Next Door NYC Gets New Editor

NYTimes Editor Joe Kahn

If you were not aware, the residents of the Upper East Side have a new editor for their neighborhood blog. Yup, the Sulzbergers have appointed a replacement for the execrable Dean Baquet. Tiger Beat’s email thingie has the gossip:

KNOWING JOE KAHN — N.Y. Mag’s Shawn McCreesh gets into the nitty-grittyof what makes the NYT’s new top editor tick. “Kahn, a fabulously wealthy Bostonian, is, arguably, a throwback to a more patrician leader of the paper. … Kahn is not flashy, but he does have a taste for the finer things. He is a familiar face at opening night of the Metropolitan Opera. He is an oenophile with a particular fondness for Burgundy and is part of a wine consortium that includes the billionaire JOSEPH BAE. Kahn was an investor in Monkey Bar, a clubby restaurant owned by Air Mail editor GRAYDON CARTER.” (Worth clicking simply for the photo shoot of Kahn, which any number of journalists are chattering about.) Related read: “Bland Ambition: What the Joe Kahn Choice Says About the New York Times,” by John Harris

While I doubt anyone could be worse choice than Dean Baquet, it looks like they may have found a contender.

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11 Responses to Next Door NYC Gets New Editor

  1. MDavis says:

    But he’s fabulously wealthy. What could go wrong?

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  2. Buttermilk Sky says:

    One glimmer of hope: Graydon Carter was the editor of SPY when it coined the phrase “short-fingered vulgarian,” which has irritated Trump for four decades. If he’s friends with this guy, who knows?

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  3. Art says:

    WTF … I was thinking this has to be a portfolio shot for a gay male model. But what is the theme? A semi-candid shot of him ‘laying on the $40,000 carpet scanning the obituaries and sipping Japanese tea while fully dresses and frighteningly well groomed’. The ‘as one does’ is implied. A bit contrived, if you ask me.

    He has a look about him that suggests he has never done anything in his life without a written report from his lawyer, accountant, and media consultant. That he is entirely incapable of spontaneous action. I assume the photographer had a gun.

    Under the surface there is also a very Pip Torrens as ‘Herr Starr’ in the “Preacher” series vibe.

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    • ming says:

      You have a gift for understatement.


    • MDavis says:

      My first thought when I saw that shot was “Oh, he’s mimicking Jackie Onassis, in that shot of her laying out a page when she was an editor.” Trying to copy a reputed class act, since he has none of his own, I’d wager.
      Anyway, that was a long time ago, and I’ve gotten some details wrong. I guess she was a book editor, worked on a book about a Vogue editor (I thought she was working for Vogue) but I seem to remember the piece made kind of a big deal about her getting down on the floor to look over the layout she was working on.


  4. ali redford says:

    “Under the surface there is also a very Pip Torrens as ‘Herr Starr’ in the “Preacher” series vibe.”
    I caught that, as well! I miss that show.


  5. Richard Portman says:

    Fabulously wealthy Bostonian patrician! An oenophile! A patron of the Opera!
    Well hey, i like opera too. In those stories, usually the king pays a price, but not before he kills as many people as he can. In the end, the ghosts haunt him and he ends up contemplating a skull.
    Why is he posing like a picture from a ’70s gay porn mag?
    I am also an oenophile, but i almost lost my daily ration when i saw this.


  6. Pretzelogic in Philly, PA says:

    Is it my imagination, or is he wearing jeans on one leg and slacks on the other? I’ve been pretty out of the loop for a while now, but is that actually a thing?


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