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Freelancers Welcome in Manhattan

It seems that magazine editors are always inundated with too many pitches to keep track of, and freelancers are always trying to make their submissions stand out.

That’s why we were kind of amazed when Cristina Cuomo, editor-in-chief of Manhattan, said that she has yet to receive an unsolicited pitch. Even more amazing is the fact that 90 percent of the mag’s content is freelance-written. “I love pitches, and getting a good pitch is an editor’s dream,” she said.

Freelancers, it’s time to turn this editor’s dream into a reality. Cuomo is on a self-appointed mission to “give the magazine a personality and a sense of humor.” Think you’ve got what it takes? Get her contact info and more details on the perfect query in How To Pitch: Manhattan. [subscription required]

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Cristina Cuomo and Fern Mallis Lunch Among The Stylistas Plus Cindy McCain Slips By

1003_mockup.gifSometimes the most interesting lunchtime encounters at Michael’s happen before the crowd rushes in. Today was one of those days. When I arrived before noon, there were a handful of people already sitting in the lounge. One woman stuck out, because she was dressed in an oh-s0-tasteful head to toe Pepto Bismol-colored sweater ensemble (cashmere from St. John, I’m guessing) on such a warm day. She kept her head down when the rest of us got to chatting. I knew I knew her, but I couldn’t catch her eye. Imagine my surprise when she stood up to go to her table, and I realized it was Cindy McCain. In my defense, a tan, well-dressed blonde woman is hardly an oddity at Michael’s, and her black ‘scrunchie’ threw me. The funny thing is  no one seemed to notice when she walked back to her table in the Garden Room, proving that, in New York  when your 15 minutes are up, they’re up.

I was joined today by producer Joan Gelman and public relations and marketing executive Robert Zimmerman, who is also a political analyst for CNN and Fox News. I’ve gotten to know both of them over the years through my Wednesdays at Michael’s, and I can tell you they are really solid citizens. When we meet for lunch every so often, I know the conversation is going to be lively. These two passionate democrats can talk politics like nobody’s business, and there was plenty of dish to go around today.

Robert is headed to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in September as the democratic national committee man from New York. “Conventions play a huge role in the campaign. They are defining moments,” he told me. “They make people stop, watch and listen to what they parties are saying.” No matter which devices voters plan to watch on, says Robert, they can’t help but note the obvious difference between the two parties. “At the convention, the republicans stay in their seats and are wearing ties and dresses. Our party is a little more eclectic — there’s yoga mats in the corner. We have Jon Bon Jovi, they have Ted Nugent.”

Robert Zimmerman, Diane Clehane and Joan Gelman
Robert Zimmerman, Diane Clehane and Joan Gelman

On a more serious note, Robert said key differences between the parties for this election couldn’t be more obvious. “This is the first democratic convention where marriage equality will be part of the democratic platform. Our party represents the future and that’s very significant.” But, Robert explained, it’s critical that President Barack Obama communicate the achievements of his administration, because ”the administration fell short in outlining a clear agenda” despite its accomplishments in the past. “2008 was about hope and change; 2012 has to be about progress and results,” he told me. The other important objective: remind voters that many of republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney‘s positions are a “retake of George Bush‘s policies.” In the end, predicts Robert, “The election is going to be about the economy.” Isn’t it always?

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Cristina Cuomo New EIC of Manhattan

Cristina Cuomo, wife of ABC News’ Chris Cuomo, is the new editor-in-chief of Manhattan. Cuomo was most recently editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Plum Hamptons. She was previously group editor for Niche Media’s regional publications and editor-in-chief of Gotham.

In related news, Manhattan’s publisher, Modern Luxury, has named James Aguiar its national fashion director.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in our luxury titles nationwide and are excited that Cristina will bring her editorial savvy and tremendous experience to Manhattan,” said Michael Dickey, president of Modern Luxury. “Adding James to our leadership team on the national level is a sign of our commitment to providing readers with the best and most current fashion coverage.”