Isis Venture Partners announced today that it had sold the Manhattan Newspaper Group to Straus News. Included in the deal are some of New York's longest-standing publications. Titles going to Straus include the West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, the Chelsea Clinton News, the Westsider and NYPress.com.
Manhattan Media, which is owned by Isis Venture Partners, has sold its Manhattan-based chain of weekly newspapers, including Our Town, Chelsea Clinton News, West Side Spirit, the Westsider and Our Town Downtown.
Publisher Purchases Group That Owns Titles Such as Our Town, West Side Spirit
July 12, 2009
Crain’s New York
Publisher Bucks Trend with Launch
By Valerie Block; Contributors Lisa Fickenscher, Matthew Flamm
At least one company believes there's a future in newspapers. Freebie publisher Manhattan Media this fall will turn its monthly arts supplement City Arts—created in March by former New York Sun staffers—into a stand-alone twice-monthly publication.
The new version will continue to feature former Sun critics Jay Nordlinger andLance Esplund, but will also add arts listings and coverage of benefits and parties. Launched as a supplement to Our Town, West Side Spirit and New York Press, City Arts will expand to almost double its current size, or up to 40 pages, with distribution of 50,000 copies.
“A lot of arts institutions are looking to stretch their advertising dollar in a targeted publication like this one,” says Manhattan Media Chief Executive Tom Allon. “If you advertise in The New York Times, most of the people who see your ads live outside New York.”
Manhattan Media will also launch City Arts for NYC Visitors, a free quarterly guide to be distributed at hotels, starting in November.
March 1, 2009
Crain’s New York
Sun’s Art Section to Rise Again
THE NEW YORK SUN MAY NOT BE RISING AGAIN, BUT ITS ARTS COVERAGE IS ABOUT TO have a resurrection of sorts. Manhattan Media, publisher of weekly freebies New York Press, West Side Spirit and Our Town, is launching monthly supplement City Arts, which will feature former arts critics and writers from the Sun. The alumni include Lance Esplund, Brice Brown, Jay Nordlinger, Joel Lobenthal and Marion Maneker. The 24-page publication will debut March 12. Manhattan Media has also hired two sales executives who specialized in arts advertising at the Sun. The six year old five-day-a-week broadsheet folded in September. Though it never turned a profit, it was prized for its arts coverage and carried ads from galleries and museums. City Arts will have a print run of 65,000 copies.
That question is very much on the mind of Edward-Isaac Dovere, the 28-year-old founding editor of City Hall, a twice-monthly newspaper that first appeared in 2006, and The Capitol, a monthly that made its debut last January.
The newspapers, which cover city and state politics, respectively, are directed not to the general public but to elected officials, their staff members and lobbyists, among others. Perhaps the best insight into the readership of the publications, whose combined circulation is 20,000, is found on their Web sites, where elected officials advertise staff job openings.
Mr. Dovere, who lives on the Upper West Side, has an office at Manhattan Media, which publishes both periodicals and is on Madison Avenue near 28th Street. His walls are covered with the front pages of past issues (“Shelly Silver, on the Couch,” “Political Power Couples”), and near his desk is a congratulatory postcard from Gay Talese. Mr. Dovere had interviewed Mr. Talese, among other “iconic New Yorkers,” for an article in March about the possibility that a New Yorker might be among the presidential nominees.
Although Mr. Dovere did not study political science in college (Johns Hopkins) or graduate school (the University of Chicago), he did have political internships throughout high school and college, and he served as an intern for The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress.
One recent morning, Mr. Dovere, who goes by Isaac, reflected in his office on the events of 2008 and their political implications for 2009. GREGORY BEYER
Just the way New Yorkers think about things, it’s distinctive. It’s not radically different from the way people in Baltimore, for example, think, but there is a New Yorker mentality. And I think part of why City Hall and The Capitol have been successful is because we have a cast of characters in this town that has got to be unmatched.
Think about it: Eliot Spitzer, when he was governor; David Paterson; Chuck Schumer; Hillary Clinton. This is what we’re dealing with. This is a reporter’s dream. And then you’ve got 51 members of the City Council. Out of 51, I would say probably 43 are really interesting, and the rest are moderately interesting.
And you kind of need to be really interesting to be in politics in New York. I mean, Chuck Schumer is a character, and he’s a presence. And I think that not only would Chuck Schumer probably have never been able to get elected in, I don’t know, Idaho, but they just wouldn’t know what to do with him. But in New York it’s, “Oh, it’s Schumer.”
I can’t imagine there will ever be a year in New York politics like the year we have just had. You have a new governor and you’re going to have a new senator, but you’re also going to have a new chief judge and you have a new Senate majority leader. You’ve got a Democratic congressman in Staten Island. In Staten Island? That would have seemed huge in a year that we didn’t have all the rest of this.
And in addition to that, you’ve got a budget crisis. You’ve got the constitution of the city, the charter, rewritten by people to whom it applied. And it happened in three weeks. And that would have been the huge story of the year, but instead you’ve got Eliot Spitzer, who didn’t come down in a sex scandal; he came down in a prostitution scandal.
I think it’s one of my strengths as a person, or as a reporter, that I really pay attention to politics, but I also like going to the opera and the movies and reading books. I was on vacation and read the David Michaelis book about Charles Schulz and Peanuts.
I didn’t want to read about politics. I’m not crazy obsessed with this stuff. I have conversations with people who don’t know much about this stuff, who will say, “Here’s what I know is going on,” or “This is really the way the mayor’s race is going to shape up.”
They’ll say something and they don’t really know what they’re talking about. And I’m like, “Well. ...” And they say, “How do you know?” And I say, “Well, I do know.” And they say, “Where are you getting your information from?” And I’m like, “From the people who are in that race, who I just talked to.” I try to be as polite as I can be.
The flip side of it is that because I have the job as the editor of a political publication, when things happen that everyone wants to know about, everybody’s like, “Who’s going to be the new senator?” I’m like, “I don’t know!”
On election night this year, I was at the party for the State Democratic Party, which was at the Sheraton in Midtown, and I don’t remember exactly what point in the night it was, but it was after it was clear that Obama had won. My little brother, who just graduated from college and is working in D.C., called me.
He’s more partisan than I am allowed to be. And he said, “This is crazy!” You know, it’s his first big presidential election. And I said, “Yeah, you know, and it looks like the Democrats won the State Senate, too.” And he’s like, “Yeah, O.K., Isaac.”
September 18, 2008
New York Observer
City Hall Hires a City Hall Reporter
By Azi Paybarah
David Freedlander, until recently a staff writer for amNew York, is starting today as an associate managing editor of both City Hall News, the two-year-old monthly publication catering to people directly involved in local politics, and The Capitol, its newly launched sister publication focusing on state politics.
Manhattan Media, which owns City Hall News, has also started publications in Albany and Boston.
Freedlander told me about the move when I ran into him last night on his way to mingle with his new colleagues at the Commerce Bank on Broadway, where C.H.N. was hosting its "40 under 40" party.
Freedlander is Manhattan Media's first acquisition from Room 9.
UPDATE: Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall News and the Capitol, emailed to say hiring Freedlander is the first step in the company's expansion. "[W]e are in that rare pocket of the news media that is in a growth period," and those plans will continue "in expectation of what we believe will be 2009's likely political craziness on both the city and state level."
Manhattan Media Merges with Wendy Show Management
By Lita Solis-Cohen
After denying rumors that Westchester Enterprises, the management company for Wendy Show Management, was for sale, the company announced on August 7 that it has merged with Manhattan Media, publishers of Avenue magazine. Wendy Show Management, the longest-established management company for art and antiques shows in the U.S., has joined forces with Avenue magazine, the "premier social magazine," which promises to deliver its readership to the participating dealers.
Meg (Wendy) Geslin, who took over the management of Westchester Enterprises after working with her mother, Diane Wendy, will become managing director of AVENUE-Wendy Shows. She will report to Julie Dannenberg, publisher at Manhattan Media.
Dannenberg said, "The deal happened quickly. We believe that there is tremendous synergy between the two brands, the kind of quality and deep relationships in the neighborhood; both Avenue and Wendy shows have long histories in the community and luxury market."
"This is an exciting merger," said Meg Geslin. "I don't think a mom-and-pop organization can function well in New York City; expenses are enormous. Now we can consolidate our resources and promote the show in a way that will reenergize passion, the fun, and the sense of discovery that defines a good show."
Avenue magazine, which cannot be purchased at newsstands, will deliver this message to 52,500 residents of select doorman buildings along Park and Madison Avenues and others in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods as well as to guests of Manhattan's top 30 luxury hotels and to clubs. In April it solicited dealers for new fall and spring antiques shows at 583 Park Avenue, the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, where the Haughtons held their Asian art show in March. Dannenberg said that after making the deal with Geslin, she canceled these shows. The first was scheduled for September 18-21.
According to its Web site, Manhattan Media also publishes Our Town, New York Press, and The West Side Spirit, which are focused on neighborhoods. In the material sent to dealers last spring, Manhattan Media claimed that Avenue reached Manhattan's most affluent society with an average household income of $1,700,000 and an average total net worth of $14,700,000. On average its readers spend $125,600 on art and collectibles and $78,900 on antiques, furniture, and furnishings.
The practice of media companies buying antiques shows appears to be a trend. In the past several years, dmg world media, which produces shows worldwide, purchased several antiques and art shows in the U.S., including SOFA and two shows in Palm Beach. This summer, dmg resold one of the Palm Beach shows back to its founders, David and Lee Ann Lester, reportedly for much less than it paid for it.
Dannenberg began her career at Avenue magazine in 1986. After a decade, she left to become publisher of other lifestyle magazines and a founder of Luxuryfinder.com, one of the first Web sites to sell luxury goods on the Internet. When Avenue was for sale in 2002, Dannenberg was offered the opportunity to return as a partner and assume the title of publisher. She said Manhattan Media has made several purchases of small independently owned businesses in the last several years, among them 02138, a magazine geared to Harvard alumni.
Dannenberg said she has known Geslin for 20 years, and the merger made sense as an economy of scale. "We can handle the accounting, the advertising, the promotion, and leave Meg to handle the show and the dealers," she said. "We are delighted to use the Wendy name; Meg and her parents spent years building their brand."
The first AVENUE-Wendy show, Antiques & Arts at Park Avenue Armory, will be December 4-7, with a special preview by invitation on December 3. The preview will not benefit a nonprofit; it is a benefit for the dealers, designers, collectors, and the press. It will feature Wendy's top dealers: The 19th Century Shop, M.S. Rau Antiques, Steinitz, Marion Harris, Perrisue Silver, Alberto Santos, Hollis Reh & Shariff, Zane Moss Antiques, Ltd., and The Spare Room, among others.
Interior designer Richard Mishaan, who was to design the shows at the church, will create the look at the armory for the December show, "a show not defined by price point but by quality and design," according to the official announcement. The show will "merge high-end antiques with contemporary and traditional art, international dealers with local dealers, and traditional with the avant-garde."
August 19, 2008
Antiques and the Arts Editorial Content
Wendy Show Acquired by Publisher of Manhattan’s ‘Avenue’ Magazine
New York City:Antiques show promoter Meg (Wendy) Geslin continues to reinvent the brand of her family-owned show-management business, this time by joining forces with Manhattan Media, which publishes Avenue, Manhattan's premiere society magazine.
Manhattan Media on August 7 announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Geslin's firm, the longest established management company for art and antiques shows in the United States, formerly known as Wendy Show Management. The unit will be merged with Manhattan Media's Avenue Media division to create Avenue/Wendy Shows.
Geslin will become managing director of Avenue/Wendy Shows, reporting to Julie Dannenberg, publisher of Avenue.
"We could not be more excited to welcome Meg Geslin and her business into the Manhattan Media family," said Dannenberg in a prepared statement. "We believe that there is tremendous synergy between the two brands. Both Avenue and Wendy shows have long histories in the community and in the luxury market."
"I could not be more thrilled to be joining forces with Avenue and Manhattan Media," said Geslin.
In addition to Avenue, which is entering its fourth decade, Manhattan Media publishes the New York Press, 02138 (the Harvard alumni magazine) and several community newspapers.
Exhibitors have praised the merger, citing the influence of both firms within the luxury arena.
"The December show promises to be a great success," said Stephan Loewentheil, owner of the 19th Century Shop. "The combined efforts of leading dealers from around the world, Wendy Management's long history of putting together top-flight shows in New York and Avenue's proven ability to reach affluent collectors will make the show a 'must visit' on the preholiday calendar."
Estate jeweler Brad Reh of Hollis Reh & Sharif, a Wendy Shows mainstay, said, "I've known both Meg and Julie for more than 20 years. It's really the best combination a dealer could hope for. I truly look forward to the upcoming show season."
There has been an evolution of branding for what the trade has referred to over the years as "Wendy Shows," and most recently the four shows at the Park Avenue Armory were conducted under the aegis of Westchester Enterprises, while a fifth show in Morristown, N.J., was produced under the old Wendy Show Management banner.
The new brand — Avenue/ Wendy Shows — still under Geslin's management, will be rolled out for the upcoming Antiques & Arts at the Park Avenue Armory on December 4–7. Now in its 19th year, the show will feature more than 70 dealers specializing in art and antiques, including French, English and Continental furniture from the Seventeenth Century through the Art Deco period; silver, including Tiffany and Jensen; clocks and barometers; rugs and tapestries; porcelain; objects of vertu; garden furnishings; antique, estate and contemporary jewelry; fine, modern and contemporary art; sculpture; vintage handbags and more.
The show will have a special preview by invitation on December 3. Among Geslin's longtime dealers participating will be the 19th Century Shop, Asiantiques, Callan Fine Art, Lawrence J. Cantor and Co., Jacques de Vos, Fleur, Grau & Company Inc, Marion Harris, Midori, Milord Antiquities, Zane Moss Ltd, Michael Pashby, Perrisue Silver, M.S. Rau, Guy Regal Ltd, Hollis Reh & Shariff, Alberto Santos, The Spare Room, Steinitz, Joseph Wendt, Whitley Collection and others.
August 7, 2008
United Federation of Teachers (Website)
Blackboard Award Winners
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Paula Rogovin, PS 290, Manhattan; Yvette Hinds-Joseph, PS 37, Queens.
Public Elementary School Teachers of the Year: Julie Stone, PS 166,
Manhattan; Kristin Broderick, PS 77, Manhattan.
Public Middle School Teacher of the Year: Linda Fields, Brooklyn Studio Secondary School.
Public High School Teacher of the Year: Charles Di Benedetto, Far Rockaway HS, Queens.
Math Teaching: Chance Nalley, Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering, Manhattan.
Brain POP Science Citation: David Deutsch, Manhattan Center for
Science and Mathematics.
Brain POP Jr. Science Citation: Steven Tomsik, PS 107, Brooklyn.
Special Needs Citation: Charlayne Williams, PS 370, Brooklyn.
Rising Star Teachers of the Year: Devon Eisenberg, Mott Hall V Middle School, Bronx; Meghan Kelley, JHS 44, Manhattan.
A dozen New York City public school educators got a well-deserved spot in the limelight when they were honored at the 2008 Blackboard Awards for Teachers ceremony at Fordham University on June 9. What’s more, a lot of everyday New Yorkers learned about the work these educators do when their profiles ran in community newspapers such as Our Town, New York Press and West Side Spirit published by Manhattan Media, which spearheads the event. “We focus on schools and teachers doing things right, because too often the focus in the daily media is on what’s wrong with our schools,” said Charlotte Eichna, Blackboard Awards project director. The project was inaugurated three years ago to salute classroom leaders who not only nail the basics but who go above and beyond the call of duty to help students succeed, according to Tom Allon, president and CEO of Manhattan Media. Nineteen winners were selected from the nearly 300 candidates from public, independent, charter and parochial schools who were nominated by colleagues, current and former students, administrators and parents. UFT President Randi Weingarten represented the union, a co-sponsor of the awards, and congratulated winners for the work they do on behalf the city’s schoolchildren. Sponsoring the Blackboard Awards for Teachers along with the UFT are Brain POP, CUNY, Fordham University, Hunter College, Warehouse Wines and Spirits, Commerce Bank and Verizon. For
more information, log on to www.BlackboardAwards.com.
May 18, 2008
CRAIN'S New York Business
Manhattan Media looks north, south
While most print publishers are licking their wounds, Manhattan Media is expanding its footprint – again. Just days after buying 02138, a magazine for Harvard alumni, from Atlantic Media, the publisher of New York freebies Avenue, West Side Spirit and New York Press went to Miami to buy Latin Trade, a trilingual title for the business community. "We see Miami as the sixth borough," says President Tom Allon.
Latin Trade has a monthly circulation of 87,000 copies, and is distributed across Latin America and parts of the United States. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The freebie will be part of anew division, Miami Media. An Ivy League Media division built around 02138 will include half a dozen alumni-oriented titles, as well as companion Web sites and events.
"We feel we have the bandwidth to build both these things out," Mr. Allon says.
May 12, 2008
The New York Times
Planning a Web Site, Publisher Buys a Harvard Alumni Magazine
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
A small New York publisher on Friday bought 02138, a magazine for Harvard alumni, with visions of expanding it into social networking and event sponsorship, and then duplicating the operation for each Ivy League school.
Manhattan Media bought 02138 from Atlantic Media, publisher of The Atlantic and National Journal, and the magazine’s young founders, Bom Kim and Daniel Loss, who held a minority stake. The price was not disclosed.
The deal was something of a surprise; Manhattan Media’s involvement had been kept quiet, and published reports said in April that Sandow Media, publisher of Worth magazine, was on the verge of buying 02138, which is named for Harvard’s ZIP code.
Mr. Kim will stay as publisher. Tom Allon, president and chief executive of Manhattan Media, said he hoped the executive editor, Richard Bradley, would also stay. The magazine will go from four issues a year to six, he said.
We plan to launch a companion Web site that’s a social networking Web site for Harvard alumni, and sponsor a series of events, alumni events, around the 02138 brand,” he said. “We think this is a sort of new paradigm in publishing. I think people do share common interests when they’re alumni of a university.”
Over the next few years, Mr. Allon said, “Our plan is that this is the first of what will become eight Ivy League magazines, sites and events companies,” one each for Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton and Yale. Though he is an alumnus of Cornell and Columbia, Mr. Allon said the next project would probably be Yale or Princeton.
The Harvard magazine first appeared in 2006, offering articles on alumni and staff, and campus goings-on. It publishes an annual Harvard 100, a ranking of the university’s most influential alumni: last year, its top five, in order, were Al Gore, President Bush, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Senator Barack Obama and Bill Gates. Mr. Allon said he planned to publish similar rankings for each Ivy League school.
The magazine, mailed free to about 100,000 Harvard alumni, is supported by ads, and the other magazines would follow that lead. “Paid circulation, I think, is a dying model,” he said.
Manhattan Media owns 10 publications, including Avenue magazine, New York Press and several other local weekly newspapers in Manhattan, and two monthlies on New York politics: City Hall and The Capitol.
The company is owned by Mr. Allon and Isis Venture Partners.
February 4, 2008
NEW YORK, 10:32 AM, MON FEB 4
'NYPost' Swipes 'NYPress' Item On Phony Knicks Fans
Have you seen those commercials starring real-life Knicks fans going on about how much they love their team? The New York Press called foul on the ads this week, reporting the team had hired actors to play the roles. Not exactly a shocker, how many authentic Knicks fans could there possibly be these days? The New York Post was outraged enough to run a double bylined piece today, albeit without crediting the Press story, which occasionally happens after an item has languished for a couple of days. Though, um, we wondered how the Post came across the item—can you even get the Press in Midtown?
Turns out the piece was passed on by the Press to Page Six's Richard Johnson, who "was eager to do an item," Press editor David Blum told us. Aww, offering publicity to a struggling alt-weekly, how nice! As if. The story was bumped up to a news feature by the Post and then turned into a scoop on page three. "We're sorry they couldn't wait one more day and make it a Wall Street Journal page one exclusive," Blum told us.
February 1, 2008
'60 MINS.' ROBBERY
STAHL PENTHOUSE IS HIT FOR 100G
By TIM PERONE, PHILIP MESSING and LARRY CELONA
February 1, 2008 -- A burglar posing as a construction worker broke into "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl's Upper West Side penthouse and carted off more than $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics, police said.
The brazen bandit stole several diamond watches, a pearl necklace, earrings, and gold and silver necklaces in the heist last Friday, cops said.
In addition, a laptop computer was filched from the CBS star's 15th-floor apartment, which overlooks Central Park in the West 70s.
Stahl - a former White House correspondent who has worked on the long-running TV-magazine show since 1991 - was not home at the time of the break-in.
She did not return calls for comment and a "60 Minutes" representative declined to comment.
The incident, which was first reported in the West Side Spirit, occurred at around 11 a.m.
The thief gained access to the building by pretending to be a construction worker fixing the landmark building.
January 30, 2008
Lesley Stahl's NYC Apartment Burgled
The New York Press reports that the penthouse apartment of 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl was "ransacked" last Friday.
A thief "made off with, among other things, a Bulova watch commemorating the CBS reporter's weekly series, 60 Minutes," the NYPress' sister publication West Side Spirit reports. "In minutes, the thief snatched the Bulova, another diamond watch, a ruby and gold antique bracelet, a string of pearls and a diamond broach," the paper reports.
Stahl was not home at the time, but a housekeeper was. With work being done on her Upper West Side building, it is believed a person posing as a contractor made his way into the unit, and then made off with the goods.
January 27, 2008
Upper East Side
For a Housing Group, a Familiar Client
By GREGORY BEYER
LAST May, after visiting a friend in the hospital, Edgardo Alfaro returned to learn that his fourth-floor studio apartment on Lexington Avenue near 63rd Street had caught fire. Mr. Alfaro, a 69-year-old Peruvian immigrant, lost everything in the blaze.
Exactly what caused the fire, and who was to blame, were in dispute, but in any event Mr. Alfaro was soon homeless. Desperate, he walked a block south to Eviction Intervention Services, a housing advocacy agency located in Lexington United Methodist Church. Six months later, he moved back into a rent-controlled studio apartment in his old building.
“If I didn’t go to court with them,” a grateful Mr. Alfaro said recently, “I would still be homeless.”
Now, however, Eviction Intervention Services finds itself in the same predicament as Mr. Alfaro was. Since 1984, the group has rented a large room in the church, on East 62nd Street. But according to the Rev. Elizabeth Perry, the pastor, the building will be demolished this spring and replaced by a new one containing apartments producing revenue that will help pay for improved worship space.
As a result, the group must leave by March 1. The agency’s 16 employees, who include four lawyers, are experiencing what Audrey Tannen, the executive director, called “the real terror, the problem of not being able to hold onto what you have already.”
The agency’s impending eviction was reported in Our Town East Side, a weekly newspaper.
December 5, 2007
After 46 years on job, man is crowned Upper East Side's best doorman
BY MELISSA GRACE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, December 5th 2007, 4:00 AM
Upper East Side doorman Steven Keschl has been voted the neighborhood's best doorman - and after an amazing 46 years on the job, it's well-deserved.
At 81, the big-hearted Hungarian native still happily greets residents, hails cabs and carries luggage on a daily basis.
"Good afternoon, my friends," a spry Keschl cooed as residents walked into 460 E. 79th St., where he has worked since 1961.
"There isn't another doorman like Steve, and we're keeping him," gushed apartment owner Rena Fafalios. "The building would close if he left."
"He's part of the family here," agreed resident Argyro Pantazopoulos, 80, as Keschl, dressed in his crisp green uniform, escorted her to a taxi.
Even on the upper East Side, famed for its well-tailored and efficient doormen, Keschl's devotion to the job is legendary: He has never missed a day of work.
"Our kids, and so many others who grew up with him, like to come back and say hi," said Peter Moss, a retired management consultant.
The secret to Keschl's success?
"I love people and people love me," said Keschl. "I was born like this - I can't help it."
Besides that, "He always knows what is going on," said building resident Stuart Schenendorf.
By delivering packages promptly and responding to residents' concerns, Keschl has earned his apartment owners' respect.
"These are important things when you rely on someone," said Schenendorf, 51.
A grandfather of four who lives in the Bronx, Keschl brings a homey touch to the building.
He met his wife, Elizabeth, at work the year he started. She was a young nanny and they both spoke German.
Today, Elizabeth Keschl still bakes apple pies for building residents and staff. Keschl, an avid gardener, brings summer vegetables to his employers.
Keschl was voted Best East Side Doorman in the first Building Service Awards, a competition held over the summer.
Of the more than 50 doormen nominated, Keschl stood out to the judges because of the years he has devoted to the building and the "strong affection" for him expressed in nominating letters, said Matt Nerzig, a spokesman for Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.
The competition was put on by building management companies, the union and Manhattan Media, a consortium of neighborhood newspapers.
As he has gotten older, Keschl said his building's management has offered him a chair to sit in the lobby - something he has refused to accept.
"It doesn't look good," Keschl said.
October 26, 2007
MAG'S ADS ARE GAINING WHILE EDITORIAL IS WANING
Some entrepreneurs still have faith in magazines, despite the gloomy assessments.
Here's a rundown on three publications that have launched or are about to launch in the weeks ahead.
* Manhattan Media, the folks who in August purchased New York Press and last year launched City Hall, are next month introducing The Capitol, a new monthly newspaper covering the Albany political scene from Gov. Spitzer on down.
It's part of a strategy by Tom Allon, the CEO of Manhattan Media, to keep political publications profitable - and local.
"The model is politics, policy and personalities," said Allon. "It's a good combination of public policy and bills that are in the Legislature and the people who are in government."
The new newspaper will be modeled after City Hall, a paper that Manhattan Media launched last year to cover city politics. City Hall was modeled after the popular D.C. political weekly, The Hill, where Allon cut his teeth.
Allon's already skimping on the cost of an editor. Edward-Isaac Dovere, who is already editing City Hall, will be the editor of The Capitol, which will have a staff of four or five full-time reporters and editors.
The New York Sun
PUBLISHER TO LAUNCH FREE PAPER FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
June 9, 2006
Just four weeks after the launch of Our Town Downtown, a free weekly aimed at families living below 28th street, local publishing conglomerate Manhattan Media will introduce a free monthly paper Monday for New York's government employees. [More]
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