 more’ as the group celebrates the first 100 women to have been accepted at the college, and other centennial milestones. ‘They are celebrating poet Julia de Burgos' centenary and a hundred years for the bar's magazine,’ Mark-Viverito said. … The trip marks the third trip to the island for Mark-Viverito since becoming speaker.”
EMPTY CHAIR -- “Wu slams absent Hochul on NY1,” by Capital’s Conor Skelding: “Candidate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu got a friendly reception on NY1's Inside City Hall on Wednesday evening, where he appeared without his opponent, Kathy Hochul … [who] declined the station's invitation to debate. ‘Now we intended this to be a debate, but coincidentally you put out a one-minute video that has Kathy Hochul debating herself, and I thought that was gonna have to be the next best thing,’ [host Errol] Louis said, before airing a brutal Wu campaign video that juxtaposed Hochul's recent liberal statements with her conservative pitch to voters when she was running for re-election in heavily Republican House district in 2012.”
--“Wu: De Blasio serving as 'accomplice' to Hochul,” by Capital’s Conor Skelding: “Tim Wu reacted on Wednesday morning to news that Mayor Bill de Blasio will endorse his opponent Kathy Hochul today, saying the mayor [and others] will be ‘serving as an accomplice’ to Hochul's ‘misrepresenting her record.’ … ‘Of course their values aren't in line with Kathy Hochul's,’ said Wu, a Columbia law professor who is running an insurgent campaign for lieutenant governor. ‘When it comes down to it, Kathy Hochul's record is out there. No one can look honestly and deeply at that record and say she's a progressive Democrat.’”
WHAT ALBANY IS READING -- “For New York Legislators, Indictments Are No Obstacle to Seeking Re-election,” by NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer: “State Senator John L. Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat charged with embezzlement and an attempted cover-up, has observed that an opponent’s military service helped ensure him of the ‘presumption of innocence.’ State Senator Thomas W. Libous of Binghamton, indicted in July on charges that he lied to federal agents, enjoys ‘unwavering’ support from fellow Republicans … And another senator, Malcolm A. Smith, a Queens Democrat facing retrial on charges of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot as a Republican, said at a recent debate that his year had been ‘stellar.’ … Among New York State legislators, it seems, many have come to view [a criminal indictment] as a bump in the road.” http://nyti.ms/1lBh8dh
EAT BEAT -- Some of New York’s Signature Dishes Are Yours to Take Out,” by NYT’s Florence Fabricant: “1. Porter House New York … Michael Lomonaco’s filet mignon tartare … 2. Gotham Bar and Grill … artfully designed seafood salad on a plate … 3. Four Seasons … a dark gleaming cake called chocolate velvet. … 4. The Lambs Club … mascarpone and sesame rolls … 5. Commerce … Harold Moore’s irresistible four-layer, custard-filled coconut cake at Commerce … 6. Le Bilboquet … the signature Cajun chicken … 7. Bouley … the casserole holding David Bouley’s chicken in alfalfa and hay”. http://nyti.ms/1nxHOr9
FASHION WEEK -- “People, Places and Things to Watch During New York Fashion Week,” by Fashionista’s Alyssa Vingan: “Sister, sister … The latest in celeb spawn-turned-models … A brand new Space [to eat or go clubbing] … Miley Cyrus and Jeremy Scott's top-secret plans … New front row faces … Performance art is the new runway show … Instantly shopping the shows on Instagram … Anthony Vaccarello makes his Versus debut … The Hollaback Girl is back!” http://bit.ly/1A8BP1u
--“New York Fashion Week Guide: Whom and What to Know,” by NYT’s Vanessa Friedman: http://nyti.ms/1lJ7sh9
--“It's Who You Know: The Power Players of New York Fashion Week,” by Daily Beast’s Barbara Ragghianti: “The bloggers / Stephanie Mark & Jake Rosenberg (The Coveteur) … The Fashion Editor / Mickey Boardman (PAPER Magazine) … The Creative Director / Jenna Lyons (J. Crew) … The Creative Fashion Hub / Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi, Keith Baptista (MADE Fashion Week) … The Restaurateur / Jean-Marc Houmard (Indochine, Acme, Bond St. and Tijuana Picnic) … The Retail Fashion Directors / Tomoko Ogura [Barneys], Linda Fargo [Bergdorf Goodman], Ken Downing [Neiman Marcus], Colleen Sherin [Saks], Jeffrey Kalinsky [Nordstrom], Holli Rogers [Net-a-porter] … The PR mavens”. http://thebea.st/1prpVd1
BROADWAY BEAT – “Michael Cera: 'You get used to having an audience',” by AP’s Mark Kennedy: “Brooklyn currently has a love affair with facial hair, is awash with hipsters, tons of kale — and now 100 percent more Michael Cera. The 26-year-old star of ‘Juno" and ‘Superbad’ has relocated to the cool New York borough after several years in which he would visit the city and then feel sad when it was time to go home to Los Angeles. … Cera has always seemed more of a New Yorker — intellectual, arty, low-key, slyly cynical … The [Broadway] play he's chosen is as comfortable a fit with many of Cera previous film roles … It's Kenneth Lonergan's ‘This Is Our Youth,’ a portrait of adrift, privileged post-adolescents that co-stars Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson.” http://yhoo.it/1nZsF1H
EFFORT TO KNOCK ‘RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH’ OFF BALLOT—Jimmy’s take: Saying his monthly rent is “actually pretty reasonable,” a Schenectady man is trying to knock perennial “Rent is Too Damn High” candidate Jimmy McMillan off this year's gubernatorial ballot. The state Board of Elections received specific objections to McMillan's candidate filing last week, and could act on them during a meeting Thursday. Michael Welch, who rents an apartment near Union College in the upstate city, claimed in his filing that only 88 of the 17,827 nominating signatures that McMillan filed are valid. http://bit.ly/WdwBUT
CUOMO PARTIES WITH JON BON JOVI—Gannett’s Jon Campbell: At a party Saturday in the Hamptons, Cuomo apparently crossed paths with the man currently drawing the ire of western New York: Jon Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker has led a Toronto-based group hoping to purchase the Buffalo Bills, leading many to believe they intend to move the team to Canada should they be awarded the franchise. (Bon Jovi himself has disputed this.) Cuomo, meanwhile, has repeatedly said he will work to keep the Bills in the Buffalo area, though he’s sounded caution about the need for a new stadium. Did the two men speak? And were the Bills discussed? Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, said he “had no comment on a private event.” http://bit.ly/1nY7QUm
HATE CRIME TARGETS ARAB ACTIVIST -- A Brooklyn man was arrested for threatening Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, and another aide for the organization. On Facebook, Sarsour described the assault: “He said … ‘I'm going to cut off your head and see how your people will feel, you Arab bitch’ and plenty more after that. He had some sort of item or tool in his back pocket (we could see the handle of it) he ran after us and picked up a huge NYC metal garbage can and threw it at us causing us to have to run in to oncoming traffic.” http://goo.gl/Z7Kmpe
--@LSarsour: “It's a surreal feeling when you are advocating for victims of hate crimes and end up being the target of one yourself.” http://goo.gl/M9DM9M
THE HOME TEAMS -- “Yankees to wear Derek Jeter patch — but Girardi still won't bat him lower,” by Yahoo Sports’ David Brown: “In a fitting metaphor for Derek Jeter's final season in the majors, the New York Yankees announced [this week] that the club will add a patch to their jersey sleeves and caps honoring Jeter. The patch debuts Sunday — Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium — and will be worn until the season ends, until Jeter's career ends. Although some might think the Yankees are making it sound like Jeter is dying by adorning a tribute patch on their uniforms, it's similar to what they did for Mariano Rivera in 2013. Mo, of course, was near the top of his game when he retired. Jeter is not.” http://yhoo.it/Wf599x
--“After Decades on CBS, U.S. Open Will Switch Channels Full Time,” by NYT’s Richard Sandomir: “When the United States Tennis Championships became the U.S. Open in 1968, CBS Sports televised the tournament from the Forest Hills section of Queens, with Bud Collins and Jack Kramer calling matches that featured Arthur Ashe’s milestone victory in the men’s final. … [But next year] ESPN will take over coverage of the Open, merging what CBS carried with what the network has been carrying since 2009. For all that, ESPN is paying $825 million over 11 years, perhaps half of it tied to snapping up the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals.” http://nyti.ms/1r5uUBB
Capital’s Howard Megdal: Mets 4, Marlins 3: If you like marginal major league left-handed hitting outfielders, this was the game for you. Matt den Dekker had three hits, starting the winning rally with a spectacular drag bunt in the eighth. And Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit one into the upper deck.
--Yankees 5, Red Sox 1: Brian McCann homered, and Hiroki Kuroda shut down the Red Sox.
#UpstateAmerica: Luna the polar bear broke her leg after she fell 14 feet into a dry moat at the Buffalo Zoo on Saturday. Luna is expected to fully recover, but can’t put weight on her back foot. http://bit.ly/Z7vrMR
COFFEE BREAK -- “The Worst Airbnb in the Universe: 22 Beds in One Apartment,” by Valleywag’s Sam Biddle: “A Valleywag reader brought this interesting pied-à-terre-au-hell at 215 E. 27th street to our attention after a friend from out of town signed up via Airbnb: ‘Our friend is in town staying in an AirBNB with 22 bunk beds spread across a 2 bedroom. 8 mens in 1 room, 8 mens in another and 6 in the hallways. $35/night and so at full capacity they could clear $250k/year.’ Gothamist found [a] video tour of the property, which is a strange mix of midtown luxury condo and horrible Slovakian hostel …[There are] two bathrooms for 22 humans.” http://bit.ly/1nZDcdl