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George Clooney Lookalike Still Searching For His Amal

This year’s “Most Fascinating Person” is also David Siegel‘s “Most Perplexing Professional Problem.”

The Englewood, New Jersey-based Siegel has been making a solid sideline living as a George Clooney impersonator. But since Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor decided to settle down, more and more of today’s potential Siegel clients are inquiring about booking him together with a Significant Other. Since Siegel does not have an Amal Alamuddin in his contacts, the search is on.

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Daily Mail Does the Lena Dunham Math

Pop quiz time. Is the following a newspaper article paragraph or a newspaper article headline?

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If you guessed latter, you obviously know your way around Daily Mail SEO sorcery.

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Media Gets Stuck in a U2 Moment

Given what The Edge said about bandmate Bono during an interview with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean, it makes perfect sense that it would be the Times of Israel that would eventually get to the bottom of it.

First off, in case you missed, here – per The Blaze - is what The Edge told the FM duo while discussing Bono’s very serious recent Central Park bicycling accident:

“It was a Sunday, a lot of people in the park and he just wasn’t paying enough attention,” said The Edge. “He was going fast down a bit of a hill and somebody came out onto the cycle way, he swerved to avoid them and just went straight over the bars.”

So how, Kevin asked, did no one snap a photo? Simple: “You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew.”

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Coming Soon: The Martha Stewart Café

martha_stewart_living_logoWe can’t guarantee that the results of this potential strategy will work. But perhaps those of you who have a) had pitches rejected by one or more Martha Stewart Living editors and b) need to make some cash in the meantime can consider the capital-B next best thing. Applying to be a barista at the publication’s forthcoming eatery.

From a report by Bloomberg News’ Kelly Gilblom:

Martha Stewart Café will open in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, where the domestic maven’s company headquarters are located. Café managers now are hiring baristas, according to Claudia Shaum, a spokeswoman for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO:US) Inc.

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A Long Way from Knoxville in a Nutshell

When Chris Whittle co-founded the magazine Knoxville in a Nutshell with Phillip Moffitt and several others, the Etowah, Tennessee native could only dream of The Hamptons. All these years later, Whittle, who went on to serve as publisher of Esquire, is responsible for what is being reported as the area’s dreamiest residential listing yet.

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Per the Wall Street Journal and The Real Deal, Whittle and his wife are selling the East Hampton property they have owned since 1989 for $140 million:

The 11.2-acre estate includes a 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Georgian Revival shingle-style house and more than 1,100 feet of water frontage.

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Barry Diller Makes Waves with Grandiose Park Plan

Curbed NY’s headline for today’s announcement that IAC chairman Barry Diller and his wife Diane von Furstenberg are endowing a proposed 2.7-acre offshore park and performance space in place of Pier 54 reads: “$130 Million ‘Pier 55′ Park Looks Like Something Out of Avatar. But for a majority of the New York City residents commenting in response to today’s front-page New York Times article, the tenor is more Titanic.

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If completed, the project will sit directly across the Hudson River from Hoboken’s Pier C (pictured). From the NYT comments:

WR: If this private island gets built, who will bear the cost when its piers start rotting – yes cement rots – earlier then expected? Diller did say 20 years, obviously that is when engineers have told him the thing should start falling apart.

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Cheater Nancy and Trader Joe’s

TraderJoesLogoThe newest item tagged on The Cut with “Both Sides of a Breakup” involves a pair of lawyers, Ian and Nancy. On the eve of the couple’s planned marriage, the whole thing came undone thanks to Nancy’s behavior at the home of two-buck Chuck with a two-timing Charles:

IAN: My best friend’s wife called me and said she was in a terrible position but she had to tell me something. She said, “Did you and Nancy break up?” And I said, “No! Why?” And she said, “I saw her with Charles… you need to ask her what’s going on.” She had seen Nancy and Charles making out at Trader Joe’s. Trader fucking Joe’s. It was like a scene from a movie. Suddenly, everything came together. It was literally like that last scene in The Usual Suspects.

And how do New York magazine readers feel about TJ’s role in all this? One suggests the grocery chain should be thought of as “Traitor Joe’s,” while another puts this aisle-mess on the level of Lisa Raye at a Turks and Caicos fish market.

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Fashion Editor Showcases the Naked Subway Look

Although Instagram quickly took down a photo posted by Peter Davis, group executive editor of The Daily Front Row, the New York tabloids today are all over it. The picture of a naked, drunk man riding the subway wearing only shoes and socks is on the front of the Post and inside the Daily News.

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European Artist Alters NYC Street Signs

Some fun content and pics today over at Animal about a French-born, Italian-based street artist now doing his decal thing in Manhattan.

You have perhaps already noticed one of Anecleto Abraham‘s “installations.” The artist known more commonly as Clet came to town late last month and has quickly pursued his penchant for punchline-ing familiar directional instructions. From Animal founder-editor Bucky Turco‘s piece:

Though the NYPD may disagree, Clet doesn’t consider himself an outlaw. “I am not a criminal,” said the 48-year-old Frenchman to Animal. “It’s opinion. I don’t destroy nothing.”

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All the Bible News That Was Fit to Print

NYTStreetscapesLogoThis weekend’s New York Times ”Streetscapes” article about an early Manhattan skyscraper built in 1892 and demolished in 1920 leads off with some wacky NYC newspaper history:

In 1888, when Cyrus Field sold the Mail and Express to Elliott F. Shepard, the newspaper was losing money, a failing amalgam of other papers. But Shepard didn’t care; he had other things in mind. In the same year, Shepard, a Presbyterian, bought control of the Fifth Avenue stage line to stop it from running on Sunday and violating the Sabbath.

Shepard altered the Mail and Express into a religious enterprise, unusual for a mass-market newspaper, with a biblical text on the front page every day, and what the Chicago Daily Tribune said were editorials that were “free from wickedness.”

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