Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Is the New York Times Now Our Local Paper?


Wow what a glorious morning, huh?

Have you noticed that lately the NYT has more comprehensive and thorough coverage of South Florida issues than our local hometown paper?

Just today, I read about Obama's plan to allow oil drilling off the east coast of Florida (the Herald, by contrast, merely notes to the NYT story in a blog entry).

Then you had this incredible story that Gimleteye noted about how Florida restaurants no longer serve local fish (or maybe it depends on how you define "local"):
The postcard Florida experience: sun, fun and plenty of local seafood. It was the latter that brought Gary and Vicki Haller from Kansas to Wahoo’s here last week, with its waterfront views, toucan colors and promise of fresh food “from our docks.”

“We live in cow country,” Mr. Haller said. “Here we eat fish.”

But the fish in his “belly buster” sandwich actually traveled farther than he did. It was Pangasius, a freshwater catfish from Vietnam. The grouper and tuna were also imports, according to Wahoo’s managers. And the “local” label on the menu? It still applied, they insisted, because their distributor was down the road.

Finally you had this in-depth profile of the Wynwood area and its resurgence spurred by investor Tony Goldman:

Now, Mr. Goldman’s effort to work the same magic in Wynwood, a former industrial neighborhood here just north of downtown and a mile and a half west of Biscayne Bay, is starting, slowly, to bear fruit. Since 2004, he has spent some $35 million to buy about two dozen buildings.

On a recent tour, Mr. Goldman pointed out galleries that have sprouted in brightly painted cinderblock buildings once used as warehouses by shoe manufacturers; a former junkyard that now houses a stainless-steel sculpture park; and a new restaurant, Joey’s, which is named for his son and draws a fashionable crowd. Mr. Goldman has always used restaurants, whether the Greene Street Cafe in SoHo or Lucky’s in South Beach, to get people to talk about a neighborhood.

To provide an incentive to restaurateurs, the Goldmans persuaded Miami officials to ease parking-space requirements. Now Joey’s is one of seven recently opened lounges and restaurants in Wynwood. “He’s the perfect neighbor for us,” said Mera Rubell, an owner of the Rubell Family Collection, which operates out of a Wynwood warehouse. “Not only did he buy properties here, but now he’s bringing life and activity to them.”

All true, you might say, but what about Glenn Garvin?

Ok, you got me -- where else can you read anti-Census fear-mongering from our favorite local TV critic so loopy the Herald had to carry a public rebuke from the Arab American representative of the Census Advisory Committee?

(But Glenn covered the war in Nicaragua!)

You know, I started this morning in a good mood.

32 comments:

  1. "Windsurfing"-- make love on land or water. Bolero, Tanqueray Gin optional"

    If SFL "diets" like he "windsurfs" does he wait an hour before going in the water?

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  2. Underwater camera, extra batteries.

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  3. "Wow what a glorious morning, huh?"

    Early morning "windsurfing" session.

    btw, classy picture glenn!

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  4. 10:15, SFL needs waterproof equipment. The lucky bastard hooked himself a mermaid of the latin persuasion.

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  5. There, there, SFL. You can comfort yourself with the fact that the Times of London and the Daily Telegraph provide better coverage of U.S. news than the New York Times.

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  6. Garvin could have lost all that weight by getting rid of the flab between his ears.

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  7. why is the glenn smiling?

    a) he is thinking i am the best reporter b) he is 'waxing' his 'waxboard'

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  8. @11:28, if he can find his "waxboard"

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  9. Word on the street is SFL's new drink is chilled pickle juice w/ a splash of gin and a wave of vermouth. SFL confirm or deny.

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  10. Is greenberg gal no more? Or, has the firm blocked this blog?

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  11. I saw GG recently at Sugarcane in Midtown. I left her a 25% tip.

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  12. Where does Glenn buy his specs?

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  13. Are you suggesting a Greenberg associate is working as waitresses?

    Come on, I am calling B.S..

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  14. 1:09, the economy is tough. second job is needed in this recession.

    sfl is ahead of the game making home 'movies.' need an editor sfl? i'm happy with minimum wage.

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  15. 12:42-- Free with a Miami Herald subscription including a pocket protector

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  16. You hiring SFL for your 'movie' biz? What is the job title? What are the job perks? What is the pay? Is Medical and dental benefits included?

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  17. 11:53, that's an interesting concoction but I burp enough as it is.

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  18. 1:32, You forgot one-- paid vacations?

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  19. SFL is a handyman. He does it all. Directing, producing, editing, lighting and he handles all the legal aspects. He majored in law, minored in film.

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  20. What is the primary theme of your films, SFL?

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  21. Highly interested in applying but I need Mondays off.

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  22. Here's a title for ya--

    "Pleasure Between The Sheets"

    "The Lawyer And The Latina" -- a gripping tale

    Hire me and I'll give pointers on 3D effects. Before I do I need full 100% medical coverage. What the hail, eighty percent? Im flexible.

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  23. Nix Pleasure Between The Sheets- actual title of a film.

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  24. SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME!
    SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME! SHUMIE TIME!

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  25. This blog is ace. It blows all the others out of the water. Kudos the owner!

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  26. Lay off Glenn. Dude is kosher.

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  27. ET Phone Home. ET Phone Home. Shumie needs you.

    @7:38- are you high? get a refund on your dope.

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  28. You mean dripping tale.

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  29. Why does SFL keep posting about Glenn? Is SFL a relative?

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  30. Your comments are intersting. More and more local newspapers are finding that they are losing their shirts unless they focus the majority of their coverage on local stories. Which explains why large newspapers, like the NYT, are also losing their shirts when they try to do the same. LOL.

    Regarding community newspapers, it's true that people want to know who bowled a 300 at the ELKS club before they know what' going on abroad.

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