Monday, September 27th, 2010

Who Runs New York? 'New York' Mag is the New 'New York Observer'

POWER LIST!The "Who Runs New York?" edition of New York magazine is surprisingly free-floating and pleasantly daft, stepping as it does right into the intellectual space ceded by the New York Observer. (Don't believe me? The inclusion of the phrase "moguls and machers, pooh-bahs and potentates" in New York's introduction is a dead giveaway.) And so who does run New York? The Brooklyn pullout goes for Cobble Hill heroes Jonathan Ames, writer and troublemaker, and Rebecca Collerton, proprietor of New York City's best sandwich shop, Saltie. The photo of City Hall's open plan office is fantastic. The mini-profile of Gawker Media blog honcho Nick Denton is fine if not so revelatory, though the sentence "London, 1966: the apex of Mod, the year of Twiggy and Blow-Up" seems a bit hilarious. (1966: The year Ronnie Kray murdered George Cornell and Guyana became independent. 1966: "Star Trek" premieres and the National Organization for Women is founded!) The only thing that seems truly wrong for the moment is the tale of agent Andrew Wylie. That's all made up for by the hilarious flowchart of backscratching and odd priorities, which is what happens when you ask 13 people who the most important New Yorker is. (Unemployed former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham salutes Charlie Rose! Oh dear!)

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Is this New York day at The Awl? You're hardly pampering your international readership here. And yes, YES, we do like some pampering.

Am I being too needy again?

deepomega (#1,720)

Every day is New York day at the &c &c &c

barnhouse (#1,326)

Odd how they didn't update re: new Labour leader Ed Milibrand on the Denton piece? Which happened on the 25th?

propertius (#361)

Can anyone tell me whether cult sandwich shops started over there or over here?

Someone should plant a hint that ukelele meet-up in the sandwich line would be very cool.

Oh, and bring some hula hoops to make it real celebration of Hawaiian culture.

I certainly want to witness it, and something tells me it will happen.

gotham (#1,572)

"modern-industrial countrified antiques that are slightly overpriced," jokes Demby"
I think I just vomited a little bit in my mouth. so precious.

Flashman (#418)

Huh? For any Englishman, the only that matters about 1966 was winning the World Cup, by grace of Kevin Keegan's 'Hand of God' 3-point conversion in injury time.

keisertroll (#1,117)

1966: The momentous occasion of Keisertroll's birth was just eighteen years away. And Lyndon Baines Johnson's complaint about how his slacks were riding up his bunghole was rocking the charts.

love me some underminery art.

beatrixkiddo1 (#2,988)

The fact that a couple of people who own sandwich shops and a chick who once gave me an aerial circus lesson are considered power brokers in Brooklyn doesn't make me feel very good about Brooklyn at all. (Not that I have anything against sandwiches. Quite the opposite.)

Erik Maza (#4,544)

ha! i totally cracked up at the year of the mod line too

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