Unger made the pitch during a lunch at the Four Seasons for which Portwood, Koch's editor, was also in attendance. Summner Redstone and Les Moonves were seated at nearby tables, and Liz Smith was there lunching with Barbara Walters, who came over to shake Koch's hand. He told Unger and Portwood that he refused to talk about his personal life in the column.
Synergy edition: Espaillat and Miranda's 'Manhattan Times,' Gottlieb and Nussbaum's 'Queens Tribune'
State Senator Adriano Espaillat's campaign is reportedly being run by the Mirram Group, a consulting firm "headed by former Bronx Democratic Party boss Robert Rameriez."
Ramirez isn't quoted in the story and the Bronx Democratic Party is now run by Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who has no particular allegiance or loyalties to Ramirez. Another key consultant at the firm is Luis Miranda, who has consulted on each of Espaillat's previous campaigns.
Adam Lisberg, the editor of Manhattan Media's biweekly politics newspaper City & State and former City Hall bureau chief of the Daily News, is, as reporters put it, going to the other side. Starting March 30, his new title will be "director of external communications" for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, where he "will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the press office and for setting a communications agenda for the agency."
Migrating all the content to the redesigned site last month, a trove of archival material from the newspaper got lost; they're working on restoring it, but it could take some time. Meanwhile, expect 404's if you're looking for old Jim Knipfel "Slackjaw" columns, Russ Smith's "Mugger," Armond White's archive of cranky film reviews, and even Matt Taibbi's infamous "52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope."(1)
Mayoral candidate Tom Allon says he'll appoint 'blue-ribbon' independent commission to decide who gets press credentials
"In this age of media consolidation and newsroom layoffs," the statement reads in part, "the Mayor owes it to the public to empower our tremendous community newspapers, ethnic media, bloggers and citizen journalists to ask the questions that matter most to their readers. If sunlight is the best disinfectant, it's time that we let the sun shine in to City Hall."(1)
Today's op-ed in the New York Post from mayoral candidate Tom Allon was heralded as "the first candidate-on-candidate" attack of the 2013 mayor's race in the Times. Which may be true (if Greg Floyd's recent pummeling of John Liu via heavily circulated radio ads don't count, which would require counting Greg Floyd as a "candidate," and Liu, for that matter).
It's online! Zombie 'New York Press' looks for recruits; owner wants it to be Bloomberg's 'homepage'
Allon said that traffic to nypress.com was up "25 to 30 percent" since the site started incorporating content from the other Manhattan Media titles earlier this fall, with more than 200,000 monthly visitors. Several independent web analytics providers, which tend to find lower numbers than site-owners' internal metrics, put the site's total monthly uniques below 100,000, although they did show a spike between between the beginning of September and the end of October, the most recent month for which data is available.