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R.I.P Modern Farmer: Media’s Favorite Farming Mag Folds

observer.com — There were many stories written about Modern Farmer, which ceased publication today, during the quarterly magazine's brief but well-publicized life. And every story invariably mentioned that it defied easy categorization. It was obviously not targeted at old-time farmers, for whom working the land was a tradition rather than a choice.
Jan 24, 2015

R.I.P Modern Farmer: Media's Favorite Farming Mag Folds bit.ly/1yNeEgP

Jan 23, 2015

RT @kbsmoke: Modern Farmer shows that an unlikely success story gets buzz but is still likely to fail. Also, magazines are hard! observer.com/2015/01/r-i-p-…

Jan 23, 2015

Modern Farmer shows that an unlikely success story gets buzz but is still likely to fail. Also, magazines are hard! observer.com/2015/01/r-i-p-…

Sports Illustrated Got Rid Remaining Staff Photographers

observer.com — Sports Illustrated has no more photographers on staff, News Photographer magazine reports. The magazine famous for pictures of sports and photo spreads of models in bathing suits fired all six of its staff photographers yesterday. "Our commitment to photography hasn't changed," S ports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith told News Photographer.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @NewYorkObserver: Sports Illustrated no longer has photographers on staff. bit.ly/1uD2lDF

Jan 23, 2015

RT @kbsmoke: Sports Illustrated is going to spend less money illustrating sports observer.com/2015/01/sports…

Jan 23, 2015

Sports Illustrated is going to spend less money illustrating sports observer.com/2015/01/sports…

Normcore is over, health goths just hit the mainstream

observer.com — What exactly is a health goth? Initially created for those with a love of fitness and goth street fashion, it has evolved into something much bigger, a culture of sorts, with websites, blogs, Facebook pages , stores, and brands dedicated to keeping up a gothic, sportswear chic aesthetic.

Daniel Squadron Doesn’t Deny He Was Behind Anonymous Robocall

observer.com — State Senator Daniel Squadron would not deny tonight that his campaign was behind a controversial robocall attacking his rival in the public advocate's race, Councilwoman Tish James. In a tense NY1 interview on the eve of tomorrow's Democratic runoff, Mr. Squadron was pressed repeatedly about whether his camp was responsible for a 15-second anonymous message left on many voters' answering machines purporting to be from a woman named "Katie."

De Blasio Defends ‘Man of Integrity’ Sheldon Silver

observer.com — Mayor Bill de Blasio heaped praise on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in spite of federal corruption charges against the longtime lawmaker announced earlier today. Mr. de Blasio, who has relied on the liberal Mr. Silver to act as a powerful voice for New York City in Albany, said he believed the Manhattan legislator's character to be unimpeachable.
Jan 22, 2015

De Blasio Defends ‘Man of Integrity’ Sheldon Silver | New York Observer observer.com/2015/01/bill-d…

Jan 22, 2015

RT @RossBarkan: Bill de Blasio thinks Sheldon Silver is a 'man of integrity.' Discuss among yourselves bit.ly/1yK1IrT

Jan 22, 2015

DeBLASIO: "I’ve always known Shelly Silver to be a man of integrity." observer.com/2015/01/bill-d…

Jan 22, 2015

Bill de Blasio calls the famously crooked and just-arrested Shelly Silver a "man of integrity" observer.com/2015/01/bill-d…

Jan 22, 2015

RT @Taniel: Was this really necessary, de Blasio? "I want to note that I’ve always known Shelly Silver to be a man of integrity" observer.com/2015/01/bill-d…

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Joe Lhota: Bill de Blasio a ‘Hypocrite’ for Support of Sheldon Silver

observer.com — Joe Lhota wouldn't call Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a " man of integrity," but he did offer up a description of Mayor Bill de Blasio: "hypocrite." Mr. Lhota, the Republican candidate who lost to Mr. de Blasio in 2013, slammed the mayor today for supporting Mr. Silver-who was arrested on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and extortion-despite previously calling for the resignations of pols like former Gov.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @SteveMcNY: #Billy3Names de Blasio called on @NYGovPaterson to resign over tix. Silver charged with a crime.."man of integrity." observer.com/2015/01/joe-lh…

Jan 23, 2015

Joe Lhota Calls Bill de Blasio a 'Hypocrite' for Support of Sheldon Silver fb.me/2KpXgc5KZ

Jan 23, 2015

RT @NewYorkObserver: Joe Lhota calls de Blasio a 'hypocrite' for supporting Silver. bit.ly/1t6wWZt

Jan 22, 2015

Joe Lhota Calls Bill de Blasio a 'Hypocrite' for Support of Sheldon Silver bit.ly/1JeJAti

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Roman Abramovich Has a Landmarks Problem

observer.com — Dashed Hopes, Impossible Dreams We don't know what exactly Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is planning to do with his three newly acquired townhouses on East 75th Street, but he'd better not be planning to build a super mansion. The townhouses at 11, 13 and 15 E.
Jan 23, 2015

So Much for the Super Mansion! Roman Abramovich Has a Landmarks Problem bit.ly/1CmnDGu

Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems

observer.com — The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having "never performed any legal work whatsoever," according to the prosecutors.
Jan 23, 2015

Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems fb.me/2RZwyCdyE

Queens Democrats May Want Catherine Nolan to Replace Sheldon Silver

observer.com — Assembly Democrats aggressively defended their beleaguered speaker, Sheldon Silver, after he was arrested yesterday, but this hasn't stopped one local Democratic organization from planning for a post-Silver Albany.
Jan 23, 2015

Queens Democrats May Want Catherine Nolan to Replace Sheldon Silver | New York Observer observer.com/2015/01/after-…

Polling a Sheldon Silver Primary?

observer.com — Last month, a market-research firm called my Lower East Side apartment to gauge my support for Paul Newell. I admitted that I had never heard Newell's name before, and the caller quickly explained that Newell will challenge my state assemblyman-Speaker Sheldon Silver-in the Democratic primary in September.

She’s Green to the Extreme

observer.com — "I think of myself as a canary in the coal mine," said Veronica Mainetti, the unlikely real estate scion of owner and developer The Sorgente Group of America. The 36-year-old design school graduate was born in Rome, where her firm, which is on its fifth generation of Mainetti rule, is based.
Jan 23, 2015

Glamour gal/green activist Veronica Mainetti subverts the #realestate developer archetype: NYObserver #NYC #CRE bit.ly/1BkXrul

Preet Bharara Blasts ‘Three Men in a Room’ After Sheldon Silver Arrest

observer.com — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara today lashed out at the notorious "three men in a room" arrangement that controls New York State government, claiming it is to blame for Albany becoming a "cauldron of corruption"-and for the alleged crimes that led to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's arrest yesterday.
Jan 23, 2015

Preet Bharara Blasts 'Three Men in a Room' After Sheldon Silver Arrest fb.me/70TuO9xCO

‘The Millionaire Matchmaker’ 8×6: Marysol Patton and Luke Rockhold

observer.com — Okay everyone, Spencer and Heidi are gone. You can come back to Millionaire Matchmaker. This week's first millionaire is 47-year-old Marysol Patton, star of the Real Housewives of Miami. I like Marysol, you guys. She's here because she actually wants to find love, and not because her band is going on tour or because she needs to repair her shitty public image.

If Sheldon Silver Goes to Prison, Here’s How He’ll Survive

observer.com — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested today on federal corruption charges. While it's not yet known what kind of sentencing Mr. Silver might face, the Observer opted to compile some helpful survival tips for him, should he eventually be shipped off to the slammer.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @NewYorkObserver: "They’re going to make him lift his scrotum to make sure he doesn’t have a handcuff key taped to his balls.” bit.ly/1yOi8Ow

Jan 22, 2015

'They're going to make him lift his scrotum to make sure he doesn't have a handcuff key taped to his balls.' bit.ly/1JdJQsq

Zephyr Teachout: Andrew Cuomo Must Answer for a Culture of Corruption

observer.com — Three weeks after the Moreland Commission-which Governor Cuomo founded in 2013-was due to release its report on public corruption in New York State, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested by federal authorities on charges of taking millions in bribes and kickbacks. What happened?

We’re Nude York, Nude York!

observer.com — After the big January blizzard, many buckets of purgatorial rain, a chilly, leafless spring-summer, suddenly. Greenhouse gas has cooked Manhattan into a tropical isle; all the hot, half-dressed girls have returned like robins. It's getting so there's no place you can rest your eyes without being assaulted by a salvo of flesh.
Jan 22, 2015

Another Observer assignment that couldn't have happened without hours of talking: meditation on man-ass cleavage observer.com/2005/06/were-n…

Panel Discusses “Manhattan’s Deadly Traffic Problem”

observer.com — "These crashes are not accidents. This is the new drunk driving." Dana Lerner, a member of Families for Safe Streets whose son was run over by a taxi driver, made that analogy at a town hall meeting Wednesday night on "Pedestrians Vs. Cars: Manhattan's Deadly Traffic Problem and What Can Be Done About It."

Attention! All Episodes of ‘Transparent’ Will be Free to Watch This Weekend

observer.com — At this point, after the two Golden Globes or our gushing or even winning the prestigious tvDownload Best TV Show of 2014, the only way you haven't watched Transparent is simply due to a lack of Amazon. Which also means you don't have a family member willing to share their Prime password.

Indictment: Silver Masked Millions ‘in Bribes and Kickbacks’ As Income

observer.com — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used his office to mask millions of dollars in "bribes and kickbacks" as legitimate outside income from two private law firms over more than a decade, according to a bombshell 35-page criminal complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara today.
Jan 22, 2015

Forget our piddly Medicaid scandal. Serious corruption in NY: Speaker took millions in "bribes & kickbacks." observer.com/2015/01/indict…

Jan 22, 2015

RT @NewYorkObserver: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used his office to mask millions of dollars in “bribes and kickbacks.” bit.ly/1t2r832