After three years as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Gelb has scrapped many of the stodgy repertoire productions in exchange for new works by major directors; he’s hired the hottest young singers, too, programmed new and rare works, and broadcast operas live in HD across the country–and for free on our city’s streets, in our parks and on our PBS affiliates. In short, he’s connected new audiences to an institution and an art form that New Yorkers were willing to write off as irrelevant just a few years ago, saving opera from this sometimes unforgiving city’s cultural dustbin. (And how about that Tosca!)
they just lost their lease, and need to find another….preferably in the immediate neighborhood, for not much money…
Mayor Bloomberg is in the picture but there isn’t anything written about him, how come?
His editing staff is still next to impeccable. I think you meant savvy.
In terms of heroes and villains, you have both in what’s going on with the 1-2-3 Community Space. You’ve written about the heroes, but there is also a villain, or rather villains. You can read about them on a blog set up to chronicle the eviction of 1-2-3 by money-grubbing landlords (I know, that’s redundant).
I think Bloomberg is on the cover as he’s referred to in the Reverend Billy editorial.
Thanks GOD this jackass is being called out. I’m glad to see the villains behind the villains called out.
Graydon Carter is a villain because time and age has given him a different perspective in life? Prepare author, for you too will in time (and with age) join the ranks of ‘villains’ everywhere. Unless you’re just so closed minded as to never change.
Also, when does libertarianism == ‘giving up’. That’s just reductionism.
You list Bloomberg as a villain but his traffic doyenne, Sadik-Khan, is a hero. And Billy Talen, no matter how well intentioned, is a clown.