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Latest Yahoo Travel ‘Smackdown’ Takes Aim at New York

In the same vein as our weekly Cover Battles, Yahoo Travel likes to pit two destinations against each other under the heading of a “Smackdown.” We couldn’t help but take special notice of this week’s duel, as it throws Chicago and New York into the ring.

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Up first to make Chicago’s case is freelance travel writer Bill Fink. At one point, he drags our most august weekly magazine into the conversation:

New York City’s myopic, self-absorbed viewpoint is best seen in the famous New Yorker magazine cover created to compensate for its citizens’ miserable quality of life. Bad news for New Yorkers: Unless you’re a billionaire hedge-fund manager, you’re living in an unaffordable, closet-size apartment, scurrying to work on packed streets like rats in a maze.

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Celebrity Magazines: Some of US Are Struggling

cov-home.jpgWe know the saying goes “As GM goes, so goes the country” but considering our celebrity saturated climate maybe it would also be fair to say that as tabloids go, so goes the magazine industry. If that’s the case than today’s report that Us Weekly is having problems meeting its commitment to advertisers (they have to sell 1.9 million copies a week via subscriptions or newsstand sales) can’t be good. Add to that the fact that Us is not alone: both In Touch and Life & Style are off their rate bases, also.

However, all is not lost in photoshopping land! People (a whopping 9% above its rate base), OK and Star are all doing fine. And US may be able to a second half recovery, since apparently the Madonna/A-Rod debacle has them off to a good start.

How To Sell A Newspaper With Strippers, Daily News-Style

dailynews_arod_070907.jpgThe Daily News understands something fundamental about moving copies of the paper during the slow summer season: Sex sells. The Sunday edition of the paper featured a front page exposé of strip clubs that focused on practices at high end clubs like Rick’s Cabaret and Scores. But as a family newspaper, there’s nothing too salacious here — if you don’t count the fact that A-Rod (oh no!) frequents Rick’s Cabaret like it’s Toronto. The New York branch of Rick’s grosses around $800,000 monthly and nets a $300,000 profit; strippers at Rick’s and Scores work as 1099 employees who pay the club for the right to work (at Rick’s, $100 nightly; at Scores, $300 nightly) and keep all tips and credit-card charges and high spending customers are fingerprinted to avoid “day-after disputes.”

All we know is that reporter William Sherman certainly does a better job covering the strip clubs than Frank Bruni.

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