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Wall Street Journal
November 22, 2006

Florida came to Manhattan in a bid to sell nearly 1,800 "ultra luxury" condo or condo hotel units.
With glossy brochures and digital videos on flat-screen televisions, tuxedo-clad waiters passed mojitos and empanadas to New York Sales brokers- the target audience of the Monday night cocktail party on Park Avenue.
The six South Florida developments- adding up to 236 stories of building-include projects by Donald Trump, Related Group, St. Regis, Paramount Worldwide, Property Markets Group and WSG Development Co. Julie Dannenberg, publisher of wealth- and society-oriented Avenue Magazine, which threw the party on behalf of its advertising clients, says with Wall Street bonuses coming up, "it"s great synergy." What about signs that the condo market has turned south, particularly in Florida? Nick Wigoda, development manager for Paramount Worldwide, which is pitching two high rise projects with units priced between $800,000 and $6 million, says that for "people who have that kind of money, it's not an investment. It's a lifestyle."
At least one broker was incredulous. "It's a known fact the market is in a downturn," says Alan Cheung, an agent at Citi Habitats in New York. Why would people want to buy now if they know it's going to dip?" So why did so many people-at least a couple of hundred-show up for the party? "Free booze," he says.

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New York Post
November 21, 2006
by Cindy Adams

Painter Michelle Marie featured in this month's Avenue magazine, created a new masterpiece. The baby boy's named Hudson Heinemann.

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New York Observer
October 30, 2006
by Spencer Morgan

So Ms. Gugelmann is 29, but already thinking like a 30-year-old. She was among several hostesses of an Avenue magazine party last week in honor of the 80th anniversary of Coco Chanel's iconic "Little Black Dress."

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New York Post
September 6, 2006
by Liz Smith

Take a look at the September issue of Avenue magazine, with the glamorous Eliza Bolen on the cover. Stepdaughter to designer Oscar de la Renta and daughter to society's Annette de la Renta, Eliza is given the full treatment by Newsweek writer Holly Peterson. (And how well I remember being at Eliza's wedding in the rain up in a tented pasture in Connecticut a few years ago.)
This is an unusual story with interviewer Holly bearding Eliza in her den as a woman continuing her stepfather's famous legacy, performing as his muse and critic. She is we to Alex Bolen, who is the business boss of Oscar's enterprises. Eliza, Alex and Oscar talk separately to Holly. The result? Oscar says he fully expects his two bossy "relatives" may fire him.
Not likely, but it's a lively set of interviews.

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New York Post
September 6, 2006

“HAPPY FAMILIES are all alike,” said Tolstoy famously.
Take a look at the September issue of AVENUE magazine, with the glamorous Eliza Bolen on the cover. Stepdaughter to designer Oscar de la Renta and daughter to society’s Annette de la Renta, Eliza is given the full treatment by Newsweek writer Holly Peterson.
(And how well I remember being at Eliza’s wedding in the rain up in a tented pasture in Connecticut a few years ago.)
This is an unusual story with interviewer Holly bearding Eliza in her den as a woman continuing her stepfather’s famous legacy, performing as his muse and critic. She is wed to Alex Bolen, who is the business boss of Oscar’s enterprises.
Eliza, Alex and Oscar talk separately to Holly. The result? Oscar says he fully expects his two bossy “relatives” may fire him.
Not likely, but it’s a lively set of interviews.

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August 29, 2006

by Miriam Hill
In New York, a rich society scandal "I think this entire city is wishing her well," said Julie Dannenberg, publisher of Avenue, a magazine that chronicles upper-crust New York life. "She's a grand figure. My God, there's no one like her, and I don't think there will be another one."

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Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006
'Fastest Growing Media Company In NYC' To Launch City Hall Tabloid

Manhattan Media, the publisher of Our Town and Avenue magazine, is set to launch City Hall, a monthly tabloid-style insert to Our Town that will "focus on rhe inner workings of city and state government." Manhattan Media president Tom Allon says the paper is New York's answer to The Hill, Washington D.C.'s navel-gazing must-read for politicians.
Allon, you'll recall, reasoned that "young hipsters have all moved to Brooklyn," Lower Manhattan needed a weekly newspaper to call its own and promptly launched Our Town Downtown.

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Crain’s New York Business
August 14-20
, 2006
BAD TIME FOR LOBBYISTS could spell good news for City Hall, the new monthly supplement found inside weekly giveaway Our Town Downtown.
Manhattan Media Chief Executive Tom Allon launched the 16-page pullout in June with hopes of eventually turning it into a local version of Roll Call or The Hill, Washington papers that cover Congress.
Already, Manhattan Media is mailing 1,000 copies of City Hall directly to elected leaders, lobbyists and union officials. Mr. Allon believes that as lobbyist rules tighten up, unions and other groups will take ads to get their message out.
“There’s a movement to limit the amount of money lobbyists can spend,” he says. “A newspaper like this - read by elected leaders, is a cost-efficient way to advocate.”
Mr. Allon’s theory is already proving itself. City Hall launched without advertising, but will carry ads from Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, 1199 SEIU and the New School in its next issue.

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Crain's New York Business'
New York, New York
June 5-11, 2006
The residential boom downtown is drawing more than gourmet food stores. Manhattan Media just launched a new edition of its free weekly newspaper, Our Town, targeting Manhattan from 28th Street to the Battery. Our Town Downtown, Manhattan Media's first launch, is taking advantage of the neighborhood's changing demographics. "TriBeCa has the same stroller gridlock you see uptown," says Manhattan Media Chief Executive Tom Allon. He realized there was a market for a family-oriented local paper after his new acquisition, New York Family, caught on downtown. The changing population also seemed more suited to the new weekly than to downtown stalwarts New York Press and the Villiage Voice.

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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. Manhattan Media president and chief executive officer, Tom Allon, says he hopes the paper's in-depth coverage of insider New York politics will appeal to local elected leaders, their staff, lobbyists, good government groups, and agency heads. Mr. Allon said City Hall is modeled after Washington D.C. papers like Roll Call and the Hill, which target employees of the federal government. "I think a publication like that will probably do pretty well," the political editor at Roll Call, Josh Kurtz, said.
- Special to the Sun

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Gotham Gazette
City Hall News
June 9, 2006
Manhattan Media, LLC, publisher of several community newspapers, recently began printing City Hall, a monthly paper covering the "politicians, staffers, and issues that shape New York." Its Web site is probably the only place on the Web with a poll allowing you to vote on who the funniest council member is.

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New York Post
by Keith Kelly
June 9, 2006
Manhattan Media owner Tom Allon isn't finished with downtown saturation.
Next Monday, he plans to introduce a glossy monthly called City Hall, aimed at the government workers who toil under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
City Hall will be wrapped in all the newspapers that Manhattan Media publishes, including Our Town, West Side Spirit, Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider, as well as its newest launch, a 20,000-circulation free paper called Our Town Downtown.
After City Hall's debut, Allon said he only plans to distribute it inside Our Town Downtown, which aims to reach the burgeoning population of families in Manhattan from 28th Street to the Battery.
It's an area of the city that once prided itself as the home of hippies, punk rockers, squatters and artists.

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New York Post - Page Six
June 8, 2006
HELL-O, DOLLY
June 8, 2006 -- SEX sells anything, even real estate. Dolly Lenz, the top broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman, is one of many big shots such as Louise Sunshine, Dottie Herman and Howard Lorber in Avenue magazine this month. But Lenz, dubbed "The Rainmaker," is the only one who posed provocatively - a la Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" - strung across a piano wearing high heels and a white mink stole. No wonder she closes so many deals.

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Gawker
'Our Town Downtown' Heralds the End of Manhattan Hipsters
June 7, 2006
Avenue publisher Manhattan Media annouces today their plans to publish Our Town Downtown, a spin-off of ancient uptown mainstay Our Town. Oh, good - we were just recently lamenting that there weren't enough free newspapers blowing around the streets these days.
More interesting than the arrival of Our Town Downtown is the rationale behind it: "The demographics of Lower Manhattan have changed dramatically. Young hipsters who may have read publications like the Village Voice and the NY Press have all moved to Brooklyn," says Tom Allon, President & CEO of Manhattan Media.
You hear that? The hipsters have all moved to Brooklyn! We're free! And you, greasy boy in the stovepipe jeans and cowboy boots, chain-smoking on the corner of Stanton and Ludlow? Sorry, but you are no hipster. Either cross the bridge, or find yourself a new stereotype.

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Since 'Young Hipsters Have All Moved To Brooklyn,' New Weekly Launches For Lower Manhattan [Fishbowl NY]
Media Buyer Planner
June 7, 2006
Manhattan Media plans to publish a spin-off of the East Side weekly Our Town, called Our Town Downtown. The new real estate and lifestyle newsweekly will target Manhattan residents living below 28th Street, paying particular attention to the area's increasingly residential demographic, MediaPost writes.
The newspapers are "found in luxury doorman buildings every week of the year offering a consistent and loyal audience," according to the publisher's website. "Within days, often hours of distribution, our papers and magazines fly off "the shelf' often becoming the talk of the town."

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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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