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Posts Tagged ‘The Brooklyn Paper’

The Brooklyn Paper Staunchly Defends Puppetry Critic

Yes, there really are puppetry critics, and yes, they apparently need defending. Today, The L Magazine came across a piece in The Brooklyn Paper written by Thurston Dooley III, who chides a children’s puppet show for – among other things – “a lackluster performance.”

Dooley notes in his piece that the child he was with didn’t even notice all the horrible things wrong with the Puppetworks performance of The Wizard of Oz, but no matter! Dooley could not sit idly by when such an “egregious sin” was happening in front of him.

Like anyone who just read an extensive article tearing apart a puppet show, the L’s writer, Henry Stewart, reached out to The Brooklyn Paper for comment. The response from Editor Gersh Kuntzman is amazing:

Comment? The story speaks for itself. Dooley is a columnist with a valid opinion. He has been to many many shows at Puppetworks and has written many raves, mild criticism, and attacks.

He is a valued member of our staff. We are, I believe, the only newspaper with a dedicated puppetry, mime and kids music reviewer. That is something to be praised, not attacked.

Take that L Magazine! And you too New York Times!

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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.

Rupe Goes Local, Brooklyn-Style

rupert murdoch.jpgMore than a few people found yesterday’s NYO report that Rupert Murdoch has purchased The Brooklyn Paper a bit strange. This is not Rupe’s first foray into Brooklyn, mind you, back in 2006 he paid $16 million for the TimesLedger and Courier-Life newspaper groups (and has apparently previously expressed interest in The Brooklyn Paper) but still! Who buys papers these days?! Barely anyone, as everyone reading this blog is acutely aware, so why purchase an entire company? Maybe Rupe really is slightly off his rocker as Michael Wolff continually likes to suggest?

And then there’s this: Gersh Kuntzman, the paper’s editor (who has not actually spoken to Rupe yet) says “They don’t want the product to change…And they love the product. And the product is fantastic.” Really? The idea that any paper can exist these days without investing in significant change feels somewhat unlikely. The only plausible theory we can think of is that maybe Murdoch wants the local ad network the paper might provide — this also figured into the Times rationale back in 2006, however as we know, local advertising is increasingly important in this tough economy. Or! He plans to take the paper digital and give the NYT.com ‘The Local’ blog a run for its money. Feel free to share your own theory.