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Jason Diamond Leaving Flavorwire for Men’s Journal

observer.com — Flavorwire literary editor Jason Diamond is heading over to Men's Journal, where he will be associate editor of the Wenner Media men's magazine website, Mr. Diamond announced yesterday on social media. "I'm really excited to go over to Mensjournal.com as an Associate Editor.

The Believer Gears Up for a Bi-Monthly Relaunch

observer.com — The Believer, the San Francisco-based literary magazine founded by Dave Eggers, is gearing up for a bi-monthly relaunch this January, according to Casey Jarman, its managing editor.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @kbsmoke: The Believer is going bi-monthly and adding a quirky a classified section, @matthewkassel reports: observer.com/2014/07/the-be…

Jul 30, 2014

The Believer is going bi-monthly and adding a quirky a classified section, @matthewkassel reports: observer.com/2014/07/the-be…

Review: 0 Stars for Montana’s Trail House in Bushwick

observer.com — Last month, a young New Yorker named Montana Masback opened a restaurant in Bushwick called Montana's Trail House. In articles about the restaurant's opening, Mr. Masback referred to the cuisine as "Appalachian East coast country food." The chef, Nate Courtland, meanwhile, described it as "Appalachian black magic comfort food."
Jul 30, 2014

RT @fakejoshstein: Even among those who disagree w/ me, I'm gratified to see the discussion popping up around my @NewYorkObserver review observer.com/2014/07/montan…

Jul 30, 2014

Amen: "Appalachia is not a rural Shambhala or evocative coffee table book source material." bit.ly/1s44KCV

Jul 30, 2014

Not only does Montana exploit Appalachia for hipster kicks, he pulled a chunk of my friend's hair out once observer.com/2014/07/montan…

Jul 30, 2014

A great bad review of "morally hazardous" Appalachian cuisine arriving in Bklyn ow.ly/zL9Ea

Jul 30, 2014

RT @TheTomasRios: This restaurant review doubles as a righteous all-elbows breakdown of White Brooklyn's rotten culture. observer.com/2014/07/montan… H/T @runofplay

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Noerdlinger: ‘Benefit of Doubt’ Given to de Blasio After Garner Death

observer.com — Charles Barron, a former Brooklyn councilman, promised on Monday that the apparent chokehold that may have led to the death of Eric Garner would unleash an "explosion" of rage in the city. But the explosion, at least so far, has not arrived.

Study Reveals Ship Found at Ground Zero Was Built in 1773

observer.com — Four years ago, construction workers digging out a pit that would become the World Trade Center's Vehicular Security Center discovered the jumbled remains of a 32-foot wooden ship, 22 feet below ground level.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: Experts at Columbia's Tree Ring Lab have dated the 18th century ship found below the site of the Twin Towers in 2010. observer.com/2014/07/new-st…

Del’s Frozen Lemonade Arrives to a Reception That’s Anything But Icy

observer.com — It was a little over one year ago when Rhode Island native and Brooklyn resident Cameron Crockford first brought Del's Frozen Lemonade to New York. Taking to the streets in his vintage 1949 Chevy Step van, Mr. Crockford hoped to bring a taste of the sweet and laid-back Rhode Island summer to the harsh, jaded city.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @NewYorkObserver: .@delsnyc, the frozen lemonade truck, arrives in New York to a reception that's anything but icy. observer.com/2014/07/dels-f…

Unaffordable Myths

observer.com — There is a notion, popular in certain circles in this city and others, that with the right amount of government regulation and social engineering, the rich and the poor will reside side by side, sharing the same neighborhoods, the same watering holes, the same ... doors.

De Blasios Reveal First Peek of Gracie Makeover via West Elm Website

observer.com — The de Blasio family has now spent two nights in Gracie Mansion since their return from Italy and naturally, all us looky-loos are desperate to see what they've done with the place.
Jul 30, 2014

De Blasios Reveal First Peek of Gracie Makeover via West Elm Website | New York Observer observer.com/2014/07/de-bla…

The Subway’s Reportcard: The 2 Line Gets an F; the 7 Line Best All-Around

observer.com — How did your subway line fare? Today, Straphangers Campaign released its 16th annual subway report card and, as usual, its findings on 2013 service were interesting to say the least. The report card, created in 1997, uses MTA transit data to measure frequency of service, regularity of train arrivals, mechanical failures, chance of getting a seat during rush hour, cleanliness and in-car announcements.
Jul 30, 2014

7 is the best?! RT @NewYorkObserver: Subway report card: the 7 line is the best all-around, but the 2 line gets an F. observer.com/2014/07/the-su…

‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Recap 1×9: ‘It Speaks’

observer.com — It's a shame that Halt and Catch Fire waited until this season's penultimate episode to be truly great because by this point who is still watching? Even the Woz isn't. I texted him the other night to get a consensus on the progress of the show and was disappointed to learn that he hasn't followed since the pilot.
Jul 30, 2014

'Halt and Catch Fire could 'be the Entourage of Northern California' w/ more like this episode nyob.co/1ton4J0 via @NewYorkObserver

Morning Media Mix: Sifty Takes Over ‘Food’ at the Times

observer.com — The New York Times is renaming its Dining section "Food," and it will be headed by former restaurant critic and senior editor Sam Sifton, executive editor Dean Baquet announced in a memo that went out to staff this morning: Take the Dining section. Add the new NYT Cooking site and app.
Jul 30, 2014

So many lifestyle section announcements this morning (or just skip to the end and read @chaykak on thinkpieces: observer.com/2014/07/mornin…

New York [Hearts] EB-5 Visas

observer.com — It turns out the EB-5 visa has won fans beyond Atlantic Yards, where Bruce Ratner has been trying to use the program to gin up funds for his prefabulous apartment towers. Over the past four years, developers in the New York area have raised upwards of $1 billion through the visas-for-cash program, according to an investigation in The Times.
Jul 30, 2014

Ok, sure. But given lack of coverage of the issue, still pretty glaring @MC_NYC @jmassengale Much to build on observer.com/2011/12/new-yo…

‘The Leftovers’ Recap 1×5: White Shirts Are the New Bagels

observer.com — (Note: Sorry for the delay!) The opening of this week's Leftovers: Kathy Geiss and the incestuous sister from True Detective (Patti) are just staring at each other for awhile. Then Young Jessica Lange (YGL or Laurie) and Geiss go around town, smoking and bumming people out with their vague acts of vandalism, like painting newsstands white.