New York Observer
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The New York Observer is a weekly newspaper first published in New York City on September 22, 1987, by Arthur L. Carter, a very successful former investment banker with publishing interests. The Observer focuses on the city's culture, real estate, the media, politics and the entertainment and publishing industries. It covers the rich and powerful of New York with an unusual depth of coverage although has been criticized for its narrow focus on Manhattan and its liberal political perspective.
It is perhaps best known for publishing Candace Bushnell's column on Manhattan's social life on which the hit television series Sex and the City was loosely based. Published every Wednesday, the newspaper's editorial team is led by distinguished ex-PBS journalist Peter Kaplan, with other writers and editors including Joe Conason, Alexandra Jacobs, Tom McGeveran, Tom Scocca, Peter M. Stevenson, Hilton Kramer, Andrew Sarris, Richard Brookhiser, Michael Thomas, John Heilpern, Robert Gottlieb, Nicholas von Hoffman, Steve Kornacki and Rex Reed. It is visually distinctive because of its salmon-colored pages and sketch illustrations, á la La Gazzetta dello Sport. Henry Rollins once described it as "the curiously pink newspaper."