John Tauranac, who led the MTA committee into the map design, has often be credited as the 'chief designer', something Hertz brushed off in a 2012 New York Times interview where he said: 'I design subway maps, and he claims to design subway maps.' … [Read more...] about Michael Hertz, whose firm designed New York City’s famous subway map, dies at the age of 87
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It is quite thrilling, not least because banning things runs so contrary to the American idea. More than 23bn plastic bags are used in New York each year, and the planet is dying, but even so, the Bag Waste Reduction Law is so muscular, so big government, that no one can quite believe it is happening. There are a few workarounds. You will still be able to buy paper bags, for 5c each, but stores aren’t required to provide them. And some supermarkets are offering reusable plastic bags. (To qualify as “reusable”, a bag has to be able to carry 22lbs over a distance of 175 feet, which it is pleasing to imagine the bag police trying to test and enforce). … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
The executive was speaking a day after Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, wrote an article under the headline "Times must aggressively cover Mark Thompson's role in BBC's troubles". Her piece discussed the Savile scandal and said: "It's worth considering now whether he is the right person for the job, given this turn of events." … [Read more...] about Savile fallout: former BBC chief ‘expects to be grilled’ for New York Times post
Weinstein was admitted to Bellevue on Monday after concerns were expressed about high blood pressure and heart palpitations. During his trial Donna Rotunno, one of his lawyers, told the judge that he has back injuries stemming from a car crash last summer and a condition that requires shots in his eyes, so he does not go blind. Another of his lawyers, Arthur Aidala, told the Hollywood Reporter that neither Weinstein nor his legal team had requested the admission, and that it was a decision by the New York City Department of Corrections. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein starts work on appeal from New York hospital
By the time what was called the Bygmalion Affair hit the press, Sarkozy and members of his close circle were under scrutiny, and Lhomme and Davet suggested in the Europe I interview that he sent them on the Hollande trail as a diversion from his own affairs. … [Read more...] about Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was the one who tipped off the press about his rival François Hollande’s affair in 2014, two Le Monde journalists claim