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A Q&A With Racket Teen

observer.com — Matt Taibbi's departure from Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media at the end of October left behind a staff of well-known journalists without an editor in chief or even a website. Racket, the Spy- inspired digital publication, had been slated to launch sometime this fall, but with Mr. Taibbi's exit its future is no longer certain.
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The Wrap Contributor Thinks Depardieu’s Plane Urination is Just Dandy

observer.com — Gerard's number one! Gerard's number one! So believes Richard Stellar, a contributor to The Wrap who, apparently in earnest, believes that French actor Gerard Depardieu's public urination on a plane is a strike for all of our freedoms. "Depardieu's urgent need to relieve himself is metaphoric to the basic rights and privileges that are denied to many of us."
Nov 22, 2014

Richard Stellar thinks public urination on an airplane is ok, and accusing Bill Cosby of rape is wrong. observer.com/2011/08/the-wr…

‘Parenthood’ Recap 6×9: Coupling and Uncoupling

observer.com — Early in this week's episode of Parenthood, Sarah's former Fiancé, English teacher Mark, shows up, filling in for a flu-stricken drama teacher. Standing onstage just before Ruby's debut in the high school musical, he declares, "I know absolutely nothing about drama." Mere moments later, he spots Sarah in the crowd and that statement truly loses all meaning.

Emotional Shonda-Coaster Week 9: ‘Grey’s,’ ‘Scandal,’ & ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

observer.com — The Shondaland lineup is not known for its realism. That's what folks who don't like Rhimes' work always point to first; a lawyer friend of mine refuses to watch HTGAWM because of how implausible the depiction of law school is (editor's note: AHHHH! My husband has the same problem!), and I imagine doctors and D.C.

‘Reign’ 2 X 8 Recap: Jesus Christ Pose

observer.com — As far as the imagery goes, we're treated to a guy catching an arrow right in the face, a bloody crucified Protestant hung upside down in a busy town square, said Protestant stretched out on a rack during an interrogation, and, perhaps the most gruesome of all.

Inwood Model Fighting for Justice in Father’s Killing, 28 Years Later

observer.com — Seated at a Irish cop bar in Washington Heights the other afternoon, Joselyn Martinez could use a glass of wine. She slowly rubbed her neck and shoulders, which were stiff and painful from stressing over her father's case.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: Inwood Model Still Fighting for Justice in Father’s Killing, 28 Years Later nyob.co/1xJyrxB

Nov 21, 2014

@realDonaldTrump @IvankaTrump Inwood Model Still Fighting for Justice in Father's Killing, 28 Years Later nyob.co/1zGWdby

Nov 21, 2014

Inwood Model Still Fighting for Justice in Father's Killing, 28 Years Later nyob.co/1zGWdby via @NewYorkObserver

Am I Hurting You, Dear? (A Parable About a Mouse at The New Yorker)

observer.com — In the late '70s, The New Yorker was said to be receiving 50,000 blind, unsolicited submissions per year. Of these, they plucked one, sometimes two. One of the two they plucked in 1977 was by a 27-year-old named Daniel Asa Rose who was, needless to say, struck dumb with pleasure.
Nov 21, 2014

Am I Hurting You, Dear? (A Parable About a Mouse at The New Yorker magazine) nyob.co/1xV7wNO via @NewYorkObserver

De Blasio: Tax Woes Like Sharpton’s Are ‘Not An Abnormal Thing’

observer.com — Who hasn't had a little bit of tax trouble? Mayor Bill de Blasio was not particularly moved by a New York Times report outlining millions of unpaid taxes owed by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, saying he didn't know the details but painting issues with the Internal Revenue Service as mundane.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @Jill_Jorgensen: I mean, who HASN'T owed the IRS $4.5 million at one point? nyob.co/1xSDXeT

Nov 20, 2014

RT @Jill_Jorgensen: I mean, who HASN'T owed the IRS $4.5 million at one point? nyob.co/1xSDXeT

Audible CEO Donald Katz Re-issues His Seminal Book Home Fires

observer.com — In the mid-1980s, Donald Katz and Ricky Ian Gordon used to meet in the late afternoons to jog. As they ran together in Riverside Park, Ricky, a composer and raconteur, would tell stories about his family. His father, Sam, had worked long hours as an electrician.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @jonathanalter: Terrific piece about one of my all-time favorite works of non-fiction: "Home Fires" by Donald Katz. observer.com/2014/11/home-f…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @jonathanalter: Terrific piece about one of my all-time favorite works of non-fiction: "Home Fires" by Donald Katz. observer.com/2014/11/home-f…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Don_Katz: To have written a book that inspires a reader to become a writer—can’t ask for more than that @kbsmoke observer.com/2014/11/home-f…

Nov 20, 2014

Terrific piece about one of my all-time favorite works of non-fiction: "Home Fires" by Donald Katz. observer.com/2014/11/home-f…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @PublishersWkly: Audible CEO Donald Katz Re-issues His Seminal Book Home Fires | New York Observer pwne.ws/1uf3MRt

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Revisiting ‘Twin Peaks’ Episode Five: File it Under F for ‘Forget It’

observer.com — If you feel left out of the whole Twin Peaks phenomenon, we're here to help! Every week, associate tvDownload editor Vinnie Mancuso attempts to figure out what the hell is going on in this town, while senior editor/Twin Peaks expert Drew Grant answers his questions. This week: 'The One-Armed Man.'
Nov 20, 2014

@nancykaffer because you liked a previous tweet I wanted you to know I am still looking into WTF is up with this show observer.com/2014/11/revisi…

Nov 20, 2014

On #TwinPeaks recaps and the time I stabbed myself in the back with a potato peeler on Ambien: observer.com/2014/11/revisi…

TV Writers and Showrunners Increasingly ‘Mute’ the Fans

observer.com — Back in the day, television writers would get feedback about their shows in one of two ways: from the occasional review in a publication, or from the ratings. Then around the late '90s, shows like The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer ushered in an era of fandom; viewers were empowered by the Internet and its burgeoning fandom communities.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @anne_k_easton: Thoughtful piece from @videodrew about interaction between TV showrunners & fans. nyob.co/1xtOYEA via @NewYorkOb…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @anne_k_easton: Thoughtful piece from @videodrew about interaction between TV showrunners & fans. nyob.co/1xtOYEA via @NewYorkOb…

Nov 20, 2014

Sorry fans, tv writers aren't going to be incorporating your shipping recs anytime soon. @BeauWillimon @markgoffman observer.com/2014/11/tv-wri…

Citi Bike Share to Pay $5 M. Annually for Parking, Other Contract Details Revealed

observer.com — When Bike Share Holdings LLC, a newly-formed investment venture, acquired Citi Bike and its parent company Alta Bicycle Share late last month, the Department of Transportation revealed what the acquisition would mean for the program's expansion-doubling the number of bikes to 12,000, Citi Bike would expand into Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City, followed by the Upper West and Upper East sides into Harlem, Astoria, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Propsect Heights, Crown Heights and Red Hook by 2017.

De Blasio Vows Sweeping Changes to ‘Dehumanizing’ Rikers Island

observer.com — Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed years of neglect for what he called a "dehumanizing environment" in the city's jails today - and promised sweeping changes to the culture on Rikers Island. "This is a culture change. This is gonna take widespread reform.
Nov 20, 2014

.@nyobserver "it’s become almost impossible for anyone to ignore the problems plaguing the city’s jails" observer.com/2014/11/de-bla…

New York Times Buyouts No Longer Come With Free Admission to MoMA

observer.com — New York Times employees who volunteer to take a buyout will no longer get into MoMA for free, deputy executive editor Janet Elder informed staffers this morning in a newsroom email obtained by Mother Jones .
Nov 20, 2014

Taking a New York Times buyout no longer comes with free admission to MoMA observer.com/2014/11/new-yo…

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ 4×7 Recap: Come As You Are

observer.com — American Horror Story finally lived up to all of our fantasies last night when it finally gave Evan Peters something to do besides mope around with his lobster hands. (True Story: have you all JUST noticed that his "claws" are just two fingers fused together, which, even with 1950s surgery being what it is, should have been easily fixable?)

Stewart-Cousins Holds Out Hope for Coalition With Klein

observer.com — State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told radio listeners today she was still trying to convince State Senator Jeffrey Klein to hold to his promise to have his breakaway Independent Democratic Conference caucus with her mainline Democratic delegation-even as reports swirl of a deal for the IDC and GOP to form a coalition through 2016.
Nov 20, 2014

State Senate Minority Leader Holds Out Hope for Coalition With IDC nyob.co/11y9BT3 via @Politicker

Long Famous But Not Quite Fabulous: The New Yorker Hotel

observer.com — From the 39th-floor breakfast room of the New Yorker Hotel, one can see the whole of downtown and clear across the river to Brooklyn. It's a master-of-the-universe view-East River glinting in the sun, Empire State rising above a jumble of lesser skyscrapers, clouds and sky and construction cranes-situated amidst the cheap carpet and generic furnishings of a budget motel: a titan's perch occupied by tourists and business travelers munching boxed cereal.
Nov 20, 2014

Long famous, but not quite fabulous, the New Yorker Hotel's latest reinvention: observer.com/2014/11/long-f…

Dr. Ruth Remembers Her Time as a Sniper and Clubbing with JFK Jr.

observer.com — A session with Dr. Ruth in her Midtown office recalls satisfying sex. It is never boring, infused with tenderness, punctuated by laughter and lasts nearly an hour. It is also entertaining, as she has much to discuss in her recognizable German accent with rolling R's.

The Definitive ‘Survivor’ Survival Guide: 29 x 9

observer.com — At some point in your life, provided you're attractive, reasonably fit, and look good wearing one of those flimsy buffs as a tube top, you might find yourself on the cast of Survivor, shipped off to some distant island alongside 17 crazy strangers.
Nov 20, 2014

"SUCK IT MOM I WANT PASTRAMI" is an actual thing I wrote today: nyob.co/1vsr0uo via @NewYorkObserver

Nov 20, 2014

Confused because last night's episode of #Survivor was actually pretty good?!?! nyob.co/1vsr0uo via @NewYorkObserver