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Denton, Spiers Will Not Be Attending Each Other’s Wedding

ElizabethSpiersPicThat’s the main collateral damage from the fact that on the Saturday, May 31, Nick Denton will tie the knot with Derrence Washington at the American Museum of Natural History while Elizabeth Spiers will be saying “I do” to Daily News boroughs editor Jotham Sederstrom at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn.

Spiers told Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch that the wed-chronicity was discovered only after deposits were made for both events. She added that both she and Denton thought it was hilariously apt, given their friendship and Gawker connection, that this would happen. Lynch also got this tip from someone impressive enough to get invites to both weddings:

Two double-invitees were Lockhart Steele and his wife, Lindsey Green (themselves married earlier this year, in Las Vegas).

“We love both parties dearly,” [Vox Media VP of editorial] Steele wrote in an email to Capital when we asked which wedding they were going to attend. “So, we’re using the tried and true Ann Landers approach that I last used in 2005 when two dear friends got married on the same day: we’re going to the wedding of the friends who invited us first—in this case, Elizabeth and Jotham.

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Capital New York’s Sexiest 60-Second Interview Yet

CapitalProLogoOne of the features of Capital New York’s brand new “Media Pro” morning newsletter is something called The 60-Second Interview. Participants so far have included Curbed CEO Lockhart Steele, Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, former FishbowlNY editor Rachel Sklar and, today, Glenn Beck.

The Daily Caller got a kick out of the fact that present in today’s e-mail version was the editorial annotation [CUT?] ahead of The Blaze founder’s praise of I Love Lucy (Beck’s Ricky Ricardo praise was indeed excised from the Web side). Meanwhile, at The Blaze end, assistant editor Erica Ritz seems to have felt the need to confirm to her readers that the conversation is not a hoax:

Glenn Beck told Capital New York in a “60-second interview” that he actually admires a number of reporters from the mainstream media.

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Vox Media Buying Curbed.com Network of Sites (NYT)
Vox Media, a company with three strong digital brands, including the technology site The Verge, is adding to its portfolio. The company plans to announce on Monday that it is buying Curbed.com L.L.C., which runs three Web publications that deliver in-depth neighborhood coverage, with attitude, of real estate, dining and retailing. Fortune Fortune has learned that ambitious digital media startup Vox Media will acquire Curbed Network, a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs, for a mix of cash and stock valued between $20-30 million. Though Curbed has just 5 million monthly unique visitors, the deal will help Vox Media grow its business in new categories, including home, food and style. Business Insider When asked why he’s interested in a local play like Curbed, which is published in 32 cities, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff replied, “It’s not a local play. These are huge mainstream consumer categories: Food/dining, home/real estate, style/retail are among the most popular cable networks and TV shows, magazines… yet who really owns the categories from a digital media perspective, especially among rich young adults online?”

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Dan Abrams to Launch Celebrity Chef Site

The Dan Abrams empire is about to expand once again. This time, according to The New York Times, the target is celebrity chefs. “The Braiser” will launch in mid-May and cover the world of popular chefs who “have gone from being food icons to becoming mainstream celebrities,” Abrams explained to the Times.

Abrams said that he was “stunned” that no one had thought of this idea before, but maybe others have, and decided against it. As Lockhart Steele, the founder of Eater, notes to the Times, there are only so many true “celebrity chefs.” Let’s see how many we can come up with, without doing any research. There’s Giada De LaurentiisAnthony BourdainWolfgang Puck, Tom ColicchioThomas KellerBobby Flay, Mario Batali, David Chang… That Jamie Oliver guy who everyone hates… Uh, that’s about it.

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Social Media Marketing Boot Camp Announced

Mediabistro has just announced the lineup for its online Social Media Marketing Boot Camp. Among the many “speakers” is Lockhart Steele, founder of Curbed. Starting June 9th, a slew of social media experts will be guiding participants through the best ways to use the technology.

During Steele’s session – on July 21st – he’ll provide participants with an in-depth analysis of Curbed, while sharing his secrets to building a successful blog network.

Here’s the full lineup, and you can register here. And please note: It’s online, but clothes are still required.

Racked Poaches New York Post Writer

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Lockhart Steele‘s media trifecta just got a little bit larger today with the launch of Racked.com‘s Racked National, which allows you to shop online from some of your favorite small boutiques from New York to Los Angeles. For the launch, Racked has poached Danica Lo of The New York Post to edit the site. Says Steele on the hire:

“It’s a testament to the increasing influence of online media that someone as experienced as Danica would make the leap from the Post to Racked. And also, it’s a testament to how lucky we got hiring her, because her breadth of experience in the fashion world is extraordinary.

Danica wrote to us as well with her statement on the new site:

After seven years at The Post, I’m so excited to have joined the Racked.com family. At Racked National, we’re going to be covering everything fashion, style, shopping, and e-commerce — from the latest Bravo TV fashion reality show to what’s happening to Gilt Groupe orders during the Great NYC Blizzard of 2010.

Great Blizzard? Timely! Lo is also the author of HarperCollin’s “How Not To Look Fat,” and was formerly a contributing editor at VMan.

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Local NY Bloggers Speak: Why Write, When You Can Aggregate?

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Lockhart Steele with Jake Dobkin, Jonathan Butler, and Mark Josephson

“300 words, max…anything else, it’s an essay.” Those were the words of New York blogger Jake Dobkin at last night’s panel for The Future of Local Media.

The topic this month was “Local Journalism: What’s Cool In Your Hood?” But, the only thing the panelists could seem to agree upon was the more posts, the better — even when it means the death of any original journalism.

“We write 20 to 24 pieces of content a day,” said Jonathan Butler, founder of Brooklyn blog Brownstoner. “Generally all but three of those pieces are original reporting…Picture posts are great.”

Dobkin, who founded Gothamist in 2003, was definitely seeking to provoke his audience. When asked about the concept of pay walls for online publications, the young entrepreneur flippantly replied that this would be the best thing for his business. “Have them charge $20 for content! No one else will pay, but we will, and we will steal their stories,” he said. “That’s my two year plan.”

Behind the bluster, Dobkin has a point: Why pay for original content when blogs will aggregate it for their readers for free?

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Party Bite: Eater Celebrates Relaunch

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Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman and Lockhart Steele

Lockhart Steele hosted a private bash for friends and foodies on the third floor of The Spotted Pig Monday night to celebrate the relaunch of his Eater site. The attendees included Gawker crew new and old: Nick Denton, Neel Shah, Elizabeth Spiers, Foster Kamer and Andrew Krucoff.

There was also a turnout of restaurant owners such as David Chang of Momofuku, and publicist-cum-anecdotalist Sloane Crosley, Fashism founder Brooke Moreland, and FourSquare developers Dennis Crowley and Harry Heymann. Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman was also on hand to man the festivities.

–by Drew Grant

Earlier: Food Blog Eater To Launch Redesign, Expansion

Food Blog Eater To Launch Redesign, Expansion

eater e.jpgWe can confirm the rumors circulating: Lockhart Steele‘s foodie blog, Eater, will be at the center of a design overhaul starting tomorrow. (In fact, when we visited the site today we got this redirect message: “We’ve taken the liberty of redirecting you to http://ny.eater.com, in anticipation of something new coming this Friday. You can still access Eater NY at the original URL until then, but if you’d like to start adjusting bookmarks and the like, now is the time. As always, thanks for playing. – mgm’t”)

The new Eater will not only have a new look, but will include a more national spectrum, with correspondents in Miami and Vegas. Steele, who started Eater along with the NY real estate blog Curbed and fashion site Racked after he left his managing editor position at Gawker in 2007, has been slowly migrating his empire in a broader, less NYC-centric direction, while still keeping his headquarters and an official site focus on our busy city.

–by Drew Grant

Fighting For Credit In The Outer Borough

brooklyn.pngA big story broke in Brooklyn yesterday: grocery story chain Whole Foods backed out of it’s plan to build a new outlet in Gowanus. The important story first broke on the independent blog Brooklyn The Borough, led by former New York Observer columnist Nicole Brydson.

But, later that afternoon, The Brooklyn Paper sent out an email claiming it had an exclusive on the story. “Exclusive: Whole Foods has shelved its plans to open its first Brooklyn branch on Third Avenue near the Gowanus Canal, The Brooklyn Paper has learned,” the email read. (In its story, the paper does mention in the last line that Brooklyn The Borough got the scoop, although no mention is made in the email.)

Brydson also directed us to Curbed.com, which linked to the Brooklyn Paper but not Brooklyn The Borough. “I’ve put in an email to Lockhart Steele, but haven’t heard back,” Brydson told us.

This might seem like a minor issue, but for fledgling blogs trying to make it in the world, breaking news is a big part of getting recognized. “Meanwhile, WNYC had no problem giving credit where it’s due,” Brydson told us. “They mentioned the site on their hourly news update this morning.”

Update: Brydson just informed us that Curbed has updated its post to give credit to her blog.

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