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Stay Thirsty Talks to an NYPD Legend

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 11:00

The Summer issue of Stay Thirsty Magazine is simply spectacular. From investigative journalist Gerald Posner’s detailing of his hunt for Josef Mengele’s Auschwitz papers to sportswriter Joe Posnanski peeling away the layers of a new book about Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, it’s grand subject matter drawn down to an intimate scale.


For New Yorkers, the piece de resistance is Steven Jay Griffel’s conversation with former NYPD detective Ralph Friedman. Among Friedman’s many celebrated exploits is the fact that between 1970 and 1984, he made more than 100 off-duty arrests. Here he is talking about how he was able to rack up that incredible number:

\"The rush had to be fed. I was always aware of my surroundings and always spotting someone with a gun… be it on duty or off duty. I made arrests in the gyms when working out… I went to Yankee Stadium with my brother with two girls and we made a robbery arrest while leaving the stadium…”

“One night I was riding my Harley from Manhattan to Queens with a girl and we pulled over on East River Drive and we were making out on one of benches facing the water… and while were making out I notice three guys nearby and they’re watching and approaching. I knew they were up to no good. I told the girl, “If you see me go for my gun, just drop to the ground.”

Doctors didn’t think Friedman would ever walk again after he was T-boned in a car accident by an unmarked police car. But he proved them wrong.

Also in the Summer issue – Jay Fox‘s look at iconic NYC dive bar Subway Inn.

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Trainwreck’s 100-Year-Old Co-Star

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 18:10

ShutterstockNormanLloyd2015New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Stephen Witty first interviewed actor Norman Lloyd (pictured) in 2007. Ahead of Trainwreck, in which Lloyd co-stars, he has logged another chat with the 100-year-old Hollywood wonder.

When Lloyd worked with Alfred Hitchcock, every shot and line was meticulously planned. Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is the opposite. It was Lloyd’s first experience with improvised film dialogue and the Jersey City native says it’s ultimately part of what keeps him going:

“I have my whiskey every day, and wine with dinner. No special diet. It’s just attitude, I think. For example, I’ve been in this business over 80 years, but working on Trainwreck, working improvisationally – I had never experienced that before. And as a consequence I found it very creative in its way. It was a new and in the end a very delightful experience – and so, if there is a secret to living a long and happy life, I think that’s it. Do your work. Be curious. Stay interested.”

That’s pretty much what another performer who lived to be 100, the late George Burns, used to preach: you’ll live long if you are able to do what you love. Most 100-year-olds would also note that improv has the benefit of not requiring the memorization of lines. But not Lloyd. The ageless performer also shares some interesting thoughts on why it never quite worked out for in Tinseltown for boy wonder Orson Welles.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Peter Bart Pays Norman Lloyd the Highest Compliment

[Photo of Lloyd at March 2015 The Sound of Music 50th anniversary event: Helga Esteb/]
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Playbill Has Some Harry Potter Fun

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 19:20

As FishbowlNY well knows, sometimes when coining a headline, it’s primarily about the writer-editor amusing themselves.


Here, Playbill managing editor Robert Viagas is picking up on an exclusive report by Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. out of Comic-Con, relating to the 2016 film project Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While “apparate” does not appear in any English-language dictionary, it’s a proper way to conjugate the J.K. Rowling lexicon. (The forthcoming Warner Bros. movie, part of a planned trilogy, is based on a book put out by Rowling under a pseudonym in 2001.)

For all those English-language purists, it could have been much worse. Viagas could have opted for “Robert Fogler Gets Muggled” or any number of HP-hed variations.

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Donald Trump Takes Over The Arizona Republic

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 16:45

ArizonaRepublicFront_07_11Ahead of this afternoon’s campaign stop in Phoenix, The Donald dominates the print and Web editions of Arizona’s leading newspaper.

The Gannett publication has all the angles covered, right down to Homer Simpson’s recent magical journey through the “ginger forest” that lies atop Trump’s head and Patrick Jones asking New Yorkers who said it – Donald Trump or show character Mr. Burns. Trump is a circulation and Internet traffic lightning rod; you can bet that today’s numbers for The Republic will be far above the usual Saturday fray.

Trump was originally slated to visit the Arizona Biltmore hotel, but the 2 p.m. event has since been moved to the larger Convention Center to accommodate the expected crowd. And that, per another The Republic item, has made several local politicians unhappy:

“Mr. Trump certainly has a First Amendment right to bluster as much as he wants, and even to pander to our worst instincts in a sad attempt to win votes at the expense of hard-working, honorable, law-abiding Latinos,” [council member Richard] Valenzuela said.

“However, we should draw the line at allowing him to use the Phoenix Convention Center — a public building funded by all of our taxpayers’ dollars — to stage his hate-filled circus.”

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Bill Hutchinson Knocks on ‘Wood’ One Last Time

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 03:10

Per a longstanding New York Daily News tradition, the paper mocked up a personalized front page Thursday to bid farewell to 18-year employee Bill Hutchinson. “Hutch” is trading his job at a paper founded in 1919 for another position with a daily launched in 1865.

My last wood for @NYDailyNews; excited that my dream will live on @SFChronicle

— Bill Hutchinson (@bill_hutchinson) July 10, 2015

Former Daily News national editor Mark Mooney put together a nice summary of the send-off festivities in the newsroom and Fraunces Tavern. He also included this sly dig at the digital divide enveloping “New York’s Hometown Newspaper:”

The paper’s growing reliance on its website – which has no resemblance to its print edition – was on stark display. As Hutchinson left to a standing ovation from his print colleagues, the digital staff stayed in their seats, either unaware of the tradition or of Hutch’s contribution to the paper.

Hutchinson, a graduate of San Francisco State University, was a 2013 Hoover Media Institution Fellow at Stanford University.

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RD Recap: Joshua Topolsky Leaving Bloomberg; New Hires at Fusion

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 23:00

Revolving DoorJoshua Topolsky leaves Bloomberg following clashes with Michael Bloomberg over the direction of the website. Will more staffers follow him? …  The Washington Post gets Dave Weigel back from Bloomberg Politics. He’ll be national politics reporter at the paper he left in 2010, after his short stint as a blogger went haywire. He’ll launch a podcast and also focus on the Rand Paul presidential campaign in his new job… The New York Times loses Derek Willis, who is off to work in the politics department at ProPublica. The data journalist joined the Times in 2007… Bill McClellan takes a buyout at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, along with five other reporters and two editors. He’ll continue to write a Sunday column…

Fusion starts a “news lab,” headed up by Aleks Chan and Jason Gilbert with the help of Casey Tolan, Nidhi Prakash, Charles Pulliam-Moore, Katie McDonough, Michael Rosen, David Matthews and Patrick Hogan… The company also hires Lauren Tara LaCapra to lead the business coverage… And finally, Fusion recruits Clarence Kwei as vice president of product… Vice Sports grabs Reggie Love, formerly basketball-teammate-in-chief to the president, as editor at large… The Cut, New York Magazine’s fashion site, poaches Refinery29 editorial director Mikki Halpin to be deputy editorial director, in addition to grabbing Racked executive editor Izzy Grinspan. She’ll be senior editor… Read More

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The Time ESPN Stoked Tyson Chandler’s Fear of Heights

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 20:00

The latest ESPN The Magazine \"Body Issue\" is on newsstands starting today. It’s the seventh for the publication’s deputy photo editor Nancy Weisman, who has been working on the popular annual showcase since it launched in 2009.

For the 2015 edition, golfer Sadena Parks posed in 109-degree weather on a course in Scottsdale. But as Weisman wrote this week, the most memorably challenging shoot circumstances occurred a few years earlier:

Our location for the Tyson Chandler 2012 shoot was a residence in Topanga Canyon outside Los Angeles. The drive up a two-mile dirt road on the edge of a cliff was so scary, I actually had to get out of the car and walk to the location. When Chandler’s agent from New York arrived, she also appeared on foot – crying and scared to death. “I am not happy!” she exclaimed. “Tyson is not coming here!”

Ten minutes later, Chandler’s SUV limo rolled up. He was so rattled he had to lean against a wall until he could get his legs to stop shaking. He told me he was afraid of heights and was plotting how he would have to pull his wife and himself out of the moving vehicle should it start to fall off the edge of the cliff. We all finally got ourselves together and came away with breathtaking images.

Maybe that’s why later that same year, Chandler showed no hesitation when Jonah Ballow of asked what his worst fear was. The good news for the 7’1″ center is that his new professional home is as flat as a pancake.

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Joshua Topolsky Out at Bloomberg

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:13

Here’s something no one expected: Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Topolsky has been fired. According to Politico, head honcho Michael Bloomberg clashed with Topolsky over the revamped, and that led to the end of Topolsky’s tenure.

Despite this, sources told Politico that the departure is “amicable.

Topolsky had been with Bloomberg since 2011. The company isn’t expected to announce the seperation until next week, but now that the news is out we doubt it takes that long.

We’ll update as more details become available.

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Hulu Might Be Advertising On

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:00

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 9.14.40 AMWe’re not quite sure, but we think Hulu has purchased some ad space on New York’s site.

We’ve reached out for confirmation, and we’ll update when we hear back.

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New York Times CEO Answers: ‘Do You Think It’s Worth Going to J-School?’

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:58

OliviaSternsMarkThompsonThere’s a certain irony in the fact that the following remarks were made in an open field in Sun Valley, Idaho, where media company billionaires and others have gathered for the annual Allen Co. let’s-make-a-deal gathering.

Answering Bloomberg Markets anchor Olivia Sterns‘ final question, New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson began by saying that based on his visits to journalism schools, “there’s no lack of enthusiasm for becoming a journalist.” Sterns then quickly interrupted interrupted with, “No, but there’s a lack of appetite to pay $92,000 a year.” That steered Thompson to a more wistful view:

“Well I think, obviously, people have got to make a choice. I think the profession, the geometry looks very different. The barriers to entry are much lower; you can do journalism and get it to the entire world from your dorm room…”

“Generally, it’s becoming a more uncertain profession. Thinking about a 20, 30, 40 year career is tougher. And so, it’s different. Becoming a journalist is more like the other creative industries, like becoming an actor, or becoming a novelist, or becoming some other kind of writer. And people love to do that, but you have to accept that it’s not going to have all the benefits of creativity and not for everyone, all the benefits of certainty of money to pay that mortgage.”

Wise words. J-school and The Juilliard School are indeed far more closely aligned today than ever before. Break a leg or break a meg. All the world’s a stage and, now also, a Smartphone screen. But the good news: Thompson has crystallized your motivation.

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InStyle Continues Search for Publisher

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:30

Time Inc. ousted Nina Lawrence as publisher of InStyle in April, and the company has still not figured out who should replace her.

Lawrence came to InStyle from The Wall Street Journal, where she served as VP of global marketing and advertising sales. She also oversaw WSJ Custom Studios, which creates branded content for advertisers. Judging by that resume, it would seem that Time Inc. wants someone who can expand InStyle’s advertising products.

The New York Post reports that one person on Time Inc.’s radar is Condé Nast Traveler publisher Bill Wackermann. Though he certainly has the chops to take over InStyle, Wakermann told the Post, “I’m flattered, but I’m fully engaged in what I am doing here at Traveler and Condé Nast.”

The search continues.

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First Chapter of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Available Now

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:10

“Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical.”

That’s the first sentence from Harper Lee’s much-anticpated first new book in more than 50 years, Go Set a Watchman.

The rest of the first chapter is now available thanks to The Wall Street Journal. So go on. We don’t know why you’re still here.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:00

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The Cut Adds Mikki Halpin and Izzy Grinspan

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 01:03

This morning we noted that Mikki Halpin, Refinery29’s talented editorial director, had left the company after only roughly 10 months. Now we know where she was headed: New York’s The Cut.

Halpin will serve as deputy editorial director; a right hand woman to editorial director Stella Bugbee.

Also joining Halpin at The Cut is Izzy Grinspan, who has been named a senior editor. She comes to the site from Racked, where she most recently served as executive editor.

Halpin will join The Cut August 3; Grinspan August 23.

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NY Jobs: Buzzfeed,, 3D Hubs

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 00:00

This week, Buzzfeed is hiring a life and money writer, while needs an entertainment writer. is seeking a social media manager, and 3D Hubs is on the hunt for a PR manager. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Life and Money Writer Buzzfeed (New York, NY) Entertainment Writer (New York, NY) Social Media Manager (New York, NY) PR Manager 3D Hubs (New York, NY) Graphic Designer Hogarth Worldwide (New York, NY)

Find more great NY jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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Fusion Snags Condé Nast’s Clarence Kwei

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 22:25

FusionOfficesWow, it’s turned out to be a big afternoon of Fusion news.

First came Jeremy Barr’s Capital New York item about plans for NoHo move this fall. Followed by announcement of a new vice president of product, who will start Monday.

Here’s the memo from chief digital officer and senior VP Daniel Eilemberg:

Hola team,

Building innovative tools that allow our team to tell stories in the most interesting and engaging ways is a critical part of our mission, which is why I am pleased to announce that Clarence Kwei is joining Fusion as our vice president of product.

Clarence will work closely with editorial, audience development, linear and other key stakeholders across the company to oversee our product pipeline from concept to delivery. He will manage timelines and prioritization for all key projects, working closely with our technology unit and the team of engineers who build the tools that allow our storytellers to be creative and innovative.

Clarence joins us from Condé Nast, where as executive director he managed finance, operations and product development for Condé Nast Digital (, and Prior to Condé, he worked at Time Inc. for 8 years managing the digital production team for,,, and Born in New York City, he studied, Finance, Fine Arts and studied Architecture in grad school.

Clarence starts on Monday, July 13 and will oversee our extremely talented product group. He will be based in New York and will report to me.

Please join me in welcoming Clarence to the Fusion team.


[Photo courtesy: Fusion]
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UK Magazine Posts Some Wink-Bait

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 22:10

We were definitely intrigued when we came across this headline today:


After all, it’s not every day that an attractive young reality TV series star fesses up to being OK with the casting couch to push forward her career. But wait… That’s not quite what she meant in reference to meetings scheduled for next month in New York:

When quizzed just how far the reality star would go for a role, it seems nothing is off limits. “I’d go full frontal for a role, of course I would. I’d sleep with someone for a role,” she continued.

Before you get too excited at that shock revelation, feisty Ferne was quick to correct herself. “Oh no! I wouldn’t make love for a role… as in to get the part,” she laughs. “I mean if there was a sex scene then yeah I would do it.”

In other words, no “wowie” here from the star of TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex).

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Architectural Digest Makes Moves

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 21:29

Architectural Digest has made a few promotions and hires. Details are below.

Sam Cochran has been named features editor. He previously served as senior editor. Leslie Anne Wiggins, formerly an assistant editor, has been promoted to associate editor. Nick Mafi has been promoted to associate editor, digital. He previously served as editorial coordinator. Geoffrey Montes has been named an assistant editor. Montes was most recently an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. Megan Spengler has been hired as an art assistant. She previously was a design intern for Cosmo.
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LinkedIn Crosses the One Million Writers Mark

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 21:15

LinkedInOneMillionWritersIn the latest confirmation of just how robust a content platform LinkedIn has become, executive editor Dan Roth has today shared some big summertime news. One million members have now posted content to the site.

From the New York-based Roth’s missive:

I still remember the late night in the fall of 2012 when we were just about to launch the ability to write on LinkedIn. We were a small team of editors, engineers, product managers, marketers and designers in Mountain View, California and NYC.

I was sharing a cab across the Manhattan Bridge with a colleague and we both started rehearsing worst-case scenarios: The hand-picked 150 people we were launching with — the Influencers — would write once, but never return. They’d copy-and-paste press releases or old speeches, content that satisfied them but didn’t engage the professional world. Readers would ignore it. In a few hours, we’d find out if were really launching what we hoped we were: a platform that would be the first place professionals go to explain and debate their world. Because we promised the Influencers they’d have an immediate impact, we couldn’t launch this to just a small test group of members — our normal process. We had to go big.

With LinkedIn about to add the ability to publish in other languages, the “big” is only going to get bigger. Right now, upwards of 130,000 posts are written each week by members. Roth has some great anecdotal details also of the power of LinkedIn posts, for everyone from authors to TV show creators. Read his post here.
[Image via: LinkedIn]

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Vanessa Bayer’s Job Interview Coach Character

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 20:40

SchumerBayerTrainwreckWe are big fans of Seth Meyers’ “Second Chance Theatre,” for which the Late Night host occsaionally stages Saturday Night Live concoctions that for one reason or another, were scrapped at the writing-dress rehearsal stage.

The topic came up during Mike Ryan’s recent Uproxx Q&A with SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer, who co-stars with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck. Bayer did not want to reveal the sketch she thinks has the likeliest chance of being showcased one day by Meyers, but she did talk about another fun character we never got to see:

\"When Simon Rich was a writer on the show, he and I wrote this Weekend Update feature character who coached people, a job interview expert. I would come on and I would talk to Seth, when he was the Update anchor, and I would say like, ‘Seth, here are tips for doing a good job interview. You have to dress professionally and do all this stuff.’\"

\"This will be hard for you to write, but I had this vocal tic where I kept going, \"YEH-YEH!\" So, I’d be talking and in the middle of my phrase, I’d go, \"yeh-YEH-yeh!\" And at the end of it, I’d be like, \"Seth, you have a lot of vocal tics. You say, ‘um,’ then you say, ‘um,’ then you ‘yeh-YEH-yeh.’ Then I’d be like, ‘You can’t say ‘um’ so much, it’s distracting.’ We tried it so many times. And I don’t think it even made it to dress rehearsal. So, I would love to do that on Second Chance Theater.\"

Last year on “Second Chance Theatre,” Bayer helped Will Forte resurrect Jennjamin Franklin, with help from Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.

[Photo courtesy: Universal Pictures]
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