There is probably no one who feels worse right now in all of New York than Tommy Flynn. In an exclusive News 4 report by government affairs reporter Melissa Russo, the stone-cutter and engraver takes full responsibility for inverting the birth year of New York’s beloved former mayor. Instead of 1924, the inscription on the gravestone Flynn worked on for eight months with Ed Koch reads 1942.
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It was SRO at Michael’s today. The dining room was a tasty mix of media mavens with a heaping helping of politicos and a dash of flash with a very tall L.A. Laker. (We don’t follow basketball, but several guys in the room made sure we knew it was Matt Barnes who made heads turn.)
I was joined by Andrew Amill, VP of media sales at Weight Watchers, who, unlike many of his colleagues in publishing is seeing some extraordinary numbers these days. “This is a record year in the history of the brand driven by The Points Plus system and [spokesperson] Jennifer Hudson,” Andy tells me. The numbers speak for themselves: Newsstand sales are up 10 percent; print ad revenue is up eight percent. Online, the business is exploding with an impressive 25 percent jump in ad revenue.
As a lifetime members of Weight Watchers, I told Andy I’d been a longtime fan of the brand but was really impressed by their canny selection of Hudson as a spokesperson. “She has a lot of credibility with members and readers,” says Andy, and that’s translated into plenty of new members who have joined because of the amazing results the Oscar winner got from the program. In fact, the cover of this month’s issue features an attractive array of men and women, ‘real life success stories’ that attest to the program’s sweeping success. This is definitely not your mother’s Weight Watchers.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Atttorney Rob Barnett, presiding over a table of business types
3. Oxygen Media founder Geraldine Laybourne
4. Producer Francine LeFrak and some colorfully dressed social swells
The New York Times takes a hard look at Wayne Barrett, and the result is mostly what you’d expect: Barrett is a fantastic investigative reporter, but also a grumpy old man.
In the piece, the pleasingly gruff Barrett offers up some gems. He notes that he never got an explanation for being forced out at The Village Voice, says he’s never had much use for editors, and on that subject, says, “Tony Ortega is the hardest working editor and the most skillful editor of copy that I’ve ever had. But I’ve never liked him very much.”
Barrett also shows some sympathy to the mayors of the city’s past – who were often skewered in his columns – by telling the Times that his biggest regret is not writing more about the positive things Ed Koch did.
But before you think he’s mellowed out, there’s this:
The new section, which launched yesterday with blog posts from with blog posts from Nora Ephron, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Serpico and former Mayor Ed Koch, will be led by former New York Daily News reporter Dan Collins. It will also feature partnerships with more than one-dozen local outlets and employ HuffPo’s Eyes & Ears citizen-reporting unit.
“New York has always held a special place in the heart of HuffPosters. It definitely has for me. It was the first place in America I lived in after moving here from London in 1980. And the majority of the HuffPost team is based in New York, working out of our offices in SoHo. But whether you live in New York or not — New York is part of our national collective consciousness…HuffPost New York features our curated selection of the best New York news coverage, plus a collection of bloggers — some familiar faces you know, some we’re excited to introduce you to — who are eager to share their takes on everything from local politics to the city’s fashion, food, entertainment, real estate, sports teams, and business trends.”