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New York Declares Taylor Swift ‘The Biggest Pop Star in The World’

New York’s latest issue proclaims that Taylor Swift is “the biggest pop star in the world.” Jody Rosen, the magazine’s pop critic, penned the cover story, and he certainly makes a good argument for the love loving Swift.

Is Swift really “bigger” than BeyBey? Or her lesser half, Jay Z? What about Katy Perry?

FishbowlNY will withhold any commentary on New York’s bold announcement until we read/experience Kanye West’s irrationally angry reaction.

Adam Platt Got Kicked Out of a Restaurant

Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick, and Rich Torrisi — owners of ZZ’s Clam Bar — are apparently not fans of Adam Platt, New York’s restaurant critic. While dining at the Greenwich Village location, Platt was greeted by a bouncer, who promptly bounced him.

Platt told Grub Street that he had no idea why he and his guests were kicked out. “We weren’t drinking to excess,” said Platt. “We weren’t breaking any crockery. I think we were on our best behavior.” Crockery!

Anyway. Platt and his friends were busy talking amongst themselves when suddenly the dinner was brought to an abrupt halt:

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New York Considers Going Biweekly

New York magazine is considering cutting back on publishing and switching to a biweekly format. Anup Bagaria, CEO of New York Media, told The New York Post that execs are contemplating it, but “there is nothing definitive yet.” He then added, “Over the past five years we’ve considered various options.”

New York has been a weekly publication since it debuted 45 years ago. If it cut back to a biweekly, it would be a sad moment for not only the New York media scene, but for any fan of magazines. It would also be unsurprising.

Maintaining a weekly magazine is insanely expensive and with the success of NYmag.com, changing to a biweekly publication might be the smartest decision; the one that enables New York to keep chugging along for another 45 years. Albeit at a slower pace than in the past.

New York Unveils New Homepage

New York magazine’s homepage just received a slight makeover. While we didn’t mind the old version, the updated look is an improvement.

The biggest change can be found on the left side of the page. Previously, you found only Daily Intelligencer posts. Now the default is a “The Latest News” feed, which pulls posts from all of New York’s blogs. If you prefer one blog to another, you can still easily navigate to its posts.

The “Most Popular” section, which is just below the digital fold, is a nice change as well. On the left are the site’s most popular stories according to views, while the center and the right feature the most popular stories according to social media shares.

New York’s homepage revamp isn’t life altering, but it’s a step up from the last look. It’s proof that even minor renovations can lead to big results.

New York’s The Cut Adds Beauty Editor

Kathleen Hou has been named beauty editor of New York’s fashion/lifestyle blog The Cut. Hou will oversee all trend pieces, news, and product reviews that fall under the beauty umbrella.

Hou was most recently the beauty and wellness editor at The Upswing. She was also a fashion and beauty contributor to Fashionista.com.

Hou’s appointment is effective immediately.

Cover Battle: New York or Esquire

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s critically acclaimed (thanks mom!) weekly Cover Battle. Today we have New York versus Esquire. New York’s cover features Michael Bloomberg. Pretty sure we spot some mayoral (for now!) ear hair, but hey, no one’s perfect.

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Colleen McCarthy Leaves NY Times for New York

Colleen McCarthy is leaving The New York Times for New York, where she will serve as the magazine’s new executive director of business development. McCarthy had been with the Times since 2006, most recently as its director of business development.

At New York, McCarthy will be tasked with expanding the title’s existing businesses — such as New York Deals and its partnership with How About We, the dating website — and creating new opportunities.

Prior to her stint at the Times, McCarthy worked for The Wall Street Journal, from 2000 to 2006.

The First Issues of Popular Magazines

The Week’s photo blog has a fun post up featuring 17 covers from the first issues of popular magazines. The first People — published in 1974 — featured Mia Farrow on the front. Playboy of course went with Marilyn Monroe. And New York? Uh, New York.

Anyway, we love magazines, and it’s always interesting to see how far a specific title’s design has come since it debuted. For example, The Atlantic’s first issue, from 1857, looks exactly as old as it sounds.

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TripAdvisor Delivers Some Ridiculous Pizza News

Is this a slice of brilliantly engineered reverse PR? Or just a laughable indictment of travel website mass-computed city rankings?

Because that’s the key here; Newtown, MA based TripAdvisor is just the messenger. It’s not the staff that voted Chicago out of the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Pizza and New York fourth; rather, it’s Jo and Julie Schmo and all the other travelers who inputted the sampled “reviews and opinions” that “determined [top spots] based on the highest average rating by city for all restaurants that serve pizza.”

The New York Daily News duo of Ryan Sit and Stephen Rex Brown put a  call into one of the winning city’s establishments. It took very little time for Peter Canora of San Diego’s Bronx Pizza to set the record straight:

When asked if San Diego had better pies, Canora, who grew up in Howard Beach, didn’t mince words.

“It’s a tough question, but I know the answer: No!” he said while taking a break from his duties in the wildly popular pizzeria that recreates New York’s ubiquitous “slice and a coke” joints.

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Cover Battle: New York or Good Housekeeping

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. The latest war is between New York and Good Housekeeping. New York went with a mashup of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. If this were a real person, could you even imagine the number of scandals he’d be involved with? “Anthony Spitzer Punches Elderly Woman After Sending Her Sexts, Pays Her Son to Keep Quiet.” Even the Daily News and Post would get tired of covering it.

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